Outstanding performer for the week of April 24:
General Hospital's Robin is comfortable in toned-up lab coats, constricted by
the rules of medicine and living with HIV. But when Robin finally let loose,
Kimberly McCullough's performance filled a prescription for passion.
Brimming with anger after Robert dubbed her "frigid," McCullough's
Robin vibrated with tension as she pounded on Patrick's door. When her surprised
fellow doc opened up, she wasted no time opening herself up. "I'm going to
start telling people what I think and what I want," she gasped after a
ferocious kiss. "And what I ant is you - right now!"
Petite McCullough confidently dominated Patrick as Robin pushed him onto his bed
and straddled him. But when she stripped off her sweater, a layer of Robin's
self-protection came off, as well. Confronted by Patrick's cavalier attitude
toward lovemaking, she scrambled away. McCullough reined in Robin's ardor and
crossed her arms across her body like slammed gates.
"Iím not afraid to live," Robin insisted when Patrick echoed her
father's accusations, but McCullough's actions belied her words. She physically
turned her back on Patrick's insight, then tapped her fingers against her face
and looked beyond him.
McCullough was firm, if slightly choked up as Robin recalled what being
spontaneous at 18 with Stone had cost her. Then, McCullough swiftly turned
misery into Scorpio moxie as Robin gave Patrick a dose of "Physician, heal
thyself" medicine. "Every time we start to form a bond, you chicken
out," she diagnosed.
The playfulness returned as Robin taunted Patrick with "the scariest
monster of them all: emotional intimacy." McCullough grinned ruefully.
"I bet you run away before I do," she dared, voice singsong and
childlike as Robin ironically delivery a very adult kiss.
But it was Robin who bolted when Patrick's date appeared. McCullough rolled her
eyes and squirmed back into Robin's sweater (and emotional armor). As she flew
to the elevator, Robin's feathers may have been ruffled, but McCullough's acting
made it clear she was no wounded bird. (SOW 5/23/06)
Scenes- Mac Warns Dillion!: Mac's mouth hung open in
disbelief when Maxie told him why she and Georgie were having a
conversation behind the locked door to the attic. "When I was
dating Kyle, he and I used to come up here and have sex,"
Maxie began. "I just wanted to show Georgie that she and
Dillion could come up here. He could come in through the window or
up the stairs, and you and mom would never even know he's
here." Later, an intimidating Mac approached an unsuspecting
Dillon and, poking him hard in the head, said, "If I ever
catch you sneaking into the attic to have sex with my daughter, I
will make it impossible for you to ever attempt that ever again.
Are you gettting my drift?" Dillion's eyes bulged in fear,
and he blurted, "No sex in the attic! No sex anywhere at
all!" John J. York (Mac) was moments away from blowing smoke
out of his ears, Scott Clifton (Dillon) looked so scared that you
could almost hear his knees rattling, and Lindze Letherman
(Georgie) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie) played the moment with
perfect nonchalance. (SID 8/16/05)
Kristina Wagner (Felicia,
Felicia's years of pining for
Frisco on General Hospital might have grown tiresome were it not for Kristina
Wagner's convincing portrayal of an offbeat heroine. Viewers accepted Felicia's
unconditional love for this man long ago- and they don't expect her to get over
it. They don't want her to.
The heart of a soap
opera is its love stories, and Frisco and Felicia are one of GH's most enduring-
despite the fact that Jack Wagner departed the role of Frisco four years ago.
Oh, sure, we watched Felicia flirt with the pre-psychopathic Ryan, and we encouraged
her to march down that aisle with Mac. But her heart belonged to Frisco- and we
all knew it. Felicia's love for her man is pure, yet she knows he would never be
happy tied down. (Sound familiar, Laura?) When Frisco halfheartedly announced
his plans to stay in town, Felicia knew better: Go, she ordered. The look on her
face when he left-again- combined heartbreak with strength; no small trick.
Kristina Wagner is a wonderfully understated actress, and she has crafted
Felicia into a funny, strong, loving woman. Credit the luminous Wagner, who
plays her as the successful survivor she is.
McCullough (Robin, SOD 8/19/97)
Few characters on General
Hospital have had to endure the heartache that Robin Scorpio has in her
relatively short lifetime. Over the years, we've watcher her lose her parents,
Robert and Anna, her beloved stepfather, Duke, as well as various other loved
ones. As if that weren't bad enough, she had to stand by while the love of her
life, Stone, succumbed to the ravages of AIDS.
And during those years, we've watched Robin's portrayer, Kimberly McCullough,
handle the traumatic scenes, first, with youthful innocence, and eventually,
with the stoicism and grace of one too accustomed to personal loss. Turning on
the tears, even from a young age, has never been a problem for McCullough, but
only in recent years has her portrayal become so poignant. And never was her
experience so evident than in the scenes dealing with the aftermath of Jason's
Finally allowing herself a few moments of happiness with Jason, Robin's joy was
shattered when the Tin Man's bullets ripped into Jason. (Kudos to GH for
emphasizing Robin's sense of responsibility about her HIV status.) Once again,
losing a loved one under violent circumstances became a horrifying possibility
for Robin, and McCullough handled the trauma beautifully. She displayed Robin's
trademark strength at Jason's hospital bedside, but at the same time, allowed us
insight into her character's carefully concealed, full-speed trip toward a
breaking point. And what a compelling trip it promises to be, thanks to
McCullough's skillful handling of Robin's psyche. Can you say Emmy reel?
Anders Hove (Cesar Faison, SOD 9/14/99)
"General Hospital's Cesar Faison is a
soap villian unlike any other. It's not that he doesn't have the requisite murderous
acts and menacing machinations on his resume. It's just that there is a certain delicious,
guilt-inducing lure about Faison- like an evil, 5,000 calorie dessert you can't help but
want to sample.
Attribute this to his
portrayer, Anders Hove. Yes, it was GH's outstanding writing team that reintroduced
PC's most-sinister presence after a seven-year absence, but it is once again Hove's
chilling interpretation of Faison that puts the 'ill' in this villain. Hove's
effectiveness comes from his ability to subtly mesh Faison's Continental charms with
cold-blooded, emotionless delight he takes in trying to destroy people. He rips Lucky
from the lives of unwitting loved ones, schemes with partner-in-crime Helena, taunts Mac
by pretending to know nothing about Robert and Anna's deaths, stalks Felicia so as to make
her shiver in her sleep- all the while making those characters wonder for a moment if
they're being paranoid.
This was even more apparent
when Felicia went to visit a then-jailed Faison. 'I came back for you,' he leers. In
an instant, Felicia's 'you-can't-get-to-me' bravado vaporized. She regained her
composure and gave him what-for, but Faison knew he got to her.
So a now-freed Faison will
quietly continue to control people's lives, like some twisted puppeter, playing with his
marionettes. But it is due to Hove's sly touch, that we- and the characters- can
hardly see the strings anymore."
Wagner (Felicia, SOW 7/13/99)
We recently watched a black-and-white
fantasy of Luke and Felicia dressed in '40s garb, swing dancing and
re-enacting Lila and Edward Quartermaine's sweet courtship. It was
Then, while Carly and A.J. were getting married downstairs, we saw Luke and
Felicia sneak into a locked cupboard chez Q and lift a stash of Lila's love
letters. It was hilarious.
This week, just outside the crypt on the Quartermaine's Long Island estate, we
watched as Felicia tried to convince Luke that Lucky is at peace, in heaven, and
that his spirit is near. It was more than simply poignant; it was-
As Felicia recalled her feelings when Maxie was near death, the memory
of Kristina Wagner's performance then, in one of that storyline's most
affecting moments, came flooding back: No words were spoken- and none
were needed- when the two mothers came face to face in the hospital
corridor, and Felicia realized that her daughter would live only because
Bobbie's daughter, B.J., had died. Now, however, as Felicia attempted to
help Luke assuage the pain of losing his son, words- carefully chosen
and spoken persuasively, from the heart- were essential. The
uncompromising Mr. Spenser is no easy sell, but as Wagner hit every mark
in a most impressive performance, Luke did not dismiss Felicia out of
hand, despite his gentle rebuff: "Maybe I hear things differently
Wagner's real triumph in these scenes was that through the confidence of
her performance, she established a genuine and rewarding intimacy
between Luke and Felicia that has greatly expanded the playing field for
their relationship. That these two characters share a penchant for
adventure and could connect for a caper was no big surprise, nor was it
that the two actors exude a very likable, playful chemistry. But to take
Luke and Felicia to the place where they conjoin emotionally,
spiritually and perhaps even physically requires more than some
wink-wink flirting and an exchange of cute one-liners. To make a
significant liason work in a big way- playing opposite possibly the most
cerebral actor in daytime- Wagner's Felicia must meet Anthony Geary's
Luke as a woman to be reckoned with and not simply eye candy who's game
for some mischief. In this episode, Wagner smoothly combined grace and
guts and gave as good as she got. What the future holds for Luke and
Laura remains unknown, but thanks to Wagner's performance, attention
must surely be paid to Felicia Scorpio Jones.
Kristina Wagner (Felicia, SOW 1/25/2000)
"As General Hospital's Felicia struggled
between her feelings for Luke and her marriage to Mac, Kristina Wagner perfectly conveyed
her character's inner torment without ever blatantly stating her dilemma. As Felicia tried
to convince Mac to put her ordeal with Faison behind them (and keep him from learning the
true nature of her relationship with Luke), Wagner's delivery was fearful and almost
frantic. Felicia began to speak faster. Wagner's voice craced, and she made clear
Felicia's fear that her marriage was in danger.
Felicia acknowledged her
feelings for Luke while talking to Chloe- stopping short of saying she's in love with him-
but her struggle between her heart and her marriage came when Felicia recalled her wedding
Mac and first attracted her to him, juxtaposed with her memory of her first encounter with
Luke. When she said that marriage vows mean you stay with a person regardless of how
anyone else makes you feel, Wagner's reading was wistful and pained. It was a classic soap
situation befitting a classic soap heroine, but Wagner's performance was anything but