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This week's GH: Johnny revealed to be the son of Claudia! Zacchara's go on the warpath – Watch the Video!

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In the out-of-the-blue, weird, shocking twist that GH is throwing at its fans, Johnny Zacchara (Brandon Barash) is revealed to be the son, not the brother of the late Claudia Zacchara (Sarah Brown).

Now this week, Sonny (Maurice Benard) armed with the evidence uses it to set out to destroy Johnny and Anthony, only the Z’s go ballistic and go after everyone that Sonny loves in different ways:  Carly, Michael and Dante.

But who will be the real target?  You will have to watch this week’s General Hospital promo for a preview.  In the meantime, what do you think of this storypoint and a total reversal of history?  Do you think it propels story? Do you think its extremely distasteful? Do you care?  What character will be most affected by the fallout?  Let us know your thoughts!

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Dan
Dan

What did Claudia have Johnny when she was 10?

I know we’re soap fans, and we’re supposed to suspend our disbelief and all that, but this is too much.

Gloria
Gloria

Yeah, that was my first thought. The age difference (or lack thereof) between Olivia & Dante is hard enough to take. This one is really pushing it.

Mary
Mary

Totally unbelievable! Claudia and Johnny are at the most 7-10 years apart. Gino Solieto is listed as the father and was married to Tracy. What if Johnny is hers? Now that would be interesting.

Jan
Jan

dopey right?

Lyz
Lyz

If Claudia was 15 years old when she had Johnny and the family tried to hush it up, then that would explain why Anthony continued to call Claudia inappropriate names. This storyline is possible. I’m 32 years old, my daughter is 17 years and I have a grandson that will be 2 years old in 3 weeks. Some people would say the storyline is idiotic but this is still a very plausible scenario. By the way, I am college educated and I’ve just entered my MBA program; furthermore, my daughter is entering her senior year and plans to enroll into college next year. Let’s just hope the story ends positive with Sarah J. Brown returning as Mrs. Claudia Zacchara-Corinthos. Bye-bye, adios, and hasta la vista Kate Howard/ Constance Falconeri/ Connie or whatever the heck she calls herself! Mrs. Zacchara-Corinthos will not share her Sonny days with anybody!

david
david
sam
sam

I want to be the first to advise everyone. I have been watching GH for 30+ years. I want to be the first to go on record that Jason and Franco are brothers. This way the baby father tests will be inclusive.

That is why Franco kept saying we are the same. That is why Franco so hung up on Jason.. Unless it was some super bromance.
I want full credit for this if it true

david
david

Fine, you can have the credit. I just hope they come up with some compelling reason to have wasted all the time they did on Franco, beside the fact he was a sick, twisted freak, as if that alone was supposed to make him entertaining.

aria
aria

its far fetched but if claudia was abuse at a teen, then i can buy her as jonny’s mom, but she would have to be a very young teen, like 13, its kind of disgusting, but these horrible things happen in real life, as for the storyline twist, it will generate alot talk for sure, but this storyline would be all better if sarah brown was still around, they should not have gotten rid of their best female villian, Gh really doesn’t have a good one right now, other then Helena, so hopefully down the line maybe claudia can be alive after all and franco kept her somewhere hidden. especially since no one thinks he’s dead, and this would be a better story then the one they are currently playing with franco.

aria
aria

Sarah Brown needs to come back to GH. all other soaps that have had you, have not given you any interesting characters to play and haven’t maximized your great talent. This new twist GH has thrown in only makes me miss Sarah Brown more. She needs to come home to GH.

Lisa
Lisa

I’m a DAYS fan, and I will personally gift wrap and drive the talented Ms. Brown back to Port Charles. Her character on DAYS is a waste of her talent and she was much better as Claudia.

david
david

Aria, you are so right about Sarah Brown. I watched DOOL just to see her character and I couldn’t believe Brown would waste her incredible talent playing Madison, who is boringly pleasant and unremarkable. Maybe Brown is using her brain and energy on law school or a PhD because playing Madison appears so undemanding. If only she would come back to GH as Claudia–every second would be a potential emotional explosion, sure to re-energize GH.

Carol
Carol

Opinion of the whole story? Simple – one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard. Hopefully,

EG
EG

Out of the blue right now. I actually expected this to happen prior to Claudia’s death. The way Anthony talked to her and called her a slut as well as other names on top of the constant reference to the “unnatural” relationship between Johnny and Claudia and their need to always protect each other. Additionally, I think I remember a conversation between Claudia and Trevor Lansing which cause me to think that something happened between the two of them at some point.

MaryAnne Robertson
MaryAnne Robertson

I think the story line is kinda silly. But we will see how it plays out. Hopefully it will be good.

barbara t
barbara t

I think its an interesting Idea ,I like johnny and his insane father,and what sonny did is start another mob war ,you hurt my kid ,I will hurt yours,so anothoy zacchara will start to take even better care of his roses ,when he does that you know he is up to no good.I think sonny made a big mistake because michael did kill claudia,and now johnny is hurt and pissed,his mother was a bitch,but still he loved her, he forgave michael because claudia put him in a coma,Ill be tuning in,Im looking forward to seeing what our new writers will do with this mess.

Debi
Debi

I HEAR the bullets flying now!!!!!!

heidi
heidi

First of I do think Bruce Weitz is a good actor… but get him out of there! I am so tired of crazy Anthony. I like Johnny but am loving the rumors about getting rid of most of the mob. I am not liking the threats to hurt someone Sonny cares about. Let’s take AZ out… reduce the mob by getting Johnny out of it and Sonny could go straight to keep Kate (if she needs to hang aound)… lets get Jason to turn into a combo of Jason Q nad M and get the GH world to be more about business and the hospital.

barbara t
barbara t

no way ,he has to stay,he makes me laugh ,hes crazy,nuts ,I love the way he tends to his flowers,and his relationship with tracy I like that to ,hes interesting and funny,and thats what I will miss at one life to live the comedy ,general hospital doesnt have that,and to many stories go to sonny,hes a big part of general hospital,but hes not the backbone the spencers and the quartermaines are,the killing that goes on in port charles is awful,and general hospital has become so boring,with the same stories told over and over again,I want a change ,Im ready for One,and Im not alone in my thinking ,if general hospital doesnt get its act together ,this fall we will be here bitching that general hospital is gone ,and I dont want to see that happen,the thought of katie couric makes my skin crawl.

david
david

Let Claudia come back and together she and Johnny can take out Anthony, who lied to Johnny for years. Maybe Anthony stood by while Claudia was abused or maybe he offered her up as part of a business deal. Mother and son mobsters would be more fun than the usual.

heidi
heidi

I would love to see SJB back as Claudia but I think she likes it over at DOOL. It’s a great idea and a great way to take AZ out.

Elhu
Elhu

Sometimes it takes a “shocker” like this to stir things up in just the right way. It does seem a bit “out there”, but sadly, plausible. I am sure Ron C. will know how to play this storyline out in a way that will work. I am very excited about what is to come for GH and all of the characters!!!!!

Gloria
Gloria

I cannot think of a reason for this “twist.” Claudia is long dead & so Anthony is Johnny’s grandfather instead of father. Big deal. Just means Michael killed Johnny’s mother instead of his sister. I don’t see any big repercussions coming of out of this.

david
david

It is an interesting way to liven things up. It would be even more interesting if Claudia was alive (or brought back). No wonder Claudia was a mental wreck if she had a child from abuse and couldn’t tell Johnny he was her son. Claudia was a fabulous character and Sarah Brown was incredible. If Sarah had to leave, I wish Claudia had taken a vacation rather than been killed off (but maybe she didn’t really die?). I would love the return of Claudia (with Sarah). That would be everyone’s worst nightmare, and then mother and son could be reunited and discuss what happened.

Iakovos
Iakovos

Odd as this twist seems to me — the lack of a suitable age gap — maybe it is a catalyst for righting the ship and moving GH in a new direction… clearing out characters and plots that no longer are viable or interesting, setting up new stories and making room on the canvas for new people.

Helena
Helena

Okay, I can sit here and ignore the fact that if the show was sticking to the currently accepted ages for Johnny and Claudia, she would have had to have been about eight when she got pregnant with him. And I can even at least try to swallow the fact that this completely ruins her entire backstory. What I can’t stand is that they’re even thinking about going through with this story and not bringing Sarah Joy Brown back. Claudia is DEAD. It’s unfortunate; she was by far my favorite character that GH ever had (even though they never developed her to her full potential, which SJB could have easily done). But why bring this storyline up now?! Why didn’t they do it back in 2008 when everyone was saying how borderline inappropriate Claudia and Johnny’s relationship was? Without her on the screen, it’s completely pointless. If they’re actually doing this, they need to bring SJB back from Days so that she and BB can have some kickass scenes together. I can totally buy Claudia coming back from the dead, and I will sit through this nonsense if it means she’s back.

barbara t
barbara t

the reason to bring the storyline in now,so once again its the sonny show,we will have another excuse for the mob war,I hear that michael easton wont show up in port charles till march ,so that means no one goes to jail again,and the murders continue at general hospital.unless he isnt john mcbaine,to bad claudia is dead ,to bad they didnt sent her away ,sometimes its just stupid to kill an interesting character,when they could have just left town ,I think that sonny treated her like crap,and he has done so many nasty things ,they made her out to be worst then him, so its the sonny show again ,I liked claudia to.Ill keep watching.our new writers have started,Ill have to pay closer attention to the bottom of the television ,to see when it begins.

Helena
Helena

I’m SICK of The Sonny Show. I never liked him, not even with Claudia. And even if it had to be The Sonny Show, couldn’t they have come up with a better plot twist that at least involved ALIVE characters? I don’t watch GH regularly anymore…I’ll flip it on when I get the time, which is rare. But I’d start watching full-time again if they brough SJB back. Anyone know how her stint is going on Days? I tried watching it, but wasn’t too into it. I’m trying not to be too critical of this storyline, though, cuz if it does bring Claudia back, I’ll never say another bad word about it.

aria
aria

this twist only has a payoff if Sarah comes back. I miss her character, i know she’s currently at dool, I to tried to catch a glimpse of her, and she looks fabulous, but dool doesn’t have any heavy hitters, and i don’t see them being any match for sarah, i think she needs to come home to GH were theres definitely more interesting characters and actors for her to spat with.

Helena
Helena

GH is her home. She was fabulous as Carly, and absolutely incredible as Claudia. Both were gutsy parts that also had great backstories that provided for vulnerability and plenty of room for great acting. She could tear this storyline apart if they brought her back.

mike
mike

This shows how badly GH needs Ron and Frank.

Torrey
Torrey

That would be the only way for me to start watching GH again, is if they bring Sarah back….but I just don’t know how they would. I know its a soap and people come back from the dead all the time, but how in the world would they do it, after the elaborate way that she went out? Not to mention, the whole cover up and burying her body out in the woods…. Ever since Sarah left, GH just hasn’t been as exciting. And it would only make sense to do this story if Sarah were coming back.

Celle
Celle

Brandon did an amazing job with these scenes. He can handle more complications and storyline than he has been given. I hope GH wakes up and give Johnny a bigger story on GH, and I hope he plays the piano again soon.

barbara t
barbara t

I agree I love johnny and his crazy father,and its not so far fetched that claudia is his mother ,A while back ,before she was killed I thought that maybe she is his mother,but nothing went any further about her being raped by that sick guy who worked for anthony,something was there ,guess the writers changed there minds.brandon did a wonderful job at his shock of this whole mess,gives him a good story line ,I like the piano playing to.so lets fasten our seat belts ron and frank are in charge now.I believe we are going to enjoy general hospital alot more now.

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Tonight on the November episode of Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman, get ready for a dynamic line-up of some of your favorite soap stars.

Join Michael and his special guests: GH’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin), Y&R’s Beth Maitland (Traci), DAYS’ Freddie Smith (Sonny) and soap icon, Linda Dano (Ex-Felicia – AW, ex-Gretel – OLTL, GH, AMC, Port Charles, and ex-Cynthia, ATWT) for this 90-minute broadcast, plus you never know who might pop up during the show!

Make sure to listen in for our trivia game show segment, when one lucky caller has the chance to win a Days of our Lives goodie/swag bag, and a personalized autograph picture from our guest, Freddie Smith.

To call-in and pose a question, or a comment to any of our guests, dial the exclusive listener-line at 818-295-2130.  

The season premiere begins its stream-live at 7PMPST/10PMEST.  You can also head on over to the Soap Nation Live! page at Spreaker.com, if you have any trouble listening to the show here.

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Now, listen to Soap Nation Live’s all-new episode below in the player.

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On Thursday night, November 15th, Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman returns with a brand new episode beginning at 7PMPST/10PMEST.

Join Michael and his very special guests: General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan), The Young and the Restless Beth Maitland (Traci), Days of our Lives Freddie Smith (Sonny), and beloved soap vet, Linda Dano (Ex-Felicia Gallant, AW, Ex-Gretel Rae Cummings, OLTL, GH, Port Charles, and AMC) who will be appearing with Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS) in Hallmark’s The Chronicle Mysteries next year, for this entertaining 90-minute broadcast.

Make sure to listen in for our trivia game show segment, when one lucky caller has the chance to win a very soapy prize, a Days of our Lives swag bag, and a personalized autograph picture of Freddie Smith.

To call-in and pose a question, or a comment to any of our guests, dial the exclusive listener-line at 818-295-2130.

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But in the twist on ‘soap-reality’, Dante was now the ascending mobster in Port Charles, and Sonny was a sergeant in the police department in Brooklyn married to Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero).  It all beings when Sonny remembers being 18-years-old and that fatal day when he shot Vincent Marino.  The young Sonny is played by Maurice’s real-life son.   Sonny then dreams of what would have happened to him if he never pulled that trigger.

Sonny is now a by-the-book cop, who visits his son Dante along with Olivia.  When they get there, Dante is now married to Sam (Kelly Monaco), who is his trophy wife.  Dante is working for the Jerome family – enter Julian (William deVry) and Ava (Maura WestO – and we quickly learn that “Jason Smith” is the hit man who works for them.  And, wouldn’t you know?  Seems like Ava and Jason have a “thing” going on … sealed with a kiss.

Now disturbed by his son’s life of crime, Sonny goes to the PCPD to talk to the police commissioner, who is now Anna Devane (Finola Hughes).  In the story, Anna is very inward, depressed, and more.  We find out that her daughter, Robin died of complications from AIDS in the 90’s, in which Anna has never recovered from.   We also learn at the PCPD that Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) is the current District Attorney.

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Carly (Laura Wright) enters the scene, and she is still married to A. J. Quartermaine.  Sonny takes a liking to her and vice-versa.  We later learn that Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry) is back working for the DEA and Dante has gone undercover to bring down the Jeromes; so the entire territory is under his control.

Dante and Sam have a major falling out, as he is excited by the power he will have once he rids the Jeromes out of his business.  Sam has had it. She doesn’t want to dress like this, be his trophy wife, or have this kind of life. When Dante walks out, an upset Sam is alone with Jason, and the two connect.

In the conclusion of the episode, Dante shoots Jason on the pier, a scene which Sonny walks in on.  Sonny and his son struggle for the gun, and once again Dante is shot, just like in the original version of the story years ago, but with the twist of the struggle.  Olivia comes running onto the pier and sees Dante shot, and yells at Sonny the signature line, “You shot your own son!”

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At the end of the dream, Sony goes back to the mark in time where he decides whether or not to pull the trigger on Marino with Mike (Max Gail) and him looking on at the young version of himself.  In the end, Sonny still pulls the trigger.

The episode featured stand-out performances by: Dominic Zamprogna (how great was it to see him again, and to see him play Dante’s dark side), Maurice Benard (who illustrated the other side of Sonny, more reserved, and delivered a heartbreaking speech as Sonny to Dante about his life being abused, and the choices he made), Kelly Monaco (who showed a woman unhappy with the outward shell she had created and been a part of), and Finola Hughes,who gave us a different look  at what life would have been like for Anna had Robin been taken from her years ago.  Additionally, it was nice to see the entire cast deliver in support of making this episode work in the ‘flip the switch’ sequence of events.

So, what did you think of the Sonny-centric episode? Who was your favorite in it?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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