As We Wait for the Results of Trina’s DNA Test and Willow’s Transplant on General Hospital, Dex and Joss Could Be Poised to Make a Devastating Move
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Let’s just point out the obvious, after the big showdown in Greenland ended on Monday, the rest of the week on General Hospital was a bit lackluster. There were a few big moments, like Trina deciding to do the DNA test, and Tracy blackmailing her own granddaughter, but the ‘Everyone Loves Willow’ show needs to wrap up. Friday’s episode, however, may have just set the stage to blow Willow and Michael’s lives up, with a lot of others.
So Victor’s dead, for now. Yes, he looked pretty damn dead on that gurney, but I can’t help but feel we’ll see him again. He likely still has friends in the WSB, and they could have easily faked his death.
As the gang headed to the seaplane as there was no sign of Spencer alive or dead, out of nowhere Spencer limped towards his loved ones. Trina running and leaping into Spencer’s arms was a fantastic scene, made all the better by the fact that the actors improvised it! It was the perfect surprise ending, even though we all knew they weren’t going to kill off Spencer. However, I did expect them to leave him missing for a tad longer.
Returning to Port Charles
It was no surprise that after all that she’d been through, that Trina would choose to have the DNA test. Fans seem to be torn on how they want the results to unfold, with many hoping Taggert turns out to be her biological father. Given the mysterious DNA test links, that were never officially confirmed, between Stella and Trina, it looks clear that Curtis will be the bio-dad. On the plus side for that turnout, as Trina said, she’d be related to Stella and Marshall biologically, and they already have great relationships.
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Curtis’ offer from the WSB was intriguing and is sure to make Portia unhappy as it would mean more dangerous situations ahead for him. We still don’t have any resolution between Curtis and Portia on the marriage front. That’s why making Trina the bio-daughter of Curtis makes sense, and it will likely help bring these two back together. Then again, there were those scenes of temptation between Curtis and Jordan that have just been dropped… for now? Oh, and don’t get me started on Dr. Portia “I’ve got to keep Trina away from Spencer” Robinson. Thankfully, Taggert seemed to have set her straight that she’d only push Trina further away if she kept on that train.
The Willow and Michael Show
The Michael and Willow storyline feels like it’s been stuck in re-runs for months now. Fortunately, Friday’s episode may be the start of a huge turning point for it. Aside from Obrecht having her bone marrow harvested, Willow’s words about destroying his family finally seemed to get through to Michael. I almost fell over backward when he agreed to drop the vendetta against Sonny. Unfortunately, he may have wised up a little too late.
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In last week’s column, I suggested Dex or someone else could turn the evidence in, leaving Michael having a lot of explaining to do. It seems this scenario could come into play, with Joss and Dex turning Sonny over to the feds to save their relationship from being blown apart. If they did, would they leave Michael’s part out of it? As I noted last week as well, that would put Michael in a somewhat similar position as Nina, as this all started with him. The real kicker came when Valentin revealed to Sonny, who wanted nothing more to do with Pikeman initially, that Pikeman works with the government to arm foreign groups who are fighting against enemy forces! So wait, Pikeman are kind of the good guys?
Watching Nina apologize to Carly for blaming her for her troubles with Willow, and beg her to help her have a relationship with her daughter, was an interesting turn of events. But at least she put in the effort, taking Sam’s advice, and considering Willow wants her to drop her grudge against Carly. I was disappointed we didn’t get to hear Carly’s answer because it was then that Drew “the Hero TM” returned with Obrect. That’s also when the SEC feds descended on Drew, and Obrecht defended him as a hero and good man. The look on Nina’s face when Obrecht ranted about the heartless person who turned Drew over to the SEC. Yeah Nina, even your own aunt will likely turn on you when the truth comes out!
As for the truth, Ava had to talk Nina down from her idea of coming clean and telling Willow everything. “They’re not forgiving people, and that includes Willow,” might have been the understatement of the century. I also got a good chuckle when Ava told Nina, “You got away with murder, so don’t tell anyone where you hid the body.” Ava might want to focus a little more on Nikolas’ body at some point.
There’s a saying in the soap world, a happy couple is a boring couple. I disagree and Scott and Liesl were a great example. They were funny, quirky, silly and always a delight when they were on screen together. Couldn’t they have just been left alone? The characters have plenty of other stories they have been involved in to create drama, but no, the writers had to go ahead and tear them apart. Scott and Liesl are the nice things we as fans deserve to have!
Oh, Those Quartermaines!
I’m not the biggest fan of Ned most of the time, but damn if I didn’t feel sorry for him. His own mother and wife think he turned Carly and Drew into the SEC. Drew punching him like a madman was hard to take seriously given the way Drew looked like a pissed-off bull. However, I loved that Ned wasn’t going to kiss Drew and Carly’s butts like the rest of the town just because Carly had the best of intentions in what she did, and reminded him they did commit a crime. He also reminded Drew this entire feud started because Michael and Drew wanted to replace him at ELQ! I can’t wait for the butt-kissing to begin when the truth comes out, and hope Ned tells them to go to hell and takes over ELQ.
Right before Drew punched him, Ned was defending himself saying Drew was family, and the Qs stick together. Well, clearly not so much! Hell, even Tracy was not above blackmailing her own granddaughter this week. So Tracy wants Brook Lynn to go back to work at Deception and spy on research and development why? Because she’s out to make a buck? She just forked over two million dollars for Ethan, how broke can she be? Clearly, there is something else behind Tracy’s interests, but it looks like this means she’ll be sticking around for a while.
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Pa Pa Pa Pokerface
Once again we’re picking up with the Gladys vs Cody storyline that’s been sidelined since the Nurses Ball. On one hand, Gladys showed how good she could be towards Sasha, not wanting her to go on the Home and Heart channel if it would push her too much mentally and emotionally. But then she was raring to use Sasha’s money to get back into Ms. Wu’s game. With her knowing Cody is going to be there, why would she risk it and play? He’s going to keep fleecing her, which means he’s basically pushing her to steal Sasha’s money. It’s a crummy way to make Sasha realize Gladys is bad news, but so far, nobody seems to be able to get Sasha to open her eyes to Gladys. Maxie, and even somewhat Carly, tried to push her to finally emancipate herself from Gladys. Perhaps this TV appearance will be the push she needs to end the guardianship, which will leave Gladys in a panic for sure. When Gladys finally is busted, I hope she doesn’t become yet another character who gets to take a ride on the “all is forgiven and forgotten train.” She’s stolen from Sasha and framed Cody for grand larceny.
Speaking of Cody, are we ever going to get back to his secret with Dante, and the whole Mac-Daddy storyline? Friday’s teasers for Monday’s show hinted we could finally be getting at least back into the Mac side of things.
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Diane Stands Her Ground
Robert really did Diane dirty this week! Sure he had no way of knowing Diane would see him responding to Holly’s kiss, but it was still wrong given he’d been pursuing Diane for a while. Yeah, maybe he got caught up in the moment of Holly being alive and safe, but Holly’s made it known she wants him back. Good for Diane for setting limits, telling him to figure out what he wants, and not to call her until then. Seeing it’s unlikely Emma Samms is sticking around for the long haul, is there a point to this “triangle?”
A Devastating Loss
This week we learned the tragic news that Jacklyn Zeman, after a brief battle with cancer, lost her fight. This hits especially hard after the Nurses Ball which not only was a tribute to the sudden loss of Sonya Eddy/Epiphany, but the ball also honored Zeman’s playing Bobbie Spencer for 45 years on the show. The show will not be the same without her.
That’s all I have for you this week folks, and remember, these are only my opinions. Agree or disagree, leave yours in the comments!
Before you go, take a look at daytime’s best location shoots over the years in the gallery below.
<p>Sometimes, it’s nice to start out with a little backyard vacation. Yes, <em>The Bold and the Beautiful</em> takes place in Los Angeles, but it’s not often the show takes advantage of that fact. But back in 2010, they sent Brook and Ridge (then Ronn Moss) off for an upclose look at the famed Hollywood sign. Which, looking back, maybe they should have taken it as a sign that they would never, <em>ever </em>work out!</p>
<p>Nothing says summer like heading to camp. And that’s exactly where <em>As the World Turns’ </em>Holden and Carly almost gave in to their passion and kissed! In front of a team of kids. Look, we’ve got no problem with carrying on an affair behind Jack and Lily’s backs, but maybe don’t begin it in front of the little humans <em>least </em>likely to keep a secret!</p>
<p>OK, this isn’t exactly a tropical island, but the very fact that <em>Port Charles</em>‘ Scotty and Serena were out enjoying the water and sun is about exotic as it gets on a show obsessed with vampires, werewolves and all the things that go bump in the night!</p>
<p>OK, they didn’t <em>actually</em> go anywhere for this, but <em>Days of Our Lives</em> visited heaven so many times in 2022 and 2023, we started to wonder if someone on the show had been conned into a timeshare up there.</p>
<p>When Luke and Laura returned in 1993, <em>General Hospital</em> pulled out all the stops — a bombing in British Columbia, a jump from a stolen plane, a daring river rescue and then an even more daring waterfall rescue! We have no idea where this is (between Chicago and Port Charles?), but it looks like it would be great for whitewater rafting!</p>
<p>You might have noticed some of the more recent locations were a bit subdued. But once upon a time, soaps had a budget to send their stars all over the world. And while this 1987 still looks like a trip to Niagara Falls, it’s actually from when <em>One Life to Live</em> went all the way to Argentina with Cord Roberts (John Loprieno) and Kate Sanders (Marcia Cross). Because why in the world not? </p>
<p>Ah, good ol’ NOLA. Who hasn’t wanted to visit the home of Mardis Gras and take in some of the raucous culture of the French Quarter? It’s certainly a change from Genoa City, Wis.! At least, we assume so. We suppose those benches look a bit decadent.</p>
<p>We’re certain that if you looked up “luxury” in the dictionary, this 2014 trip to Dubai would be pictured. Guided camel rides, extravagant hotels, high-octane cars and attempted murder by private helicoptor — this was a trip only the ridiculously wealthy could pull off! </p>
<p>Sometimes all it takes for some summer fun is a picnic in the park with friends. And since shows don’t get much more New York than ABC’s defunct <em>Ryan’s Hope</em>, it was a breeze to head out to Central Park in 1975 for a little arm wrestling and… conducting? Counting? We can’t quite tell what Kate Mulgrew’s Mary was doing, but it looks like she was having fun! </p>
<p>A double dose of “Bope?” Oh yeah! Becase <em>Days of Our Lives</em> did New Orleans right when Bo and Hope visited in 1984. Actually, they might have leaned into the Southern spirit a bit <em>too</em> much. Dressing up and making love on an old estate? Er, don’t play plantation owners on your vacations, folks.</p>
<p>When All<em> My Children</em>‘s Julia, Noah, Matea and Hayley all ended up in Jamaica in 1996 there was something about a corrupt cop, voodoo trances and a coffin escape. But honestly, we were kind of ready to be fugitives from the law too if it meant a tropical vacation to the Carribean! </p>
<p>Forget about the forgotten underground city of Eterna — in 2003 <em>All My Children </em>visited the lost city of Atlantis! Wait, hold on… Oh, OK. What we meant to say was in 2003, Aiden and Maria visited very well-known not-at-all lost resort called The Atlantis in the Bahamas. Whatever. We still want to go!</p>
<p>Why does it feel like Victor is warning Ashley not to look at all the pretty sights during their 2008 visit to Paris? “Whatever you do, my dear, don’t turn around and make eye contact with that church. I think it’s following us.” “OK… But I’m pretty sure that’s just the Notre Dame Cathedral, Victor.”</p>
<p>Erica and Dimitri’s whirlwind romance took them to Budapest in the latter’s native Hungary, where they made love all night and performed, from the looks of it, <em>The Nutcracker Suite </em>in the city square. Oh, and Erica got kidnapped. Twice. Maybe scratch Budapest off the vacation list.</p>
<p>Anyone up for a staycation… with a twist? That’s what the folks of Salem got when they were fake-murdered and shipped off to backwards New Salem, aka Melaswen, back in 2004. It was identical to their hometown, except they got to wear Hawaiian shirts and frolic in tropical foliage! Strangely, no one wanted to stay.</p>
<p><em>General Hospital</em> pulled out all the stops when Ricky Martin was playing Miguel, even going on location to his native Puerto Rico to reunite the character with his long-lost lady love, Lily! And, well, we forgot where we were going with this. Does anyone have a fan handy? It’s suddenly feeling hot in here…</p>
<p>Admit it — Eterna is better than a theme park. Is it a real place? No. Is it a safe destination? Not even remotely. But those jumpsuits alone make this trip to Llanview’s great underground city worth the price of admission. Disclaimer: The price of admission could be death.</p>
<p>There’s nothing better than spending a romantic getaway with your fiancé on Italy’s Amalfi Coast. At least, Emily <em>thought</em> it was her fiancé. Royce suffered from a split personality, so it was kind of hard to tell.</p>
<p>For a little while there, Monte Carlo was almost like <em>Bold & Beautiful</em>’s second home. A seaside resort for the wealthy, it was the perfect playground for the Forresters, Spencers and Logans. It had it all — beautiful buildings, beaches, yachts, people. So many beautiful people…</p>
<p>The Florida Keys are a great destination spot — so long as you understand how the bridges connecting the islands work. Do not, for instance, do what Reva did while off her postpartum-depression meds and drive off an unfinished bridge. Always seek out the finished ones. </p>
<p>Some folks from Port Charles go on sun-drenched trips to places like Mexico and Puerto Rico, others to Mt. Rushmore. Terry fell into the latter category with her beau, Dusty, who was programmed to kill her, Anna and Robert… Some gals have all the luck. All the <em>bad</em> luck.</p>
<p>Hope (then Kimberly Matula) and Liam’s Italian wedding was never actually legal, so they both felt a bit like a heel when it was all over with. Then again, that might have just been because they were fake-married in the “heel” part of Italy. OK, OK, we’ll boot ourselves off the stage.</p>
<p>Well, we visited heaving, so no we guess it’s time for hell. It’s the vacation destination where you can get away from the cold and snow of the winter but not have to worry about the sun burning your fair skin like it might in more tropical climes. What’s not to love about it? Well, besides the whole eternal damnation thing.</p>
<p>We’ll just let you drink in this pic of Erica and Tom on their 1978 honeymoon in St. Croix. A honeymoon, we might add, that lasted… mm, almost as long as their very brief marriage. Heck, that <em>cocktail</em> almost lasted as long as their marriage!</p>
<p>What could be more romantic than proposing to your love right next to the canals of Venice? Neither <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> nor Thorne spared any expense on this vacation engagement. But maybe they should have since it ended up being a total waste when Brooke went running back to Ridge.</p>
<p>Carly and Bo headed south of the border for their 1991 wedding ceremony, which was pretty much entirely symbolic. Since they never bothered legalizing their union, we have a sneaking suspicion they just used “getting married” as an excuse to go paddle-boating in Mexico. Well-played.</p>
<p>OK, fine. So the show didn’t actually go to Hawaii. But they did stage their own version of the Tom Hanks classic <em>Joe Versus the Volcano</em> with Skye and Sharon, so we’ll be darned if this picture wasn’t making it in! Unlike in the Hanks movie, though, Skye did not get ejected from the volcano… RIP.</p>
<p><em>Bold & Beautiful</em>’s visit to Lake Como gave the folks a chance to take a dip in its gorgeous waters — whether they wanted to or not. But c’mon, how could Stephanie resist that invitation? It would’ve been shocking if she <em>hadn’t</em> pushed Sally into the lake!</p>
<p>Ericaland is a lot like Hollywood, what with that big sign and all, but in this place, everyone is named Erica and has egos the size of Australia. And that’s why Ms. Kane hailed a cab out of there as soon as she could. How’s a gal supposed to feel special in a place like that? “Taxi!”</p>
<p>Ah, back to beautiful Venice, the Floating City of Italy. Holden’s brother Seth took fiancée Frannie there on the most romantic of getaways. Or did he take Sabrina there? Eh, they were identical and he was engaged to both of Julianne Moore’s characters, so… same difference?</p>
<p>There’s nothing like a nice vacation to the Virgin Islands. Just look at that breathtaking view! The one drawback is that the hats don’t have tops. Oh, and Morgan’s husband gave Josh a beating when he thought the two of them were sleeping together. But that sounds more like a <em>Josh </em>problem than a St. Croix problem.</p>
<p>Fun fact: Italy’s picturesque Portofino is a gorgeous vacation spot that lies on the Gulf of Genoa. Maybe that’s why Stephanie looks so confused here. “Wait, Sally, are you saying we <em>aren’t</em> in Wisconsin?” </p>
<p><em>Young & Restless</em> did actually go to Hawaii for Danny and Christine’s lavish 1990 wedding. And they didn’t even have to sacrifice anyone to a volcano to make it happen! Oh, and the trip also featured Danny in a Speedo. Ah, the good old days!</p>
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