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TODAY: John Reilly Tribute Episode Airs on General Hospital

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Friday on General Hospital, it’s time for all of us to say goodbye to the beloved John Reilly and pay tribute to him and the character he portrayed for many years, Sean Donely.

In story, a mystery is woven into the episode, and the story, as Robert (Tristan Rogers), Anna (Finola Hughes), Robin (Kimberly McCullough), Mac (John J. York) and Felicia (Kristina Wagner) as well as Reilly’s real life daughter, Caitlin Reilly, appear.

John Reilly died at the age of 86 back in January of this year and since that time the ABC daytime drama series has promised this installment of the iconic soap opera to honor him, but in very “Sean Donely” style given the character’s history with the WSB and espionage.

The veteran actor appeared on GH in the show’s hey day of the 80’s debuting in 1984 and staying on till 1995 and then making two more appearances in 2008 and 2013.

Watch the promo for today’s GH below.

Now let us know in the comment section if you are looking forward to seeing it.

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I thoroughly enjoyed the episode and seeing so many great GH vets. Loved the setting, the eerie hallways, and watching Anna and Felicia have some quality screen time together. The only downer was having Peter Puke scenes interspersed, though Bobbi’s arrival rescued us. A great reminder of GH’s halcyon days.

Only real complaint I have about the episode is the fact that Whiny Heiny was involved at all, even if only for a scene or two.

Aside from that, it was very well done, and focused on classic GH characters who actually knew Sean. Didn’t expect to see Tiffany on screen, given her health issues, but it was great that they managed to bring her voice in by telephone. Wouldn’t have been right to not include her in some way.

Minor complaints about the people who were NOT there, but should have been. Frisco Jones & Lucky Spencer come to mind. Lucky supposedly lives in Ireland, so he definitely should have shown up for this.

Lucky was not close to Sean, neither was Laura actually but I’m sure she was there in support of Tiffany. Sean and Tiffany left town about a year and a half after Lucky arrived with his parents. Frisco was friends with Sean but given the fact he didn’t show up for his own brother’s (Tony) and daughter ‘s funerals (Georgie), why show up for Sean’s? He’s being consistent.

It was VERY well done. Congrats, GH.

Dennis M… At first I was worried how GH would handle this. I didn’t want anymore sad goodbyes. So like you I enjoyed it as well. And Frisco is always missing in action. Wouldn’t mind seeing Annie /Caitlin make an entrance into Port Charles. Be definitely not as Lulu.

John Reilly was fantastic as Sean and I remember him a bit with Tiffany and I’m sorry to hear of his passing. And, I’m sorry but I was heavily disappointed in this tribute, the only thing I truly enjoyed the most was the various flashbacks especially at the end with Sean & Tiffany’s wedding! That was a hoot and a holler.

The story where most of GH’s veterans hop-skip and jump to County Kerry, Ireland from New York in less than a day… really? (well, it is a 7+hour flight)… But, wouldn’t it have made more sense for the memorial to take place in Port Charles where stories with Sean, Anna, Felicia, Frisco, etc, etc. took place? The daughter Annie, could’ve flown out to lay Sean’s ashes somewhere important in Port Charles. Don’t get me started on the foolish writing just to test Annie – who became a WSB agent in the “test” of vanishing characters. Silliness! I expected more from GH.

However, I will say, that all I could think about besides the passing of John Reilly… was… why didn’t GH casting cast Caitlin Reilly (Annie), as the new-LULU! I kept watching her and thought she’d be perfect for a LULU recast. In my opinion, I think GH missed it big-time with the tribute. And, there were scenes with Peter (in Port Charles with Maxie – so gross). I look forward to read what others felt about this so-called “tribute”.

Excellent show! GH always does these tribute episodes well. It was wonderful to see all the vets together, so much of GH’s rich history on the screen at the same time. And I got a kick out of the story they told. It was a nice tip of the cap to the old days of GH, and the type of stories that Sean was involved in for so many years.

I’m glad Kristina Wagner decided to return. Felicia was conspicuous by her absence for Maxie’s wedding. She looked great. Loved her scenes with Finola. So much history there. It also says how much John Reilly meant to her that Kimberly McCullough would return given that she retired from acting.

I didn’t think they would be able to include Sharon Wyatt because of her health issues, but they found a way. If anyone should have been involved in a Sean Donely/John Reilly tribute episode it was her. It would have been a nice touch if they could have gotten Tony Geary to make an appearance, given how much history Luke and Sean shared together. But you can’t have everything.

Overall, I thought it was very well done tribute.

I absolutely had no idea who those people were (outside of the regulars)
I had no idea as to what it was about-
It made no sense to me, none at all.

SuOOO
Same for me, but glad the others enjoyed it so much.I had seen J.R on other soaps but wasn’t watching GH at that time. Someone suggested his daughter for a Lulu replacement but I think they are poised for a Dante and Sam pair-up.

Oh, I forgot that Lulu and Dante are no longer married, so it wouldn’t make a difference.

Thank you for that utterly useless contribution to
the conversation.

Hi Harry 🙂
You’re welcome-
And thank you for joining in with your useless contribution to the conversation.
Your opinion is always welcomed 🙂

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Daytime Stars We Lost Remembered in 2024 SAG Awards In-Memoriam Tribute

On Saturday night at the 30th annual SAG Awards streaming on Netflix, several stars from the world of soap opera were remembered in a very moving In-Memoriam segment.

Honoring those actors we lost this past year, and set to the song “How do I Say Goodbye” by Dean Lewis, the screen was filled with so many heartbreaking losses.

Those who were remembered in the tribute included: Bill Hayes (Doug, Days of our Lives), Ellen Holly (Carla, One Life to Live), Nicolas Coster (Lionel, Santa Barbara et al), Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, GH, Stefan DAYS), Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R and Drew, GH), Sharon Farrell (Flo, Y&R), Arlene Sorkin (Calliope, DAYS), Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio, OLTL), Jeffrey Carlson (Zoe/Zarf, AMC) and Mark Goddard (Ted, OLTL).

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Other notable stars who passed away and were included in the tribute were: Chita Rivera, Andre Braugher, Suzanne Somers, and Matthew Perry.

Before the video package was played, actress Naomi Watts took to the stage and shared, “We have lost so many extraordinary actors in the past year, but because they touched the world with their talent, we all share their loss. To those of us who worked with them, alongside them, we feel their loss and their absence deeply.”

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She added, “Of course their memory will live on in our recollections of the precious time we shared together — and through their work, their performances captured in countless frames of images, ever ready to dance across the screen and come to life again, if only for a while.”

What did you think of the In-Memoriam Tribute at the 2024 SAG Awards and seeing a lot of familiar faces being included who represent the soaps? Comment. below.

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David Gail, who played Dr. Joe Scanlon on Port Charles (1999-2000), and who also appeared on Beverly Hills 90210, cause of death has been revealed. The actor passed away on January 16th at the age of 58.

According to the toxicology report, Gail died of anoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, which is a brain injury caused by a a lack of blood flow, following resuscitation from cardio pulmonary arrest due to the drug intoxication. The report also revealed that drug intoxication with amphetamines, cocaine, ethanol and fentanyl, were also involved.

Gail’s mother, Mary Painter, spoke to Deadline on the findings and opened up to what led to David’s ultimate passing. Gail was found unresponsive by emergency personnel who attempted to save his life. Eventually, he was put on life support where he remained for several days till his death.

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In her statement, Painter shared, “It breaks my heart to learn that my son died this way. David became reliant on medicine many years ago, after multiple surgeries on his hands and wrists. He lived in enough pain to prevent him from working for almost a decade, with relief only achieved through full disability, physical therapy and pain medicine.”

She then added, “He struggled to stop taking pharmaceuticals and did before turning toward a more Eastern pain management including acupuncture and natural medicines. I can only assume that his former opioid dependence played a part in self-medicating from uncontrolled sources.”

David’s mother expressed a very important social message for our time about addiction that she hopes other parents remain aware of: “David’s death shines a light on the countless innocent victims of pharmaceutical addiction and the fentanyl epidemic that has taken so many of our sons and daughters. Please keep David and others battling pain or dependence, in your thoughts and prayers.”

Gail’s other TV credits included parts on: Savannah, Matlock, Murder, She Wrote, Doogie Howser, M.D., and Perfect Opposites.

What do you think about the poignant statement offered up by the late David Gail’s mother, Mary Painter? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Spinelli Serenades Maxie Then They Kiss! Are you in Favor of a ‘Spixie’ Reunion?

Spixie fans finally got their wish, sort of, on Thursday’s February 22nd episode of ABC’s General Hospital.

While Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms) have been each others orbit and married to other people, have had children, and been each other’s best friends, it’s apparent that they belong together, or do they?

In story, Spinelli took to the stage on Karaoke night when he, Maxie, Cody (Josh Kelly) and Sasha (Sofia Mattsson) went out together.  When Spinelli sang, it featured a touching solo performance by Bradford Anderson, where Spinelli wears his heart on his sleeve for Maxie.

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The pick-up of the story happens on next week’s Tuesday, February 27th episode when in teasers, Maxie and Spinelli get closer.

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