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85 April 9th, 2018 GH’s Billy Miller Helps Raise Awareness For Child Abuse Prevention

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General Hospital’s Billy Miller (Drew) is utilizing his celebrity to help bring awareness to one of the most important issues of our time, child abuse and its prevention, and over the weekend part of that mission was accomplished.

Miller, along with Kelly Monaco (Sam, GH) are participating in Child Abuse Prevention month, by starting a campaign to aid the Prevent Child Abuse America organization.

The Daytime-Emmy winning actor first tweeted: “Up for a challenge? In exchange for a new pic, please help gather 500 likes/retweets of this tweet over the next 24 hours. For every one we get, (up to 5,000), we will donate 20 cents to  Prevent Child Abuse America (www.preventchildabuse.org).  Let’s have some fun and do good together.”

Following the response to his “ask”, Miller wrote a letter sharing his gratitude after the enormous response: “Wow, thank you to all the good humans for spreading the word wisely by using social media for its intention to bring like-minded people together.  It was nice to have a bit of fun, especially while helping children in need in a small way.”  Miller goes on to thank his rep, Marnie Sparer for bringing the organization to his intention, and adds another special shout-out to Kelly Monaco.

To Monaco, Billy said, “Kelly, as always, you are the most generous partner anyone could wish for.  Thank you for backing me up.” He ended his note with, “Let’s keep it moving positively folks.”

What did you think about Billy’s efforts to help child abuse prevention, along with Kelly Monaco? Comment below!

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  1. jlbw says:

    Billy and Kelly are amazing people. Billy always puts his heart out there for children in need. Kelly, too. They are why I watch GH.

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  2. su0000 says:

    ” GH’s Billy Miller Helps Raise Awareness For Child Abuse Prevention ”
    Thank You- Billy Miller ! You are loved !

    (( to mention; Roger H, Franco –
    BRAVO! his performance is phenomenal ..
    His portrayal of a really messed up man from his deep-seeded abusive childhood is award-winning, indeed.
    excellent job .. I felt his pain ..

    Billy and Roger are strong talents, both are bringing it home ..
    (( love both Roger and Billy ))

    Support Child Abuse Prevention .. !! do it !

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  3. dmr says:

    I really like Billy Miller. I think that Roger Howarth is doing a great job with this storyline. I would really like Drew and Franco to become friends, “brothers.” Both are in need of friends. I know that a lot of people are not fans of “Frodd;” but, I think that he has done an amazing job with the material, and I think that he brings a sense of civility and sensitivity to Franco.

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Hi Dr. I love Franco and I love the vulnerability he’s brought to the role. I’d say Drew and Franco are already friends and in actuality Franco is Jason and Crew’s cousin which means he’s technically related to Sam and Liz’s kids, as well. Loving Drew and Franco!

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Lol! I wrote dmr. Spellcheck changed it to Dr., I corrected it and apparently spellcheck won!

    Soaphound replied

    Oh, rebecca1, how I LOVE these 2 actors/characters together. They both have such a sweet, vulnerable side. I also think this will be the nail in the coffin for Sam and Drew. Since neither Sam nor Jason are capable of forgiving anyone except Sonny, they won’t coddle to a Drew/Franco friendship. But I sure do. I’ve known about Billy’s charity work for a while; it reflects in the kindness and sensitivity of his eyes and his acting. He’s one of the good ones.

    Aria replied

    Isn’t Franco 2nd or 3 rd cousins with JASON n drew? And isn’t he half sibling with Liz half brother Steve Lars?

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    rebecca1 replied

    Hi, Aria. Yes. Wonder if Jason realizes that. So, in essence, Franco is cousins with Jason and Drew, brother to Steve (via Heather) and related to Jason and Drew’s kids! I love that Franco is actually related to lil Jake since they have such a bond. But, the way this show does things I’m not even sure that fact will be addressed.

  4. Sissy says:

    It was amazing, too bad Steve Burton Stans and more specifically Jasam fans had to attack Kelly and Billy for this, you can’t possibly sink any lower than that

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    k/kay replied

    I agree well we are done here my last post my e mail everything been hacked ! Good luck to all of you

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  5. Lisa says:

    A timely issue that hits close to home.
    Thank you Billy and Kelly for your involvement.

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  6. Kelly BachKel says:

    I think Billy Miller did a wonderful thing and his efforts should be applauded. Child abuse is a horrific problem and the fact that Billy, along with support from Kelly and Marnie, tried to do some good for such a worthy cause is exemplary and something we should follow suit on.

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  7. Billy Miller Fan says:

    Billy seems like a truly genuinely good person. As does Kelly. The amount of hate I saw for him on Twitter made me sad.

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    Rebecca1 replied

    What was it…the “jasam” fans? Whacked. I give these actors credit for ignoring the loons and giving their all to their roles in spite of them.

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    rose replied

    Hi Rebecca…I am ambivalent about the Jason/Drew/Sam triangle. I’m not sure there is a right choice for Sam…Jason brings out the “born to be wild”/adventurous part of her personality while Drew a more safe, loving home for Sam and the kids. If it were me i’d want a combo of both. :) )

    I wish the more wacky, “enthusiastic” fans would just button it. There are far too many bad vibs going around everywhere.

    On positive notes about the “nice” in human nature…I was out an errand today, wanted to give a contribution to a non-profit in return for a cup of tea, didn’t carry enough change, so another woman stepped up and said she would pay for both of our teas. She said it was her good deed for the day. A couple of weeks before I let a customer into the car lineup before me at a fast food restaurant. When I picked up my order after her, the cashier said mine had been paid for by the customer I let in line.

    As for the current political arena, don’t get me started. They couldn’t write this stuff.

    Are you warming up to Auntie Stella? Got to admit she isn’t the shrew she was when came to Port Charles. And I like Peter August, too. Especially how he is with Maxie. But there are going to be major fire works when his real identity comes out.

    Delia replied

    That’s awful. I’m not involved in social media, but I’ve read for years that Jason/Sam fans are relentless in attacking the ‘competition.’

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    su0000 replied

    Twitter is rarely a love-in.
    Even the Pope gets jerked.

    I will mention;
    When one ummm requests – don’t be mean to us, a whole lot of mean will be dropped on him/her.. it is the way it is ..

    rose replied

    Thank goodness my only social media site is with Michael Fairman. Especially in comparison to what other MF commenters have said about other soap blog sites where Billy Miller hasn’t been the only actor to get “whacked.”

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    rebecca1 replied

    Hi rose! I didn’t mean Billy Miller gets “whacked” but that Billy and his alter ego Drew gets slammed a lot from the, shall we say, more “enthusiastic” fans of Steve Burton. I meant that the REACTIONS are so over-the-top/whacked. ;)

    As I mentioned in another comment, I think the tide is turning (LOL, as long as those “fans” are satisfied that he stays away from Sam and returns her to what they consider her rightful place beside Jason.) Drew fans counteract all the ways he’s better than Jason and then you have the fans who like both and are as torn as Sam. (but then again Jason fans would say she’s not torn; she only loves Jason.)

    Basically, the Drew/Jason divisions makes the current political arena and its opposing sides look like a peace rally in comparison.

    rebecca1 replied

    Hey, Rose…

    Let’s see: Sam/Jason/Drew. I like both Jason and Drew. I’ve said this before but when I see Sam and Jason together there’s an undeniable connection. Not sure if it’s so for viewers who never knew Sam with Jason; just might be for many of us who went through the Jason/Sam years. There’s so many memories there; each time they play their flashbacks it really brings back how “together” they were. But, they were also much younger and carefree. But the “feel” of these two is palpable.

    I love Drew. I just think he’s the essence of calm, cool and collected. He brings a strength that’s more human, his nature more affectionate, his ability to give the benefit of the doubt as he did with Franco even before he knew the whole truth, his reaching out to Oscar; (I love how much of an effort he made with Oscar. They’re adorable together.) And I LOVE Franco and Drew! I’m really hoping that their young brotherly love carries over to the present, which I think could set up an interesting dynamic since I don’t think Jason will ever forgive him even if he learns that Franco truly wasn’t responsible for his actions.

    As for Sam? I really do believe she’s IN love with them both. And, she has a child with each. Personally, no matter the connection between she and Jason I think it would be ridiculous to go back and get caught up in Sonny’s world again. When she had that bacterial infection and was hallucinating her biggest fear was for “Jason” whether that embodied Drew or Jason, to go back to that life. And now with children? And don’t get me started on Carly. She’d be competing for Jason’s time and attention with Carly her whole life.

    What I do think might happen is she might decide to stay with Drew, who, after getting his memories back might not remember his love for her! (And I must admit seeing him with Kim and Oscar was sweet.) So, don’t know.

    The wacky fans aren’t going to calm down. (it’s alive and well somewhere else, cough, splat, so, no, it doesn’t calm down.) Unfortunately human nature is what it is and people are vicious. Yes, there’s a good side to people but more and more, not just with soaps but with basically ANYTHING, people can be callous, cruel. Just reading yahoo news stories and reading the comments section, say, after a tragedy. I’d say about 7 out of 10 people are more apt to make a joke or rationalize why someone was murdered, tortured in a foreign country, etc. I’ve grown cynical of human nature…or let’s just say…more appreciative of good people because they seem less common.

    Politics? Oh my gawd!!!! I was just listening to part of the Comey interview that they previewed on the news and I literally was in hysterics. Here we have the former head of the FBI answering the question, ” do you think the allegations that President Trump watched prostitutes pee in Russia are true?” To which he seriously thought and answered, “I don’t know. I’m sure it’s possible that he watched prostitutes pee.” (not verbatim but close enough.) The insanity of it all, like everything about this presidency is just so surreal that it’s become riveting. I’ve no doubt when Trump is back to being a civilian he’ll say everything he said, did and tweeted was the ultimate reality show and he did it all for ratings; that TV and print media never had such high ratings/readership, etc. For once he might be right!

    And, of course, you’re right. You simply cannot make this stuff up.

    Good on you with the kind karma!

    rebecca1 replied

    Rose, couldn’t put this reply (and my other) under your reply to me above but I’m assuming you’ll know it’s in response to that. And, no. I still don’t like Aunt Stella. Just think she’s an unnecessary character. I’d warm up to her if she replaced Carly, though! :/

    Harry replied

    Rebecca, I don’t think we can single out any particular fan base who are guilty of taking things too extremes as far as merging the character with the actor is concerned. Jasams, Killys are all equal opportunity screw balls–both sides are in the wrong and it’s absurd.

  8. Jasam fan says:

    I think it’s great that Kelly & Billy are doing this..And Sissy your wrong about the Jasam fans..WE haven’t bashed Billy at all..SOme people are posing as Jasam’s and making it look like they are.. So unless you have proof, don’t point fingers..We may not be SaD fans, but we still Like Billy Miller..No matter who Kelly’s with I’m always her fan..We know the difference in Real to Reel..We know the difference in actor and character..

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  9. lovesam1122 says:

    It brought real awareness to all of us through this story plus a follow up to actually support an organization that helps the children who have been through this. Billy & Kelly both have a genuine love for children.

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  10. Celia says:

    Good for you, Billy and Kelly. The atrocities that exist, world-wide, boggles the mind. It gladdens me to no end for you to use your combined voices for such a disturbing, yet worthy cause.
    Sending much love your way….

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    Jimh replied

    Rumor Nelle could be Nina’s….

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    Celia replied

    Really, Jimmy?????? Ahhhhh….hope of all hopes, my great friend…
    Now, all we need is another miracle—Kiki and Nelle are sisters ( fraternal twins).
    I wonder how Nelle will be redeemed, albeit the worst of the worse have passed the ‘Halo’ test……namely, Carly, herself….
    Oh, Jimmy…. where did you hear that? Spoilers?

    Jimh replied

    It showed up when i went on youtube….i like Nelle but i still dont care for Nina who seems to be everywhere like a bad penny or an annoying relative who has overstayed their welcome…and im not too pleased with Valentin who i thought was going to be a real baddie…i know you like Nina and wish i could feel the same way!!!

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    Celia replied

    It’s all good, Jimmy….I guess it’s not so much about the role ( yet, I do love Nina), with me, but the actress, Michelle. I have been a ‘follower’ since my tween years ( Y&R). I think everything about her is amazing….her talent, her looks….and, she can really WEAR clothes….she’d look good in a burlap sac.
    Aside: scuttlebutt says JT will die…..won’t spoil it for anyone, but it’s a “mouth-agape” surprise, if true.

    Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco replied

    I have sent you several posts but none of them seem to make it. Hope all is well with you-love that you are teaching and sure that you do a great job of it. I will ask again, do you get school cafeteria lunches? Probably my fondest memories of school were those delightful plastic trays filled with foods I enjoyed-except for the fish sticks, which were nasty. Summer is just around the corner! I love Nina too, I never saw her on Y&R and it took me awhile, but I do enjoy her on my screen and would love for her to have a more complex and involved storyline. Who is the JT you referred to on here as meeting demise-can’t figure out who that is?
    Are you enjoying the teaching, how old are the students-what are kids like these days and are you enjoying yourself? Plans for the summer? Best to you! xox

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    Celia replied

    LOL…dear Phyllis….
    No, I do not eat cafeteria food….I do not eat meat….I eat fish every day and fresh veggies, and fruit. So, I bring my own lunch.
    I am subbing…. ( High School)… I taught Physics until a couple of years ago, full-time. But, decided to be a full-time Mom, instead.
    I do sub, when needed…..Physics and English.
    I think kids are much more open today. Society is different. There’s much more camaraderie between teacher and student…and they are not your garden variety blooms. Besides, I’m easy….I leave every door open. I like a challenge; for their own sake, not mine….I don’t make them walk the plank….I give them the floor. The mind is fertile, my friend. It simply needs to be cultivated.
    JT is a character on Y&R. The character had moved away from Genoa City and has lately returned.
    Thing is, Phyllis, many of us were thrilled to have him back, but sadly, he made a complete turnabout, becoming one of soaps’ greatest fiendish enigma.
    The summer? Still up in the air…. Thanks for asking, and yourself?

    Shay replied

    Hello there, my fair Phyllis! I am so glad that you finally were able to connect with the delightful CeeCee…as well as get the answer to your probing question about those fish sticks! Lol…Alas, my copious and cordial reply to you regarding your two most appreciated posts on the other thread also didn’t pass muster, but I shall try again since my response was an equal effort of serious thought and cheeky wit. Regardless, please know that I read your kind, wise words, took them to heart and truly desire to get back to on many points that you outlined. I shall try again when time permits. Until then, stay the peach that you are and let’s set up that teatime! Ta ta!

    Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco replied

    Thanks for your reply, Celia. Sounds excellent-so happy for you, really. Though you are missing out on those delicious lunches! Y&R has been excellent-sorry about JT-he was a cutie, but not so cute anymore. It has been the best of all my shows lately and can’t turn away because I miss something. Really enjoying the acting, writing and pace. I have been somewhat depressed, trying my best to pull out and move on-hope to have an active summer and lose some weight. Not very exciting, I’m afraid, but hope to change that.

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    Celia replied

    Hey, Phyllis,
    You figured out who JT is? LOL.
    Well, it seems that Phyllis is acting both the medical doctor and the attorney. WOW!!
    What Nikki did was exactly what any mother, or anyone would have done—wack JT on the head….instinct. Self defense and coming to someone’s defense, physically, is still alive and well. I don’t know where the writers get this stuff; no way would Nikki be prosecuted….especially with two witnesses…..
    What if JT is still alive? What if he disappears? I had read that he would be killed by his son while defending Victoria. Someone got that wrong…..or, maybe not?
    Fish sticks? I can’t remember how long it’s been. I love pepperoni pizza and cheese burgers with a passion; heartburn ‘n all. As I said, I don’t eat meat ….I do cheat once in a blue moon, though. Then the guilt sets in…. I try to be strong-willed. LOL.
    Soon, Phyllis.

    Celia replied

    Whack–correction.
    PS. I didn’t realize you watched Y&R, Phyllis. Do you watch DOOL? It truly is a must….gets better by the day…

    Shay replied

    @Phyllis….You are so right, we have gone on quite a cuisine tangent as of late! Hence I shall try to refrain from too much foodie talk since you are looking to lighten up for the warmer months ahead! At any rate, you’re spot-on about what a downer it is to take the time to respond to a post and have it all go for naught! I dare say most of us lead quite busy lives and don’t possess the free hours to camp out on this website in order to endlessly opine, so when we do make the effort to get in touch with a favorite or two, it would be nice for them to get the message, even if it isn’t included online! I do so hope that Mr. Fairman’s new version of MFSoaps will allow for that possibility! Having said that, how wonderful that fans of Erika Slezak had the opportunity to see her in primetime! Victoria Lord was never my cup of tea, but she certainly had a loyal fan following, that’s for sure! As for Dorothy Lyman, she will always be the quintessential Opal Gardner for me…so delightfully gauche and outre’!!! Did you ever catch her playing “Naomi” on “Mama’s Family” with Vicki Lawrence??? Her character wasn’t as off-the-wall as the tacky “Trailer Park Queen” Opal, but she was still quite colorful as far as her wardobe went. I understand she’s had quite a successful directing career, but it would still be a treat to see her in front of the camera lens again. Anyway, will try to return to the other thread to respond more extensively later on. Have a lovely day, “Milady!”

    Shay replied

    Hey, CeeCeeGirl! Alas, another post to you bit the dust! Just wanted you to know that I did respond and will attempt another reply after I get back to Phyllis…So much to discuss! Toodles….

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  11. JK says:

    LOVE BILLY MILLER AND ROGER H. TERRIFIC SHOW TODAY…BOTH SHOWED THEIR ACTNIG SKILLS AND LETS HOPE THIS STORY LINE WILL RAISE AWARENESS TO THIS HORRBLE SUBJECT……THERE SHOULD BE A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL INVOLVED TO GET THIS STORY OUT….AND SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT CAUSE……..PEOPLE…..STAY OFF TWITTER!!!!!!

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  12. Noreen cunningham says:

    Billy Miller has done another generous act. He has shown his kindness before and by using his popularity and social media (which he isn’t even on) he has made people aware of Child Abuse. Truly a generous and admiral man. I also love the way Billy and Kelly are so supportive of each other..

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  13. Jean says:

    Great job Mr. Miller and Ms. Kelly we need more people like you.

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  14. MB says:

    Timing is pretty interesting. Now that Miller is the latest actor saddled with trying to make Howarth work on GH, he’s looking for good publicity and fans to rally around him. I’m sure he cares about kids, who doesn’t? But Miller knows Howarth is a flop on GH.
    At the Killy event he admitted that Roger was miserable.

    Miller has now been thrown into the muck and the day Drew rushes to help Franco and save him, we have this getting him some good PR. I’m also not too impressed with 20 cents leading to a possible $1,000.

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    JK replied

    WOW…TELL US HOW YOU REALLY FEEL…………..

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    Patrick replied

    GH is in dire straights… with the addition of “Chris” whom many were lauding as leading GH in the right direction

    as for timing… ??? perhaps his undeserved emmy nomination will garner

    if this is that magnanimous a gesture… he should have humbled himself… along with Kelly and just left well enough alone. behind closed door

    this doesn’t make that much sense.. in that BM chooses not to .. per posts… partake in media wars. yet have spoken outright about the fan warfare .. ie: is it Jason and Sam.. or Drew and Sam. either way GH writers choose to spin , and more like spiral that much deeper… this trio is so lackluster

    I’ll take a taco

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    Patrick replied

    GH – you clearly have to get on the stick… FIRE

    how is it ? that Roger Howarth… is the one spinning out of control ? oh wait.. of the three muskateers.. he still has his mind intact

    or did that tumor also leave him mindless. both “bobbie” and “Betsy” ARE SO AFRAID of Jim Harvey !!!!! ???? OH MY GOD… this is weird stuff. does not add up. Drew to the rescue. THE ACTING by Franco while in – HIS – hypnotic state was laugh out loud. what did Jim Harvey do that was so debilitating ??? WE HAVE TO watch Roger Howarth >>>>> WHY

    WHY does this matter? Drew seems to be stuck in the one coming around… whilst Jason and Carly do their TIRED DANCE day in and day out. OH wait he’s getting emotional with Sonny.

    GOD – what is this new story coming up ? couldn’t even tell what it was , with Sonny mumbling to Jason. he’s that adamant that “Mike” could not have known.. to what lengths Sonny went to solidify his position.

    GOD – what is so effin wrong with the writers . watching Nelle play cat and mouse with Carly ? friggin CARLY. this is all a joke and a disaster. all about Morgan again. Carly could break Nelle in 1/2. and wouldn’t even care. this build up to watching Nelle.. couldn’t possibly go any where. oh wait.. she’s pregnant.. let’s drag this out. HOW LAME.

    oh god… again… Peter August … just come out . the cards are loaded in your favor… you “saved” Jason.. your only sin is you kept him locked up for 5 years.. you are nurturing and falling in love with your dead brothers wife. you are a lame actor.. with the worst scripts. to this day… you have added nothing in the coffers that makes us realize you and Anna are going to be all that… a long lost son . to Finola Hughes… as she’s cast again to feature Frank Valentini pet , agenda, and questionable hiring

    THANK YOU GOD ; FOR Kim , Julian, Oscar… AND Liz

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    davlestev1 replied

    Geez

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    davlestev1 replied

    You went from one conspiracy to the next ending with 1,000$-meh. I can only imagine what you’re like in person, gracious me.

    Rebecca1 replied

    I can’t imagine that Billy Miller said Roger was “miserable” at a fan event or would say that anywhere in public. If he DID say it he was probably being sarcastic/joking.

    There are many viewers who are loving Franco’s story and even those who aren’t fans of Drew because they’re so loyal to Jason (as if these were real people) but, even Jason fans have been thrilled with the Drew/Franco connection and these rediscovered childhood buddies. I think Drew’s story is just heating up and I’m loving his realization of how Franco saved him from Harvey as a child and the brotherly love they shared. Seems these two cousins might just bring a whole bunch of new alliances to the mix. Jason hates him, Drew will love him. Loyalties divided. Kudos GH!

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    MB replied

    No Miller said it. He said Roger’s miserable, he knows a lot of people can’t stand Franco. And I certainly believe it, but Howarth wants to work and since no one else is beating his door down, he’s Franco on GH; better than waiting tables.

    So Miller knows the game, that Frank tries to get more fans on Roger’s side, or to at least tolerate him, by getting other characters to prop Franco and therefore co-opt that actor’s fans for Roger.

    Many people are loving Franco’s story? Well, many aren’t and from what I see the one’s loving it are Howarth fans who like Franco anyway and then there are the Miller fans who really have no choice. This is now his role on GH so it is what it is. As for Jason fans being thrilled with the Drew/Franco connection? Yeah, OK.

    rebecca1 replied

    MB; I can’t imagine an actor telling fans that another actor who is currently on a show is miserable. I believe you heard it, I just don’t believe that it was in that literal context. That would be like a co-worker going to the big boss of a corporation and telling him/her that so-and-so is “miserable” and doesn’t like his job. Can’t imagine that would sit well for the “miserable worker’s” job stability, or in this case, with fans of the actor or character. If Billy did say that in the literal sense, doesn’t make common…sense.

    If Roger did say it and he is miserable, well, maybe (and again, I’m just going along with the premise) maybe it was because he was so loved as Todd and has been playing a character that was controversial from the start. He loves the paycheck? Who wouldn’t. I’m thinking if he DID say it he’ll probably change his tune with the shift in perception of his character.

    As for popularity, I’m not going to debate with you. I’ve gone on other sites, groups, besides this and I’ve seen a great outpouring of “loving the story” especially since Franco and Drew have been partnered up. Even fans who seem to have an innate dislike for “Drew”/Billy Miller because he’s “interfered” with their Jason/Sam romance, are suddenly saying that they like Drew now that he’s away from Sam , they’d like him to get with Kim and they love how he and Franco are bonding. Lots of oohs and ahhs and oooooohs when Drew came to Franco’s rescue (knowing that Franco rescued him as a child.)

    I don’t gauge the popularity of characters from a few outspoken posters on this site. I look at the bigger picture with bigger numbers, posters, etc and yes, there is a lot of Franco love right now. No doubt the “Frodd” comments will pour in and the usual brigade of people who can’t stand anything or anyone on the show, but, to each his/her own. Lots of other his/her owns are, I’ll say it again, LOVING Franco and Drew.

    As for “propping a character…” ugg, I’ve heard that so many times on these sites about numerous characters. It’s a story, many, many stories. Different characters area woven into other characters lives. I don’t think it’s to “prop” anyone. It’s just to tell a story with certain characters; some stories fly, some flop. This one’s flying.

    BB replied

    No, he didn’t say that. You can watch both shows on YouTube. The only thing he said about RH was that they get beers together but that RH doesn’t have as much fun as BM (I’m assuming meaning doesn’t drink as much). I’m sorry you don’t like RH, Franco or this story, but lying to drum up hate from others isn’t cool.

    I’m not a huge fan of the Franco character, though I do like RH. I was unsure if I was going to like this story arc after months of just talk about kids falling down stairs and rabbit’s foots, but I have loved every minute of this story since it kicked into high gear after the earthquake. For me it’s a socially relevant topic, with solid writing, edge of your seat moments, and Emmy worthy acting (even from the guest star that plays Harvey). But not everyone enjoys the same thing and that’s okay too!

    rebecca1 replied

    Glad to read your post, BB. That clarifies what Billy Miller said and sounds like what I thought; some off the cuff “cute” comment that wasn’t “literal” regarding Roger’s feelings toward his role.

    Glad you’re loving the story; many are! As some have pointed out elsewhere, Liz was a victim of rape, too. If anyone can understand Franco and have empathy for him, it would be her. Love this couple. I think it’s been a very “tender” story. (I think that’s the first time I ever used that word but it seems to fit how I feel about this couple.)

    MB replied

    BB, don’t accuse anyone of lying. The subject of Howarth came up and Miller said yeah, he’s miserable, he knows a lot of people don’t like Franco. Then he said something like, but Roger is awesome and does a great job.

    And as far as the story being socially relevant, it falls flat. The story isn’t primary, the actor is. This is just the latest attempt to redeem Franco to make Roger accepted on GH. Using the the topic of child abuse to try and prop up an actor, yes prop up, is pretty gross. First it’s DVD’s, then a tumor, then save Michael, then save Carly, then help Jake, then get Liz to fall for him. Nothing worked.

    So now let’s use the very real issue of child abuse to try and explain Franco, five years after his return and failure after failure, to try and get people on his side; surely a an abused child will garner sympathy. Again, it’s gross. If it were a genuine story about child abuse, raising awareness, maybe. But it isn’t. It is about trying to explain the actions of an adult who killed and sexually assaulted and about garnering sympathy for that character so that fans will like him, or as Altman said a year ago, needing to give the actor a life on the show.

    So yes, five years later, lets manufacture the story of a molested child, not to write a story to bring awareness to an issue, but to try and get fans to finally like a character and the actor who plays him. Gross.

    And rebecca1, you don’t just see things on this site, neither do I and most other people. There is plenty of dislike for Franco on other sites and in large numbers. And I don’t think Roger has to worry if his boss knows he’s miserable. His Franco has been a dud from the day he showed up bleached blonde, smirking and prancing around like a fool. Any actor would be miserable in that situation, and that’s why Frank keeps trying to redeem Franco and why we have now gone through the child abuse angle; because the character has been a dud and any actor playing a dud would be unhappy.

    Harry replied

    Billy Miller did in fact say that Roger was aware of the fact that his character with was not popular with the fans and it was making him miserable. Rebecca’s probably right–it’s all in the delivery and I am sure Miller was kidding.
    Then again, as Freud said, “There is no such thing as a joke.” I do think Drew, Lizzy and Kevin have propped up Franco at their own characters’ expense.
    Okay, so after the tumor reveal and the child molestation reveal, we can say Franco’s journey on that long and winding road of redemption is over. I accept that and can move on. So now, can Lizzy get her identity back? Can we see Lizzy talk about herself a little? Her hopes, her dreams, her past? Maybe she can go back to being an artist? Can Drew, who has lost fifteen years of his life, find those lost years and thusforth, find himself? And well, yay, I guess, on the new found bond between Franco and Drew, but what about Drew and his twin brother Jason bonding? If they can co exist peacefully in their mother’s womb, then certainly they can co exist in the town of Port Charles. Can Kevin, a fascinating character played by an extremely talented actor, get his OWN story? He’s been talking about his psychotic brother Ryan and some hints were dropped that Kevin may be morphing into Ryan.
    And finally, can Jason please have a relationship with his own son, Jake? Jake is all about Franco and wants nothing to do with Jason. That irks me.

    rebecca1 replied

    MB (is that for Maurice Bernard?) MB; I like to analyze stories, characters, etc but I don’t analyze why a particular character got a particular story in the hope that he/she will be propped up and eventually loved.

    Writing stories for so many characters and weaving them in and out of each other’s lives and adding new “people” and situations, etc is so unique to the daytime soap genre. It would literally be an exercise in redundancy if they didn’t try to come up with new situations, added history, personal traumas, etc. So, if they ARE going to add drama to the drama (so to speak) why not give it to Franco. You have a much beloved soap actor who took a hit by having to take on a seemingly unredeemable character who needed a “way out” or the character would have been short-lived. As much as some people would prefer that, I think there were many OLTL fans who either were GH watchers, too, or only came to GH because some of the OLTLers were being transitioned there. As much as it irked GH-only fans, no doubt GH was on a thin line too and it was a way of bringing some OLTL fans over to the show.

    I think it took a while for Roger to know where to take this character. I couldn’t stand “Franco” at first. He was beyond juvenile. Every word out of his mouth was some infantile quip and it was just tedious at some point. But little by litte he showed empathy, compassion, vulnerability (still with the snark) but he became friends with Kiki, showed compassion for Nina, risked his life for (ugh) Carly. So I think he’s evolved and for me he’s become a great character. If they keep him isolated, though, he’ll always be an outcast and won’t integrate well.

    I think this story of redemption was great and served a multitude of purposes. First, (and again, though some of this is based on actual medical studies) as far as in the Port Charles world, Franco’s tumor was responsible for his aberrant behavior; not his childhood abuse. So they didn’t “use” childhood abuse to prop this character. Kevin stated that Franco’s tumor was responsible for his actions; it was located in the part of the brain that effects behavior and morality, right from wrong, etc. I know there are viewers who just won’t accept this. Franco was a freak and a murderer and oh how convenient he had a tumor, etc, etc. To that I say those dreaded words…”IT”S A SOAP!!!!” So if that’s what Franco had, that’s what he had. And therefore he isn’t evil incarnate as he was depicted ala James Franco’s depiction; we now know he was sick. And, to add to it, he was abused. Why I like this (horrific as it is) story is that it ties Franco and Drew together, gives Franco someone else in PC to connect to and demonstrates that Franco was innately good as a child. I love him and Liz and I think their love story is far more realistic than any of the others. They’ve really gone through emotional journeys together, from lil Jake and Franco discovering that Jake was brainwashed by Helena to Liz’s rapist coming back to town to Franco’s current story. They’ve bonded and stuck together and I just find it very real.

    Harry: Harrrrrrrreeeeeeeee ;) You’re right. Liz hasn’t had a LIz story unto herself. But that’s not because of Franco. She didn’t have it with Jake or with Nic. I’d LOVE to see her get back to her painting. That would be such a great story, to see Franco and Liz sharing their love of art and their talent. I can see them opening up a studio together. As in the real world it’s always a plus when creative people get together and have that shared passion; it’d be a shame to not cash in on these characters who both have a love of art and paint. On a darker note, they share being sexually abused. Combined, that’s why I see this pairing as right on the mark. And Harry, I’m loving Kevin right now. I’m glad to see him back at his desk; they neglected that part of him the entire time he was with Laura. Felt like he was retired. I think we were wrong about Kevin/Ryan. It seems Doc is back as the compassionate shrink and I think the scenes between him and Franco during hypnosis was great. (Sorry; but I really do like Kevin better without Laura.)

    Jason? Jason is too busy flying off to get answers and handling Carly’s daily problems to get to know either of his sons.

    MB. Neither of us ARE Roger! So, let’s not argue about how he feels. I guess we’ll just see what happens as the show moves along. Many opinions as we know…

    Shay replied

    @MB….Whilst this latest charitable effort ties in nicely with his character’s storyline, this is certainly not the first time Billy Miller (and Kelly Monaco) have been involved in good works. I recall awhile back he helped an individual or group do some sort of fundraiser or awareness campaign in Texas, and Kelly’s been affiliated with a few different causes in the last decade, too. Thus, let’s give credit where credit is due….especially since it is now incumbent upon Miller’s Drew to be the umpteenth GH character to try and make the undesireable man-child Franco palatable…..I guess charity truly does begin at home, or in Port Charles, as it happens!

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    Celia replied

    Hi, Shay,
    I did answer you, ma belle….but, the reply never made it to print, oddly enough.
    Yet, insults get through. Mamma mia!!
    Enjoying Gutfeld, right now…..he cracks me up.
    I cannot praise Kelly and Billy enough for their hearfelt involvement—-great, compassionate human beings.
    ….pictures of those poor, innocent Syrian babies come to mind….what horror!!
    Soon….

    Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco replied

    So frustrating to put down your thoughts and then not see them. Although reading through my posts seems all I opine about is food, drink and tv. I need to get a life. Yes, the pressing issues of lunch and fishsticks! I am going to watch Erika Slezak on tv tonight- can’t wait to see her. GH seems to be picking up this week and glad for that-Y&R remains highly entertaining. Also now addicted to The Nanny. Dorothy Lyman-ex Opal Gardener-directed several years of the show. Last I saw her was on an episode of Law and Order SVU. Love to see her return to tv. So yes, food and tv.

  15. mike says:

    Miller,Howarth, and the writers have brought their A game. GH has become must watch.

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  16. k/kay says:

    This is exactly why I quit the show leave Kelly and Billy alone they are actors that play pretend no one gives a crap about their personal life

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  17. Martha Contreras says:

    Billy and Kelly are amazing human beings. Thank you for your efforts in raising awareness to this cause. Sadly is an everyday situation and any effort is greatly appreciated.

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  18. rose says:

    I can’t fault Billy and Kelly for bringing more awareness to chid abuse awareness, especially since this is the story line Billy/Drew is living now on GH. And Roger is doing a phenomenal job as Franco, as is Greg Evigan playing the all around bad guy, Jim Harvey. So for naysayers, what does it hurt?

    But I must admit the $.20 thing seemed a little cheap. You would think ABC at least could help contribute more per the tweet ante. And didn’t like that Drew has to finish it off with a gun. Leave that to Scandal in the nighttime.

    Also, why is GH jamming up with all of these downer, yet important stories, all at once? Spread them out. One at a time. And enough Carly, Sonny and Morgan. This just goes on and on for ever. Or at least have some “happy” stories once in a while. You know, the reason why many of us like to watch soaps in the afternoon. Oh wait they did…Laura and Kevin…enough said by a great many of us on that subject. And now Kim/Scotty. Ruined this character as well. Increasingly why GH is losing it’s charm or must see tv for me.

    And an observation….you would think General Hospital would have provided more security in it’s underground parking lot by now with all that has happened there. I sure wouldn’t want to park there, or take a walk on the Pier.

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  19. shelly says:

    Great job, Billy and Kelly, bringing attention to this horrific human tragedy. Terrific performances all the way around on the show. As for jasam fans slamming an actor, I say get a life. What is wrong with some people!? Jeez…

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  20. Grant Putnam says:

    Where was Dr Bencsh when all this was going down

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  21. Timmm says:

    Once a child is harmed, its too late! If you choose to have children, be a parent, not a supplier to the next census bureau statistic. Ask questions, do not let your child spend the night at a friends house who you have never met or you do not know their parents. Communication is something that solves many if not all your problems within the four walls of your home. Thank you Billy.

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    Celia replied

    True, true, and true. T….. once a parent, one needs to have eyes and ears all over one’s head.
    Never leave anything to chance. I, for one, do not believe in sending my kids to spend the night anywhere, other than their grandparents and/or my and my husband’s siblings.
    Thank you Billy, indeed.

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    Timmm replied

    C, it seems like Michael Fairman is giving up on this site? He used to post so much content that would stir conversation. Episodes, ratings and interviews. What do you think?

    Michael Fairman replied

    Timmm:
    Hardly! That is not the case at all. The brand new site is launching in just a few weeks, and I can’t wait for everyone to see it. Stay tuned. Michael

    Celia replied

    Hi, Timmmy,
    Glad you replied…how are you?
    Well, Mr. Fairman answered you for me. LOL. He’s the expert. So, it seems he is promising manna from the Soapworld. I trust what he says, that we will love what we get….breathtaling anticipation?
    But, yeah….the responses are a little scarce….many are busy bees, LOL.
    Also, considering the ‘backwash’ some posters are afraid to speak their minds. Too many ‘disciplinarians’….too many ‘know-it-alls’….too many policing our thoughts on print…..
    It, sort of, defeats the purpose. As you probably read, I am doing a favor, and substituting for a few weeks….thus, I teach my students ( always have) not to be afraid of speaking their minds. They are our future, and they should never think that what they say is unimportant. Everything they say is important. That’s my philosophy…
    Later, my true friend.
    PS…out of curiosity ( albeit, the poor cat was killed, Ha….) why is Carly seeing Griffin? Is he a psychiatrist? Why not Kevin. What am I missing?

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    Celia replied

    @Harry.
    Hey, Harry,
    Too funny….Nelle, oh, our dear, sweet, insane Nelle……She’s magnificent in every way, it seems.
    As having been pregnant a few times myself, I could never sprint so quickly and agilely ……without incumbrance ( ummmm, like a giant belly in her midst?), to the pavement, as Nelle did in the parking garage…..WOW!! Sooo spry, Harry!!

    Harry replied

    Celia, as you young folks would say,”RIGHT?” Yesterday, when Nelle was in the basement parking garage tormenting Carly’s car, she heard someone coming. Then, I swear, pregnant Nelle did a back flip, landed on the cement floor and somersaulted backwards into a crouching position.
    Nelle’s nesting instinct has morphed into Alien gymnastics instinct.

    Celia replied

    @Harry.
    Oh my Lord, Harry…you’re just what I need….hilarious. If you only knew my husband….between you and him? I would die of laughter.
    I could barely vacate a chair without help, when I was pregnant…..dropping to the floor in the blink of an eye? Super-human powers!!
    This was as bad as Sam rolling down a gully while pregnant, or Sharon ( Y&R—whom I love) vacuuming in 6-inch stilettos.

    Timmm replied

    I am great Celia, thank you. How are you? I only questioned this sites lack of data only because it used to flow but I didnt know if Michael was into something different or was tired of people getting too personal. Glad to here MF is rebooting his site soon! This is a soap site, not a political site but people get passionate and tend to get personal. I stand clear of a couple posters here and all seems well. BUT, some know my personal politics and avoid my soap issues but I sleep well at night!

    Griffin is the be all do all doctor because he is a front burner dude and he and Sonny have a relationship via their religious beliefs. Kevin would be great but it seems that he is Francos boy and Jon is not on contract. Griffin should have never been Duke’s son. I would have brought back Robin somehow and made Griff and Robin a couple. They could have been Robin and Patrick Version 2.0! Love you Cee!

    Celia replied

    Hey, T,
    I’m OK….
    If anyone is guilty of derailing here, it is I, LOL…..I do go on and on about little tidbits of my life—I forget my place?
    It’s easy to do with you and others on these threads…..friendly !!
    As far as political views, I doubt any of us will see things in the same light, Timmmy…..it is what it is; and I am sick of politics. It’s OK to put forth one’s opinion, stand or stance….Poli-sci professors encourage that, in a civilized, insult-free manner, albeit today, bipartisan opinions are not acceptable. Only one-sided voice is heard….Gone to pot, as Gran is wont to say. LOL.

    Mr Fairman did pique my interest, though….can’t wait…
    Hmmmm….Griffin, the cure-all doc. Religious beliefs? Oh, T….Sonny is a renegade, and ‘Father’ Griffin should steer clear of him….saving Sonny is not within his realm of embracing ‘lambs’ of God who stray from the flock to follow the not-so-green pasture of the ‘malavita’ any longer. He divested his frock from his body and mind for Ava? Love her, but, really?
    You know how it goes, T….a different standard for different characters….depending which way the wind blows…or, where the gauntlet lays.
    The all-mighty Sonny, and all his ilk shoud be hanged, drawn and quartered. Just the fact that he wanted to keep Avery’s disappearance from Ava, sums up how his fetid mind operates.
    To think such people do exist in real life.
    Love you too, T, my friend.

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  22. Melita E.Pitts says:

    Billy and Kelly are great people,and Drew and Franco are both playing characters that faced childhood abuse-Franco,more than Drew!!!!!!

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  23. Patrick says:

    All Points Bulletin: @Laura Wright & Maurice Benard.

    FIRE : Frank Valentini

    for the love of GOD : along with… Chad Duell

    I – must – marvel : Chloe Lanier – who is so wasted with the Corinthos’ Clan – look at her from the camera… she reminds me of Nicole Kidman. LOVE LOVE LOVE her “friendship” with Brad . it was endearing and FUN. stretch this ladies wings…. get out and fast from Sonny and Carly.

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    rose replied

    Patrick…Agree with you about Chloe. What a waste. She was the one good thing to come out of Fluke, and now she has to be saddled in a storyline with Carly, Sonny and Morgan as the bad girl. Sorta ironic in my eyes. It’s one time she should listen to Ava’s advise.

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    Patrick replied

    you are right. from one bad girl to another… call this out… and MOVE ON.

    ie: the – scenes – we have seen Nelle STEP OUT of the box. w/ Brad

    FUN . Nelle isn’t Britta or vice versa… but Chloe Lanier SHINED. IF the GH writers had it in them… Nelle and Ava could still bad girl.. just work together. thereby these two ladies have allies. could they be bff. YES ! girlfriends are still out their? right?

    AM I , part of the audience.. supposed to be FEELING for Carly ? she’s so big, strong, and LOUD .. add her stomp. WHO”S afraid of her ? NO ONE. looking at her “acting scared” . roaring Laughing my arse off.

    another thing… the writing gets loopy. Sonny is asking Carly to see a neurosurgeon. WE GET TO SEE HER SCREECH EVEN MORE. Sonny LAME response , after being mowed over, he’s just covering all bases.

    ??? I truly hope Nelle doesn’t get caught… but she will.. as Sonny and Jason are both BUSY with the caricature of Faison. god don’t get me started on Peter August… why doesn’t he just catch himself on fire… ( lighter ) and THEN this story would mean something. torch his victimized self. as he professes his deathbed “confession” to Anna and Maxie… SO WE CAN ALL MOVE ON.

    any way : so this story w/ Nelle and john deere Carly has to progress to Nelle having her baby or not. SOMEHOW the writers can write this that she GETS OVER Michael . HE IS THE DULLEST PERSON IN ALL OF DAYTIME.

    I have this odd feeling that the writers are going to get Michelle Stafford Nina … once again going off the track.. being rebuffed by Maxie ( being smothered by Nina and a constant reminder of Nathan ???? ) and what is Peter August doing . recall her asking Kim.. can she double check on her carrying a child. add that to Nelle preggers. w/Brad and Lucas… I think this is going to be MF Nina swan song.. she’s on her way out.. she will save Maxie baby.. but ultimately die off or end up at the wildwind ?

    OK ^^^^ see how intriguing this sounds . without Sonny and Carly.

    I have to address: the Franco molestation… God his character already reviled and ignored by all port Charles as it is. isn’t Liz so tired of seeking approval for Franco. sigh? will this make them stronger. end of story. I truly understand what Franco did NOW. he helped Drew escape the horror atrocity that he couldn’t. you can’t even put in to words.. the helplessness that’s a lot of tears. Franco is given EVERY stretch and fly that he can ? where does this get us ? A BREAK. go backburner.

    if GH tries to smother us with building a relationship with both Drew and Jason. WHY HAVENT Drew and Jason NUTTED UP over something… they can’t because they don’t have their mind? they sure as hell aren’t fighting over Sam. DAG! isn’t it just nice not to see Sam at all . is she still outa town with Scout and Danny? what a breath of fresh air … RELIEF. stay gone

    scripts have gone loopy awry disjointed out of nowhere… going no where

    Dr. Bensch and Kiki. so sorry to see this happening to James DePaiva. another quick kill. even I said I thought their was something creepy about his character. he was shown trying to “dance” with Alexis. asked Jordan OUT. alas, that’s it… Kiki it is. sexual harassment. I waited and waited for Dr. Bensch to be given more material.

    I haven’t been enjoying this show. save for Kim / Julian / Oscar AND Liz.

    is it all the dire subject matter ( OK relevant) or the disjointed scripts… the addition of CHRIS … with Frank / Jean ( loving adding her still; she killed ) WITH Shelley…

    GOD – another thing… it’s on me.. but I think GH has ALREADY ruined any interest.. and theirs lots of it.. with Nathan replacement . CHANCE. very stimulating.. HERE GOES FRANK VALENTINI AGENDA. OK … lets give Michael Easton ANOTHER PROP. Finn and Chance brothers… boring

    the scene @Metro as Anna asks Finn questions about “Faison” with Alexis sitting their. Alexis did ask Anna if their was anything going on and did she mind that Alexis wants to persue “things” with Finn. HOORAY. yet their was Anna fawning over him at the bar waiting for Jason. ??? Finn is overkill

    Harry replied

    Nelle certainly is an unusual pregnant woman. While other women have what is known as the ‘nesting instinct (the proclivity to suddenly clean house), Nelle has the psycho-torture instinct.

  24. Carrie says:

    Jordan has been coughing the last few weeks. I guess she is about to be diagnosed with something terrible.

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    Timmm replied

    Lets hope it leads to death and Robert brings respect back to the PCPD!

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    Carrie replied

    Yikes. Ouch Timmm. But I DO love me some Robert Scorpio! :-)

    Shay replied

    You are a man after my own heart, Sir Timmmbo! I thought the exact same thing when I read this spoiler….if only we should be so lucky to have Scorpio back in charge of the PCPD…or at least Anna! Let Jordan bite the dust!

    Harry replied

    I kind of love Timm for that. Nothing against Jordan, but man, a ton of GH viewers crave Robert Scorpio to come back.

  25. Satan says:

    If they really wanted to tell a child abuse story, it would have been far better to let Billy Miller portray it, as something that happened to Drew in his past in the orphanage, group home, foster home, or where ever he was – once his own memories are restored from the disco ball, of course.

    Instead they made it the 666th Frodd “redemption” story… and it’s still not working.

    My dog Cerberus does appreciate Jim Harvey as his new chew toy though, so thanks for that!

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    Shay replied

    Nor will the 667th or 668th or…well, you get the picture, Satan!

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