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Franco's Staying Put!

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Although Roger Howarth recently booked a part on The CW's new hit THE FLASH, it looks like his GENERAL HOSPITAL alter ego, Franco, won't be going anywhere! The soap's executive producer, Frank Valentini, says that everyone at the show was "thrilled for Roger and this opportunity." As for how the actor would juggle both, the exec explains that "the timing for this role worked out so that he can shoot during our current GH hiatus." Meanwhile, get ready for the social event of the season as next week, the countdown to Franco and Carly's wedding kicks into high gear!

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Geary Back On GH For Sweeps!

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For the GENERAL HOSPITAL fans wondering when Luke would be returning, we've got some good news for you! Executive producer Frank Valentini shared at an ABC press junket held earlier today that "fans will finally get to see Anthony Geary back on air for November sweeps!"

Of course, that just means the actor is back from his sabbatical following back surgery. He'll mostly likely be playing "Fluke" for a while with the real Luke following eventually. Are you excited to see Geary back on air? How would you like to see the story conclude? Sound off in the comments!

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Cast Your Vote #45

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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 Alexis should be with Julian or Ned?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, October 30. 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 Alum Ties The Knot!

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Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL's Lindze Letherman (ex-Georgie), who married Adam Etchegoyen this past Saturday, October 18! The couple tied the knot at Stolpman Vineyards in Santa Barbara, CA in a lovely ceremony. Click here to check out a couple photos of the newlyweds! Best wishes to them both!

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GH's Howarth Joins THE FLASH!

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Roger Howarth (Franco, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has landed a recurring role on the new CW primetime series THE FLASH! According to Deadline, Howarth will be playing Mason Bridge, a reporter who will no doubt stir up some trouble when he begins investigating Dr. Wells, who is mentoring Barry Allen/The Flash, but also has a secret agenda of his own. Wells has been known to off people who get in his way, so here's hoping Howarth's character can avoid that same fate! We'll let you know as soon as an airdate for his first appearance is available.

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Crazy Schemes Abound On GH!

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It's safe to say that it was Crazy Lady Friday on GENERAL HOSPITAL! In one corner of Port Charles, we had Nina going off the rails with Momma Madeline, giving her the impression that she was about to be snapped in half like a twig! On the other end of town, the institutionalized Heather laid into Franco with "you never call, you never write" guilt. Little did either mother know that the children they brought into the world were going to make them offers they dare not refuse!

Franco went to Ferncliff prepared to sweet talk Heather into doing some dirty work for him. He endured her endless barrage of insults about being a bad son and feeling as if he sacrificed her on the altar of Carly. Aware that he was dealing with a woman who was "two sandwiches short of a picnic," he brought with him the perfect bribe -- a Kelly's BLT.

Heather enjoyed two healthy bites before choking on it when he mentioned he was marrying Carly. "You're breaking my heart with your stupidity," she said. He was there to tell her she was right about Carly all along. She cheated on him with Sonny and he was prepared to punish her by settling the score. "Momma dear, that's where you come in," he said. Heather lit up like a Christmas tree just thinking about putting Carly out of her misery! Little did they know, Heather was the first person that came to mind when Sonny was looking for a fall guy in his plan to kill Franco!

Madeline tried desperately to get Nathan on the phone to warn him about just how dangerous Nina really was. As she was wrapping up a message for him, there was an anxious knock on the apartment door. When she opened it, there stood Nina. Nina looked confused and Madeline, she looked scared to death! It was the first time they had spoken or seen each other since Nina woke from the two-decade coma that her mother put her in.

Madeline tried to explain what happened all those years ago. She apologized profusely, asking her daughter what she could do to fix their relationship. Like an off-the-charts crazy person, Nina shouted, "Repent! Repent! Repent!" Slowly putting the chain on the door, Nina told Madeline about The List. She grabbed a pair of antlers off the wall and went after her! Petrified, Madeline begged her to forgive and forget. "I would do anything, anything to make things right, but I can't give you a baby," Madeline shook. Nina calmed as an idea popped in her head, one that involved her mother... and Ava Jerome!

Sabrina panicked about the meds she gave Ava to induce early labor and feared the consequence it would have on the unborn baby. She realized that what she did was criminal and she wanted to clear her conscience by turning herself into the cops. When the opportunity came and went to confess to Nathan, she, at the very least, tried to make things right for someone else -- Carlos. "The truth is," she told Michael, "Carlos didn't kill A.J. Quartermaine."

Monday on GENERAL HOSPITAL, Michael learns the surprising truth, Nina gets a partner in crime and Sonny moves forward with the sting. Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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New Project For GH Stars!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL's Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) and Kimberly McCullough (ex-Robin) would like to invite you to a special Hollywood reading of the script of a new television pilot, featuring a plethora of familiar Port Charles faces!

Written by McCullough and produced by Christopher, Hey Day is a satirical look at the debaucherous on- and off-screen world of the daytime drama DOCTORS OF ROMANCE. And not only was the premise inspired by GH, but the actors roped in some current and former castmates to participate in the reading, including Lexi Ainsworth (ex-Kristina), Finola Hughes (Anna), Linda Elena Tovar (Rosalie), Ian Buchanan (Duke) and Ronnie Marmo (ex-Ronnie). ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Bree Williamson (Jessica) is also joining in on the fun as are special guests Nicolas Bechtel (Spencer, GH) and Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma, GH).

The reading is being held on Thursday, October 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Theater 68 in the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood, CA, and it will include a 30-minute Q&A after the reading with the cast. There are only a limited number of tickets available to the public, and you can purchase them and get more information about the event by clicking here!

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Correction!

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Whoops! The story we ran about GENERAL HOSPITAL's William deVry (Julian) in the current issue of ABC Soaps In Depth, on sale now, contains a misprint!

In the heartwarming tale of the actor's efforts to raise money to rescue an injured and ailing pit bull named Jake, we printed that everyone involved was able to raise $1,310 to help the animal. But in actuality, it was $13,010, which is an even more impressive sum!

We apologize for the error, and commend everyone for helping Jake start a new life with his new family!

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Win A Role On GH!

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If your dream is to have a role on GENERAL HOSPITAL, then you don't want to miss this opportunity: The soap is auctioning off a nonspeaking, walk-on role for one lucky winner! The auction will benefit GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, and bidding is open at CharityBuzz through Thursday, October 23. Learn more about GLSEN here.

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Stars Strike Out Child Abuse

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Jen Lilley (Theresa, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Maxie, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is hosting a star-studded bowling tournament to benefit Childhelp, America's largest and longest-running nonprofit dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. The event will be held on Sunday, October 19, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at PINZ Bowling in Studio City, CA.

Amongst the celebrity guests are daytime stars like Chrishell Stause (Jordan, DAYS; Amanda, ALL MY CHILDREN), Kelly Sullivan (Sage, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; ex-Connie, GH), Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy, DAYS), Ian Buchanan (Duke, GH), Finola Hughes (Anna, GH), Billy Flynn (Chad, DAYS), Judi Evans (Adrienne, DAYS), Casey Moss (JJ, DAYS), Kassie DePaiva (Eve, DAYS; Blair, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Kristian Alfonso (Hope, DAYS), Robert Scott Wilson (Ben, DAYS; Pete, ALL MY CHILDREN), Camila Banus (ex-Gabi, DAYS), True O'Brien (Paige, DAYS) and Lauren Koslow (Kate, DAYS). "Jen is so nice -- she extended the invitation out to all the cast of DAYS and other people," Banus relates. "I'm so excited to be a part of it, to help spread awareness, to be able to be part of a great cause, and also have fun!"

For more details about the event, order tickets or simply contribute to the cause, click here.

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Obrecht: "I'm Za One Who Keeled Your Foddur!"

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Did GENERAL HOSPITAL's Nathan walk under a ladder or break a mirror or something, because he's had a really rotten few days? To start with, the judge from hell ruined his great date with Maxie. Already sullen because of that, the last thing he needed to see was a cheery Obrecht at the PCPD. It was understandable why she was happy; she was being released. Nathan didn't even know why she was arrested in the first place. After he pushed incessantly, she finally admitted, "I'm za one who keeled your foddur."

If that wasn't enough to make Nathan's head spin, she insisted that she killed Victor for Nathan. As she saw it, as long as Victor was in his life, she couldn't be certain Nathan was safe. "I'm your mudder," she smiled proudly. Yeah, well, that didn't thrill him much. His "first mother," Madeline, put his "sister" in a coma after lying to him his entire life. And Obrecht, she did one better by killing his father! "I just traded one crazy for another!" he said, storming out.

Wanting to explain everything to her son, Obrecht later went to his apartment, knocked on the door and pleaded for him to open it. And open, it did. But on the other side wasn't Nathan... it was Madeline!

Across the pond in Amsterdam, Sam and Patrick sat in a café, waiting for Tracy and, eventually, Luke. Sam was distracted by her call earlier from Silas. She was still angry that Silas kept putting his formerly comatose wife first. Oh, Sam, do you ever listen to yourself? Tracy finally showed up and, shortly thereafter, the door to the café opened. They all looked at each other like, "What the...?" Was it Luke? Or the real head of the Jerome crime family?

Over at GH, Nina was feeling frisky and wanted to "make a baby" on the spot! "I want you now and I won't take no for an answer." Apparently, she meant those words because she found a supply closet and pushed him in! She started pawing him like he was a cashmere sweater. He stopped her, which made her think he was sleeping with someone else. He assured her that wasn't the case and that he didn't hate her. "Good," she said. "Because if you hated me, I don't know what I'd do." Our best guess is that it'd be a felony of some sort.

Meanwhile, Liz was hanging out at Jake's bedside. No surprise there, right? It took some persuading, but she convinced him to have the PCPD run his fingerprints to, hopefully, learn his last name. At the same time, Epiphany was dressed to the nines for her date with Milo, unaware that their evening was going to be in the boxing gym. At first she played along, but then she was hurt beyond belief. She felt as if he was trying to get her to lose weight. He apologized said sincerely, "I wouldn't change a thing [about you.]" Awwww.

Monday, Obrecht and Madeline have a tense reunion, Silas has a chat with Nina's physical therapist, and Tracy, Sam and Patrick have a chat with "whoever" came into that café! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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GH's Eddy Plays Lunch Lady!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL's Sonya Eddy (Epiphany) drops by the Disney Channel teencom GIRL MEETS WORLD tomorrow night. In "Girl Meets The Forgotten," when the kids are assigned a special lesson on appreciation, Riley and Maya are forced to work in the school cafeteria -- and things don't go too well while the girls are filling in for Eddy's lunch lady! (Does anyone else hear Adam Sandler singing in their head right now?) Tune in on Friday, October 10, at 8 p.m. EST.

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Cast Your Vote #43

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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: Who do you want to see Nina pursue a relationship with?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, October 16. 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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Hobnob With The Stars!

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Spend an intimate eventing with your favorite daytime and Broadway stars at the annual Jane Elissa Extravaganza For Leukemia And Cancer Research! The event will be held at the Time Square Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City on Monday, November 17.

Numerous soap stars are slated to attend, including honorary chairperson Jacklyn Zeman (Bobbie, GENERAL HOSPITAL), Gina Tognoni (Phyllis, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS), Alicia Minshew (Kendall, ALL MY CHILDREN), Sean McDermott (Hart, GUIDING LIGHT), Sonia Satra (Lucy, GL), Kevin Spirtas (ex-Craig, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) and David Andrew Macdonald (Edmund, GL).

There will be special performances, auctions, a raffle and goodie bags. Tickets range in price from $125 to $500. For more information and ticket purchase, call Jane Elissa at 917-732-1085 or Lauri Landry at 646-732-9397.

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"It's Just Sex" For One Of Sonny's Old Flames!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL fans will remember Dahlia Salem as Claire, the federal prosecutor who first tried to send Sonny to jail for murder only to end up (surprise, surprise!) falling for the mobster. But now, Los Angeles-area fans can see the actress dealing with some very different relationship issues in the play It's Just Sex.

"The play is a comedy, which is always good and fun," Salem tells Soaps In Depth. "It's about six friends — all couples — who get together and something goes very askew on the night they meet up." There's no special occasion that draws the pals together. "They just haven't seen each other in a long time. They've been busy with kids and work and they all let loose when they get together while having some drinks and getting a bite."

Salem's character and her husband appear to be a content enough pair — but are they? "We do sound like a happy couple," the actress laughs. "Lisa definitely wears the pants in their relationship, which is fun to play."

Treading the boards again has been adventurous to say the least! "I haven't been on stage in 15 years," Salem says. "I'm really returning to my roots. Theater is where I got my training and where it all started for me. It's exhilarating and you have to be on your toes and be in the moment."

It's Just Sex is set to run at The Secret Rose Theatre in North Hollywood through Sunday, November 2. For more information on the show and to order tickets visit the play's Web site.

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Sonny And Carly: Busted!

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In Carly's world, love means never having to say, "Did you keep the receipt for this oogly necklace?" If only she had said what she was thinking, her and Franco's day would have gone so much better!

Everything looked to be going Franco's way as he and Nina spied on Carly via his phone app and the nanny cam necklace he gave his bride-to-be. She was alone in Michael's apartment with Sonny, who had his fingers crossed that she was going to tell him she was leaving Franco. But he wasn't even close. "What I wanted to say..." Carly said, speaking slowly and deliberately, "... is that you're a son of a bitch." Not quite what Sonny was hoping for, but the afternoon was young!

Nina grabbed Franco's phone and told him, "Carly passed the test. Stop obsessing." She offered to take him to lunch but he had to leave the phone behind. He whined about being phoneless but ultimately agreed. While they were away, the tone of Carly and Sonny's conversation shifted. Drastically! Sonny poured out his heart to Carly, and it worked. She stepped closer and they kissed. And they did other things, too. Right there on Michael's sofa.

When Franco and Nina returned from lunch, he picked up his phone and turned off the video feed. Unfortunately, Carly spoke, and Franco heard something he didn't want to hear. "I spent the afternoon in my son's apartment having sex with you and my fiancé has no idea." She was wrong.

While Maxie was getting advice from Lulu about her hesitation to meet Nathan for a date that evening, Nathan was filling in Dante. After the Levi debacle, Maxie wasn't ready to trust her heart again, even if it meant losing Nathan. Lulu was not going to side with her BFF on this one. Instead, she encouraged Maxie to go for it. Later, Nathan sat alone at a Metro Court table for what seemed like forever. Certain he was being stood up, he was about to leave when Maxie arrived looking gorgeous.

Sam and Patrick were on their way to Amsterdam, but the flight was the last thing on her mind. She couldn't stop thinking about Danny's pull to the John Doe in ICU. She and Patrick talked about their dislike for each other when they first met, about Jason and, finally, that he received Robin's signed divorce papers. He went on to assure Sam that he got the message loud and clear that they're just friends and not to worry, he wouldn't kiss her again. Bummer.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth sat tirelessly at an unconscious and bandaged John Doe's bedside. Unaware she was talking about Jason, Monica popped in to say "John Doe" had a healthy heart. She and Liz talked about A.J. and, yes, Jason. A nurse came in later and told Liz to take a break. But the minute Liz headed for the door, the monitor beeped and Jason began to move. He was coming to!

Monday on GENERAL HOSPITAL, it's date night for Maxie and Nathan, Franco freaks out and Silas finally learns the surprising truth! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Sneak Peek: Benard On OPRAH: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

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Take a minute right now and be sure you set your DVRs for this Sunday, October 5, because GENERAL HOSPITAL star Maurice Benard (Sonny) is one of the celebrities featured on the new episode of OPRAH: WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Along with his family, Benard will appear on the popular Oprah Winfrey Network series as a follow-up to his 2004 interview with the queen of all media herself, discussing his daily struggle with bipolar disorder.

Now that you have your DVRs set to record the episode (airing at 9 p.m. EST/8 p.m. CST), Soaps In Depth has two sneak peeks for our readers!

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Baby On Board!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL star Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) and his wife, Brienne, have a second child on the way! "Thank you all for the great baby wishes!" the actor tweeted. "Coming in May." The couple are already parents to son Greysun James, who celebrates his 5th birthday tomorrow, October 3. Congratulations!

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Who Do You Want Back In Port Charles?

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Ever since Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati took over as GENERAL HOSPITAL's executive producer and headwriter, there have been a slew of classic characters returning to the soap. We've seen folks like Lucy and Kevin return to Port Charles, as well as those believed to be dead like Jason, Helena and Stavros. But while there have been lots of returning favorites, there are still plenty that fans are still desperate to have back on the canvas.

So who would make your personal wish list? Do you insist on having the original actor back in the role, or do you have a suggestion for a recast? Sound off in the comments!

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Grahn's New Show!

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Get ready Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis, GENERAL HOSPITAL) fans — She's got something cookin' that should tickle your funny bones! "We are bringing the funny into daytime TV," she announced to her followers on Twitter. "My new abc.com digital series is called GENERAL HOSPITAL NOW. It's SNL-ish mixed with SOAP. Coming soon in digital near you."

If you've ever attended one of Grahn's fan gatherings, you'll know one of her co-writers, funny man Kaore Bonell, who frequently entertains the crowds. And there are others involved, too. "Hate to name drop but my new ABC sponsored show includes [CHELSEA LATELY's] Sarah Colonna and CONAN O'BRIEN's Jimmy Pardo," Grahn revealed.

As far as other surprises, Grahn tweeted a photo of herself with apparent guest Justin Chambers from GREY'S ANATOMY and noted that her show had wrapped shooting and was in post-production!

Grahn's daughter, Kate, threw in her two cents to promote the project. "[Please] watch my Mom's new show on abc.com in October," she tweeted. "Maybe then she'll sign my lunch program card so I can eat." Yep, she's got Mom's sense of humor!

We'll let you know exactly where and when you can catch Grahn's new Web series as soon as the information is announced!

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Tracy's Ex Returns!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL's Tracy already has her hands full with Fluke, but as we broke last night on Twitter, ABC has confirmed that Hugo Napier is going to be returning to Port Charles as her ex-husband (and Ned's pop), Lord Larry Ashton!

Back in the day, the cad proved he was no prince (heck, he wasn't even really a lord!), and his and Tracy's relationship was anything but a fairytale. At this time, there's no information on when Napier will first air, or how long his stint will be, but we'll let you know as soon as we find out!

How will the fake royal's return impact Ned and Tracy's lives this time? What do you think brings him back to town?

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All Roads Lead To Fluke!

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Thirty-seven hundred miles away and Luke Spencer was still the talk of the town... but not in a good way!

Relieved that Lulu was safely home, Tracy threw her arms around her and then almost immediately asked if she had seen Luke. Lulu saw right through Tracy's claim that she and Luke were "better than okay." If that was true, why didn't she know where he was? The more Tracy said, the less Lulu believed. Finally, Tracy admitted the truth -- she hadn't seen Luke since their honeymoon. "It's as if he's become a complete stranger," she mourned.

Dante stepped in, saying he might know what's going on with Luke. "Anna thinks Luke could be the head of the Jerome crime family," he revealed. Tracy was stunned. Then, she was hit with a memory. The night of Nikolas and Britt's engagement party, she saw Julian and Luke together in the Wyndemere stables.

Meanwhile, Patrick and Sam told Alexis they were following a lead about the person who might have put Rafe up to running Patrick's car off the road. They told her their theory about Luke and how Spencer's story fit in. Like Tracy, Alexis remembered something the night of the Wyndemere party. Julian had gotten a text from someone who wanted to meet him right there and then. An hour later, she ran into Tracy looking for Luke, who, like Julian, was nowhere to be found.

Julian was worried sick about Ava, unaware that was hiding out with Morgan at the brownstone. Morgan couldn't wrap his head around the idea that Sonny would kidnap her, drag her off somewhere to have the baby and then kill her. "He can and he will," she shuddered. Although she was determined to get out of town as quickly as possible, she had no plan. Morgan, however, did. "Stay with me! I don't want you to go, Ava!"

Before answering the knock at his door, Julian grabbed a gun. It was a big bruiser of a guy named Kobe, who was sent by Fluke to find Ava. Kobe tried to intimidate Julian into revealing Ava's whereabouts, but Julian really didn't know. He ordered Julian to sweep up after his sister and not only get the goods on Sonny, but also kill Michael! Kobe flashed his brass knuckles like he was going to punch Julian's lights out. Julian, however, was the smarter of the two and got the upper hand!

Jordan marched right past Kobe and into Julian's apartment like she owned the place. Kobe recognized her as the woman who killed Mickey Diamond and, after a rather unpleased exchange of words, he left. Once alone, Julian asked Jordan about Ava. She filled him in on what happened the night before, and he filled her in on what happened with Kobe. "He was here for my sister," Julian began. "Ava was supposed to take out Michael Corinthos and she refused. Now I think he might be on his way there to do it himself."

Monday on GENERAL HOSPITAL, Kiki learns that someone wants her mother dead, Michael's life is in danger, and Olivia has a close encounter with Ned! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Is Victor Really Dead?

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We saw Obrecht shoot Victor dead at nearly point-blank range. We saw him fall to the floor, only to later regain consciousness long enough to discuss their relationship and -- lest we forget -- detonate the explosives that destroyed Crichton-Clark. What we didn't see was a body, and you know what that means!

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Cast Your Vote #41

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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 Billy Miller will make a good Jason?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, October 2. 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 Sonny & Jason Reunion!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL's Sonny and Jason are reuniting, and you can be there... without leaving your home! On Sunday, October 5, Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Steve Burton (ex-Jason, now Dylan, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) will be participating in a live on-line Webinar to relive their days as GH's biggest bromance. They will also take questions from the fans participating in the live on-line streaming event, so make sure you think of good ones!

This special reunion event will be held on Sunday, October 5, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. PDT and reservations are $25 a seat (a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the actors' favorite charities, ourbravest.org and IBPF.org). For more information and to reserve your own seat, click here to visit the WebinarsOnAir Web site.

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The Clock Is Ticking For Ava!

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Can you believe Ava Jerome has only been in Port Charles 16 months? That's a mind-blowing fact, considering all the damage she's done to so many. Now, with Sonny's armed henchmen heading in her direction and Sabrina cursing the blonde baddie's unborn baby, it looks as if karma is sneaking up on her fast!

Ava was already on edge when her guard warned her that they caught someone trying to sneak in. Thinking that Sonny was testing their security, she insisted on seeing the intruder. When they ushered in Morgan, a cautious smile crossed her face. Although his tone was nonconfrontive, the conversation quickly got serious. In the end, she assured him that she and Sonny never had "those feelings" and never would. But why all the questions? Was he wondering if there was still a chance for them?

Morgan gently told her that there was no going back. "But," he added quietly, "there may be a way to go forward for me and the baby." He didn't want to get in Dad mode if he wasn't the father so he asked her to consider a paternity test. The fact was, she would not consider it. It was an evasive procedure that she didn't want to risk taking. For what it was worth, she wanted it be his and she wanted him to be a part of its life. "I hope that my mistake won't make you stop loving this baby the way it made you stop loving me," she said tearing up.

Meanwhile, Sabrina was lighting candles, praying to her dead infant son and remembering switching Ava's meds for those that would cause premature labor. "I don't want to sacrifice [Ava's] baby," she said, kneeling in the hospital chapel. "I don't want it to feel pain or never know a mother's love. I know that it's innocent. But so was Gabriel. I'm sorry, my son, but I had to do this. You deserve retribution. And so does Ava."

Franco was basking in the afterglow of a great morning with Carly that left him feeling loved and appreciated. He went on and on, telling Nina that he was never, ever going to doubt Carly again. Armed with knowledge that would have him thinking quite the contrary, Nina was bursting at the seams until she finally jumped out of her wheelchair. "I have something to tell you, and you're not going to like it," she squirmed.

Nina danced around the truth until she couldn't not tell him. "The thing that Rosalie overheard was Kiki tell Morgan that the last thing they needed was for you to find out..." she hedged, "that... Carly and Sonny slept together." Vowing to never be a victim of his paranoia again, Franco insisted that Rosalie misunderstood Kiki. Nina pointed out there was only one way to find out -- ask Kiki for himself!

Monday on GENERAL HOSPITAL, Franco forces the truth out of Kiki, Lucy forces Scotty to make a choice, and Robin and Jason head to Port Charles! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Whose Kiss Was Hotter?

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This week saw not one but two GENERAL HOSPITAL pairs lock lips for the first time. Nathan and Maxie celebrated having done away with Levi and his pop by kissing, while fortune cookies declaring "Now is the time to try something new" led Patrick and Sam to make out on her couch! So... which smooch left you weaker in the knees? Sound off below!

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GH's Parsons Goes To War!

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Fans of GENERAL HOSPITAL's Nathan Parsons (ex-Ethan) may have been disappointed when his role as James on TRUE BLOOD came to an end with the finale of the HBO series. But the talented actor is set to be the lead in POINT OF HONOR, a new family drama pilot for Amazon set during the Civil War from LOST producer Carlton Cuse, reports Deadline.

But that may not be the in-demand actor's only project! Judging from his comments during a podcast interview with E.J. Scott, Parsons may also be returning for Season 2 of The CW's THE ORIGINALS, where he recurred as Jackson, a brooding werewolf. "After my couple days in New Orleans, I'm going through Atlanta to Virginia," he says. (THE ORIGINALS is filmed in Atlanta, and POINT OF HONOR shoots in Virginia.)

As soon as more details on either are released, of course we'll let you know when you'll be able to see him on your televisions again!

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The Secrets Of Helena's Return!

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Who out there really thought that GENERAL HOSPITAL's Helena was dead? Anyone? Bueller? If mere mortals like Jason, Robin and Duke can come back from the dead, surely the Dragon Lady of Port Charles wouldn't find death anything more than a temporary inconvenience.

"I'm just so happy to be back," Constance Towers (Helena) tells Soaps In Depth exclusively. "[Headwriter] Ron Carlivati and [executive producer] Frank Valentini are both wonderful. They've said if they could ever find a way to bring her back, they would. But I thought, 'They shot me through the heart!' There was blood on that beautiful jacket. They ruined it. When your wardrobe goes, you think, 'Maybe they're really serious this time!'"

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Sip Wine With Two Of GH's Hottest Hunks!

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What would be better than getting to spend some quality time with two of GENERAL HOSPITAL's hottest hunks? How about spending the afternoon with them at a wine tasting in the Napa Valley?

William deVry (Julian) and Ryan Paevey (Nathan) are hosting an exclusive VIP experience on Saturday, October 18, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the elegant Brix Restaurant and Gardens. VIP tickets are $140, and include tasting of various local wines, hors d'oeuvres, two autographed 8x10 photos of each actor, multiple photo ops with the stars, a silent auction and plenty of personal time with both deVry and Paevey.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here!

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Firearms And Choke Chains And Syringes... Oh My!

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On Friday's action-packed GENERAL HOSPITAL... 

Just an hour outside of Port Charles in what seemed to be the epicenter of everything that was evil, Crichton-Clark Clinic, Stavros burst into Victor's office with a "someone just keyed my car" look on his face. In his best imitation of a hissing Lord Voldemort, Stavros wanted to know if it was true that Lulu's embryo "implantation wouldn't bear fruit" unless she was administered hormones. Just a teeny weeny detail Victor left out. Smoke was all but coming out of Stavros' ears, and he went ballistic. After cooling his jets, he realized it was just a minor setback in his plan for Lulu to have his baby. Nothing he couldn't handle... immediately!

Stavros confidently waltzed into the room where Lulu and Dante were chained. This time, Stavros brought someone with him -- a doctor to administer hormones! Lulu called him a "psycho freak," to which he replied, "You really do not... want... to fight me on this. If you do... your husband will receive an injection... (whispered) of the bullet variety." Dante didn't want her to do it. She, however, caved to save her husband's life. They brought Lulu to a bed, as Stavros smiled, "One little prick and my little Lulu will be filled with everlasting joy." (Showtime "at night" dialogue, yes?) Lulu cried and Dante screamed! Stavros had one more surprise -- Lula was leaving with him!

Levi paid Nathan a visit and saw that Maxie was gone. He pointed a gun at Nathan's chest and demanded to know where she was. As if Nathan would tattle on Maxie. Levi left and, instead, went in search of her. Moments later, a guard came in. Rephrase, a stupid guard came in. Nathan got the best of the guy, choked him with his chain, took his door access card and used his keys to take off his handcuffs. Nathan then picked up the guard's gun and headed out to find his damsel in distress!

Maxie found her way to a patient's room. He stared at her with creepy eyes and whispered, "Felicia," and then he grabbed her arm! Needless to say, she was freaked. She ran for the door, and ran smack into Levi! He introduced her to his father, Peter Harrell Sr. The bedridden man said, "Thank you, son, for bringing her to me. Now it's time for her to die."

Anna planted a listening device on Obrecht and told her to get info about the hostages' location from Victor. When Dr. O arrived to see Victor, she told him what he wanted to hear, that Nathan was his son. Nathan burst in and pointed the gun at Victor, demanding to know where Maxie was. Victor calmly said, "Oh come now, Nathan. You're not going to kill your own father."

Monday on GENERAL HOSPITAL, Anna comes in with guns blazing, things heat up between Sam and Patrick, and Maxie and Nathan are reunited! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Cast Your Vote #39

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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 want Sonny and Carly to get back together?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, September 18. 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 Monaco Meets BABY DADDY!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL is going to get a little silly! Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the ABC Daytime soap will be crossing over with ABC Family comedy BABY DADDY, with Kelly Monaco (Sam) playing an exaggerated version of herself.

In the episode currently slated to air at the beginning of season four in 2015, BABY DADDY character Danny lands a role on GH and enlists best friend (and crush) Riley to help him prepare. But when they get on set, GH superfan Riley loses it and starts to drive Monaco (as herself) up the wall!

We'll let you know when Monaco's episode of BABY DADDY is set to air!

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Will Antonio Sabato Jr. "DANCE" His Way Back On To GH?

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Antonio Sabáto Jr. (ex-Jagger, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has taken on two highly demanding jobs — he's the host and active participant of the makeover show FIX IT & FINISH IT and he's learning to dance as a member of the celebrity cast of the new season of DANCING WITH THE STARS. Soaps In Depth couldn't resist asking the fan favorite hunk if, schedules permitting, he'd make time on his dance card (pun intended) for a return visit to Port Charles?

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GH's Christopher Explores His Heritage

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Shouting Secrets, a film starring GENERAL HOSPITAL's Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) as a former football player who finds himself trapped in his Native American community while his estranged brother (The Twilight Saga's Chaske Spencer) finds success outside, is debuting Friday, September 5, at The Autry National Center in Los Angeles.

The screening will also mark the picture's official DVD and VOD release. The slice-of-life drama is centered on the failing health of the brothers' mother, which forces them to reconnect. "Tyler's character resented his brother for writing a supposedly fictional book about them," explains director Korinna Sehringer. "He also deals with some marriage troubles because he's having an affair with a minor."

For a soap star like Christopher, playing that kind of intense family drama in the film festival winner came easily. "[My character] struggles with [the affair] and the legal implications it comes with, as well as the embarrassment and shame to his wife and to his child," the actor offers. "He's trying to find ways to forgive himself and to get the relationship back with his wife he once had."

The film also features Christopher's former GH castmate, Ted King (ex-Alcazar). "Ted plays Dr. Matthews [the physician treating the brothers' mother]," Sehringer reveals. "He's in love with Caitlyn (Tonantzin Carmelo), the Native American doctor at the hospital." Visit the film's official site for more information or to order your copy.

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GH And AMC Alums Hit The DANCE Floor!

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The new celebrity contestants of DANCING WITH THE STARS were announced this morning, and there are two ABC Daytime alums competing for the Mirrorball trophy this season!

Antonio Sabáto Jr., best known to soap fans as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Jagger, will be performing with professional partner Cheryl Burke. She helped her partners Drew Lachey and Emmitt Smith come in first place in two consecutive seasons, so will she do the same for Sabáto?

ALL MY CHILDREN alum Jonathan Bennett (JR) is also one of the 13 celebrities hitting the dance floor, and he's partnered with professional hoofer Allison Holker. This is the first season of DWTS for Holker, but she's been an All-Star on FOX's SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE for years.

Sabáto and Bennett will be joined by fellow contestants Tommy Chong, Randy Couture, Betsey Johnson, Lolo Jones, Bethany Mota, Janel Parrish, Alfonso Ribeiro, Sadie Robertson, Tavis Smiley, Lea Thompson and Michael Waltrip. Watch and see how they do when the 19th season of DANCING WITH THE STARS premieres on Monday, September 15, at 8:00 p.m. EST. (And be sure to tune in on the following Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. EST to see who goes home!)

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Billy Miller Is GH's New Jason!

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It turns out that the rumor was true: Billy Miller is about to join GENERAL HOSPITAL in the role of Jason Morgan! The buzz has been building for a while now that THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS alum (he played Billy) would be assuming the role vacated by Steve Burton (now Y&R's Dylan). The soap's executive producer, Frank Valentini revealed the news today on Twitter after a playful banter with headwriter Ron Carlivati about some "big" GH news.

"I am really excited to be working with such a talented and acclaimed actor as Billy," Valentini said in a statement. "Our cast is thrilled that he will be joining the GH family, and I know that he will be an amazing addition to our talented cast."

With the presumed-dead Jason's wife, Sam, currently getting involved with Patrick (who wasn't crazy about his own wife, Robin, leaving her family behind to go bring Jason back to life) let's just say that the character's return is going to turn Port Charles upside-down!

Valentini hasn't released details of when we can expect to see Miller first air, but we'll definitely keep you up to date as more information is announced. How do you feel about this casting?

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Port Charles Hits Boston!

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East Coast GENERAL HOSPITAL fans, a bunch of fan favorite actors are coming "Back To Beantown!" The weekend kicks off on Friday, September 5, with Kathleen Gati (Obrecht) hosting "Dinner With Mutter" from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

On Saturday, September 6, you can spend the morning with Rick Hearst (Ric) from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Then, from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., you'll be able to get up-close and personal with Sonya Eddy (Epiphany), and close out the evening with Bradford Anderson (ex-Spinelli) from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.!

It'll be worth getting up early on Sunday, September 7, because Wally Kurth (Ned) is promising to serenade his fans with some new songs at his event from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. And closing out the weekend is Greg Vaughan (ex-Lucky), hosting his own event from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

All the events will be held at the Courtyard Marriott Cambridge in Cambridge, MA, just minutes from downtown Boston. Tickets for each event are $85. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit www.YourNumberOneFan.com. You can E-mail debbyoconnor@aol.com or fax (949) 552-3365 if you have any questions about the events.

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Cast Your Vote #37

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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: Would you like to see Sam and Patrick pursue a relationship or stay friends?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, September 4. 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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Who Is GH's Peter Harrell?

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Even the most schooled GENERAL HOSPITAL viewers may have heard the name Peter Harrell on today's episode and thought, "Who?" If that was your reaction to the man from Felicia's past, we're here to fill you in!

Thirty years ago, Frisco came across a ring at a charity auction. Thinking it simply a piece of costume jewelry, he purchased it... only to have Felicia Jones (dressed as a boy, by the way!) try to steal it from beneath his mattress! Almost immediately, sparks flew between the pair. When she injured herself after attempting to flee with the purloined ring, he took her to General Hospital and, thanks to some lurking thugs, realized that the blonde beauty was in danger! Eventually, between bouts of bickering, Felicia revealed that she was an honest-to-gosh Princess, and that the ring was part of a collection. In fact, when paired with a scepter, the ring would reveal the location of the entire treasure trove!

So where, exactly, was the scepter? In the possession of Felicia's ex-fiance, Peter Harrell! It also happened that former WSB big wig Sean Donely and his mistress, Cruz, were hot on the trail of the treasure, too. Turned out that not only was Sean a former WSB leader, he just happened to have an extensive knowledge of Aztec culture! Having been framed (by Peter) for a murder he didn't commit, Luke was laying low at Sean's hacienda while his good pal Robert Scorpio helped clear his name. Cruz eventually left to "care for her ailing mom"... but in reality, she was teaming up with Peter!

Eventually, Peter tricked Felicia into handing over the ring. For those keeping track, this meant the sceptor-bearing baddie was now in possession of everything he needed to claim the treasure! Peter and Donely managed to open the vault and find the treasure. Sean was all set to double-cross Peter. But in the resulting chase through the jungle, Peter fell to his death over a waterfall. Ever the sly fox, Sean made sure the hiding place was secure and acted like he'd never found anything. "Treasure?" he basically asked. "What treasure?"

Except, of course, this being Port Charles... well, who really thinks Peter died from the tumble? I'm gonna guess you're new around these parts...

Before long, Peter showed up in Port Charles again, luring Felicia to an abandoned railroad car. Despite being in love with Frisco and having no interest in her ex, Felicia couldn't resist going to his side after he promised that the treasure could be hers! Felicia called Tony to treat Peter, who revealed to his doc that Sean had the treasure. Unfortunately, before Tony could share this bit of news, he was shot in the head! As for Peter, he managed to escape, fleeing to Brazil!

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Maybe Just One More Time!

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Oh, that Carly. She's one smart cookie... unless it has to do with Sonny, and then she's deaf, dumb and just about as blind as one woman can be.

That passion-filled night Carly and Sonny spent together doing "you know what" felt all too comfortable for both of them. While Sonny was clear about their special connection, Carly was sailing down that long, wide river known as "De-Nile." She showed up at his office the next day to nip their affair in the bud. In that nonchalant, charmingly cocky way of his he said, "I figured you'd come by eventually." In other words, "You want a second helping of Sonny love? Not a problem, baby."

Carly threw a notepad at him at the mere suggestion that she (*gasp*) liked making love with him. In the bright light of day, she wanted to tell him that she is in love with Franco and she will never sleep with Sonny again. Uh huh. It didn't take much but for Sonny to get up from behind his desk, lock the door, stroll over to her and gaze longingly at her lips for the clothes to start coming off again! Yes, in his office, they got "down to business"!

Nina was wired in that crazy-eyed kind of way. She had been shooed out of the apartment she shares with Silas so he could have a private conversation with Sam and she was fighting mad! Plus, news that Ava was expecting baby number two when Nina had zero young'uns was unthinkable! "Ava has a daughter, and now she has another baby! Me, I don't have any! No babies! Do you get it?!" she asked her bewildered nurse. Nina's baby obsession was off the charts. "If Silas won't give me a baby, I'm gonna find somebody else who will," Nina said confidently. "I don't have to cheat on Silas. There are other ways to get a baby." Someone needs to be very afraid!

While Patrick filled in Sabrina on the truth behind Robin's absence and their split, Sam (who must have gotten the same memo Sabrina did about it being royal blue day in Port Charles) uncovered some important info about the car accident from Rafe's things. She and Silas found amongst the teen's belongings $500 cash and his cell phone. Going through his call long, they spotted a mysterious entry labeled as "D." Conversation led to her growing friendship with Patrick and Silas' commitment to Nina. The chat did not end well, and she left with both of them feeling not so good. When she was gone, Silas found one more item in Rafe's things: a Crichton-Clark business card.

Meanwhile, Ava told Julian that Luke wants her to kill Michael because he ruined Luke's plan to take over ELQ. She couldn't do that because it would devastate Kiki! She didn't understand how Luke could have become such a ruthless criminal. Julian explained it succinctly, "He isn't Luke Spencer."

Monday, Ava vows to keep Kiki safe and word spreads about Maxie and Lulu's kidnapping! Don't forget: 2:00 ET and 1:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Details On GH's Time Change!

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Last week, ABC confirmed that GENERAL HOSPITAL would be returning to a 3 p.m. EST/2 p.m. PST timeslot in a few markets, back to where it aired for 25 years. And today, we can tell you that the change will go into effect on Monday, September 8, in the following eight markets: San Antonio, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston and Raleigh-Durham.

Be sure to update your DVRs in the next few weeks so you don't miss a minute of GH!

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