Monday marked the final episode of Kristen Alderson in the role of Kiki Jerome on General Hospital. As viewers know, Alderson decided to exit the series and the role will next be played by Hayley Erin.
In her final scenes, Alderson acted with her long-time scene partner, Roger Howarth (Franco). But while Kiki and Franco are not biologically related on GH, when on One Life to Live, and early on during their time on GH, Alderson played Starr Manning, and Howarth was Todd Manning. This was prior to the Prospect Park lawsuit entanglement.
As a nod to their time when they were on-screen father and daughter, the GH writing team wrote-in that while Franco was still suffering the effects of LSD, he spoke to Kiki as if he was his bio-daughter, and even talked about the difficulties he has had in his relationship with her mother. But he wasn’t referencing Ava Jerome! One Life fans know it was Blair he was referencing.
After the scenes aired today Kristen tweeted: “Roger and I were VERY happy we had those scenes together. Thanks
@carlivatiron & @valentinifrank #shorty“ She also tweeted: “Now I think today is really my last air date on @GeneralHospital … Thank you again for all of the overwhelming support & love.”
Ron Carlivati clarified on Twitter that when GH knew Kristen was exiting the show, they wrote-in the scenes between her and Howarth! The head scribe tweeted: “We rewrote them after we found out Kristen was leaving. Her scenes in this episode were originally with Morgan.
And in a beautiful and emotional moment at the end of the episode which felt like Howarth saying his farewell to Alderson, he said in a speech: “You’ll find something that you love to do and do it. And don’t ever marry a man unless you trust him. Most importantly, believe in yourself. I want you to have an OK life. I think you deserve that.” Alderson’s Kiki then says, “You don’t have to do this. I’m not saying goodbye forever.” To which Roger replies: “Maybe you are. So just in case … goodbye. You’ve been a gift to me. I won’t forget you.” It was Howarth at his best!
What did you think of the scenes between Kristen and Roger? Were you sad to know this was the final airshow of Kristen’s? Share your thoughts on the final moments below!