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Ric or Jake: Has Liz Made Her Choice?

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As romantic reunions go, LiRic fans must be over the moon! When GENERAL HOSPITAL's Elizabeth turned around to see her supposedly dead ex-hubby, Ric, standing there in the flesh and she flew into his arms, it looked as if they were headed for a happy ending. Jake, on the other hand, became the third wheel on a bicycle built for two!

On Friday's GH, encouraged by Liz's reception, Ric headed back to her place to invite her to spend New Years Eve with him. But first he had to contend with Jake. Ric was polite as any man would be face-to-face with his tough competition. In so many words, Ric pretty much said, "Hit the road Jack and don't you come back no more, no more, no more, no more." Jake took it like a man -- and, we might add, the way Jason would have -- by telling Liz he decided to move out so she could work on her relationship with her ex.

"You can never throw away their past," Rick Hearst says of the uber-popular Liz/Ric pairing. "It was a very interesting way for him to come back. You think it's going to be this picture perfect meeting but it was an overwhelming feeling of shock for both of us. They didn't know what to feel at first. She wants to just touch and cling, but this other person was now involved. And that person was Jake."

If Ric (and Liz) knew that Jake was actually Jason, multiply that shock by a million! Not that Ric would throw in the towel. No way, no how. Liz is the one that got away and Ric will never, ever let that happen again!

"Ric has a wish for [his relationship with] Elizabeth to be more 'storybook,' and there is that level of 'love of his life,'" Hearst says. "I don't know if a triangle is the direction that they'd go or if they'd unveil it. I don't know. But I'd welcome doing that. Whatever [executive producer] Frank Valentini and [headwriter] Ron Carlivati come up with, I'm really looking forward to yet the next chapter for Ric Lansing."

Next week on GH, who kisses whom as the clock strikes midnight? Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!
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EXCLUSIVE: Maurice Benard Inks A New Deal!

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There aren't many situations in life where everybody gets what they want, but we're happy to report that it does occasionally happen! During an exclusive chat with GENERAL HOSPITAL superstar Maurice Benard, he revealed to us that he recently renewed his contract with the soap! "It all worked out," he reports happily, meaning that while alter ego Sonny is facing some dark days at Pentonville, Benard will continue lighting up our screens. For details on Benard's contract negotiations -- including what ultimately convinced him to stick around -- pick up the issue of Soaps In Depth that goes on sale Monday, January 5!

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GH Donates Toys For Tots!

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This week, GENERAL HOSPITAL participated in Disney/ABC's "Share The Joy" campaign with Toys For Tots by not only including the charity in a scene on-screen, but donating in reality, as well!

In the Thursday, December 18, episode, Rebecca Herbst's Elizabeth donated a toy to the Toys For Tots box in the hospital, but behind the scenes, the cast and crew donated toys to the Marine Toys For Tots Foundation. And on Wednesday, December 17, GH executive producer Frank Valentini and the cast presented the toys they'd collected to the marines at the soap's studio in Los Angeles.

The charity was popular among the cast, especially the younger actors. In fact, Nicolas Bechtel (Spencer) announced that he would take the $112 that he had saved in his piggy bank to help buy presents to donate to Toys For Tots!

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Cast Your Vote #01

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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: Do you think it's possible for Nina and Franco to be redeemed?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Monday, December 22. 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:

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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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The 12 Days Of GH

GENERAL HOSPITAL has a special holiday song for you that is destined to become a new classic! Feel free to sing along with "The 12 Days Of GH!"

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GH's Genie Francis Shares Holiday Memories

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GENERAL HOSPITAL's Genie Francis (ex-Laura) stopped by Hallmark Channel's HOME & FAMILY to talk with hosts Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare about Christmas memories both in real life and on the soap. And she brought along husband Jonathan Frakes who shares some of his own memories of Christmas on STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION! Plus, the actress talks about her antique store and shares some of the holiday treasures she's found. Watch their interview clip below!

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GH Recap: Uh Oh, Johnny Drops A Bomb!

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When it comes to a face-to-face combat for the title of Mob Kingpin of Port Charles, GENERAL HOSPITAL's Johnny made Sonny "an offer he can't refuse."

Johnny always had the gift of finding Sonny's nerve center and then giving it a painful and substantial pinch. The battling baddies behind bars had no choice but to share space from time to time, and Johnny made the most of it by pushing Sonny's buttons. But Sonny took it for only so long. He finally slammed the Z-man up against the cell door and put a shiv against his throat. "It feels like it's all about to change once I cut your tongue out and make it into a trophy," Sonny warned.

Sonny finally cooled his jets. "Sensible decision, Sonny," Johnny sneered. "I'm about to give you the chance to make another one." And then came Johnny's deal: Sonny's organization needed running and who better to run it than Johnny? But Johnny wasn't asking; he was telling. If Sonny didn't agree to it, he'd live to regret it! "If you don't, I'm gonna cut up your brother piece by measly piece," Johnny threatened. "That's right. Ric's alive, and I got him!"

Franco snuck out of his secluded Canadian studio with the baby rolled up in a blanket. When he reached the outdoors, Dante and two Mounties were waiting for him. Franco tried to make a run for it but ran smack into Morgan, Kiki, Silas and Ava, who demanded the baby. "You want her so bad?" Franco asked. "Catch!" With that, he threw the baby on the ground and everyone screamed. But it wasn't a baby. It was a bag of flour!

Silas, meanwhile, announced himself to Nina through the closed door. Hopeful but cautious, Nina opened it with baby Jaime snuggled in her arms. Silas said everything she ever wanted to hear from him. "You, me and our child?" he told her. "So what do ya say? May I please hold our daughter?" Nina handed him the baby. It was a moment of bliss... but only a moment.

Within seconds, Morgan and Ava rushed in. Morgan threw his arms around Nina to restrain her while Silas handed Ava her daughter. Nina flew into a hysteria. "My baby!" she screamed repeatedly. As Ava and Morgan left with the infant, Silas held Nina close. She bawled and beat his back until she finally calmed. Outside, Dante came up behind Ava, cuffed her and arrested her for Connie's murder!

Carly was a blubbering mess about Sonny's rejection and needed to drown her sorrows in something strong in the Metro Court bar. Jake was there and he listened to her every word, not saying much, just as Jason would have. But when he did speak up, telling her that Sonny sending her off was the only power he had left, her burden began to lift.

When Carly turned around, Carlos was there, staring at her. He was not happy that she knew Sonny was guilty of killing A.J. but she let Carlos go to prison for it. She went to walk away, but Carlos grabbed her arm and barked, "I want you to suffer the way I did!" With that, Jake grabbed Carlos' head and smashed it into a table, ordering him to apologize to her. Carly gasped in shock! She was surprised by Jake's actions but was relieved that he had her back.

Monday on GENERAL HOSPITAL, Carly confronts Franco, Nina and Ava become too close for comforts, and Sonny gets Johnny where he wants him... or does he? Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!
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GH's Preston Ascends!

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The SYFY network invites you to head back to the 60s and then out into space in their highly anticipated, three-consecutive-night miniseries event, ASCENSION. In it, GENERAL HOSPITAL's own Cynthia Preston (ex-Faith) plays the wife of a man (Gil Bellows, ALLY MCBEAL) whose father had founded a top-secret mission on an interstellar spaceship that was deemed a lifeboat for humanity. But 50 years into their efforts to populate a new world, the unprecedented and mysterious murder of a young woman leads the voyagers to question their mission, and the man to want to continue his father's work.

"I had a great time working with Gil. He is an extremely kind and generous actor," Preston tells Soaps In Depth. "Though my time on set was brief, I felt like I'd made a friend." The mini-series, which stars BATTLESTAR GALACTICA's Tricia Helfer as a dangerous powerbroker and wife of the ship's captain, was directed by Preston's fellow Canadian, Stephen Williams (LOST). "I really enjoyed meeting and working with Stephen, as well as Philip Levens, the executive producer/show runner," Preston offers. "It was a really relaxed, creative set to work on, and ASCENSION was a great pleasure to be involved with."

The three-night, six-hour event airs at 9 p.m. EST beginning Monday, December 15, on SYFY.
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GH Stars Share Their Best Of 2014!

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In the current issue of ABC Soaps In Depth, as part of our annual Year In Review section, the stars of GENERAL HOSPITAL weighed in on the highlights of the past twelve months on the soap.

But of course, there was far too many highlights to print them all in the magazine! So read on to see if your favorite storylines and performances are the same as those of your favorite actors! (Then share your own favorites in the comments!)

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Farewell To The Britch!

Parry Shen (Brad) posted this tribute video to his departing GENERAL HOSPITAL co-star Kelly Thiebaud (Britt) with highlights from Brad and Britt's unique friendship. (And a cameo appearance from the original Brad!)

The actress posted a farewell message of her own to Instagram that read: "Hey you beautiful, awesome people! It's been so hard reading all your tweets about me leaving the show and not being able to respond! I wanted to wait till my last episode aired to say my good-byes. And here we are... What a fun and challenging adventure this has been! It went by too fast. I decided not to re-sign my contract because I would like to book other roles on primetime shows and film. You have to follow your dreams, right? Thank you for all the love and support. I hope you will continue to follow me on to the next adventure! I love you all! - Britch"

GH headwriter Ron Carlivati responded by tweeting: "We are going to miss The Britch, but we are going to miss Kelly Thiebaud even more! Best of luck with your next chapter, Kelly!"

How do you feel about The Britch leaving Port Charles? Sound off in the comments!

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