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GH Friday Recap: Ava Is Alive!

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"For someone who's been shot, dropped off a bridge and nearly drowned, you're making a remarkable recovery." It was as if Silas was channeling the millions of TV viewers when he told that to Ava, as she lie nestled comfortably in a bed in New York Methodist Hospital. That action-packed day a few weeks back was both unlucky and lucky. Yes, that string of events did happen to her. On the other hand, she mustered up the strength to swim to shore, wobble her way to a phone and call Silas, who had been nursing her back to health ever since.

Ava was stunned to learn from Silas that Sonny was pardoned and, as a result of his freedom, had obtained custody of Avery from Kiki. If that wasn't bad enough, now Michael was in on the tug o' war for the baby! Ava wouldn't have it. She'd never allow little Avery to be a pawn in Michael and Sonny's battle. But there was a teensy problem. If she were to return to Port Charles to fight for her daughter, she'd be sent right back to prison!

While Kiki, Julian and Morgan attempted to peacefully co-exist so they could plan a memorial service for Ava, Avery's custody proceeding got underway. Michael took to the stand to tell the court why he believed he'd make a better guardian than Sonny. That was a pretty easy task, considering that under Sonny's watch, his children had been kidnapped and shot. "I will dedicate my life to my sister's upbringing," Michael told the judge, to which GH viewers around the country shouted at their televisions, "She's not your sister, Bozo!"

Meanwhile at Shadybrook, Franco got a surprise visitor -- Olivia. Franco, however, seemed clueless to her identity. "You're Mama Celeste from the freezer aisle," he smiled warmly. Nope. Actually, she was there to lend her support, as they had something in common -- she also endured an overdose of LSD courtesy of Heather Webber. She told him about her hallucinations, including that she saw the devil. "He was Australian," she said. Franco replied, "Satan should be from 'down under.' Get it?" As Franco babbled off in his own direction, Olivia babbled off in hers. In the midst, she mentioned that Julian was the father of her baby, thinking it was falling on deaf ears. But was it?

After Olivia left, Franco got one more visitor -- Nina. Earlier at her court hearing, she went bonkers when she saw Avery, insisting that the adorable tot was her and Silas' daughter. It was pretty clear that she was nowhere near sane, and she needed more time back in Shadybrook. Shortly thereafter, when she returned to the mental hospital, she wanted to see Franco. She crawled up on his bed and quietly revealed that she faked being crazy so she could be with him. He leaned close to her and said, "You want to hear something even more super awesome? I'm faking, too."

Monday on GH, Sloan wants to cut a deal with Jake, Julian is not happy with Carlos, Ric resorts to name-calling in court, and Nina gives Franco what he's got comin'! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Kirsten Storms Joins WINTERTHORNE!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL star Kirsten Storms (Maxie) has joined the cast of the new Web soap WINTERTHORNE! She'll be playing Selene, the younger sister of Martha Madison's Miranda. (Interestingly, both actresses have played the part of DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Belle). The stylish, sexy, wicked and witty Selene has been away from her family for a long time, but is coming home to take back what she feels is hers!

"Kirsten has been so lovely and excited to join the project," series creator Michael Caruso, who is also behind the Web soap DEVANITY, tells Soaps In Depth exclusively. "She's going to bring a really fun and sassy quality to the character of Selene. It's wonderful to see how excited the team is to work with her."

WINTERTHORNE is set to begin three weeks of production next month, both in and outside the Los Angeles area. Other cast members include Linda Grey as matriarch Joanna Winterthorne, and Kathleen Gati (Obrecht, GH) as Joanna's sister, Valentina.

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Meet GH's New Kiki!

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Let's all give a warm welcome to Hayley Erin, who jumped in with both feet and hit the ground running today as GENERAL HOSPITAL's new Kiki.

Erin steps in at a time when Kiki's life couldn't be more complicated. Dealing with the presumed death of her mother, Ava, and the threat of losing her baby sister, Avery, to the angry and bitter man she was madly in love with not so very long ago (we're talking about you, Michael!) is a lot to process for such a young girl. But all that is okay by Erin! "Kiki is such a relatable character and there's so much going on for her that it's hard not to feel for her!" the actress tells Soaps In Depth. "I'm excited to see how it all turns out!"

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Cast Your Vote #11

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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 think should have custody of Avery?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Wednesday, March 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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Throwback Thursday Time!

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Remember that day that GH's Spinelli and Maxie didn't get married? They decided to call off their wedding back in September 2009, but the quirky groom and his fashionista bride continued to live together as non-spouses. What was your favorite Spixie moment? Let us know in the comments below!

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GH Friday Recap: Nik Banishes Helena!

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Helena hoped and dreamed that one day Nikolas would embrace his Cassadine instincts. Well, Helena, as they say, be careful what you wish for!

Liz must have torn off her surgical mask and latex gloves covered with Jake's blood, slapped on a coat, ran to the docks, and hopped on a boat for Spoon Island... just to tell Nikolas that Patrick successfully removed a chip from Jake's brain. Why she didn't just send him a text, who knows? Anyway, Helena looked more than a little worried to hear that Jake had not only survived the risky surgery but that as he lay on the operating table, he mentioned he knew who he was. Luckily for Helena, Jake went under the anesthetics before the big reveal!

After Liz left, Helena praised her grandson for not telling Liz that Jake was actually Jason. But Nik didn't lie to Liz to protect his grandmother. Quite the opposite. In fact, he made it clear that she had no leverage against him and no access to Cassadine money. With that, he had his minions cart her off to Cassadine Island forever more. Or, at least, for however "forever" means in soap lingo.

Over at GH, Alexis and Julian were staggered to learn that Olivia was pregnant. Julian, naturally, thought he was the father (and he was) but Ned jumped in and said that he was the dad-to-be. Alexis had her doubts. After all, Ned had done that same favor for her when Kristina was a baby and she didn't want Sonny to know that the baby was his. Ned and Olivia wove quite a tale of when "it" all happened and that they'd been sleeping together since Thanksgiving!

For the first time since being behind bars, "Good Luke" made an appearance and, the poor guy, panicked! By the time Tracy arrived to visit, he was totally freaking out. He had no idea why he was locked up but feared that something was very, very wrong. This time, Tracy believed him. She carefully told him that something that happened in his childhood triggered Bad Luke to emerge. The minute she inquired about what happened in that old house, Luke flipped and became angry and abusive. "I'm not afraid of you," Tracy said confidently. She was going to track down Luke's older sister, Patricia, and learn the secret of his tragic past!

If there's one thing better than seeing Nathan shirtless, it's seeing Nathan shirtless with whipped cream on his chest! A collision with Spinelli and a cup of hot cocoa outside Kelly's resulted in Nathan whipping off his shirt, showing Spinelli exactly what his competition looked like. When Nathan returned cleaned up, Spinelli laid it out on the table, telling Nathan what he felt for his baby mama.

At the same time, Maxie stopped by Lulu's with Georgie to discuss Spinelli's confession of love. When Maxie set Georgie on the floor to play with Rocco, the mommies said exactly what the audience was thinking: "Oh, my god. This is the cutest thing ever. Like, by far. They are epically adorable." Yup. That summed it up!

Monday on GH, Spinelli's confession becomes a topic of conversation, Nikolas' guilty conscience is talking to him, and Jake shares what he remembers! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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GH Star's Exciting New Role!

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There's good news and better news for fans of GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kathleen Gati (Obrecht). The good news is that she's about to film a juicy new part in an upcoming Web series. The better news is that doing so won't take her away from GH!

The folks behind the about-to-begin-production Web series WINTERTHORNE have tapped Gati to play the role of Valentina, described as "the power hungry sister of Joanna," who will be played by DALLAS alum Linda Gray.

Turns out Michael Caruso — the creator of both WINTERTHORNE and the popular Web soap DEVANITY — is a big fan of Gati's. "I'm always blown away by Kathleen's versatility as an actress," he shares. "She is absolutely committed to every role she takes on."

WINTERTHORNE is the saga of a candy empire ruled by women, including Martha Madison (ex-Belle, DAYS OF OUR LIVES), who stars as Miranda. It seems Miranda is keeping a secret that could destroy both the family and their business. Stay tuned for more news on the project...

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Chat With Craig And Thiebaud!

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Real-life GENERAL HOSPITAL couple Bryan Craig (Morgan) and Kelly Thiebaud (ex-Britt) will be spilling all kinds of secrets on the Internet! The actors will be hosting a special webcam chat session on Stageit.com on Friday, February 20, at 8:00 p.m. ET. During the half-hour program, Craig and Thiebaud will chat with fans about GH and whatever else comes up in conversation!

Click here to visit the show's dedicated Stageit page, and to purchase a ticket to participate in the chat. Then get your questions ready for Friday!

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GH Wins The Writers Guild Award!

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Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL headwriter Ron Carlivati and his entire team for their win this weekend in the Daytime Drama category of the Writers Guild Awards! (GH beat out DAYS OF OUR LIVES for the trophy.)

"It's hard to pick three shows that represent the whole year of what you've done," Carlivati confided to Soaps In Depth immediately following his win. "I like to find something thematic. So we used the death of Patrick and Sabrina's baby. The first one was a Nurses Ball episode where the baby was sick in the hospital. The second one was the baby actually died. The third one was when Sabrina had not accepted that the baby had died.

"There was some other wonderful stuff in those shows," he added. "There were some great Anna/Duke scenes. There were just some other stuff that made them shine, for me, which is why we chose them."

This is Carlivati's first Writers Guild Award, and he tells us he plans to keep it in his study where he works and writes.

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GH Friday Recap: Olivia Learns She's Pregnant!

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Although love was most definitely in the air this Valentine's Day in Port Charles, no one's evening panned out exactly how they planned it. Old friends, new problems, big declarations of love and, oh, yeah, news of a baby on the way made Cupid's job more difficult than ever!

The fun began with the arrival of Olivia's chum from her Bensonhurst days. When "Mel" showed up out of nowhere to see "Liv," they greeted each other with a jubilant, loud screech and some ceremonial jumping on and down with joy. Did we mention it was loud? Anyway, the two old friends caught up, talking about everything from "under the bleachers" reputations to, of course, the state of Olivia's love life. She mentioned she was carrying a torch for Ned Ashton, to which Melissa shouted, "Oh my God! Eddie Maine?! Lois' ex?"

Unbeknownst to both women, Melissa's celebrity chef son was preparing a romantic dinner for Ned and Alexis at the Q mansion. Alexis' tardiness had him flashing back to seeing her in Julian's GH room. When she finally showed up, the tension could be cut with a knife. His admission that he saw her holding hands with Julian set her off on a "you're spying on me?" tirade which gave her reason to leave and return to, you guessed it, Julian. She sat at his bedside and admitted that she wasn't over him just yet.

Back at the mansion, Melissa rushed in to check on her son the chef and realized she was in the company of the man who was too blind to see that he and Liv were perfect for each other. What Mel said must've sunk in because he showed up at the Metro Court looking for Liv. His timing couldn't have been more awkward, as he walked in just as she was learning she was pregnant!

Spinelli and Georgie's arrival brought a gigantic smile to Maxie's face. She tearfully admitted they had an argument that she feared they'd never recover from. Prompted by that news, Spinelli dropped a bomb of his own, saying that Ellie broke up with him... because she believed he was still in love with Maxie! The thing was, Ellie was right! Opposite that, Nathan was grilled by an ADA about Johnny's escape and he admitted his girlfriend was partially to blame for that. Although it was obviously difficult for him to do, he played it down, lying that Johnny broke into Maxie's apartment and stole the cash and car keys.

Patrick was going to be late for his dinner date with Sam, but his colleague Derek stepped in. Sam and Derek chatted up a storm, with her, ultimately, urging him to make up with his girlfriend. When Patrick arrived, Sam greeted him with a kiss and all was well. Meanwhile, Lucas felt so badly for not responding to Brad's "I love you" with "I love you, too!" that he stood on the nurse's station counter and announced it to all who could hear!

Monday on GH, Olivia shares her news with Ned, Alexis has a confession to make, and Sonny receives a surprising document! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Maxie's New Daughter!

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Maxie is going to see her daughter again on Friday, February 13, but Georgie will be played by a new little girl. And if the tot looks particularly comfortable in the arms of Kirsten Storms (Maxie), it's because it's the child is Harper Barash, Storms' daughter with husband Brandon Barash (Johnny)!

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Cast Your Vote #9

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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 like seeing Nikolas embracing his dark side?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, February 19. 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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Another Cheetwood Baby!

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Congratulations to Derk Cheetwood (Max, GENERAL HOSPITAL), who along with wife, Cari Costner, welcomed their third child (and first son!) into the world! Little Cody Maclean Cheetwood was born Monday, February 9, at 8:53 a.m. He weighted 8 lbs, 7 oz. and was 21 inches long. Cody joins big sisters seven-year-old Kylie and four-year old Audrey in the Cheetwood family unit.

"We're super in love with this little booger," Cheetwood laughs. The proud papa even posted a photo to Facebook to show how well mother and child are doing and Kylie and Audrey welcoming Cody into the family! Our best wishes to the entire happy family!

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McCullough Directs Some LIARS!

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It may have been a while since GENERAL HOSPITAL fans have seen Kimberly McCullough's Robin on screen, but the actress has been keeping busy pursuing her fledgling career as a director, and today it was announced that she will be directing an upcoming episode of ABC Family's PRETTY LITTLE LIARS!

As part of the Disney ABC Creative Talent Development's Directing Program, McCullough has directed an episodes of SHAKE IT UP and KC UNDERCOVER for the Disney Channel. She took to Twitter to share the news and share her appreciation to the fans. "Thank you for all your support," she wrote. "I know sometimes you wonder, 'What the heck is Robin doing out there anyway?'"

Apparently, directing an episode of a cult hit TV series! We'll let you know when the episode is slated to air!

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Rebecca Budig Joins GH!

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As part of Fan February, GENERAL HOSPITAL is going to be full of surprises, and executive producer Frank Valentini and headwriter Ron Carlivati kicked things off by taking to Twitter to announce (with no small amount of teasing for the eager fans) that Rebecca Budig would be joining the show!

No stranger to daytime, after failing to land the role of Kelsey Jefferson on ALL MY CHILDREN, Budig went on to nab a three-year gig on GUIDING LIGHT as the second of four Michelle Bauers. But it was her 1999 debut as Greenlee Smythe that catapulted her to stardom. Teamed with Josh Duhamel as Leo, they soon became one of the soap's biggest supercouples. When she left AMC six years later to relocate from New York to Los Angeles, she had two Daytime Emmy nominations on her resume. After returning to the show for a year in 2008, she later signed on when production was moved to L.A. and remained until the series went off the air in September of 2011.

Budig is set to play a new character who Carlivati describes as "a real spitfire" and Valentini as a "Killer role." (Whether she'll turn out to be an actual killer isn't clear, but hey, this is GH after all!) "I can't wait to be a part of GH and to work with a group of very talented people!" Budig tweeted. We'll update you with more details on the character, when she's set to debut, and how long she'll be in Port Charles as soon as we get them!

What are your reactions to this surprise casting announcement? Who do you think she should play? Sound off in the comments!

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See Scotty & Lucy Together Again!

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There is bound to be lots of laughs when good pals Kin Shriner (Scotty) and Lynn Herring (Lucy) hit the stage together at the 2015 GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend! The talented vets will host an event on Sunday, August 9, at 10 a.m. PST as part of the soap's annual fan club gathering, being held this year at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Glendale, CA. For the complete line-up of events -- and to purchase tickets -- visit www.ghfanclub.com!

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Meet The Corinthos Men!

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As Soaps In Depth exclusively revealed on our Twitter page earlier this morning, the 2015 GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend will have a whole lot of Corinthos men!

First up, our favorite dimpled star, Maurice Benard (Sonny), will be returning to the annual fan gathering -- being held this year at the Embaassy Suites Hotel in Glendale, CA -- and will be hosting an event on Saturday, August 8, at 4 p.m. PST. After missing last year's event, "I'm looking forward to meeting the great GENERAL HOSPITAL fans again," Benard tells In Depth. "We always have a good time."

After sharing some laughs with Benard, fans can head over to a session hosted by his on-screen sons, Chad Duell (Michael) and Bryan Craig (Morgan), because the boys will be holding court at their own gathering at 9 p.m. PST.

For more information on this year's GHFC Weekend activities -- and to purchase tickets -- visit www.ghfanclub.com!

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GH Recap: Sonny Gets Away With Murder!

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Bombs blew up all over Port Charles, and not only was Sonny in no way responsible for them, he risked his life to save the lives of others. He was a hero, a label Michael was conflicted to acknowledge. Dante encouraged him to do what any other decent human being would do: tell Sonny "thank you"!

Sonny was recovering from the blast in a hospital bed, as Carly, Morgan and Shawn stood vigil. Morgan couldn't hide his anger that his father almost died and Michael was nowhere to be seen. Still weak from the happenings of the night before, Sonny tried to get Morgan to cool his jets and not judge his brother.

Across the bay on Spoon Island, Ivy walked in on Nikolas, and she was ready for a fight. Not only did he stand her up at the Haunted Star party, it was his grandmother who was to blame for the whole nightmare. As she stormed out, Lulu stormed in with a similar rant. Thanks to some poorly chosen words on Nikolas' part, her voice raised even louder when he let it slip that he knew of the bomb before it blew. "You're not the brother I thought you were!" she shouted.

Meanwhile, Helena and Fluke were in adjacent jail cells, looking to blame someone for their fate. Helena, however, had a "get out of jail free card" in the form of Sloane, who, along with Mayor Lomax , was in her back pocket. Sloane drove home the point that if he released them, suspicion would fall on him, which would cause a domino affect that would obliterate their plans. Fluke agreed. The only way for Sloane not to blow his cover was to let the investigation play out as it normally would... with the discovery of who Fluke really was!

Back at GH, Obrecht told Nathan she'd gladly assist in the investigation. "All the answers you seek about Luke Spencer will be found here," she said, whipping back a sheet to reveal charred bones. "Among his remains." After getting the okay from Sloane to continue with the investigation, she tested the bones to determine their age and Nathan ran Fluke's fingerprints through the police database. Shortly afterwards, she informed Tracy and Lulu that the bones had been decaying at least 20 years, so the corpse couldn't be Luke's. Nathan rushed in with news of his own. "The fingerprints of the man we have in custody are a match..." he said. "... for Luke Spencer."

While Kiki was getting word from Sloane that they called off the search for Ava and she was presumed dead, Dante paid Sonny a visit. "What you did, took that bomb from Michael and jumped in the water with it. Pretty impressive there, old man," Dante said. "I'm glad you're alive." He gave his father a long, tight hug, bringing tears to Sonny's eyes. Cops interrupted the moment to escort Sonny back to Pentonville. As he was being wheeled out, Michael arrived to see him, as did Ivy. She towed along with her her father, the governor of New York. "You acted selflessly and with great heroism," the governor said. "And because of your courage, I don't think you should spend another day behind bars."

Monday on GH, Sam loses sleep over Jake, Helena tries to swing a deal with Tracy and Michael reacts to the news that A.J.'s killer is going free! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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At Long Last, We Know Who Fluke Is!

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Over the past year, GENERAL HOSPITAL fans have been trying to figure out the identity of the man we dubbed "Fluke." Who has been impersonating Luke and terrorizing the people of Port Charles? Theories ran the gamut from the believable ("Bill Eckert never really died!") to the outlandish ("Brenda is wearing a Luke mask... and, um, lifts!"). But as of today, we know the truth: Fluke is really... Luke?

Warning: Stop reading now if you don't want to know the answer!

Last week, the pieces began falling in place when Dante was trapped in the Elm Street basement with what viewers believed to be a captive Luke. Yet when the cop woke up with the prisoner, what he actually saw was a rotting corpse! Today, it was determined that the body in question most likely belonged to the long-dead Bill.

But the truth came in the final moments. As "Fluke" languished in his cell, he admitted, "The answer's been staring them in the face the whole time. And not one of them cared to see it." Meanwhile, Nathan -- aka Detective Sexypants -- got the results of a finger print test which proved that the man in custody, the one who'd been dubbed Fluke, was in fact Luke!

What the... ?!? Next week, the show will begin to examine exactly how Luke became Fluke... and why! But in the meantime, we want your thoughts on the shocking twist! Hit the comments and let us know if you were blown away, disappointed, more confused than ever... or a combination of all three!

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Spend Valentine's Day With Two GH Hunks!

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What could be better than spending Valentine's Day with two of GENERAL HOSPITAL's hottest hunks? If you figure something out, let us know!

On Friday, February 13, you can join Ryan Paevey (Nathan) and William DeVry (Julian) for a private dinner at Chateau Briand in Long Island, NY! There will be a buffet dinner with a Q&A session followed by a meet and greet and photo opportunities with the actors

Then, on Saturday, February 14, you can enjoy an afternoon of hockey and hunks. There will be a buffet lunch and a meet and greet with the actors, plus the chance to attend the New York Islanders hockey game at Nassau Coliseum and high-five the players with Paevey and DeVry!

A limited number of tickets are available for each Hockey & Heels event. Click here for more information on the events and to order tickets!

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Emmy Pre-Noms Announced!

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The pre-nominations have been announced for the 42nd annual Daytime Emmy Awards! Judges viewed clips of the performances and submitted their top 10 choices in each category, with the top 10 vote-getters earning a spot on the list. (Due to ties, Lead Actor and Supporting Actress feature 11 pre-nominated performers). The blue ribbon screening round is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, February 24, and will determine the final nominees in each category to be announced on Thursday, March 26. (The entrants for Younger Actor and Actress advance automatically to the blue ribbon round.)

Did your favorites make the list? Who do you think will take home the gold this year?

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GH's Julius Takes To The Airwaves!

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Fans loved Gregory Zarian as Julius, Kate's flamboyant assistant on GENERAL HOSPITAL. Now, the actor/model is taking on a series of equally memorable roles. First, he guest stars in the Monday, February 2, episode of ABC's CASTLE (the one in which GH's Brianna Brown [ex-Lisa] is the main guest star). "I play Scott Galloway, a stockbroker who's questioned in the murder of Castle's friend, Eva," Zarian reveals. "I also got to work with Trent Dawson (Henry, AS THE WORLD TURNS) in the scene."

Then on ABC Family's CHASING LIFE, look for Zarian to play opposite Scott Michael Foster as his father's good friend. "It's a combative, back-and-forth scene," Zarian relates. "In it, I'm the [jerk] who's basically dismissing his illness. Cancer is a personal issue to me as it has greatly affected my family, so I was happy to be part of this." The episode, titled "The Big Leagues," airs Monday, February 16 at 9 p.m. EST.

Next, look for Zarian to make a splash in the Thursday, March 26, episode of FOX's BONES. "I play Anthony Taylor, a handsome, perfectly dressed psychic accused of killing someone he knows," Zarian reveals of the episode titled "The Psychic In The Soup." "Cyndi Lauper also appears [in her recurring role as Angela's singing psychic, Avalon Harmonica] and trashes my character. I worked with John Boyd who plays Special Agent James Aubrey. It was just way fun!"

For the actor, who'd long wanted to be a part of the hit FOX drama, finally landing the perfect part on it turned out to be worth the wait. "It truly is a cohesive group of people that love what they do, get along, and make you feel like you're family," he relates. "I got to sit next to [series star] Emily Deschanel in makeup, and we had a great chat about life and about me being a twin [with TV style guru Lawrence Zarian]."

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GH Recap: Dante Finds "Luke"!

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If you didn't see Friday's GENERAL HOSPITAL, go to ABC.com and watch it! It's "must see TV"!

GENERAL HOSPITAL's Fluke has graduated from swinging wooden bats to strategically placing time bombs, all with the intent of taking out... well, you name them, and they're in danger!

Fluke and Helena -- dressed like she was in a revival of Doctor Zhivago -- were all but giddy with their plan to blow up the Haunted Star and the party guests on board. "Once the Haunted Star goes up in flames and my muscle at Pentonville make their moves, there will be no stopping me," Fluke said with an ominous grin. But things weren't going as smoothly as they hoped!

As the bomb ticked away behind the champagne bottles under the HS bar, Patrick and Sam arrived at the PCPD, to file a report about Jake breaking into her penthouse and stealing the phoenix figurine. Carly, however, was already there, turning in the evidence that proved Jake was the masked man who used Sam as a human shield to help Faison escape. Shortly thereafter, Nathan arrived at the Haunted Star, handcuffed Nathan and arrested him for a laundry list of charges, none of which Jake had a memory of committing.

As the cops walked Nathan across the pier and to their vehicles, Fluke and Helena hid. "It looks like your soldier toy is as incompetent as the rest of these dimwits," Fluke scoffed. Helena assured Luke, "But the police don't know about the bomb." She was right! And another person who didn't know about the bomb was Nikolas. When Helena learned that her beloved grandson was off to the party, she literally shook him by the collar and told him, "You cannot go to that party!" And when that didn't convince him, she had her goons take over!

Our Pentonville escapees, Julian, Sonny, Ava and Franco made a getaway in the stolen police transport van. Franco and Ava bickered the whole time about his adoration for Nina, which gave Ava the giggles. "You piggybacked on my escape for that horror show?" she laughed. Franco was not amused. Meanwhile in Shadybrook, Heather showered Nina with attention, giving her a manicure and adding a touch of blood red polish. Then she hit Nina with the truth: she was Franco's mother! Nina's smile dropped and fear slow set in.

Sam, Patrick and Carly watched as Jake was brought into the police station in handcuffs. He assured them that he had no recollection of committing any of those crimes. Then suddenly, he was hit with a flashback of seeing a woman in Dr. Collins' chair. He was about to tell them it was Helena when a cop interrupted them and announced that there was a jailbreak at Pentonville

At the same time, Julian called Lucas (who was at the party) and tried to warn him about Fluke but was cut off when the phone battery went dead. Fluke, who made an appearance back on the Haunted Star and planned to make a hasty retreat before it blew to smithereens, told Johnny about the escape. Remembering that the phone Julian used was actually Johnny's, he was easily about to track their exact location! Moments later, the van carrying the foursome found themselves being tailed closely by another vehicle. Was it Johnny? Whatever the case, Julian lost control of the van and it crashed!

Meanwhile, Dante lay unconscious on the basement floor of the Spencer house, with blood oozing from the bash on his head. As he slowly came to, he tried to make it over to a chair, assuming it was Luke. Blurry-eyed, he saw a bomb resting on the legs of the person sitting. When Dante's eyes made their way up to the face, he was horrified by what he saw... a decaying body!

Monday on GH, Sam wants answers from Jake, Heather wishes Franco were dead, and two bombs are set to cause massive destruction! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Cast Your Vote #7

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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 like Michael and Rosalie together?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, February 5. 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 Recap: "We're Breaking Out Tomorrow!"

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Mother's Day came early in Port Charles in the form of two convicts and a psychopath. If you missed Friday's GENERAL HOSPITAL, this is how it played out...

It all started in Pentonville prison. Sonny was telling Julian that the only way to truly protect their kids was to breakout out of prison, do what they needed to do and then disappear. Just as it was back in town when they were free birds, someone was eavesdropping and, unfortunately, that someone was Franco. He made them an offer they couldn't refuse: Let him use their contraband phone or he'd tell the guard everything he heard.

Meanwhile in Shadybrook, Heather was clobbering Nina in a game of Battleship. Distant and distracted, Nina wanted to talk, and talk they did! Nina opened up about the man who hurt her (Silas). Then she calmed and smiled, "I should've known from the beginning that Franco was the only one I could trust." Heather jumped, "Did you say Franco?!" Now Heather was listening!

Nina went on to talk about Ava, the coma and the baby she lost. Heather's attentive ear continued to draw Nina in. "Why couldn't I have had a mother like you?" Nina said softly. Light bulb moment! Heather gently put Nina's head on her shoulder, saying sweetly, "In here, I can be your mother. Come to momma." After Heather introduced herself as Diana Taylor, a guard came in and told Nina she had a call. It was Franco. Warm, caring and concerned, he apologized for the way things turned out. Nina told him that Shadybrook was scary but then added, "Believe it or not, I think I made a friend today." Uh oh.

Back in Pentonville, Ava woke from a bad dream to see Madeline in her cell. She was the last person Ava wanted to see. "I can't be with my baby and it's your fault!" Ava barked. Madeline turned and got all teary-eyed. "I remember that my... violently disturbed daughter... forced me against my will to do horrible... unspeakable things," Madeline sniffled.

Then she turned to face Ava again and smiled broadly. "Did you like that?" Madeline asked. "That's the exact performance I'll give tomorrow when i testify in my own defense." After Madeline was escorted back to her cell, a guard pulled out a knife and approached Ava slowly. "Lady, you got so many enemies," he said cryptically. "What does it say that you don't even know which one of them wants you dead?"

Across town at the Haunted Star, Luke apologized to Michael and Lucas for giving them a hard time about the abandoned Spencer house and gave them his blessing to level it and build a clinic in its place. In addition, he wanted to throw a benefit for the clinic right there on the Haunted Star.

Over at Kelly's, Kiki and Morgan were trying their best to parent little Avery when Dante and Lulu came in and joined them. Morgan mentioned that he still hadn't found a job, prompting Lulu to offer him one on the Haunted Star. Gratefully, he accepted, and they went to the docked boat so she could show him around. Once there, when Michael learned Morgan would now be at the party because he'd be working it, Michael had a hissy fit and turned down the venue.

Monday on GH, Shawn and Jordan open Bill Eckert's gave and are shocked by what they find, Franco is rocked when he learns who Nina's friend really is, and Ava joins Julian in a wild new scheme! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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UPDATE: GH Recasts Kiki!

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Kristen Alderson may be leaving GENERAL HOSPITAL, but the soap isn't losing the character of Kiki Jerome. Daytime Confidential is reporting that THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS alum Hayley Erin (ex-Abby) will be taking over the role. Coincidentally, Erin was replaced as Y&R's Abby by Emme Rylan, who is now GH's Lulu!

"As many of you know, Kristen Alderson has decided to leave GENERAL HOSPITAL and start a new professional journey," a show spokesperson says. "As a member of our ABC family since she was six years old, we will miss Kristen and wish her only the best in her new ventures. As a result, the role of Kiki Jerome will be recast with Hayley Erin. Hayley will start appearing as Kiki in late February. Please join us in welcoming Hayley to our cast."

Seeing as how Kiki is currently embroiled in raising her baby sister while her mother is in prison and possibly rekindling feelings with her ex-husband, it's no wonder that GH has chosen to recast the role. Where the character will be taken next remains top secret! Stay tuned!

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Next Month Is Fan February On GH!

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Do you remember Fan February? It's been years since GENERAL HOSPITAL celebrated its fans with a month's worth of treats, but they're bringing the tradition back in 2015!

"The popular Fan February campaign is back next month," reports a spokesperson for the soap, "and we're giving you, our loyal GH fans, something special every day all month long — stay tuned!"

What those surprises could be are anyone's guess, but we'll keep you up to date as we learn more!

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See Benard On The Big Screen!

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If you're in the Los Angeles area, you have the chance to see the acclaimed new film starring GENERAL HOSPITAL's Maurice Benard (Sonny) on the big screen! The Ghost And The Whale is screening as part of the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival.

Benard's film, produced by his wife, Paula, will be screening on the opening night of the festival, Thursday, February 12, at 10:15 p.m. at the Regal LA LIVE Stadium 14 Cineplex on West Olympic Blvd. in Los Angeles. It's also up for the People's Choice Award, the prize voted on by fans, so you could help it win!

The Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival showcases the best in new cinema and classic filmmaking, and runs from Thursday, February 12, to Saturday, February 28. You can purchase tickets for The Ghost And The Whale and the other screenings and events in the festival by clicking here!

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GH Recap: Jake Is Poised To Kill Sam!

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Nothing can ruin a romantic night in the boudoir with a smoking hot doctor like a smoking hot assumed-to-be-dead hitman husband with amnesia under mine control, who has been ordered to kill you! That said, Sam Morgan is in for a memorable night one way or the other!

Sam had set quite the atmosphere. Lit candles and a spattering of white roses (did she get leftovers from Nathan's bedroom or was there a sale at the flower mart?) gave the impression she was in the mood to play doctor with Drake Sr. But then she spotted a picture of her and Jason on the mantle. Feeling sentimental, she picked it up and pondered the evening ahead of her.

Then the door opened. "Mom!" she said, as Alexis struggled to wheel in her luggage. "What are you doing here?" Not blind to mood lighting and table set for two, Alexis realized what was in the making and promised to skedaddle. When Patrick arrived with a bottle of wine and a smile, Alexis did make a hasty retreat but was anything but nonchalant about it. Meanwhile...

Jake was making his way to Sam's penthouse to put a bullet in her head as Helena ordered when Liz spotted him on the docks. She invited him to join her and the kids for Kelly's takeout, but he turned her down. "If we spend time together, I don't think I'm going to be able to stop myself from wanting more," he admitted. And with that, he walked away, leaving Liz speechless. Back at the penthouse...

After a dinner prepared by Sam herself -- no Little Buddha delivery or inferno in the kitchen -- they were ready for dessert, if you know what we mean. Sam took Patrick's hand and led him upstairs. Seconds later, the front door cracked open. It was Jake, in a ski mask, holding a gun!

Julian wasn't thrilled to hear that Sonny told Shawn to tail Fluke. He worried about Shawn getting caught, which would put targets on the backs of their kids, just as Fluke had done in the past. Shawn was on the case and followed Fluke to the Spencer house and watched him retreat to the basement. There was a knock at the door, prompting Shawn to hide in the kitchen. Helena entered and Fluke greeted her with a not-so friendly, "What are you doing here?" When he realized she got in through a door that was supposed to be locked but was not, he frantically wanted to search for intruders. She talked him down and they left. Once the coast was clear, Shawn picked up a crow bar, intent on getting into the basement any way he could!

Trouble was brewing for the Falconeri family. Lulu was fighting mad when Johnny told her that Dante was acting like a caveman with a "stay away from my woman" grunt. She flew into a tirade when Dante showed up in mid-conversation to defend himself. He was just trying to protect her, he said. She told her husband that she and Johnny were back in business together because he bought back his portion of the Haunted Star. Dante had a workable solution to keep them separate -- she should sell Johnny the other half. That flew like a lead balloon!

Monday on GH, Patrick and Sam's clothes come off, Michael catches Shawn in the act, and Jake's mission comes to a halt by an unexpected visitor! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Cast Your Vote #05

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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 Jake/Jason and Carly make a good couple?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, January 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:

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!

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Watch Parsons' New Amazon Pilot Now!

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Starting today, you can watch the new pilot POINT OF HONOR starring GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Nathan Parsons (ex-Ethan). The Civil War-set drama is co-written by LOST's Carlton Cuse and Braveheart's Randall Wallace. The pilot is available at Amazon.com/pilotseason, and is one of many vying for a slot as one of Amazon's next original series. You can watch the show at that link and then take the survey to help get it produced.

And you can whet your appetite for POINT OF HONOR by watching the trailer below!

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Alderson Explains Her GH Exit

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Fans were surprised when Kristen Alderson (Kiki) revealed that she would not be renewing her contract with GENERAL HOSPITAL, and now the actress has finally revealed her reasons for leaving the soap. Instead of trying to express her thoughts in 140 characters at a time on Twitter, Alderson instead recorded a video and posted it to YouTube where she can personally explain herself.

"This decision is purely spur of the moment,"she says. "Kind of an epiphany that I had that I've been in this amazing little soap bubble since I was 6 years old. And now I'm 23. I've never done anything else. I've never pushed myself. I've never challenged myself to do other things."

The daytime vet isn't just talking about acting, either. She's talking about taking classes, getting back into singing, and anything else that might come her way. You can watch her entire video below, and then share your thoughts in the comments!

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ABC Confirms Alderson's Exit!

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A GENERAL HOSPITAL spokesperson has confirmed that Kristen Alderson(Kiki) is, indeed, leaving the show. Although a reason for her exit was not provided by the show, Alderson's real-life beau, Chad Duell (Michael), tweeted that "it was her decision."

Alderson, now 23, has been a fan favorite since she debuted as Starr Manning on ONE LIFE TO LIVE when she was just seven years old. Her exit will be felt by fans who watched the Emmy winner grow up before their eyes for the next 16 years on ABC Daytime. How Alderson will be written off remains to be seen. Will Kiki be killed off? After all, her mother is on the Mob hit list and her boyfriend is the son of a Mob kingpin. Although killing Kiki would benefit Port Charles' bad guys, ABC could actually be pulling "a Robin" -- you know, saying she's leaving for dramatic effect, only to have her somehow resurrected when viewers least expect it.

Another possibility that has some fire behind it is that the role of Kiki will be recast. In mid-December, a casting breakdown was put out for a woman in her early 20s said to be "beautiful, dynamic, charismatic." At the time, the contract role caused some to speculate that it was a casting call for Scott Baldwin's daughter, Serena, or a newly-created daughter for Nina and Silas. But could it actually have been for Kiki?

The "new" character is set to begin taping in early February.

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GH Recap: Is Fluke About To Be Unmasked?

FlukeLukeBat.jpg Fluke's ears must be ringing these days because just about everyone in Port Charles is talking about him!

While meandering around the abandoned yet fully furnished (laundry basket and all) Elm Street house where Luke and Bobbie grew up, Fluke chatted it up with Helena, who was calling from the comforts of Wyndemere. Fluke was set on getting the Julian situation "handled" out of concern that he'd spill what he knew, which was everything! Helena, however, had bigger fish to fry, like putting a cork in Sam, who was hot on the train of uncovering the identity of "our soldier boy."

Forgetting she was in Nikolas' home, Helena was surprised to turn around and see him staring at her. He overheard her threat to Sam and didn't like it one bit. Realizing his granny didn't want Sam asking questions about the gunman that helped Faison escape. Nik pushed her for answers, asking if Faison was impersonating Luke on her request and threatened to bring her down if he didn't like what she had to say. She shoved him right back. "If you do, you and Spencer will lose everything," she warned. "Just play ball, and your son will survive. He won't suffer. In fact, he will be far, far richer." With that, she handed Nik a folder containing ELQ stock certificates!

Meanwhile, Bobbie and Michael headed to the Elm Street house to scope it out as the possible new sight of the A.J. Quartermaine Clinic. The minute Bobbie stepped on the porch, it was like she was surrounded by ghosts of a troubled past. She shook it off, and they went inside. They weren't aware that Luke was bound and gagged in the basement, and Fluke was on a hostile rampage about her! Upstairs, one by one, Bobbie pulled the sheets off the protected furniture and she was flooded with memories, some which brought her to near tears, none of which brought a smile to her face.

And then the name Patricia came up again. Her and Luke's rarely mentioned sister. Michael asked what happened to her but before he could answer, they heard a crash in the basement. Was it a raccoon, a squatter, a poltergeist? No, it was Fluke taking a bat to a ceramic jug. "That felt so good," Fluke said, toying with Luke. "It's gonna feel even better when I use this to crack Barbara Jean's head open." Michael told Bobbie to be ready to call the police as he casually walked to the basement door to check it out. On the other side, a tied up Luke and a bat wielding Fluke!

At Pentonville, Sonny ragged on Julian, for confessing to killing Anthony Zacchara when everybody knew it was of Johnny's doing. Julian wasn't going to tell Sonny who was after him out of fear they'd go after his family. But prison wasn't the safest place for him either. Two of Johnny's goons approached to finish the job Carlos started. Sonny came up behind one of them, stabbed him. Then more surrounded them. Julian and Sonny took them all out, kicking and punching them till the collapsed on the cold ground. Sonny set the tone, telling a grateful Julian, "Zacchara is after us both now. So that makes us an ally... for now." But Johnny wasn't the problem. "I don't know his name," Julian told Sonny. "All I can tell you is that he has Luke Spencer's face."

Monday on GH, Helena has a shocking new task for Jake, Julian explains the terrorizing by Luke's doppelganger and Michael meets Fluke head on! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Together Again... On Television!

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Hallmark Channel announced yesterday that when the second season of their original series, WHEN CALLS THE HEART, returns in April, soap vets Jack Wagner (ex-Frisco, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Nick, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and Kristina Wagner (Felicia, GH) will join the cast as regulars!

Jack Wagner had made his debut in the last few episodes the period drama's first season -- HEART is set in a 19th century mining town -- playing forensic investigator Mountie Bill Avery, series star Lori Loughlin's love interest. At this time, there are no details regarding Kristina Wagner's character. But Season 2 promises that a secret from Bill's past could jeopardize his future with Loughlin's Abigail. Might Kristina's character have something to do with that? She'll make her debut in the third episode, and we can't wait to find out!

The second season of WHEN CALLS THE HEART will premiere on April 4 with a special two-hour episode.

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GH's Valdez Goes Pro!

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On USA's GRACELAND, Erik Valdez (ex-Trey, GENERAL HOSPITAL) plays the son of a cartel member whose volatile behavior sends people racing for their lives. This weekend, Valdez is hitting the fast track himself in the International Motor Sports Association's Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge at the Daytona International Speedway.

Valdez, who was pursuing a love of racing long before taking up a career in acting, will be making his pro debut at this weekend's test race, The Roar Before The 24, when he co-drives the No. 88 Rebel Rock Racing Porsche Cayman with his partner, Grammy Award-winning producer, Jim Jonsin. "I've raced everything from shifter karts to Formula Fords to sports cars, which is what I'm getting back into now," Valdez reveals. "[But] I've never set foot in the race version of the Cayman, so it'll be fun to drive some test laps this week."

Just mention "Daytona" to any racing enthusiast, and they light up like Christmas — Valdez is no exception. It's not a bad place to be making your pro debut! "I've never driven Daytona, either," he confesses, adding that he's thrilled to be going head-to-head with some of racing's greats there. "So yeah, I'm getting thrown to the wolves so to speak, but willingly so. Extremely willingly!"

Tune in on Friday, January 23, to catch Valdez's participation in the big event: the exciting, Rolex 24 race, and then follow him on Twitter (@erikvaldez) for news about the rest of his season. For more about the actor's other projects, check out Valdez's Keeping Track feature in an upcoming ABC Soaps In Depth.

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Luke And Bobbie Have A Sister?

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Let's have a show of hands — or a show of clicks in this case. Who was surprised to hear Bobbie mention not once but twice this week that she and Luke had a sister? GENERAL HOSPITAL's headwriter, Ron Carlivati, is pulling a little-known factoid from the depths of the show's history to get viewers talking! So, here's the deal with the mysterious Spencer sibling...

Patricia aka "Pat" Spencer has never been seen in GH's 51 years on the air and has only been mentioned a few times. Thanks to a clip from a 1978 episode, what we do know about her is that she is Luke and Bobbie's older sister and grew up in the same Elm Street house where Fluke is currently holding Luke captive. The Spencers had a rather deprived upbringing on "the other side of the tracks," which Bobbie has made clear she'd rather forget. But why forget an entire sibling? Hmm.

With the mention of Patricia after all these years, you can bet Carlivati has something cookin'!

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Soap Vet Joins GH!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL fans were surprised by news that Robb Derringer was let go from the soap considering that his character, Agent Sloane, had just started throwing off sparks with Anna. But now it seems viewers will get to see exactly what comes next because the role has been recast with soap vet Grayson McCouch!

Derringer shot his final episode on Friday, December 19, and should continue to air through to the end of January. Look for the alum of AS THE WORLD TURNS (as Dusty) and ANOTHER WORLD (as Morgan) to make his debut in early February.

Do you think McCouch's Agent Sloane will have as much chemistry with Finola Hughes' Anna? Sound off in the comments!

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Who Is Bill Eckert?

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GENERAL HOSPITAL's Bobbie struck a nerve in Fluke with the mere mention of the name Bill Eckert. Unaware that it wasn't her big bro Luke she was talking to but rather his dead ringer (just like Billy was) set Fluke off on a defensive, angry tirade? So who was this lookalike cousin of theirs? We'll fill you in!

Bill first arrived in Port Charles in 1991 as a crewmember aboard the Quartermaine's ship, SS Tracy. Harlan Barrett hired him to salvage it when it sank and was later asked to run a cannery alongside his daughter, Julia Barrett. After receiving an inheritance from his father, Bill and his young son, Sly, moved into an abandoned lighthouse. What Bill and Julia didn't know was that Harlan was part of a cartel that manufactured a substance that they planned to use to overtake the global economy! And where was it manufactured? You guess it — the cannery!

Because Bill was running the cannery, the cartel thought it important to bring him in on the deal. However, Faison, who was part of the whole scheme, demanded Bill first prove himself by killing Robert Scorpio! Bill and Robert had become good friends, so that was not going to happen. Instead, they faked Robert's death. When Harlan found out, he decided to off Robert himself but Bill killed Harlan first.

Later on, Bill and Holly became involved, and together they investigated an art heist. That romance quickly ended when Holly found him in bed with his former flame, Victoria. With the cartel having disbanded and its members either dead or having escaped, a mobster named Frank Smith was running the crime scene in Port Charles. Luke and Laura were up to their ears in Mr. Smith chaos and Bill offered to help them get out of it. Unfortunately for Bill, the fact that he looked like Luke cost him his life when Smith's goons attacked and killed Bill, thinking he was his cousin.

But did Bill really die all those years ago? Could the reason Fluke got so bent out of shape at the very mention of the name be that its his true identity? Or might this be just another red herring? Sound off with your opinions in the comments!

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Giggle With Grahn On GH NOW!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL fans, are you ready to get your funny bone tickled? Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) has something up her sleeve that is sure to do the trick! She will be launching a six-part original digital series on ABC.com called GENERAL HOSPITAL NOW! Part talk show, part sketch comedy show, part man-on-the-street interviews, part quiz show, it's got a little something for every soap fan who likes to chuckle about the genre they love the most!

"We have so much appreciation for the fans and this industry," Grahn says. "A friend of mine and I have this saying, 'I know that you know that I know that you know.' And that is kind of what I'm saying to the fans with GH NOW! It's a wink to them about soap operas. They are a good, wonderful form of entertainment and we are so lucky to be doing it and so lucky to be a part of it and so lucky to have this loyal audience. It's a celebration!"

Among the fun antics are behind-the-scenes fun, crazy outtakes, comedy sketches, quizzes and guests that include Jason Thompson (Patrick), Tyler Christopher (Nikolas), Kirsten Storms (Maxie), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia), Ian Buchanan (Duke) and Sebastian Roche (ex-Jerry)!

"I wanted to do this show because I wanted to have fun, and," Grahn says, "if I'm having fun, hopefully, that laughter, fun and good, positive energy translates!" You can count on it!

GH NOW! can be found on ABC.com and WATCH ABC, which is accessible from ABC.com or via the WATCH ABC app, which is free on select Android and iOS devices via Google Play and the App Store. Its first three episodes debut on Monday, January 12, followed by another three on Monday, February 2. And you can watch a preview below!

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GH Friday Recap: Who's Sleeping With Whom?

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Were they serving oysters at Metro Court's New Year's Eve party or did someone sprinkle Love Potion No. 9 in the champagne glasses? Something must have been going on because just about everybody in the room got frisky when the clock struck midnight! Shawn and Jordan kissed, as did Nikolas and the chick he had met only a couple of hours before. Duke kissed Lucy on the cheek but then planted a serious one on her lips! A battling Sloane and Anna kissed, only for them to squabble about who leaned in first.

Ned and Alexis puckered up, as a nearby Julian and Olivia attempted to ignore them (and each other). And then they kissed. Boy oh boy did they! In fact, Julian went in for seconds! Ned warned Olivia that Julian was a tool, while Alexis accused Julian of being childish. She and Ned headed to a room, where they popped a bottle and talked about his feelings for Olivia and her feelings for Julian. They agreed to give their relationship another try and made love.

Meanwhile, Julian suggested he and Olivia also get a room, to which she replied, "Not if you were the last man on earth." But the next thing they knew, they were in a room, playing cards and downing tiny bottles from the mini bar. She extended her hand for a hardy goodbye shake, but they instead kissed. A lot. And fell onto the bed while ripping their clothes off!

Jake looked on as Ric and Liz kissed and Sam and Patrick did the same. Carly grabbed Jake by the collar and pulled him into a passionate smooch. She had a mini conniption when she saw Liz leaving with Ric. She hit Ric right between the eyes with a zinger about the panic room, and he tossed a doozy right back at her about Michael no longer acknowledging that she was his mother!

Carly's insults didn't effect Ric or Liz's libido because they retreated to a room and, in a passionate frenzy, tore off their clothes. The amount of time that it took Jake to pour Carly a drink is all the time it took for Ric and Liz to make love. And it was still better than Liz had remembered! She gave him back his watch and he gave her a hint that he'd like to make her Mrs. Lansing for the third time!

Sam and Patrick's midnight kiss led to her asking him to spending the night. He so wanted to but wasn't sure she was ready. She was ready, all right! With their kids taken care of for the night, they agreed to go back to his place. She told him about the sexy dream she had of him when they were in Amsterdam but how she woke up before "finishing" it. They were both getting a little hot and bothered, only for their phones to ring with news that their kids needed them.

While Carly lovingly told Jake all about Jason and offered him a hotel room until he got his feet planted, Maxie and Nathan were back at their apartment celebrating "the year of us," as he called it. After a little bubbly and some chatter, they made their way to the boudoir, which was covered in white rose petals and lit with candles. They slowly undressed each other, crawled onto the bed and etcetera, etcetera, etcetera!

Monday on GH, Sonny learns the paternity of Ava's baby and a tense moment arises between Bobbie and Fluke. Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Cast Your Vote #03

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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: Should Nikolas pursue a relationship with Elizabeth again?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, January 8. 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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