Good One, General Hospital: The Groundwork Has Just Been Laid for a Totally Unexpected Alliance — Plus, the Mother of All Reveals
Esme and Ryan’s plot could backfire on them.
Even though General Hospital viewers have long suspected that Esme’s fascination with Ryan was because she was his daughter, it was nonetheless shocking when the theory was finally proven to be true. The real jaw-dropper was the reveal that Ryan could talk, move and even stand. The serial killer appears to have been faking his locked-in syndrome from the beginning.
Not only is Esme Ryan’s daughter, but we learned she came to Port Charles to help her father break up Ava and Nikolas. Yes, Ryan is still obsessed with Ava and believes he can somehow convince her that she still loves and belongs with him.
We all know how well that type of thinking worked out for Peter!
As the diabolical tag team discussed the problems their plan has run into, viewers discovered that Esme has seemingly been playing Spencer from the beginning, and he was her ticket to Port Charles. Ryan scolded his “beautiful, gifted daughter,” as he called her, for getting sidetracked by the drama involving Spencer and his friends. He reminded her why she was in Port Charles to begin with.
Given that their stalking plan failed, Ryan set out to formulate a new one and ordered Esme to get closer to Nikolas by means of Spencer. It sure sounds like Esme might borrow a trick out of Nelle’s bag, drug Nikolas and set herself up to be found in bed with him. Then again, it may be too soon to use that soap trope over again.
Now we know why Esme is so crazy… like father, like daughter.
So far Esme has been able to play on Spencer’s already existing hatred towards Ava to further her and Ryan’s scheme. However, after she released the sex video of Joss and Cam and tried to blame it on Trina, she may have made one mistake too many. Spencer wasn’t buying that the Trina he knows would do such a thing. Esme’s hatred towards Trina and Spencer’s friends could be her undoing and finally be what breaks her hold over him.
Should Spencer begin to get even a hint that Esme is not who she claims to be, or what she’s done to Trina, it could push him to turn to Ava, of all people. Spencer knows Ava and Trina have a close relationship, and that Ava has no love for Esme. His concern for Trina may force him to swallow his pride and go to Ava for help keeping Trina safe from his psychotic girlfriend.
Plus, if anyone knows how to out-scheme a schemer, it’s Ava. What a twist it would be if Esme unintentionally brings Spencer and Ava closer, which would ruin Ryan’s entire plan to tear Mr. and Mrs. Cassadine apart.
Spencer and Ava don’t agree on much, but they both care about Trina and don’t want her hurt.
There is still one more missing piece of this puzzle to be revealed. So far all Esme has mentioned of her past is that she is one of several children adopted by a couple, who have since passed away. Esme claimed she was never close to her adoptive parents and doesn’t like talking about them. Given all the lies Esme has told, the story about her parents could simply be another one.
With the reveal that Ryan is her biological father, it’s left fans speculating about who her mother could be. Many immediately felt it might somehow turn out to be Felicia. It would also make sense with Esme’s being adopted, as Felicia could have given away the child she had with Ryan. Of course, there is the issue of timing that many have pointed out. There is no way, other than just going with the soap’s ability to rewrite its history and mess with the time-space continuum, that Esme could be Felicia’s child. Unless Esme is far older than she claims, or as I said, we have to just go along with the soap time paradox.
So no wonder Felicia is back full time, she’ll be Esme’s birth mom #gh
— Mia Stan 👩🏾🦱 (@TVFan43) March 10, 2022
The world of soaps can do anything!! Lol just sayin.
— Patricia massaro (@Patriciamassa11) March 10, 2022
Others have suggested Ryan is simply lying to Esme about being her father, and she could be Kevin and Lucy’s child. Though that would require a good explanation as to why Lucy would give such a child up, as it would have been a permanent bond between her and her “Doc.” Lucy has never gotten over the end of their marriage and even threw herself at him this past Christmas. The blunder, involving mistaken identity, ended up resulting in her finding something new with Martin Gray.
I prefer she was Lucy and Kevin’s daughter and Ryan lied to her about being her father when Kevin actually is. It means Lucy had her at 45 which is still possible.
— Shan’s Leelah (@BH_Leah5375) March 10, 2022
Lucy has never gotten over Kevin. Or his enviable jawline.
Let us know in the comments who you think Esme’s mother is. Could it be Felicia, Lucy, or do you have a theory that it’s someone else entirely? Or, is Esme being completely played by Ryan, and she’s not his daughter at all? Then take a look at the evil deeds characters did they’d like to forget in the photo gallery below.
<p>Formal events will always be an issue for Ciara’s husband, given that they inevitably remind him — and everyone within choking distance — that he was once the homicidal maniac who terrorized Salem as the Necktie Killer.</p>
<p>Nowadays, when we think of the straight and narrow, we think of it as the only path that the former WSB operative would ever take. But it ain’t necessarily so. Back in the day, Anna was a double agent working with the nefarious DVX.</p>
<p>Far be it for us to question self-branding, but trying to kill a man not once but twice seems like a poor way to advertise your skills as a psychologist. But we guess there are worse slogans than “If I can fix my own murderous urges, I can fix yours, too!”</p>
<p>Back in the day, Victor was a full-on, mustache twirling villain. How could he <em>not</em> be, right? Just look at that glorious thing. Victor’s got a long list of “greatest hits,” but one of his most dastardly has to be when he locked first wife Julia’s lover Michael Scott up in a cage and fed him rats. Pest control is never pretty, folks.</p>
<p>Alive. She buried Carly <em>alive</em>. Fearful that she’d lose a custody battle with adopted son Nicholas’ biological mother (who’d previously thought the moppet was long dead), Viv, whacked out on medication, attempted to do away with the competition by putting her in an extremely early, extremely cruel grave.</p>
<p>Before we get any deeper into this list, we’d better get daytime’s original sin out of the way: Luke forced himself on Laura. Period. But because the pairing of Anthony Geary and Genie Francis proved to be so popular, the show forged forward with their characters as a couple, anyway, and set them off on decades of adventures as if what had transpired between them had been a rite of courtship, not the sexual assault that it was. And though we’d like to say that this was an isolated daytime incident… Well, as this list goes on, you’ll see firsthand that it was anything but.</p>
<p>What did we tell you? Yeah, there’s a reason no one’s smiling in this photo. Back when Ridge was played by Ronn Moss, he had sex with brother Thorne’s then-wife Caroline while she was medicated to the point that she thought she was sleeping with her spouse. In other words, [see headline].</p>
<p>You would think that as someone who herself was a survivor of sexual assault, Sami would be a little bit more empathetic to others. You would think wrong. In her quest to have crush Austin, she slipped him the date-rape drug and proceeded to do exactly what its name implies.</p>
<p>There was a time we wouldn’t have thought Sheila would have a problem with her history. But now that she’s been trying to be well-behaved — for <em>her</em>, anyway — we’re pretty sure she’d prefer everyone forget about the fact that we could make an entire scrapbook out of her pointing a gun at different people.</p>
<p>Good twin, bad twin, it’s all relative. (Get it? Relative?) After Ryan died the first time, Kevin picked up the evil slack and went a little berserk. He was blacking out, hallucinating and acting erractically — then he kidnapped Felicia! Once they got his childhood trauma sorted out, the shrink’s villainous days were over. But we’ve still got our eye on you, Kevin. </p>
<p>Sexual harassment, attempted murder, kidnapping, attempted rape — back in his earliest days in Genoa City, Michael was a true horror to Christine. And yet he went on to become Genoa City’s D.A. We’d love to be able to say, “Only on a soap,” but…</p>
<p>We have a feeling Belle and Shawn would like to forget about most of Claire’s childhood. The poor tot was kidnapped three times, once by her own parents! To make things worse, someone stole the shirt right off of Shawn’s back! Actually, that made things a little better.</p>
<p>Stephanie may have gone to… er, <em>whichever</em> place she went to, but if she were alive, we’re pretty sure she’d still be feeling bad about killing Morgan’s unborn baby. Twice. Actually, who are we kidding? Feel bad? Stephanie would have made sure Morgan <em>never</em> carried Ridge’s kids no matter how many times it took. </p>
<p>Does Kate regret drugging and trying to kill Sami? We’re going to guess no. The blonde’s blackmailed her, sexually assualted one son and driven the other to drink. But then Kate and Sami worked together to cover up Nick’s non-death, and if nothing else, that’s a real bonding experience.</p>
<p>It’s treated as so many bygones now, but nope, we can’t forget the fact that when first we met Kevin, he was an internet predator who, as if that wasn’t bad enough, gave an underage Lily an STD. What’s more, he locked her pal Colleen in a freezer at Gina’s and set the place on fire!</p>
<p>Ridge apparently has no concept of what consent means. Years after Caroline, the Forrester heir slept with a drugged-up Brooke, who was too out of it to know what was happening. An accident? Maybe, but that at very least, very seriously calls his judgment into question.</p>
<p>Everyone loves to say that Sonny’s a “good” mobster. But his halo wasn’t exactly spotless when he convinced Jagger’s high-school sweetheart Karen to strip at his nightclub, got her hooked on drugs and had sex with her. Those crimes alone should’ve gotten the future “coffee importer” sent down the river for life.</p>
<p>Sami is a true hero who will right <em>any </em>wrong. Like when her mom cheated on Roman with John and gave birth to Belle? That was so horrendous in Sami’s eyes that she stole the baby and tried selling her on the black market to spare Roman’s feelings. OK, wow, way to bring a gun to a knife fight, Sami.</p>
<p>These days, Billy Boy takes the brunt of Victor’s wrath. But for decades, it was Jack against whom he plotted — and <em>at</em> whom he often launched unstable women like onetime girlfriend Kelly, who tied him to a bed, and ex-wife Patty, who secretly switched places with his lookalike fiancée.</p>
<p>Years ago, before he began his “good guy” schtick, Deacon was so ticked that Amber was with Rick instead of him that he wooed a teenage Bridget, married her and made her family listen to him sleeping with her on the phone. We guess that showed Rick? Thank God this was before smart phones, at least. </p>
<p>Does Kate regret — ah, forget it. The question’s not even worth asking. Kate’s been sleeping like a baby ever since trying to murder Chloe and framing Daniel. And we’re pretty sure she slept even better after — yikes — forcing Chloe into prostitution. But that doesn’t mean Kate wants people to keep bringing it up. “I’ve moved on,” she might say. “Why can’t <em>you</em>?”</p>
<p>Maybe therapy isn’t the best vocation for Taylor (then Hunter Tylo). She’s been battling years of guilt ever since she went “A Little Bit Alexis” on Darla and mowed her down while drunkenly rushing to Phoebe’s aid. “Vroom, vroom,” indeed.</p>
<p>Carly’s never pretended to be an angel, nor an Elizabeth fan, but even she can’t help but feel bad about causing the car accident that led to one of Liz’s miscarriages. Especially after Josslyn needed an emergency kidney and Elizabeth was all, “Fine, you can have my dying son’s, I guess.” But then it turned out that Jake didn’t die and Joss got Nelle’s kidney, so… karma?</p>
<p>Bill’s a jerk who’s not above trying to have someone taken out, but he’s not a monster who’d kill his own son in pursuit of his goals… is something we can no longer say. Accident or not, if we were Liam, we’d be milking Bill’s guilt over dropping the Spectra building on us until the day we died.</p>
<p>In the Mob world, we guess shooting the mother of your son is just an occupational hazard. But shooting the mother of your son <em>in the head a</em><em>s she gave birth</em> is on a level all its own. Not only did Sonny fail to kill Lorenzo, he put Carly (Tamara Braun at the time) into a coma! With a birth like that, no wonder Morgan’s life was so traumatic.</p>
<p>OK, now this is something Kate <em>does </em>feel bad about. All she wanted to do was beat Victor to death with a poker and burn his house down around him. She had no idea Lucas was passed out drunk in the mansion! Actually, his drinking was Sami’s fault, anyway, so maybe we can blame it all on her the way Kate would want us to.</p>
<p>Bad decisions don’t get a whole lot worse than Quinn’s to kidnap an amnesiatic Liam and convince him that they were a married couple with sex privileges. After finding his mom, in essence, raping his brother, we’re guessing that Wyatt had to take out a second mortgage to pay for those therapy bills. </p>
<p>A peanut-butter Patty may sound like a delicious treat, but it was more of a trick when Victor’s pawn went rogue. Paul’s unhinged sis gave Summer a peanut-butter-laced kiss, sending the then-tot into an allergic coma and nearly killing The Mustache’s granddaughter. It was even more horrific than putting a mop on Summer’s head and calling her “My little moppet.” Barely.</p>
<p>What is it that Forrester men don’t comprehend about consent? Much like dad Ridge with Caroline <em>and</em> Brooke, Thomas (then Pierson Fodé) had sex with Caroline while she was too doped up to think straight. In retrospect, maybe the mannequin <em>was</em> the safest bet for hi</p>
<p>Brook Lynn has never been great at making good choices. The girl once went on the run to Mexico with Diego, Georgie and Dillon — and one of them was a serial killer! But drugging Dante back when she was played by Adrianne Leon and trying to seduce him to make a quick buck from Carly was definitely a low point. </p>
<p>When Lucas got trapped under a beam, Sami ran off in search of help. Instead, she found EJ (then James Scott). His price for saving a man’s life? Sex. And that is the very definition of <em>not</em> OK. Yet, as with Luke and Laura on <em>General Hospital</em> years earlier, the pairing of Scott and Alison Sweeney was so popular, EJ wasn’t sent to prison but delivered straight to the frontburner.</p>
<p>In his never-ending quest for revenge against Victor, Adam (then Chris Engen) once dressed up as a drag ghost to gaslight Ashley. But then his scheme went too far and Ashley took a tumble down the stairs, miscarrying her and Victor’s kid. Honestly, Ashley, we were just about knocked off our feet, too, when we saw how good Adam looked in Sabrina’s dress. But we digress… and so did the story.</p>
<p>Ruining one woman’s life wasn’t enough for Adam (Michael Muhney here), so he figured he might as well go for a two-fer. After Ashley’s miscarriage, he blackmailed her doc into convincing her she was fine so she’d go into hysterical labor. Adam then stole Sharon’s newborn, told her the kid had died and handed it off to Ashley. It was all part of his scheme to… er, something, something Victor revenge.</p>
<p>Ava wasn’t bad at the whole mobster thing, but she did tend to take it too far — like when she killed Connie. The only thing that saved her from Sonny’s wrath was some steamy tomb sex and a quickie baby with the don. We still half-expect Sonny to finish what he started the next time he remembers that Connie’s dead. Even if he did get to fingerpaint with her one last time…</p>
<p>Sending Kelly after his nemesis wasn’t enough for Victor, so he also hired a lookalike hood named Marco to take Jack’s place while the blonde held him captive. And when we say “take Jack’s place,” we mean everywhere — including in the bed of his wife, Phyllis (at the time Gina Tognoni). Which means that, during that whole period, she was being unknowingly raped by a stranger.</p>
<p>What’s better than sleeping with one of your daughter’s boyfriends? Sleeping with two of them, of course! Intentionally hopping into bed with Bridget’s husband, Deacon, was vintage Brooke, but getting vertical with Oliver was an “accident.” Is it a 20-something guy in a mask or the man you’ve loved for decades? Who can tell? Clearly not Brooke! </p>
<p>A few years back, Tripp tried framing Kayla for medical malpractice because he blamed her for his mom’s death. That didn’t work, so instead he tried killing the doc with the world’s smallest scalpel. Clearly, she wasn’t impressed. The funny part? Ava wasn’t dead, and Kayla hadn’t been the one to fake-kill her. We bet they still laugh and laugh over <em>that</em> whole mix-up.</p>
<p>Anyone else notice how half the acts on this list come from either Victor or Adam (Mark Grossman now)? Like father, like son. Actually, Adam’s never really liked Victor. He certainly didn’t when he tried blowing his dad up! No wonder the junior Newman soon after went on his best behavior. “Bomb? What bomb? Here, let me straighten that picture for you, Dad. Do you want some coffee?”</p>
<p>And the 2019 Father of the Year Award goes to… absolutely anyone but Thomas. <em>Anyone</em>. Emotional manipulation, abuse — if there was a dirty trick to use on Douglas to lure in “new mommy” Hope, Thomas played it. That projector he used to make Douglas think he saw a ghost would be a cute Halloween addition, though.</p>
<p>Yes, it goes along with Thomas’ Hope obsession, but this was just so bizarre, it deserves its own slide. The man was in love with a mannequin. And she was giving him orders! Brain bleed or not, no one wants to remember that. We sure don’t. </p>
<p>Getting hitched to your teenage sweetheart? Delightfully romantic. Marrying your former teenage sweetheart’s <em>dad</em>/former father-in-law? Deliriously horrifying. When Sharon went scorched earth and burned down the Newman ranch, we wanted to do the same thing to this ill-advised union.</p>
<p>Back in the day, Nina (then Michelle Stafford) was so literally baby crazy that she induced labor in Ava and swiped Sonny’s kid to replace the one she’d lost decades ago. But judging by the snogging that went on between the mobster and Nina years later, Sonny’s forgiven her. That, and he probably figured that finding out Nelle was Nina’s real kid was punishment enough.</p>
<p>J.T. was always a good guy. A troublemaker at times, sure, but who isn’t? But then he turned into an abusive, controlling creep. After Victoria and her gal pals put an end to his reign of terror, he claimed the old “The brain tumor made me do it!” defense, so we’re pretty sure if he ever gets out of jail, he’ll also be pleading the “I lost my memories when they cut out the brain tumor!” defense.</p>
<p>We’re pretty sure this is one Lucas is <em>going to be</em> trying to get people to forget for a long, long time. At least once he gets out of prison. Kidnapping and holding a woman hostage for months is not something the law tends to look kindly at, no matter how much you just want her to love you. Actually, who are we kidding? This is Salem. That’s practically a mayoral platform. </p>
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