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THIS WEEK ON GH: John Kisses Sam, Jason Kisses Elizabeth & Michael Kisses Starr! – Watch the Video!

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Nothing like some Fourth of July fireworks to ignite the passion, romance or spur-of-the-moment lip-lock! And where else but in Port Charles does it seem to be running rampant this week!  In the new ABC promo, John (Michael Easton) and Sam (Kelly Monaco) have their long awaited moment when they kiss, as OLTL fans scream, “What about Natalie?”   Then is it a knee-jerk reaction or is Jason(Steve Burton) and Elizabeth’s (Rebecca Herbst) kiss the real deal?

And then, Michael (Chad Duell) and Starr  (Kristen Alderson)finally give in to the pull that has been between them, plus Heather (Robin Mattson)c ontinues to taunt Luke (Anthony Geary), her former flame.  What will happen there?

So soapers, watch all the lip-smacking action in the GH video promo after the jump, and then weigh in! Are you happy John kissed Sam? Does it remind you of Caleb and Livvie on Port Charles?  What do you think of Jason and Elizabeth kissing? And Starr trying to move forward with her life post-Cole and Hope?  Is it appropriate at this point in her life?  And what about Luke and Heather?  Are you getting a kick-out of this story, or do you want the powers-that-be to kick that to the curb?

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Vanessa
Vanessa

I am ok with Michael and Starr kissing. They will make a good couple. Jason and Liz is questionable. As far as John and Sam are concerned, the writers have already changed McBain from who he was on OLTL. I think he just has the name but he isn’t who he was on the show. I do not want John and Natalie to split but the writers obviously do because they won’t put her on the show. I will be terribly disappointed if they put Sam and John together because Port Charles was years ago and I don’t see how it can be brought back in a good way.

Heather
Heather

I agree with you Vanessa on the Michael and Starr kissing and Jason and Liz. I can’t believe that they are doing that with John and Sam, sure I liked them on Port Charles and they had good chemistry back then but I don’t see it anymore. Maybe if he was playing a different character it would work but all I can think about when they are together is John and Natalie and the great chemistry they have together. If they tend to keep John on GH then they need to resolve the Natalie and Liam issue. I’m sorry but I just can not see John jumping into another relationship with someone when Natalie and Liam are still in the picture.

Vanessa
Vanessa

The old John on OLTL wouldn’t even think of kissing someone else. I agree that if they are going to start the romance thing with John and Sam, they need to first take care of the Natalie/Liam story so that it will be more acceptable and realistic. Otherwise, I know they haven’t changed Todds character and Starr is getting back to who she was so why does Johns character have to be changed. I also agree that if John was playing another character that wasn’t so familiar to viewers for so long it might be better. I don’t see what they have because all Sam does is complain to him about Jason and feel sorry for herself. It makes no since to me.

Susan M.
Susan M.

I agree.. I don’t want Sam & john to get together either….Everything else I am fine with…Oh I don’t know about Luke & Heather…I thought he couldn’t stand the sight of her………………..John & Sam aren’t a good idea..Is John going to forget about his son & Natalie…He told her he loved her on his cell phone when on the airplane …

Torrey
Torrey

It’s like Ron is giving the big middle finger to all of the OLTL fans that he so desperately wanted to tune in and watch GH. This is exactly why I quit watching GH, because I could see the writing on the wall with what they were doing with John & Sam, and it did not make me happy. We literally waited over a year for John and Natalie to “talk” and tell each other how they feel…now within a matter of months, John is kissing and hooking up with Sam?! It makes me sick!!!! You wanna know the best way to lose viewers that you just gained, and to ensure that your show is in trouble?…..keep writing the way you are, and you’ll see.

If you were going to bring cast members from OLTL on GH, you should have made them brand new characters, because this integration isn’t working. Ron is just ruining the characters that we grew to love to appease his new agenda that he has for GH. John would never kiss another woman!! Or abandon his family!! This storyline is complete total crap!!!

Robert
Robert

Torrey you are dead wrong. The integration of OLTL characters is giving GH the much needed life it needed because of the three ABC soaps, GH had the worst ratings but its contract expired after the previous two. Had its season finished in 2011, GH not AMC would have been cancelled first. So quit your gripping about the infusion, its working, hence the increase in ratings and I hope they do more because Frank is doing an excellent…except for the John & Sam part! 🙂

susan M.
susan M.

Don’ t want John & Sam together at all…………….She needs to go back to Jason before Elizabeth snatches him up…………………

tani
tani

agreed from a GH & OLTL standpoint… both sides characters are being assassinated.

Robert
Robert

Vanessa you are spot on with your assessment. Unfortunately Melissa Archer is filming a movie now so she can not commit to GH but hopefully when that is done the insanity that is John and Sam will be over!

Vanessa
Vanessa

I think that even if Melissa wasn’t filming a movie they wouldn’t make it work. I think Michael Easton has great chemistry with a lot of characters and John and Sam could have a special relationship without taking apart Johns character that we spent the last 9 years loving and supporting. character a little bit at a time. I truly want to support GH as much as possible but I don’t want to see the

Torrey
Torrey

So, I take it that you’re a OLTL fan, since you’re happy with what’s happened with this integration? I was ok with it, until they brought Cole & Hope on, only to kill them off….Then they brought Tea on, only to kill her child with Victor…..then bringing John on, only to hook up with Sam. There’s no way in the world, John would ever act like this!!! I know I’m not the only one the recognizes the major flaw in this story. After all, when John first came on, he was suggesting to Sam that she be honest with Jason about the paternity, because he had dealt with the very same issue with Natalie. Now, after knowing her for a matter of moments, he makes out with her?! Really? I was fine with the integration, until all the OLTL characters started dropping like flies. I don’t see how anyone who is a fan of OLTL can be happy with what’s gone down. My main point was they should have just been brought on new characters, rather than having John cheat on Natalie and leave his son in the wind….but if the death of Cole, Hope & Tea’s baby makes you tune in, so be it.

Tara
Tara

An absolute travesty to have John kissing Sam after everything he went through to be with Natalie and his son. I am so turned off by it I can’t even watch. I know that soaps are supposed to be a suspension of belief but the story has to make some sense to appeal to me. This does not. John doing this with Sam is so far out there I just can’t follow it.

brian
brian

Love it all, mostly Heather Webber! She entertains the hell out of me.

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

She is good isn’t she? I love her, And hope they keep her around for a very long time.

lipstickcat
lipstickcat

I love how Heather is giving Todd the business! Finally someone who can stand up to him! I can’t stand John with Sam or Michael with Starr! Bad matches!

Susan M.
Susan M.

She has always been WACKO HEATHER……………………….Even in the past….

david
david

Heather and Luke are a riot. Heather purring “meow” couldn’t be funnier. The other couples look boring in comparison. Can’t believe Starr is ready to more on after Cole and Hope’s deaths. Can’t believe John has forgotten about Natalie. CAN believe brain-damaged Jason forgetting about Sam and going back to Elizabeth.

Patrick
Patrick

I couldn’t stomach, Starr… telling, the judge… that Kate/Connie, is ILL…. and the judge… letting her off… if she seeks help, for her DID. I would want to be dead… lose my mind… if I lost my fiance and child. period. i will praise, “kate’s” acting… her love for Sonny is real to me. She, like Jenn Lilly… needs to lay off all the make-up… the severe eye liner.. and too bright red lipstick… she’s not queen liz taylor… cleopatra… she looks so much better sans all that make-up… more natural. the princess mob story… is done… for me. we all know it’s summer, lure, younger viewers plot time. this story is not working. if, it turns out.. that he could be kate’s son… she better right him, quickly. it’s too kiddy… for me… is he with, starr or kristina… who cares? Michael, and Starr? i don’t know about that either… it’s too soon. I don’t believe, that one, can get over such tragic, shock to the mind, body, and soul… that easily. it’s also, dumbing, down.. for Starr.. to be singing… at Johnny and Lulu’s new “casino”. I hope, Johnny… isn’t the one responsible… for shooting out the tires of Starr’s fiance,and child… if, in fact… kate/connie… “did” it. could it be, that the writers, are going to find Dr. Keener responsible… perhaps.. he hypnotized… steered kate/connie, she has lapse in remembering… that he’s some how blocking her memory… and letting her be responsible… ok.. help me out here.. I just don’t want it to be johnny… these visons… flashes of guilt, angst, remorse, however, one want’s to believe… Johnny has to be redeemed. as, for, John McBain… i didn’t watch OLTL… i did watch the last few months however… and found it funny… that McBain… was always the only one at the OLTL police station… and I never saw any real true intimacy with Natalie… so.. it’s like he had a hard time expressing feelings… IMO.. he’s more “alive” in port charles… and somewhat… with Sam. wouldn’t it be nice.. to have real commupance… for sonny… and the mob? McBain… Johnny… etc…. Sam and Jason… it wasn’t right.. how Jason, treated Sam… especially, after the rape… and not accepting… her baby… regardless of the outcome… his silent, tough guy… with all that’s happened to Sam… is hard to swallow… intolerable…. especially, with his moving on.. not fighting for Sam.. kissing elizabeth… it’s nice that Sam, has found her voice… at least… this is happening… let’s get tough… ala charlies angels.. ok.. dumb imitation… but sleuth… Sam! fight for your convictions.. your instinct… your maternal being. That baby, was real. GH… it’s as, if the baby switch, and her baby dying… never happened… they, did this with elizabeths… Jake… as well… I hope GH, isn’t writing, heather, in to a corner… with the kidnap of luke. Heather, is a beacon of old serial… and this is respectful. she’s a charming… eduring… question? is she that batty? finally, I give… Read more »

Courtney
Courtney

I love John and Sam and I’m an ONE LIFE TO LIVE fan. I like all the couples except Michael and Starr

susan M.
susan M.

I like John & Natalie … NOT SAM……………………And I am OLTL fan TOO!!!!!!!!

susan M.
susan M.

They are missing something..Sam & John just don’t have the WOW factor for me!!! Like he dad with Natalie…Natalie & John had that WOW factor the first time they played pool together at Rowdy’s………..And the rest is history………..

Lynn
Lynn

Well the Starr/Michael kiss is ok but Sam-John no way in h-ll! I’m not even going to bless that with watching….In all the time on OLTL John never cheated on Natalie and all that time he spent wanting her back then gettting her back only to cheat and kiss somebody else yeah that makes since! Not…I don’t think TPTB have a clue what a mess up this is and how ticked off all these fan bases are except for John/Sam-ex caleb Livie fans!! the ones I’ve posted with that John/Nat on OLTL were their favs and Sam/Jason on GH were their favs..Makes them feel like they lost two soaps….This is not John Mcbain as we knew him he would never ever kiss somebody else when with Natalie. I am done with as this crap…they have killed Tea’s baby. Starr and cole…..made a Joke out of John/Natalies HEA…I’ve been on the boards since this broke the only ones happy are the John/Sam ex caleb livvie fans all the others are angry and are wanting to tune out….This pairing will kill GH…everytime they have been on, that day the ratings have sunk I have been keeping track….TpTB better wake up soon…I’m only watching GH now when there is no Sam/John scenes. I’d like to keep some good memories of OLTL and John/Natlie….How can you break up two long 9yrs couples for one…(poor Natalie and Liam) discusting.

tani
tani

I hear what you are saying, watched both GH & OLTL I’m a natalie & john fan & a jasam fan so imagine how I feel seeing this!!! u are right only the john/sam & caleb/livie fans are pleased, a lot of GH fans have tuned out as well! I know not all fan bases will be pleased at any given time but are you trying to please a fan base from a totally different soap… way to go TPTB! great job at increasing viewership & ratings

Gena
Gena

I did not watch PC but McBain/Sam have chemistry and get and Jason had gotten boring. Great shaking things up and letting Monaco act for a change. Elizabeth & Jason have so much history and they were barely in any scenes before it was not realistic. They have chemistry also. Love the lightening up of McBain’s character. He was always sexy & brooding add funny! Not really liking Heather kidnapping Luke but like the Anna/Tracy triangle. Starr & Michael I didn’t like at first but warming up now. Show is so much better (don’t want to hear from the couple haters) as long as there are good story lines I’m in. Do wish the Mob Princess storyline would go away it’s bad!

irene
irene

I’m ok w/ Starrcheal, but Jason + Liz again? I don’t see the sparks between them! Liz could have a gorgeous doctor, but she’s kissing a married man. Stop giving Liz guys she can’t have! Set her w/a better fit w/ passionate romance. John and Sam-it’s too soon. Build up that spark into a roaring fire before putting them together. Heather and Luke are freaking awesome in scenes together. They both so great! Luke should just bed-hop. Find a love interest for Alexis; she should have more scenes. Bring in a new Rick for her, so they can deal w/Molly.

david
david

I would like Heather to drug Luke to see the look on Luke’s face when he wakes up in bed with her. Liz is long overdue to be with somebody worthy, like Dr. Keenan. And Alexis is past due for romance too.

Dex
Dex

I agree with all of this! I love the Heather-Luke dynamic enough to want to see that scene. Apart from proclaiming my Elizabeth and Ewen love, Alexis is next on my agenda. I would love to see her in a passionate affair with someone. It’s time!

David Larsson
David Larsson

I wouldn’t really refer to Luke as Heather’s “former flame” since they were never actually together in the first place. Their whole storyline is based on a ill-written rewrite by Guza.

terri
terri

I love Michael Easton and was so happy he was coming to GH… BUT this is what I feared that the faithful OLTLers that loved Jolie would be again kicked in the stomach…no wedding….no online happiness however brief…and now John will kiss Sam who is someone he has known all of 5 minutes. I would have rathered they killed off Natty and Liam them to have John cheat on the mother of his child. Or he could have been someone else, because the John from OLTL would nm’t do that to his family. He and Sam are cheaters in my book and unfortunately I don’t care about them anymore. Still love the actors don’t like the way the loyal Jolie fans have been cheated on once again. This is too bad because I was thrilled with what has happened with GH since Ron and Frank came over….thanks for letting me vent.

david
david

Yes, OLTL fans are screwed again with Jam (JohnSam). Please, no more OLTL deaths after Cole, Hope, and Tea’s baby just to rationalize Jam. I would rather have Melissa Archer on GH and have Roger Howarth leave than put up with Jam.

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

Seriously, You want to make a bet on whether or not John cheats on Natalie? I don’t know I am hoping that John will behave himself and not cheat on her, the John Mcbain from Landview would never do it, I say he doesn’t, he’s always on the phone telling Nat he loves her so I say no he won’t cheat on her until the Natalie problem is solved, And I do hope he ends up with Natalie and the baby that’s where he belongs.

susan M.
susan M.

I agree with you barbara t. Loves OLTL #1….Natalie needs to come to Port Charles & whip John into shape !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And forget about Sam all together !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nikki
Nikki

Well this is just freaking awesome! FINALLY a soap that is bringing back true romance (aside from Heather, but she’s hysterical lol)! I have been LONGING for John and Sam to get together ever since they first interacted. There is such a connection there, not to mention Easton and Monaco’s immense chemistry. As a former OLTL watcher, I would like to see McBain break up with Natalie before McBam moves any further, but this “in this moment” kiss is perfect for right now. I also love how Sam actually has a man in her life that looks after HER needs instead of his own (take some notes, Jason!). I hope we continue to see this feisty, independent Sam (the ORIGINAL, pre-Jason, Sam) as they progress with her storyline with John. As for Jason and Elizabeth, I’ve never been a fan of either character, but there is no denying Steve and Becky’s chemistry and I think it would be great if the pair had a chance at a real relationship. Michael and Starr, thankfully they’ve moved slowly with their storyline and romance; I think their cautionary steps towards eachother is great!

Scott
Scott

WRONG.
TOTALLY WRONG.
AND NEVER SHOULD HAPPEN.

emtk
emtk

Please don’t let John and Sam a couple! They should be siblings! That woud be much more interesting. GH really needs Natalie!Then we’d see fireworks!!

ahc
ahc

Yes, siblings is a much more interesting storyline. I’m disapointed they went with romance here. I don’t feel passion in the McBain/Sam connection but do feel some tether there.

susan M.
susan M.

You hit the nail on the head…With your comment that you don’t feel the passion in McBain/Sam…You certainly felt the passion between John/Natalie!!!! With out a doubt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kay/kay
kay/kay

Elizabeth & Jason have always had chemistry however she will get hurt again when the truth comes out about the baby. I was never a Sam&Jason fan I could not understand his forgiveness of her actions concerning Jake and did she ever even care baby Jake died so I really could care less about her and her baby. Everybody be honest McBain as Tea called him on it always cared about damsels in distress they do not intend to bring Natalie over never did. Luke & Heather too funny!!

Elhu
Elhu

Fine with Michael and Starr – cute couple (two young people grieving over losses, finding eachother – fine), I was never a real big fan of Jason and Elizabeth as a couple, although Jake was the cutest child), but considering the storyline, I see why the kiss worked in this case. I loved John and Natalie on OLTL and love JaSam on GH, but I also believe that Ron C and Frank V know darn well that having John and Sam kiss would stir up lots of fan emotions, most not so positive, so I am sure there is a reason for this, and a kiss (while wrong when married to others for sure), does not mean these couples will pair up, it can, in the long run, help get them back to those they belong with. As for Luke and Heather, love the humor and enjoy Luke and Heather, but I can only take her in small doses. As long as there are good storylines, I am loving the show, and I have faith that Frank and Ron know what they are doing. Soooo happy to see GH’s latest ratings up, let’s keep them going in that upward direction. Keep watching!!!!!

Rissa
Rissa

John is a deadbeat Dad and a cheater! This is not the John we know and love! Not interested in him and Sam! How do you do that to the woman you claim to love and the child you wanted so desperately! John is a jerk!

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

On a brighter note, he hasn’t cheated on Natalie yet.

david
david

If Melissa Archer is not coming to GH, shall we take bets on how long before John cheats on Natalie? RC disposed of Cole, Hope, and Tea’s baby quickly to sever OLTL storylines. John could be in bed with Sam next week, except I think RC will drag it out past September to increase ratings.

david
david

I hope John will behave and not cheat on Natalie too, but GH fans aren’t unanimous, and the reality of storylines may be driven more by ratings than fidelity. John did jump into bed with Kelly after a few drinks when he thought Liam wasn’t his son. I don’t know. I hope you are right.

OLTLFAN
OLTLFAN

John has gone back to Llanview to see Natalie and Liam 2x since he was in Port Charles and made numerous phone calls to say he loves them. If he got drunk and kissed Sam or had a drunken fling ( as has happened before to John) doesn’t mean he doesn’t love Natalie and Liam, it means he was drunk and screwed up as soap couples do and will need to find a way to fix it. Look how Jason messed things up with Sam and now wants her back, but is kissing Liz !!

david
david

Jason is brain-damaged so anything he does is consistent with his character.

Patrick
Patrick

david… ok. you have something there.

the brooding, silent type, heck “machismo” mob guy. but, i think, most fans see that underlying sensitive guy. however, with such a big story… .with Jason and Sam… and it was like…. neither one of them really spoke… cause of the rape, and Franco being Jason’s twin. geez, it was like Sam was holding on to? for dear life. and now? and yet, i still ached for these two. and, now, it seems like it’s “doomed”… where is the pay out? Sam is finding her voice… and way again. however, she’d better start MATERNAL’izing… That Baby was real… they can’t just let it go by the wayside…. course, i say this, cause, i immediately, liked Tea. I realize Sam’s investigating… at the SUN… Todd’s newspaper, with Heather working their.

Elhu
Elhu

On another note – I know this is off topic (and I apologize for that), but I wanted to get others prospectives on this.

Who does everyone think is really Kate’s son? I know Trey is the obvious choice for sure, but sometimes in “soap” land, the obvious is just put out there to throw the fans off for a bit, and if that is the case, I am so hoping that her son turns out to be Spinelli. I think that would be a nice twist. Thoughts???

ahc
ahc

I have always wanted Kate’s son to be Spinelli. But I wanted his father to be Sonny (the irony…)
I do not want Joe Jr to be Spinelli’s father; Spinelli is so lacking in connection in PC and needs family. To be the product of a rape could change him…ah, but what a lesson for his best friend Jason. I dislike the entire ‘Mob Princess’ storyline and am struggling with the new Kristina. Trey doesn’t help at all so I don’t mind if he is Joe Jrs son as much. He feels disposable to me. The Mob Princess story is the only part of GH right now that sets me on edge although I see how it ties into Joe Jr. Otherwise GH is fabulous.

kay/kay
kay/kay

The kid is trey you know an offspring of the ford brothers. Oh so over this !! Just want to slap him and was’nt Sonny in love forever with Brenda six months ago!!!

Lynn A
Lynn A

I love that idea! That would be great to see how Sonny would handle that! LOL!!

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

That would be a nice twist and I would like it better then having that Trey guy be Kates Son. You have no Idea where I want to shove that camera.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I was thinking the same thing! I think Trey’s dad could still be “the baf guy” (sorry, I forget his name) but it doesn’t mean Connie/Kate is his mom. I’d love it if it were Spinelli.

Gentry Ashmore
Gentry Ashmore

I have been watching soaps for 35 years. Not since Luke and Laura has there been a couple as fantastic as john and natalie. OLTL survived the last 9 years based on their amazing love story. I stopped watching GH when the Mob Took over Port Charles. GH needs to go back to its roots, dump Sonny, return Jason as a Quartermaine and bring on the Buchanans. There is no chemistry between John and Sam. Sam should be his long lost adopted sister. Natalie (Melissa Archer) is John’s soul mate, Just look at the eight years of clips on utube. John Mcbain would never leave Natalie and Liam after what they have been through. GH is destroying the integrity of John McBain if he cheats on Natalie and leaves her. It was sickening wjhen John was with Marty. Jolie fans are not watching GH because it’s just too painful. John and Natalie and Liam deserve a wedding and some happiness. I stayed loyal to OLTL because like Bo Buchanan, John McBain is loyal to his woman and through it all, Natalie (Melissa Archer) is the love of his life.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Ditto!

Emily
Emily

Couldn’t have said it better:)

Lynn
Lynn

couldnt’ have said it better! I didn’t watch the destruction on Friday’s show and won’t watch monday either…..I’m going to remember john on OLTL not this imposter…I got a update from a friend that did watch she said it was Horrible!

diversity4soaps
diversity4soaps

John and Sam are so hot, its about damn time they lip lock. John needs to tell Natty to go pound sand, and apply for joint custody of the kid. That way John and Sam can raise Liam and JJ while working on bringing baby girl Mcbain into existence. Team Mcbam for the win!!!

Mae
Mae

Many GH fans like me never watched OLTL and have no idea who Natalie is, don’t know the history of John and Natalie, and don’t care since she’s not on GH. If he’s going to stay on GH, he has to be involved with someone who is actually on the show, and Sam is the perfect person. It’s not very interesting to watch a character make one sided phone calls to someone many of the viewers have never even seen. I can understand OLTL fans wanting to keep a favorite couple together, but if they are not bringing Natalie onto GH, there is no future for them. John will not be very successful on GH if he has to stay in a relationship that takes place off screen.

Lynn A
Lynn A

I LOVE John/Sam pairing! I watched OLTL also, but this is not OLTL!! Natalie is not coming on the show so people need to get over this! Sam & Jason have always been boring, IMO, I’d love to see Jason back with Elizabeth (Ewen doesn’t do anything for me)! Michael and Starr are fine, this is Luke’s big summer sendoff so I’m not worried he’ll be paired with Heather for anything longterm.

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

Starr and Michael seem to be the only couple that I find to be interesting. I am not sure yet about John and sam those two, years ago on Port Charles looked beautiful together in other words they were hot, I like Natalie with john and I know hes not the kind of guy who would cheat on the woman he is with and he would never leave town without nat and liam, So that leaves the question, What the hell are they going to do about John? Until they play out his feelings for Nat there can be no Sam and John. But if I was Sam it would be a very long time before I would forget about what Jason did to her, she was raped and he put his feelings above hers about the baby being francos and he ask her to put the baby up for adoption and he also had Johns ass kicked and that caused her to walk into the woods looking for help and because of that her baby died, ( switched by Heather). I use to like Jason and Liz, not anymore, Years ago when they broke them up it bothered me but after a while I got over it and I never cared if they would get back together again. We never had these problems on One life to live, that beautiful soap had so much Love, heart, And family, general hospital is good again but it’s getting to be confusing and I don’t like that the Mob isn’t gone, Can’t believe Jason came in and shot those two goons then leaves.Lets see what happens today and I hope we get to hear another 12 seconds of the opening. and I would like for them to slow it down so I can see all the faces. And I thought that Port Charles Is a small town on Lake Erie? Not a big place Like New York City. Are we picky or what?

OLTLFAN
OLTLFAN

I love John and Natalie together, but John got drunk and slept with Kelly when he thought Liam was Brody’s son. So if he got drunk over his sisters death and had a fling with Sam, wouldn’t be far fetched, The chemistry between Michael Easton and Kelly Monico is hot ( as Caleb and Livvie they were awesome ). But would Mr. honesty confess to Natalie? Or would he restle with the ” one night ” in his mind and what it would do to Natalie whom he finally admitted he loves. Could be interesting to see that play out.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Michael & Starr are cute, but it’s too soon. Jason &Liz…he is still married to Sam, other than that I don’t care. John kissing Sam WTF?! His character would NEVER do that. I am a Jolie fan and that little Liam was the cutest soap baby I’ve ever seen. Don’t like John and Sam as more than friends! I really hate plot-driven writing that destroy characters.

Emily
Emily

Ditto to the 10th power!

Lynn
Lynn

ICAM!!!!!

Chaz
Chaz

No, just no. (Well, except for Heather/Luke. Adore her craziness.)

Christy
Christy

Michael and Starr kissing – ok

Jason and Liz i think will always care/love each other, especially whenever one or both of them are seeming unattached to another. So if they kiss, it’s not a far stretch of the imagination for me.

John and Sam – not into that. but that preview could be a dream… never know!

and Heather & Luke, that has to be another one of her dreams… which are usually humorous. But an actual pairing? no. that’s not going to happen — unless she bonked him so hard over the head he doesn’t remember anything… then he’s putty in her crazy hands!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

LOVE Heather & Luke too!

MCBAMJASAM
MCBAMJASAM

John and Sam……
Jason and Sam……

John and Sam for only a minute…..so OLTL don’t sweat…I LIKE JOHN DON’T
GET ME WRONG…

but Jason and Sam….is the real deal

HAPPY KISSES

Nikki
Nikki

OK- Jolie fans, TRUST ME, I feel your pain. My favorite soap pairing ever was Victor and Tea, so when they killed their child, not to mention with Tea acting so out of character with her new admiration of her husband’s “killer”- I was PISSED as hell. I wish they would have broughten Melissa Archer on, to at least finish their past if they intended on moving on with McBam.

With that being said, Melissa is NOT coming to GH and Michael signed for three years, he is obviously going to have a love interest, maybe several! Don’t protest against the last remaining ABC soap, nor Michael Easton’s performances simply because you’re holding onto your love for his persona in Llanview. I’m not saying you have to support McBam or any potential interest of John’s on GH, but please don’t tune out. That won’t get you what you want.

Jan
Jan

Please…another distroyed love story ruined. John & Natalie had passion no one else is gonna EVER have with him.
Sonny, he makes Mc Bain boring as I watch on youtube.
All truth I just cant stand the oither stories I mean so many stories I diont really care for. But not bring Natalie over you ruined a love story yet asgain.
I dont think we’re getting any of what we want by tuning in really except for Sonny.

Lynn
Lynn

Their first Mistake was not bringing ME over as a different character, their second mistake was to write him this way, he’s on the phone telling Natalie he loves her and wishes he’s with her and Liam and 24hrs later (soap time) he’s kissing somebody his known all of 5min? I realize if ME is staying on Gh they have to do something but this? To me that is a slap in the face to fans that have followed him the last 9yrs…..The should have brought Natalie over had something happen John think she is dead then move him forward with whoever but at the end of GH (which I believe will be next year) bring her back and let the fans have their HEA back. She could be alive somewhere and we see occational glimses of her….that would have been better then him cheating right after telling her he loves her that doesnt even make sence and destroys his character.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

No worries, Nikki. I would never tune out GH because I don’t like John’s new romantic or future pairings. I’m loving GH. Been an ABC soap fan since I was a just a child. 43 years and counting and I’m still in the 18 – 49 demo!

dominicsmythe
dominicsmythe

nice :))

Chris
Chris

As long as GH stays on the air & the characters that are on now stay;I will watch…the show has life again so I have faith whatever the writers are doing will be good 🙂

boes
boes

Why doesn’t Jason just kiss Sonny and get it over with?

dominicsmythe
dominicsmythe

BEST COMMENT ON THIS THREAD. but enough sonny-jason-carly. then need to recede to the background and get out of each others’ story lines. i like that cartini has brought more balance to GH. i still could do with less of the “unholy trinity”.

david
david

They are saving the Jason/Sonny romance for the next gay sweeps period.

Patrick
Patrick

LOL. even, i think, Mr. MOB on forever Sonny…is getting up their.

bring back Lorenzo Alcazar (King), JAX, and add Johnny… now this scene will do

Vicki
Vicki

Liking Starr and Michael, not fond of McBam, Calivia was one of a kind (the Vampire theme had alot to do w/that) it would be great to see him w/ Nat.. loving how challenging Heather is, and the more open and smiley todd and John. I think the remix is being handled pretty good. Jason just saved Johns life, so I kinda think it is an unjust move on johns part. I am a Michael Easton fan , though. Hard to find fault…I see alot of potential w/the new mob family in play(Scully) and the pace of the show is awesome. I would love to see them inc. someone from pine Valley, like Aiden Devane or Dr Hayward (even as other people) .I could go on …

Dex
Dex

Nooo!!!!!! I was totally falling in love with Elizabeth and Ewen! I loved their hospital kiss, and how self-reflective and aware she is with him. And she SMILES around him! How long has it been since a man made her smile?!? *sigh*
Michael and Starr and endearing. Á Jason-Sam-John triangle could be interesting, but I feel for OLTL fans that liked his pairing. The Sam-John thing feels rushed and somewhat contrived given his relationship status.

Patrick
Patrick

I totally, agree with you Dex….

Dr. Keenen oozed sensual. it was someone, NEW for Elizabeth… no pining, yearning, or waiting, for 2nds… ala jason, or Lucky. Someone all her own.

like your words…. “…aware she is with him.” BIG SIGH!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

What happened to Liz with Ewen? I liked them together.

Jan
Jan

Sorry , disapprove of John kissing Sam….bad move…writers need ot get out of the heat and into air conditiong. Natalie deserves better.

bonnie
bonnie

Wow I cant stand Michael and Starr. Im fine with all the others. Michael I feel you should stand up for Michael he deserves better than Starr the actress is just that bad in comparision to Abby you just cant compare. ABC just doesnt get how to keep talent bring in favorates has been a problem for a while keep talent not favs

Jan
Jan

Oh as for Starr at this point since Buddy left at least we can say we saw a great teen to adult love story. Thanks Brandon Buddy and One Life To Live for that much.

kim
kim

Everyone should quit your complaining and just be glad yOU still have general hospital on the air. Just ask guiding light and one life to live fans who would give anything to be in your hospital gowns right now…….give mcbam a chance you just might like what what you c. Johhny Z is fine and so is john mcbain…..

MCBAMJASAM
MCBAMJASAM

I hear that Natalie might becoming to GH……THAT will be intresting
OK ……know John Mcbain and Sam Mcalll will be kissing I want
her to get her frustration out of the way…..

I am looking forward to::

Jason and Sam finding there baby…..Todd be ashame of himself…..Jasam

have been through so much since Nov 2011……..And its been draining
the show…..!!!!!!!

I want Monica to see her Grandson
I want Alexis Davis to see her Grandson
I want Molly and Kris to see their nephew

And all the family to rejoice in his birth!!!!!

I said Natalie suppose to come to GH….Mark it as a”Spoiler”

My name maybe MCBAMJASAM, but my heart belongs to
Jason Morgan and Sam Mcall!!!!

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

Say, bye, bye, to that nasty revolution, today was the last day, Now we have to do the same thing next monday stay away from abc at 2 O’clock their throwing another dopy show at us and believe me they are paying attention to there new good afternoon america.

Just Saying
Just Saying

I like John and Sam. Sam has been tolerable for me lately. I hated who she became with Jason. But I think the kiss was just a reactive. John was feeling the booze and feeling his sister’s death was his fault, Sam is still greiving. I’ve always like Liz and Jason but I don’t want her with him. I’ve never care for Jason and Sam but I hate how he’s been treating her during her pregnancy. He needs on a remote island, alone!!!!!! I love Michael & Starr and I hope it goes forward. I enjoy young love stories and they are a cute couple. Heather and Luke are funny.

deladam
deladam

Love John and Sam together can not get enough of these two. To bad Jason I was a huge Jason and Sam fan but you screwed her over once again. Jason and elizabeth gross.

Dana oconnell
Dana oconnell

My comments…John and Natalie hot hot hot …..Sam and John not not not……Melissa Archer would be an asset to any daytime show…..she is gorgeous and one hell of an actress. …Sam – who is so boring. (she has ruined John for GH) …….I may need to turn GH off for good. at this rate they wouldnt make a year…..,…..Bring back sizzle to screen John and Natalie (who would be great with any male character on GH Dante?

Dana oconnell
Dana oconnell

ditto

Gentry Ashmore
Gentry Ashmore

Turned off GH until Melissa Archer is hired as Natalie to be reunited with John.

Latoya Newell
Latoya Newell

John and Natalie don’t have a healthy relationship I could never get into them especially after watching all the passion, emotion he showed for Evangeline. So as far as his pairing with Sam I’m all for it. Just wish John had more of Caleb’s personality cause he was killer good as Caleb!

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

John needs to be with Natalie and Liam. Nuff said.

General Hospital

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: 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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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.

Photo: JPI

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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