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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.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

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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Bob Hastings Passes Away

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Bob Hastings, who enjoyed a long career in film and television, passed away on Monday, June 30. He would best be known to daytime audiences from his stint as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Burt Ramsey in the 80s, and as the older brother to AS THE WORLD TURNS' Don Hastings (Bob). Our condolences to his family and friends.

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Franco Threatens To Reveal Sonny's Big Secret!

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When a Mob godfather and a known serial killer face-off over a woman, you know it's going to get ugly. But when Carly is that coveted woman, you can bet that those idle threats being bandied about won't stay idle for very long!

Much to Sonny's disapproval, Carly had it bad for Franco. She did, however, assure her ex that her current beau could never disrupt their friendship and that she would always be there for Sonny whenever he needed her. That warm-fuzzy sentiment evoked a warm-fuzzy hug, which, of course, Franco appeared just in time to see. He wrinkled his brow, scowled and told Sonny, "I know your secret, too, so maybe I'm somebody you shouldn't mess with!"

Franco's "me cavemen, Carly my woman" tone left her speechless, a feat that doesn't happen all that often! Sonny pretty much told Franco what he could do with his threat, as if pushing him would make him back off. Never! Instead, Franco beelined it to the one person who'd have a teensy problem with the news that Sonny killed A.J. That's right. Hello, Michael!

Sam and Patrick found black paint on a twisted piece of guard railing at the sight of the car accident, scraped it off and brought it to the nearest garage. The mechanic remembered a black sports car coming in the day of the crash but was uncomfortable with giving them the name of the vehicle's owner. It wasn't until Patrick pled with the man, telling him that his premature son died because of the crash that the mechanic relented. He pulled the data up on the computer and walked away so Sam could take a peak at it. When she saw the name the car was registered to, her mouth dropped open and the only words that escaped were, "Oh... my... God."

Michael's ELQ project to turn the old, rundown waterfront buildings into high-end apartments, boutiques and cafes enraged Levi. "We need to fight for the little guy that can't fight for himself! We need to put a stop to this project!" he told Maxie, who was on the fence about his mission. Shortly thereafter, Levi and Maxie showed up at the brownstone and Levi announced to Morgan and Kiki, "We read about your so-called revitalization project in the paper, and we're here to shut it down!"

Monday, Franco is poised to tell Michael the truth about A.J.'s murder, Sam and Patrick discover who owned the car involved in the accident, and Ava enlists Delia in her crazy scheme! Don't forget: 2:00 ET and 1:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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GH's "Historical" Guest Star!

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If you want a quick glimpse at GENERAL HOSPITAL history, keep your eyes peeled today when Sam and Patrick meet up with a mechanic who has some vital info for the duo. Duncan Hursley, the grandson of GH creators, Frank and Doris Hursley, will be playing the role!

"With the 50th anniversary, I felt a lot of pride in, 'Wow. My [grandparents] created this iconic soap opera,'" Hursley says. "So I reached out to [executive producer] Frank Valentini. He had me come to the studio and said I needed to come back again and he'd get me on the show. I'm a product specialist for Mazda and because of my automotive background, they wanted me to play this mechanic. I had a blast!"

Hursley grew up watching GH, although, at the time, he had no idea of his family connection. "Before I had a consciousness of who my grandfather was, I would come home from kindergarten early and my mom's mom would fix me tea and a sandwich and I'd sit on the floor in the den in front of the TV. My grandmother got very concerned that my mother was going to be so upset because she was discovering that I was starting to follow all of the connections on the soap opera. She was watching GH."

Fast forward to 1990, when he was given a small role with less than five lines of dialogue in a scene with Decker and Dawn. "I didn't realize until I got to the set that they were taping the 7,000th episode," Hursley remembers. "They had a big cake, and the whole cast and crew was assembled. The producer at the time was Joe Hardy. He called me up to do a toast and cut the cake with Emily McLaughlin (ex-Jessie) and John Beradino (ex-Steve). It was so surreal."

Returning to GH after all these years touches Hursley deeply. "When I was at the studio that day," he says wistfully, "I saw my father and grandfather doing a jig."

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Kick Off The GH Fan Club Weekend With Nancy Lee Grahn!

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Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) would like to kick off the GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend with you at her special event to be held Thursday, July 31, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the King's Head Pub & Restaurant in Studio City!

You can purchase tickets at this link, and admission includes dinner and soft drinks (alcohol will be available at a cash bar). It also includes hours of fun with Grahn, with a Q&A session, personal time, autographs, pictures, raffles, silent auctions and much, much more!

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