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Patrick's Shocking Confession To Sam!

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Revenge and guilt trips were the theme of the day on Friday's emotionally charged GENERAL HOSPITAL!

Looking into Sam's big, brown sympathetic eyes, a guilt-ridden Patrick confessed that his darker side tried to lead him into temptation! Locked away in a vacant exam room at GH, he admitted to Sam that although he was focusing on the patient on his operating table -- that would be Rafe, who was suffering from a traumatic brain injury -- there was a voice inside his head telling him that Rafe's life was in his hands. All it would take was one small slip of his hand, one tiny "accidental" cut would cause a blood vessel to burst and Rafe would be gone, just like his little boy, Gabriel. Patrick would have his justice... if he listened to that voice.

Patrick told Sam that he searched his soul and he didn't do it. The blood vessel burst on its own. Rafe's "death" wasn't Patrick's fault. "I didn't falter, Sam. You have to believe me. Tell me you believe me," he pleaded. A tear ran down her face. She believed him, but convincing Silas was a whole other ball game. Patrick cried. Sam cried. They cried together. And they hugged. Tightly. Really tightly.

Silas, meanwhile, was at Rafe's bedside, crushed by both sorrow and rage. "I saw the look in [Patrick's] eyes. At some point in that operation, Drake wanted revenge," he told Nina. She, of course, was there to comfort him and use his time of vulnerability for her own selfish purpose -- to get Sam out of his life! All she had to do was ask one simple question to set the ticking time bomb on Silas and Sam's relationship. "I'm sure [Sam] agrees with your theories regarding Dr. Drake, right?" Nina asked nonchalantly. The answer was most definitely "no" and that lengthy hug in the adjacent room was proof!

While Rafe's condition devastated his family, it gave Tracy, Michael and Morgan hope that, possibly, Rafe's young, healthy heart could be transplanted in the not all that young and not very healthy Alice. As uncomfortable and awkward as it was, Kiki broached the subject with Silas, who confirmed that his nephew's blood type was B-positive, the same as Alice's.

At the same time, Nina sat quietly with Rafe, holding his hand. "What's bad for you is good for me," she said with a satisfied tone. "You're helping me drive a wedge in between Silas and his trailer-trash girlfriend. And you're not going to be able to tell anybody what I'm doing." Suddenly, the supposedly brain-dead teen grabbed her hand forcefully and his eyes opened to stare into hers!

On Monday's GH, Maxie confronts Nathan about the deportation threat against Levi, happy news sends Olivia over the moon and what, if anything, is Rafe's "message" for Nina? Don't forget: 2:00 ET and 1:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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GH's deVry Takes On Primetime!

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While some of William deVry's GENERAL HOSPITAL co-stars are spending their three-week summer break touring Europe or Africa or just hanging out on a sandy beach, he's spending it working! The actor has left behind GH's Julian Jerome just long enough to travel to Vancouver, Canada, and film a two-episode arc for the Hallmark Channel drama CEDAR COVE, starring Andie MacDowell and Dylan Neal (ex-Dylan, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL). A Hallmark rep tells Soaps In Depth that deVry will play the boss of villain Warren Saget when his episodes air on Saturday, September 27, and Saturday, October 4.

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DAYS' Sweeney Heads To GH!

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Alison Sweeney (Sami) is heading to GENERAL HOSPITAL... to direct! Stepping behind the camera is nothing new for the fan favorite, who has directed many episodes of the NBC soap since 2011. "I'm really excited," Sweeney tells Soaps In Depth exclusively. "I've been 'shadowing' some of the directors there."

And while the episode she's slated to direct won't feature former DAYS co-star Kirsten Storms (ex-Belle; now GH's Maxie), the actress is excited to work with some new faces. "I get to direct Michelle Stafford (Nina), which I'm really looking forward to," she enthuses. "I'm really excited to work with like Roger Howarth (Franco). I've just admired him from afar so I'm looking forward to working with him."

Sweeney is also exploring producing, acting as executive producer as well as star of the upcoming Hallmark Channel movie Radio Hype. "It's about a woman who is getting into being a female talk radio DJ," she previews.

Although ABC hasn't announced an airdate for Sweeney's GH episode yet, we'll be sure to keep you in the loop. Same with her Hallmark Channel movie as co-stars and an airdate are revealed!

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Another Cheetwood Baby On Board!

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Congratulations are in order for GENERAL HOSPITAL's Derk Cheetwood (Max) and his wife of eight years, Cari, who are expecting baby number three next spring. Posting a photo of three pregnancy test strips that all read positive, Cheetwood joked to both his Facebook friends and Twitter followers: "So, when your wife says 'surprise' then hands you three of these, I think she's hinting at something!" Indeed! The happy couple already has two adorable daughters, Kylie Danielle, 6, and Audrey Jane, 3.

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Off The Market!

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Patrick's marriage may be falling apart on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but his portrayer, Jason Thompson, is having much better luck in the romance department, because he's now an engaged man! The actor popped the question to his longtime girlfriend, Valentine lingerie designer Paloma Jonas. "An ocean beneath us, an endless sky in front of us, I asked her and she said YES," Thompson tweeted earlier this morning, along with a photo of him on bended knee before Jonas.

Check out the adorable photo here, on Thompson's Instagram.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

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Christopher Does a WIFE SWAP!

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ABC's CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP will be doing a soap star episode on Tuesday, July 22, featuring Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, GENERAL HOSPITAL) and Ronn Moss (ex-Ridge, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL)! Christopher's wife, Brienne, will spend a week living in the Moss home while the Player guitarist's wife, Devin DeVasquez, heads to the Christopher house. Tune in at 10 p.m. EST!

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Daddy's Little Girl Is Here!

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Congratulations to Steve Burton (ex-Jason, GENERAL HOSPITAL) and his wife, Sheree, who welcomed their third child this morning! Daughter Brooklyn Faith was born via a scheduled C-section earlier today.

"Thanks for your prayers," the actor tweeted in making the announcement. "Momma and baby are doing great. Much love." Brooklyn joins the couple's two older children, McKenna, 10, and Jack, 8.

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Rafe Did "What" Because Of "Who"?

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Rafe gives teenagers a bad name. Not because he's a belligerent, brazen bad boy. No. It's because he's a good kid who does stupid things!

Let's start from the beginning. Dante, Sam and Silas deduced that Rafe was driving the car that ran Patrick and Sabrina off the road, an event that lead to the premature birth and tragic death of teeny tiny baby Gabriel. Hoping to find the troubled teen before he did something else stupid, the trio raced to his and Silas' apartment and kicked in the door. But Rafe wasn't there. Instead, they found Nina lying on the floor with a bloodied face. She claimed that Rafe did it and then fled!

That, of course, was nowhere near the truth. What really happened was that Nina paid Rafe to leave town and to keep his mouth shut about her being able to walk. And that cut on her cheek? She wanted to make it look good so she told Rosalie to punch her, to which the sassy RN replied, "I thought you'd never ask!"

While Nina soaked in the pity from Silas, Molly cornered Rafe in the parking garage and said that she knew he was doing drugs. He wanted to run away; she didn't want him to, so she climbed in the car. When Dante and Sam showed up, Rafe sped off with Molly riding shotgun. While on the road, he confessed that he killed Dr. Drake's little boy. Molly got that, "whaaaaattt?" look on her face then told him that the only way he'd find peace was to turn himself in. Cue the wailing police siren, as Dante and Sam were in close pursuit!

The more Molly talked, the more anxious Rafe got. Finally, he blurted the truth about the car accident: "Someone put me up to it, all right? They told me to do it!" The next thing you know, Molly screamed, tires screeched and the kids ran head on into a roadblock!

Meanwhile, everyone in town was heading to the park to see fireworks. There was Patrick and Emma, who asked her Daddy if she and Mommy were getting a divorce. Patrick said solemnly, "I think so," and they cried together. Nathan and Maxie passed through the park on the way home. Still attached at the wrist with police handcuffs, their playful bickering ended when skyrockets went off -- both literally and figuratively.

Britt pulled a fast one, getting Liz assigned to work the late shift. With Spencer's help, Britt got invited to watch fireworks with Nikolas. While Spencer was off flirting with Emma, Britt recalled how she met Nikolas last year on July 4th and poured it on with the "I wanted to become an honest, good person because of you" spiel. Spencer came to her aid yet again, telling his Pops that Britt looked cold. Nikolas, being the prince and all, put his arm around her. Score one for the Britch!

On Monday's show, Delia and Ava put their heads together, Michael questions Tracy about Alice and a nasty car accident sends Rafe and Molly to GH! Don't forget: 2:00 ET and 1:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Cast Your Vote #29

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Once again, it's time to express your opinions for our Readers' Poll. In the comments section for this article, please respond to the question, and feel free to explain your answer, but remember that any comments here may be considered for publication in the magazine. Any extra comments you have that have nothing to do with this week's poll question should be directed to the Message Boards section of our Web site!

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Will Nina be able to tear Sam and Silas apart?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, July 10. And please, only one vote per person!

To vote on your favorite actor, actress and couple currently appearing on an ABC, CBS or NBC soap, please mail your choices to:

ABC Readers' Poll
c/o Soaps In Depth
270 Sylvan Ave.
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Multiple mail-in votes during the same voting period will not be counted, so don't waste our time, your time, or the postage!

VOTES FOR ACTORS, ACTRESSES AND COUPLES CAST IN THE COMMENTS TO THIS ARTICLE WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

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GH's Serricchio Gets A Witchy Woman!

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On Lifetime's WITCHES OF EAST END, Ignacio Serricchio (ex-Diego, GENERAL HOSPITAL) could be just the thing to make Wendy's ninth and final life count... if she lets him! "She meets him in the [season premiere] episode," offers Executive Producer Maggie Friedman. "He's just a regular, salt of the earth guy, but he totally challenges her." Look for the duo to share sparks from the start, but can she get over her fear of mortality enough to enjoy it?

If the hot EMT can't heal what ails her, at a minimum, he could be quite the distraction! "He's so good and so sexy!" Friedman enthuses of the former soap star. "Mädchen Amick (Wendy) was kind enough to come in and read with different actors who were auditioning for the role, and she and Ignacio just had so much chemistry that we had to snatch him up. They're great together!"

Serricchio will appear for a multi-episode arc beginning Sunday, July 6, at 9:00 p.m. EST. There's a wickedly fun season ahead on WITCHES OF EAST END — for more details, catch Friedman's upcoming Primetime Preview interview in the ABC Soaps In Depth issue that goes on sale Monday, August 8.

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