Wonder Women: Georgie
and Maxie should leave their bodies to science when they die so
that we might all benefit from their amazing healing powers.
Georgie had brain surgery one week, only to have her hair fully
restored and be back on the job at the Pizza Shack a week later.
And after spending weeks at death's door, Maxie found out she
didn't need a new heart- whoops!- but could get well by taking
some magic pills while on the run with Jesse. The folks at GH
aren't doctors... they're miracle workers! (SID 8/16/05)
Forget Me Not: Does
Felicia have an addiction to flea markets and antique furniture
that we're not aware of? That's the only way we can explain how
the Scorpio attic is full of dusty but functional old
furniture when the stuffy room and its belongings were
burned to a crisp a few years back when Laura chose that as the
location for her infamous breakdown! (SID 8/16/05)
Georgie and Maxie's health crisis comes to a head just as a new
mystery man comes into Maxie's life. He's an undercover cop, so
you can expect that Mac is going to be none too happy that she
takes up with this renegade police officer. (SOD 6/28/05)
GH Writers on Matters of
"The Heart" First, GH fans learned the show
planned to revisit it's Emmy-winning heart-transplant storyline
without Robyn Richards, who was replaced by Kirsten Storms. Then,
20-year vet Kristina Wagner quit and Sandra Ferguson took over.
Can this heartfelt plot still float?
"Absolutely," responds GH Head Writers Robert Guza, Jr.
and Charles Pratt, Jr. "In fact, we think the opposite effect
may occur," notes Guza of the transition. "Because we
have resurrected a story from the past, we are now trying to
invest more in this family, rather than less."
aren't the only ones who have faith in the new blood. On his
official fan club website, John J. York says, "Having spent
only one week with these two wonderful actors, I can tell you that
our two beloved characters, Felicia and Maxie, are in very capable
hands... I know that it is very important to them to bring the
best possible performance to each and every show." (SOD
Heart of the Matter:
Facing a Cardiac Transplant, GH's Maxie Struggles to Beat the
Odds- On the surface, the choice seems fairly simple:
undergo a heart transplant or face death. For GH's ailing Maxie,
however, this decision is complicated by the fact that a little
over 10 years ago, the then-gravely ill youngster's life was
spared thanks to a new heart... that belonged to her cousin, B.J.,
who had been rendered brain-dead in an accident. This week, a
now-grown Maxie, who is suffering from a serious infection, once
again faces the possibility of a transplant. But will she have the
heart to give up her cousin's precious gift?
"Maxie is in a place where she could die if she doesn't get a
transplant," relates Head Writer Robert Guza, Jr. But when
Monica comes to Maxie and explains this, the teenager flat out
refuses to be put on the donor list. "Her whole thing is,
'This isn't just any heart. I have B.J.'s heart. And in a sense,
I'd be letting her down,'" notes Guza. Adds Head Writer
Charles Pratt, Jr., "It's like, 'If it's not B.J.'s heart, it
can't be anybody else's.'"
of hope comes when Monica reveals that a medical procedure could
eliminate the need for Maxie to have to take such a drastic step.
"She's given one last option and she basically says, 'Try it.
Try anything. I want to keep B.J.'s heart. I owe it to her,'"
state Guza. So later in the week with friends and family keeping
vigil, Maxie goes under the knife. But something goes horribly
wrong and "she flatlines," reveals Guza.
this moment that Maxie has an "into the light"
experience in which she's reunited with her departed cousin.
"It's the B.J. that Maxie remembers," explains Guza.
Nods Pratt, "And B.J. gives her permission [to take a new
heart, if necessary]."
survives the procedure, a recovering Maxie is ultimately hit with
the worst possible news: She will need a heart transplant to live.
Soon after, "Things take a sudden and dramatic turn,"
previews Guza. Nods Ptratt, "A potential heart becomes
available, but it belongs to someone very, very close to
probably either the last one that your readers would expect... or
maybe the first, if you think about it," teases Guza.
Frisco? If you're thinking that the playout of such a
seminal moment in Maxie's life may be coming at an odd time-
given the fact that the role was recently recast with Kirsten
Storms- it's purely intentional, according to GH's head scribes.
"From a technical point of view, we want to identify this
new actress with the character immediately," says Robert
Guza, Jr. "And the best way to do that is through the thing
that is most specific to Maxie, which is, of course, her
heart." Don't, however, look for Maxie's biological dad,
Frisco, to come swinging back into town as he did during Maxie's
health crisis all those years ago. "We have no intention of
bringing him back," allows Guza. "[Jack Wagner,
ex-Frisco, now-B&B's Nick] is on another show. For all
intents and purposes, we are now playing that [Maxie's stepdad]
Mac Scorpio is her father." (SOD 6/7/05)
Reunion for Mac & Felicia? This week on GH, Maxie's
condition takes a dramatic turn for the worse, sparking Felicia to
go to desperate measures to save her daughter's life. If that's
not enough for Mac and Felicia to deal with, they also find
Georgie in a life-or-death situation that sends everyone into a
panic. Will seeing their family ripped apart by tragedy bring Mac
and Felicia back together?
"What's going through Mac's head
and heart has nothing to do with how he appears on the
outside," says John J. York (Mac). "He's uncertain and
nervous, but he will remain the pillar of strength for Felicia and
keep a positive face on everything. He won't let anyone get
down." In the process, if Felicia realizes what a great guy
her ex is and that she's a dodo for letting him go, well, so be
"I'd like this to be a new
beginning for Mac and Felicia and for our family," York
admits. "Let's do the right thing and get back together.
We've always been there for each other. We've tested other waters.
Felicia's love is as deep for Mac as it should be, and my love for
her is as deep as it can be. So what are we waiting for? Let's
just jump in with both feet and be a full-fledged family
There is one thing that could further
complicate the issue- the question of Georgie's paternity! Could
she possibly be Mac's daughter and not Frisco's?
The last time Maxie was ill, Mac and
Felicia were in mid-relationship. Mac found Frisco in some far-off
jungle and brought him back to Port Charles. But after seeing
Frisco and Felicia together, Mac realized that they were still in
love, so he broke up with her. Then Kristina Wagner (Felicia) got
pregnant in real life, and it was written into the show. That baby
was Georgie. "Wouldn't it be interesting if she was really
Mac's baby?" ask York. "It is possible!" (SID, 6/21/05)
of the Heart: DAYS Vet Kirsten Storms Joins GH to Revisit a
Classic Plot- The greatest soap story ever told- hands down,
no contest, don't bother sending letters of rebuttal- was the
death of little B.J. Jones on ABC's General Hospital. That 1994
plot, in which the tyke's heart was used to save her dying cousin
Maxie, will take center stage again next week when Maxie
collapses. It'll be revealed that the heart has become infected
and the teenager will die if she doesn't get a new one. But
finding a suitable donor isn't the only problem.
"Maxie will refuse to give up B.J.'s heart," reports
Kirsten Storms. The former DAYS star, who takes over the role of
Maxie on May 23, notes that her character "was always told
she must live for herself and for B.J. Her parents drummed
that into her. Now she doesn't want to let this last piece of her
crisis will put Kristina Wagner, who plays Maxie's mom, Felicia,
back on the front burner. Like a lot of GH vets, Wagner fell out
of favor when ABC turned the soap into a mob drama years ago.
"I'm excited they're revisiting the transplant story but also
surprised because GH is such a different show now," she says.
"It's kind of a glorious thing to get back to our history and
to a story that was all about love." But will that love go
too far? In June, a freaked-out Felicia will decide to forge
Maxie's signature on the transplant waiting list. (MIchael Logan,
TV Guide, 5/22/05)
It Just Us?... or were you shocked when you first got a
look at GH's Mac, fresh out of the hospital after head to
toe bandages were removed? The man's entire face had been so
severely burned that they thought he was a goner. But when
he limped into the Scorpio home gauze-free, he was just as
handsome as ever. A tiny, barely noticeable burn scar was
enar his hairline. That's about it. Either the hospital's
diagnosis was really overdramatic or they've got the best
plastic surgeon in the biz. Um, pass that number to Michael
Jackson, will ya? (SID 6/8/04)
Decorating- You know that speed-of-light jet that gets
GH characters from exotic locations back home to Port
Charles within a commercial break? Well, Georgie must have a
portable one! Dillon showed her his new "room"
aboard the Haunted Star, then said he'd raid its
refridgerator to get them something to eat. The minute he
stepped out, she called Maxie and asked for a favor. By the
time Dillon returned with a sandwich, the room had been
spruced up. Georgie explained that Maxie brought some stuff
from the Scorpio garage. Talk about quick decorating! (SID
"Woman" For Dillon? This week on GH, Dillon's
life is complicated by a new mystery woman in town who is
strangely reluctant to fall under his spell. With yet
another dose of estrogen affecting Dillon's every move, does
Georgie have anything to worry about?
"They're back together, and she genuinely trusts
him," assures Lindze Letherman (Georgie). Completely
aware that the audience loves Dillon and Georgie as a
couple, Letherman guarantees that her character won't put up
with anyone- especially a female- coming between them ever
again. In fact, if Dillon thinks Georgie is going to let
another Sage fiasco erupt, he's got another think coming.
"She knows Dillon is going to do everything in his
power to make things right between them," says
Letherman. "He's not going to mess up again, or he's
outta there! She's not going to let it happen again."
If you hear a more confident, grownup voice coming out of
Georgie these days, it's all part of the plan. Although she
was introduced onto the canvas as a studious, shy, awkward
teen, there's a new-and-improved Georgie rearing her pretty
head. As the rebuilding of L&B unfolds, she'll be
getting more involved in the mix, allowing her to show her
strong, persuasive side. "I get to be manipulative! I
get to be a businesswoman!" says Letherman. "When
Dillon goes crazy having to deal with Ashley or whoever, and
they're butting heads because they hate each other,
Georgie's the rock. She's the one to calm them all down.
It's cool to see that side of Georgie because you've only
seen her as insecure and booksmart. But she's learned a lot.
She's not the same person she was a year ago." (SID
and Georgie's World Will Be Rocked! GH's Lindze
Letherman shares with SID what's ahead for Georgie and
Dillion, how Sage (still!) will figure into the equation,
and who L&B's most surprising singer to date may be!
The Indepth Story: As summer nears,
Georgie and Dillion are knee-deep in L&B business. This
week, after Sage demonstrates that she's got pipes deserving
of the label's respect, can Georgie stand to have Dillion's
ardent pursuer underfoot so much? "Georgie's trust in
Dillion has grown greatly," Letherman notes.
"There's still that [potential for jealousy] that could
get a little hairy, but overall Georgie knows Dillon isn't
going to hurt her again. He can't screw up.
Otherwise, it's over."
As this new arc unfolds,
Letherman enjoys seeing the musical side of her castmates-
even though she can't always show it. "I get all
excited when Katie [Stuart, Sage] gets to sing," she
says, "but as Georgie, I have to hold it in, which is
difficult!" And while Letherman herself sings, she
guesses it will be "a while" before GH ever has
Georgie belt one. But if she does? "Lindze is a
rock-n-roll girl, but Georgie would sing more of a Norah
Jones style. Or like Dido. Somewhere in there." (SID
a nice letter from Felicia fan, L.P., in SOD's 3/30/04
issue, Mail Bag- Homecoming Queen: "Watching
GH's Felicia reunite with her daughters was bittersweet for
me. I have missed Kristina Wagner since she left. Felicia is
a much-needed character on the GH canvas, especially now.
With Georgie immersed in a wonderful teenage saga, what a
perfect time to have her mom at home full-time. And having
Felicia back makes for the perfect chance to weave Maxie
back onto the front-burner. Of course, there are plenty of
eligible bachelors in town who would lucky to court Felicia.
Hopefully, the show will keep her around for a while."
Hinsey hits it on the head with her 4/6/04 comment in SOD:
"And what can we say about GH? Are they telling me that
the hospital is so dumb that doctors changed the bandages of
the famed and badly burned Commissioner Mac Scorpio for
weeks without noticing it was actually the presumed-dead
Zander under there faking burns? Wha-at?"
Comes Home- and Guess Who She Will Face Off With! Kristina
Wagner returns to GH this week when Felicia reunites with
her daughters, Georgie and Maxie. Although the actress
hasn't inked a new contract with the show- as previously
reported, she's returning on a recurring status- head
writers Robet Guza Jr. and Charles Pratt Jr. insist Wagner
is here to stay.
"It's forever as far as we're concerned," declares
Guza. "This isn't a limited run," concurs Pratt.
"Kristina will be working as much as she wants and we
want." Felicia's re-entry into the storyline comes via
the tragic Port Charles Hotel fire. "In the wake of the
fire, in the wake of Mac being burned, in the wake of her
kids' personal problems, Mom rides to the rescue,"
previews Guza. "Felicia is right there for them. What
she's going to do is whip this family back into shape, and
also whip Georgie and Maxie back into shape, although they
might not entirely agree to go along."
Viewers will learn what Felicia has been up to. "We're
going to deal with why she didn't come back sooner,"
reveals Pratt. "Mac will play into that. Felicia comes
back with a pretty good story."
Nevertheless, there will be some resentment on the part of
her daughters. "We're going to address that,"
promises Guza. "But more of the friction is going to
come as we proceed with the story, as Georgie and Maxie get
on with their lives and their boyfriends and so forth. It
will be less about why Felicia left and more about what
happens." In a neat twist, Felicia will also butt heads
with Tracy. "Georgie has needed some kind of ally,
because she's been battling Sage," notes Pratt.
"Tracy and Sage have been trying to make Dillon and
Sage the couple, not Dillon and Georgie. When Felicia comes
in, suddenly Tracy has somebody formidable to deal
with." (SOW 3/9/04)