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76 May 4th, 2015 Alicia Leigh Willis Makes A Return To General Hospital As Courtney Matthews Comforts Her Son Spencer!

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On Monday’s part two of General Hospital’s Nurses Ball 2015, Spencer Cassadine (Nicolas Bechtel) received a heavenly visit from his mother the late Courtney Matthews towards the end of the episode.  The pick-up of the scene will occur on tomorrow’s final part of this year’s Nurses Ball.

With Courtney back for a visit, that means that GH was able to welcome back Alicia Leigh Willis in the role!  Courtney’s return came about when during GH Fan February, ABC.com asked viewers who they wanted to see come back for a visit during this year’s Nurses Ball episodes?  Courtney was voted the winners by 42% of the voters, and was followed by Stefan Cassadine at 30%. Now the stage is set for a mother and son chat as Spencer has been motherless throughout his childhood, since Courtney died shortly after giving birth to the little prince.

As for Willis, in On-Air On-Soaps recent interview with her, Alicia even teased that she would love to come back to work with Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) again and to see her on-screen son, if somehow that were possible.  And looks like that day is here!

So, are you glad that Courtney will finally have scenes with her son Spencer who has been in an emotionally fragile state since his face was burned in the fire at Wyndemere?  Share your thoughts below!

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  1. su0000 says:

    well-

    It might be ok IF Courtney is not a dumb ghost or some such thing..BOO! lol

    I’m ok with the Cassadines having whatever to do with keeping Courtney alive, they are very good at that :)

    ( I would rather have Spenser and Britt..

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Me too…i like Spenser and Britt together!!!

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    Harry replied

    Hey SUoo! Courtney meant to write “Boo!” on the steam buildup of Nikolas’s bathroom mirror but she became confused with the idea of reflection and how it reverses right from left. Nikolas became perplexed when he got out of the shower and saw “!!!OOB” written on his mirror.

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  2. Diane Jones says:

    I think it’s just what he needs,but it’s too bad she is only a ghost,really wish she could stay,I think it would help Nicholas out too.

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  3. laura says:

    I miss Alicia so much – it would be great if GH would bring her back full time. After all no one truly dies on a soap opera. It would be so much fun to watch Spencer interact with his mother on a regular basis – not as an angel!

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  4. Harry says:

    Well, Spencer (who is in great need of child psycho therapy before he becomes a serial killer) is clearly hallucinating. Because Courtney was so stupid that her spirit would not know how to cross over from the after life back into real life. I believe that if Courtney’s spirit did try to cross over she’d end up in the frozen food isle of the local supermarket stuck on the word “concentrate” on the can of frozen orange juice.
    I mean, this chick was so stupid that she would reply,”Is that a trick question?” when anyone asked her how she was doing.

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    dmr replied

    I am laughing really hard-can’t say that I disagree!

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    Chrystie Delancey replied

    There is someone on another board that says “Courtney is her all time favorite character.” Of ALL the characters, past and present, this person picks the above-mentioned airhead. I would rather see the actress that played her MOTHER back before I see Courtney.

    I have a feeling this vote was rigged.

    Aria replied

    Ouch, didn’t like her either she was part of that self righteous group of Carly sonny and Jason all acted like the world owed them something. Also agree on spencer, I’m waiting to see him kill someone’s pet on the show just to confirm that he’ll end up being a future serial killer, if the shoe is trying to play him up as this adorable little brat they are failing miserably, every time he calls Cameron a towny it Erks me, he comes across so hateful.

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Lol…I love Spencer and think he’s adorable….but I must say Cameron in all his innocence is getting cuter and cuter as well!

    Harry replied

    Remember when Courtney had that gorgeous golden retriever? Suddenly, the dog just disappeared and no one mentioned it (much like when The Brady Bunch’s dog Tiger suddenly disappeared ).
    Courtney was so stupid that even the dog became disgusted and ran away and Courtney didn’t even notice that he as gone.
    This is a woman who has White-Out all over her monitor.

    CeeCee replied

    I only hope these child actors aren’t scarred for life…LOL.
    PLEASE! Give them a storyline befitting children. Kids just don’t think with an adult brain…c’mon, now.

  5. Beth says:

    No, I am not glad. The character of Courtney never fit with GH. I would have been happy never to have seen her grace my GH screen again.

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  6. Beth says:

    I must add, that I am highly doubtful that Courtney won more votes that Stefan Cassadine. Something stinks.

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    dmr replied

    I really liked Stefan too. I loved Mary Beth Evans as Katherine Bell-she was so feisty. Loved how she tangled with Lucy and most of Port Charles.

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    Harry replied

    Yes, Beth. The election probably took place in Florida.

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    The Substitute replied

    It was a PR stunt she was always coming back to help that obnoxious child of hers! Stephen Nichols is coming back for his sweetness on Days!

    su0000 replied

    aha! Harry.. I’m sure it did..
    Stefan should have won! now, that would have been great!

    Christy replied

    bwwahahahaha

    yes I hear that “Chad” really came in first!

    Harry replied

    Christy! Good one! (“Chad” ) I wish I had thought of it and I know Jim and Timm wish the same thing.

    Harry replied

    One more thing, Beth. I would rather the sweet, ethical and brilliant Georgie come back instead of the useless Courtney who is the very reason WHY dumb blonde jokes were invented. Georgie should never ever had been killed off. Adding to the list which should proceed Cornnuts–Alan Q, his son AJ, and yes, Stefan.
    Heck, I’d even rather see Port Charles’ answer to Marcia Brady (Emily) come back than to see this clueless wonder blunder back into the show.

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Id be happy if they’d just show Monica more…here we have Jakeson’s story front and center and she isnt even around…they show Sappy doing skits ect. at the nurses ball and she was fired from the hospital yet Monica isnt even in the audience…thats b.s.! and no Mac and Felicia!…double..b.s.b.s.,…Mac shouldve debuted with his Mr.Marbles replacement…that big dummy Ron Carlivati!!!

    judy neeley replied

    George I love her I didn’t like Courtney if they going to bring back some one Emily was great I love her what about Liz son Jake they shouldn’t kill him off maybe that what Liz needs courtesy didn’t have a roll of on G.H not really so is Courtney back for good are issued she a ghost

    Rose replied

    Hi Harry,…This is a reply to comments further down this section. ” Hatred” of Sabrina and Courtney is a pretty strong word. I just said “negatives.” And if they instil such dislike, they are doing their job right. I just hope some of the strong dislike doesn’t spill over into their personal feelings. They are human after all.

    And Courtney isn’t the only one to switch partners for whatever reason. Look at Elizabeth. I’ve said more about this in a further scroll down the page.

    Harry replied

    Oh no, Rose, it’s okay. I really do hate Courtney and Sabrina. I don’t hate the actresses who play them, mind you.
    I figure it’s good therapy to hate fictional actors because we can get our angst out. That way we don’t engage in driver’s rage or shopping rage. I don’t want to be that person who starts screaming that the woman in front of me has gone over the 9 item limit in the Express lane and that it’s an outage, an outrage, I tell ya!

    Timmm replied

    Tyler Christopher has the ballot box in his dressing room!

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    Kacey replied

    I agree. No way do I believe this vote ended up with Courtney over Stefan.

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  7. tskyent says:

    How Wonderful is this!! Can’t wait..

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  8. Jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Its ok but predictable…imo

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  9. linda says:

    she could come back everyone does. Helena you know

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  10. Robert says:

    She looks so beautiful in her return and I miss Alicia on my screen. Spencer need someone with strong morals to help him combat all of that Cassasdine DNA. I am shocked how weak Nicholas’s parenting has been. Spencer is headed towards a dark future, as an entitled,narcissist with wealth and power to make him future villain in Port Charles. I wish there was a way to bring Alicia Leigh Willis back as maybe Courtney’s twin or cousin to help Spencer.

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    Chrystie Delancey replied

    Strong morals? Wasn’t she originally a stripper. I guess she had a heart of gold, though.

    Courtney was a twit, plain and simple. She actually had some potential with Jax, but that was squandered.

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    Rose replied

    Sometimes even “strippers” out grow their past. She obviously needed some better parenting, too. Especially if Sonny is her half-brother. Some of his first “businesses” were strip clubs so he could give her a job. She wasn’t the only character caught up in his world. And look at Bobbie Spenser. After she was saved from her father Tim, she and Luke went to live with Aunt Ruby who owned a “house of ill repute.” So before nursing, Bobbie had another trade.

  11. Susan says:

    No, never liked her. Britts coming back, was more powerful. Spencer needed Britt, more then he needed his mother, that he never knew.

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    Patrick replied

    I totally agree… especially… if Hayden is still in the mix… and these two have at it… for Nikolas affections…

    I was so hoping… for a strong twosome… in Brit and Nina… with “Dr. O” for this threesome… plus Nathan…to forefront

    throw in Franco… and these characters would have escalated to the top tier

    it’s been so long now… since Michelle Stafford acted her ass off… with her own mind… yes, I’m thinking MS’ Phyllis character…

    NIna and Franco need to step on it… and GO…. move themselves onward and upward

    let’s find a way for NIna and Aunt Leisl to shake things up : bond : forge a relationship and command

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  12. Sara says:

    yes im glad but that scene was way too short! It was like a tease. I actually enjoyed Britt’s scene with Spencer more

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  13. Timmm says:

    I liked her and they look great as a family. I dont like killing off characters in general because these visions or ghost setups are limited. A perfect example is John Abbott on Y&R. Jack’s talks with him are great but to still have John alive and available would be 100 times better for the show. Same with Courtney, Emily, Alan Q, ect.

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    su0000 replied

    She won a vote ..
    They had to do something with her that she could disappear quickly after her appearance..
    I knew if she won it would be a snore lol
    If, Stefan had won it would at the least have stirred the pot/been exciting..

    (ever notice people whining= ”the cast it too large.. the cast is bloated…
    yet.. we want more bring them all back keep them all ! ..aha!

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    Timmm replied

    I’m glad Stephan didnt win because I want that character to be brought back, long term. I would LOVE to see him act with Spencer. Nicholas is front and center so they would have a great story to tell especially since I could see Stephan wanting ELQ. Lastly, Stephan would happily take Laura off Fluke’s hands!

    Chrystie Delancey replied

    Because people want the good old days back, but that ship has sailed, unfortunately.

    Harry replied

    Chyrstie, who said anything about the good old days?
    Timm, love your mental image of Stefan talking to Spencer.
    Yes, that would be really fabulous. That would work for me.

  14. Aden says:

    Love the actress, and that she has a brief return. But the character of Courtney was ill-conceived at best, and pointless at worst. The difference in regimes is going to be jarring…especially with the campy, outrageous, over the top way Spencer is written, and the more serious, morose character that Courtney always was. Should be interesting though. And hopefully brief.

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  15. Anthony says:

    Never thought much of the Courtney character and the kid is written as a spoiled, self-important brat – don’t care at all.

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    judy neeley replied

    Spencer is a spoiled brat that all

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  16. Marjorie m says:

    I LOVE IT!!!!! I just wish it could be for longer but ill take it

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  17. rebecca1 says:

    Would have preferred Stefan. He, too, could have bonded with Spencer. He and Nicolas were very close and he raised him well…

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    su0000 replied

    0oohh yes!
    the awesome Stefan ! He would have indeed brought us excitement!
    I really wanted want Stefan back, even if for a day it would have been much stronger and intriguing scenes..
    imagine’ Nik, Spencer and Stefan together .. wow!

    (Courtney yawn in comparison lol )

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    Timmm replied

    Is Stephen Nichols retired? He is wanted on three different soaps and it doesnt seem as if he is interested.

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    rebecca1 replied

    Don’t know…isn’t he back on Days?

    Fanny replied

    Timm, Stephen returned to DAYS as Patch from 2006-2009, then moved on
    to Y&R as Tucker from February 2009-2013. Recently made an appearance
    on DAYS again for their 50th Anniversary.
    And from what I’ve heard he WILL be seen on GH soon, regardless of
    Courtney’s walkthrough.

    su0000 replied

    Hmmm- Tucker McCall.. Patch .. but best of all was Stefan ..
    He was at the Emmy’s.. had his pic taken with past cast mates.. one with Christian LeBlanc
    March/April he was back to DOOL for the anniversary.

  18. jeremy says:

    Awesome!!! :) Nice to see her again.

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  19. Dan says:

    Alicia Leigh Willis is as beautiful as ever, and I really enjoyed the scenes. It would be nice if Courtney were back as more than just a ghost. The Cassadines have everyone else in their freezer apparently, why not Courtney, lol?

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    Aria replied

    What would be the point? RC likes bringing them back from the dead only to kill them off agian, first A J and now it looks like Duke is gonna ” die”

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    su0000 replied

    Aria, you are wrong..
    Courtney was brought back for a day.. it was a one time thing, she knew that..
    and-
    ”AJ” he left GH.. He left on his own..
    Also– who has RC brought back from the dead to kill them??
    Some actors are short stay and not meant to be a cast member and the actors know that when they take the job..
    Actors do leave :)

    Actors do leave by their choice..

    ALL soaps have their dead.. however- nobody really dies on soap they are known to be resurrected at anytime ..

    Aria replied

    I was responding to Dan who said he wish the Courtney character was returning back for more than just a ghost I said what would be the point if later down the road he RC would most likely kill the charater offl like he did with A J. And will soon be doing to another character he resurrected only to kill off agian that other character is duke whom is being rumored to be killed off.

  20. Christy says:

    I voted for Sonny’s father to come back. I knew Courtney could only come back for mere moments seeing how she is dead… and would rather Emily come back for more visits instead.

    and I know it’s been done before, but really wish Spencer would get knocked in the head and wake like normal behaving, normal speaking child. He really irritates me.

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    Aria replied

    I’m with you on spencer he’s beyond a bratt, it looked like Patrick wanted to smack him after that stunt he pulled at the nurses ball . Looks like Emma had the good sense to stay clear of this little psychotic cassadine prince..

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    Shay replied

    Here, here , Aria, and I’d really love for someone to just come out and say, “Pssst….Hey, Spence! Not only was yo mama a ‘townie,” but she was also a stripper!” That should permanently push that pompous little pipsqueak of a princeling back in his proper place!

    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I wanted Sonny’s father to come back too…would have loved seeing him in scenes with Ava’s mother Delia…he played her husband Roger on Ryans Hope…wouldve been hilarious if they had run into each other and Dee mistakens Sonny’s father for her husband Roger!!!

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    judy neeley replied

    I wish they would have bought back Emily are Liz son jake

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    Chrystie Delancey replied

    He sunk to a new low with his imitation of the Phantom of the Opera. He could have killed those kids.

    He needs a good spanking. The actor is great, though.

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  21. Liam says:

    Although I can see how Courtney was annoying to many (including myself), I actually started liking her once she inherited the money to start the foundation for underprivileged children; however, I indirectly blame her for taking in Diego since he got subsequently got rid of Georgie. Yet, I liked her at that point because she separated herself from Sonny and Jason and I enjoyed her standing up to them. I liked her with Jax and I liked her brief time with Nicholas. Sometimes soap writing does things that catch me off guard and takes a character in such a different direction such as Courtney getting pregnant with Nik’s child. She had been on the show for quite some time and was wrapped up in AJ, Jason, and Sonny/Carly world for so long that you would think she would be remembered for that, but since she’s been dead, I associate her as being Spencer’s mother.

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  22. SW says:

    It makes me sad how hateful this board can be. It was great to see an “old” face…Insctually liked Courtney when she was on. She made AJ human, and I always thought it was a shame (and utterly predictable) that she ended up with Jason instead. Wish she could come back and bring Spencer down a notch. He really needs a permanent mother figure in his life!! Speaking of which…anyone know if Hayden is finished? I will miss seeing RB on screen as well. Love my legacy characters/actors! Love love love that soaps feel like family <3

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    Rose replied

    Also don’t like some negatives about Sabrina. There have been others as well that get almost personal toward the actors. You can express yourself about how you feel, but sometimes comments could be more sensitive and carefully worded.

    Hope Hayden/Rebecca stays. I think there’s a lot they can do with her character, and it looks like she needs a home. Like to see a Rick stay as well. Like Scottie, we always need a couple of morally questionable characters who also have redeeming qualities.

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    Harry replied

    Courtney and Sparkle Pony are fictional characters The hatred you see here is not about the actresses, it’s about the characters they play.
    I did like Courtney with AJ, but like his family, she saw the sun and moon in Jason’s eyes and threw AJ over for the chosen one.

    su0000 replied

    Harry :)
    not one person has said a bad word about the actress Alicia, not one…
    I don’t recall reading even anything bad said about the Courtney character, just mention of what happened in stories..
    What was said– some wanted Stefan Cassadine back not Courteney, and that is not hatred, that is a ‘like’ opinion..

    where do people come up with hate junk, sigh ..

    Harry replied

    It’s a scary world when su000 and I are on the same page.
    For the record–I am sure Alicia is really intelligent in real life–she is certainly beautiful.
    I just saw Courtney acting rather stupid time and time again. I can never erase the image of Courtney pawing the air while laughing to herself.
    Or did I dream that?

  23. jorge says:

    sooo wish Sefan will be back and helena to casue good trouble in gh!!

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  24. Rodd says:

    I wasn’t watching GH when she was originally on, but I thought the scenes were sweet.

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  25. Timmm says:

    Courtney grew up. She was great. If anyone has ever lost a parent and wishes they could speak to them one more time and ask for their wisdom, strength or support, would get Court and Spencer’s scene. Who else but dear old mom can tell you its okay to take off your mask and accept the hand thats been dealt to you. I loved it and will always remember that scene.

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  26. Rose says:

    Just an observation. Courtney’s history isn’t unlike Elizabeth’s when it comes to men…AJ, Jason, and Nickolas. Add Jax into the mix for Courtney, and Lucky, Rick and Jake for Liz. And yet both are considered the “nice” kind of girls on GH. Sometimes it seems the more “un-nice” girls are more monogamous. But then soaps would get boring after a while if they didn’t stir the pot.

    Did like Courtney with Spencer. Not unlike Alan Q and Emily coming back occasionally as a “moral” compasses, though not enough, and they shouldn’t have let them die. So now Spencer has two mother figures…Courtney and Britt, who also is warm and caring for him, if not misguided sometimes.

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    Harry replied

    I actually really liked Courtney when she first arrived in Port Charles and before they ruined her character.
    I do have a memory of that slime ball Sonny checking her out before he knew she was his sister.

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    Rose replied

    Harry…what would we do it we didn’t have such a variety of comments. It would be really dull. And su0000…as the champion to anything GH, she certainly adds color to what we all have to say. Plus, she and I both like sci-fi. Pretend a smiley face here.w

  27. Allen saint james says:

    She always was a throwaway character

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  28. Shay says:

    As long as this was a one-off appearance for Courtney, I found no harm in it Her motherly visitation with Spencer certainly wasn’t the “sappiest” of all the hokey nonsense we were subjected to over these last few days, that’s for sure! Quite frankly, if there were an opportunity to make a heavenly trade of Sparkle Pony for Courtney, I would jump at it in a New York minute and consider it to be an absolute bargain! (Let’s make a deal!)

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