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New Year News -
Maxie/Felicia/Coop/Mac: "The death of Georgie has
tremendous effect on the Jones/Scorpio family. Maxie cannot
forgive her mother for her absence - and Mac will have a
surprising reaction to Felicia's return. Maxie's anger will take
her on a path of self-destruction that will spin out for a while
and create an unlikely friendship along the way. Coop will do
what he can to help Maxie through her pain, but heartbreak will
befall these two young lovers - causing one of form an unusual
bond in an effort to track down the text-message killer.
Robin/Patrick/Leyla: "Leyla will give Patrick a taste of
his own medicine in the new year, leaving him spinning. Robin
and Patrick will work together to help find a solution to
Nikolas's medical problem - their proximity will bring up lots
of conflict and lots of yearning. Robin's quest for a father for
her baby will take a huge turn and create a major ddilemma and a
delicious secret. (SOD 1/1/08)
Best and Worst of
2007: Best Couple - Surely there are
a few fanbases out there who will happily bury us in plastic
trinkets or slogan-wrapped candy bars to prove us wrong, but
this year love was hurting in the afternoon... GH's Robin and
Patrick were contenders, but their current state robbed them of
top honors. [excerpt]
Best Story - The Metro Court Hostage Crisis, GH - In a
genre as steeped in tradition as soaps, it's hard to
shake up storytelling methods without alienating
stunt-wary viewers. But when it comes to sweeps
extravaganzas, GH is the show to beat. The taking of
the Metro Court was a month-long roller-coaster ride
of action, told in real time, à la 24. More
importantly, the innovative format turned out to be a
perfect platform for what really matters: solid, can't
miss-a-second drama that still resonates. The crisis
introduced seductively sinister Mr. Craig, who played
sadistic life-and-death games with his terrified
hostages. That led to unexpected heroics (Sonny leapt
to ex-wife Carly's defense), surprising romance (Maxie
fell for her captor while trapped with a ticking bomb)
and juicy revelations (Jason saved pregnant Liz, who
spilled that he fathered her baby). After the last
bullet was fired, survivors dealt with Alan's death, a
tear-jerking triump for 30-year vet Stuart Damon. GH
took a bold chance- every month in daytime should be
this riveting. (SOD 12/11/07)
Best Vixen - Maxie, GH - What happened to that
little angel who got a second chance at life when she received
her dying cousin's heart in 1994? Well, her larger-than-life
parents, Frisco and Felicia, deserted her, her first sexual
experience was broadcast on the Internet and her first adult
love was gunned down. Life left Maxie a petty, pot-stirring
minx, but still, her vulnerability always shines through. Maxie
acts out in a desperate need for attention: With no female role
model, she folded under pressure to set a good example for her
lil' sis and (with the exception of Uncle Mac) every man she's
ever loved has left. Deep scars may have hardened her, but we
still know she's got quite a heart underneath - we saw it break
when she lost Coop to her self-destructive vendetta against
Lulu. But we're hoping she hasn't quite learned her lesson yet
because in the talented hands of Kirsten Storms, it's a grand,
guilty pleasure to root for - and rant at - this
once-good-girl-gone-wild. (SOD 12/11/07)
It's Only My Opinon: As silly as
that Dr. Noah Drake-turned-rock-star story is, I do enjoy having
Finola Hughes and Rick Springfield front and center. It
highlights how old and responsible Robin is by comparison.
Anna (questioning about Patrick
and marriage and...): "Children?"
Robin: Since when are you eager
to be a grandmother?"
Anna: "Oh. I didn't think it
through." (excerpt from Carolyn Hinsey's article in SOD
Hot on the heels of last week's news that Finola Hughes
(ex-Anna) would be returning to GH this summer comes word that
Tristan Rogers (Robert) may not be far behind. Scorpio's return
would certainly complicate plans for a burgeoning romance with
Noah. (SOD 6/19/07)
Revolving Door: A GH
rep confirms that fan favorite Finola Hughes is returning to GH
for a storyline involving Robin and Patrick (and Noah) which
will run through the summer. Yay!
returned to GH in May 2006 and aired on a sporadic basis into
last summer. But the actress was never involved in a major plot
due to time constraints and her commitment as host of Style
Network's How Do I Look?
Meanwhile, rumors that Tristan Rogers will come with Hughes
appeared to be untrue at press time. "It would be great
news and we'd love it, but we haven't heard anything,"
responded a rep for the actor. The GH rep also could not confirm
that. Rogers last appeared during Luke and Laura's wedding in
November. (SOW 6/19/07)
Robin/Nikolas/Patrick/Emily- "Mr. Craig's inimitable
presence has put a tremendous strain on the relationships of
Robin and Patrick, and Nikolas and Emily. How committed are
they? Can they withstand this situation? And could Patrick and
Emily hook up as a result?" (SOD 5/1/07)
Nikolas Kisses Robin... And Gives Emily The Kiss-Off!
Emily is hit smack in the face with Nikolas and Robin's
"affair" this week on GH when she catches the two in a
lip-lock. "Emily stumples in on a conversation between
Robin and Patrick," sets up Natalia Livingston (Emily).
"She hears Patrick say that Robin is living with Nikolas.
Emily is shocked. She and Nikolas haven't spoken since they got
into an argument, and Nikolas said he wasn't sure about them
getting remarried." Still, shacking up with Robin seems
"Emily asks Robin, 'Is this true?'" continues
Livingston. "Robin says yes, and Emily can't believe it.
She feels betrayed. She can't believe her friend would do this
to her. But Emily is pretty smart. A part of her knows this
can't be true. Something else has to be going on."
Emily heads to Wyndemere to confront Nikolas. Unfortunately, she
finds him and Robin locked in a kiss- all orchestrated by Mr.
"The whole thing keeps getting stranger," sighs
Livingston. "Emily doesn't want to completely jump to the
conclusion that this is for real. So she does a few things to
test Nikolas, to see if he really cares about Robin or if he
still has feels for her."
Nikolas declares his love for... Robin! "Nikolas explains
that he and Robin have know each other for years and that they
bonded and realized their feelings for each other during the
hostage crisis," gulps Livingston. "Emily leaves
heartbroken and confused. She's devastated. Yet, she still
senses that something else is going on- and she's determined to
figure it out. (SOW 4/10/07)
List: GH's Metro Court Villain Breaks Up Robin and Patrick.
It's a week of heartache on GH. Jason's baby drama with
Elizabeth brings forth long-buried feelings but first up, Mr.
Craig drags Robin into his latest deadly scheme.
is horrified to see Robin tending to a wounded Mr. Craig at
Wyndemere. "Robin showed up unexpectedly at Wyndemere and
finds Craig there," explains Tyler Christopher (Nikolas).
"We've already seen that Nikolas has been poisoned and he's
been using Nikolas's resources to aid him in creating a new
identity so he can live his life and not be hunted down by
silence Robin, Craig threatends Patrick's life and instructs
Robin to move into Wyndemere, where he can keep an eye on her.
"Part of Mr. Craig's persona is he likes to play games
outside of his own agenda," nods Christoper. "So, he
decides to rope Robin into the whole thing and play a game of
cat and mouse between them by making them fake a relationship,
just to amuse himself."
for Patrick's safety, Robin complies and pretends that she's
fallen out of love with him and has decided to make a new life
with Nik. The news leaves Patrick flustered, to say the least.
"They've passed the hurdle of the HIV test and he's still
just as much in love with her as he was before," recaps
Jason Thompson (Patrick). "She had started getting cold
feet about them living together again. She was wondering where
their relationship was going since they weren't that successful
the first time they did live together. She's dealing with the
emotional and physical repercussions of the whole Metro Court
crisis so, understandably, she has gotten a little timid. But
this just comes out of left field.
refuses to believe his ears but, out of fear, Robin insists it's
over between them. "Patrick is fighting for her,"
Thompson affirms. "He's confused about the why. 'Why is she
doing this?' He's wondering if he did something wrong. He just
doesn't get it. They love each other. Isn't [moving in together]
what they're supposed to do? He's trying to understand, but he's
very confused about the reasoning behind the decision she's
"Patrick is tyring to trust her, but this is not famiiliar
territory he's dealing with. Here he has committed and now she's
the one going in the opposite direction - that has thrown him
for a loop. They just went through hell and survived. It raised
the level of the bar for their relationship and now they're
taking two giant steps backward. He is not understanding what
"It's torture to have to push away the people that you care
about," add Christopher. "This guy [Craig] is one
warped individual!" (SOD 4/3/07)
Absences! GH wrapped one of its most exciting sweeps with
the one-two punch of the Metro Court hostage crisis and Alan's
death, so we feel almost guilty about complaining. Almost.
Patrick Phones It
In - To Save Robin! Robin hovers between life and death
this week on GH, and it's up to Patrick and Carly to save her.
"Patrick walks up to the hotel door and says, 'I am
unarmed. I'm a doctor. Let me trade myself for Robin. Let me do
whatever I can go save her,'" previews associate head
writer Elizabeth Korte. "Craig refuses, but he offers a
absences took away from the drama. Last year, Robin's MIA
superspy parents, Robert and Anna, resurfaced and bonded with
the daughter they'd abandoned. Robin was held hostage and nearly
died from a gunshot wound, yet no one thought to call or even
mention them, including Robin herself?
same was true for Felicia, who had already missed Georgie's
wedding (and divorce) and Maxie's affair with a married man. Eh,
why come home just because her firstborn was being held captive
in a vault with a bomb. And that "caring for her ailing
grandmother" excuse has worn out. Get Maria a live-in
talk about Alan's funeral. No Lucy? They were married! And she
came home for Lila's funeral. Same with Kevin, Lee and Gail
(whose son, Scott, is back). Ned returned without Brook Lynn or
Lois? What about half brother Jimmy Lee? This was the perfect
opportunity to continue the trend of bringing home fan faves, if
only for a few episodes.
Robin and the Jones sisters deserve better. So do fan. (SOD
Craig will allow Patrick "to talk people in the hotel
through a procedure on Robin," continues Korte. "But
he won't let him send in any medical supplies. Patrick has to
think up what they can use from office supplies and kitchen
implements inside the hotel."
After Nikolas and Sam retrieve the instruments, Carly picks
Emily to help her with Robin's surgery. "Emily is in a
horrific situation," emphasizes Korte. "She's on the
phone with Patrick being talked through a procedure sh'es never
done before. And she knows that in another office her father is
suffering a massive heart attack. Then, for the fun of it, Craig
demands that Carly stitch up Robin. Patrick is outside with Mac
going, 'We have to get her out of there immediately!'"
Luckily, they do. But that doesn't mean Robin is out of the
woods. (SOW 2/13/07)
Hotel: As GH's Metro Court is Taken By Storm, Robin's Dying,
Scotty's Prying and Will Liz Finally Stop Lying? ...Robin is
Shot- Prior to the calamity, Robin and Patrick are not on
good terms. "There are a couple of rocky days,"
acknowledges Jason Thompson, whose Patrick wound up in the
doghouse after a road trip to Vegas with single pal Pete.
"Robin, of course, got mad, but didn't know how to admit it
to him or herself," interjects Kimberly McCullough, whose
Robin had her own situation and had to be bailed out of jail
after a bar brawl. But the friction comes to a halt. "She
is with Patrick when he learns there's a problem with the
results of his HIV test," McCullough continues. "And
Robin makes it clear that she will stand by Patrick, no matter
she thinks she will. After waiting the obligatory six
months for the test results to determine if he's HIV positive,
the results are- inconclusive. "Do you believe that?"
huffs Thompson. "They don't know if somebody made a mistake
somewhere in the testing process or if his viral load is just so
low that it's undetected. There are a couple possibilities.
"Naturally, the Bickersons disagree over what course of
action to take next.
wants a retest, but, "He puts it on the back-burner,"
continues Thompson. "He just doesn't want to deal with it
anymore. Deep down, he's still nervous about it, but says he's
not going to retest and 'Little One' gets mad at him for
how! Robin moves out of their apartment and checks into Metro
Court- just before the devious Mr. Craig and his band of
mercenaries take over the hotel and hold its occupants hostage.
To prove he means business, the ruthless thug shoots Robiin.
"Eh, she's been shot before," chuckles McCullough of
her character's perilous predicament. "Manny shot her
during the train wreck [in 2005], and she might have been shot
before that, I don't remember." However, as McCullough
teases, what looks like a cruel and random act may not be what
it appears. "I think it's a little more deliberate than
that," she nods of the circumstance. "I think there's
a reason he shoots her specifically and not someone else."
Robin's condition quickly deteriorates, Patrick is stuck at the
hospital, having to perform a risky operation on an ailing
Alcazar. "Patrick's not used to that type of dilemma,
having to choose betweeen his work and his personal life, since
he's never had a woman he's cared for like this," Thompson
notes. But as much as he wants to rush to Robin's aid, only
Alcazar knows the access code to a bomb that threatens to
detonate at Metro Court.
"How's that for a dilemma," laughs McCullouch.
(excerpt from SOD 2/6/07)
and Out GH's Scorpio is on a mission- to find a storyline.
"I haven't had anything to do on the show since [Luke and
Laura's] wedding, and in the wedding I was just an extra,"
sighs Tristan Rogers. "I have no idea what is going on over
there, I read a comment from (head writer) Bob Guza, who said
something to the effect that sadly they had nothing else [for
Scorpio] for the foreseeable future. I read it while I was
standing in line at the store and thought, 'Oh, okay.' I haven't
heard that before."
Rogers is keeping the faith, though. "I was told that two
writers from The Young and the Restless were coming on
board," he notes, referring to Y&R's former head
writers, Kay Alden and Jack Smith. "That might impact the
show quite a bit, because let's face it, Y&R has a different
way of doing things than General Hospital does. I got the
feeling that everybody was upbeat about it, that it was a
positive thing. THe constand comment I get from the fans is that
nobody seems to be paying attention to business at General
Hospital." This would seem to indicate that that isn't true
at all, that somebody is paying attention. THis might be
the first step to much greater change. (SOW 1/9/07)
SoapNet has posted A
Look Ahead 2007 -"Patrick gets the results of his
latest HIV test and his and Robin's relationship moves to a new
level. However, as Robin settles into the relationship more and
starts nesting a bit, Patrick may have the urge to spread his
It's Only My Opinion...
But that was a nice scene between Mac and Maxie about how she
feels unworthy of his love "wedged" in between the
perfect Robin and the even more perfect Georgie. It was a nice
nod to GH's history and the fact that Mac raised Robin. You
know, like real soap operas do. (SOD 2/6/07)
rings in the new, which includes a new way of telling story in
2007, according to Head Writer Robert Guza Jr.: "Our first
part of the year is completely different than anything we've
ever done. We're going to tell a gangbusters story, but the way
we tell it will be different than anything you've ever seen.
We're playing with the form, which will amp up the emotional
conflict. It will involve the entire canvas in a crisis of
gargantuan proportions and some people will not survive."
Lucky/Maxie: "Lucky will find out the truth of
this pregnancy, Maxie is not ready to give up on Lucky just yet.
As much of a pot-stirrer as she has been, it will continue.
During this crisis, you will see a different side of Maxie. She
is not just purely villainous."
Lulu/Dillon/Georgie/Professor Pete: "Lulu and
Dillon have embarked on this quest to prove that Laura may be
innocent in Rick Webber's death. It will affect Georgie, who
seems to be in the sights of a certain college professor.
"Patrick's deadline is coming up and we will find out if
he's HIV-positive or not. Their romance will be turned upside
down during this crisis." (excerpt from SOD 1/2/07)
Patrick Leave Robin? As Robin and Patrick's
relationship continues to evolve, how will it be
impacted by the results of his latest HIV test?
"Their romance is going to escalate to a new
level," says Guza. "What happens when Robin's
nesting instincts begin to kick in? There will be some
comedic moments but also some serious complications as a
result. He has committed to Robin and has declared his
love for her. But it is one thing to say it and another
to experience the next phase." Could Patrick soon
be looking to play doctor with someone else? (SID