Trina’s Trial and Spencer and Esme’s Explosive Confrontation Made for Soapy Goodness on General Hospital
July 22 -25
Trina’s trial kicked into high gear this week and provided some great episodes of General Hospital. Spencer and Esme’s relationship finally went nuclear, and it was a long time coming. We also got a much-needed and welcomed break from the Carly and Nina drama. And it only took far too many months, but Austin is finally becoming a little more interesting now that he has a mysterious backstory. And between sparing in Sonny’s gym and the sauna, this week sure delivered up a lot of skin!
Objection! Hostile Witness!
Cam and Joss’ testimonies at Trina’s trial were extremely powerful scenes. Joss’ was especially emotional with her breaking down and describing Trina as her best friend since middle school who has been the one friend who has always been there for her. This trial is serving up a lot of Daytime Emmy-worthy performances. It was also fun to watch Joss take a page out of her mother’s playbook and become a hostile witness on the stand, trying to not let the ADA twist her words. Good on Joss for sticking up for Trina.
Jordan’s testimony about Trina wanting to fully cooperate and help find who set up her friends was also great. I just wish as I noted in last week’s column that she or Trina would remember Jordan was with Trina when the tape was released. Spencer isn’t her only alibi!
How on earth did the ADA know to call Rory to the stand and question him about the High Sider incident? The report only cited two underage girls, no one was named. That felt like a stretch just to stack the evidence against Trina even more for drama’s sake.
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I’m glad they finally addressed the camera situation at Sonny’s cabin with Joss stating there were no camera’s inside the cabin. But what about outside? There has to be some because this is Sonny we are talking about! This has been one of the biggest blunders of the whole story, which I hope will finally be used to show Esme returning to retrieve the burner phone.
Mother May I?
Spencer finally revealed to Esme that he knew she taped Joss and Cam and tried to force her to get Trina off the hook by dangling her fake bio-mom’s identity in front of her. Watching it all play out was a great episode. I’d been wondering for a while now if it would work, and if Esme already knew who her mother was. From her reaction, especially asking if Victor found her father, it seems like she doesn’t know after all.
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Nicholas Chavez knocked it out of the park by letting Spencer’s hatred for Esme shine through. His line to Esme, “You’re not psychic, your psycho!” was a stellar piece of writing. Avery Pohl was amazing as always as the psycho Esme, and watching her call Spence a weak and pathetic little boy was also a great line.
With Curtis searching for Boz, and Esme out of money, the little psycho reached into her bag of old tricks and drugged the bartender. We’ll have to wait till next week to find out if he lives or dies, but this could be the nail in the coffin for her. He knows she drugged him, and if he doesn’t live, an autopsy should show what drugs were in his system. If he does live, they can still be identified, unless he becomes too afraid of her. With Spencer taking the same drugs to Britt to identify, assuming she used the same pills, that seems more than enough to cast an eye in Esme’s direction. Then again, this would require the PCPD to do good work.
Society Setups’ The Bachelorette
Cody predictably bombed his date with Britt, which continues to drag this story out and the secret to what his ultimate agenda is. I feel like based on comments I have read on the internet that I’m in a minority in liking Cody, and see the potential for him and Britt. However, I do wish we’d be given some more hints as to where this is going.
Spinelli finally admitted to Maxie that he was behind Society Setups and she echoed what I’ve been commenting on the last few weeks, who cares and why the secrecy! This is Spinelli, so I can’t imagine he’s up to something nefarious and the dating app is all a cover.
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Open Mic Night
Seeing the Haunted Star again was a lot of fun, especially since the Floating Rib burned down. They need to make more use of the set. Watching Epiphany and Chase sing was also entertaining, but this ongoing storyline with BLQ and Chase teaming up to take Linc down is a snoozefest. If they were at least a couple it could be a tiny bit more fun, but it feels like Linc owning BLQ’s songs is a silly reason for these two not to be together already.
Return to the Fold
So it appears avenging his father’s name wasn’t the only reason Austin came to Port Charles… or the writers realized he had become boring as sin and they just decided to make up some other secret agenda to make him interesting. He’s been ordered to return home to the fold after failing to do whatever he was supposed to do, and his boss is a woman.
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Of course, my first thought when there is a bad female boss is always Helena. But after learning Ms. Wu also owns the High Sider, along with having her finger in several other businesses across town, I wonder if it could be her? They could always bring Cassandra Pierce back from the dead too. Then again, Helena would make sense and this could be a part of the big threat coming that Victor is afraid of. Hopefully, it doesn’t take as long for Austin’s story to play out as Victor’s, which seems like has been going on for an eternity at this point.
Willow’s Unknown Illness
Finally, the ball has been set in motion for Willow to have some life-threatening illness that will likely require a family member to step in and save her life. A low white blood cell count could mean a lot of things, but I’ve been leaning towards Luekhemia since this all began. And while TJ and Willow are both new to this doctor and nursing thing, it seems to me they’re being nonchalant about it and have this, “We’ll figure it out,” attitude. If it were me I’d be demanding every test be run and the results rushed, and use my Quartermaine connections to make it happen.
As always these are simply my thoughts. Please join the conversation by leaving yours in the comments below!
Check out a gallery of bloopers and outtakes from all the soaps below.
<p>Michael Graziadei’s 007 was a perfect 10 at the bicentennial shindig that <em>Young & Restless</em> threw on screen for the 50th anniversary of its debut.</p>
<p>As you can see, former <em>Young & Restless</em> “marrieds” Emily O’Brien (ex-Jana) and Greg Rikaart (Kevin) had no fun whatsoever after being re-teamed by <em>Days of Our Lives</em> as Gwen and Leo.</p>
<p>Onetime <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> sisters Alley Mills (Pam) and Susan Flannery (ex-Stephanie) couldn’t have been closer. Literally.</p>
<p>No joke! In 1992, <em>Loving</em> introduced a whole gaggle of future stars: Paul Anthony Stewart (Casey), who’d go on to play made man Danny on <em>Guiding Light</em>, Laura <span style="text-decoration: line-through">Sisk</span> Wright (Ally), who’d become the fourth Carly on <em>General Hospital</em>, Rebecca Gayheart (Hannah), bound for <em>Beverly Hills 90210</em>, Michael Weatherly (Cooper), now a primetime mainstay, Eden Atwood (Staige), who became a successful jazz singer, and Roger Howarth, who as of this writing is on his third <em>General Hospital</em> role.</p>
<p>If anyone deserves to have his cake and eat it, too, it’s <em>Young & Restless</em> legend Eric Braeden (Victor).</p>
<p>At the 2021 wedding of <em>Young & Restless</em>’ “Ashtoria,” the attire was formal; the atmosphere, hilarious. Just ask Jason Thompson (Billy) and Christel Khalil (Lily).</p>
<p>No one was going to rain on Camila Banus and Brandon Barash’s parade when the <em>Days of Our Lives</em> co-stars got together in 2020 to pose for Gabi/Jake promo shots. And even if if someone tried, they were prepared!</p>
<p>We have a feeling that picture No. 2 was the keeper from this 2010 portrait session with <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> heartthrob Don Diamont (Bill). But the other one is awfully cute, too.</p>
<p>So Vanessa Marcil and Maurice Benard could afford a lot of it when <em>General Hospital</em> photographed them in 2010 to herald the reunion of Brenda and Sonny.</p>
<p>Dang, we only wish we’d been at the 2017 Picture Day that so cracked up Amelia Heinle (Victoria, <em>The Young and the Restless</em>). </p>
<p>Anyone else think that seconds before these images were snapped, <em>Days of Our Lives</em>’ Arianne Zucker (Nicole) had asked Eric Martsolf (Brady) for a lift? Just us? OK.</p>
<p>… to <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> MVP Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy) for even <em>thinking</em> that she could hide her light — no matter how far down over her head she pulled her cap.</p>
<p>As these 2017 images of <em>Days of Our Lives</em>’ Billy Flynn (Chad) suggest, the trickiest part about playing enigmatic on camera is how does <em>anyone</em> keep a straight face?</p>
<p>The romance of doomed <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> lovers Deacon and Macy brought out the punk rockers in portrayers Sean Kanan and Bobbie Eakes in 2003.</p>
<p>’Cause back in 2002, <em>Days of Our Lives</em> supercouple Jason Cook (ex-Shawn) and Kirsten Storms (ex-Belle) were adorably gouda to go!</p>
<p>Pictured: just one of the reasons <em>Young & Restless</em>‘ Kristoff St. John (Neil) is so missed by castmates like Bryton James (Devon). St. John brought joy to every room that he entered.</p>
<p>Sadly, the 2010 marriage of <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> sweethearts Whip and Taylor lasted less time than it took to snap this playful pic of Rick Hearst and Hunter Tylo.</p>
<p>Before returning to <em>General Hospital</em> as Robert, Tristan Rogers had a few laughs as the conniving Colin on <em>The Young and the Restless.</em></p>
<p><em>The Young and the Restless</em>’ Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren) and Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael) struck not just a pose but a <em>yoga</em> pose at their 2013 session.</p>
<p>At a 2000 shoot, <em>Days of Our Lives</em>‘ Peter Reckell (ex-Bo) and Kristian Alfonso (ex-Hope) demonstrated our reaction to the idea of them ever taking a bad photo.</p>
<p>At a 2012 shoot for <em>The Young and the Restless</em>, Christel Khalil took the roundabout route to the picture-perfect portrait of herself as Lily.</p>
<p>Long before <em>General Hospital</em> tapped her to play Lulu, Emme Rylan was an old pro at being photographed from her stints as Abby on <em>Young & Restless</em> and here, Lizzie on <em>Guiding Light</em> (back in 2008).</p>
<p>Ooh! They almost had it. But in the end, taking intense shots as <em>Young & Restless</em>’ Mason and Summer in 2013 cracked up Lamon Archey (now Eli, <em>Days of Our Lives</em>) and Hunter King.</p>
<p>We said <em>drama</em>, not <em>comedy</em>. But there was no containing the tomfoolery that was on tap when <em>Days of Our Lives</em>’ Freddie Smith (ex-Sonny), Chandler Massey (Will) and Christopher Sean (ex-Sean) got together to memorialize their on-screen love triangle in photos.</p>
<p>Eat your heart out, Victor Newman! <em>The Bold and the Beautiful</em> leading man Jack Wagner (ex-Nick) tried out a new look during a 2006 shoot with Lesli Kay (ex-Felicia). We kinda like it, actually.</p>
<p>If a picture says a thousand words, these two say over and over again that <em>Days of Our Lives</em>‘ Arianne Zuker (Nicole) and James Scott (ex-EJ) had a blast posing together in 2008.</p>
<p>No way, no how could <em>General Hospital</em> have decided that Finn was Chase’s father, not his brother — not when portrayers Michael Easton and Josh Swickard are so good at goofing around like siblings.</p>
<p>Being as lovey-dovey as <em>Days of Our Lives</em>’ Galen Gering (Rafe) and Tamara Braun (Ava) had to be for the image on the left, you can imagine how they found themselves cracking up in the image on the right.</p>
<p><em>Young & Restless</em>’ Joshua Morrow wasn’t just game for his 2012 photo shoot as Nick, he was game for <em>anything</em> — karate, jazz hands… You name it!</p>
<p>In 2013, <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> castmates Lawrence Saint-Victor (Carter) and Texas Battle (ex-Marcus) spoke a little “sign language.”</p>
<p>As you can see, absolutely no fun whatsoever was had at the 2010 shoot at which the subjects were <em>Young & Restless</em>‘ Billy Miller (ex-Billy) and Amelia Heinle (Victoria).</p>
<p>No one can say that <em>The Bold and the Beautiful</em> star Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy) doesn’t make a splash wherever she goes — including this 2011 shoot on location in Cabo.</p>
<p>In 2015, <em>Days of Our Lives</em>‘ Camila Banus (Gabi) and A Martinez (ex-Eduardo) were clearly gearing up to deliver performances that were, ahem, <em>knockouts</em>.</p>
<p>Hitting the photo studio in 2009, <em>General Hospital</em> scene stealer Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) raised more than the spirits of co-star Kirsten Storms (Maxie) — he swept her right off her feet!</p>
<p>From the looks of it, <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> leading man Darin Brooks (Wyatt) didn’t recall suggesting that Rachel Melvin put up even one duke during a 2006 <em>Days of Our Lives</em> shoot that focused on Chelsea and Max.</p>
<p>If only <em>Young & Restless</em>‘ Adam and Chelsea were able to resolve their differences with as much goofy good humor as Mark Grossman and Melissa Claire Egan brought to their 2020 shoot.</p>
<p>Real-life besties Kim Matula and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah, <em>Days of Our Lives</em>) couldn’t contain their glee at being paired for a photo op in 2013, when they were <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> castmates as Hope and Caroline.</p>
<p>Nevertheless, <em>Days of Our Lives</em>’ Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) wasn’t about to let Alison Sweeney (Sami) or Arianne Zucker (Nicole) get a hand in edgewise once she got a hold on James Scott (ex-EJ).</p>
<p>The camaraderie doesn’t stop for <em>General Hospital</em> co-stars Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) and Carolyn Hennesy (Diane) when taping does.</p>
<p>Even venerable veterans like <em>Young & Restless</em> legends Eric Braeden (Victor) and Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) have been known to crack up occasionally as they were getting down to business.</p>
<p>It’ll be a cold day in hell before <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> adversaries Sheila and Taylor get as close again as portrayers Kimberlin Brown and Krista Allen are here.</p>
<p>… just <em>Young & Restless</em> alum Adrienne Frantz (ex-Amber) putting the squeeze on onetime castmate Vail Bloom (ex-Heather) during a 2009 photo op.</p>
<p>At least we <em>think</em> that’s what <em>Days of Our Lives</em>’ Casey Moss (ex-JJ) and Kevin Riggins (ex-Rory) were trying to do in this 2013 pic. That, or they were playing a game of cat’s cradle with invisible string.</p>
<p>If the question was, “Where’s the camera?” <em>General Hospital</em> castmates Sofia Mattsson (Sasha) and Chad Duell (Michael) <em>nailed</em> the answer.</p>
<p>Or maybe it’s “at long last <em>laughs</em>”? Either way, <em>Days of Our Lives</em>’ Deidre Hall (Marlena) and Drake Hogestyn (John) couldn’t resist injecting a little levity into a Monte Carlo shoot.</p>
<p>Photographed in Rome in 2010, the sky was the limit for then-<em>Bold & Beautiful</em> castmates Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy) and Brandon Beemer (ex-Owen), who is now Shawn on <em>Days of Our Lives.</em></p>
<p>Prior to becoming <em>Days of Our Lives</em>’ new Sonny, Zachary Tinker threw side-eye like nobody’s business as <em>Young & Restless</em>’ Fen opposite on-screen rival Michael Mealor (ex-Kyle).</p>
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