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82 April 13th, 2018 General Hospital’s Roger Howarth Delivers Power Performance Of The Week!

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This week on General Hospital, Roger Howarth was front and center in scenes where viewers and Franco got to the bottom of his horrific childhood past.

After Franco took Jim Harvey(Greg Evigan) out of the trunk of his car and into his art studio, it was showdown time for a story that had been building for months.  Why did Franco push little Drew down the stairs? Harvey persists saying that Franco’s DNA makes him hurt people, but Franco says that is not it.  He was protecting Drew from Jim.  Then, Jim goes on to say that his mother, Betsy was weak and so she sent Drew away because of fear Franco would hurt him. But that is yet another web of lies spun by Harvey.

Franco flashes back to his past and the gifts that Harvey would bring him, and that he recalled he started bringing those for Drew, too.  Franco finally says that Jim molested him time and time again, and he was going to start doing the same thing to Drew.

With a gun pointed at him and nowhere to turn, Franco is able to get Jim to write down all the names of the other children he abused over the years.  Unfortunately, the statute of limitations has expired for Franco to have Harvey prosecuted for crimes agains him, but he promises now to kill Jim.  As Jim begs for his life, saying the other victims deserve to hear him admit what he did, and then brings up Liz, it distracts Franco for a millisecond and Jim and Franco fight for the gun which slides across the floor.  As Jim decides to silence Franco once and for all and chokes him, a shot is fired, and Harvey goes down.  It is Drew (Billy Miller)  to the rescue.

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In a heart-tugging moment between Billy Miller and Roger Howarth, the two “brothers” hold on to each other as it has all became clear what happened in their past, and that Franco did do good, by protecting Drew from the horrors of a child molester.  Later, after Franco is admitted to the hospital for observation overnight, he tells Liz (Rebecca Herbst) what happened, only the audience does not hear what he said.

When Franco meets with Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) at Kevin’s office in the hospital, he shares the details about Harvey, and admits that. “He came to my room night after night.”  Kevin soon comes to the realization that Jim sexually molested Franco.  Then. Franco says he knew it was wrong.  Franco is in tears as Kevin says, “He’s to blame. Not you. Never you,”  But now, Franco wonders if he’s a danger to Elizabeth’s young boys. Kevin does admit that it is true that some abusers go on to abuse, but most do not.  Kevin makes a confession to Franco that he also had a traumatic childhood past with his mother.

Finally, Kevin asks Franco if he has ever looked at Elizabeth’s boys inappropriately. Franco says he has not.  When talking about his past crimes, Kevin tells Franco that it was because of his brain tumor.  Eventually, Liz and Franco go home together, as Franco now tries to move forward with his life.

Whether you like, or don’t like, how the story of Franco has played out in what appears to be part of redemption storyline, one thing was clear, Roger Howarth delivered a masterful performance as only he could throughout this week’s episodes of GH.  That is why he is On-Air On-Soaps choice for the Power Performance of the Week!  In addition, you have to give props to Greg Evigan who brought Jim Harvey to life in such a perfect way, and of course, to Billy Miller for his subtle and touching performance as Franco’s “brother” with whom, if it wasn’t for Franco, would have also been abused.

So, what did you think of Roger Howarth’s performance as Franco faces the truth that he was molested as a child by Harvey? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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  1. Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco says:

    Performances were good, hope to move on from this-sooner the better. Young and Restless has been on fire and can’t wait for today’s cliffhanger Friday. Wish Gh would pick up the pace and focus on characters besides Peter August. Wish Dr. Bensch would hook up with Nelle-I think they are soulmates. Love Anna, hate this story.

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    Harry replied

    Phyllis, as far as I am concerned, Amelia deserves performance of the year. She was convincing as a formerly confident woman who suddenly finds herself in an abusive relationship.
    What they did right was that they paid fidelity to character development as well as to the dictations of reality. That’s why it resonated with viewers, that’s why it was so damn powerful. Also, a nod to Thad who was able to play the woman abuser with nuance and complexity. He was not drawn as some one dimensional, mustache twirling villain, but rather a man who let his failures morph him into someone else. I also loved Sharon getting the women to circle the wagons in an effort to give Victoria unconditional support. Now here’s a soap which not only respects its characters, it respects the female characters allowing them to have their own identities, their own journeys which is not predicated upon what is going on with the man in their lives. This is something which GH is failing at miserably.
    I am sorry for veering off topic but see no blog on this subject and honestly, I am not that thrilled with GH right now.
    So well, bravo to Roger. His redemption story line has been completed and it’s finally over.

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    Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco replied

    Hey Harry- I have so been wanting to discuss exact same-GH is failing for me right now-was exciting and fast-paced when Jason first returned-wasn’t that excited about his return but that crashing through the ceiling was great! Agree with everything you said about Y&R- love seeing Sharon getting and being well and finding her way. Love Thad-would have liked to see him one more time without clothes before they killed him-but great music, writing, direction, acting-even Victor is excellent in his hospital bed. Great soap!

    Harry replied

    I concur, Phyllis and PS. I don’t think JT is dead.

    Celia replied

    Funny you should say JT isn’t dead, Harry. I was thinking the same thing. Phyllis ( Gina) said the ‘body’ was already cold. Within minutes? It takes a while for the body to get cold and hours for rigor mortis to occur.
    Actually, as I stated on the other thread, I read that Reed kills his father.
    I bet that when the women go upstairs, the ‘Body’ will be gone.

    lin replied

    Love your comment about Dr. Bensch and Nelle. I think Jim Harvey would have been perfect as well.

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    dmr replied

    Nepotism is running full speed ahead at General Hospital. I can’t watch Peter August. Oh wait, he is on every day, which means, I can’t watch General Hospital. I don’t like the actor, character, storyline, or he is interacting with-so, no thank you.

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    Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco replied

    He was not on today and it was a pretty good show. I don’t care for him either.

    Celia replied

    Ditto, dmr. Creeptown for me with this guy. He always has this perplexed look on his face. Does he wear a toupee? Between his hair and Julian’s…..I don’t know.
    I think I said this before….I’m waiting for Carly to cheat on Sonny with Petey. I wonder if Sonny would divorce her for the umpteenth time, and then take her back? LOL.

    Shay replied

    I hear you, dmr! After another viewing hiatus, I finally tuned in Friday/Monday to see Robert Scorpio and Tristan Rogers (and Finola Hughes’ Anna…) did not disappoint! None too thrilled to have him playing the gramps role in this outing, since the emphasis should be on adventure and the mystery of Anna’s secret son, but it was still a true thrill to behold that Aussie accent, twinkling eyes and devil-may-care attitude once again! Hope Scorpio sticks around for a long while!

  2. ck says:

    It was seeing Roger at his best. He is a powerful actor, and did a flawless job. I hope to see more of him bring is incredible acting skills to task. I also look forward to see Franco develop a relationship with Drew and the two become ‘true’ brothers. There would be a lot to explore and give more depth to each of the characters.

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    Soaphound replied

    Yes, ck, that’s what I want. A true friendship with Drew rather than between Drew and Jason would be the ultimate irony. Since Jason and Sam are not capable of forgiveness, except for Sonny, this will be a real bone of contention. Thank heaven RH finally has some material he can run with. He and Billy are great together and have a real rhythm in their scenes.

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    brian replied

    Yes, agreed, and they can leave “Stone Cold” out in the cold, lol.

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    Harry replied

    Steve Burton’s return really boasted the sagging ratings.
    It’s okay to praise your favorites, but I have never understood the propensity to bash another actor while in the process. Burton is a strong strong actor who can convey emotions without chewing up all the scenery. You can love Howarth, Miller and Burton at the same time—one does not negate the other.

    rebecca1 replied

    Harry; no one mentioned Steve Burton here. They mentioned “Jason/Stone Cold.”

    And, why is it you have no such indignation when “someone” bashes the female character/actress I shall not name. So much worse than whatever it is you think you saw in these few posts.

    Timmm replied

    Steve is playing A ROLE!

    brian replied

    big thanks to rebecca1 and timmm

    i felt quite bashed by and very misunderstood by harry’s take on my post. it is 100% character driven, as it would be nice see franko and drew become friends since jason will never give forgiveness to franko, and hope that the abuse that franko took to protect drew creates a bond, that may even allow sam to at least offer understanding of what drove franko during his attack on her.

    my post was not about the actors in these roles at all. i do not know any of the actors personally, and to make such comments about any actors personal life’s, would be slanderous ! i guess thou, many people do do this, and we now life in a world sadly driven by social media. i always, respectfully keep my comments to story line, and would never attack an actor for a role they are playing.

  3. Mary says:

    It was so realistic that in several moments I forgot it was a soap opera and had to snap back to reality. I think I cried through the entire show because I had more used tissues in my hand than I had clean ones in the box.

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  4. Sophie says:

    Due to GH’s horrible pacing it took forever to get to the meat of the story but the culmination has been truly engrossing TV. Roger’s performance was spellbinding & the best story GH has done in forever. Roger Howarth is one of the best in the business & he hit it out of the park. Becky Herbst & Jon Lindstrom have also been wonderful.
    As far as redemption goes, IMO Franco has been redeemed in my eyes for a very long time. He is filled with remorse for his crimes, he’s actively sought help & he’s turned his life around. Give me a character like that over GH’s Mob thugs who never change, never feel remorse & literally reek of sanctimony & hypocrisy.

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    Paula Page replied

    I completely agree.

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    Gwen replied

    You are absolutely right. Forget Drew and Jason. Drew and Franco should be like brothers. I wanted Drew with Sam but I think he can be happy without her.

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  5. Satan says:

    No… no he didn’t.

    Frodd redemption attempt #666. Failed like all the others. He still is a useless character who has no valid place on GH.

    If the writers wanted to tell the story of an adult coming to terms with the reality of being abused as a child, they could have just as easily written the story for Drew – especially since it’s previously been reported that Billy Miller has been involved in some advocacy for such issues anyway.

    And while Jim Harvey being a creepy pedo pervert isn’t exactly a shock, he’s also the same guy who wanted to rig a man made earth quake so he could pull off a Koch brothers inspired takeover of an entire neighborhood to turn it into a gas fracking wasteland??

    Come on, they couldn’t write TWO sleazebags?? Because now with PedoJim dead, how are they going to get to the bottom of his planet destroying crimes??

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    Harry replied

    Satan, I do agree. I think the story would have resonated more had Jim Harvey been a realistic pedophile. Pedophiles don’t generally do not cause earthquakes as the result of illegal fracking. Pedophiles, do not dress up as doctors so they can go in and kill off a patient in order to shut them up. Pedophiles do not kidnap mothers and children to use them as hostages.
    Pedophiles blend in with society, they have an air of feigned normalcy around them–that’s what makes them so dangerous.
    Turning Jim Harvey into an over-the-top unrealistic, cartoon-like villain diminishes this important and crucial real life issue.

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    Harry replied

    excuse the double negatives, I am in a negative mood I guess.

    rebecca1 replied

    Disagree. Drew didn’t need redemption; Franco did. As much as you hate Franco, and that’s your choice, story-wise it made sense for this to be Franco’s story.

    It doesn’t matter whether Roger should have been Franco from the beginning; it doesn’t matter if it was wrong of them to cast this part again. They did. And the character has been purposely changed since Roger took over.

    “Franco” has shown over and over again since the tumor was removed that he is innately good. He’s done nothing criminal since then (unlike Sonny who DIDN’T have a tumor thus an excuse) and it’s Franco’s journey from criminal past, troubled past to salvation. (And I don’t mean that in a religious sense but in a self-sense; understanding WHY he did the things he did and learning to forgive himself so he can carry on a normal life.) We’ve only seen good in him since he returned: saving Carly from Heather, taking a bullet for her, loving and helping lil Jake, caring for Kiki, adoring Elizabeth, protecting Nina when in the relationship. And, now, we learn that as a child he was the “protector” too. Subjecting himself to abuse while saving his “brother” from the same fate. Great, soapy, poignant story. And as you guys know, I LOVE Franco!

    Drew didn’t need an abuse background. He’s already been kidnapped, his identity stolen, didn’t know he was, became “Jake,” became “Jason” loved and at this point in time, lost and is a man, too, in search of himself. There was nothing in his behavior to indicate any childhood abuse and no need for that story to have been his.

    As for Harvey, I don’t care if he was, in addition to being a pedophile, a criminal “land developer.” But, he DID pass as normal, Harry. Finding out he was shady doesn’t mean he couldn’t be a child molester. One doesn’t negate the other and obviously he’d gotten away with it all these years; even Ned thought he was on the up and up.

    Worked for me.

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  6. chriss_inak says:

    It was a powerful set of scenes for sure. Roger is one of my favorite actors, and tho I could never understand why they brought him back as Franco (which story line with James Franco I despised) I began to enjoy the journey after he got hooked up with Nina. I hope we can move on now tho. Let Franco and Elizabeth move on to some other stories–Develop a relationship slowly with Drew (Franco needs friends). And give Roger an EMMY!!!!

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    rebecca1 replied

    Yes!

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  7. Mary SF says:

    It took forever to get to the point of the story, but once there I was blown away by the drama and the performances. Although I thought Jim abused the boys I was surprised they went with sexual abuse– most soaps steer clear of it and doing one that focused on male child sexual abuse was another leap forward— it was realistic and sensitively portrayed– and Roger has a good shot at an Emmy next year and so does Greg–that last scene of his was so powerful—- Every time I am about to give up on GH they pull a rabbit out of their hat and give me a story line that reminds me why I love soaps

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    rebecca1 replied

    Great post, Mary SF.

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  8. Jimh says:

    He was fine but i still dont care much for Franco…and on GH if its not Nina its Sonnyville…

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  9. Timmm says:

    Thank you Michael Fairman. I was getting worried!

    Roger has made me forget how much I hate Franco and love Roger Howarth! The tumor was one excuse but the abuse from Jim tells a whole different story of why Franco was Franco before the Franco we are now supposed to love!

    Roger and Jon were great in their therapy sessions. I actually forgot I was watching a soap at times!

    I only wish they could have found a way to keep Greg Evigan. What an actor and what a change for him to play an evil bastard! He was so good!

    I just wish Drew wouldnt have shot Harvey and the three of them could have had their final scenes together, and THEN after Jim lunges after the two boys, Drew has to kill him.

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  10. Rodd says:

    This story is so uncomfortable but so relevant. Child sex abuse is getting a lot of attention (at least in my area) from the media and anything that will help people open up about it, educate themselves on how to help those involved or how to prevent this from ever happening to someone they know, then I say “Bravo!”

    GH, Roger, Greg, Rebecca, Billy, Jon and the lady who’s playing Betsy, are all doing a great job! I sit and have a tough time watching this, but cannot deny the brilliant performances. They touched on so many aspects of this horrible topic. Hope they continue the good work because there are so many other beats to play out.

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    Harry replied

    Ditzy (Betsy) got on my last nerve.
    I hope now that is all over Ditzy goes back to her tree house where she can munch on granola and smoke grass all day.

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    Patrick replied

    I was so bothered by that – it’s not like she didn’t “know” that her adult sons were out of the “clutches” of the evil incarnate Jim Harvey, at that time

    boffo. out of the gate. i’m attracted to Roger Howarth.. the actor.. his person i’m digging getting

    thanks

    .

    Timmm replied

    She seemed like a bad character out of a skit from SNL!

    Shay replied

    @Harry…..All because the showrunners wouldn’t spring for an appearance by the much missed Heather Webber who tells much better tall tales than Betsy ever could! Nothing ever got past GH’s all-knowing legacy nutjob, so you can bet Betsy’s sweet granola bars that Heather was long ago aware of Jim Harvey’s sick proclivities and probably made some money via his previous buisness schemes in return for her silence….that’s just the way she rolls!

  11. MB says:

    It’s “clear” that Roger gave a masterful performance? Clear? Really? I don’t think so and neither do plenty of other people. The guy couldn’t even muster a watery eye in Kevin’s office, let alone a tear. Not that you have to cry, but he sure looked like he was trying, lol!

    Not only is there this constant narrative of Howarth the great actor but the one of whether you like the story, or really the character, you have to give Roger props, it has nothing to do with him. Guess what, a lot of people don’t like Franco because of Roger’s performance.

    From the day he showed up with blonde hair, prancing around the Haunted Star and the Q mansion, his version of Franco has been a joke. His “style” of twitching, stuttering, blinking, snarking, chewing food, all these things that some manufacture a great actor narrative out of, is far from great acting (and it seems all the casting directors and producers in Hollywood agree) and has been totally inappropriate for the character and has undermined any attempt to redeem or accept him. So now he’s the victim of molestation; who wouldn’t feel sorry for him now? A lot of people.

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    Sheri replied

    While there may be “a lot of people who don’t like Franco because of Roger”, rest assured there are many more who DO like Franco BECAUSE of Roger.
    James Franco played a dark, demented Franco who granted, had a brain tumor, but there was nothing about James that made me think there was any humor, compassion, love in him. His Franco was written as nonredeemable, and he had no intention of staying long enough on GH to flesh out the character. It’s obvious you didn’t care for the actor or the story, but don’t make the assumption that you are correct in your opinion. Everyone has an opinion.

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    MB replied

    Sheri, lol! Yes everyone has an opinion, I shouldn’t assume I am correct, but you state your opinion as fact. “rest assured there are many more who DO like Franco BECAUSE of Roger.” OK sure.

    Yes, James Franco’s Franco was written nonredeemable and Roger’s Franco is on five years and story after story of redemption because he hasn’t been able to pull it off. The writing for his Franco, unlike the original, has been there for redemption, but Roger’s snarky schtick has undermined it at every turn. So now the writers have gone to the abused child who saved another child, who couldn’t be sympathetic with to that, even if you have to put up with all the embarrassing scenery chewing?

    And no James Franco had no intention of staying around, he’s an in demand actor, he doesn’t need to rely on Frank Valentini for a steady paycheck.

    Timmm replied

    I think most people like or respect Roger’s talent as an actor. The character of Franco should have stayed dead! Roger should have been brought on as a Quartermaine from day one. Not Jason or AJ, a lost Q! Matter of fact, they should kill off Franco and bring Roger back as a totally different character. Everyone wins!

    Shay replied

    @Sheri…And there are also many people who don’t like Franco simply because of Franco! This was a repulsive character, period! Trying to reinvent him as a warm and fuzzy misunderstood jokester with a good heart (ala RoHo) who was driven to perpetrating his hideous crimewave because of a brain tumor, child molestation, global warming, whatever, still doesn’t excuse or negate the fact that it actually happened, and numerous victims were traumatized by his heinous actions. All the revisionist history in the world cannot change that…especially for those of us who originally witnessed it and were appalled by the sick, twisted nature of his behavior as portrayed by James Franco.

    Boes replied

    Well said.

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    Patrick replied

    THIS

    is important : “… his version of Franco has been a joke. His “style” of twitching, stuttering, blinking, snarking, chewing food, all these things that some manufacture a great actor narrative out of ”

    PLUS : all the leeway given HIM from Frank Valentini…. ALL THE LEEWAY allotted a pet… Frank Valentini agenda… and PROPPED like no other

    ENOUGH of this crapola

    tell me the subject matter is important… another “prop” used to sidebar Frank and Roger agenda. give significance to and the rest will follow

    SICK of the agenda … Roger Howarth, Michael Easton, Chad Duell, Steve Burton, being led by Laura Wright and Maurice Benard, Wes Ramsey. CRAP . stink on shit

    this is NO Bravo Performance. HOW THEY ( GH Writers ) culminated and THINK they’ve ended the story and brought closure… is roger going to get it ? is roger redemptive.

    expletive… in your face Frank Valentini… your agenda is noted

    you think you have so many zingers going… all in the direct affect of your dullard

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    Patrick replied

    Michael Easton : March 13, 2012

    Roger Howarth: May 29, 2013 ( as Franco )

    FRANK VELENTINI : what is the effin problem with you ?

    YOU : are the problem laying waste to GH.

    these two have been ON – and – ON for OVER 5 years.

    can you imagine if this was a vet and or a long tenured employee.. think Tyler Christopher… and you couldn’t cut it

    you waste so much time.. in two forgettable characters . they mean nothing to the canvas.

    you feature the dullest couples.. because you think they look good together

    you need to be fired

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    Timmm replied

    Thats it Patrick, Frank has made this his show! If you read next weeks spoilers, 3/4 of the actors in the spoilers are from Frank’s stable! It sucks!

    Shay replied

    @Patrick….Add to that nearly four years and counting—-May 1, 2014—of Michelle Stafford’s Nina…another grand soap get gone awry, propped by countless characters old and new and still possessing no discernible purpose on the GH canvas but to chew scenery and take the spotlight from other more deserving characters!

    rebecca1 replied

    MB

    You’re completely “angry” when you speak about Franco/Roger. Not just on this page but the other. Clearly, the character and the actor isn’t working for you.

    No one can say “most” like or dislike. But I’ll tell you, as Sheri told you, that MANY of us love Roger, the way he’s made the role of Franco his own and “Franco” as he is now portrayed.

    He’s not being “propped!” It’s ridiculous already. They gave Franco a backstory. It was needed since he wasn’t going to be an occasional crazy ala Helena or Faison coming around to terrorize people. Yes, that’s what he was SUPPOSED to be when they cast James Franco and the character was only written for an arc. But that changed. As a viewer, we go with the changes because we’re not writing the story. The story is Franco acted as he did because the tumor controlled impulse, morality and behavior. It was removed; thus we get the REAL Franco, the boy that saved his “brother”, the boy that was so capable of love and the need to protect that he sacrificed himself to save “Andrew.” That fits in perfectly with who Franco’s been since he had the tumor removed. Troubled? Yes. Confused? Yes. Defensive? Yes. Now that he’s unraveled his past he’ll hopefully be able to be the man that the little boy would have become if he hadn’t had the tumor or the abuse.

    You can buy it or not. We all decide whether a story/character is working for us or not. But to those of us who are loving it and Roger’s portrayal, it’s a great story, we love the character, we love Franco and Liz and we’re loving Franco and Drew.

    You can rage about it but it’s not going to change the facts.

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  12. Mister Media says:

    Bravo to Roger Howarth and Billy Miller for their performances. Now that Franco has learned this horrible secret it would be amazing to see him reach out to Michael Corinthos, whose prison rape he arranged when he had a brain tumor. It would be nearly hypocritical if he did not, but most of all, if written well it could be an amazing series of scenes – a victim of sexual abuse reaching out to someone whose own sexual abuse he was responsible for. Come on GH, do it! Long live GH!

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Hi Mister Media…It was established a long time ago that Franco didn’t arrange Michael’s rape. He instructed that freak prisoner to scare Michael ax a means to hurt Jason, since he knew how close Jason and Michael were. But he never told the guy to rape him. Unfortunately setting that guy on Michael resulted in that heinous act even though that wasn’t Franco’s intention.

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    Mister Media replied

    Thanks for the clarification. I still hear some characters mention this among Franco’s transgressions, but perhaps they don’t know the whole story. I think there’s still enough of a connection between the two events to merit a scene or two.

    Rebecca1 replied

    You’re welcome. I think some viewers literally don’t know while some still insist he ordered the rape. Others refuse to believe his tumor caused his anti-social, violent tendencies. It’s been established several times that the location of the tumor was on the part of the brain that controls behavior, morality, etc. When Franco doubted himself the othe day in Kevin’s office Kevin explained it to him again. Only way they could really redeem the character. I think they did a great job and I agree with you. Kudos to Roger. He’s been fantastic in depicting a broken man. Billy, too, as you said, has done a great job

    I think it would be great if Franco reaches out go Michael at some point. Not sure how receptive he’d be since Sonny, Carly and Jason will probably hold on to their hatred for him.

    Harry replied

    Rebecca, sorry to quibble with you, but yes, Franco (then played by James Franco) did in fact orchestrate the rape of young, virginal Michael. If not for Franco, it would never have happened. Please, let us not allow the fans to rewrite history–it’s bad enough the writers are doing so.

    Satan replied

    And right there is the first (among many reasons) reason that I cannot stand Frodd, and the propping of this useless character..

    The convenient DVDs and/or brain tumor supposedly absolving him of all of his previous sins.

    I’m the Devil. I literally have millions of people down here in Hell who have used every excuse imaginable to justify the sins they have committed. Most of them are more creative than brain tumors and DVDs which suddenly materialized out of nowhere, but they don’t work.Those folks are still in Hell, because they’re still guilty of what they did.

    Franco was very much behind the prison rape of Michael. And while it was never explicitly said on the show, he probably was also behind bribing the sleazy judge who sent Michael to prison on a bogus charge in the first place. What would be the point of arranging for a convict to rape somebody, if you didn’t have a guarantee that the victim would be incarcerated at all?

    Michael was completely justified in bashing Claudia’s skull in when she was trying to kill his mother and steal his newborn baby sister. No sane judge would have ever convicted him for doing so, but a bribed judge probably would. The fact that the same judge was dating Michael’s grandmother Monica made the whole thing even more sickening, but that’s beside the point.

    About the only crime of Franco’s that was ever ambiguous was whether or not he actually raped Sam when she was on her honeymoon with Jason. We never actually saw that happen, though the scene was deliberately set to make Jason think so, and Sam (being drugged) could never be sure either way. But it was still kidnapping and assault (grabbing a naked woman in the shower and drugging her) even if no actual rape occurred. No DVD and no brain tumor is going to keep Frodd out of Hell, that I can guarantee you.

    rebecca1 replied

    Harry and Sat…

    First: Harry. I replied to you but it “didn’t make the cut” so please read my reply to

    Satan:

    First, LOL, since you refuse to drop your alter personality (are you really Abigail? DOOL? Ring a bell?) I digress…

    It amazes me when a viewer refuses to go along with the “truth” in a story. We can judge each other; we don’t have to believe what “real” people say or the excuses they give, but we’re watching a fictional character created by the writers who have now given Franco a backstory. It truly doesn’t matter what you THINK he did when he was played by James Franco. “Franco”, at that time, was meant to be a contained story arc. We all knew they were going to redeem the character once he was being played by Roger, or Roger wouldn’t have an ongoing role!

    Putting that aside, unless you can point to dialogue or a youtube video, something, anything, where we hear Franco order Michael’s rape, then all it was at the time was speculation. Franco (then) was a lunatic. A creative, murderous, genius. A twisted soul who was obsessed with Jason and baited him with mind games.

    If he wanted to rape Sam he would have; could have. He didn’t. It was purposely filmed in such a way that you could see Franco relishing the thought of how this would torture Jason. He was interested in filming it just right; staging it. He set it up to look like he raped her and got the response he was hoping for. The writers don’t even have to change history for that; it always seemed like he staged it.

    As for Michael? Again, you’re speculating. We never heard any “order.” And when Roger took over the role the first thing he did as “Franco” was explain with his “show and tell” dvd’s that he ordered the prisoner to protect Michael from other prisoners. Is that credible? Perhaps. Maybe now that we know Franco was molested as a child his subliminal kicked in instinctively and he didn’t want a teenage boy assaulted in that way. Or, maybe he wanted to keep Michael around to use against Jason and he couldn’t do that if Michael was destroyed emotionally.

    Now, to play “devil’s” advocate, let’s say you’re right. Let’s say the writers did have Franco order the rape. The point is, obviously, we go where the writers take us. It doesn’t matter what they implied years ago; they’ve now (as in since Roger took over the role) made it clear Franco DID NOT have Michael raped. So, are we going to argue with the writers who created a fictional character? In the story, as it stands, Franco didn’t order the rape. So when people say, “how can Liz let a rapist be around her boys, how can Liz (who was raped) be in love with Franco, how can Liz, be with someone who…

    She can, because in the story as it stands he DIDN’T do those things. And the things he did, as per the writing, he did because of the tumor! LOL! I don’t know how you can dispute a writer’s story. They’re not recounting actual history.

    What drives me crazy is when Carly keeps insisting AJ pushed her down the stairs and that’s why she lost her baby. You can actually watch the scene on youtube and see AJ grab her arm because she was taunting him, and when she pulled back her arm from him in a huff, she fell back and down the stairs. So, THAT drives me nuts because we can actually go back and “review the tapes” so to speak and see it for ourselves.

    IF there’s a scene that literally depicts Franco ordered the rape obviously I’m wrong. I don’t think there is. And, IF there is, at this point it doesn’t matter. There’s no point in hating a character for what he did if the writers say he didn’t do it.

    This gets crazier and crazier but I think you get my drift.

    Harry? Did you get all that? ;)

  13. Steve says:

    No matter how good Roger’s performance ever is, there’s no redemption story for this character that possibly interests me.

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    Jenn replied

    Okay Steve.

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    Boes replied

    Exactly.

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    Patrick replied

    it wasn’t a good performance.

    WHY did he not finish off with Jim Harvey @the hospital parking lot ?

    the drawn out affect… RH Franco WIMPED OUT.

    I thoroughly enjoyed Greg Evigan performance. well done.

    his stammering keeping his thoughts to himself because he didn’t trust Liz. OKEY DOKEY give me an effin break

    it’s almost like NOW their is this haled aura of OKEY DOKEY it’s in the bag… BS

    DAG collect my paycheck and mind the blinders and go along. it’s just a job

    mUCK the writing.. and the EP value

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    Patrick replied

    it’s almost like NOW their is this haled aura

    it’s almost like NOW their is this Haloed auro

    halo and charm this nut cause he’s in the whole … arena of doesn’t give a damn

    rebecca1 replied

    He didn’t want to just blow Harvey away in the parking lot. He wanted a written confession on all the other children he’d abused and he wanted the satifsfacton of looking him in the face and telling him he knew what he’d done to him; he wanted the satisfaction of telling Harvey he was going to kill him for it.

    As for not trusting Liz, I would assume it’s not easy to blurt out that you just found out you were sexually molested over and over again as a child. The way he finally told her at the end, in the hospital scene, was, for me, beautiful.

    rebecca1 replied

    Hi Mister Media (lol; so funny when we address each other by some of these “creative” names!)

    I want to correct something I told you. I originally recalled Franco sent in the prisoner to “scare” Michael (but not to rape him). I now recall what I explained to Harry, that Franco (as Roger) had a DVD which he showed to the Quartermaine’s that proved he didn’t order the rape, but rather sent the prisoner to protect Michael. The prisoner then went and did what he did. Either way, the writers have exonerated Franco from the rape although many were led to believe that he ordered it. (Just wanted to be consistent in my answer.

    Shay replied

    Amen, Steve!

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  14. megan says:

    Great analysis of the scenes, I completely agree with Fairman’s assessment, Howarth deserves the power performance this week though Billy Miller was terrific also, subtle yet powerful. There are those fans who will never like the Franco character or accept any attempt at his redemption, and I think that is fine. At this stage he needs no redemption, the show should move on from his past. RoHo has proven his place on the show, this week again he showed why he is one of the best actors in the business, and for every fan that doesn’t like his character, many more do. Franco is popular, Friz is popular, RoHo is going nowhere. I am thrilled for that because of these kinds of powerful performances. RoHo makes you believe he is experiencing the story, not just acting it. And I love the possibilities of a friendship with Drew, they have fantastic chemistry.

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    rebecca1 replied

    Excellent post, megan! I agree with every word you wrote (so much so that if your name wasn’t attached to it I’d think it was mine! ;) )

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    megan replied

    Thanks! I was very moved by those scenes, and I think more and more of us are happy to see a Franco now freed to move on to new story, and from his past—or at least not tethered to it over and over.

    Patrick replied

    ^^^ I completely agree… ( which surprised me ) how the truth was finally understood by Liz. as the scene fades with Liz head on his lap and we see Drew . cut

    I hope the “brotherhood” is not drawn out… if Franco got his backbone out of this. all the better. just some new direction already. I don’t think “Jason” will be running a trio with Drew or Franco. GH needs that divisive dynamic

  15. su0000 says:

    BRAVO BRAVO !!!
    Roger, you are phenomenal da`man, , great performance! great portrayal !

    lol poor Franco :(
    OK- I see the haters as cud-chewers LOL
    the cow regurgitates previously consumed food and masticates it a second time. Franco hate, it’s literally chewing on the same thing over and over again.
    Luckily for the cow, the food is digested at some point (but Franco haters keep puking it up and pushing the hate then puking it up again, never-ending chewing of the cud..
    —- said with love :)

    Some have need to talk about their hate of Franco at the mention of him, and by doing so then they are stuck and are a Ruminator. lol
    ((Ruminators have a problem with moving on ((and can’t stop talking hate about poor Franco. )) hate-mongering (for poor Franco.)
    Anyways;
    Franco is the the best-est one !!
    A unique strong sweet man, a man that during the past 5? years has fought his demons to find his true self.
    A character I want to hug .. Love Franco !!

    Roll on Franco & Drew !!

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    rebecca1 replied

    agree completely, su0000! well said!

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  16. Jenn says:

    This was the reason to watch GH the last two weeks! Bravo to all the actors for doing such an amazing job with a sensitive subject. I hooe we get more Billy & Roger scenes. They’re gold!

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  17. Maria says:

    Roger gave a powerful and heartbreaking performance as he recounted the abuse. When he said he would go to bed at night, closing his eyes and try so hard to disappear and then remember he couldn’t. Just broke my heart. How many children are facing those same devils night after night. His description of how Uncle Jim would pat the bed twice just about did me in.

    Whether or not you like Franco, Roger is a powerful actor who always delivers.

    Kudos to Billy Miller, Becky Herbst and Jon Lindstrom for their strong performances too.

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  18. k/kay says:

    Sorry if you are talking about this week as much as I absolutely hate the destruction of Jt on Y&R nobody brought it better then those two and I tell you bless their hearts to know that they are going thru rough times off camera they were just awesome professionals on screen it was indeed tough for me to watch I know MY had his reasons but still sad I adored JT and his romance with Colleen but it was a story that needed to be told three of my sisters and my mom know abuse and it is very sad.

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    Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco replied

    It is a story that needs to be told-again and again and it is sad. I agree Y&R totally knocked it out of the park-all involved-writing, acting. etc.

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  19. Quinn says:

    Just give the Emmy to Roger Howarth. Seriously.
    Also, bravo to all the actors in this story who were simply brilliant. Billy Miller, Greg Evigan, Rebecca Herbst, Jon Lindstrom and Deborah Strang.
    I appreciated the longer scenes (6 minutes!) during the Harvey & Franco confrontation instead of the usual choppy 45 seconds scenes on GH. It reminds me of soaps from 25 years ago.

    I think one of the screencaps was taken by Jenn.

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  20. Boes says:

    Oh please. Show will sink to any level, any at all, to make this character relevant, use anything at all to explain away how repellent Franco is, always was and always will be.

    Bull fark on this latest pathetic and offensive attempt.

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  21. rpm says:

    While he is always good the gh favortism reeks yet again my fave is days but the perfornance of the week goes to Amelia Heinle on young and restless and major shout to Sharon Case MST and is Tognoni finally becoming Phyliss friday young and the restless was flawless

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  22. KAROL MAHLE says:

    I LOVED IT, HE DID A WONDERFUL JOB.

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  23. JK says:

    ROGER HOWARTH WAS TERRIFIC!!!!!!!!!! WHETHER YOU LIKE THE STORYLINE OR NOT, HE IS ONE HELL OF AN ACTOR!!!!!!

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  24. Kevin says:

    I am amused reading the above posts.

    I think the writing team created great material to flesh out a once one dimensional baddie. They have provided insight and layers to the character while shedding light on a sad social issue. The actors involved ALL have done a fantastic job bringing the story to life.

    None was more vested than Roger Howarth – kudos! Regardless the complaints of others, I believe the Franco character’s redemption can be accomplished despite any humorous shtick or interesting quirky traits he brings to the role.

    Not everyone has to agree. But the writers also don’t have all the GH characters in agreement about Franco’s redemption, either. And that, I think, keeps life and the storyline interesting. This microcosm of postings is proof of that – THANKS GH!

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    rebecca1 replied

    great post, Kevin.

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    JK replied

    WELL SAID!!

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  25. jeanine girard says:

    Terrific heartfelt performances from all involved here. While aspects of the storyline were disjointed, there is no denying there were some very moving performances.
    I’d like to see Franco take a step back before he moves back in with Liz & family. Drew and Franco are the best couple on the show, love to see them bonding while healing.
    Unless I missed it, was there any type of public service announcement, preferably with Roger with where those in that situation can go for help? If they did not, that would be a big miss (in my opinion).

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  26. rose says:

    I have never liked the Franco character, especially James Franco’s version. They are mostly all ugly stories, and I still can’t see him with Liz. But I have to give credit to Roger for doing a great job along with Greg Evigan to what I hope raps up the abused child story. Now let’s get back to good old fashioned soaps with love and adventure in the afternoon if ABC and GH even knows how to do this anymore.

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