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239 April 2nd, 2013 General Hospital 50th Anniversary Episode – A Heartfelt Moving Tribute!

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Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital was the highly anticipated 50th anniversary episode of the series, and not only did it not disappoint, it was a heartfelt tribute to the legacy of the series and to its five decades of fans.  Brilliantly written by GH head writer Ron Carlivati, the episode blended surprise returns, humor, drama, suspense … all of which GH is known for … wrapped into a neat one-hour package with a bow on it.

The set-up was what would have been the late, great Dr Steve Hardy (John Beradino) Chief of Staff’s 50th Anniversary running the hospital, and his picture that was going to be hung in the hospital boardroom in his honor.  As the episode began, the picture of Dr. Hardy is seen as Nurse Epiphany Johnson (Sonya Eddy) answers the nurses’ station phone with the line: “Hey Doris. How’d you like Frank’s big surprise?”  (Clearly a nod to General Hospital creators, Frank and Doris Hursley!)

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Meanwhile, Monica (Leslie Charleson) and Tracy Quartermaine (Jane Elliot) are going at it one more time, after Monica told Tracy she has “darkened her door for the last time,” and to move out of the Q Mansion.  But wait!  All of a sudden dearly-departed Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon) shows up (he first appeared at the end of Monday’s episode) in the Q living room, and this time not only does Tracy see him, so does Monica!  But Alan has brought some back up to stop the feuding ladies in one of the big surprises of the episode … the return of Natalia Livingston as the deceased Emily! Together, Alan and Emily try to get the gals to reconcile, but lo and behold, Rick Webber (Chris Robinson) shows up in the living room too, and attempts to get the gals to stop their in-fighting by making up with Alan!  As it turned out, it appeared that the return of Emily, Alan and Rick was part of “Pickle-Lila” induced hallucination, or was it?  The segment reached its payoff when Monica and Tracy tried to show the threesome from the great beyond that they could hug and make-up, and in one of the most priceless moments of the episode, Tracy and Monica do their “version” of a hug.  Special kudos to the magnificent Jane Elliot here!  She was marvelous in those scenes.

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Now, how wonderful was it to see Rachel Ames (Audrey) share scenes with her on-screen granddaughter Elizabeth Webber, played by Rebecca Herbst again?  And, in a tender moment, Liz recants that all of the Webbers and the Hardys are scattered all over the map, and how much she missed having her family around.  Liz went on to explain where all the missing in action characters are, including her sister Sara, dad Jeff Webber, Tom Hardy, and his son Tommy.  In these scenes, we were very moved by the performance of Rebecca Herbst, who was given some gems to play with Ames.

One of the more touching moments throughout the entire special episode featured the sublime Jason Thompson as Dr. Patrick Drake, who introduced the new crop of interns to General Hospital and what it means to be a part of the hospital and its staff, while paying homage to the nurses, and Dr. Hardy.  Thompson hit all the right notes throughout, ending the anniversary episode with a moving voice-over that was introduced first by dialog between Patrick, Elizabeth, and Audrey.  This summed up the meaning of the show General Hospital to its longtime viewers:

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Patrick: “It’s going to be a little intimating sitting through those board meetings with the original Chief of Staff upon us.  Hopefully, it will inspire us to reach a standard.  That’s the plan anyway.”   Elizabeth to Audrey: “You and Grandpa had quite a love story, didn’t you?”  Audrey: “Well, we all have.  What’s life but one person’s story crossing with another?”  Patrick: “I think about that, often, and I think about if my dad didn’t practice here, would Robin not have tracked me down for that first procedure?  Would we have gotten to know each other?  Fall in love?  Have our beautiful daughter?  This place changed my life.  I know I am not the only one.”  Elizabeth: “I think about how many lives have been touched, how many stories have passed through this place in 50 Years.” Patrick’s voice-over begins: “Stories of rivalries, stories of love, stories of heartbreak, stories that left us on the edge of their seats.  The thing about all those stories is … we never know how they will end.  50 years …. it’s quite an accomplishment.”

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In another part of the anniversary story, Luke (Tony Geary) and Laura (Genie Francis) found none other than Ethan, the returning Nathan Parsons, who was being held captive on the Haunted Star by Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers) and her cronies!  In another heart-tugging moment Laura, who has never met Luke’s son Ethan, accepts him into her family.  Meanwhile, the search for Lulu continued, but as we saw, at the end of the episode, Helena wants Laura to shoot someone!  Is it Luke and Ethan?  Or, does Helena want her to kill her own daughter, Lulu?  Another great nod to the history of GH by resurrecting the Cassadine/Spencer feud, with Genie Francis back in the fold!

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And in another emotional story, Jax (Ingo Rademacher) and Brenda (Vanessa Marcil) returned!  Jax showed up at Carly’s doorstep to ask her to sign the divorce papers one more time, due to a filing mix up, because he is engaged to be married to none other than Brenda!  In the scenes with Jax, it was Laura Wright, as Carly, who shined.  Wright discussed Jason’s death, and her issues trying to find love with other men, and realized she would like to have another shot at love with Jax, only to have it shot down when she learns of Brenda!  And meanwhile, Brenda shows up at Sonny’s (Maurice Benard) door, and lo and behold, the letter she sent to Sonny via Robin was brought up!  Brenda revealed the details in the letter saying she wanted Sonny to join her, and her son, in Rome.  However, now she came to tell Sonny that since she was in town for The Nurses’ Ball in honor of Robin, that she is engaged to Sonny’s nemesis, Jax!  And … the stage was set for some fireworks and heartbreaks in the episodes to come!

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The final moment of the episode was a chyron card thanking the most important people of all: the fans for sticking with GH for five decades!  A beautiful and masterful job well done by executive producer Frank Valentini, head writer Ron Carlivati, and the cast and crew.  We are popping open the champagne right now and raising our glass, and all we can say after that milestone and episode is, “Here’s to you, General Hospital!”

OK GH fans, now you read our review and our thoughts on the 50th anniversary episode now share yours! What was your favorite moment of the episode?  Do you give it a thumbs-up? Did it showcase the heart and soul of what General Hospital has meant to fan for fifty years?  Weigh-in!

And in case you missed today’s golden anniversary episode of General Hospital, watch it below!

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  1. Rachel Elisabeth says:

    Love every moment in the hospital today, especially that nod to Frank and Doris, thought it was a great thing to do.

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  2. 10261991des says:

    It was a Great Show :)

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  3. cathy says:

    Beauifully written..made me laugh made me cry most of all happy to be loving lasting fan of such a wonderful milestone..GH ROCKS!

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    bruce replied

    You said it perfectly! Glad I’ve been watching for 33 years.

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  4. Danielle says:

    Loved every part of today’s show. It definitely brought tears to my eyes!

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    jp replied

    Agreed! What a tribute to such an iconic show. Frank V and Ron C are brillant. They truly know how to honor the history and legacy of a show. When Viki gave her speech on One Life To Live during its final week, Ron and Frank showed how vested soap fans are to their shows. I am thrilled OLTL is coming back. Congratulations to 50 fabulous years of General Hospital.

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    TL replied

    Is it true OLTL is coming back?

    D. Rice replied

    Yes, otl and amc are back April 29 via Hulu.com, huluplus and itunes.

    CTwildheart replied

    Yes TL…Monday April 29, 2013. Hulu, Hulu + and ITunes. :)

  5. jenny says:

    I loved all the surprise returns that I did not know were coming (Ethan and Emily), seeing Audrey and Liz interact and above all that wonderful portrait of Steve Hardy and the wonderful tribute to him. If Steve were alive, he no doubt would have valued Patrick and Robin greatly as part of the GH staff so great choice of having Patrick deliver the speech saluting GH and the hospital’s heart and soul!

    Jenny

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    Tali replied

    I agree Jenny – Patrick’s part was my favorite – great show, kudos to all!!

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    Terri replied

    I agree I really enjoyed the part where Patrick led the students past the picture of Steve Hardy (he did the Christmas story so well to the children in the hospital at Christmas)! Great show I’m really enjoying it!!

  6. Danielle says:

    First of all Tuesday’s April 2 episode was great. Second, it appears that Helena wants Laura to shoot Ethan and not Lulu. Thanks for a great anniversary show those involved!

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  7. Mitch says:

    Loved the episode especially the scenes with Rachel Ames. What a treasure this lady is!

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  8. aria says:

    The episode was so awesome, i was crying throughtout, love seeing everyone but especially Audrey, I can’t believe how great Rachel Ames looks. She looked so strong and able. hope she will stick around for more appearances.. i also recorded the soap net marathon that aired and although i couldn’t record all 50 hours, i did record alot of episodes, and oh god, where has my memory gone? i can’t believe how much i have forgotten, but it was great going back to those episodes, and it was awesome seeing the ones i wasn’t around for. GH truly is a gem. and i found myself enjoying episodes written by Robert Guza, holy cow, i can’t believe he use to be pretty good, what ever happened to him? he became so close minded and started destryoying the show. there was so many classic episodes, it blew my mind. I can now seriously laugh at those OLTL fans who think their show holds up against GH in any way. Granted each soap has their uniqueness and everyone is entitle to love what they love, but GH truly is a Classic soap all the way. And it deserves the title of BEST SOAP OPERA of all times.

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    Ces replied

    She does look great, I agree! Great to see her, Stuart Damon & Chris Robinson all on the show!
    Love all the attention GH has been getting for this :)

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    Geraldine replied

    I agree wholeheartedly. I was only 2 when the show started. I started watching it when I was 13. Am now 53. have watched ALL of the ABC soaps. GH is by far the best! Loved traveling down memory lane with everyone, and being able to tell my daughter who everyone was back then. Laura has always been my favorite :)
    I salute everyone on the show, and everyone who was behind the scenes. Here’s to 50+ more!!

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    heidi replied

    Agreed! I wish Rachael was on more… she’s wonderful and Liz needs her! She looks fabulous!!!

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  9. David says:

    It was one of the best anniversary episodes of a soap ever done by ANY soap.

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    Tali replied

    Yes it was!

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    Mary SF replied

    I have only been watching GH for a few months, but I have been soap watcher for over 40 years. I agree with you, even without knowing all the history I could tell this is how a milestone show should be– Y&R’s recent 40th pales in comparison to what they did on GH. It really made me wish I had started to watch sooner

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    David replied

    I have only watched GH sporadically in recent years but was a fan back in 70′s and early 80′s and with the current producing/writing regime doing such good work i’m hooked again!

  10. dee bunny falkman says:

    I cannot believe that Jax & Brenda are getting married!!! Why not try again with the other people that love them? I get it, but then again, I don`t get it!!!

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    AJ replied

    Because Ingo & Vanessa are not staying on the show long term.

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    aria replied

    Mainly because Ingo and Vanessa aren’t staying long term yet we get this built in storyline in the future. So if either ingo or vanessa visit, theres this connection already built in they can go so many ways with this quadrangle now. plus its nice to have jax and brenda connected offscreen while sonny and carly are with whomever they are put onscreen. i think its brilliant.

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    susan M. replied

    Sonny looked surprised when she told him they were engage!

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    Denise Pomeroy replied

    It’s only fair since they never had a chance to be married. I know neither did Sonny and Brenda but that kept coming around to Jax. It seemed fitting since the actors aren’t going to stay on for long.

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  11. Nikki says:

    This one of the best shows I’ve seen, not just from GH but from any soap! It was so perfect and beautiful. It was full of history and sentimental feelings, but also moving forward with action and storylines. I loved the Audrey/Liz scenes, especially when they walked out together passing the GH sign. I loved the Patrick and Ephiany scenes, they incorporated the right amount of humor. The Luke/Laura/Ethan stuff was INCREDIBLE. I thought it was very fitting to see Laura accept Ethan as part of the family- a contrast of Luke’s reaction to her own “bastard” son, Nikolas, which was very true to Laura’s forgiving nature. The appearances of Ethan and Emily completely floored me (in a good way!)! The Monica and Tracy scenes with Alan, Emily, and Rick were terrific. It was touching to see “bygones be bygones” between Alan and Rick and I LOVED at the beginning when Tracy says “You faked his death too?!” LOL. The Jax/Carly/Sonny/Brenda scenes were BRILLIANT. I’ve never been a huge Brenda fan, but that whole quadrangle is so full of history and I think it played out perfectly. Can’t wait to see more! On a side note, I also loved Sonny and Brenda talking about Robin, addressing Brenda not being at the funeral. Patrick’s one piece of monologue about taking on a legacy and wanting to make it your own, yet stay true to history- it was like Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati personally addressing the audience! Those two have revived this show in so many ways and ANYONE who argues with that- watch this episode!

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    tarlyfan replied

    @Nikki. agree with every single word you said

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    Gillian replied

    You are spot on Nikki!

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    DMG replied

    I so agree with you about all of it.I am still hoping that robin comes back soon. What ever happened to Sean Donally and Tiffany?

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    Denise Pomeroy replied

    Great writing there Nikki. I loved it when Patrick took the new interns on a tour and said the nurses are the backbone of the hospital. When Epiphany heard him she replied “Why Drake Junior there just might be hope for you yet.” I was quite hoping that Alan was really alive after all. I am still wishing and hoping for Sean and Tiffany to come back when Robin does if only for a little while. They need to be mentioned for sure.

    Lora replied

    I agree as well. Could not have said it better! It was an amazing episode! I loved seeing Rick again, the whole scene was great! Thank you GH for this wonderful episode.

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    k/kay replied

    DMG I think I mentioned this before on another post but here goes the actress Sharon Wyatt/Tiffiany has been suffering from some kind of bone disfigurement disease since 2011. I do not know anything about the actor who played Sean D. Very sad for SW I liked her.

    Joe Wells replied

    You said it!!!

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  12. Joe Wells says:

    My thanks to everyone involved in this episode. I can’t even remember the last time I gasped out loud, in surprise, by any show (daytime or primetime). Today I gasped several times. I love the surprises (Ethan, Emily, Rick, Brenda/Jax engagement, the compilation of openings at the begining the episode). For me, it was a mixture of tears and laughter, both whle sitting on the edge of my seat. I wonder if Stuart Damon and/or Chris Robinson are ill. Please GH, keep it coming. If this is any indication of the upcoming Nurses Ball, I will be on cloud nine.

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  13. Tom says:

    Incredible… just incredible. I’ve already watched it 5 times, back-to-back-to-back!

    Loved seeing Rick Webber and Alan again! And Audrey!!!

    I’ve also really loved seeing the intro to the show featuring the different versions from the many years. I would LOVE see them continue to use that expanded opening, even after the anniversary period is over!

    These writers did a masterful job today!!!

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    Orson replied

    The scene with the three corpses was creepy and badly written.

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    Tom replied

    I guess you could say that, but, it’s not easy to work in three characters that have been killed off, and do so for just a single appearance. So, I think it was actually a clever way to allow us to see those three characters one more time.

    I thought Alan and Audrey are looking especially great!

    Bottom line… the 50th Anniversary Show was incredible!!! Soooo well done!!!

    And, I hope they continue to occasionally bring back these characters for appearances in the future.

  14. ethel says:

    i was just so overwhelmed with the episode – as a viewer from day 1 it was very emotional for me…….

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  15. Robbyrob says:

    I had tears in my eyes just from seeing Steve’s portrait alone! Having Epiphany give a brief but solid nod to GH creators Frank & Doris Hursley was a treat too. Rachel Ames was fantabulous and made me even more fits of tears. The surprise returns of Emily, Ethan, and Rick blew me out of the water. I loved when Rick said that what happened in the bedroom wasn’t true….TAKE THAT BOB GUZA! Seeing them all made me briefly have my anger pains at Jill Phelps, Guza, and Frons for allowing such beloved characters die. Jason Thompson and Sonja Eddy work so well together. Loved the staff clapping for Audrey….even more tears! How anyone can say that Frank and Ron don’t take GH’s best interests seriously lost all any credibility after this episode. I still remember the 30th Anniversary episode from 1993 that was under the Wendy Riche regime which I thought was excellent too. Does anyone remember GHs 40th anniversary produced under the horrible regime of Phelps??? I didn’t think so. Actually, to her credit, the ONLY story I loved during Phelps’ disaster was the Patrick/Robin love story….and for giving us Jason Thompson. Loved seeing Laura accept Ethan and Ethan be warm to Laura too. Thank you to Frank and Ron for successfully resusitating the patient that was GH. Your love and respect showed brilliantly and made the cast glow in the material they were given. I read that during the Nurses Ball, a tribute to Jessie Brewer and Amy Vining will be addressed….where are my tissues!

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    k/kay replied

    I agree I was thrilled in one hand and furious in the other of all these characters who got whacked under dragon lady JFP & Guza. Loved the episode Liz with Grandma Audrey was great. Remember when Liz came on what a pill she was maybe this means we are slowly going to get our gal back front and center.

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    Mary replied

    I completely agree! I as well needed tissues and after reading what you wrote, need them again :)

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    Llanviewer717 replied

    I certainly hope that Jessie and Amy are acknowledged for all they contributed to the show.

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  16. Michael says:

    I have to say that Allen looks better dead than alive and Natalia Livingston was gorgeous as always.

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    susan M. replied

    Allen looked better than Rick Webber!

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  17. Beth says:

    Totally agree with EVERYONE. EVERYONE . I too, have watched it several times already. My emotions were all over the place. That being said, the one thing that brought tears to my eyes was the acknowledgement of all of us at the end. WOW, the first time we have had the TPTB recognize the true reason GH or any show continues. Thank you FV and RC for that along with the returning our show to it’s rightful place of excellence. First time in years I have actually watched the entire show without fast forwarding through something that I have no interest in. I find that us fans are becoming truly passionate about our show again. Once again, hats off to the outstanding executive producer, the unbelievable head writer, and the fantastic actors. Here’s to another fifty years.

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  18. SiteAdvocate61 says:

    Simply put Frank and Ron get it!

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  19. Jerri says:

    …the clip of Audrey and Steve dancing, fomr way back when… touching!

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  20. heidi says:

    It was incredible!!! I absolutely loved every minute!!! Extremely well done by everyone… cast, writers and crew!!! Truly a wonderful tribute… touching so many of the key storylines over decades!!! A+ or 10 stars… totally nailed it!!! Very touching and emotional with great surprises and touches of humor rounding out a well balanced array of every element of a stellar episode and show!!!

    Thank you Michael for giving us this episode on your site to watch over and over again… I know I wll! Thank you for having your site with the best content we could ever ask for!!! You are the BEST and we love you for it!!!

    Congratulations GH!!! May you have 50 more years!!!

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    heidi replied

    I’ve watched four times now and it’s just so well done!!! I love it!!! Congratulations again GH!!! I am hoping you do as much justice to the Nurses’ Ball as you did to this show!!! It truly is perfect in every way!!! Thank you!!!

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  21. tarlyfan says:

    Not a single dull moment. I watched every single second of it. Thanks to the writting team for such an amazing and heartfelt episode.

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  22. Annette P says:

    My favorite has to be the meeting at the Q’s house. It was amazing to see Alan Emily& Rick again.Loved that Luke& Laura found Ethan.

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  23. renee says:

    I have been watching general since 1969 , yesterdays episode was the best GH I have seen, It made you laugh,cry , and remember why this soap has endured 50 glorious years !!! love to everyone involved on this show keep up the great work

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  24. Anthony says:

    Excellent – the “glory days” of GH are here again!!

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  25. Janice says:

    All I can say is “Bravo” :)

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  26. Tanyaghfan says:

    It was perfect! I couldn’t have imagined anything so perfect! All wrapped in a big gold bow.
    I can’t stop thinking about it! Soo good!

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  27. Caffeinated Joe says:

    Loved the episode! Hit on all five decades with different characters or stories important to each. Only soaps can have such a deeply moving anniversary, since the actual 50 years HAVE gone by and some of these people (Audrey, Monica, Tracy, Luke and Laura, etc) have been here for huge parts of it. Legacy, it really means something. Such big kudos to Carlivati and Valentini and the cast and crew. Thank you for the last 50 years! Here’s to many, many more!

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  28. Josephine says:

    I loved everything else. the only stupid and most useless part was having Jax and Brenda engaged yet they seemed so upset when they were breaking the news to Carly and Sonny.
    The whole I heard you moved on so they moved on together was borderline bogus and unnecessary.
    Why not after what Carly has been through have the fact that she and Jax still being married be the faith and hope she always prayed for? Why not have Jax say that he is done running away from hi marital problems and that they’ll work through them together?
    I see no point in his being engaged to Brenda which only by the way proves that he is Brenda’s number one door mat, not Carly’s. Yesterday’s dialogue had it wrong. no offense to Ron Carlivati or his current set of writers, but am sure we the GH fans who watched Sonny/Carly/Brenda/Jax for so many years would know that better than they do.
    In fact I took the pleasure of tweeting Ron Carlivati about that very mismatched dialogue.
    Another mistake they made was just not mentions who Carly had moved on with. Yes, no more mentioning Todd but Johnny should have been mentioned. He was not a OLTL character.

    Brenda should have returned to let Sonny know that she is done running away all the time and she respects that he is in a relationship but it’s him for the win in her heart. Or whatever childish llines come into play whenever Brenda is plotting.
    Now as for the letter? Um……we are NOT in high school anymore! Who still writes letters? If you want to address an issue, say it to the person’s face!

    Am so proud of GH for not making yesterday’s episode about Precious Sabrina of the wild hair days! Phew! thank you soap gods.

    Other than that……Very well done episode!

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    IC replied

    This is the best review I’ve read yet. Spot on.

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    CTwildheart replied

    Many people still do write letters, especially when such huge emotions are involved. And my mom got teary and emotional when telling my dad that she was remarrying – people can still care about each other after a break up.

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  29. Mauro says:

    While i am not a fan of the current writing team, I Loved the episode.
    The Q’s were funny, the Spencer’s are off doing what they do best. But Maurice & Vanessa captivated me the most. Sonny’s reaction to Brenda’s arrival, his guarded communication with her. Her facial unhappiness when he talks about having moved on. The cherry was Maurice’s instant reaction at the name Jax! And Mr Thompson (Patrick ) was outstanding explaining the history of GH!
    I can only hope they will work off of that particular episode from here on in.
    In closing while they talked about him twice, a total shame that Steve Burton aka Jason Morgan could not be on this particular episode :(
    Shout outs…
    Bob Guza Jr… Reason I started & loved GH (we miss u)
    JFP… Daytime legend what she touches turns into gold

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    Nikki replied

    ROTFL. You MUST be joking about Bob Guza and JFP, right?

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  30. kaib says:

    Valentini and Carlivati didn’t miss a beat, from the tribute opening montage to the postscript thanking the fans and every scene in between. It was just about perfect.

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  31. Marcia says:

    I watched this episode many times too ! First of all I love the blended opening of the show. It was great to see Audrey and her flashback with Steve. It was so fun to see Alan Q, Emily, and Rick Webber. Rick looked so different but his voice is so distinct from years past! I know when I last saw these characters they were much younger than the 70 plus years they are now. The writers did a wonderful job (but of course the headwriter is Ron C and he was the writer on OLTL and did wonderful writing over there). Really enjoyed seeing Patrick take the new interns through the hospital and Ephiphany…she’s so cool! Can’t wait to see the Nurses Ball! I cried a bit at the end when they thanked the viewers of GH over the past 50 years. It made me think how long I had been watching, which has been 40 years! Thank you writers, actors, and actresses of GH ! Well done!

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    heidi replied

    So right Marcia… about Chris Robinson’s voice. It really struck me how much his voice took me back to the days when he was on. It’s a very nice and strong voice… that just flooded memories in my mind.

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    Lora replied

    I screamed when I first heard his voice yesterday! lol Then I yelled, “Rick!” and scared my mother, who was watching with me! I was just so happy to see him and Alan! That they made up was precious! =)

  32. Patricia says:

    Brilliant. Perfect.

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  33. Jean says:

    I have watched this show just about 50 years off and on.. Has always been my favorite as it was my MOM’S…. I loved the show, and all the old actress and actors.. So so many memories.. LOVE IT can’t wait for the nurses ball….. <3

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  34. Mary G says:

    Every single minute was great. The surprises just kept coming. It was wonderful to see Alan, Rick, Emily, Audrey, Ethan, Brenda & Jax. I’m not sure it could have been much better unless they could have really brought back the spirits of Edward and Lila.
    Thank you General Hospital for 50 wonderful years.

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  35. Susan says:

    Sorry All. too contrived too sappy and over acted. I have watched GH,oltl and amc since the very first day of each one. I felt like I lost family when when they took the ladder 2 off the air. But watching Monica and Tracy with all the ghosts made me gag. There had to be a more intelligent way to bring these great old timers back. Even if it was a show dedicated to all these missed actors favorite memories

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    Lora replied

    I liked seeing the actors ‘now’. I”m glad they didn’t do a bunch of flashbacks. Wouldn’t have been the same, in my opinion. =)

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  36. jon says:

    Loved the b/w flashback of Audrey and Steve dancing.

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  37. jimh says:

    The whole hour was very entertaining and the best anniversary soap episode ever! I just wish they did a scene where Audrey sees Epiphany blasting some student nurse and then Audrey lovingly comments to Elizabeth how Epiphany reminded her of her late sister Lucille(in at least a brief flashback) Lucille was the head nurse (back in the 60s to early 70s) who was very much like Epiphany for those who didnt watch back then.

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    heidi replied

    That would have been a great opportunity… I forgot about Lucille and remember her and agree!

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    jim replied

    I just wish the show paid more tribute to pre 1980s characters who were just as much part of gh history, especially since its 50 year anniversary. Its like your parents 50th wedding anniversary and your parents arent even there. Those b4 you helped paved the way!

    jimh replied

    My late grandmother,also named Lucille, was so much like her(the yelling part…’JIM!,) and an original gh fan…it was not hard for me to forget her, or my grandmother!!!

    Llanviewer717 replied

    So glad I’m not the only one who remembers Lucille March, played by Lucille Wall. I loved her. She was an important part of the old days too. I loved when she would yell at the nursing student “Clampett!!!!!!!” She was wonderful.

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    jimh replied

    My late granmother, a gh fan, was a lot like her…and also named Lucille!

  38. Deb says:

    The opening credit montages have been heartfelt for me! It’s like I flash through decades of my life as I watch- very cool. The episode itself combined humor, history and honor and as most people have posted, I laughed and cried all the way through it. It has been a very long time since I enjoyed a tv show on so many levels. All I can say is well done, everyone, well done! Oh, and thanks to all at GH…and Frank and Doris too! You gave us a gift to last a lifetime.

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  39. Esther says:

    That’s how you celebrate an anniversary one of the best episode I have ever seen made me nostalgic I wanted to cry great great episode

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  40. Debbie Harris says:

    I Loved the episode!! So many nice surprises and old character returns! It was the perfect blend of emotions from being touching, to dramatic, to humorous. I enjoyed explaining who some of the old characters were to my 23 year old daughter who has been watching since she was a kid. About the same age I started watching it with my mother, who at age 86 Still watches!!
    3 Generations watching and 50 years of GH! Here’s to at least another 50!!!

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    Lora replied

    Your post made me cry! lol I watch because my dad watched it first! His job included lots of sitting at a desk with nothing to do but watch tv, and he got hooked! lol

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  41. John says:

    Amazing – That is how you honor 50 years of being on television !

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  42. Sarah White Sees says:

    The episode made my heart sing!!

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  43. MK says:

    This only proves that Frank and Ron are the Best team in Soap History. Not just they crafted the Best Finale in Soap History, but now the best anniversary in soap history. They didn’t rely heavily on clips, but worth story and reminded us of the magic and Heart. Been watching Days in the last few years and they never forget thier history and have reminders of Tom and Alice all over the place. GH needed to remember Steve and Audrey. (Don’t get me started on ignoring Jessie’s memory, but I know they will Honor Jessie and Amy at the Nurse’s Ball).

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  44. Charles E. says:

    Well, what can I say? For FIFTEEN YEARS I had to put up with Bob Guza’s crap, hoping that the day would come when a new regime would come to save the day and bring the show back to glory, Well, thanks to the Valentini/Carlivati team, it has in the past two years! There is no way that Guza could have pulled off an episode as meaningfil as this or the great memorial to John Ingle from a few months ago. THIS is what an anniversary show should be like: saluting the past while moving present stories forward. Unlike Bob Guza, Ron Carlivati reveres the show’s history (loved the opening reference to the Hursleys!) and uses that history well into new storylines (the Heather/Todd baby switch mass and also making her privy to the secret about Franco’s birth, the resurrection of A.J., and even Pickle-Lila!).

    The character of Epiphany has gotten new depth and is a worthy successor to the hospital role of head nurse in the tradition of Lucille March Weeks (Audrey’s late sister whon held the position from 1964-76)- both women seem rough on the outside and bark orders, but each has a heart of gold on the inside and is very protective of their nurses. The only nitpicking I had was that Patrick should have mentioned to the interns that his dad had worked at GH in the 1980s! I wonder if these interns are merely walk-ons or possible new characters. Great to see ‘the ghosts’, but I still feel that Alan is not dead- he is being held prisoner in the same place that Robin is!!

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  45. cindy says:

    It was a wonderful walk down memory lane. Loved it!!!

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  46. Theresa says:

    I couldn’t wait to get home and watch it, I even stayed off any websites that might have people posting on it after they watched it, until I got home to watch, so I could be surprised and I was surprised! it was a really great 50th anniversary show oh and your article got me choked up inside! wonderfully written! love love love love General Hospital!!

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  47. Bonnie says:

    Al I can say is “perfection” so maybe powerful moments, and the love letter to the fans at the end for so much appreciated by this fan!

    Thanks for pointing out the bit with Epithany on the phone, I did not really catch that other then the wonderful Epipt was showing a bit of gossip. I was more focused on the photo of Steve!

    Bravo!! To General Hospital, let’s have 50 more! Ok 25 more!

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  48. Mary Ellen Montana says:

    I loved this episode. Brillantly done!!! I’ve been watching GH for 40 years now and it was nice to see Audrey and other actors who have been gone . Keep up the good work GH! Happy 50th , and heres to 50 more…

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  49. Ruth Jones says:

    I had tears in my eyes at the end. Would actually like a few more flashbacks to the early days. I liked Audrey and Steve dancing. But what about Jessie, and Lucille? And a picture of the old nurses station where poeple at least went in the little back room to discuss all the details of their lives. But I liked it. Jax with Brenda, always a problem for Sonny. But both too fickle. Carly and Sonny are better off without them. Love having Laura back, but time for someone to finally shoot Helena and get it over with. Cracks me up she “instantly” shoots any henchmen she decides to get rid of, but of course has to point the gun and talk about it when it is one of our heros. So they have time to escape and turn the tables. And Dante had better be alive !!!

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    IC replied

    Wow, you can say that again (bout Carly n Sonny being better off without the). Never did like Brenda (she was and is so annoying); and Jax (never liked the actor or the character) is just irritatingly self-righteous.

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  50. Karina Dickens says:

    I was completely blown away at all the surprises in this episode. Bravo to the writers, cast and crew of gh! i laughed and i cried. well done!

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  51. Rodd says:

    Even as a newer fan, I enjoyed how wonderfully all the returns were woven into the story. The history was given in such a way that I could follow right along. I know that if this happened on a show I had watched a long time I would have been thrilled, so I’m very happy for my fellow GH fans who have been watching the show for a long time and hope they enjoyed it even more than this “newbie” did…which was a lot.

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  52. Allycen Farnsworth says:

    This episode was one I had to watch a few times..because it touched me so very deeply. Big KUDOS to the writers and actors for bringing it all around and back home to our hearts.

    I loved all the subtleties..and the not so subtle…storylines, plus the surprise returns.

    An instant classic,

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  53. Iakovos says:

    I wish my own mother were alive to see this episode. She made GH a part of her very busy day since I was young — and this year I am 50 too!

    I loved the nods to the past, of course, and the moving forward fo current stories, but wow… my favorite moments were with Rachel Ames as Audrey Hardy. Absolutely golden.

    Thank you!

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    CTwildheart replied

    I feel the same way about my own mom….

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  54. JO says:

    I loved yesterdays show, looking for Jason to make a surprise visit to Sam!!! Hoping Robin will return at the Ball!!!

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  55. Gillian says:

    BEAUTIFUL! This episode was perfection. I laughed, cried and remembered why I have loved this show for over three decades. Stories about families, those relationships. GH has returned to the splendor of the 80s & 90s – driven by family & relationships, it still offers adventure just well written, not mob-related storylines but clever returns to storylines past, like the ice princess 2.0. Can’t say enough about Frank and Ron – the respect they have shown to the history of this great show is incredible. And to thank the fans at the end was a classy act. Thanks for saving our show, fellas. And thanks for giving is such wonderful stories, ones that I’m on the edge of my seat to are play out. LOVE GH!!!!

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  56. Nonni says:

    Have watched GH for 45 years now and must say this was one of the best shows ever. I loved how they have brought back many of the old actors and memories. I never miss an episode. Thank God for DVR!

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  57. jean sheppard says:

    I thought the show was very well written .It was good to see all the old timers back . The one thing that would make the show complete if Patrick and Robin could get back together at the ball. After all it is all about Robin and aids. I am sure a lot of the viewers are feeling the same way as me. Looking forward to the rest of the week to see what happens.

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  58. julie says:

    loved it Wished Emily and the others would return. I love General Hospital and hope they never take it off.

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  59. cyd says:

    omg i cried the whole time

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  60. sherry says:

    love this show & have watched it most of my life. Tuesdays episode was very moving.

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  61. Danielle says:

    Loved the show yesterday! Great to see past actors and remember the early years of the show! Hoping GH stays on the air for another 50 years!

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  62. Shelley says:

    It personified what GH is all about. This is why GH is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary. Looking forward to another 50.

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  63. Mark says:

    My only complaint about the 50th anniversary is there was nary a word said about Jessie Brewer. She was there with Dr. Hardy from day one. Otherwise, it was splendid.

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    Troy Turner replied

    From everything I’ve been seeing, Jessie will be remembered at The Ball-hold tight

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  64. ray schichtel says:

    I was blown away with heart felt emotions. I’m.42 year old man. This phenomenon that is General Hospital has been honored and respected with the history of this great program by Frank Valentini and I can’t thank him and everyone enough! My favorite part of the 50th anniversary episode was when Audrey turned away from the portrait of her beloved Steve and reminised their dance with the perfect musical piece playing. I immediately teared up! It was really breathtaking!

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  65. Susan says:

    Yes I have been watching General Hospital for decades while I went through grammar school, high school marriage and three children. Watching this episode brought me back to the beginning of why I love watching it and never stopped. Looks like I am going to need another box of kleenex for the rest of this week. Loved the opening today too! Great show!

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  66. Terri Miller says:

    I cried all thru the whole episode of GH! What a blessing it was! I shared GH with my mother almost every day[every week in my early adult years!] since the first day it came on! I learned about my father’s Hodgkins Diagnosis from GH……from a early character who had same illness[ my dad survives and thrives still!] as a young child…..I thrilled as a young teen with L&L…. thru the years,GH has brought such important storylines into what was MY life,too! GH is STILL current….and the occasional forays into”iffy” storylines[vampires,etc.] is STILL a nod to current trends! My mother recently passed [in July 2013] and these tears were bittersweet,I’m sure! GH actors and writers;Blessings to you for entertaining,educating, and sharing your gifts with me…with US,the fans….through these 50 years! LONG LIVE GH!!!

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    Christine S replied

    wow ,great post, terri!

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    CTwildheart replied

    Terri…sorry about your mom. I laid my mom to rest this past Dec and we shared a love of General Hospital, so my tears were bittersweet also.

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    Terri Miller replied

    CT, I am sorry,also, for your loss as well! As I type this I am reminded how BLESSED we were to have this amazing show to share with our moms! What a gift it will be in coming years[may they be MANY!] to have the memories of our mothers to bond with us as we watch future episodes! Blessed Be!

  67. Yvette says:

    Wow, what an episode! It was one of the best anniversary episodes of all time. Kudos to all involved! I have been watching for 40 years and I will also turn 50 this year! It sure was a wonderful tribute. So excited for the Nurses Ball! Those were some great episodes!

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  68. Nolan says:

    I loved the episode.I loved Alan, Emily, and Rick Webber! Audrey was amazing. I have two complaints though. How cool would it have been if while Elizabeth and Audrey were talking about family, one of the interns had been Tommy Hardy???? That could be an amazing new story, living up to his grandfather’s image! The second complaint is the new opening. Seeing the old ones make this one look like a local commercial company did it. Bring back the ambulance and the people, and the good theme song!
    I also wish they had brought back Jimmy Lee Holt and Celia Quartermaine. They would be good additions to the current mix.

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    IC replied

    Oh so glad somebody brought that up about the way the new intro sounds. I hated it from day one, and hate more every time I hear it. I love the original theme song. Don’t change it or tamper with it in any way. Bring the original theme song back please!

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    Aubrey replied

    Was getting rid of the old theme song a coat cutting measure? It is what I assumed, at any rate. Though the ones you cited were my favorites, I like this better than the credits JFP and her crew introduced right before they left. Each actor with only a few exceptions seemed either miserable or expressionless.

  69. MzDre says:

    I have watched GH for 35 years, I love everything GH, Portcharles, Port Charles after dark butthere have been moments when I was truly disappointed as in recent times (vamp eps). But I was definitely pleased with the show yesterday, made me remember why I am a die hard GHer. I loved seeing the old characters, even though it was actually a no brainer that Jax and Brenda would show up and be together, It would be exciting for them to reside in PC as husband and wife. It will be exciting to watch the fireworks at the nurses ball. Hopefully GH continues on for 50 more years and that I am around to see it. Thank you for the show, very well done.

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  70. Wendy says:

    Amazing show! I couldn’t have been more delighted to see all the old faces, Rick Webber being my biggest surprise! I have been a dedicated GH fan for 40 years, I began watching the show when I was 7 years old. My mom and I used to watch it when I came home from school. I am happy to say that my own daughter has caught the GH bug as well. Congratulation General Hospital on your 50 years with many more years to come!!

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  71. Val says:

    I have been watching GH for the whole 50 yrs. My Grandmother watched it religiously and now my husband, daughter and I watch it. If we can’t watch it live we record it so we don’t miss a moment. Loved seeing everyone from the past. Everyone’s part was really tugging at the heart strings. Keep up the great work. We love it!

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  72. Marie says:

    Loved Loved Loved the show yesterday! I was 5 when GH was first aired. My mom watched the show and as I was growing up I watched it with her. Was so great to see all the actors back and reliving some of the old shows this past weekend. I am ready for Robin to come home and I think Jaxs and Carly are perfect for each other. They need to get back together. There is a reason for the divorce to not be final!! :0) Great job GH writers! Love it!!

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    heidi replied

    I agree totally… Marie! Robin and Patrick and Carly and Jax are so great together. I am so hoping that Carly and Jax can find their way back together. Same with Robin and Patrick. I want Robin and Patrick together but not ready for a recast… so they have to address the fact that we know Robin is alive.

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  73. Jeff says:

    Perfect episode to honour the 50th Anniversary. Well done everyone!!!

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  74. connie says:

    Loved, loved this espisode, so great seeing the return of past actors, have watched GH, since I was in grammer school, now I’m a married woman of 44 years. Good Luck GH, for another 50 years.

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  75. nancy renth says:

    It was fantastic!!!! I couldn’t have expected any more out of the writers!! It has been great the last few months to see so many return, some whom we havn’t seen for many years!! Makes me realize how much I enjoyed watching them and miss them. Brought tears to my eyes at the end. Congratulations GH!!!! Keep the good work going and us entertained for many many more years!! We love you!!!

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  76. Renee says:

    When I was born, I was watching this show! lol!! Well, my grandmother was and she was my baby-sitter, so therefore, I watched also. (More than 40 years, now).
    Yesterday was a great tribute to the show!! My favorite scene was the one with Patrick (Jason Thompson) speaking with the interns and then later when you hear just him speaking as scenes are un-folding.
    Great JOB, writers. I was beginning to get a little concerned for the show. However, you are beginning to show some promise.

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  77. Marie says:

    lets NOT forgot Jason! He needs to come back as well!!! :0)

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    heidi replied

    Agree!!!

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  78. Atonette says:

    OMG!!!! What a great way to pay tribute to General Hospital. Frank and Ron did a great job putting this together when they just came to GH. I loved seeing Alan, Emily, Rick, and especially Audrey. She needs to stay for Liz. The icing on the cake would be having Robin show up at the Nurse’s Ball. CONGRATULATIONS GENERAL HOSPITAL ON 50 YEARS! HERE’S TO ANOTHER 50.

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  79. teri says:

    No not really. It gave closure to some relationships, but really wasnt what i was expectng.

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    CTwildheart replied

    What were you expecting?

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  80. Yvonne says:

    EPIC….THANKYOU

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  81. Marilynn says:

    What a great show! Had me in tears when I saw Emily! Patrick did a great job as well. The whole show was awsome! I have watched GH since the late 70′s and loved how they honored the past. Can’t wait to watch the nurses ball. Please make it a yearly thing again! I still have a t-shirt from the 80′s ball.

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    Aria replied

    The nurses ball was never on in the 80′s

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    Marilynn replied

    Excuse me…..I ment to say the 90′s.

  82. TONI KATINSKI says:

    I ENJOYED SEEING ALL MY FAVORITES RETURN. i DO HAVE TO ASK THAT SINCE EMILY IS WITH ALAN IN THE NEXT LIFE, I WAS SURPRISED TO SEE RICK WEBBER WAS INSTEAD OF JASON.. COULD THIS MEAN THAT JASON ISN’T REALLY DEAD AND THAT’S THE REASON FOR IT?

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    heidi replied

    We can only HOPE!

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    Karen replied

    I hear they are going to recast him but I dont think they can replace Steve Burton those are some big shoes to fill

    heidi replied

    Hey Karen… agree completely! Steve Burton/Jason is my fave and I can’t even think of a recast… but if I had my wish that Jason would come back as Jason Q instead of Jason M… and it can’t be the wonderful and fabulous Steve Burton… I was thinking what about Trevor St. John as Jason Q. and I still always hoped that when Jason Q came back that he would get together with his BFF- Carly/Laura Wright. It might be interesting to see… what does anybody think?

  83. Deb Sykes says:

    Well, as usual, left me wanting more, more, more! I cried, I laughed, I cried some more. Excellent!!!!

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  84. Nancy DeSimone says:

    I loved it! I cried from beginning to end!

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  85. Robert in Jersey City says:

    The only thing missing was a hologram of Liz Taylor as Helena Cassadine, lol.

    It was perfect.

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  86. Kathy says:

    It was incredible how they were able to bring a part of every generation of GH to one show…a little something for everyone! I loved all of it, Patrick’s speaking to the interns, and the voice over was great. But the part that was so touching was the flashback in black and white. I have never watched those episodes but you could tell they were just as amazing as now!

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  87. Mary Knapp says:

    I’ve been watching GH since day one. Its the best. I especially like the old scenes.
    Audrey thinking back in black and white. One great show.

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  88. Joni says:

    The Anniversary episodes have been great so far. It’s getting alittle old though with Helena, annoying to say the least. Can’t we just get rid of her?

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    IC replied

    Yeah, I’m tired of Helena. She’s not even entertaining anymore. Just be done with her already. She’s predictable and boring. Any story line with her in it is tiring and it needs to end. Time to get rid of her.

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  89. MJ says:

    The writers and actors hit all the right notes. Thank you General Hospital.

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  90. Brunie says:

    Is Stuart Damon sick?

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    CTwildheart replied

    I was wondering the same thing. He didn’t say much at all and looked thin to me…

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  91. robert says:

    The episode was a masterpiece. Very well done.

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  92. Donna says:

    Stuart has lost alot of weight — he looks good though. The most touching moment was when Audrey and Steve were dancing and when Audrey kissed her finger and place it on Steve’s picture… I cried like a baby. Thank you GH for many, many memories.

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  93. Cyndi Buckland says:

    Well done! I grew up watching General Hospital in the 1980″s as a teenager and this by far was the best one yet, it was great to see alot of the old characters return although just for a brief moment. Thank you for the memories! Here is to another 50 years.

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  94. jatdnw says:

    The best part for me was Allan coming back., I miss him and then we had Emily,and of course the Great Dr.him self!!!

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  95. Michele says:

    Nice to see Ethan back one I was not expecting to see. Ugh Brenda cannot even understand her mumbling and marrying Jax LOL such a poor story love the suspense and mob stuff where’s Diane Miller? Her and Alexis great chemisty.

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    tarlyfan replied

    off topic. how did you get an avatar on your post?

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  96. Glenda says:

    Loved all the returning cast members. What a wonderful tribute & anniversary show!

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  97. Georgia Howton says:

    This is The Best Show…. NUFF SAID…… PLEASE KEEP THIS SOAP ON AIRE…….<3

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  98. Janis Lang says:

    It was all special. The most shocking was Rick. Those fights and sneakiness and murder plots were the best of their day. I always love seeing Prince Charming. He’s my favorite. And the portrait of Steve was magnificent. Audrey held it together real well. If I had lived through all that I would have lost it. And the nod to Frank and Doris was wonderful too. Then there is always the Spencer/Cassidine feud to keep us on our toes. I do hope Laura’s hate for that broad has grown her a back bone and shoots Helena. That would be poetic justice for me.

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  99. Christine S says:

    How are Brenda & Jax engaged if she has been in Rome & he has been in Australia???

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    CTwildheart replied

    Somehow I think Jax wasn’t in Australia after all…

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  100. Catherine Jydstrup says:

    I loved this episode! It wasn’t all flashbacks, and it wasn’t all action, but it was the best of both. Everyone shone, and I wept more than one tear. Here’s to 50 more, GH!

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  101. Shelia says:

    GH IS THE BEST I HAVE BEEN WATCHING IT SINCE DAY ONE EVERY DAY WHEN I CAME HOME FROM SCHOOL I WOULD WATCH IT THEN DO MY HOMEWORK AND THEN MY CHORES I WOULD NOT MISS IT FOR THE WORLD. NOW IF I AM GOING TO BE GONE AT THE TIME IT IS ON I RECORD IT SO I DON’T MISS IT THAT SHOWS YOU HOW DEDICATED I AM TO GENERAL HOSPITAL AND WAS TO ONE LIFE TO LIVE AND ALL MY CHILDREN AS WELL IT BROKE MY HEART WHEN THEY TOOK THEM OFF THE AIR.

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    CTwildheart replied

    Sheila, I hope you will be watching the ‘reboots’ of AMC and OLTL on April 29th via Hulu, Hulu + or Itunes!

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  102. ghjean says:

    Loved every minute! I was crying and gasped when I saw Emily and Rick. Clapped when i saw Ethan ( hope he stays) and cried some more when Patrick did the voice over and they showed the old clips. I am a G H Fan forever!!!!
    Only thing why couldn’t Jonathan Jackson come back?

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    Troy Turner replied

    They talked about working him in, but with his taping schedule for Nashville, couldn’t make it work

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  103. Patti says:

    THE BEST

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  104. Karen says:

    If only we all could bring back a passed on loved one for just a moment! Seeing Alan and Emily! Wow!! The whole show was great.
    Great job!!

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  105. Cindy says:

    The most touching scene for me was when Laura was talking to Ethan. I think Genie Francis did a great job. I don’t think she and “luke” will get back together though. :(

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  106. Arlene says:

    I started watching GH in the late ’70′s. I did not get to watch it for a while when I joined the work force. I am so thankful for Soapnet and the DVR. I enjoyed a lot of the marathon over the weekend. I have teared up since the week end. I love, love, love, seeing the return of the old characters this past few weeks. I think the writing was beautiful, and us older watchers are truly thankful for this anniversary show.

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  107. Beth says:

    Absolutely spectacular…

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  108. Polly says:

    Just a beautiful episode. I have watched this show for 37yrs and I hope to watch it another 37. I just about died when Rick showed up !! Fantastic !!!!!I do wish Jonathan Jackson would come back for a brief appearance. So many people have passed away in real life and others have been killed off. Would love to see a lot of the killed off character’s like at the end of Desperate Housewives when Susan drove down Wisteria Lane one more time :) Now that would be great. Bring on the Nurses Ball

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  109. Susan Garner says:

    My most memoriable moment on GH and I am 61 yrs old and remember when it first started…I have watched it forever and I still watch and Love it but it was the story between Brenda and Sonny…Might have brought back many memories of my life at the time. The turmoil of love and realtionships and how they grow and grow apart. But I love the show always will til the day I die or they end up stopping the show.

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  110. Halle Montag says:

    I loved this episode! I’ve been watching GH since 1965 and I watched this episode as the tears ran down my face. Kudos to the writing team and here’s to another 50 years!!

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  111. jason d. reese says:

    I believe Gh is at another high point of popularity, with the older cast mixed with the newer cast members, their is all sorts of good writing. Ron carlivati patience has paid off. I thought Gh was a goner but it may be saved for a few more years. Thanks to all cast and crew for entertaining us fans for 50 years. Right now Gh is the longest running program on ABC Television, outside the news. Congratulations General Hospital, it is well deserved!

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  112. Sharon Murray says:

    Great episode and great show as always! It has stood the test of time and I am looking forward to 50 more years! Loved seeing the “old timers”, too!

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  113. megan enyart says:

    i love it.i was so moved by it.i cant wait for the ball.

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  114. Karen says:

    It was a def tear jerker I cried when alan showed up I cried when Rick Weber showed up It was an awsome show I started watching the show when I was 13 yrs old and I try to never miss an episode Love you all !!!!!!

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  115. Wilma Dickenson says:

    I loved the episode. It made me cry and smile to remember so much that has gone on for years in Port Charles. I Loved seeing Audrey and Steve dancing, Allen, Emily, Rick, and everyone that has come back for the 50th. Ethan what can I say…..Hope GH will still be around for 50 more years at least. I have been watching since I was a young girl. GH will forever be one of my great memories in life. God Bless.

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  116. Michael says:

    Loved the episode. It fills me with trepidation at the thought that this is just a long goodbye. I hope not, but I cannot help but think about the demise of All My Children and One Life to Live.

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  117. L.o.v.i.n.g says:

    Bravo GH team!

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  118. Christy says:

    you know, I actually have not watched it yet! yesterday I watched Monday’s show… I wished they had shortened up the long scenes between Michael & Sonny (realizing they were setting up the knock at the door which I figured was Brenda) but I really wished the opening collage of the old openings were not so short or quick.

    also watched Tony on the View and Genie on the Chew.

    Looking forward to watching Tuesday’s show (and today’s) – and have set up to record Katie’s show on the 4th and 20/20 show on the 6th as well.

    And last night I saw Nick’s old girlfriend and the former face of Deception (remember that?) “Gia” – on ABC’s Body of Proof.

    Can’t wait for what’s coming up for the next 50 years! :-)

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  119. jody says:

    I am tiggling just watching it!! I love you General Hospital!!

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  120. Beth says:

    It was an awesome show. General Hospital this year has been one of the highlights of my day.

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  121. Noreen says:

    Amazing show from start to finish. Loved how they meshed the opening from years past. The show highlighted the best of past and present. Clips of Audrey and Steve were priceless. Kudos to the writers. Just wish Jason(Steve Burton) would come back.

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  122. macska says:

    the show was so movong. i got teary eyed at the intro with the old footage moving through the years to the latest one.
    i started watching gh in ’63 with my grandmother. what great memories!

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  123. Bonnie Farkas says:

    I’ve been watching GH for the better part of 35 years, and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon, so keep it coming!

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  124. teresa says:

    i have watched gh from the very 1st episode when it was only 1/2 hour & in black & white. the 50th anniversary episode was fantastic. here’s to another 50 years gh!!!!

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  125. rachel says:

    GH was the very first “soap” I remember watching! My mohter watched it everyday, for years and I was comimg of age fduring the “Luke and Laura” years. Called in sick from work to watch their wedding!. But soon life and work and kids took my time and I haven’t watched it in years, but I will be looking for this episode to watch.

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    CTwildheart replied

    Rachel…it has improved greatly in the last year. I think you will be happily surprised when you tune in again.

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  126. Georgene says:

    Ive been watching GH for well over 40 years…That 50 year show was so wonderful and moving I just sat and cried memories for the show but also brings you back to your youth and where your were during those days. Audrey looking at Dr Hardys picture was so touching …but when she was walking out and turned the look in her face was not of an actress playing a part GH was as much a part of her life as ours . I loved the beginning with the old music and the ambulance driving past GH. Thank you so much GH writers…BRAVO!!!!!

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  127. Tiffany B>E.S. Wiley says:

    I have to say GH is OFF THE HOOK !!! I saw on the GH fan page via another fan suggested that there should be a contest for fans to write a storyline. Then the writers of GH can choose several and have a contest !!! Personally , I think it is a VERY GREAT AWESOME idea :) Plus, GH will be the FIRST EVERY SOAP OPERA EVER TO DO this ( I think ) . Also, the winner(s) can fly to the set to meet the cast and be there when the storyline is taped !! Just think about it !? Peace Love Happiness Tiffany Brenna Evans Stamps Wiley of Lynchburg, VA .

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    CTwildheart replied

    Definitely a good idea! I have a soap fan friend who is a wonderful writer and I’ve told him he should write for the soaps. He has some great ideas!

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  128. Michael says:

    Every scene- every actor- every moment- just awesome. I love Frank and Ron!

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  129. Joyce Harmon says:

    I’m 60 years old and have watched GH since Steve and Jessie were around. 50 years – I know these families better than I know my own. LOL.

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  130. susan says:

    loved the luke / laura duo back . & of course the tribute to steve hardy was a tear breaker

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  131. Jenny says:

    Excellent soap GH…Please bring Robin back to Patrick & Their Beautiful Daughter…

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  132. CAROLYN says:

    Loved the entire show. Memories, history and tears! Loved the history, seeing old friends. Been watching for 48 years and will continue. Thanks to the new writers!!!

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  133. Pat Heim says:

    I grew up with General Hospital with Nurse Jessie Brewer, etc. GH was what my life centered around for years….I loved every hour I spent watching it….Thank you for all the great and sad times of General Hosptial…..great memories of you all..

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    Elaine replied

    I agree….it was and is such a great show!

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  134. rbsnyc says:

    What a great episodes — Loved all the surprises, great throw back to the history of the show.

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  135. Pam says:

    Every moment was amazing! It made me long for the yesteryears. I wish General Hospital would keep the show’s introduction as it was Tuesday, a combination of all the introductions through the years. It was heartwarming to see some of my favorite characters who have since passed and to see how much things have changed.

    Thank you General Hospital for my one hour vacation everyday for as long as I can remember!

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    ghjean replied

    yes, for one hour i forget all the crap in my life! it’s way better then calgon any day. LOL.

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  136. Tanya Ewig says:

    My favorite part of the show where Audrey kisses Steve’s picture and says, Happy Anniversary. The whole show made me cry but in a good way. Thank you General Hospital for making my afternoon a great way to escape for an hour.

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  137. Renee Grate says:

    This is SisterSmiley writes…and I missed about 2 weeks recently visiting family and being sick. Without a television/cable hookup anymore, I gladly watch General Hospital on Hulu.com. Better to watch the episodes a little late (no different than the 80′s with a VCR), than to miss out completely. The show has made me laugh with the character of Luke most of all over the years. But, I congratulate everyone who came back to be a part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of General Hospital. Yes, there stories get ridiculous…yes, I’ve missed many years at a time on and off raising children and doing life…But, the show distracts me from the stress in my life…and helps me realize just how blessed my life has become as a GRAND Mama. This was a wonderful treat to watch this episode ahead of time…now I don’t feel so left out from seeing this outstanding set of actors perform their hearts out to their ultimate ability. Love Always, Renee

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  138. Mary says:

    what a episode. It was everything that we have come to expect and love from GH. You have outlasted all the copy cats and are still standing strong after 50 years. I will always be a fan of GH. Here’s to another 50 years.

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  139. BB says:

    I loved the return of all the actors, miss them so much. My favorite was Audrey kisses Steve’s picture and says, Happy Anniversary. I had tears, and then seeing Allen and Emilly again was great. But I hope that ya’ll keep Ethan on longer cuz I love him on there. He is a great duo to Luke.

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  140. JAISAM/MCBAMFANS says:

    I enoyed some parts:

    Jasper Jax…….he is gorgeous

    Nick……….hes yummy!!

    I love Sam and Maks……delightful!!

    Now Phase 2

    NB

    AND Sam father is comming next…..

    And of corse

    My favorite

    MICHAEL EASTON AND KELLY MONACO!!

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  141. west vorgina fan says:

    General Hospital Leaked Script for 75th anniversary (and last episode):

    Zero in on nurse’s station/lobby which has become the reception area for
    (pan in on sign):
    Port Charles Elder Options
    (Golden years apartments
    Assisted Living
    Undead crypts)

    Camera pans to a second sign that at first seems to be that of an Actors Studio Home with the classic frozen masks of comedy and tragedy. Camera zeros on the words “cryogenics wing” and the unusually puffy lips of the masks turn out to be the actual frozen faces of the first two customers, Monica Quartermain and Bobbie Spencer.

    A disturbance is heard in the waiting room and the camera follows to three people in wheelchairs,
    Left: Luke Spencer arguing with
    Right: Scott Baldlwin
    Both of them flanking Laura Baldwin Spencer Cassidine Spencer Spencer Baldwin Spencer Spencer Baldwin Baldwin Spencer Spenwin-Baldcer

    Laura’s voice wails above the snarling men: “ We’re going to be in hospice together and you two will still be going at it. If I am really the love of both of your lives why can’t you get along for my sake.”

    Luke and Scottie pause glare at each other and simultaneously declare, “Never” and begin to fight—brief sequences of clashing wheelchairs (in the tradition of Murderball) pans to Laura with her hand to her mouth….to a matrix style CGI produced airborne wheelchairs heading toward each other…and Laura wringing her hands….an explosive clash and the men lie flung from their wheelchairs, grasping each other’s hair, writhing on the floor in front of the horror stricken Laura.

    Scott and Luke continue to argue but their voices merge as they both sneer “love of his life.” They pause, startled by having spoken in unison then resume arguing to merge again on “it’s not like you were ever able to be faithful to her…” and they again pause, look at each other first knowingly then ardently and the hair grasps melt into caresses and they passionately kiss.

    Laura: “Now maybe I can finally get some rest” and the camera pulls back as she looks, with a mothering smile, at the groping men at the base of her chair and the General Hospital theme plays over the title:
    The End

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  142. Carmela says:

    GH is the best it’s ever been. I cannot miss a single moment and I’m taping this week’s episodes and, of course, the Nurses Ball which I am waiting to see. The scenes with all the old characters (Audrey, Alan, Rick, Emily, Bobbie and Scotty) are so fantastic that I find myself crying. I loved that Tracy and Monica made peace. I believe they truly care about each other but are too stubborn to admit it. I hope they bring Lucky back as well. He seems to be the missing link, and I hope Robin is the surprise announcement at the end of the Nurses Ball.

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  143. Nancy Patterson says:

    The whole episode was wonderful…loved seeing everyone….Audrey especially…Alan, Emily, Rick…was an extremely well thought out episode…only wish they would have mentioned Jesse. Bravo GH…I hope to watch you every day for the rest of my life!!!

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  144. Diane Crowell says:

    I have loved GH since the first days. Black and white and 15 minutes. Some good storylines, and some a little out there. GH has given me some of the best memories– especially Miss Lyla…

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  145. Sharon Green says:

    I loved this episode of General Hospital. I have been watching this show from I was little girl and my grandma would watch it before she left to go to work and was always late every day for work. What I love so much about this show and the memories is that there is suspense action and so much humor and laughter with Tracy, Monica , Alice and the Quartermaines. Love it! Love It! Please dont change anything about the show. I am loooking forward to when things heat up more when Robin returns! Happy 50th Anniversary General Hospital!!

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  146. Elaine says:

    I’ve been watching for about 45 years and loved the 50th anniversary. The tears began when the medley of the GH songs played! I loved seeing Rick Weber, Allan Q, Bobbi, Emily, Sott, Laura, Brenda and Jax back, but they need to bring back Robin ! She was only 5 or 6 when she came to GH. The best part of the show was seeing Audrey kiss Steve’s picture. …it really made me realize how long it’s been!
    Would have been nice to see Jessie, head nurse of GH . Overall, great show, but I hope GH doesn’t go off the air. I have a feeling it is going to happen….

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  147. Sandy Frey says:

    Tuesday’s show….WOW!!! I am still reeling from all of the publicity. On April 1, 1963 I sat and watched the first show. That was it for me. I have been a fan for 50 years now. All of the actors looked so good, it made me want to see them more often. Audrey (Rachel Ames) was outstanding, when I saw her and Elizabeth the well of tears started as I recalled so much of the 50 years. I asked myself, why the tears? Well, after 50 years and welcoming these people into my home every day, they were part of my life. My Mom and I would discuss the day’s show almost every day. I remember staying home from work on Friday and Monday for Luke and Laura’s wedding. In 1981 we didn’t have a VCR and I wasn’t going to miss “the wedding”, what a great time that was. No regrets to this day! I must admit the writers and producers have taken on a monumental task and have done an outstanding job. Kudos to all for giving me a way back into my life and the times of 50 years gone by. I thank you all.

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  148. pam says:

    loved it – glad they didn’t bring jason back with the ghosts – it leaves it open – the best stories of the last fifty years revisted/ – luke and laura, the jax brenda sonny and carly game and the great quartermaine fights- now for the nurses ball which for me is about the best story ever – robyn and stone – they need t bring robyn back for this event. i’m 51 – been watching t is my entire life.

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  149. Debs says:

    Basically, the “anniversay show” was ok….it brought back alot of memories and such…I think the “monologue” by Jason Thompson (Dr. Drake) was exceptional! However, I think the start of the Nurses’ Ball would have been a great highlight if it were intertwined with the anniversary! (By the way…from Day One of GH, I remember sitting in my aunt’s living room, watching it with her,because I had no choice! Now, I watch it every day because I just simply LOVE IT!!…HAPPY ANNIVERSAY!!!)

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  150. Patricia Powell says:

    I cryed thur the whole thing loved it all wtg writes keep up the good work hope to see another 50 years of GH

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  151. constance kramer says:

    I thought it was fabulous to finally see the end of Helena, I just wish they would have thrown her over board. I wish they could have got the original Lucky back for one day and it would have been great to include perhaps a scene with John Stamos as Blacky( perhaps as one of Helena’s boys would have been nice. It was however great to see Rick weber, Audrey, Alan and Emily. Here’s to another 50 years GH

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  152. Kathy says:

    Awesome,Awesome, Awesome !!! Loved the show Tuesday.

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  153. LoisDaum-Xenakis says:

    That a great, one of the first and truly one of the best soaps, sorry o see itt end!

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  154. angel says:

    I would have loved to watch but do not have the channel here :( I have been watching this since 1980

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  155. Suzy Ford says:

    What a great show…I have been a fan all my life, watching it with my Grandmother and my mother (still watch and talk about shows with Mom). I truly LOVE this show.

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  156. Nancy says:

    Fabulous shows all this week for GH’s 50th! I’ve been a fan since the mid-70′s and haven’t stopped watching GH since! I loved the scene with Audrey & Steve, a few nostalgic tears were running down my cheeks as I watched her lovingly place a kiss on his lips. Bringing back all of the old stars has been wonderful to see as well! Kudos to the writers and producers…keep up the fantastic work!

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  157. Dori says:

    My favorite show.. I just love the suspense every day… And especially enjoyed seeing some of the past crew come back. they look fantastic. Hopefully, Robin will show up soon also.

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  158. whimsicalcat says:

    Iwould have loved a tribute to Jessie Brewer all in all nice tribute

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  159. charlotte says:

    I lost interest in GH after watching since i was 9 years old,,,first with my foster mom when it was only 15 minutes long,,then as i got older,,,i kept watching,,i just had to see this episode,,i expected to see something on Lucy but she was never mentioned,,but thats ok,,anyway,,after seeing this wonderful episode,,im going to give it another shot at watching, i may have missed a lot but,,,im sure i can catch up in no time,,Thanks for this wonderful episode and a VERY happy anniversary GH,,,heres to many many more,,

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  160. Troy Turner says:

    The episode hit all the right emotional notes, and I want to take Natalia Livingston home with me-but I found Jason/Patrick’s voiceover slightly odd. It was as if Frank and Ron are preparing us IN CASE ABC does the unthinkable and cancels GH in the near future. The card at the end was a nice touch-I don’t recall any other soap doing this. All in all, it was an excellent episode. May GH live long and prosper…

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  161. Carol says:

    I loved the 50th anniversary show but could take much more of seeing old characters even if its just a little. So many come to mind. I really would love for Robert Scorpio to come into the fold as he was a major part of GH for many years. Please bring him back to join the adventures again.

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  162. Susan says:

    I cried from the beginning credit on. Seeing all those different beginnings of the show was like a flashback of different stages of my life. I (as so many others) started watching with my mom, and all i could think about was how I wish she was here to see that anniversary episode. I was fortunate to be able to tape all the 50 episodes this past weekend on SoapNet and I haven’t made it thru them all, but have cried thru many. After the credits, as I’m still crying, I see the picture of Dr. Hardy and cried more, then Audrey, cried more, then Alan, Rick, Emily, Steve and Audrey dancing, Patricks salute to Steve, and the thank you at the end to all of us who have watched almost all the 50 years. Well I just cried the whole episode! Thank you GH! What a wonderful week!

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  163. Sharran says:

    I started watching GH with my mom and auntee at the age of 5. I am in my 50′s and I still enjoy my GH family. My family would have loved to see this 50th anniversary celebration. Seeing all the old characters come back was GREAT! It has been a great run for GH. May they continue to be the best in its field of entertainment.

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  164. Sheila Gonzales says:

    My mom got me hooked on General Hospital. I am glad she did. She would sit me down next to her on the couch since i was at the age of 1 yrs. old. I have been watching it everyday since then, I am now 46 yrs. old now. I have never missed an episode. If i was working i recorded it. I hope they continue to go on for another 50 yrs. Happy Anniversary General Hospital.

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  165. Anna says:

    I got hooked on GH in the 1980s and have watched it on and off since then. The show seemed to lose its sparkle starting in the late 1990s and there were fewer and fewer storylines that held my attention or made me look forward to the next episode. The Valentini/Carlivati team changed that, and their efforts are apparent in the carefully resurrected storylines and characters that made GH enjoyable for so long and in the much improved writing and attention to detail. They and all the writers, directors, producers and actors have done a marvelous job! The 50th anniversary episode was exceptional for all the reasons that the fans have already posted. The 50-episode selection of GH’s classic episodes was a fantastic gift for the fans — something for everyone. I’ve enjoyed every episode shown this week, particularly all the surprise appearances, and very much look forward to what the GH team is bringing to us. Job well done!

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  166. Terry says:

    Alan even as a “ghost” is sooooo welcome!

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  167. Lynda says:

    I wish they had spoke of nurse Jessie and maybe mention Amy Vining but I liked it real well maybe since Alan did not have Jason in tow does that mean he is not dead just a thought

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  168. Jill says:

    This is one of the best episodes I have ever seen! It brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart! I’ve been watching for over 40 years, and I still love General Hospital!!

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  169. Linda says:

    I thought the Nurses Ball was really good…it showed a lot of the characters have hidden talents. I was surprised but happy that Felisha chose Mac. I like Richard Simmons, but it would’ve been funnier if he and Lucy were not so over the top with the yelling! I guess Robin is not coming back, which is making me very sad….they keep teasing us with that, not nice.
    I thought having Patrick Kiss Sabrina at an Event that was for his wife Robin was in poor taste!
    I like Sabrina but I think making such a big deal out of her looks after she takes her glasses off is insulting to people who wear glasses! It is dumb! And please stop making Sabrina such a Perfect saint…it’s annoying and silly. With lines like “A thousand times Yes, I will go with you Patrick”….Ick…
    I thought Britts mother dancing to the Ball while watching it on T.V. was funny. I know we are suppose to like Britt more now that she is showing a softer side and how crazy her parents are….but still…she is mean. But a good actress.
    I guess she really is pregnant. Jeez! That is an old trick they use too much on soaps. At least Patrick knows he does Not have to stay with her even if she is having his kid.
    I want Maxi with Spinelli…Not stupid Ellie…Ellie is annoying! And Spinelli really loves only Maxi anyway. Besides, Ellie does not want a baby and he does…it won’t work with them! Why do they stay together?
    I am upset that Scott NEVER mentions the True love of his life Domenique and also his daughter Serena! Crazy huh?
    I am also upset with how they are destroying my Brenda. I LOVE Brenda and they are making her act unlike herself. Brenda was not a saint but she was not as selfish as they are making her be. I’m sure Vanessa is unhappy about it also. Leave my Brenda alone!
    Please don’t bring back the stupid Connie/Kate story…I dont miss it!
    Love that the Mob stories are gone…hopefully for good!
    Give Monica and Tracy and Epiphany a Love life already!!!
    Can’t wait for Todd/John/Starr to come back. I know they are going to be new characters and think it is dumb…but I miss them. PP you suck!
    Anyway, loved the flashbacks and the Anniversary special …G.H. we love you!

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  170. heidi says:

    I had to watch this 50th anniversary episode again after all the talk about it ar the Paley Center event and now the Paley Center red carpet videos… won’t say how many times I have already watched and I know I will watch many times again… than you Michael for having it here for us to come back to again… and again… it was just perfect!! In every way… great stories… great memories… great characters… great actors… and just a phenomenally great effort by all… but especially the concept and the writing!!! Thanks RC!!!

    Thank you everyone at GH… 50 years looks pretty great and here’s hoping there will be 50 more!!! Absolutely loved it… well done!!!

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