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103 February 17th, 2017 GENERAL HOSPITAL: Does Anna Have Cancer?

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On Friday’s episode of General Hospital there was yet another heart-wrenching performance by Finola Hughes (Anna Devane).

This time Anna’s health is in serious question.

It all comes to together after a series of events unfolded where she was trying to snoop around Valentin’s (James Patrick Stuart) but ended up passing out.  Valentin then whisks Anna to General Hospital, where he seems to care about what happens to her.

Meanwhile “The Good Docs”, Finn (Michael Easton) and Griffin (Matt Cohen), discuss Anna’s condition and they seem to indicate things look very bleak.  When they go into her hospital room, they explain to Anna has a blood clot. Finn explains the next step which is to immediately set up a bone marrow biopsy.  Confused, but knowing something is wrong, when the doctors ask her some of her other symptoms including migraines and itching, she agrees to schedule the procedure.

Just as Finn seems to be our hero, he starts to get the shakes badly and finds a way to swipe some pills from the drug tray for hospital patients. Will he help save Anna or could his condition put her in jeopardy?  Griffin who is becoming emotional, and very worried listens as Anna tell him what happened at her bedside.

When Griffin leaves Anna’s room, he immediately calls Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and tells of his concern for her mother.  Later, when speaking with Finn, Griffin utters that they were right not to tell she might have cancer! Episode fades to black.

Elsewhere in the story, Nina (Michelle Stafford) came upon Valentin at Anna’s hospital bedside.  Upset, she is confused why Valentin seems so obsessed with Anna, when he claims it’s the other way around.  Once alone with Nina, he gives her a ring and pronounces that he loves her.  Nina can’t say it back to him for fear it will end up like the rest of her failed relationships.  After the duo have sex, alone, Valentin calls GH to find out an update on Anna’s condition.

So, what do you think is happening to Anna?  Is it cancer or something else? Does Valentin truly have romantic feelings toward Anna?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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  1. su0000 says:

    It’s Anna’s turn to use Franco’s Tumor..
    It was preserved in a jar for this occasion..

    If done correctly Anna will have a shaved head and Franco’s tumor will be back in the jar waiting for its’ next victim..
    Then for the next 4 months we can watch Anna’s hair grow back..
    heh- doesn’t get any better than that for GH excitement, these days; watching hair grow.

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    Trudy replied

    Yes

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    nancy dillingham replied

    su0000, don’t you think the purpose of giving Anna the disease is to find out that Finn is really her son? They actors have great chemistry and they resemble each other. Would make a nice story–and so good to have Robin back. Maybe Kimbo is taking a break from other projects while she awaits the birth of her baby–and could thus find the time to come do some work on GH. Good on her! PS I think Julian is a goner–and will be “offed” soon. What say you?

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    rebecca1 replied

    noooooooooo…Nancy! I LOVE Julian!

  2. John says:

    I hope not – we were just getting our spy back !!! Finola deserves better as does Anna Devane !!!

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  3. Jenny says:

    W e just suffered througb Faison obsessed with Anna. Enough! !

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    Celia replied

    Love Faison. Bring him back. Maybe he has the secret to what ails Anna. Can you imagine?

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    Shay replied

    Or maybe Valentin will peel off his mask and reveal himself to be…..Faison!!!! (I know, I know, pleeeze, NOT again with the falsefaces!)

    Celia replied

    @Shay.
    Yes, Shay….he could be either Faison underneath that mask or as I said, he could be Stavros.
    Would ‘they’ dare introduce “the maskerade” again? Please, no Flukes and no more masks. LOL.
    I give soaps a long rope most of the time because we immerse ourselves into a different dimension.
    Now, as I keep saying, I am not well versed in GH one bit, but I like a certain amount of reality within my universe.
    When was Anna in the WSB? Thirty years ago? How could Valentin be in the WSB at the same time as she? He would have been at school and not old enough or have the experience.
    Ten years means nothing now, but, it did then.
    I just want Valentin to be a good guy….Nik will be back sooner or later.

    One more thing, Shay. I am soooo lost with anything Olivia Jerome. This story baffles me. I do not get the flashback with Robin, nor her interest in the hospital.
    And, more than anything else? Playing the victim does not become Julian. Putting his house in order; regaling Olivia Falconeri with his last will and teastament does not make the heart bleed. I feel no pity for him, or Sonny.
    I await and welcome the day his pretend sex with Nelle ( enough, already!!) is revealed, with bated breath.

    Shay replied

    Hello again, CeeCeeGirl! Just yesterday on another thread I filled you in on Olivia’s backstory….hope I made it to post! Of course, knowing Ms. Jerome’s history, such as it was once portrayed, and relying upon the current regime to treat it with actual fealty and respect are two very different things….we have often tried to logically dissect a new (or even returning…) character with legacy ties by reaching back to yesteryear in order to find a logical connection between then and now, usually without success, so just because I recall Olivia from the heyday of GH doesn’t necessarily mean that I am any more clear regarding her current existence on the canvas than you are. It’s the same old song with Valentin…despite the fact that the actor who plays him is doing a fine job and/or he may actually develop into an interesting or appealing character in the long run, for those of us who recall the original Cassadines and even Dr. O’s implied ties to him as an evil ogre nonpareil with the original potential as Nathan’s bio-daddy, this latest member of GH’s legendary, calamitous clan is a real puzzlement….I swear they are just writing him as they go along, and pairing him with the”Always in search of a meaningful storyline/purpose in Port Charles,” Nina, makes his role an even more tenuous and perplexing one at that. As for Anna, the WSB cover always seems to be pulled out of the hat when there needs to be an explanation for her previously unexplained storyline gaps…yes, she first came on the scene in the ’80′s as an co-agent from Robert Scorpio’s past, but through the years, she has been pressed back into action whenever her tale dictates some necessary addition to her timeline, hence again, I plead just as clueless to you on that account, which is a real shame since the Divine Devane is one of only a few characters that truly matter to me at this point…most of those on today’s frontburner totally repulse me, and yes, I mean, Sonny, Carly, Alexis and Julian!!!!!

    Max Daddee replied

    Faison! He was one creepy dude. I think Valentin still has feelings for Anna; that was obvious in his reaction when she passed out. Could be that he turns out to find a doctor who knows more about Anna’s disease and can help her. Or maybe Robin will team up with Finn to come up with a cure.

    I do think Alexis will read Julian’s letter and go to him. Deep down I like the guy and I like them together.

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    rebecca1 replied

    I agree; I love Julian and actually would like to see them get back together. I know what he did…I just want to believe (and will “buy) that would never have hurt her but was only “acting” for Olivia Jerome’s ears and/or eyes. Far fetched? Don’t care…if Michael can forgive Sonny, if Monica can even LOOK at Sonny, if Laura can look at Valentin, if Liz can love Franco, if Laura could marry Luke, if, if, if…LOL…I’ll believe Julian is still the guy who loves Alexis with all his heart…. (beside that, I LIKE the character in and unto himself.)

  4. Jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Valentin and Anna share someone in common…Griffen (who isnt Dukes after all) is THEIR son…ok, im kidding-lol

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    Lew S. replied

    Hey, You could be right!

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    Celia replied

    Could be, Jimmy. Anna is the right age. But, Valentin is too young. And, if you remember, we did discuss thst possibility way before Valentin was in the picture. We discussed that Griffin could be Anna’s or the son of one of her sisters.
    This is what annoys me about this age stuff. How could Anna and Valentin have known each other at that time? He was still in diapers, never mind working for the WSB .

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    rebecca1 replied

    fyi…the actor who plays Valentin is 48 years old. Finola is 57 so they could have very well been working at the same time as well as dated (had circumstances ben different).

    Celia replied

    PS.
    Remember Dr. David Hayward? I think he was married to Anna. He was also involved with Erica. Griffin could be his and Anna’s.
    Perhaps, he did to her what some doctor did to Erica Kane when she went into a clinic for an abortion ( at least that’s what was said a couple of years before AMC went off the air). That is, took the fetus and implanted it into another woman’s uterus.
    The baby ( Josh Madden) was Erica’s and Jeff’s.

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    Melanie Gainey replied

    I thought that David Haywood and Anna lost a daughter?

    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    David could be…i did not watch much of AMC when he was on so i barely remember his story so thanks for filling me in…

    Steve replied

    Melanie is right — Anna and David lost Leora and their marriage never recovered. Even if you invoke SORAS, that child would not be a few years younger than Robin (as Griffin is).

    AMC lost credibility and many viewers with the unabortion storyline.

    Celia replied

    @Steve.
    Hi Steve,
    I did answer Melanie with just that fact, but, my reply disappeared….gone!! LOL.
    I do remember Leora, I also remember Anna’s suffering.
    Nonetheless, I had suggested that there may have been another pregnancy and Anna does not remember? Or, David took the embryo from Anna and implanted it into another woman….just as it happened to Erica Kane. I remember when “Josh”, Erica’s ‘aborted’ son showed up in PV, vividly.
    Anything is possible in the world of soaps……if the shoe fits.LOL.

    Addison replied

    I think yesterday’s episode strongly hinted that the baby Duke and Anna thought they lost all those years ago is Griffin.

  5. Steve says:

    JPS is an excellent actor, but after his introduction with the killing of one beloved character (Nik) and shooting of another (Kevin) it’s impossible to root for Valentin. Perhaps they can reveal that Stavros is still alive and forced him to do it. Wait, they’re using that silly storyline already.

    Finola is gold. I know the budget is tight (and every Q was on today – which was nice), but Mac or Felicia in Anna’s hospital room would’ve been nice. Unfortunately, due to the misuse of his character, don’t look for Tristan Rogers to reprise Robert anytime soon.

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    JMER replied

    I too was as livid as Anna and Griff that the hated Valentin had the nerve to sit at her bedside.

    Loved the Anna scenes but would also love to see Bobbie or Felicia visit her soon!

    The Qs together as a family in one room saving the hospital was amazing to see. I never thought I would see a scene like that again. All thanks to Jelly, I’m sure, not FV or the execs running the show.

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    Celia replied

    I was being sarcastic about the temporary insanity, LOL.

    Celia replied

    LOL, Steve. It is hard to get over certain ‘crimes’ ; but everyone else is a murderer and gets away with it…why not him?
    Perhaps, it was a temporary case of insanity? DOUBLE LOL.
    However, there is still the possibility that he is wearing one of Faison’s masks. Could he be Stavros?
    I’m sure TPTB will come out with something as ridiculous as the Fluke storyline….or not!
    Nonetheless, I like the story; especially with a sprinkle of Lady Anna—-very interesting!!

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    JMER replied

    Except Celia, that Valentin also has displayed some insane behavior recently when goes off erractically and he also smacked down Anna’s stepson Griffin so it’s not a case of “temporary.”

  6. Shay says:

    Out of the mile-long list of GH characters who could have had cancer and therefore, a deserved one-way ticket out of Port Charles, why did the writers have to choose our beloved Anna to suffer so?

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I was joking when i originally made my comment but now i do think that Anna and Valentin will turn out to really be Griffen’s parents and Duke isn’t his father!!!!

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    Shay replied

    With the current mish-mosh that is GH, anything’s possible, jimh, and I do mean ANYTHING!!!!!

    Shay replied

    @jimh….I believe I smell another probing of DNA storyline coming down the pike with Anna’s illness….since Robin’s health issues probably preclude her as a suitable bone marrow transplant candidate to save her mother, I do wonder who will be dropping out of the Devane family tree to save Anna. Griffen??? Valentin???

    Dan replied

    Hey Shay, I too have my list of characters I wouldn’t mind getting that one way ticket out of PC. I suspect we probably have some of the same people in mind, lol. But I wouldn’t worry about Anna, she’s not going anywhere. Not to mention, Finola is always excellent in whatever they hand her, and I’m sure this will be no different.

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    Rhonda replied

    I was sort of furious that Nina had the nerve to refer to Anna as “that woman.” Nina is not fit to kiss Anna’s boots.
    BLEH! I despise Nina with the heat of a thousand suns.

    Shay replied

    @Dan….Oh, I’m SURE we have some (many?) of the same characters in mind! LOL. I also agree Anna is most likely safe in terms of staying the Port Charles course…I simply don’t desire to see her suffer anymore, no matter how capably Finola always handles whatever material is presented to her..be it good or bad. I guess I just consider both Anna and Genie Francis’ Laura as the last truly precious representatives of a bygone golden GH era, and it really pains me to see either of them messed about, harmed and/or compromised like nearly every other legacy player has already been at the hands of the past few writing regimes.

    rebecca1 replied

    Hey Dan…I agree. Finola will really bring this story home…and for those who don’t want to see her go through this but would rather it be someone else…that’s again a contradiction. People don’t want mob stories they want hospital…they get a hospital story and suddenly it’s too dark and they don’t want it. Now, we have a major, loved character stricken and some don’t want it to be her…but rather a character not central to the canvas or less loved. But then…when we had the serial killer some said…why would we care? None of the victims were people we cared about…

    Sigh. Glad I’m not the writer!

    Celia replied

    Well, Shay, I’m glad we’re on the same page….as yourself, I am as confused as ever with a few storylines.
    And, yes, I have noticed that the GH ‘establishment’ does have the tendency to write the character as it goes along–carte blanche?? LOL.
    Thank you for seeing the Anna/Valentin timeline as I do. Where exactly does he fit into her past? He was supposedly a brainiac? Okay, but unless Valentin was working for the WSB when he was a mere tween, the timeline does not fit. Why? Because no way would someone that young would have gone through the rudiments of achieving such status. Too green, too immature, too far-fetched. Oh, the mere temerity, Shay!! LOL.
    It’s oksy, though….I really don’t mind too much. I guess I can stop questioning any logic and accept the events as they happen. The reward for me is, I am enjoying more of Anna on my screen. And, of course, Valentin himsellf.
    What is he? A good guy? A bad guy? We saw him, firstly, as a bad guy….but, as the soap-world is wont to do, more oft than not, he will turn out to be St. Valentin(e).
    As far as Nina….well, we all know that the only reason she is with Valentin is because of Charlotte. She sees Anna as a threat to herself. Competition? Does Nina sense Valentin’s feelings for Anna….. feelings that are still alive; buried just beneath the surface?
    I doubt Nina’s fear is that of losing Valentin. Her fear is losing Charlotte, albeit she cannot compute the fact that the child is not hers, regardless.
    I am still very disappointed where Nina is concerned. Such a waste of talent. As much as I adore Michelle, I do not get Nina’s presence.
    Alexis is not a negative issue for me any longer…..but, if TPTB put her in Julian’s suffocating grip again; I know I will have a different perspective….only because of the over-the-top sexual ‘exploits’ which I find kind of ‘puke worthy’ ……. and the change in personality that seems to overcome her better judgment…that of an adult, let’s say.
    I love Nancy. I feel pretty confident she will get the Emmy….(I hope), so, I would love to see her in the mode of Alexis; the independent personality, the solicitous mother, the combative attorney, and the strong-willed woman who is conquering her demons to regain her life.
    Sonny and Carly? Yeah!! Sanctimonious, full of themselves, Mr. & Mrs. Do-right–not!!

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  7. Janet says:

    I believe this is a good S/L Anna has been through a lot can she over come this obstacle in her life time will tell…..for Valentin I thing he may still have some hidding feeling for Anna he thought he might of forget….so we see the out come for that!! Its getting interesting to see where all this leads to. FH is power actress and always gives her soul & heart so bravo to her

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    Tomas Torquemada replied

    I agree! Finola will deliver great on this storyline. No, she’s not going to die. But it gives her character something to do other than ‘solving crime’. (Jeez, half the cast causes crime, hay the cast solves it. A medical stories on on general HOSPITAL is a welcome change.)

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  8. Grant Putnam says:

    When Griffin picked up the phone to share Anna’s condition with an unknown caller I thought for sure the reveal was going to be him distressed and calling his ‘bio’ mom Liv J! It is still possible that they ret-conn this storyline to have him be Anna and Duke’s son that was raised by Olivia J.

    Finola’s acting has been great but I find it distracting when she looks at the camera for cues. Roger does this a lot too.

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    Steve replied

    Having Griffin be the child Anna and Duke lost would nearly be as bad Erica Kane’s unabortion. One would think these writers know that is viewed as one of the worst soap plot lines of all time.

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    dmr replied

    AMC’s Erica and the rewrite of that historical storyline was a travesty. Agreed, Steve. The writers at General Hospital keeps rewriting history and it’s just so old and overdone.

  9. Magneto says:

    This would be a great time to cross over AMC’s Dr. David Hayward as they have a past. Vincent Irizarry is available and ABC has the rights back for AMC.

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    rebecca1 replied

    I actually read that he will be coming over as David Hayward. Not sure if it’s a rumor or an actual happening…but it does seem like now that the characters are back in ABCs house they’re going to use them when appropriate and weave them into GH story.

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    Rhonda replied

    Rebecca, didn’t Anna and David have a baby who died on AMC? I am pretty sure it was a little girl but I am not sure.
    I would love to have him on GH as Anna’s love interest.

    rebecca1 replied

    Hi Rhonda…

    Actually, I READ he’d be coming over but I never actually saw that story on AMC. Didn’t watch during those years…It seems, from the other comments on here that they did have a daughter who died. (See Amber Sinclair’s post down toward the bottom. She’s gives a great synopsis.)

    Celia replied

    I agree, Magneto. The crossover has always been a staple between GH and AMC, albeit I did not watch GH…..I did watch AMC. So, I was very familiar with Finola Hughes as Anna/Alex.

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    Celia replied

    I find this as a good thing….loving GH right now. I try to push the idiotic storylines at the back of my mind, and concentrate on the most recent stories–Valentin is a most interesting character to me.
    I am also loving Kiki and Dillon– what a “love” scene….finally, young love!!

  10. watsontml says:

    I think we will find out Griffin IS Anna and Dukes son after all.

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    Rhonda replied

    Maybe but I was thinking Griffin might be Duke and Olivia Jerome’s son

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  11. Mary SF says:

    Although these types of story lines can be really effective I question the timing of this one– we just went through Finn and Hayden “dying” and being cure– and even if this time it is a real disease I’m not sure I am up for another round of watching someone being gravely ill.

    Of course we don’t know where this story is going yet– but secretly I am hoping as far fetched as it sounds I would like if we found out Anna is Griffith’s mother– that she and Duke had a child, but Olivia stole him and raised him and somehow during this illness Griffith discovers the truth in some medical tests he does– and Anna was brainwashed to forget she had the kid– which why she has a hard time remembering things from her past with Valentin–those early memories got accidentally wiped in the process– so if this story ends up there, then I might forgive them for doing another medical crisis so soon after one just wrapped up.

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    JMER replied

    That’s some good writing *applause*

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  12. Aria says:

    Cancer is just to heavy right now for gh and especially for the character of Anna, also most of us die hard fans have been wanting to see her in a spy thriller/ action type of storyline for me the timing is just not right .

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    Rose replied

    Aria…I’m with you on this. While not the gravity of cancer except for those characters in hospital, there’s been Hayden, the ongoing Finn, recently Tracey, Julian, Franco, Alexis, and least we forget, Jess at Y&R right now. If Anna is going to be Ill, and/or finding her repressed memory, let this part be short lived. More intererested in solving the long lost, hidden Valantin mystery. Not too surprising that way back when a lot of things happened with WSB, Cassadines, etc that can make for a good story. And who knows where it will lead with current characters like Griffin.

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    rebecca1 replied

    She is in a spy thriller/action story…even in the midst of her mysterious illness. It’ll involve Valentin (and Robin, Griffin, David if he comes over) and it’ll take on some WSB story.

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    Allen Saint James replied

    spot on about wanting to see ANNA in a spy/thriller action story. She is a spy and sto T you for her should be written with that in mind .

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  13. Darnell says:

    This is a good turn of event especially if Griffin is her real son and Olivia Jerome is behind poisoning her. Olivia hasnt seen Griffin yet. She could have been the one who had the baby/fetus removed after the elevator accident. Hopefully she’ll get better before the long awaited Anticipated face to facein the office she built the shrine to Duke. They should also allow Nora Buchanan to see her and have Nora call her Alex Olanov. It can be revealed Miss Jerome was hiding out in Llanview.

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    i once mentioned an Olivis/Alex connection. in previous comments..and with the renewed OLTL visits im sure now Olivia/Alex are the same person!

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  14. AJ says:

    I sense this will be a quick cancer story (a la Ava’s cancer – bet some of you forgot that!). It’ll serve to prove that Olivia (who happens to be in town) stole Anna’s baby (a la Nina stealing Ava’s baby). Lot’s of a la’s…

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  15. rebecca1 says:

    I think GH has been fantastic lately! I’m really into every story they’re doing.

    As for those who are upset with yet another “illness”…sigh…how many kicked and screamed that this was General HOSPITAL and they wanted more hospital stories? Well…ya got your wish! (And you know Anna’s not going to die so just go for the ride…).

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    Updikemomma replied

    I agree 100%. Love seeing positive comments instead of “If this happens or that happens I’ll quit watching!” LOL.
    Not talking about a certain person or even just this website, I just get tired of those.

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    rebecca1 replied

    Thanks Updikemomma! I know. Negativity gets me weary….

    Dan replied

    Exactly Rebecca, I couldn’t agree more! I usually find myself on the same page as you with the vast majority of the comments you post. I read some of the other comments about GH here and on other sites, I wonder if I’m watching a different show. It’s nice to see some good thoughts about GH. Finola Hughes is excellent in whatever they give her, and she will no doubt knock this one out of the park, as she always does.

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    rebecca1 replied

    Thank you, Dan. Ditto to all you said!

  16. Alan says:

    I cringe to think of Jean and Shelly writing a cancer storyline for Anna. Whenever a writer decides to tackle a subject matter which has affected viewers and their families in real life, they need to do their research and commit to telling the story as truthfully and realistically as possible. Based on the way Jean and Shelly dealt with Michael’s cancer, Nikki’s MS, and Sharon’s bi-polars on Y&R, I can’t imagine this being anything but a letdown if they go in that direction.

    And what’s with Valentin? For years we’ve been told that he was the scariest Cassadine ever (even Helena was afraid of him) and now we find out that he’s a crazy hot former hunchback linguist with a stuttering problem, a soft spot for his daughter, and a crush on Anna. Huh? Instead of a sexy villain in the James Steinbeck or Roger Thorpe mold we have a sympathetic guy who gives viewers the cardiac pitty-pats…and nary a danger vibe whatsoever. Epic fail.

    As for Griffin — oy. This is a perfect example of what happens when you introduce a character with no long term story in place and then compound that error by failing to have that character build relationships across the story canvas. Griffin was brought on to resolve the poorly plotted Claudette storyline and then was revealed to be Duke’s son…only Duke is dead and now so is Claudette (or so the writers want us to think) and after nearly a year Griffin’s only friend in Port Charles is Anna so his storyline options are pretty much nil at this point. Hell, they haven’t even given the character an apartment set to show him at home. Great planning, GH.

    Agnes Nixon, Bill Bell, and Douglas Marland were geniuses at introducing new characters and weaving them into other storylines so that when it was time to move the characters to the forefront they had established relationships to play off of. If Jean and Shelly had focused on building Griffin’s character over the last six months instead of wasting everyone’s time on Sonny and this never ending Morgan snooze fest they might actually have a viable leading man poised to draw in some new viewers (especially in the women 18-34 demographic) with a front burner romance.

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    Dan replied

    Hey Alan, do you ever have anything nice to say?

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    Alan replied

    I think James Patrick Stuart is a great actor and very charismatic as Valentin.

    Rhonda replied

    Dan, Alan did say Valentin was a “hot, former hunchback linguist.”
    That’s kind of a compliment!

    Dan replied

    Well when it comes to James Patrick Stuart, that’s something I can definitely agree with. He’s been one of the highlights of the show for me.

    Lil' Angel replied

    The first sentence of his last paragraph was really nice!

    Shay replied

    Amen to all you’ve said, Alan!….The fact that characters are constantly introduced willy-nilly, then linger on the canvas for sometimes years without any meaningful, definitive identity or purpose is a real soap no-no. It’s become such a common practice on GH that I’ve nearly tuned-out altogether due to complete frustration with those who think this is an acceptable way to run a show.

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    Celia replied

    It’s not just GH, Shay. So many beloved actors/actresses come and go….As we discussed earlier; now they’re here; now they’re not.

    rebecca1 replied

    First…we don’t need an in-depth cancer story. They already stated that if she has cancer it’s a “rare” one. I don’t necessarily think this is going to be a story ABOUT her illness as much as it will be about Valentin, Robin, her ex-husband David (if he makes an appearance)…perhaps her relationship to Griffin…probably highlighting Finn’s drug abuse as he’ll probably do something wrong when diagnosing and/or treating Anna due to his addiction, etc. I think it’s a jumping off point to encompass a larger story. That’s not to negate or downplay the seriousness of disease. I don’t think any of us, including the writers, think that ANY serious illness should be taken lightly. But given this is a soap and not a medical show per se…it’s a plot point.

    As for Valentin, we haven’t seen what evil he can wield. He may; he may not. Instead of focusing on what he was “suppposed” to be…perhaps focus on the character he is right now. For many of us he’s interesting…at once unhinged and yet sympathetic and multi-layered. A man capable of violence yet obviously of great love. If he is dangerous but is masking it til the time is right…at least we know where that rage came from…I, for one, find him compelling. I believe he loves Nina…appreciates her…but also has a love/hate for Anna. Which is compelling.

    What hasn’t been addressed, is Nina. Nina marrying Valentin to help him in his fight for Charlotte. It has been established numerous times that because of Nina’s previous emotional state it would be difficult for her to adopt which is why she tried to go the private adoption route. So how is it that no one has brought this up to Valentin…even Lulu or Alexis…that marrying Nina would (or should, according to previous accounts) put Valentin in a less strong position with Nina as co-parent. (I personally think she’d be great but just basing it off the legal system and her past….)

    I do agree with you, Alan, regarding Griffin. So far he has been way under utilized; he has leading man potential and his connection to Duke, Anna, (perhaps Olivia J?) will hopefully be brought more into the forefront. It also looks like he’ll be a rival for Liz’s love. As I usually say, we shall see….

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    Abruzzfan replied

    I agree, Rebecca. I also think that the cancer story was a way to bring in a story with Valentin and Robin. It’s so nice to see Robin come home to take care of her mother.

    rebecca1 replied

    Hi Abruzzfan…yes; it’s nice to have Robin back! And, realistic, for her to visit/see her mom through this. It’s great the way they wrote Robin into the story and that KImberly’s schedule allowed.

    Mary SF replied

    Lets all be honest here folks the only reason they created Griffith was so GH could have a hunky doctor to replace Dr. Patrick Drake. They didn’t care who the character would be, all they wanted was a nice body who would look good shirtless in the doctor’s change room. Mission accomplished.

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    Timmm replied

    Yeah, JELLY really laid an egg over at Y&R. Michael and Nikki NEVER mention their remission?

    I think they shifted gears on Valentin’s evilness. Thats okay, to me, Starvos is the worst Cassadine! I would love to see those two and Nick and Stephan all square off. Not enough money, though.

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  17. Sue M. says:

    Couldn’t they have come up with something different for Anna? Really!!! There is so much sadness with
    this dreaded disease in the real world. Do not need to see this on GH.. I watch GH to escape the stress
    In the real world. Do not need to get depressed and miserable.

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  18. JasonLovesGH says:

    1. Dr. Finn doesn’t know the difference between a prognosis and a diagnosis.
    2. These writers have little respect for nursing as a profession.
    3. I agree with all of those who have posted about the never-ending death of Morgan storyline growing tired and losing its punch. This was magic months ago. It isn’t any longer. How much more of this must we endure? I’m sick of Sonny. I’m sick of Carly. Enough already!!
    4. Having the Quartermaines buy GH is very clever and brilliant thinking. Bravo!
    5. Watching Anna and Valentin sizzle on my tv screen is very much welcome. More please!
    6. Kiki and Dillon…dullsville city. Yawn. Put them back on that bus to anywhere else.
    7. Still waiting on someone…anyone…to push Sam in front of the nearest speeding bus (perhaps the one carrying the dimwits noted above?). She wears me out.
    8. Impatiently waiting for the actual showdown between Anna and Olivia Jerome. Love the flashbacks!
    9. Nancy Lee Grahn is simply stellar.
    10. Liz…drop Franco STAT. You deserve better, my dear.

    Long live General Hospital! :)

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    tim greck replied

    The Finn story has been going on FinnEVER!

    Morgan sucked when he was alive and he is sucking the air out of the show!

    Lill Nelle!

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    Celia replied

    Aha. I like the term FinnEver. Well, Fin does mean END in French. LOL. So, it is time to bring this story to closure. I guess the writers don’t know where to put Finn after ‘the cure’. So, to use your words, they’re sucking the life out of Finn and the viewer.
    Agreed, tim….I do love Finn/Michael, but the neverending story is getting tiresome.
    Morgan? Say it again: never liked him. Glad he’s gone. Thank you. Most do not agree—-they are still hung up on him.

  19. Amber Sinclair says:

    We need to bring Vincent Irizarry over to GH and reunite him with Anna Devane. General Hospital also needs a cardiologist on board and Dr. David Hayward is the best! Anna Devane and David Hayward connected the minute Anna began investigating David for being a drug lord named Proteus. Turns out David’s father was the original Proteus and then it was passed down to David’s deranged mother who actually kills both herself and David’s half-brother Leo Du Pres. A little info on them, Anna married David to keep him out of jail, and no he didn’t pressure her into it. She actually fell in love with David after they married. They tried to have a baby and Anna soon found out she was pregnant. In 2003 Anna and David found out that their baby, while Anna was still pregnant, had a heart problem and needed surgery while “in utero”, she flew out to Switzerland to see a specialist but couldn’t stand being away from David so she flew back to Pine Valley and brought the specialist with her. Well, right before the procedure, the specialist has a stroke and there is nobody else who can fly in on time to do it and it had to happen that day or the baby didn’t stand a chance of survival so Dr. Jake Martin and Dr. Joe Martin told David to perform the surgery on his own wife and child (talk about pressure). The surgery was a success even after a few complications. While Anna was recovering at the hospital she goes into early labor at 8 months pregnant and has a C-section and baby Leora Hayward (named after Leo Du Pres, David’s half-brother) is born. David and Anna soon find out that Leora is still having heart issues and needs a pacemaker, but David being a cardiologist thinks it’s too risky because she was a premie and was still recovering after having surgery while “in utero” so they waited. Due to the stress of it all, David and Anna’s marriage began to fall apart. Finally David after putting his foot down on surgery, agreed to it. While in surgery having a pacemaker put in, baby Leora died. David blamed Dr. Joe Martin and Tad Martin for him not being allowed to perform the surgery himself and David soon had a mental breakdown. They managed to recover, but Anna decided to leave Pine Valley. David and Anna said goodbye to each other and hugged each other, I would definitely say they left on good terms. Their relationship was dangerous, spontaneous, magical, sexy and devious. So again let’s bring Vincent Irizarry to GH as Dr. David Hayward!!!

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    Rhonda replied

    Oh thank you for that Anna-David history lesson, Amber. Well done.

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    aria replied

    i don’t like david for Anna, he’s so arrogant, a lot like julian, they come across like weasels. theres nothing heroic or romantic or sexy bout him in my opinion, obviously some seem to like him, but i still vote no for him on GH…

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    tim greck replied

    That was helpful. Maybe a triangle between Anna, David and Valentin.

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    rebecca1 replied

    Nina would kill Anna before she’d let her have Valetin!

  20. Margie Dalton says:

    I’m afraid yes Anna has cancer
    With Robin, Finn & Griffin I am hopeful they will save her!

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    Celia replied

    Love your positive outlook, Margie. Are we sure Anna has cancer? Regardless, she will come out of it with flying colors…Has to!!
    Finn should take care of himself first. As the intro intimates, his condition could be a detriment for Anna.
    But, you know; a thought just came to me, as I read your post, Margie. The story would be so much more compelling if….as Finn and company discover some cure by chance, the plotline could be presented so that the miraculous drug for Anna will coincidentally cure Finn, as well? Perhaps, Anna’s ‘cancer’ and subsequent cure storyline was introduced for this reason.

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    Timmm replied

    I am so tired of the Finn illness!

  21. Rodd says:

    I find it a little suspicious that Anna might have cancer so soon after it’s revealed on Y&R that Jill has it. Can’t TPTB do a better job of pretending they don’t copy from each other? I’m not in favor of Anna having cancer, even though this would be a PSA. There are other characters without a story who could pull this one off. Anna has enough to play right now; brilliant as FH always is. Solve the mystery of whatever Anna can’t remember before adding this wrinkle.

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    Sherri replied

    I want Anna to get her memory back and I want Valentin to go away also stop already Lulu deserves her child why keep stealing her embryos

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    Rhonda replied

    But Rodd, Jill doesn’t have cancer, she has heart disease.

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    Rodd replied

    I read it wrong. Thanks for setting me straight.

  22. Dj says:

    It’s Olivia playing out her revenge plan

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  23. Steve says:

    If Anna does have cancer, hopefully the writers will remember both Monica and Alexis survived and will provide some wisdom and comfort for Anna.

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  24. Timmm says:

    I hope she doesnt. Finola could handle the story and be nominated but I would hate to see her up against Nancy. PLUS, if Anna is very sick, Robert would be there and we all know he is over on Y&R being wasted!

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    Celia replied

    True, Timmmy. But, after what is going on between Jill and Colin, Tristan may very well leave GC for a bit and Robert will run to Anna’s bedside. Voila’!! Mission accomplished.

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  25. Ally says:

    No one has suggested this (as far as the comments I’ve read) but could Finola actually have cancer or some other serious illness? I’ve been concerned about her for the past few months. She looks as if she’s lost a lot of weight and is so thin that her ribs were showing in her close-ups. I worried that she may be anorexic. Please know that I’m not being a gloom and doom GH watcher and hope that none of my fears are true!. Finola is amazing and has been one of my faves for many years!

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    Celia replied

    I sort of suggested that, above, Ally. Not specifically, but I did question if we are sure Anna has cancer?
    Finola has always been very thin. But, you’re right….she looks thinner than ever; as does Kristen Storms.

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    Ally replied

    Oh, I’m sorry for misunderstanding your post. I tend to get confused when we talk about Finola or her character, Anna. Where does one start and the other end? lol
    Finola did a phone interview on a local morning show today and she says she does not have cancer and the writers wanted another interesting story line. She said that she’s been researching this rare cancer and a clip was shown of Finola going to the home of an actual patient with this disease. She’s trying to bring awareness to in hopes of getting more research for better therapies.It sounded like this is going to be a very,very long theme.

    Celia replied

    Hi, Ally,
    No worries….we all make the same mistake. And, you phrase it perfectly; “when does one start and the other one end”, is right.
    It is a very good thing what Finola (and the writers) is doing; as is Jess (Y&R). Bringing awareness of health issues to the fore is admirable; especially in today’s world where we are always in a hurry and forget to keep our health in ‘check’.
    I do hope ‘the long theme’ will give a strong enough message which will impact all of us in a positive way.
    Stay well.

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  26. aria says:

    ok, i’ve been reading some of the post above an all the speculation going on, most posters wishing that Griffin was Anna son, ( me too ) but also most wishing he wasn’t Dukes, or that Olivia might be his mom(oh god NO!) so if GH did reverse their decision, i still vote for Robert Scorpio, if we go of the timeline when Anna and Robert where presumed dead on GH,1991, then its possible Anna could of been pregnant during that time. also with Anna’s current boughts w/ headaches and memory lost, remember when her twin sister found her back on AMC, she had memory loss that kept her for years away from her family( I remember being soooo mad this storyline, of anna being alive, playing out on AMC) so anna does have a history of memory loss, so its possible she forgot she had Roberts kid, please, no way she had any offspring w/ Valentine, or that she somehow still has a kid around w/ David Hayward, and please no David on GH,hate the character. So, with the rights to amc back at abc, this gives us more Anna history, especially her history of coming back from being presumed dead, and her memory loss, her twin sister, hopefully all this can be integrated into this her current story arc, for me it would be awesome if they ever got around to telling the background story on what happened to Anna and Robert after they were presumed dead, how were they separated? why did each choose to stay away from their family and friends for so long? GH got a lot of material w/ Anna, so lets hope they use it..

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    Allen Saint James replied

    I’ve always found it to quite dissapointing that the Robert Anna “dead” era has never been fully explored on gh. There is a wealth of story mined from the missing years. They don’t seem to consider Robert worth bringing back to the show long enough to explore his legacy. Holly came back from the dead just as Robert perished on the boat. .. That was sad

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    Shay replied

    Amen, Allen Saint James! There is a wealth of material that could be mined from Robert and Anna’s “dead days.” So many questions surrounding that time remain unanswered, thus it’s never too late to explore this missing chapter of GH history….especially if it brings Scorpio back to Port Charles!

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