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124 April 1st, 2014 GENERAL HOSPITAL Brings Returns,Trips Down Memory Lane & A Death To Its 51st Anniversary Episode!

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General Hospital has paid homage to its history and its fans under the creative regime of current executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati, in particular when it comes to special episodes, and today during the broadcast of the long running ABC soap opera’s 51st anniversary broadcast that held true!

IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED THE EPISODE YET DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER AS THIS POST CONTAINS THE REVIEW OF IT AND SPOILERS.

Starting off the show in black and white and paging the names of the memorable doctors and nurses that graced the halls of the 7th floor nurses station and GH throughout its history, quickly the episode brought us to current day with the still venerable Dr.  Monica Quartermaine (Leslie Charleson) who is reeling from the death of her son, AJ Quartermaine (Sean Kanan).  As Monica tries to cope, enter the ghost of Emily Quartermaine (Natalia Livingston) who tries to help Monica stay in the land of the living, even though Monica reveals her sorrow at being the only one left in her family since everyone else she has loved has passed on.

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Elsewhere, Carly (Laura Wright) confronts Sonny (Maurice Benard) with the knowledge that she knows that he shot AJ, since AJ told her before he died.  Sonny takes Carly to the hospital chapel to try to reason with her to not tell Michael (Chad Duell) that he shot his bio-father, and to remind her of all the terrible things AJ did to them!

And with that and the use of historic clips, viewers get to recount the tumultuous past of Sonny and Carly starting with Carly losing their baby thanks to AJ, but this Carly is the original, Sarah Brown!  We relive how their hate turned into sexual tension, turned into a relationship and how they grew to love each other.  And in terrific moments played by Maurice Benard and Sarah Brown you felt and knew the depth of these characters feelings.   What a treat it was to see these two powerhouse performers together again.

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But the treats did not stop there, next Carly up, Tamara Braun and through the use again of clips, Sonny and the Carly from this time in their lives recount Carly setting up Sonny and their divorce, and how Carly fell apart and suffered a minor nervous breakdown after the “death” of Michael!  How great was it to see Maurice and Tamara in scenes together again, too! It was to say the least, a very clever way by GH to incorporate the Carlys from Sonny’s past.

Finally, it’s back to present day Carly (Laura Wright).  Sonny says, “We may not be right for each other, but we’re it for each other.”  To which Carly replies, “I will always have you’re back, even if our love story is over.”  Next, they recall having “grief” sex, but in the end, Sonny begs Carly to not tell Michael or anyone that he shot AJ.   And again in those scenes it was beautifully played by Maurice and Laura.

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Elsewhere during the episode, Lucy (Lynn Herring) makes her big decision and in a very touching scene, she tells Scott (Kin Shriner) that she has chosen to stay in her marriage with Kevin (Jon Lindstrom).

Both Lynn Herring and Kin Shriner were very moving as Lucy tries to tell Scott she wants to be his friend and does not want to lose that, but she is going back to her marriage.  There is also a nod to “51 years” thanks to a send-up of Governor Chris Christie’s bridge-gate where Felicia (Kristina Wagner) reveals how the Port Charles Bridge was closed down!  Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) also appears in the episode, and we find out that Noah Drake has chosen to be with none other than Annie Logan, and not her!

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At the of the episode came the big hankie moment for us when AJ, now passing on through the living to death tells Monica, “Mom, thank you” to which Monica says, “Goodbye, my sweet boy.”   This moment was heartfelt and played to perfection by Sean Kanan and Leslie Charleson, who were stellar throughout their scenes.

As the episode comes to its conclusion, AJ is  greeted by the likenesses of Lila, Edward, and his father, Alan. Now being led by Emily, AJ walks up the GH staircase on his way to heaven.

We also have to give props to Maurice Benard, in what was one of our favorite most recent performances by this staple of the series and the women of the Carlypalooza – Sarah Brown, Tamara Braun and Laura Wright.  All in all, this was a very unique episode of the series.

So, what did you think of the 51st anniversary episode?  Which performance did you enjoy the most?  What brought you to tears?  And which Carly did you love seeing the most?  Or, was it the trifecta of all of them?  Comment below!

 

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  1. Chantal says:

    Hated it. It is not an anniversary celebration when GH loses once again a legacy character we were cherishing. It is not a celebration when Frisco and All I need get trashed.

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    davlestev1 replied

    RC and FV”s nostalgic way to trash nostalgia and bring on their own memorable regime. Sadly nostalgia is not in WHO you write for but in HOW you write for EVERYONE…OLD AND NEW…If all the networks wants is someone to trash daytime over and over…GIVE IT TO THE SUPERFANS…once you learn the schematics of writing ANYONE can write a soap…it’s all about STAMINA and a REALISTIC imagination…ANYONE with a modicum of intelligence can write a soap..a primetime show…a comedy…it’s all about the embrace and chase to be better..to make sense and still be relevant..It’s all in the MIND and the PEN…don’t feed me DUNG and tell me it’s HAY…FOR REAL!!!

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    1loveabcsoaps replied

    Huh?

    You ok?

    FAS replied

    @davlestev1….I follow what you are saying ….I get it, and you are absolutely right. We, the viewers are being treated as witless idiots. We are expected to swallow the writers’s drivel without question….your quote…”Don’t feed me dung and tell me it’s hay is so apropos . I must ,however, disagree when you say that anyone with some intelligence can write. Unless one has a flair with the mighty pen, then no amount of intelligence will help. Take the time to read Shay’s writing…now, that is flair.
    By definition, nostalgia is a longing for long ago days….evoking both joy and pain……of people and places that stir dormant, sweet memories….memories that leave a pang in your heart….perhaps a lost, young love.
    That debacle of the three Carlys did nothing for me…..pathetic. When I saw those scenes of a younger Sonny, he looked like a wild man . He repulsed me. Some women are attracted to that swarthy look….to each his own, I guess.

    Shay replied

    Touche’, Chantal!!!!! I simply cannot comprehend Ron’s constant compulsion to denigrate GH’s most popular heartthrobs of the 1980′s and early 90′s…..he seems to have this unquenchable (and ongoing) need to destroy the characters’ reputations with off the wall storylines and comments, not to mention the morale of the actors and their fans with some of his more bizarre Twitter moments…first Jack Wagner was given a truly foolish exit, then Rick Springfield a far-too brief appearance and both have been made to look like cads and lousy fathers to their children. Tristan Rogers was handed a really abridged and unceremonious farewell and most recently, Sean Kanan’s AJ was literally bullied to death for months on end by Ava and Sonny (after being cruelly tormented by Tracy from Day One of his return to the show….) Carlivati even had to have a go at John Stamos, first by offering him a truly insulting cameo during the 50th anniversary year, then launching a childish social media rant against him…..which apparently was just a warm-up for his “raising Kanan” campaign on Sean. In the meantime, he keeps adding boring new cardboard male characters that totally pale in comparison to the aforementioned ones from Port Charles’ yesteryears. I cannot fathom why he so delights in alienating the huge fan bases that each of these actors bring with them….their return engagements have added new excitement and higher ratings to GH, only to have our (and their) expectations dashed in short order each and every time. It’s just shameful…..

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    GH50 replied

    Very True Shay. What was the point of having Noah cheat on Bobbie? It was so Bobbie can have a conversation with Scotty about infidelity? It was to mention the name Annie Logan in the anniversary episode? Bobbie couldn’t have a conversation about infidelity and point to countless examples in her life over the last 30 years? RC is a fool. He writes these silly plot points and either doesn’t take into consideration the fact that he is destroying a character’s reputation or he’s just doing it on purpose. The only thing the Carly flashbacks showed was how good the writing and the show used to be and how far it has fallen.

    David replied

    Jack Wagner’s character as Frisco and RIck Springfield’s Characer as Noah Drake looked like bad fathers long before RC/FV. How people forgot that Frisco left town and his family many many years ago when Wagner left the show. His character doing what he did was true to his actions.

    Rick Springfield wasnt going to be on the show in order to explain Jackie Zeman’s possibly moving on to a romance with Scotty they had to break them up. Some people have nothing better to do but complain.

    Sal Piscioneri replied

    stop killing the kids on GH please stop it……………enough of it already so many dead:<( lazy writing past and present…………..would have been a great episode for me but the killing of AJ was the worst for me. I'm done…..

    FAS replied

    Shay, please write a novel, please!!!! Or perhaps a compilation of critiques of anything. I simply cannot get enough of this wonderful gift you have. Frankly, I am surprised you haven’t written a book…or have you? Is there something out there you have written that I can buy? …get my hands on? I am an avid reader of romantic novels….mysteries. Sometimes I need to escape from medical books.

    Tim replied

    Soaps 101, when you kill someone off, is it because there is nowhere else for the character to go. No new direction? If not, DONT DO IT! AJ was a Quartermaine, that alone should be reason to keep him. AJ was connected to Michael, Sonny, Carly, Liz, Ava, Monica, Tracy, and Ned. Now you give those characters one less person to act with. They killed several stories by killing AJ! Plus, when Jason comes back, imagine the scenes between those two brothers. Lately Ron and Frank, its one step forward with the two of you and two steps back!

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    Sal Piscioneri replied

    I so agree with your statements:>)

    GH50 replied

    The episode was a disgrace. A 51st Anniversary show that kills AJ Quartermaine and spits on his grave. Cartini have no respect for GH or its fans. Really, what was point of killing the character of AJ Quartermaine? Spite? Vindictiveness? Marking your territory?

    AJ dies, He follows the rest of the dead Q’s up the stairs into the light and then a BIG sign comes on, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! It was so inappropriate that it was almost comical. But of course, no one is that stupid. It was deliberate. It was a total screw you to the fans. A message. It’s our show now and too bad. Then we get the next day’s preview of Silas, Franco, Ava, Nathan and TJ’s mother. You know, General Hospital.

    And btw, how many times can you use the same gimmicks? Enough with the ghosts. Is there an ounce of originality or creativity in these guys? The scene of Edward & Lila walking up the stairs was nice. A year and a half later, you do it again? These guys are clueless and out of ideas. GH is a mess. The anniversary show was a disgrace and someone at ABC should get control of this show.

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    Shay replied

    Spot on, GH50…spot on!!!! A total disgrace, indeed! As for the “Annie Logan” mention? That was just bizarre….although I have to admit, the first time I saw Rebecca Herbst as Liz Webber, I thought for sure she was going to be Jeff and Anne’s daughter….she does bear a passing resemblance to Susan Pratt!!! I was actually surprised that her mother was somebody else.

    David replied

    Yet you still watch and come on here and complain week after week. I don’t ge that. If I dislike something I stop watching and stop talking about it. BUt I think some people just come on here and complain for no reason.

    Max replied

    Except for a couple of minutes at the start, there was essentially no tribute in this show. Rather than looking at pictures on a wall, how about pulling some old video of folks like Steve, Jessie, the Qs, The Webbers, etc. Way too many minutes wasted yesterday on the piece with Sonny and the old Carly. I’ve totally lost respect for the Sonny character with his shooting AJ. The scene of him lighting candles and kneeling to pray. Praying that he’s not caught? He has no remorse. I really liked AJ. I was hoping to see him recover and move on to a life free from unnecessary guilt. Ridiculous to have his death on the date of the shows anniversary. Yesterday’s show was a disappointment.

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    Ces replied

    I agree. Not only was it incredibly boring but very strange having all three Carly’s on the show and kind of a slap in the face to Laura Wright showcasing other Carly’s.
    The whole AJ/Monica stuff was weird. Why would I want to see his death scenes on a 51st anniversary show?
    What happened to real nostalgia?
    Yawn.

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  2. Sandra Norcross says:

    I loved the episode very much. It is very painful that the Quartermaine family is never allowed to be happy! Why must they always suffer. Why must they all die? I am one of the current regimes biggest supporters. It’s times like this that I ask myself …..WHY????

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    kathy replied

    only because the writers decided we did not need them guess loved the quarterfinals Edward was so family oriented he would do anything for his family Lila was so kind and loving Alan would help anyone that needed it we need more characters like these miss them all

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    dmr replied

    I bawled my eyes out at the end, when AJ was taken to Heaven by Edward, Lila, Alan, and Emily. I, too, am so sorry to see another great actor given such awful material, opting to leave the show. It’s sad to see the Quartermaine family decimated.

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  3. Nick D. says:

    Great recap!

    Thought it was very clever and creative – Frank V. really excels at these special touches which is something considering they put out 250-ish episodes a year.

    Wish DAYS would do more stuff like this sometimes – they don’t seem to think outside the box as much as GH does.

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    Tim replied

    I agree, nice job. Soaps have been on TV for so long its tough to figure out something new to do for the fans.

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    Tsuds replied

    Agree… Great writing and very good episode.. Been watching soaps for many years and continue to like GH and all the writers are bringing.. Fast moving and exciting and interesting.. not soo boring like Daaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyysssss.. that goes soooooooo slooooooooowwwwwwww…..

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  4. James B. West says:

    I thought it was done very well. I really like the three Carly flashback.

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  5. Joe Wells says:

    Thank you for today’s beautiful GH episode. The opening roll call gave me goosebumps. Honoring Carly/Sonny with the 3 actresses who played Carly was a treat and did not slow down story for gimmick or sentiment. Bobbie explaining to Scott that Noah Drake dumped her for former town virgin, Anne Logan, had me laughing out loud. The Monica, Emily and A.J. scenes were gold. Finally, A.J.’s ascent to heaven, seeing Lila, Edward and Alan on the way left me teary eyed. I heard myself say aloud (in an empty room, no less) “there they go, the Quartermaine family. One knitpicky thing – I wish A.J. had asked Emily why Jason was not there. Such a beautiful episode – thanks again!!! Paging Dr. Steve Hardy; Paging Nurse Jesse Brewer…..

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    Becky replied

    I noticed that about Jason too. Maybe he figures it out later! I loved the episode, especially that they didn’t care if we saw flashbacks of the other 2 Carlys and even incorporated them into present day.

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    curacaoman replied

    Well, we are supposed to believe that Jason is still alive.

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    Tim replied

    Great point Joe, where is Jason? On earth, I suppose, frozen in time! Paging Dr. Robin Scorpio Drake!

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    KansasGuest replied

    LOVED the reference to Anne Logan, too! After all these years, they finally closed out her arc. Someday, I hope they figure out a way to bring back Brad Maule, too. Talk about waterworks waiting to happen…

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    dmr replied

    Oh wow; you are right, Tony Jones’ photo was hanging on the hospital wall in the opening of the episode. Talk about a tear jerker, emmy worthy performance-Tony saying “good-bye” to BJ. I still remember that like it was yesterday.

    k/kay replied

    Jason is in Genoa City serving coffee!!!

    KansasGuest replied

    Er, no, Jason is frozen on a slab somewhere being experimented on by Robin.

  6. M Baptiste says:

    I confess to reading this as I am on a writing deadline and have no time to catch the episode, now on the net…I’m glad I did. It is a lovely re-cap and doesn’t spoil a thing; I will leisurely catch the episode in due time and thank you so much! Looking forward!

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  7. Lew S. says:

    There will always be people who are hard to please.

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  8. jack says:

    The carly thing was so clever and it worked sooooo well I love Laura but I loved Sarah and Tams just as much and it was such a fan service to let us see them again in such a special way. And as much as I would rather there be more Q’s around esp Alan they’re gone and it made for some rich scenes for Monica it was heart wrenching to hear her talk about how everyone shes ever loved died and that final scene was really lovely. I always preferred Billy Warlocks AJ to Seans and I’m kind of sad theres no door open for AJ to ever come back but I’m not so invested in the character I cant appreciate the emotional weight or the lovely send off.

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    dmr replied

    I miss Alan, too. Miss the Quartermaine’s. I have to disagree about Billy Warlock. I grew-up with Sean Kanan as AJ Quartermaine. Didn’t watch much when Billy played AJ. I wish the writers took advantage of Sean’s acting skills and wrote a great story for him-being in recovery and a possible love interest. Too much time has been spent on useless recurring characters, new recurring characters, and the tween scene.

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  9. Allie says:

    Loved the Carlypalooza! It was brilliant idea of Sonny reminding Carly about what AJ did to them & Michael. Instead of Maurice Bernard talk to Laura Wright’s Carly about the landmarks in their relationship, he got to share the events of their lives with the actresses(Sarah Brown and Tamara Braun) who played Carly.

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  10. Johnny says:

    Disgusting episode!!!!!! This regime has NO clue what the fans want. Wow! Read a message boatd once in a while Ron!!!!!!

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  11. aria says:

    the episode was interrupted by late breaking news(gh airs at 2pm in colo springs) by obama press confres about obama care. just when sarah brown came on, and came back with tamara braun, so i gave up watching and will purchase the episode on itunes, no thanks to abc.

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    dmr replied

    Try watching on YouTube. Daily episodes are posted of GH. Just need the free app. I watch everyday while at the gym, no charge.

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    KansasGuest replied

    If your cable company has OnDemand, GH episodes are also found under the ABC shows heading for free.

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  12. MMedina says:

    I am sad the Sean Kanan has left the show and that AJ is now dead ‘for real’. The Quartermaines were once the bread and butter of this show and it’s really sad that only Monica and Tracy are the only ones left. That said, it was a great episode with lots of flashbacks and historic moments. It’s very rare for a recast (Carly) to have flashbacks of the previous actors!

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  13. Daisy says:

    I loved the opening! Perfect tribute to characters we’ve loved over the years.

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  14. Remy says:

    Seeing Sarah as Carly reminded viewer s that she is the blueprint of Carly. When Maurice said “this was supposed to be forever”, you kind of saw the look on their faces like there was definitely some unfinished business with there version of Sonny & Carly. With Tamara’s Carly, you saw the character grow & redefined while still having that edge. Maurice seemed very happy to see Tamara again. They got up around the set, interacted with each other in comfort, when Tamara talked about the meltdown, you can see the disappointment in both of their faces as the the scene transitions into today’s version of Carly Laura Wright. While it works, the magic isn’t there with Maurice & Laura like the other two Carly’s. I think he was most comfortable with Tamara because she had alot to prove and knocked it out the park. Carly-palooza was fun to watch and shows why Carly is an important character.

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  15. ethel says:

    i liked the episode but i think it should have been less sonny/carly scenes – where was michael??? he should have been there with monica after all aj was his father…………….
    i must say monica & aj scenes were awesome!

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  16. Tressa says:

    The episode was good but why do they to keep putting Frisco down. Frisco and Felicia helped make GH what it is and they keep trashing him. They must really hate Jack Wagner. The scene with Monica brought me to tears!

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  17. curacaoman says:

    It is shameful that did episode celebrated the decimation of the Quartermaine family and further glorified CarSon. It is a shame that they never get to pay for their sins. In the Gospel according to General Hospital, crime does pay. It is a crying shame!

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  18. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    The opening was ok…wouldve been better had we heard Steve Hardy in the background yelling ‘What the Hell has happened to my General Hospital!!!’…There was not much to celebrate watching a legacy character, especially a Q, being killed off…it was nice to see Mac, Felicia, Scott, Bobbi, Lucy, and Kevin but it felt like they were on their own show and not part of GH!!!

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  19. Johnny says:

    This was a sickening, emotionally manipulative, terribly written episode that showcased the absolute worst of what fans have HATED about this show for 15 years…since the Guza/Phelps reign of terror began. If you don’t like Carly…and the majority of viewers dont….this episode screwed you over 6 ways from Sunday. We were forced to relive the complete ugliness that defined Sonny and Carly. This was the way they chose to honour loyal fans???? I am shocked’and disgusted and appalled.

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  20. Babsy says:

    No doubt that Carly has been portrayed by 3 stellar actresses!! They have all been awesome. But…the trashing and eventual death of AJ was unnecessary and a slap in the face to the legacy of the Quartermaines

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  21. MC says:

    Even in death, AJ’s life is all about Sonny and Carly…and as an added bonus, Ava.

    We didn’t get a single flashback of AJs history. Instead we got three Carly’s screaming like a banshee. Each one got a turn. It was very nice to see all three, but it did nothing to move the story forward, was clearly was a stunt, and quite honestly distracting. If you want to use the old flashbacks, then use them. The audience has already made the recast leap with you. There was no need for three different actresses with no explanation.

    Can’t wait for the Days 50th where the writers kill off a Horton.

    I laughed out loud at the line about the Quartermaines growing because of Danny and Michael. I won’t be surprised when next week Monica sells the Mansion to Madeline and Tracy, in her dumbed down state, moves onto the haunted star.

    Ron has systematically destroyed the history of every vet that he has touched on this show. Women have become stupid (Anna not knowing she was kissing a latex mask, Liz letting Ric anywhere near her and her kids, Carly hooking up with Franco, Alexis & Julian) , and moved in so many new characters that someone tuning in after a two year absence would have no idea who anyone is. He has destroyed super couples (Luke & Laura, Patrick & Robin, Frisco & Felicia), treated 21 year vets exits with the subtlety & care of a jackhammer, without one single flasback(Jason), and trashed longtime fandoms and friendships on the almighty altar of agenda (Liason, Scotty & Lucy). Every “romance” takes place in a day maybe two, and then once you might get interested in a couple they disappear for months(only if they are vets, new folks get shoved down our throats see Sabrina & Britt) And add to that a series of farcical villains and characters with tenuous at best ties to GH (Sabrina, Britt, Obrecht, Franco, Silas, Nathan, Ava, Kiki, Nathan, Madeline, Nina, Carlos…I’m sure I missed some). The storylines aren’t about the vets, they belong to the new characters( Nina is Silas & Ava, Ben’s kidnapping is Britt & Obrecht, Connie’s murder – Ava, Robins return – Sabrina, Jason’s death- Julian & Faison)

    A lot of folks, RC included, response will be, “Why are you still watching if it is so bad?” or “You sure waste a lot of time thinking about something you hate?” I watch because I have been loyal to this show for 30 years. Without me, and other fans like me, there would be no GH. The only difference is now, I can watch 10 hours of shows in 3 hours, because there is not much to keep me interested. And I’m not alone if Twitter is an indication.

    To fix the show would be pretty simple. Get rid of most of the new creations and mine the long history of the show and the characters relationships. Write stories that have some meaning. And if you have to bring on a new character, make them support a vets story, not the other way around. And for the love of God bring back romance.

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    k/kay replied

    Do yourself a huge favor and do not follow RC on twitter he is almost always out of control. The bottom line is every EP & HW from the beginning of time comes in and wants to put their rubber stamp on the show they are working on. My favorite time was the 80 & 90′s.

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    MC replied

    Yes I know well that RC is out of control. But in fairness there are a lot of nasty people out there who offer nothing constructive, just “You Suck”. Now he has also been known to be a bit overly sensitive to criticism, even constructive. The thing with the 80s and 90s is that they built on the decades before. Frisco started playing in Blackie’s band. Mac came on as Robert’s brother. This regime just creates characters out of whole cloth and then puts them front and center. I think it’s something like 13 new characters since they have started with the show just two years ago. And that’s not counting the SORAS’d recasts. Then if you look at who the stories belong to, it certainly isn’t the vets.

    Compare that to Y&R and they have something like 5 new characters since JFP took over. And the stories involve the vet characters and the new folks, are supporting. Even SBu. This is as much MTS’s story as it is Steve’s.

    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    The Quartimaine mansion will get burned down…itll never be sold!

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    MC replied

    LOL! You are probably right about that.

    David replied

    MC you watch so you can come on the internet and complain about the show. By still wathcing you send no message at all . That is total contradiction. In the last 10 years or so of All My Children I stopped watching as I did not like what the show had become. I didnt watch every day and complain on the internet I simply stopped watching. IF you hate the show so much stop watching. Don’t claim loyalty to a show. Because loyalty means you dont hate on something.

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    rebecca1 replied

    There are a lot of things I don’t like about GH and I, as any other viewer has the right to vent, complain, gripe, bitch, moan and anything else that strikes us.

    There are few soaps left. Understatement. If people who complain, myself included, are still watching, perhaps it’s with the hope that THIS day it will be better or there’ll be a shift…or maybe for nostalgia…boredom?…curiosity? familiarity? Who knows…I do know that when Prospect Park debuted with their version of OLTL I watched a few episodes and lost all interest. THAT show didn’t even resemble OLTL. So, yeah, I griped and eventually stopped watching. I was hoping that it’d get a third shot…make yet another appearance and pick up where ABC’s version left off. Still keeping that on the back burners of TV hopes…

    As far as GH…there’s plenty of great stuff in my opinion…and when there is, I’m just as vocal. Specifically with characters I love. With that said, when storylines suck…and characters are killed off…and dialogue is beyond inane and insane…I voice my opinion on that too. If you, David, are so easy to please and like everything about GH…great. Those of us who don’t can get on a board such as this and voice our grievances. And…here’s an idea. Just as you suggest that people who don’t like GH stop watching, I can suggest that perhaps you should stop coming to this site where not everyone agrees…or just skip over the ones you sense will make your skin crawl.

    “If you hate the (substitute show) comments so much, stop (substitute watching) reading.”

    rebecca1 replied

    Oh…and David…spoiler alert. I’m about to complain about this episode!

    I HATED IT! I agree with some others: An Anniversary Episode should not include the senseless death of a beloved legacy character…LOL…and as he ascends the stairs to Heaven they flash Happy Anniversary GH! Those of us who loved AJ and mourned his untimely demise were not “happy.” Not with the death of the character or the departure of Sean Kanan.

    I thought the dialog between Emily, AJ and Monica was devoid of emotion. I don’t know…a mom just loses a child…not to mention ANOTHER child!!! and she’s just discussing calmly with her deceased daughter and newly deceased son how upset she is. And, if ghosts really do come back…why don’t they visit more often? LOL…

    There was in death, just as in life, no real emotion between AJ and Emily…just a few glances as they chatted and walked together. The three stand-ins for Alan, Edward and Lila did just that…just stood there! C’mon…if they’re really able to communicate, if they’re basking in everlasting love/peace and togetherness, I would’ve have liked a more emotional welcome from the Q’s to their son/grandon/brother. AJ looks at the supposed Lila, Edward and Alan and they nod to him like it’s a royal procession. I expected the Queen to come out and wave from the balcony!

    Yeah, it was fun seeing the old Carly’s…but was completely inappropriate for an episode where AJ dies. The flashbacks should have been Monica’s as she remembered AJ in all his ages/stages. Then we’d get to see the young AJ as well as he is now and there’d be some emotional wallop to that.

    All in all it left me cold….just like the death of AJ and departure of Sean.

    Shay replied

    Very well said, rebecca1 and 100% correct!!!! I’ll never be convinced otherwise that that chirpy little “Happy Anniversary!” tag immediately following AJ’s ascension up the “Stairway to Heaven” was not purposely intended to inflame and insult GH’s (and Sean Kanan’s) most loyal longtime fans….it was Ron’s way of saying “Take that people!” I’m quite sure he was pleased as punch with himself as he laughed uproariously over his immature, none-too-thinly veiled middle-fingered farewell to both the Quartermaine heir and the actor who portrayed him….make no mistake, it was absolutely meant to offend. Well, mission accomplished!!! It is just that put up or shut up attitude that regularly brings us here to post our disgust and disdain at such obvious evidence of how a time-honored daily tradition has become a vision of totally uncalled for and undesirable dysfunction. From the lack of storyline continuity and consistency of legacy characters, to a nearly constant introductory parade of banal, underwhelming and subpar newbies, there is much to validly criticize about the show. This particularly egregious event was just the latest and most obnoxious example of “Cartini’s” true and utter contempt for the audience’s investment of time and care in their Port Charles saga….it was the real icing on the cavalier cake that we were fed during the excruciatingly drawn-out process of disposing of our beloved AJ….how many times was it really necessary to have the strong-willed and determined Quartermaine cheat death and find his way back to the land of the living before returning to limbo for yet another day or week until his ultimately untimely death???? Just another fine indication of their backhanded slaps proffered to inflict discontent and dash hopes for the character’s enthusiastic champions! Combined with being devoid of a proper send-off via a fond and bittersweet montage of AJ’s greatest moments, it only further illustrated the complete disregard held by this regime for we the viewers. Shame on them for displaying such an appalling absence of class!!!!! P.S. If they think that the proposed return of thawed out “Popsicle Boy” Jason, will placate us and replace AJ in our affections, then they definitely have another thing coming!!!!! The brothers aren’t interchangeable….and they never will be!!!!!

  22. Lori says:

    I loved every minute of the Anniversary show! It was well written, well acted, and was very heartwarming. It also tugged at the heart strings at the end. Seeing the likeness of Lila, Edward, and Alan to help lead AJ to heaven was very well done. Using the GH steps to lead up to heaven and into the light was superb.

    I loved the Carly trilogy! Each of the different actresses did a wonderful job with the character of Carly. Love them all, and love Maurice (Sonny) in every scene he does! (Them darn dimples get me all the time)! Happy Anniversary General Hospital. Don’t ever leave my afternoons!!!!

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    FAS replied

    Please keep in mind that Sonny is a murderer and a coward. If he were a real man, he would turn himself in. There is no excuse for what he did. By his own admission, he WANTED to kill AJ. Are you condoning this behavior? You prefer dimples to justice, is that it?

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    Shay replied

    FAS…To respond to your post near the top of the page, let me first say you are most kind with your compliments, and perhaps a bit clairvoyant! In just the past month or so I have been jotting down character treatments for a possible novel, though nothing major at this point, just ideas upon which I’ve been ruminating for awhile…. but it was sort of spooky that you mentioned it! Other than that, my background has included extensive feature writing for newspapers and advertising-public relations copywriting, though none very recently…..let’s just say I moved on and life got in the way! But I’ve always loved the creative process, missed it terribly and since I developed such an abject frustration with GH in the past year, I simply began to post my observations here, as I found this to be the best and most intelligent soap website available…it was purely happenstance, although I will say it has been a really wonderful experience and an excellent opportunity to again stretch my writing legs! If my thoughts and means of expressing them provide you pleasure, then all the better!!!! (I also enjoy your commentary!!!!) This truly is a great place for debate and discussion of issues regarding the soap genre, as so many of the participants here are quite impressive in their analyses and critiques!!!! That being said, since you mentioned your medical studies, please allow me to wish you the best of luck in your chosen career field…the world definitely needs far more healers, and probably fewer writers!!!!! However, thank you for your words of encouragement….they were ever so nice!!!!!! P.S. Hope that we both continue to visit here for a long time!!!!!

  23. 1loveabcsoaps says:

    Michael Fairman:
    I really love how you wrote this piece Michael. It brought me to tear’s, your writing of the Monica and AJ scene. Great Job Michael, I say this because, I actually saw the scene and was moved a 2nd time in you’re writing of it.

    Sarah Brown, better actress.
    Laura Wright, sexiest, prettiest, best body
    Tamara Braun, most compassionate & reasonable Carly, stilled played w/ the edge.

    Tamara: You are far prettier, put some weight on honey; your face is too thin, taking away from you’re natural beauty.

    Maurice Benard: Always on point. Thank you for serving us for 21 years on General Hospital.

    Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati: What you have done for this show, simply amazes me.

    THANK YOU!

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  24. Tim says:

    Frank and Ron hit it out of the park with the three Carlys. What luck that all three were available. So unique how they told the Carly stories and then currently dealt with Carly having to cover for Sony after murdering AJ. Thats the sad part, another Q gone! I wasnt as overwhelmed with the Quartermaines walking up the stairs to heaven because it had already been done so brilliantly before with Edward and Lila. Frank and Ron have to somehow rebuild the Q mansion with new family, half on Monica’s team and half on Tracy’s team.

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  25. heidi says:

    I loved this episode and will most likely watch it a few more times!!! I loved the Carlypalooza!!! I loved seeing Sarah and Tamra and Laura… it all blended very well and it was a fun walk down the Carly and Sonny memory lane. I loved the nod to Annie Logan… a character I liked very much and wish we could have back again. The nods to so many were fabulous! I know Sean is leaving and all of the back drama around that… but I thought it was handled beautifully by everyone! The whole episode was great and yet the Carly and Sonny moments were my favorite… the mentions and likenesses of so many favorites was really lovely!!!

    Well done by all on the episode and behind the scenes!!! Love GH and always will!!! Happy 51st year and Congratulations to the best soap!!! The best cast!!! The best crew… writers and everyone who brings it over and over again each day!!!

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  26. KansasGuest says:

    As someone who started watching GH again at the beginning of their 50th anniversary celebration, I think it was well done. I missed the entire Sonny era beginning in the 90′s and think it was fitting to honor that whole thread that has contributed to GH because there was nothing about his contributions during the Nurses’ Ball last year.

    Like most fans who grew up with L&L, it’s sad to see how the rich Quartermaine history has been decimated. I agree that the excuse of “having nowhere to take AJ” is very lazy because as anyone can see from DALLAS, just because a character is alcoholic does not make them useless. Monica is an alcoholic. Luke is an alcoholic, for goodness’ sake! But, IMO, you can’t say that the current regime hates GH’s legacy because they’ve done a good job honoring it. I see more older actors than younger ones on GH these days – Scott, Bobbie, Lucy, Kevin, Tracy, Luke, Alexis, Monica, Duke and especially Anna are on regularly. Who brought back Nickolas, Liz, Ric, & Lucas? Same regime. I have no problem with new characters as long as they illuminate the old ones, which Ava certainly has.

    It was also very creative & open of them to show three of the Carly actresses because most shows do not want to break the illusion of the current “face” of the character. Giving them screen time in the present was also groundbreaking! But, so was Carly as I understand. All three of those actresses won Emmys for playing her, which must be some kind of record.

    I know it won’t always be perfect. But, I hope the current writers keep up the good work, and keep the focus on the future. Monica is perfect as a feisty matriarch because she’ll be a great combination of Edward & Lila, while heading up GH of course (oh, yes, she’ll be reinstated). In fact, having the Q’s medical & business fronts headed up by two ball-busting women would be great legacy IMO. It’s Tracy time to shine & who can’t wait until she kicks this iteration of Luke to the curb? I’m looking forward to that!

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  27. mfarris70 says:

    A great episode honoring some of the best characters on GH. Just seeing the back of Lila’s head had me in tears. Was surprised that AJ died, was sure he would linger in a coma and emerge as a new actor, but his death raises the stakes for Sonny, Ava, Michael, Carly and Monica. I don’t think Monica would hesitate to kill Sonny with her bare hands when she finds out!

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  28. calderon says:

    Why didnt we see jason? Because he is supposedly frozen somewhere and just may return!! Wishful thinking! Amazing episode, the Sony\Carly scenes took me back ages!!!!!! Well done!

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  29. Bonnie Lee says:

    I loved the episode and in particular the brilliance of incorporating the 3 Carlys. Don’t think this has been done before on any other soap. Saddest part was AJ dying and going to heaven with his family. Maurice Benard and the 3 Carlys were wonderful, as was Leslie Charleson – sad moments but the show goes on. Thanks for this very unique episode!

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  30. dmr says:

    I absolutely adored the beginning of this episode, with the gallery of photos in the hospital of our beloved cast members that have passed away both on and off screen. Sean Kanan had so much potential as AJ Quartermaine. Unfortunately, he was not given the suitable material and storylines to play out. I was very excited to see him come back two years ago, as I adore the Quartermaine’s. The only AJ Quartermaine in my eyes is Sean, not Billy Warlock. As much as I loved the tribute episode, seeing many of our beloved, core, legacy characters, I am also saddened to see the Quartermaine family continue to be decimated.

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  31. Mary SF says:

    I thought the beginning was good.

    I am sick of the ghost device being used in soaps to bring back characters that are dead– GH has been guilty of this a lot in the last year.

    The staircase up to heaven has touching and poignant when it was used to usher Edward up to heaven to be with Lilia — but this time it seemed silly and cliche as if they were thinking everyone like that when we did with Edward lets do it again. But it didn’t work this time, at least not for me—I doubt AJ would blissfully walk into the light with all his unfinished business on earth, he seems to be the kind of ghost that would stick around until his name was cleared and Sonny was brought to justice.

    As for the Carly thing— that was just odd. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it either.

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  32. linda says:

    i liked the beginning it was so good to see the other carlys my favorite was tamara braun i wish they would bring her back for something. it was a real tear gerker. what is sonny gonna do when michael finds out he shot aj. and please, please, dont put liz and nickales back together iam tired of miss goody two shoes, and what did you do to luke i dont like this part he is playing. i am so happy about britt she got what she deserved i feel sorry for nickales he didnt deserved any of this he just wanted to be happy and that wacko mother of hers needs to be put away. please let it come out that ava shot connie sonny will go baserk that will make a good story line.

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  33. MRKH says:

    I was unimpressed with yesterday’s episode. Killing a Quartermaine off I’m never impressed with that decision. Super “humanizing” a mobster such as Sonny in a warm and fuzzy moment in a chapel with a cross as a backdrop is classless. Sonny just killed AJ and we’re celebrating him? The mob story line just about put GH in the grave just a few years ago so we want to go back down that line again?! Trashing former stars in the 51st Anniversary episode is low class! GH wouldn’t be on the air 51 years if it wasn’t for the those former characters! I truly understand why Sean Kanan left…his storylines were awful! Couldn’t someone come up with the idea to recast or persuade Billy Warlock to return? I stopped watching GH in the early 2000′s when Sonny went after AJ and decided the show was too dark for me. I just started back up in the last 2 years…I’m ready again to stop watching! Destroying the legacy of Alan & Monica (which saved GH in 1977) is a damn shame! Bringing back the gangster son through some miracle of Robin is not the same. The character of Jason can stay gone! Get it together GH!

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    Shay replied

    You are right about Sonny’s placement in that religious setting being offensive…of all locations to put Carly and him as they wallowed in their immense hubris, unmitigated gall and hypocritical glory. It would have been different if either one of them had shown one ounce of remorse for their despicable past or present behavior toward the horribly wronged AJ, but to see them waxing nostalgic and commiserating in a chapel was in extremely poor taste.

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    FAS replied

    Shay, I reciprocate your compliments and well- wishes. Your writing is amazing…the words simply jump out and grab my senses. I must admit, you are not the first to have labeled me as clairvoyant….’tis I, the witch, Alida, lol.
    Yes, I do hope we will have the privilege of commenting on Gh, as long as it’s broadcast.

  34. Iakovos says:

    GENERAL HOSPITAL works best for me when the storylines are hospital- and family-based. I was tired of the mob plotlines and had hoped the series would minimize those when the golden anniversary neared and we moved into this new era.

    The current GH has so many characters and relies on so many cliches (endless resurrections and parentage games) and I get frustrated, BUT… I do like the actors and attention to history. Just would like a little more reality.

    Recently reviewed the Rachel Ames guest spot from a year ago. Her brief return as Audrey is what I would like GH to be. I would like more of those moments and less over-the-top plotting.

    That said, I am grateful to have a 51st anniversary to celebrate. GH and DAYS are the best we have now among precious few daytime dramas.

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  35. Edward says:

    i wish as in some spoiler sites that AJ would have asked Emily where Jason was. It was out there that Emily would say “It is not his time yet” so I was kinda of bummed

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  36. GH51 says:

    The Quartermaine family is officially gone. :( The mansion will never be the same. Now we have Michael and Danny to carry the legacy, what a joke

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  37. Sandy J. says:

    While I can’t disagree with much of what the earlier posters have opined about how A.J. was treated since Sean returned, and that there’s still too much focus on Sonny, I absolutely loved seeing Sarah Brown and Tamara Braun as the earlier Carlys. I would have never anticipated seeing these actresses on G.H. again and thoroughly enjoyed watching them ‘live’ and in their flashbacks.
    I think Laura Wright is a fabulous Carly, but my choice for the definitive Carly is Sarah Brown, perhaps because she was the actress who introduced the character. I recall the few episodes early on when she called herself “Carly-Babes” although I don’t remember under what circumstances.
    What I thought the 51st anniversary show did best was feature the 3 exceptional Carly actresses, let us see how so many Q deaths have affected Monica, and allow Lucy to finally make the right decision about Kevin/Scott.
    Along with so many other fans, I’ve been quite disappointed at many of the storyline choices Ron C. has made and not too long ago decided to stop watching the show, but there have been enough scenes lately that I changed my mind. I try to be positive rather than negative despite my disappointments, and I know TBTB love Kathleen Gati’s portrayal of Dr. Obrecht, but if I never saw or heard that character again, I’d be a very happy camper. End of digression from 51st anniversary episode. I’m glad that I recorded it so that I can play it again a few more times. Sometimes, Ron and Frank get it really right; the rest of the time I just fast forward. But I’ve been watching for 31 years and it’s hard to let go of the show when it does get it right.

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  38. Rob says:

    I think it was a huge mistake to kill off AJ. Too many writers, B&B and Y&R included, think stunts and stunt casting is what we want.

    I want to be as emotionally invested in a soap the way I was with Guiding Light in the 80′s and 90′s.

    I like these shows, but I can watch them in 15-20 min a day because theres so much fluff and filler.

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  39. Red says:

    GH is brilliantly produced, directed and acted. The writers obviously work very hard and are very creative. But it doesn’ t always work. They are really not attracting many new viewers in the last several months; ratings are pretty much stalled. And I think the reason is the show is too frenetic and choppy, too many mini-stories that last a few weeks then are put on hold so they can do a short arc for other characters. There was no need to kill off AJ; put him in a permanent coma. The Carly thing was weird but okay. This regime needs to decide what kind of show GH will be. It’s too much of too many things. It’s fun to watch now and then because it’s so crisp and fast moving, but my investment is limited because I can’t quite attach to many of the characters.

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  40. k/kay says:

    The one thing I would ask RC is keep politics out of a soap the cheap shot at Gov. Chris Christie was stupid and I do not live in NJ but really we watch soaps to get away from politics!

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    Shay replied

    Seems that “someone” in the writing department has a peculiar preoccupation with portly politicians from the Northeast…first Rob Ford, now Chris Christie! Hmmmm…….

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    Elizabeth replied

    Are you kidding? My bet is that RC destroyed AJ because Sean Kanen is a political conservative and it went against RC’s leftist/liberal agenda. At least it is when SK tweeted something of a conservative bent that AJ first went into the woodwork….

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    Shay replied

    I never implied that it was a positive “preoccupation.” On the contrary….it was an obvious dig at both politicians’ parties. For all his faults, Ford is a conservative, while Christie (although GOP) is a far lesser one, albeit still not a complete liberal. As for your assertion about Kanan and the repercussions he may have faced at GH, I would not be one bit surprised….he appeared on Fox’s “Red Eye” some time ago and very ably discussed his views on Israel. Since then, I have always suspected him to be a possible “Friend of Abe.” No wonder they have to keep their membership list a closely-guarded secret!!!!

    Elizabeth replied

    No Hollywood liberal would see Christie as anything but an evil Republican. I am presuming you didn’t see msnbc for the last six months when that bridge deal was all they talked about day after night after day.

    SUSAN M. replied

    Please let us not talk politics . Let’s stick to the soaps which what this is for…

    Shay replied

    @Elizabeth….You correctly presume that I haven’t seen msnbc for the last six months….or any other time, for that matter! I refuse to waste my time on that garbage!!!! But you have nailed the Christie thing in a nutshell….he needs to go away and stay there.

  41. Jeff says:

    YOU PEOPLE ARE NEVER HAPPY!!! I thought it was a great episode. Carlypalooza was very well done as was AJ’s exit. IMO, AJ may be a Quartermaine but I won’t miss the character.

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    SUSAN M. replied

    I thought it was a great episode also. Have no complaints ..

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    Elizabeth replied

    Susan, I would be hapy not to talk politics…. if GH would do the same. Even on the official ABC GH Happenings site there is a tab for “political happenings”. Check it out – it basically mimics the leftist talking points of any poltical topic out there. If they want to use their brand for that then why shouldn’t I respond?

    SUSAN M. replied

    I was referring to (Shay) comments about politics not yours(Elizabeth)..

    Shay replied

    And I was merely initially responding to k/kay’s observation regarding GH’s unnecessary insertion of certain politicians as topics of conversation….that’s what got this whole ball rolling!!!! I simply thought it an odd coincidence that both pols mentioned were of obviously hugely rotund proportions as well as similar party affiliations….just saying!!! Never meant for this to become a political roundtable, although the ensuing comments made very valid points!!!!!

    rebecca1 replied

    what a delicate way to put it…”hugely rotund proportions…” LOL.

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    Shay replied

    Just calling them as I see them, rebecca1!!!! Lol…. ; )

  42. Jamie says:

    The anniversary episode was AMAZING! I loved the scenes with Tamra Braun!

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  43. Diana says:

    The opening tribute was great! The Carlypalooza a work of genius! Sonny & Carly are always fantastic! Killing A J – again – was the best thing since the character was written into a corner that in no way ever reflected the history of the character! The Lila & Edward ghosts were greatly appreciated – a big tip of the hat for that! No Jason & no mention from Monica a little suspect – she could have asked & Em & A J could have given her a look or said ” you will see him again”. Hopefully that will be in the form of Steve Burton! Resurrections are de rigueur on soaps – so Alan, Em, A J can always come back! Helena may have them all on ice on Cassadine Island! Mostly a thumbs up on this episode! Now they need to bring back the GH Theme Song (Dave Koz’s version) & immediately unmask the Luke imposter & get Tony Geary out of the loony bin & back in Port Chuckles!

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  44. Charday says:

    Hated all the Sonny/Carly krap. Enjoyed the Quartermaines, but killing AJ was unforgivable. Time for a new head writer!

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  45. k/kay says:

    Final word the end of the Q’s all done by JFP & Guza every death every write out so blaming RC for it is really stupid he brought AJ back from the dead a stupid move. If you are DEAD stay that way. I am not a big fan of most of his writing but the destruction of the Q’s did not happen on his watch.

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  46. Buddy Lee says:

    I absolutely loved every single second of the episode, fantastic job by all involved!!!
    I was so thrilled that Leslie Charleson’s Monica was allowed to be the driving force of the episode, proving again what a treasure She has been over Her years on MY all-time favorite show, and that includes daytime and prime-time… It was so beautifully done from the opening to the final scene, and I have been a Fan for all My 50 years… It was NOT Frank and Ron Who wiped out the Quartermaine clan, rewrote the history of the Vets, ie: Laura, Rick Webber, etc… That was all done during the Jill Phelps/Bob Guza/Brian Frons reign of terror!!! WE life-long Fans remember the true histories of Our beloved characters, and are greatful that Frank and Ron have restored the rich history that the previous regime totally threw out the window… If they had not all been fired when they were, We would not even be talking about “GH” today, as it too would have been cancelled… I also loved the way that 3 of the 4 Carlys were brought back to reminisce with Sonny, amazing and the chemistry between Sarah Joy, Tams, and Maurice was right on point as though they had never left… I for one loved the episode, and was very impressed with how well it all fell into place, perfectly… I watched it when it aired on ABC, and two more times because I enjoyed it THAT much… As for Jason not being among the Q’s there to great AJ on His journey, is because I suspect that He is most definitely still alive and will soon be recast… We know that Steve Burton is that hack Jill Phelps’ dear Friend, and has no intentions of coming back to “GH” so I am anxious for a decent good Actor being cast as Jason Quartermaine, NOT Morgan, and having lost His Jason Morgan memories, and come to terms and learn what happened to Him after a drunken AJ ran Him into that tree… Again, BRAVO, job well done by ALL involved!!!

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    su0000 replied

    yes!!!!
    I will join you with a BRAVO!!!!

    ((I don’t see RC/Team killing any one, they get frozen/cryonics..
    they just need to be thawed out .. aha haaa ..

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    FAS replied

    Actually, it’s BRAVI, all involved….plural. These guys are butchers not writers. They sit on their throne , wave their magic wand, and voila’ there goes another soap down the tubes.

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  47. Jared says:

    Just made me miss Sarah Brown that much more. She’ll always be my favorite Carly. I can’t believe the continued destruction of the Q’s. I thought FV/RC would have more respect for the legacy of the show. Oh, Sonny, why are you still around? :(

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  48. Cyndi says:

    I enjoyed the Carlys and all the flashbacks. The one who brought me to tears was Alan, even just from the back.

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  49. Fran says:

    Are they going to have a special show every year until ABC cancel GH I can see 50 but 51 52 ect

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    SUSAN M. replied

    Think positive. Hopefully GH will be on for many years to come..

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  50. Patrick says:

    about 20 minutes plus was MIA… due to Barack Obama

    that being said… the one stand out.. was seeing… My lovely.. Felicia, Mac, uber HOT Kevin, and Lucy

    i’ll catch the three Carly’s : hopefully, on YouTube

    it’s just a crying shame…. mind numbing : brain fart : catastrophic epic proportions… that AJ – A Quartermaine… is : GONE ???

    respect for the fans : respect for the Serial : mind the history

    the one thing that boggles… and IS no surprise…

    Anthony Geary’ Luke: the womanizer : skirt chaser : dare I say, viagra for naught

    ??? this is interesting? this is funny? a rib tickler… cause it’s Luke… its OK ?!?!

    first Brit, then Kiki ( he can have dull), then Sam…

    unbelievable… ?!?! Period .

    Tracy : even when she figures Luke out… needs to search, for Joe Scully, 3rd

    he’ll rise from the dead faster than Luke

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  51. Bill says:

    This was the episode that the 50th anniversary show SHOULD have been! Core characters and families in the spotlight … lots of nods to days gone by … underutilized vets like John York, Kristina Wagner, Jackie Zeman and Kin Shriner front and center. Yes, I agree that the erosion of the Quartermaine clan is a mistake, but I still primarily blame Bob Guza for his decision to take down Alan. A.J. was mishandled by the current administration, agreed, but I don’t think his continued presence would have improved the Quartermaine dynamic. With Edward, Alan and Lila all gone, there’s just so much we can hope for.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I think A.J., and Carly shouldve been a couple…they couldve had that same love/hate relationship Alan and Monica had and entertained us in the Quartimaine mansion for many more years to come!!!

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  52. Polly says:

    Hey Michael,
    I watch on Hulu, so I’m always a day behind!
    I have to say, I have returned to GH after a couple (or was it three) decades, and find it much better than the other few soaps left as per writing and storylines. But I was completely boggled by the many-Carly-episode—so thanks so much for clarifying who the other actresses were, and how they fit in.

    The AJ death was hard to watch, but it was “get out your handkerchief” time for that lovely last moment, walking up the staircase. Not to mention all those names, called out in the b/w sequence at the start. Suddenly, those decades I’d been off having a busy life, all melted away.

    Thanks again! P

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  53. janet says:

    They should just call this mess the sonny show and be done with it . Are they actually trying to get cancelled????

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    SUSAN M. replied

    I don’t agree.. I still like watching GH!

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  54. Lucy says:

    I loved it!

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  55. GRANTLOVER!! says:

    I USED TO RUN HOME TO WATCH GENERAL HOSPITAL NOW I CAN’T RUN AWAY FAST ENOUGH. THE SHOW SUCKS!

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    SUSAN M. replied

    I don’t think so. I still enjoy watching it. Things can’t stay the same.

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  56. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Is T.J.s mom…Jordan…working undercover for someone…maybe shes a cop working with Nathan?

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  57. Christy says:

    I would have loved the whole episode in grainy b/w…. and not be our modern story… something more of a kickback to older days.

    yeah, I don’t like that Monica has outlived all 4 of her children, her husband, and her mother & father in law (whose portrayers died for real, so can’t help that). That house is just too big for her and Tracy…. How about a love interest for Monica?

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    It shouldve been a kickback to GHs older days using current cast members playing characters from the shows past!!!

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  58. MRKH says:

    Watching today’s episode made me ill. Sonny portrayed as a swell guy with Carly demonizing AJ! FV & RC regime is going straight down the JFP era again! Sonny is a mobster who kills people and we make him father of the year and he did right by killing AJ? I think I might just stop DVRing the series. Mobster’s Hospital sucks and watching the current admin destroy it isn’t worth watching!

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    Shay replied

    I so agree with you….AJ is barely even cold at Corinthos’ murderous hands and yet Sonny arrogantly continues to besmirch him in order to justify his own bloodthirsty behavior….it’s truly sickening. If I have to hear him refer to our dearly departed Quartermaine one more time as “that $@#,” I am going to hurl. What total disrespect for the dead and for the grieving survivors, particularly his mother and son! This has been a brutal and disgusting storyline from the start, but now to see the craven Sonny, and by extension, delusional Carly continue their audacious, ego-stroking character assassination of the (hopefully soon to be known) innocent victim is completely beyond the pale. The only worse aspect of this entire plot is seeing the guilty as sin Ava happily strutting around town since she believes she is now off the hook scot-free. As for an acceptable conclusion to this revolting mess, I would propose that Sonny discovers the real culprit behind Connie’s murder, and makes Ms. Jerome pay the ultimate price for her brazen duplicity. After disposing of that psychopathic hussy, Corinthos should then snuff out his own sorry life….that would be a poetic end to the far too long reign of Port Charles’ maniacal mob boss. Quite frankly, for years I was pretty much able to take or leave MB and his “Sonny Boy”…when his dark character emerged hot and heavy on the frontburner, I would often tune out for awhile, as his tales just didn’t interest me, but now I cannot stand the sight of him or his reprehensible cohorts. They are quite simply, evil personified.

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  59. Kaffe says:

    Why are people complaining about…A Couple of years ago…They wasn’t sure GH Will
    make it…I’m just waiting for the Jason recast…Anyway is good to me….

    I know
    Ned is coming back
    Lucy and Kevin daughter is coming
    Jason recast…Maybe James Denton or Billy Miller

    The Q’s still have Danny and Michael…But I AGREE they should give Monica a new love intrest…

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  60. Bradley Hennigh says:

    I had a chance to read the comments and I’m quite surprised of how negative it was. All those people had the right to say what they’re feeling. I had watched Tuesday’s episode and towards the end of it I had cried. I had cried that A.J. was met by Emily, his grandparents and his dad. The last time I had cried was the episode when the show said goodbye to Edward Quatermaine(played by the late John Ingle) just before Thanksgiving. I’ll never forget that episode because it reminded me of my grandparents.

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  61. SUSAN M. says:

    Well I enjoyed seeing all the characters pictures from years ago! I remember seeing them all and I miss them..Those were the days..

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  62. MK says:

    It was slap because it was too much Sonny and Carly and Sonny has no remorse for killing a legacy character of 34 yrs that they brought back, just to kill off again. Noah cheating on Bobbie is nothing new. Plus to keep Bobbie on GH, she needed to be single. Frisco and All I need was a joke. The song was for Tania, not Felicia.

    The next day when Liz and Dr. O were talking that would have been a good moment for Liz to tell O about her Grandpa Steve and how to be a proper Chief of staff.

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  63. west virgina fan says:

    Yes there were unrealized possibilities with AJ–but….not all the bring people back from the dead–work out. I really liked his relationship with Michael but could not say his chemistry was great with Elizabeth, hate sex is kind of creepy (carly) and there really are much stronger vets.

    I can see people complaining about how some vets get short shrift–but compare it to the previous ten years–yes Monica has lost lots of folks–but what might come with her grieving with Michael (who was not in her life at all), or a Jason when unfrozen is not lock step with the mob (and might actually be disgusted with Sonny for killing his brother even if it is just to think how that hurt Michael). Anna has her silly moments (but not nearly as bad as what Mac’s police force turned into) and she at least hauls some people in–and you cannot say that there has not been some terrific story line and acting chops for that character.
    Even the mobsters look to have some real consequences–it will take some time but these people’s violent lives have caused them to lose lovers, and, again as the plot unfolds with Michael–actually alienate their children–I don’t think anyone sees Sonny or Shawn, or Julian, or Ava as heroic.

    So…is there too much time to new characters like silas and kiki–yep–but they also need to draw in fans beyond those who watched in the bad old days (the guza mob years) and the good old days (ice princess).

    And if you can get to watch Anna or Tracey or Alexis, or Patrick and Robyn (however little time she was on), or Obrect and Britt (to name two newbies that actually have had some rich storyline)–I will still take that over any other soap on the air right now. Doesn’t make up for OLTL being gone or AMC not being able to have a chance to rebound from its awful last years. But its a start.

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