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Highlights for “GH” in the 2000s

In 2000, Zander Smith (Marc Brett, Chad Brannon) arrived in Port Charles and was immediately embroiled in trouble. He was set up by Emily Quartermaine (Amber Tamblyn, Natalia Livingston) and her friends for killing an undercover cop, so he kidnapped Emily and the two fell in love on the run. He was proved innocent but their love was halted when she was injured in a bus accident and had to go to rehab. Zander grew close to Gia Campbell (Marisa Ramirez, Andrea Pearson), Elizabeth Webber (Rebecca Herbst) and Carly Corinthos (Sarah Joy Brown, Tamara Braun, Jennifer Bransford, Laura Wright). Gia dropped out of college and moved in with friend Nikolas Cassadine (Tyler Christopher) despite her mother Florence Campbell’s (Lynne Moody) protestations. They soon slept together and she became the Face of Deception, despite Laura Spencer’s (Genie Francis) initial preference for Liz. Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers) made Nikolas dump Gia for Liz, and she moved on with Lucien Cane (Robert Kelker Kelley), unaware he was really Stavros Cassadine, Nikolas’ dad. Gia ended up helping Liz steal the Ice Princess so Lucky Spencer (Jacob Young, Greg Vaughan, Jonathan Jackson) could get his memory back. Alexis Davis (Nancy Lee Grahn) learned from Jasper Jacks (Ingo Rademacher) that she had a sister, Kristina Cassadine (Jamie Ray Newman), the daughter of Mikkos Cassadine (John Colicos) and her mother, opera singer Kristin Bergman. Kristina got a job at Ned Ashton’s (Wally Kurth) L&B Records and the two became engaged, but Kristina died after an explosion caused by Luis Alcazar (Ted King). Luis had held Brenda Barrett (Vanessa Marcil) captive for years when everyone in town thought she had died after her mother drove her off a cliff. Luis was killed when Alexis pushed him over a balcony in self-defense, just days after she gave birth to baby Kristina Davis, whom he named after her dead sister. Luis’ teenage daughter Sage Alcazar (Eileen Boylan, Katie Stuart) arrived in Port Charles not long after seeking revenge on Alexis. She never got it and threw herself off the dock. She was saved by Dillon Quartermaine (Scott Clifton), who took her back to the mansion to hide. His girlfriend Georgie Jones (Lindze Letherman) was unhappy about the arrangement, and got even angrier when Dillon took Sage out of the country as her bodyguard. Sage tried to convince Georgie that she slept with Dillon.

Dillon’s mom Tracy Quartermaine (Jane Elliott) convinced Georgie to break up with Dillon in order to save him from the Alcazars, and he slept with Sage in his grief. Meanwhile, Brook Lynn Ashton (Adrianne Leon) came to Port Charles, followed quickly by her mom Lois Cerullo (Lesli Kay). Ned convinced them both to stay and run L&B Records again. They did, and Lois signed Sage to a deal despite her friction with Brook Lynn. During a séance gone wrong, Georgie locked Sage in a freezer and Sage was later found dead. Georgie blamed herself until it was revealed Mary Bishop (Catherine Wadkins) was the murderer, really after Emily. Emily returned from rehab and began sleeping with Nikolas. Zander was devastated and had a one-night-stand with Elizabeth, conceiving their son Cameron (Ashwyn Bagga, Braden Walkes). She asked Zander to sign away his rights so her former husband Ric Lansing (Rick Hearst) could adopt Cam.  Zander agreed but was killed by police gunfire after he was framed by Courtney Matthews (Alicia Leigh Willis) and Jason Morgan (Steve Burton) when she shot a cop. After AJ Quartermaine (Billy Warlock) drove through Coleman Ratcliffe’s (Blake Gibbons) bar, AJ’s wife Courtney offered to strip at his bar to avoid getting the cops involved. Unaware, AJ burned down the bar so Coleman opened another one. Nikolas and Gia got engaged and she gave up modeling for him. After celebrating her last shoot, she had one drink and then crashed into Courtney. Nik made it look like Courtney ran the light, and her brother Marcus Taggert (Real Andrews) tried to use it to break them up. Gia left Nikolas so he could be with Emily and she left for law school. Stefan Cassadine (Stephen Nichols) arranged for Nik to wed Lydia Karenin (Jessica Ferrarone, J. Robin Miller) in exchange for $20 million, but Nik was in love with Emily. Stefan tried to have Emily killed, but Lucky’s girlfriend Summer Holloway (Brittney Powell) was killed instead. Con artist Sam McCall (Kelly Monaco), Alexis’ daughter, arrived in town working with Jasper. She had an affair with Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and got pregnant. Jason claimed to be the baby’s father to save Sonny’s family. Her baby was stillborn.  Diego Alcazar (Ignacio Serricio) arrived in 2004, foster cared by Courtney. He began dating Brook Lynn, then dumped her for Maxie Jones (Kristen Storms). It was revealed he was drugging girls on campus and taking their pictures. Sam and Jason moved to Hawaii in order to start a new life together, and she reconciled with her brother Danny McCall (Henry Lubatti, David Greenman). Danny died not long after during the Port Charles encephalitis outbreak. Dr. Asher Thomas (Larry Poindexter) appeared in 2005 as a psychiatrist working with Michael Corinthos (Dylan Cash) after his bio-dad AJ had kidnapped him. It was soon revealed AJ had hired Asher to kill Jason, but after injecting Sam with poison and holding Monica Quartermaine (Leslie Charleson) hostage, Jason killed Asher instead. FBI Agent Reese Marshall (Kari Wuhrer) came to town to help find Sonny’s kidnapped daughter Kristina (Kali Rodriguez). A former lover of Sonny and friend of Carly’s, she initially suspected Sam but then realized it was Faith Roscoe (Cynthia Preston), who then abducted Michael and Morgan too. She recovered Kristina and Morgan, but Michael was assumed dead. Reese died in a train crash. In 2006, Lucky’s partner, Det. Jesse Beaudry (Matt Marraccini) was killed in the line of duty and Epiphany Johnson (Sonya Eddy) began working at General Hospital. Lawyer Diane Miller (Carolyn Hennesy) began representing Sonny. Jason took over Sonny’s business and his muscle Max Giambetti (Derk Cheetwood) refused to take sides and instead took a security gig at the Metro Court. His brother, mobster bodyguard Milo Giambetti (Drew Cheetwood) had a thing for Lulu Spencer (Julie Marie Berman). Amelia Joffe (Annie Wershing) showed up in Port Charles with an ax to grind against Sam because her father left her mother for Sam, but she was gone just a few months later. Coleman helped Carly realize her father was prosecutor John Durant (Corbin Bernson). In 2007 Cooper Barrett (Jason Gerhardt) took the Metro Court Hotel hostage with six other people and bonded with Maxie during the standoff. Maxie hid Coop’s involvement in the crisis and hooked him up with a job working security until mobster Sonny found out his secret and coerced him to get a job at PCPD to give him inside info. Maxie cheated on Coop with Logan Hayes (Josh Duhon) and Coop was later killed by the Text Message Killer. Lulu found out that Logan was the long-lost son of Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner) and soon thought he had killed Georgie, another victim of the TMK. Lulu killed Logan in self defense after she saw him beat Maxie. Lawyer Trevor Lansing (Stephen Macht), the former lover of career-minded Kate Howard who was then dating Sonny and the secret head of the Zacchara organization. He put a failed hit on Sonny, and later died after an attempt to sicken the town with a biotoxin. Computer hacker Damian Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) accompanied Nadine Crowell (Claire Coffee) to Nikolas’ Black and White Ball where she was mistaken for Lulu and kidnapped by mob kingpin Anthony Zacchara (Bruce Weitz). Spinelli saved Nadine. Emily was strangled and killed at the ball by Diego, who was revealed to be the Text Message Killer.  Nadine later helped Nikolas deal with a brain tumor. Nik was interested in Nadine but worried about betraying Emily’s memory. They dated, but he admitted to Monica he would never love another like Emily. When Nik became enamored of X-Ray tech Rebecca Shaw (Natalia Livingston) – a dead ringer for Emily – Nadine walked away. Epiphany had a massive heart attack after hearing her son killed in a mob shooting, but she survived. In 2008, Liz hired Diane to represent her in her divorce from Lucky. Coleman acted as best man in Patrick and Robin Scorpio’s (Kimberly McCullogh) wedding. In 2009 Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth) was SORASed to age 16 and began dating the abusive Kiefer Bauer (Christian Alexander), who fought with her brother Michael (Drew Garrett) soon after he woke from his coma. Kiefer helped Kristina cover up when she ran Claudia Zacchara Corinthos (Sarah Brown) off the road, causing her miscarriage. He got jealous of her friendship with Ethan Lovett (Nathan Parsons), and Kiefer beat Kristina. She told everyone it was Ethan for fear Sonny would kill Kiefer, but would not press charges and Kiefer beat her again. Alexis accidentally ran him over and he died. Undercover cops Ronnie Dimestico (Ronnie Marmo) and Dante Falconeri (Dominic Zamprogna) worked to find evidence that linked Sonny to Claudia’s murder. It was revealed Ronnie had a previously let Franco (James Franco) take the fall for a crime he committed. When Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson, Ethan Erickson) and his brother Matt Hunter (Jason Cook) – they were both sons of Dr. Noah Drake (Rick Springfield) – were facing a malpractice suit for the death of a patient, Andrea Floyd’s (Martha Byrne) husband, people thought Mayor Garrett Floyd (John Bolger) was the real culprit, having killed his mistress, but it was really Audrey. She drugged Edward Quartermaine (John Ingle) and he had a heart attack, which caused him to run Andrea down. She died.

– Hollie Deese