General Hospital’s Nelle May Be Returning From the Grave to Send Carly and Michael to Theirs
Was Willow’s nightmare actually a preview of dark things to come?
It’s not surprising that General Hospital‘s Willow was so shaken up by the dream in which Nelle killed Carly and Michael in order to reclaim her son, Wiley. After all, were Nelle alive, that’s probably exactly what she would do. But fortunately, we all know Nelle is dead and buried.
Okay, fine, we don’t believe for a single second that Nelle is actually dead. The only town with a higher population of previously-deceased folks than Port Charles is Days of Our Lives‘ Salem. And while two years is a relatively long time for someone to remain fake-dead, this is ultimate schemer Nelle we’re talking about. Which is why we’re as sure she’ll soon be back among the living as we are that the Quartermaines will be serving up pizza for Thanksgiving dinner.
In fact, Willow’s dream may have just laid the groundwork for a ridiculously fiendish plot that could make even Nelle’s past misdeeds look like child’s play by comparison.
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Thanks to all the stress she’s been under lately, Willow is becoming increasingly unstable… and the way people talk in this town, you know word of that will soon spread. So should Nelle be lurking in the pushes, waiting for the perfect opportunity to seek revenge against those who’ve wronged her — hey, that’s how she sees things! — Willow and those worried about her could play right into the loon’s hands.
What if Nelle decides to delay using her “Get Out of Death Free” card long enough to take advantage of poor Willow’s unraveling? She might help Wiley’s other mom down the path to madness in much the same way she once tried to gaslight Carly. Of course, Willow wouldn’t want to tell anyone what’s going on, much as she hasn’t told them about her diagnosis, what with Nelle’s “ghost” whispering in her ear that if anyone knows about their conversations, they’ll lock her away and she’ll never see Wiley again.
Nelle’s ultimate plan? To kill Carly and Michael, frame Willow and, once the dust settles, emerge from her grave to “save” her child by taking him away from all the sadness and tragedy that has surrounded him since the day he was born in this horrible little town. Obviously, it’s unlikely that her horrific scheme would succeed. But the big question is how far she could get before someone, anyone, figures out what she’s up to… especially given that nobody knows she’s even alive!
Sound insane? Sure… but is it any crazier than some of the stuff cooked up — and lived through — by her mom, Nina? Apples don’t fall far from the proverbial tree…
<p>Before awakening from a 23-year-long coma in 2014, Nina Reeves (then Michelle Stafford, aka <em>The Young and the Restless</em>’ Phyllis) had already lived <em>quite</em> the life. The poor little rich girl had wrapped Daddy so tightly around her finger that he might as well have been a ring. And mom Madeline? Eh, Nina wasn’t so crazy about her. Nina <em>was</em> kinda crazy, though — enough to “help” Mommie Dearest down a flight of stairs.</p>
<p>Pre-nap, Nina’s marriage to Dr. Silas Clay (Michael Easton, now Finn) went south when she discovered that she was expecting… at the very same time that his mistress, Ava Jerome, found out that she, too, was carrying his child. Wanting to sever and we mean <em>sever</em> Nina’s ties to her philandering husband, Madeline tried to induce a miscarriage but wound up giving her daughter more beauty sleep than she needed.</p>
<p>After Madeline “broke the news” to Silas as well as Nina’s adopted brother/cousin, Nathan West, that she had died, she showed up, right on cue, to stick a fork in the doctor’s relationship with Sam McCall. Nina clearly had a few screws loose, but alas, there wasn’t a mechanic in Port Charles who knew how to tighten that type. So the unstable Rip Van Winkle was free to “claim” the child that Silas and Ava’s fling had cost her.</p>
<p>Nina didn’t want to kidnap Ava’s grown daughter, Kiki. She wanted all the fun of doting on an infant. So, as she came ever more unspooled, she abducted archenemy Ava, who at the time was pregnant by infinitely virile mobster Sonny Corinthos, and induced labor in order to make off with newborn Avery. In Nina’s warped mind, it seemed simple and fair. An eye for an eye, a baby for a baby — that kind of thing.</p>
<p>Aiding and abetting Nina as she ran away with Avery was former serial killer Franco Baldwin (Roger Howarth, now Austin). Oh, don’t make that face; he wasn’t a killer at that point, just a smidgen off kilter. And he became so devoted to Nina that, after they were caught — c’mon, you knew that they would be! — he worked overtime to remain institutionalized just so that he could hang with her at Shadybrook. Ain’t that sweet!</p>
<p>After Nina was hornswoggled into marrying Sonny’s gold-digging half brother, Ric Lansing, and framed first for re-kidnapping Avery, then for murdering Silas, she and Franco were finally, <em>finally</em> free to be together. There was just one problem, and it proved to be even bigger than the re-kidnapping and murder charges. Franco didn’t want children, and do we even need to tell you that Nina did? Because she did. Big time.</p>
<p>Soon, Nina found two things to distract her from her breakup with Franco: her new job as editor-in-chief of <em>Crimson</em> magazine and her new relationship with Valentin Cassadine. And if she was a magnet for trouble, Lord, that man was an even stronger magnet, forever being connected to high crimes (like Nikolas’ “murder”) and lowlifes (like Nathan’s evil half brother, Peter August). Yet passion insisted that the duo say “I do.”</p>
<p>By marrying Valentin, Nina brought into her life his daughter, Charlotte, whose origin story was more bizarre than anything you could read in Marvel Comics. (Right, Lulu Spencer?) But the kid was as unapologetically pampered and obnoxious as she was cute, which put her on schoolmarm Willow Tait’s naughty list and made parent/teacher conferences especially tense. This would be important later. Trust us on that one.</p>
<p>Not long after Nina (now Cynthia Watros) learned that she hadn’t actually miscarried all those years ago — damn it, Madeline, you lying liar! — Valentin hired Sasha Gilmore to pretend to be his his wife’s long-lost daughter. Out of, you know, love. But also, he hoped that it would get him out of the doghouse. It did not. In fact, after Nina confronted him on the day that they were to remarry, she rebounded right into the arms of another man.</p>
<p>Nina’s romance with Jasper Jacks went belly up when she discovered that he’d known that his ex-wife, Carly Corinthos, had been the last person to see her real long-lost daughter, Nelle Benson, with a pulse and hadn’t saved the young troublemaker as she’d fallen from a cliff. From that moment on, anytime Nina so much as <em>thought</em> of Carly, she launched into Mrs. White’s “flames on the side of my face” monologue from <em>Clue</em>.</p>
<p>Trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life, Nina made tracks to Nixon Falls, where she discovered that Carly’s late husband, Sonny, was alive and, well, extra chill now that he had amnesia and thought that he was a dude named Mike. Nina could’ve filled in her sworn enemy, sure. But instead, she kinda-sorta accidentally started imagining herself in the future of the made man with no past. (Not a past that he could <em>remember</em>, anyway!)</p>
<p>When Mike recalled that he was Sonny — <em>and</em> that he had a wife and family back in Port Charles — he not only dumped Nina, he read her for filth. But some part of him couldn’t shake his feelings for his Nixon Falls boo. Since he made the fatal mistake of admitting as much to Carly, she pulled the plug on their marriage and set in motion a chain of events that paved the way for Sonny and Nina to couple up for real.</p>
<p>If anyone loathed “the other woman” more than Carly — hard to imagine, we know — it was Michael, the son that Sonny had taken away from biodad A.J. Quartermaine. So when Michael wasn’t hurling venomous insults at Nina, he and significant other Willow — told ya she’d be back! — were moving heaven and earth to ensure that Nelle’s mother never got to play “Got your nose!” with grandson Wiley.</p>
<p>Nina was crushed to be barred from the little boy’s life. But she had Sonny to canoodle with. And although only Carly knew it at first, she also had to look forward to a reunion with her actual long-lost daughter — surprise! — Willow. Mind you, since she hated Nina as much as Michael did, Carly told herself that she was doing a good deed by keeping secret the sparring partners’ connection.</p>
<p>Only when Carly learned that Willow was a goner if she didn’t receive life-saving bone marrow from a relative did she reveal to Nina that Nelle hadn’t been her <em>only</em> daughter. “Better late than never,” Nina chose not to reply to her archenemy. Oh, and for those keeping track, that’s two — count ’em, <em>two</em> — kids that Carly had kept from Nina. That <em>must</em> be a fair trade for one Sonny, right?</p>
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