On General Hospital, Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) has taken his friendship with Sam Morgan (Kelly Monaco) to the bedroom, and now the duo is seemingly headed for love. But the relationships they are trying to put behind them (so they can move forward with each other mind, body and soul completely) are actually still active and key part to their story: Sam has no idea that Jason (Billy Miller) is still very much alive and roaming Port Charles as the person known as “Jake”, and Patrick has no idea that Helena (Constance Towers) is pulling the strings right now and is responsible for Robin (Kimberly McCullough) not reuniting with Patrick and their daughter Emma (Brooklyn Rae Silzer).
On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Jason Thompson to ask his thoughts on: the state of Dr. Drake at this point in time where he has taken his relationship with Sam to the next level, how the good doc must still be hurt, bitter, and angry about being put through the emotional ringer by his once beloved Robin, and where he hopes his story will go from here. Fans of the ABC soap opera know that Thompson is one of the MVP’s of the daytime drama series with his raw and authentic emotional performances, and that when given the story he delivers time and time again. So, here’s what Jason T. had to say about the current life of Dr. Drake!
How has it been working with Kelly Monaco (Sam) now in an on-screen romantic relationship … known to the fans as “Samtrick”!
JASON: First of all with Samtrick, I am so pissed off that her name is first! (Laughs) I know, it’s Kelly Monaco, I get it! (Laughs) It’s great working with Kelly and we have been friends for a long time. It’s great to work with her in a different capacity and to be able to use stuff against her, (laughs) for example, “Remember four years ago? Think about that right now, and now just say the line!”
Many viewers are worried about Patrick and where he is ultimately headed, especially after the whole Robin (Kimberly McCullough) story where she leaves him seemingly in the dust twice, and he had no true clue of what is going on. It’s been a hard few years for Dr. Drake with Robin’s “death”, her return as he was about to marry Sabrina (Teresa Castillo), Robin leaving him and Emma, losing a baby son, and on and on.
JASON: I am totally worried about Patrick in a lot of way, but I also want him to continue to keep doing what he is doing, so he has sort of an epiphany at why for the last three years of his life, it has been a seriously crazy mess! I want him to have that realization and be like, “What is going on?” I want to keep going down that road, and I feel like I am talking him into making these decisions and whether they are right or wrong it’s more of, “OK, well nothing has worked so far, so just keep going, and keep going, and we will see what kind of fallout happens, if there is one.” When I think back through the last couple of years and how much has happened, I want Patrick to have a relationship with a psychiatrist where he can actually say all the things that he has been feeling.
Patrick has never delved into his true pain in all of this, other than when he was pill-popping speed when he believed Robin was dead, and that was a coping mechanism at the time.
JASON: He just keeps dancing down this road, and I want those moments where he sits back and somebody gets him to talk for once, and he is not reacting-mode.
Do you want Patrick to have an emotional breakdown?
JASON: I don’t know if it has to be a breakdown, but yeah, whatever that might mean. When I see “breakdown” I see a typical soap opera breakdown, and I really wouldn’t want to do that. Patrick is still a father and he knows what that takes, but I don’t think he has given himself time to try and look at himself in the mirror, and try to understand what the last couple of years have meant. I would like do to that. I feel like that would be fun, and I think the show would have a good time writing it too, because I want him to be talking about things that he has gone through, and not just what storyline is happening, to some extent. I do understand that, because that is what we are there for. But, after nine years, there is a lot that this guy has to talk about, and especially the last three, which have been completely traumatic!
Being a dad to Emma (Brooklyn Rae Silzer), I would think would remain top on Patrick’s list of things he has to keep it together for, and that he knows no matter what he is going through his daughter is all-important, especially raising her solo without a mother at that moment.
JASON: Absolutely! Personally, as a man hoping to have kids one day, I have always felt it is your job to create a better human being than you are, and I feel the same way when I think about Patrick and what I want him to do. I want him to create a better human being in Emma, and I hope we can have more stuff like that to play and illustrate that point.
What did you think of the beat of the story being revealed, at the time it did, that Patrick knew at one point Jason (Billy Miller) was alive and did not tell Sam about the Intel?
JASON: I wasn’t necessarily worried, because I knew it was going to come, but I didn’t know it was going to come so quick. I read it and I was like, “Oh, this is happening right now?” I had no idea, because it was a big secret and I didn’t know we were going to play it until two days before we shot it. One of the directors mentioned it was happening to me, but it’s just the way we go now. We work fast. And at the same time, I really enjoy Billy Miller (Jason) being there. He has obviously been a welcome actor and he is a great actor. And so I feel, General Hospital just added another great actor to the reservoir which I always love. Patrick and Jason didn’t get along so well, but this time, who knows? Obviously, he has changed a little bit, so it doesn’t mean that they can’t have a different relationship than they did before. As of right now it seems they may both be in “love” with the same person, maybe. I am excited to see what happens. It’s been fun working with Kelly, but at the same time I always want that person named Kimberly McCullough (Robin) to come back too, because it’s always so much fun.
There is so much drama left to play out between Robin and Patrick that would also impact Sam and Jason.
JASON: It’s always something, and I enjoy working with Kimberly, obviously, and it’s always something we can do. Robin can come back in and there are so many ways to go. Patrick and Robin haven’t’ talked. There have been a couple of phone calls here and there. And, I know stuff happens off camera, obviously, but there are a lot of interesting things that could happen on-camera, too: If Patrick was with Sam and Robin returned, and actually, he doesn’t need to be with anybody for fireworks to go off between them! There has been a lot of lies and deceit, in a way. I think one day Patrick will know the truth, and whether that’s fitting to him or not, we will see!
If Patrick knew the truth about Robin is being held against her will and all that she suffered at the hands of Helena (Constance Towers) and the Cassadines, don’t you think it would be a game-changer in their relationship?
JASON: Yeah, but at the same time even if he knew the truth, there would be some dramatic thing that would happen where Robin couldn’t possibly say “no”, but in his mind, maybe she could have said, “no”. So, we shall see!
So, are you rooting for Samtrick? Do you want Robin to return and come back into the picture to see if Patrick and her can work things out? Would you like to see the series delve into the toll three years of trauma have impacted the emotional side of Dr. Patrick Drake? Share your thoughts below!