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    They're Dropping Like Flies.

    Friday, January 30 2009
    Kate, Trevor and Claudia are down, the hospital is shut down and someone has attempted to steal the toxic spheres.

    There's a stranger lurking around The Haunted Star. He finds the cash stash and starts to take it, but turns around and finds Luke pointing a gun at him. He assures Luke that he's not armed and was just trying to get out of the storm. He even has the nerve to ask Luke for a job as a bartender. Luke asks him to make a 'naked nymph' and when he produces it, he says it's not bad. The guy's name is Ethan and he's from Australia. Satisfied with Ethan's cocktail-making skills, Luke pokes around in his background and when Ethan starts asking the questions Luke says that he likely already knows all about him. Sorry to disappoint, Ethan has never heard of him. He says that The Haunted Star is just the place where he ran out of money. Now drunk and very tired, Luke tries to converse about life on the road, but he can't stay awake. Only when Luke's head hits the table does Ethan finally smile. He goes back to the money stash and starts to hide it in his shirt when he hears Luke cock his gun. "We're right back were we started," Luke smirks.

    Across town, Robin is in the nursery begging Emma to drink her bottle. It's two hours overdue, but the baby has no interest in it. She tells Emma that if she holds her it'll make everything worse. Mac shows up to check in on her, not as a mother but as a new homeowner in a blizzard, he's quick to clarify. When he hears Emma crying, Robin tells him that she just woke up. He changes and feeds her without a problem. After she's quieted down, Mac asks Robin what's wrong. She tells him about Carly's charity event and that she lost her sitter. Mac would love to spend the evening with Emma, but he doesn't want her going out in the storm. She reminds him how much Michael meant to her and he reluctantly agrees. She is almost out the door when Rayner calls Mac and tells him that he needs him down at the PCPD.

    Jason is at GH on the phone describing the GH duct system to Agent Rayner. He is told to seal off the boardroom because the OR duct filters directly there. Patrick takes over the conversation so that Jason can go down and talk to Carly and her group. Rayner orders Patrick to cut into Bragg's body and get the remaining spheres of toxins. When Patrick hands the phone over to Spinelli, Rayner tells him to hack into the GH hard drive and seal off all airways. "That would require activity that is outlawed," Spinelli says. Sam takes the phone and tells Rayner that Spinelli doesn't need any more trouble from the feds. He assures her that he won't use any of this against Spinelli.

    Lulu and Nikolas come across Sam and Spinelli and learn about the airborne toxin. As Sam explains the whole thing, Nik recognizes the Equinox name and suddenly gets alarmed. They get even more scared when Spinelli informs them that everyone downstairs at Carly's function has been exposed.

    "Anything for a little attention," Claudia says as Kate collapses to the boardroom floor and everyone tries to revive her. Trevor moves to the front of the crowd and tells Ric that he still loves Kate. As Carly tries to go get help, she finds the door locked. Through the door, Jason explains they've all been exposed to an airborne toxin and that someone needs to block off the air duct while he gets a temporary door seal in place so they can get out. Claudia springs to action and seals off the vent.

    Eventually, men in hazmat suits come in to retrieve Kate. As soon as she's gone, Anthony bursts out in a demented laughter. Everyone stares at him in disbelief until he says, "Well…look around. Did you even think in your wildest dreams that these would be the faces you saw right before you die?"

    Trevor starts to panic and pound on the door. Anthony taunts him about what it feels like to slowly get paralyzed. Trevor gets increasingly uncomfortable and finally collapses. Ric and Nadine rush over to him. After Trevor has been taken away, Anthony wants to lay bets about who buckles next. Tracy offers him a million bucks to go suck the air vent. Ric is clearly sullen about Trevor, but goes over to Claudia to chastise her for telling Anthony about their deal. She tells him that she didn't say anything but they'll all be dead in an hour anyway.

    Nik has made it to the boardroom hallway and run into Jason. He asks about Nadine and grows agitated when Jason says that they'll have to wait before they can bring anyone out. Nikolas goes after him, but Jason pins him against a wall and asks what's going on with him. Nik calms down and admits that he left Nadine to go chase after a dream and now she's in danger. Jason releases his grip and tells him to keep it together.

    Back in the OR, Patrick carefully retrieves the four remaining spheres of toxins. He leaves them in the room and comes back out to call Rayner. He says that they were intact but Bragg's stomach acids have compromised the containers. He reports that Bragg and Dr. Archer have died, the entire OR team is in ICU, Kate and Trevor from the boardroom have collapsed, and two employees from another floor are now down too. Rayner says that he has no choice but to quarantine the entire hospital.

    Patrick uses the PA system on the phone and proceeds to make his announcement. People throughout the hospital hear his dire words. Even the guy who has snuck into the OR to nab the spheres.

    Down in the boardroom, a weakened Claudia tells Sonny that in case she dies there's something she needs to tell him about the shooting. Sonny assumes that she's talking about Kate's shooting but Claudia hits the floor before we can know for sure.

    Next on General Hospital:

    From the ICU, Claudia tries to tell Jason about Anthony's part in Kate's shooting.

    Once sprung from the boardroom, Anthony finds Claudia asleep and considers making it permanent.

    Jax isn't allowed into the building, but he and Carly connect through the glass doors.

    Lucky finds Elizabeth and sits with her.

    Jason learns that one of the toxic spheres is missing from the OR.

    Gas continues to leak in the OR, but no one knows it.

    Leyle's condition worses.

    Tracy is scrubbed down by Epiphany.

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    Posted by JenniferT4683 at Friday, January 30 2009 01:46 PM

    Ok I don't usually bash on my girl Sam because I love her but what was she thinking I know she wanted to try and help Patrick and try keep him from getting sick but how was she expecting to get those spheres out of his stomach with out cutting into another one like Matt did Come on Sam THINK!

    And I like this Ethan guy LOVE the accent

    And I loved it when Anthony told Trevor his Yellow streak was starting to show hehe Funny

    OMG What was lulu thinking she was doing putting her shirt over her mouth when that guy fell out so stupid

    Good show all around today!

    Posted by beenaroundalongtime at Friday, January 30 2009 01:46 PM

    Hard ass Claudia on the floor without a man on top of her. So is this Nadine exit.

    Posted by stagwood at Friday, January 30 2009 02:06 PM

    Wow, beenaround, that's rather crass!

    This whole s/l has been another GH disappointment.

    Posted by BeyondReason at Friday, January 30 2009 02:07 PM

    Loved today's show. I like Sam, but still in the way and since when should she think the ER should be closed off. isn't it Patrick's job to say so? Love the new Aussie Ethan, I guess this is Lulu's new man. Poor Robin, she was laying down the lie pretty thick to Mac. The boardroom characters are just too funny, Anthony is a riot.

    Posted by JenniferT4683 at Friday, January 30 2009 02:17 PM

    Hey beenaround I don't think this is Nadines exit unfortunately all the spoilers I've read have her hanging around for a bit

    Posted by beenaroundalongtime at Friday, January 30 2009 02:25 PM

    JenniferT4683......This is from

    Nadine is leaving: GH's Coffee Out!
    GENERAL HOSPITAL's Claire Coffee (Nadine) has confirmed what Soap Opera Weekly reports in its Feb. 3 issue — she's exiting the ABC soap. Coffee posted the following on her Official Message Board:

    Hi Everyone!
    It's been a while since I've stopped by... I sort of figured this was coming, but wanted to be absolutely certain until I relayed the news. I have been taken off contract, effective February 8. It's a mutual decision; I completely understand the stresses of the producers and writers and the Nadine storyline seemed to coming to a close. I won't be exploding in a ball of hospital flames, but you probably won't see me much around the hospital, either. Tough times in the economy, Port Charles included! Jill Phelps has been incredibly supportive and I have nothing but respect and reverence for my time at GH. Thank YOU ALL for your support.
    Signing off, Claire

    I hope Claire finds works soon.

    Posted by shepmajor at Friday, January 30 2009 02:28 PM

    Okay, I just have to ask... How is it that no one, especially Patrick, notices that the gas is still on? I mean, you can hardly hear them talking over the sound it's making!

    Posted by ghforlife at Friday, January 30 2009 02:43 PM

    Hello to all my GH friends!

    Jennifer...I must agree about Sam...I chuckled when she suggested that. And then for her to mention the ER shutting down...ha ha....I think she believes because she was hit by the guy...somehow she needs to be involved. As I have said before, from my point of view, and it is not that I don't like Sam...she just does not fit in this storyline.

    Anyone else feel dejavu with Sonny/Carly trapped together...

    Shep...I noticed that too...I just think by now ~~~ someone in those hazmat suits would be working in that room. I know they keep talking that they don't know what it is...but still....someone should be working to shut down the machines.

    Quarantined or not...I still think the place would be crawling with Feds and Hazmat specialists by now...but no, we get the local Mob boss, his sidekick and Sam (couldn't find a name for her).

    So, I must say that I am so not buying into the Jason/Sam/Spinelli...I mean it is GENERAL HOSPITAL...why would they even be discussing/talking/suggesting anything...I know it is a soap...but it feels like they are being thrown in our faces. I had hoped that they would make Patrick take charge...but that does not seem to be the case. Somehow it always has to be Jason and his entourage. Oh and Jason locking the doors COME ON!

    Although I think it was a good still left me feeling that it was ridiculous and not in the good soap opera way.

    Posted by ghforlife at Friday, January 30 2009 02:46 PM

    Also, I know a lot people feel that this thing with Robin needs to be over...but she played it fantastic today...we have to keep remembering this is still only one day...even though it has been two and half weeks for us!

    Posted by firebird85 at Friday, January 30 2009 02:47 PM

    Hi Everyone,
    I am still enjoying the toxin story line. I love that the hospital is the main setting involving the staff and other PC residents. I love the fact that Patrick is wearing the hero suit well. I love how other story lines are interwoven with the toxin one. I can hardly wait until next week.

    I still have an issue with some of Sam’s behaviour. (I am not bashing but making an observation) She continually shadows Jason & Patrick while they are trying to do their work. She tried to bully Patrick to do surgical work. She wasted valuable time arguing with Agent Rayner. She is trying awfully hard to be part of the strong chain of command. Sam, you are the weakest link. Goodbye!!!

    Spinelli showed his backbone when he replied to Agent Rayner that hacking into the hospital computer would require an activity that is outlawed.

    I am not sure what to make of Ethan Lovett… is it me or does his accent come & go??

    Confession may be good for the soul but not against breathing toxins. I guess we will have to wait a little longer for Claudia & Kate's secrets.

    Everyone have a good weekend!

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