General Hospital’s Nelle Is Dead — But Who *Really* Killed Her?
Let the guessing game begin!
When General Hospital’s Nelle took that supposedly fatal plunge following her confrontation with Carly, we didn’t buy that the baddie was actually dead. Not for a single second. (We even had ideas about where — and with whom — she might be hiding.)
Like you, we don’t mourn a soap character unless there’s a body… and even then, we’re often skeptical (especially if, like Holly’s, it’s burnt beyond recognition!). We did, however, theorize that Nelle would die in good course, and from causes far more interesting than an accidental cliff dive.
Not to toot our own horn, but it appears that we were right! Because while Wednesday’s episode revealed that Nelle’s body had been found (at least according to Jason’s source at the PCPD), it seems safe to assume that this is only the beginning of the story! After all, there’s no real drama to Nelle having fallen to her death the day of her clash with Carly.
Of course, Carly is going to look as guilty as sin, but any Law & Order viewer could probably get the case against her dismissed by arguing that it’s comprised entirely of circumstantial evidence. Plus, the list of people who wanted Nelle dead — as well as those who’ve been behaving suspiciously since she went missing — is longer than Santa’s list of naughty Port Charles locals! (And that thing comes in volumes!)
Need a few examples? How about Julian, the ex-mobster she blackmailed into marriage during her bid for custody of Wiley? He wanted to sever their ties and was urged (more than once!) by sister Ava to skip a traditional divorce in favor of something a bit more… permanent. Heck, maybe Ava was struggling to find her brother the perfect birthday gift and got creative! She may even have had her own reason to off Shiloh’s widow if Nelle was the one trying to blackmail her with those pics of her smooch with Franco. (A more likely suspect, however, would be Nikolas. He, too, was being blackmailed, and though we didn’t actually see the person with whom he met on the docks, it could well have been Nelle, hoping to boost her on-the-run fund with a cash influx from the wealthy prince!)
More: Bittersweet goodbye to a GH Emmy winner
Michael and Willow also spring to mind as potential suspects. Although they defeated Nelle during the custody battle, Wiley’s mom made it clear she wasn’t going to take that loss lying down. (Generally speaking, when someone’s first instinct is to kidnap a child and hit the road, it’s a pretty strong indication that shared custody will never be a viable option.)
One of our prime suspects would have to be Peter, if only because we are more than ready to see his many misdeeds exposed. As soap fans know, there’s no better time to bring down a character’s carefully constructed house of cards than when they are at their happiest. Now that Peter’s developed a good relationship with mom Anna and is expecting a baby with Maxie, we’d say the time could hardly be better for a little karmic justice!
More: Rare and never-seen All My Children photos
Meanwhile, an individual viewers should definitely keep their eye on in the coming days is Southern-fried attorney Martin… or more specifically, his briefcase. You’ll recall that within that leather carry-all is a letter from one Nelle Benson, which was only to be opened in the event of her demise. Something tells us that that envelope does not contain her recipe for chocolate-chip cookies!
Assuming you think we’re right, and Nelle is really, truly dead, who do you think did the deed? Give us your theory in the comments section, then visit the gallery below to solve another mystery: Who is holding General Hospital’s Holly hostage?
<p>Wherever there is a plot being hatched or a scheme being concocted, you can expect to find Valentin’s Daddy Dearest. So we’re a little surprised, honestly, that he hasn’t been tied to Holly’s captivity yet. If he’d go so far as to spirit away his own granddaughter, he would think nothing of imprisoning Robert’s true love. Maybe even less than nothing.</p>
<p>Yes, yes, we know that she’s supposed to be dead. So is Holly. What of it? The Englishwoman’s investigation into Cassandra’s casino could’ve brought her close enough to the truth that she had to be <em>stopped</em> — but not <em>killed</em>. Because someone as well-connected as Holly would be far more valuable to Cassandra alive than dead. If nothing else, she could fetch Cassandra a refill of that bubbly!</p>
<p>We know — <em>she’s</em> supposed to be dead, too. But let’s face it, as populated by “zombies” as Port Charles is, death has ceased to mean much in this town. (We half-expect Mike Corbin to have bounced back by Thanksgiving!) In any case, assignations with the Grim Reaper have never slowed down the Cassadine clan’s demented matriarch, who regards routine abductions like Holly’s as “all in a day’s work.”</p>
<p>We’re not even going to <em>discuss</em> the fact that Peter’s father is also “dead.” Instead, we’re just going to point out that there’s never been a low to which he wouldn’t stoop. And, in this case, that low might elevate his status in Port Charles, were he to cast himself not as Holly’s kidnapper — despite the fact that hello! He is! — but her rescuer, thus paving the way for him to emerge from the shadows a free man.</p>
<p>We’ve seen the Mafia donna make some big moves lately in Port Charles. But who’s to say that, before we became aware of just how major a player she was becoming, she wasn’t <em>already</em> making big moves? Given her fondness for rigged card games, the lady gangster seems like exactly the type to want to have up her sleeve an unbeatable ace — i.e. Holly.</p>
<p>Shortly before Robert received that garbled phone call from Holly, Anna’s twisted sister reached out to her sibling in hopes of arranging a, er, family reunion. So if Alex is only as dead as Robert and Anna were once presumed to be, we wouldn’t put it past the conniver to use Holly as a bargaining chip to warm her twin to the idea of helping her, as she put it, “come in from the cold.”</p>
<p>This is <em>not</em> actually a picture of Peter demonstrating the technique that he would have used to kidnap Holly. But if her investigation into the casino led to her discovering yet another of Henrik’s secrets, it would make sense for him to have had her removed from the equation. And we already know that Peter wanted Robert “distracted.” But, since the villain is dead, who would have been holding Holly captive since his demise? He couldn’t be alive, too… could he?</p>
<p>The Mob boss is as cunning as he is ruthless — and he’s an <em>expert</em> at pulling his nemeses’ strings. Right, Jordan? So perhaps, thinking two steps ahead as he tends to do, he had Holly abducted so that, should he need leverage against D.A. Robert, he’d have it at the ready. If that were the case, though, wouldn’t Cyrus have played his Get Out of Jail Free card by now?</p>
<p>If Luke’s dark passenger emerged once again while he was off globetrotting with Tracy Quartermaine, there’s no telling what diabolical schemes he might’ve cooked up. And since Fluke was never one to think small, it would make sense for him to target Holly, whose “death” and/or captivity would so upset Port Charles D.A./WSB superspy Robert that he might be slower than usual to connect the dots.</p>
<p>If “Fluke” is back in action, it wouldn’t be hard to imagine Frank Smith’s daughter taking advantage of that fact to score some quality time with the closest thing she could ever get to the actual object of her obsession. And, as batty as she and Luke’s alter ego are, they’d probably regard the kidnapping of his old flame as mere fun and games.</p>
Previous in NewsGeneral Hospital Alum's Recollections of a Storyline Gone Wrong Leave Steve Burton Crying, 'Why Are You Killing Quartermaines? Stop!'
Next in NewsGeneral Hospital's Nancy Lee Grahn Offers Sage Advice to Women — *and* Potential Leading Men: 'Fight Against' Being Paired With Alexis [Exclusive]