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90 February 23rd, 2015 THIS WEEK ON GH: Spencer Has A Fiery Birthday!

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What starts out as a celebration for little Spencer Cassadine’s (Nicolas Bechtel) birthday turns into a dangerous situation, according to this week’s promo for ABC’s General Hospital.

After receiving a birthday gift from Sonny (Maurice Benard), and looking for some time with the girl of his dreams, Emma Drake (Brooklyn Rae Silzer) things are looking up for the little Prince, only the event looks to take a disastrous turn, when Spencer is somehow trapped in a room engulfed in flames!

Will his father, Nikolas Cassadine (Tyler Christopher) be able to save him?  Who else might be in danger?

Watch this week’s promo after the jump.  Then, let us know if you are looking forward to seeing how this party plays itself out, and if you enjoy the scene-stealing one-of-a-kind performances of Nicolas Bechtel!

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  1. Anne says:

    not looking forward to this–too much of the kids already. resolve existing storylines don’t start new ones

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    harry replied

    I believe in soaps kids should be seen and not heard. They’re boring but no one wants to be the one who says kids bore them.
    Mind you, in real life I find children to be delightful, earnest, and imaginative and not at all boring. But in soaps? They come off as petulant precocious and affected by the camera. The problem is you have adults long past the age of childhood writing their dialogue. These writers do not have a clue as to what is going on the minds of children with the end result being these kids delivering unnatural and somewhat goofy sounding lines.

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    Anne replied

    True! What’s worse is that they place these kids in adult situations–like 10 year olds in love triangles–a trope that’s been used too much in old movies. Cute in very small doses, creepy when it’s used too much.

    Ces replied

    I agree. I can do without the kids myself.

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    mary replied

    I love Spencer. he is great, funny, cute. One of my favs. I hope to see more of him and I would like to see him grow up.

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    Patrick replied

    the only two that immediately, came to mind:

    Cierra : Hope’ daughter on Days of OUR Lives : I love her spunk… how she goes toe to toe with her mother… reigns everyone else in… and shows energy

    Josslyn : Carly’ daughter on General Hospital… I don’t know her acting… but she’s go alot going on in her mindset… beware GH… I hope she’s got all the attributes of Sarah Joy Brown

  2. Lil Angel says:

    I like the kids storylines, I wish they were on more. They are better than Sonny, Carly, Sam, and Patrick.

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    CeeCee replied

    You bet, Lil Angel. Seeing the children is always a better treat than those other characters you mentioned, albeit I do agree that current storylines should be concluded.

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    Marie replied

    I agree. The kid’s are great! I have enjoyed Their story line and hope it continues.

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  3. Elhu says:

    Not a fan of kids in threatening situations (who is though), but I understand that it is a soap opera, adds to the drama, and it is also nearing the end of February sweeps. I am hopeful that they will all come out of this one unscathed, and I am sure the storyline will be a good one. That being said, the kids on this show are good little actors, especially Nicolas Bechtel/Spencer, who is incredible, so I understand the storyline focusing around him. On another note, most of the scenes with the kids are cute and funny, which I enjoy, as it is a good offset to the rest of the dramatic storylines going on. I say end the drawn out Fluke/Luke story, put that one behind us completely, and keep the kids scenes coming!

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    suzazq replied

    Agree 100percent. One thing though is I worry about child actors in general. Hope he gets chances to be normal kid. .. swim get dirty do art sing have sleep overs have a pet. ..etc…

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    elhu replied

    Agreed suzazq !

  4. Timmm says:

    I think Helena will kidnap Spencer and Emma.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    makes sense to me…Helene needs some control over Nik…

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    Timmm replied

    We know she never dies and she rarely looses or looses but gets revenge.

    Johnny replied

    I agree with you Timmin, Helena needs to finally die. Maybe Emma or Spencer will finally shoot and kill that witch has been Helena.

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    Timmm replied

    I wouldnt want her to die. She is a great actress and so glamorous! Spencer idolizes great grandma so I cannot see that either. Emma may lock her in the freezer or something like that but I think they will always keep the door open for Helena and Faison, two great actors.

    CeeCee replied

    Hmmmm, you could be right, Timmm, hence the fire. Makes sense to me, especially if it’s Helena doing the deed.

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    Erick replied

    Luke shot and killed her too…. No wait, it never happened…. It was all in Luke’s head…. Even though Laura was standing there too….

    Timmm replied

    Helena is going away but I doubt quietly? She seems to love Spencer so if she grabs him she might come up with a story that his dad wanted him to spend some time with his great gram? She wont harm him or even scare him. She will groom him to be the prince Nick will never be in Helena’s eyes. Either that or they will show Helena on the island holding a mystery character hostage that we havent seen in a while and it could be the star that fans got to vote on making an appearance at the Nurses Ball?

    Patrick replied

    I just hope this isn’t a game changer for TC’ Nikolas!

    grab the spotlight… feature, marquee, stratosphere

    I hope this further elevates HIS mind

    Nikolas has simply got to keep on… with our without Helena… just gumption and march to your OWN drum… Helena wants

  5. harry says:

    Well, as Dorothy Parker used to say when she picked up the phone,”What fresh hell is this?”

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    Ashleigh replied

    Hahahahaha

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    Patrick replied

    ”What fresh hell is this?”

    I love this….

    and,

    hope it’s all about Nikolas

    fish, bait, and hook and reel

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    Shay replied

    One of my favorite quotes, Harry, although I thought it was coined by Frasier Crane! (Just kidding…..)

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  6. Cameron says:

    I hope the brat dies. Spencer is very annoying. I love Emma Drake, she rules.

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    CeeCee replied

    Wow!

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    Timmm replied

    Double wow! I dont ever want to piss off Cameron!

    CeeCee replied

    Hey, Timmm. I ain’t afraid of no Cameron….!!!!

    Samantha replied

    I agree Cameron, Spencer Cassadine is very bratty. I would use duct tape, to shut him up. Helena should knock Spencer down the stairs and slap that brat. Lol.

    CeeCee replied

    @Samantha…wow and triple wow. Fictional character or not, using violence in any form on a child is a no-no. What a terrible thing to say…go ahead, slam me. I can take it…but a child can’t. Horrible!!!

  7. dmr says:

    The adult lines that the writers have these kids say about their “relationships” and about so and so “wanting to be with me” are ridiculous. It’s not even cute because the poor kid actors sound as though they really have no idea what they are saying or talking about. It’s not believable in the slightest. It’s not the child actors fault. They are all so cute and talented. Let’s focus on adult storylines and issues-or wrap up some very lengthy storylines. I completely forgot about Ava, Silas, Franco, and Nina because I have not seen them on-air-as well as, Jordan and Shawn. Not that these characters are my favorites-but, I honestly forgot they existed until I watched the opening credits. I can’t even remember where most of their storylines ended.

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    AJQ replied

    The dialogue is extremely inappropriate. The writers seem to have no boundaries and are amusing themselves in a pretty disturbing way. Young kids will pretend to be boyfriend and girlfriends, but they don’t use that kind of language. Even if some ridiculous world where kids talk like that exists, it shouldn’t be given any air time on GH or any other show. It’s pretty sad if the writers think this is somehow cutting edge or cute. You just don’t go there with children.

    Cam said to Emma, “You knew Spencer wanted you and Joss wanted me?” Wanted? Wanted for what? Kids that age don’t say wanted. They say like. The writers know exactly what they are doing and it’s pretty gross. Cam also said something like, “Spencer and Joss were pretending to be into each other.” Into each other. What kid says into? It’s adult language that is found in adult relationships and it has a mature and sexual connotation. It’s gross and unbelievable that it is allowed to air.

    If Spencer was running a kid business, a lemonade stand or something, and using adult terms, like profit margin or receivables, that would be ok. Kids acting like adults or using adult language in some contexts would be acceptable; obnoxious but acceptable. It isn’t when it comes to dating and relationships. Someone at ABC should really decide if this is what they want to represent on their network.

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    MBmomof3 replied

    You are spot on, AJQ. I think the kids/actors are all cute, but they should have limited, uncomplicated roles & dialogue. And it’s not just you who thinks they have put a sexual connotation on these relationships and dialogue. Not cute. Disturbing and inappropriate. It makes me very uncomfortable as a mom.

    As you said, if they wanted to showcase Spencer’s “brilliance” there are many ways they could have done it without an inappropriate “love” story.

    Laurie replied

    AJQ,

    I agree100%! Those terms I’ve never heard & never used at that age. They wouldn’t say “she threw herself at him”…they would say “like, girlfriend, love (not “in” love) or maybe Billy&Becky sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g., but not those adult terms. Good little actors, though. Enjoyed the fire scenes. Actually were more realistic than Y&R’s whole 22 sweeps disasters.
    I guess the writers would try to defend & say the kids are picking up their parents language (which is NOT a good thing!). What’s next? Joss will call Emma a “whore”, Emma will get knocked up or Emma&Spencer will be #1 couple in TV Source’s weekly Pulse Poll for fav soap couple?
    Slowwww down writers!

    Patrick replied

    @AJQ

    “right ON”

    “…but they don’t use that kind of language. Even if some ridiculous world where kids talk like that exists, it shouldn’t be given any air time on GH or any other show. ”

    honestly, we all know… these are props… however, misguided

    SORAS is

    the babys are cute, dramatic and telling… let’s move on from these kids and soras

    Maxie and Lulu: telling each other… what if our kids date… we know this

    Shay replied

    You are exactly right, AJQ! The innuendo employed with these children is extremely disturbing and unnecessary…..I haven’t enjoyed these “romper room romances” since they began, and they have only become more disgusting with time. I would much rather see Spencer use his precocious propensities to prosper in the stock market….like having Nik catch him daytrading…or even utilizing insider info. Now that would be amusing…even though it’s highly illegal.

    CeeCee replied

    How right you are, dmr. My son is only six, but I have nieces and nephews around that age. The boys are only interested in sports and the girls still play with their American Girl dolls or are into Ariana Grande, K. Perry., and T. Swift. To have children fighting over girls or boys and stick these innocent babes with romantic, adult relationships is so ridiculous. Why can’t TPTB give them normal roles to play, fit for ten year-olds? Have them participate in school activities….a play, or cengage in sports for both genders. It is no wonder today’s children grow up so fast. My son comes home with words where I find myself in a quandary….should I scold him (would make no sense since he has no idea what he’s saying) , or laugh!
    I agree that most of the adult storylines should be wrapped up, as you say. We haven’t crossed the ocean and reached the other shore yet; are we ready to embark on another meaningless trip?
    I love GH…it is now my favorite soap, but since Luke came back, I have felt as if I’m on an endless voyage with no land in sight.

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    Ashleigh replied

    I am horrified at some of the things I see children involved in. I recently watched The Neighbors or something like that with Seth Rogan and there was a scene where their little baby had a used condom in her mouth. What parent even finds that funny, even if it’s a joke? I would have never even let my child be in that scene. They were compromising their child. Babies shouldn’t even have to think about that stuff. Yuck. I think part of the humor with Spencer is that he is always delving into situations that are far beyond his age. I hadn’t picked up on the lines you guys are talking about and I guess you’re right. It could be done more tactfully. No child’s innocence should be sacrificed for entertainment. They need to be protected for as long as possible.

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    Rose replied

    You’re talking about the Seth Rogan who with James Franco came out with the controversial movie, ‘The Interview,’ about Kim whatever of North Korea. He doesn’t seem to have boundaries or live in the real world of consequences.

    CeeCee replied

    They also need to be children. The potential for psychologically messing up a child’s interpretation of life is in the balance.

    su0000 replied

    Hi CeeCee..
    Spencer is not an ordinary child he is a Prince..
    He lives in sorta a castle he is very wealthy he has drivers and servants..
    Helens is/was grooming Spencer to be a Cassadine Prince..
    Prince Spencer lives in two worlds..
    .. he is what he is supposed to be, a Prince.. I like the lil’guy :)

  8. su0000 says:

    lol
    at the least it is a real fire/real flames ;)
    No one is going to hurt, no one is going to die.
    GH/RC won’t kill Spenser lol or his friends..

    I’m curious to see how this starts and whats behind the fire..
    Spencer’s birthday will not be dull ..
    I enjoy watching the children it’s different and having children actors in their stories seems to be a GH thing, the other soaps do not have young children stories..

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    CeeCee replied

    Yes, yes, yes, Su. I am so glad it is real fire. I stared at it in disbelief for a sec thinking it couldn’t be real…I thought it was an illusion. Wow! As I said on the Y&R site, the fake snow was so High School play-like and ridiculous. It was so refreshing to have seen something real…even fire where I am sure it was contained.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    That fake snow reminded me of those annoying little styrofoam thingys that comes stuffed in my delivery packages(i rather it be bubblewrap…i like popping them…lol)but at least one soap shows some snow…lol

    Timmm replied

    Rumor has it the fire was started by Ryan Paevey! He took off his shirt at Kelly’s, a little bump and grind and all of Port Charles is now engulfed in flames!

    jaybird369 replied

    CeeCee…h-o-n-e-y…I could watch Ryan Paevey (and his GH character Nathan) put out fires ALL DAY LONG…O-K-A-Y!!!!! I mean…give me Nathan over Sonny The Scumbag A-N-Y D-A-Y!!!!!

    CeeCee…I hope that you and your family are doing well. Take care. Peace.

    Laurie replied

    CeeCee & Jimh always making me smile. Timmm still picking on Paevey-lol…Hey, Timmm, turn over to Y&R 1 day & check out No NuBilly. IMO, JMO, mine only, but he makes RP look like Daniel Day-Lewis! LOL… All in good fun folks.

    Timmm replied

    The kids wont get hurt. I enjoy the kids because they can all act and it is a good change up every once in a while.

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    CeeCee replied

    Oh, yeah, Timmm. Ryan Peavey can start my fire anytime !!!!!

  9. Linda says:

    My cable guide says something unthinkable happens to Spencer. I hope Spencer doesn’t get killed off. The kids in PC aren’t on that often so it’s refreshing to see them.

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    Michael (not Fairman) replied

    Something unthinkable . . . such as he finally gets a spanking?

    (Actually, it’s the adults around him who not only put up with but facilitate/enable his obnoxiousness who probably deserve the spanking—that’s right, Nikolas, I’m looking at you.)

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    Timmm replied

    I think he gets kidnapped. As far as getting spanked, I see a lot of kids today that act out and parents dont know what to do or chose to sweep their childs behavior under the carpet. Yes, times have changed!

    CeeCee replied

    I wish it were only a spanking. I think the big boss will rid the soap of little Spencer. How sad! I like the little guy.

    Patrick replied

    @ not fairman.

    yeah… spot on

    perhaps this would have stopped the Spencer / Britta liason…

    that just peeved me to no end…. Nikolas histrionics that Britta had no right to include his child

    spank him right here

    both of them

    Shay replied

    That was priceless, Michael (not Fairman…) and oh so true!

  10. Shay says:

    Today’s show was an absolute waste, and after that obnoxious, over-the-top party farce, I could go for a Spencer flambe’…. (And no, that’s not an anti-kiddie statement…..I think Cameron is a cutie and I adore Joss. Glad they are out of the “hot zone.” LOL….) Of course, I am only jesting, but those mouthy brats known as the “Little Prince Cassadine” and Emma drive me up a wall….I could do with a lot less of both of them! That little ham’s grand entrance ala boxing ring was utterly unbearable. HIs waltzing scene with Helena was far more charming and much less grating.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Hey Shay…your comments sound like a review i got for my performance as a Pilgrim in a second grade play about the Mayflower during my brief Catholic school years…and that review was done by a nun…lol…i hope that poor Spenser and Emma don’t have to have many years of therapy like i had to, Sister Mary Shay(joking with you)…lol…i did act in school plays and i was terrible…lol…but here i blame the director and writing for the childrens often unbearable performances…these are children actors who should be written like children and not campy pint size adults…kids are kids on British soaps who are given material fitted for their paticular age…and they are just as entertaining as much as the adult actors!!!

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    Shay replied

    Oh jimh, I hope my snide words about Spencer didn’t cause you to relive your trauma at the hands of that sharp-tongued nun! If only we had been in school together…I wrote, directed and starred in (as Priscilla Alden…) my Thanksgiving play, and I would have created a role especially for you which would have made you look good….we all got rave reviews! I actually spent most of my elementary years creating school programs for my class and also the kindergarten kiddies….it was a blast, and I especially enjoyed working with the pint-sized thespians….although I fortunately didn’t have to deal with any “Spencers!” LOL…..

    Patrick replied

    “…HIs waltzing scene with Helena was far more charming and much less grating. ”

    this is all they need to do : GH production

    course the one thing that just needles and angst me

    Alexis… courting truth… LOL

    as she, Julian, Ned, and Olivia are all caught at the elevator

    OK… I’m pregnant

    i LOL in merriment if this slips Alexis in to obliviion

    YES !

    Olivia and Julian tango tryst and tumultuous

    Wally Kurth’ Ned is off side… to jettision to DAYS of OUR Lives as Justin

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    Shay replied

    @Patrick….We seem to be on the same page as far as “Julivia” goes. I’m so gosh darn bored with the repetitive antics of Alexis and Julian….all they ever do is “do it,” talk about the fact that they have just done it (repeatedly) and then brag about it to others…..that elevator scene at the hospital was extremely juvenile…so high school in nature! (Particularly Mr. Jerome’s crude description of his activities with Ms. Davis…..yes, we get it, the two of you go at it like rabbits, although I mean no disrespect to actual bunnies!) And now we have Alexis being the ultimate hypocrite in claiming offense at Ned’s supposed “infidelity” despite the fact she was engaged in similar behavior, not to mention her dogged insistence at finding the true paternity of “Baby Falconeri” when she herself lied whilst in the exact same position as Olivia. It’s all a bit rich, wouldn’t you say? Ultimately, I hope this overbearing woman’s overreaching tactics backfires, and Julian finds himself besotted not only with his newborn but its mother, as well….it’s time that he grows up and has a proper family instead of constantly reliving his ” teenaged backseat days” with Alexis.

    Shay replied

    That would be “tactics backfire.”

  11. Charday says:

    I really enjoy Spencer and Joss on GH–the bad kids. The other kids are boring. I just hope Sonny doesn’t “save the day” again.

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    Laurie replied

    I think Dylan McAvoy from Genoa City, WI is gonna grab his cape from the bldg collapse there & fly on in to Port Charles & save the day!!

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    CeeCee replied

    Yeah, Laurie…as the Michelin man.

  12. west virgina fan says:

    The last kid on this program that was just plain great was Lucky when Luke and Laura first came back. Jonathan Jackson was clever without being a Mini-me, heartbreaking without being maudlin.

    There have been other kid moments–the original Michael Corinthos (dylan/???) was terrific. But they had him kill his father (and then re wrote that history before they rewrote AJ’s death again–but for whatever complaints people might have about the current regime, that was about as low a use of a kid in a soap as we have ever seen).

    Starr was a mini me on OLTL–but she had enough talent and flair that she pulled it off. There is a real question whether any of this current generation of kid actors has the ability to hang in there for the long haul (I actually think Jocelyn has some real possibilities if given something to do other than double takes with spencer–wouldn’t it be great to have a kid from hell making Carly’s life miserable).

    But putting kids in danger sucks–overall, we’ve moved out of the perils of pauline approach with women on GH (how many times have did we have Sam, Lulu, Carly and others sit on bombs with Franco alone). For the most part we have stronger women (Anna, Jordan, Alexis, and for that matter Sam on a good day and in their own devious ways, Nina and Ava) can kick ass when they need to.

    We don’t need having kids in peril replacing women hanging over the cliff.

    Although, maybe a case could be made for people realizing that Nicholas and Carly (let alone Sonny) have no business raising children and that Elizabeth and Patrick should lose their kids too if they can’t cut all ties with people with mob and Legion of Doom connections.

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    Timmm replied

    I think all the kids have talent. If I picked two who could breakout it would be Spencer and Joss. They could wind up at Disney and then onto the big screen. They are very talented.

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    Laurie replied

    Yep. Jonathan Jackson is absolutely irreplaceable to me. Yes, he’s turned a bit moody in his later roles, but I can’t imagine any other actor playing so perfectly against Geary & Francis. Even w/Herbst & Zeman. Those were the days.

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  13. Lucy D. says:

    Do you think something bad is going to happen to Spencer? Like he’ll be badly hurt–”die” , see his mom in heaven–where she sends him back? Wasn’t there that poll for bring someone back?

    I like the kids and I hope nothing happens to them permanently.

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  14. Nick D. says:

    Hoping this is not a ploy to burn down Windemere to save more $$$$ on sets. We lost Alexis’ lake house in a similar fashion just a few months back. I don’t want Nik and Spencer living at the MetroCourt or worse yet sleeping on Elizabeth’s couch.

    I don’t care what people say I get a huge kick out of Specer, Emma, and the kiddo gang. They are used just the right amount.

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  15. Annie says:

    I miss the old days of soaps where the child would be born in an elevator or very remote cabin in the middle of a hurricane, there’d be a whose the daddy or baby switch story, the baby would turn into a loaf of salami to be covered up by lots of baby blankets so you wouldn’t know it wasn’t a real child, be sent to boarding school or never ending soccer camp, and finally, come back as a legit character after they graduated med school, all within the span of about 3 or 4 years. That worked for me, I can definitely do without kiddie triangles and birthday parties!

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  16. Rodd says:

    I LOVE the kids’ s/l! They are so cute and reflect their “parents” in many ways. For me, it just entertaining in the midst of all the drama. Plus, I think they’re all very good for being so young.

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  17. MBmomof3 says:

    I like the kids and don’t mind them having the occasional storyline. I just wish they’d remember they are KIDS not mini-adults. I’d find their presence on the show much more enjoyable.

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    su0000 replied

    sheesh..
    They are 10/12 year old kids..
    They do not think about sex lol they are simply boy and girlfriend — their version of boyfriend girlfriend— the 10yr old version of boyfriend girlfriend who don’t even date.. they like playing dating .. they have never even kissed..
    they are doing nothing, absolutely nothing wrong..

    ‘sides it is not real .. they are cute and great actors, Im like them :)

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    Kiersyn replied

    Yes i completely agree! My ten year old told me how one of his classmates was “dating” a girl in his class. I asked him to define dating – he said welll you know boyfriend and girlfriend. When asked what that entailed he explained it meant sharing lunch and talking alot. I asked him if anything else, he said nope that’s it. The next day, he came home and said they broke up because the boy wouldn’t share his lunch. Lol

  18. Sandra McGovern says:

    Are they killing off Spencer because there was rumor of him leaving the show. I hope not, and I hope this will help Nik come clean with Sam about Jason. This story line needs to move on.

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  19. Michael says:

    This is so ridiculous. When I was 10 I wasn’t interested in girls.

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    su0000 replied

    lol when you were 10 you weren’t a fictional character living in a soap opera lol ..

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    Patrick replied

    I’m not either

    I

    LOVE them

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    CeeCee replied

    I get what you’re saying, Michael. I would hope most boys that age are not so intersted in girls. Do I need to brace myself? I will never be ready to hand my baby boy over to some….girl.!! Sigh…LOL.
    The fact is, GH is not presenting a realistic view how boys/girls that age spend their time when not in school. It amazed me how TPTB present these kids perpetuating their interest in the opposite sex. NO, THEY DO NOT !!
    Su is right. Most kids at that age do not live in soap operas. By the same token, this nonsense is not true to life. We watch, we compare, we identify with the characters. Thus, it is only natural to expect true-to-life stories…even storylines about children. I’d like to see some of that once in a while.

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  20. birdie says:

    No it will be Emma .I believe that because they said robin will be coming back to the show.I think that’s the only way she would show up.something would have to happen to Emma

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  21. mfarris70 says:

    I love Spencer and I’m usually the last to say something bad about GH, but this plot just seems like post-holiday/actors-on-vacation filler. The fire was unconvincing, especially when Nikolas was fretting about entering the room when the flames were not even knee-high.

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  22. Kiersyn says:

    I love the character of Spencer Cassadine! I hope they don’t kill him off. I think the storylines are hilarious and spot on with how kids are today. Not the way I grew up for sure – but listening in on the goings on of my 10 year old as he describes the drama at his school and his cousins similar chatter – it’s unbelievable.

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  23. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Will Courtney pay Nik and Spenser a ‘ghostly’ visit…

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  24. CeeCee says:

    Off subject: note to the writers.
    In today’s episode, Duke referred to Anna as, ‘cavalier’. This is an abominable faux pas. The word cavalier is a masculine and ONLY masculine word. There is no feminine word for it. The word only applies to men. A woman CANNOT be cavalier. Search high and lo, ‘cavalier’ as applicable to a woman will never be found. Please forgive my impertinence…..Buchanan himself should have known better. ‘ Magnanimous ‘ would have been the appropriate adjective here.
    Shay, harry, Ron…..anybody…back me up here. Misuse of words grates on the nerves as much as ‘between he and I’…..grrrr. (Not including typos…we all make those).

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    Shay replied

    @CeeCee….I was multi-tasking this afternoon, and thus, not fully engaged in every moment of today’s show, so I missed the instance to which you are referring, but in general, you are quite correct. As a noun, “cavalier” is most definitely masculine, however, as an adjective, the accepted usage has been relaxed to allow for a person of either sex to be considered as such in the sense that they are dismissive and/or disdainful of something or someone. (I checked with Merriam-Webster online and they state an example of a female being so in reference to money.) That has always been my understanding, as well, although I concur that the word is far more befitting of a man. Having said that, I take your point, CeeCee…some of the most fundamental rules of grammar have been broken on the show, and by characters who certainly should know better due to their level of education. It is indeed grating when such egregious mistakes are committed. I have cringed at the lack of proper English usage on any number of occasions. My particular bugaboo is when “subjunctive mood” is not correctly observed……I recently caught that one, along with errors in basic noun-verb agreement. (But hey, we’re just “overthinking” things, right???? LOL.) P.S. Although I’m sure you were a brilliant physics teacher, I cannot help but believe that you would have made a superb addition to your school’s English/Literature department! Your passion for excellence in this discipline is so obvious in your posts, and it’s laudable that you demanded it from your science students.

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  25. CeeCee says:

    I know, Shay. You must have loved English class as much as I did. I doubt many people remember the subjunctive ‘mood’ or its usage……nor, the ‘conditional’ and the ‘future conditional’.
    TPTB and the actors themselves should make a determined effort in using proper grammar. One would be surprised how many children watch soaps. Spenser is the perfect example….his grammar is better than the adults’ .
    The Brits are the worst in using proper grammar, ironic; considering it’s their mother tongue.
    What to do, what to do?! As my husband would say, “There are worse things to worry about. Just ‘suck it up’ “? ….Can’t help myself, I do ‘overthink’ it. LOL. Later.

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    Shay replied

    Yes, CeeCee…..English was always my favorite subject…and I reveled in it! (Well, anything creative….and history, too. I just ate it up! Math and science? Not so much….they never really captured my imagination, which is why I so admire your forte’ in physics!) Of course, my mother instilled in me my love for the English language long before I even began my schooling…she was another stickler for proper grammar and spelling, hence, it was something that came as naturally as breathing for me. Plus, I was actually reading before I began verbalizing the fact. I would be fixated on my parents’ morning newspapers and checking out the headlines as I sat next to them in my highchair…..I remember that to this day. My mom said it was totally spooky, because somehow she just sensed I was doing that, even though I didn’t read out loud. LOL. And I was devouring grade-school level books by the time I was three. Therefore, my interest in the written word is a lifelong one, and it truly saddens me that excellence and correct usage in that respect seems to become less and less emphasized as time passes. It’s especially apparent in the popular media, and always irks me to no end. I do try to watch as much high-end British drama as I can, because there is still an adherence to the “King’s English” there, but when you start getting into the regionally-based programs which emphasize local color and dialects, then all bets are off, although I still immensely enjoy those shows, too. I barely view any American television offerings anymore, save for GH, “Forever” and to a lesser degree, “Revenge.” They simply don’t interest me in any way, shape or form, although I do occasionally watch some retro stuff, and it’s totally amazing how much lazier we have become with our language skills through the years….you can actually pinpoint the changes decade by decade. (Incidentally, do you watch “Downton Abbey?” I absolutely adore that show on so many levels, and frequently post commentary about it here, but I don’t believe I’ve ever seen you do likewise……so I was just wondering.) Having said that, I share your concern for the lack of importance placed upon preserving grammar (and vocabulary) standards….yet sadly, I cannot see much hope for the cause what with all the slang and text-speak we are subjected to on a daily basis. I guess we are just hopelessly archaic in our point of view, CeeCee, and over-thinking, indeed!

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    CeeCee replied

    No, I do not watch DOWNTON ABBEY on a regular basis. My sister is an avid watcher and I do catch an episode now and then with her. I enjoy reading historical romance novels. I love, love, love to read.
    As yourself I relished English and history class as well. However, my dream was to travel through space…pipe dream, huh? As a child I could look at the stars and the endless night sky for hours….just wondering how and why? Strange for a girl to be interested in natural science or any science, for that matter. Strangely enough, I never looked like the studious type.LOL. I never thought I’d be married so young….so I chose to teach that which ‘grabbed’ me.

    On another note, I was so disappointed to see Julian back with Alexis. Why can’t TPTB realize how mismatched these two are? She is acting like a schoolgirl with her first crush. I did notice her modesty though…LOL. did you? When she sat on the sofa she demurely covered herself . Ha! That gesture goes against everything I think of her character. Go figure…later.

    Shay replied

    @CeeCee….I’ve been enchanted by Downton Abbey since the first episode…even though I have watched many a period drama, there is something so unique and special about this particular series…it somehow makes one feel transported back to that place in time and seems so realistic, perhaps due to Julian Fellowes’ fine writing, character development and attention to historical detail? I just know that I love it and enjoy every single aspect of the show. So, you are an avid reader of those “bodice ripper” (and I don’t mean, Alexis…LOL….) romances, eh??? It’s been awhile since I have been a regular consumer of such volumes….I devoured all the John Jakes novels years ago…now I often just read online reviews/synopses of those books that interest me….most definitely not the same! I should get back into the practice of absorbing my materials via books, but I’ve gotten away from it due to the internet. By the time I read all the latest news, peruse my personal business and, of course, check MFSoaps! there is often little time left in the day. But I totally agree with the part about loving to read….it’s always been a huge part of my life….be it through magazines, newspapers or books. I truly love the intimacy of the written word, and the way one absorbs it so differently when it is encountered via the printed page. As for your interest in space, that is a feather in your cap, and not strange at all….you have an expansive intellect! It wasn’t until I became a bit older that math and science held any real meaning for me, because I finally began learning about compound interest, retail discounts, and stock dividends…things that actually mattered to me!!!! Suddenly the answers came easily. (Ditto for the scientific aspects regarding cosmetic ingredients, personal nutrition and anti-aging theories….if a subject piques my interest, then I’m all in…..but if not, then forget it!) I also can relate to not fitting the typical stereotype of a brainiac, even though I was a very precocious bookworm as a child and was often—but not always—the teacher’s pet, once I hit tweenerhood, I was an outgoing, beauty-obsessed fashionista who was often first mistaken for being less than an intellectual, until I opened my mouth and made mincemeat of anyone who challenged me. But that element of surprise only increased the fun. As for your teaching career, I think that anyone who can make the less “glamorous” subjects more inviting and user-friendly is a true blessing to the education profession….I had the most dry and unimaginative math and science teachers, save for one or two who really made a huge difference for me….an engaging personality is an absolutely crucial factor in the presentation of these intense subject matters, and it’s apparent from your posts that you have it in spades!!!! (Ditto for Harry….I think it would have been amazing to have experienced his literature classes.) And although you have left your formal teaching behind for now, I don’t doubt you are doing a wonderful job in that respect with your own little ones….I know my most important lessons occurred at home, and I always credit my mother for being my greatest teacher…she began the learning process from my earliest days and it inspired a lifelong love that exists to this day. I’m always curious, inquisitive and seeking knowledge from the moment I awaken each day! But enough of this minutiae….on to GH, since that is the intended purpose of this thread! I also immediately noticed the usually uninhibited Alexis cocooning herself in that blanket….the only explanation I could summon was that it was chilly in Julian’s penthouse abode….I mean, it’s not as if Ms. Davis had anything to hide from Mr. Jerome….he’s seen it ALL many, many times over!!!!! Very uncharacteristic indeed…hah! P.S. On the subject of proper English usage, are you as tired as am I of the incorrectly stated notion of “being raised” as a child, which was most recently uttered by Michael in his courtroom testimony of last week? Time and time again, this egregious phrase has been repeated on GH, and it drives me crazy….I actually scream at the television “children are REARED! They are not livestock!” I know, picky, picky, but I cannot help myself….it’s almost as cringe worthy as when it’s stated people are “hung,” and not “hanged!” Almost…..

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