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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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GH's Benard Gets Icy!

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If you've been online recently (like you are right now!), you might have seen some of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenges that people have been posting, and now GENERAL HOSPITAL's Maurice Benard (Sonny) has joined them!

The viral videos are meant to raise awareness of ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease) while also raising money to research a cure, and plenty of famous faces have had a bucket of ice water dumped over their heads for a good cause.

Below you can watch Benard take one for the team with the help of his kids... who chide their pop for halfway chickening out!

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Nina Tells Franco About Sonny And Carly's Kiss!

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A reformed serial killer turned art therapist and a revived coma victim pretending to be wheelchair confined get stuck in an elevator and...

Although that intro sounds like a scene from a Coen Brothers film, it was Friday's GENERAL HOSPITAL. Franco and Nina, two of the most unstable people in Port Charles -- and that's saying a lot -- happened to get in the elevator at the same time. And it happened to break down. If you're familiar with GH, you know that it's best to avoid elevators and moving vehicles at all costs.

Anyway, Nina was sugar and spice and everything nice when talking with Silas on her cell phone, but the minute she hung up, she got all Naomi Campbell on Franco and hurled it into the wall. "You don't understand. I was supposed to get pregnant tonight!" she screamed. Ostensibly every day since she woke up from her 20-year coma she thinks, "I should have a baby."

Conversation with Franco led to them talking about Kiki, which led to them talking about Ava, which led to Nina saying, "She's going to get what's coming to her," which led to Franco insinuating that Sonny would "take care of Ava," which (breath) led to Franco mentioning that Ava was pregnant by either Morgan or Sonny! Nina laughed, "Ava sure gets around, doesn't she? So does Sonny, apparently." Franco didn't know what that meant but he sure wanted to find out! He pushed and she finally confessed that she saw Sonny and Carly kissing. Uh... oh...

Meanwhile, Carly answered her front door and there stood Sonny. Smiling. Holding a pizza. What woman could resist that, right? Carly paid for the pizza and gave Sonny what she deemed a very respectable tip. But that's not how he was looking to get paid! He tried to convince her to let him stay, but she dragged him to the door. It was raining and he was going to get all wet and drippy and, well, he talked his way in. No surprise there.

Carly grabbed a bottle of wine and mentioned Olivia. He countered with, "She decided to move on... and that I should, too." Then he shot her one of those, "Hey baby, how you doin'?" looks. She responded with a "Don't even think about going there" look. He smiled. Although she melted a tiny bit, she read his mind like Madame Cleo on the PSYCHIC HOTLINE and said, "Don't even start with the dimples!" Not only did he start, he wanted to finish, too!

Sonny's confidence with women was a complete antithesis of what was going on in Milo's world. He had a heart-to-heart with Felix about someone he was crazy about. An African-American nurse. Poor Felix erroneously thought he was the object of Milo's desire. Not so. It was Epiphany! Little did Milo know, she was crushin' on him, too! Milo got up the guts, went up to Epiph and asked her out. She, of course, said yes. They could not have been cuter!

On Monday's GH, Franco's jealousy reaches an epic level, Nikolas is more confused than ever about his feelings for Britt and Liz, and can/will Carly resist her feelings for Sonny? Don't forget: 2:00 ET and 1:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Cast Your Vote #35

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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 rather see Nikolas with Elizabeth or Britt?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, August 21. And please, only one vote per person!

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

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Multiple mail-in votes during the same voting period will not be counted, so don't waste our time, your time, or the postage!

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GH Switches Timeslots!

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ABC has confirmed that in the coming weeks, GENERAL HOSPITAL will 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. Information on which markets and the dates the change goes into effect will be coming soon. But don't worry, Soaps In Depth readers: The show is on solid ground!

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GH's Butler Is A Dad!

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Congratulations are in order to GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Nathin Butler (ex-Ewen) and wife Irina, who welcomed Jetson Kerry Butler into the world this past weekend. The proud papa has been posting photos of his newborn little boy on Instagram and Twitter and the whole family looks happy and healthy. Best wishes to them all!

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Deshler Opens Up About Shocking GH Exit!

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Rafe's death may have been a bit of a shock for GENERAL HOSPITAL viewers, but it turns out that it was also a surprise for portrayer Jimmy Deshler, who learned of his character's tragic fate only a few days before they taped the episode! "I guess it was just confidential and they didn't want any of the story getting out," he tells Soaps In Depth, "so I found out the Monday of the week it was happening. I guess it was a surprise to all of us."

Though his time with the soap was brief, the young actor is grateful for the experience. "It's good to have something on your resumé like GH and I did a year and a half of it," he says. "I learned a lot from it. I've been on a set as a guest star, but I've never been a regular part of a show. It was a very good experience."

Deshler admits that he's next considering attending college, possibly at the University Of Southern California, but also auditioning with a focus on hitting the big screen. "I've done guest stars and little roles in films," he muses. "I've kind of set it as my goal to get a feature film and have that be my next project that I work on."

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Maxie's Wedding Day Is Here: Will She Or Won't She?

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When it comes to love, GENERAL HOSPITAL's Nathan West is like a lava lamp -- he's pretty to look at but he moves kinda slow!

After just about everybody over the age of 12 had been telling him all along, Nathan finally admitted to himself (and to Mac) that he had feelings for Maxie. Wouldn't ya know, he came to this realization on her wedding day to another man! Nathan, being the gentleman that he is, believed it was too late, that Maxie had already made up her mind to marry Levi and that was that. What he didn't know was that the bride's feet were ice cold because her groom was not the man she was pining for!

With the nuptials on the Haunted Star just hours away, Maxie changed into her wedding gown and modeled for her proud mother. There was a knock on the door, and in walked Levi. Felicia quickly covered up Maxie because, you know, it's bad luck for the groom to see the bride in her dress before the ceremony. In this case, oh boy, is it ever! Anyway, Levi reached for Felicia's hand and kissed it, noting the Aztec heirloom on her finger. Felicia mentioned where the remaining treasure was, adding that she traded the necklace with a photographer at the Nurses Ball.

After Levi left, Felicia could tell Maxie wasn't happy and spoke up. When Mac showed up and said he wanted some alone time with Maxie, she made it clear she wasn't in the mood for yet another lecture about Levi. Mac promised there would be no lecture and that he'd give his blessing if that's what she really wanted, but only if she heard him out first. With that, Nathan's secret affection for her was no longer a secret!

Meanwhile, a man walked into the PCPD demanding to see the commissioner, but Nathan was the only one around. The man identified himself as a reporter and said someone broke into his house, hit him over his head and stole his Aztec necklace. Was it a coincidence that just that morning Mac pointed out that Levi kept pandering to Felicia's Aztec heritage? Nathan thought not!

Sonny had a very difficult time forgetting the kiss he planted on Carly the day before, as did Nina, who witnessed it from a distance. As Sonny and Franco argued about Franco keeping his mouth shut about Sonny's secret and Sonny keeping his distance from Carly, Nina rolled up behind them and not-so nonchalantly listened in. After Sonny stepped away, Nina passively but masterfully planted the seed in Franco's head that Sonny and Carly were still "involved." When Franco eventually finds out about that Sonny/Carly smooch, it will not be pretty!

Monday, Levi is caught red-handed, Silas tells Sam about a clue in regards to Patrick's accident and Maxie has an opportunity to admit that she shares Nathan's feelings! Don't forget: 2:00 ET and 1:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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GH Tot Recast!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL's tiniest stars, Jaxon and Jakob Kring -- the twins who play Sam's son, Danny -- have been recast. A show rep shares that Caden and Corben Rothweiler have taken over the role.

"We just want to say thanks to all the fans and GH cast/crew for an amazing two years," the twins' mom tweeted. "Unfortunately, the boys have been recasted. We are very thankful for the time we had and wish the new Danny much success and luck."

The show's casting call was for 3- or small 4-year-old twins; the Krings will celebrate their third birthday in January. As for the 3 1/2-year-old Rothweiler brothers, they appeared in a 2013 episode of DISNEY XD's KICKIN' IT.

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Cast Your Vote #33

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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 Alexis forgive Julian for lying about getting out of the Mob?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, August 7. And please, only one vote per person!

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

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270 Sylvan Ave.
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Multiple mail-in votes during the same voting period will not be counted, so don't waste our time, your time, or the postage!

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Antonio Sabato, Jr. Returns To Daytime!

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You may not be able to act opposite soap star Antonio Sabato, Jr. (ex-Jagger, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Dante, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) in a steamy love scene, but you could have the actor and his crew renovate your home as part of his new syndicated series FIX IT & FINISH IT!

Sabato and his team have been traveling across America, from Memphis to Tuscon, helping families fix and finish their homes. If you happen to live in Louisville, KY, Richmond, VA, Charlotte, NC, Charleston SC or Savannah, GA, you can click here for more information and to fill out an entry form to submit your home as one of their projects!

FIX IT & FINISH IT premieres on Monday, September 8, so check your local listings to see which channel it will be airing on in your area. And follow the daytime show's Facebook page to track Sabato's adventures!

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GH Alum Gets Hitched!

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Congratulations to Stephen Kay (ex-Reginald, GENERAL HOSPITAL), who married fiancée Piper Perabo on Saturday, July 26. The pair, who work together on the USA series COVERT AFFAIRS (Perabo stars and Kay directs), tied the knot in New York City according to a report by People Magazine. Best wishes to the happy couple!

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An Unholy Alliance Gets Ugly!

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Ava is delusional. She somehow thought that being "rescued" from Sonny by Julian and Mickey would score her a martini and a quiet evening with Mr. Bubble. Oh boy, was she wrong! Mickey pulled a gun on her and threatened to pop her on the spot unless she told him what she had on Sonny. Julian played along with Mickey but then faster than you can say, "fuhgetaboutit," he got the upper hand and got control of the gun.

Mickey admitted that the cocaine they were dealing was laced with heroine to get the druggies hooked quicker. Julian wanted out and Mickey was, like, "yeah, right. Ha. As if." Mickey was shooed away, leaving the Jerome siblings toasting their success. Little did they know that Shawn had obtained security footage from GH's roof, which showed Julian and Mickey helping Ava escaped via a helicopter!

When Shawn left Sonny's office, Olivia walked in... and evicted him! "Good for her!" you say? Darn right! He fought her decision tooth and nail, until she finally admitted (rather loudly) that seeing his lying, cheating face every day was killing her. He said if he could take back that mistake, he would, only for Liv to come back with "you can't unscrew Ava!" Best response ever, right?

Jordan, meanwhile, snuck into Mickey's Metro Court room to search it at the same exact time Shawn had the same idea. They bickered. He pulled her into a toe-curling kiss. She slapped him. He went in for a second helping. And it was hot, folks. Meanwhile, Mickey was, of course, just steps away from the door, telling someone on the phone that he arranged to send Julian a message he wouldn't forget. Mickey then opened the door and... tune in Monday!

Patrick walked into a conversation between Sam and Silas and brought a polar vortex with him. Silas vehemently denied leaking private info to the reporter, which of course, Patrick didn't believe. Sam wondered if, maybe, Nina was behind that exposition. But how? Their private conversation was on the roof, which was only accessible by stairs. And Nina was confined to a wheelchair. There was only one way to find out -- security footage of the roof. After learning from a hospital employee that one of Sonny's associates had it, Sam knew it was time to ask Sonny for help.

Back in Silas' apartment, Nina was doing a happy dance (literally) now that her hubby and Sam split up. It was clear that her twisted mind was cooking up something nasty for Silas when she told Rosalie, "He owes me a baby." Later, Rosalie left and returned with a bottle of pills. Nina squished a tablet and mixed it in Silas' scotch and soda... and down his hatch it went!

Monday, Julian wants to collect from Ava, the effects of Silas' spiked drink hit and Olivia tells Carly in front of Franco that she will always have a thing for Sonny! Don't forget: 2:00 ET and 1:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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EXCLUSIVE: GH Star Swaps His Wife!

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Tonight's episode of CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP features a soap-star switcheroo, with GENERAL HOSPITAL's Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) swapping spouses with THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's ex-Ridge, Ronn Moss. For a preview of the drama, we went straight to Christopher himself to see how the week went!

"I had a blast," the actor reports to Soaps In Depth. "I just tried to be as zany and funny as I possibly could. I poked fun at myself the whole time and never took any part of it seriously. That was my approach to it, so I hope that comes across."

Although before this experience with the reality series, Christopher didn't know fellow soap star Moss well, he had five full days to really get to know his wife, Devin DeVasquez, who tried to loosen up some of his more rigid habits about fitness and diet. "Nothing goes in my mouth before I think about what it's going to do to me," he admits. "I tried to get the point across to her that it's more than about looks and my job — it's about living a longer life and having more energy and being around for [my son] Greysun.

"She tried to get me to 'live' a little bit," he adds. "It's not like I'm so rigid about it that I'm a 'no fun' person!"

And while his wife, Brienne, was living with Moss, Christopher learned to appreciate his spouse even more. "Sometimes you love each other but you can't stand to live with the other person because you have different habits," he says with a laugh. "We're not cut from the same cloth. We're two completely different people and we were raised different ways. Thankfully, for us, it works!"

Watch Christopher and Moss' episode of CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP airing Tuesday, July 22, at 10:00 p.m. EST on ABC or on ABC.com beginning the following day!

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Nina Sets Her Scheme In Motion!

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As if GENERAL HOSPITAL's Patrick hasn't been through enough, Nina poking her nose in his business is not what he needed... but that is what he got!

When Silas gets wound up, he's a testosterone-filled terror! He placed all blame of Rafe's death on Patrick and Obrecht, and he was going to make them pay! Spotting Obrecht in the hospital corridor, he went right at her, saying, "You and Drake are gonna answer for the blood on your hands!" You've never seen the usually high-strung Obrecht so cool, calm and collected, responding, "You failed your nephew. That's the simple truth." Ouch.

With the news that Rafe was the driver that ran Patrick's car off the road, Anna had some apologizing to do. The PCPD dropped the ball and that was inexcusable. He filled her in on the sordid detail of what was transpiring with Silas, only for the point to be driven home by Obrecht interrupting, saying that Clay was going public with accusations of malpractice. In order to soften the blow, Obrecht said that they had to get out there ahead of him and establish their own narrative to claim their innocence before Silas insisted on their guilt.

The wheels were spinning in the mischievous mind of the malevolent Nina. How could she get Sam out of Silas' life? When she saw Sam giving a comforting hug to Patrick, Nina knew the answer! First order of business was to listen in on a private conversation between Sam and Silas on the hospital roof. That, however, required her climbing out of her wheelchair and onto the stairs to eavesdrop in the doorway. And that she did.

Sam tried to calm down Silas, asking if going to war with Obrecht was worth having his and Rafe's name dragged through the mud. He snickered, "Are you worried about me going to war with Obrecht or that I'll make trouble for Patrick?" On the brink of tears, Sam went on to say that Patrick admitted to her that he thought about hurting Rafe on the table but that he didn't go through with it. Bingo! That's just what Nina needed! If she leaked that to the press, Sam would think that Silas was the culprit and that would be the nail in their romantic coffin!

There was a whole lot of commotion at Nathan and Maxie's apartment. When he arrived at his front door, the lock had been changed and his clothes were in a Hefty bag in the hall. No matter how insistently he denied calling immigration on Levi, she didn't believe him, so OUT you go Nathan. Evicted! But Maxie was blind to the truth -- Nathan didn't call the ICE, Levi did!

Meanwhile across toss, Spencer had this brilliant idea that his father, Nikolas, would reconcile with Britt if she were proven to be a "better specimen" than Liz. To that end, the lad organized a campers versus counselors competition. Sack race, three-legged race, tug-o'-war. His idea, though, was an epic fail when Liz got Nikolas' sympathy vote after it aggravated her gunshot wound. But Spencer had a new plan -- he'd run away!

On Monday's GH, Maxie has a shocking announcement, a reporter catches Silas off guard and Spencer's fate is terrifies Nikolas! Don't forget: 2:00 ET and 1:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Cast Your Vote #31

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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 Sonny or Morgan is the father of Ava's baby?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, July 24. And please, only one vote per person!

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

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Multiple mail-in votes during the same voting period will not be counted, so don't waste our time, your time, or the postage!

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GH's Benard Surprises A Superfan!

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ESPN2 talk show FIRST TAKE had a surprise guest for reporter — and GENERAL HOSPITAL fan — Stephen A. Smith recently when they brought out Maurice Benard (Sonny) to join them for a segment.

The actor shares his love of the San Francisco 49ers and Smith shares his love of GH... and Sonny! Watch the fun clip below!

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GH Star Gets Scary!

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Maura West (Ava, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is featured in a new horror movie called Come Back To Me, but she may not make it to the end credits alive! The film tells the story of a woman who begins suffering memory lapses and blackouts, then discovers that she's pregnant — but her husband is sterile! She sets up a hidden camera to keep track of what she's doing during her fugue states, and is shocked by what she discovers!

From the trailer, which you can see here, it seems that West's character, Eileen, has some kind of psychic abilities. Not that they seem to help save her life, if these clips are any indication! The film is adapted from the book The Resurrectionist by Matthew Guinn, and is written and directed by West's former AS THE WORLD TURNS co-star, Paul Leyden (Simon). Look for it in theaters, on iTunes, DirecTV and iN-Demand starting Friday, July 25... if you dare!

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Patrick's Shocking Confession To Sam!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GH's deVry Takes On Primetime!

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

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DAYS' Sweeney Heads To GH!

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

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

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

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

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Another Cheetwood Baby On Board!

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

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Off The Market!

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

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

Congratulations to the happy couple!

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Christopher Does a WIFE SWAP!

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

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Daddy's Little Girl Is Here!

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

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

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Rafe Did "What" Because Of "Who"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cast Your Vote #29

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

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

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

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

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Multiple mail-in votes during the same voting period will not be counted, so don't waste our time, your time, or the postage!

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GH's Serricchio Gets A Witchy Woman!

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

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

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

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Bob Hastings Passes Away

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

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Franco Threatens To Reveal Sonny's Big Secret!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GH's "Historical" Guest Star!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Robin's Coming Back!

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Is Kimberly McCullough bringing Robin back to GENERAL HOSPITAL? The fan favorite tweeted a photo last night of a stack of script pages with the note, "A day in the life of a soap actor. Say 'soap-y' I dare you. #notthewholescript #onlymyscenes."

While McCullough didn't specifically say that the script was for GH, the show's executive producer, Frank Valentini, has confirmed to Soaps In Depth that Robin will indeed be back in Port Charles this summer!

Will Patrick and Robin kiss and make up... or actually bring their marriage to an end? Be sure to pick up the next ABC issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale July 7, for more!

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2014 Daytime Emmy Award Winners!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS was the big winner at last night's Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony, but the on-line reboot of ONE LIFE TO LIVE pulled off a victory for Outstanding Directing! And VENICE THE SERIES, from OLTL alums Crystal Chappell (Maggie) and Hillary B. Smith (OLTL) won the first-ever Emmy for New Approaches - Drama! Make the jump for a full list of winners, including the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which were handed out on Friday, June 20!

Did your favorites take home the gold? Sound off in the comments!

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Maxie's Custody Heartbreak Continues!

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That Eat/Pray/Love voyage of self-discovery GENERAL HOSPITAL's Maxie went on obviously didn't include a single seminar called "How To Spot A Manipulator In The Crowd." Levi pulled the wool right down over her eyes to get Nathan in trouble with the court, and she was none the wiser. "How did Judge Walters even find out you lied to him?" she asked Nathan. Well, DUH! Levi's the only other person living in the apartment, Maxie! Was that a blonde moment or what?

Anyway, after reviewing the documents and considering Maxie's heartfelt plea to be a part of her daughter's life, the judge came back and said that her character had not fundamentally improved, therefore, he was returning to his original ruling of not allowing her to see baby Georgie. "She's not ready to be a mother," he said coldly, adding that they'd revisit the matter again in six months.

"I lost Georgie again," Maxie moaned. Levi said the first thing that came to his mind, which was, of course, something stupid: "You need to center yourself and breathe. Breathe." Maxie pulled away and shouted, "I don't want to breathe! I want to scream!" and she ran out. Levi was going to follow her, but Nathan stopped him. "Not so fast, Dunkleman," Nathan McMuscles said. "You're the one responsible for what happened here today."

Sam confessed to Molly that she was kind of ashamed to admit that she was suspicious of Nina. "It was almost like she was too understanding," Sam was embarrassed to note. She didn't want to sound like a monster. Criticizing a wheelchair-bound woman who just woke from a 20-year-coma can leave one with that impression, but Sam's intuition was right on the mark.

At that very moment, Nina was skillfully planting the seed in Silas' head that maybe the fact that Sam was still wearing her wedding ring was a sign that she wasn't over her dead husband. After Nina gave him her blessing to enjoy an evening on the town with his girlfriend, the sadness in Nina's eyes turned to outright evil! She raised herself out of her wheelchair and kicked it across the room! She flashed back to a few months earlier, sneaking into Silas' pitch-black apartment and smashing it to smithereens!

Jordan, meanwhile, demanded to talk to Julian's boss, like, now! "Give me the goods on our boss and we'll protect each other," she said convincingly. Julian was just about to do that when they were interrupted by a rather shady dude named Mickey Diamond, who said, "Our boss sent me." His job was to "make sure the business was running smoothly." And then he sent Julian out of town for a few days. At least he didn't give him a one-way ticket to the Pine Barrens!

Monday, Carly confronts Ava about moving in with Sonny, Maxie turns to her BFF for comfort, Nathan call Levi on his lies and Nina's plotting continues! Don't forget: 2:00 ET and 1:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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GH's New Baddie!

The Port Charles mob war got a new player this week! That's Nick Chinlund who debuted on GENERAL HOSPITAL Friday, June 20, as Mickey Diamond. While this is the actor's daytime debut, he has a long list of credits on his resume, including playing Victor on 666 PARK AVENUE and lending his raspy, menacing voice to several characters on the animated superhero series YOUNG JUSTICE.

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Cast Your Vote #27

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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 Maxie and Nathan pursue a relationship?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Wednesday, June 25. 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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Daytime Emmy Awards Preview!

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Fans have lots of questions now that it's been announced that the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards are going to be broadcast not on a network or cable outlet, but rather streamed via the Internet at www.daytimeemmys.net beginning at 5:00 p.m. PST on Sunday, June 22. Soaps In Depth spoke to David Michaels, Senior Executive Director, Daytime Emmy Awards for The National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences, about what viewers can expect on the big day!

Soaps In Depth: Will the format be different? Will the show have a time limit?
David Michaels: As I understand it, the plan is for the show to go straight through — there will be no commercial breaks. We're treating it like a live show. It'll run for two hours.

In Depth: There tend to be fewer rules on the Internet about what people can do. Might we see more of a party atmosphere for this show?
Michaels: I'm not sure. It's the same setting room and people, the same party. I don't know if people will feel that they can take advantage of the "no-holds-barred" rules of the Internet or not.

Continued after the jump

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Is Donna Mills Back On GH?

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Could Donna Mills already be back at GENERAL HOSPITAL taping as Madeline? Yesterday, television personality Sandie Newton, who contributes to Hallmark's HOME & FAMILY, tweeted a photo of herself with good friend Ilene Kristen (Delia) and Mills. Since we already know that Kristen has been taping some GH appearances, Mills' Madeline might be back in town, too! And with daughter Nina out of her coma, it's the perfect time for Madeline to return to the canvas... we're sure Nina has some choice words for the woman who killed her baby and put her in a coma!

We're investigating and will let you know as soon as we uncover any details!

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"Dead" Ric Is Alive!

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It was a ten-tissue day on Friday's GENERAL HOSPITAL, with more tears falling in Port Charles than on Wall Street circa 2008!

Elizabeth and Molly were hit hard by the news of Ric's death. Or, should we say, the kind of death that people on soaps succumb to, which is more like a playing possum, "just kidding!" kind of death. Understandably, Molly was a wreck. "My Dad is dead!" she screamed, throwing herself into Momma Alexis, who matched her daughter tear for tear.

Truth be told, Anna's idea for Ric to fake his death and go into witness protection until they found Julian's boss was really the only thing they could do to protect the people Ric loved. Not that Ric was happy with the plan. In fact, he was fighting mad that it was their only option. When Anna unzipped the body bag and he jumped out, he was one mad hombre. It was torture for him to lay there motionless while his daughter and the woman he loved wept in agony over losing him.

Part of Molly's grief was that she didn't get to say goodbye to him, so Alexis reluctantly brought her to the morgue to say a final farewell. Anna used the old "she shouldn't see her father in that condition" speech on Alexis to keep the teen from seeing that he wasn't dead at all. But, just like any/every wily teenager, Molly snuck in. Hidden behind a door, the very much alive Ric had to listen once again to his little girl fall to pieces. This time, it was he who couldn't stop crying! After everyone turned off the waterworks, he slipped on some scrubs, put on a surgical cap and mask and left, not to be seen or heard from again until... well, until storyline dictates!

Meanwhile, Liz was in her own fog, unable to shake her grief. She had vanished from her shift at the hospital, which threw Obrecht into a tizzy. Obrecht chewed Liz a new one, Liz sassed Dr. O back and when all was said and done, Liz got fired. Nikolas having seen on the TV at The Floating Rib that Ric was shot and killed, raced to GH to comfort and support Liz. Their warm, fuzzy interaction was spotted from afar by Britt, who got "that" look on her face with "that" wicked eyebrow. When Obrecht saw her daughter looking troubled, she asked if she could do something to help. Britt thought a moment and said, "Help me get Nikolas back." Uh oh.

Felix was drippy-eyed, too. Not because of Ric, but because of Sabrina, whose pain over her newborn son's death caused her to go a little bonkers the day before. What a good friend that Felix is. He cried for his BFF's heartache and was rewarded for his sympathetic soul with a bear hug from Lucas in a hospital gown.

Monday, Sonny learns of Ric's death and confronts Anna, Duke has it out with Julian, Rafe is caught in the act, and Patrick -- hold onto your seats Scrubs fans -- admits he thinks his marriage is over! Don't forget: 2:00 ET and 1:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Oprah Checks In With Benard!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL star Maurice Benard (Sonny) will be appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Network series, OPRAH: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?, later this summer!

Back in 2007, Benard and his wife, Paula, were guests on THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW in an episode featuring the topic of bipolar disorder. Although the Emmy winner has been outspoken about the mental illness that both he and his character share, Benard rarely appears on talk shows... but who could say no to Oprah?

Now, Soaps In Depth has learned, OWN caught up with the Benards for a segment on WHERE ARE THEY NOW?, the popular series that tracks down the most memorable OPRAH SHOW guests for updates on their lives today.

We will let you know as soon as we get a date confirmed for the Benard family, but in the meantime, all new episodes of OPRAH: WHERE ARE THEY NOW? air every Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on OWN.

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Is Miller GH's New Jason?

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Ever since Billy Miller left the role of Billy at THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, there has been speculation that the fan favorite would be snatched up by GENERAL HOSPITAL to take over the part of Jason (previously played by Steve Burton, who is now Y&R's Dylan!). And last night, TV Guide's Michael Logan added some fuel to that particular fire by posting to Twitter: "Billy Miller. General Hospital. Done deal? This is what I'm hearing."

When contacted for comment on the possible casting coup, a rep for GH replied simply, "We don't have any info on that." Could the rumor be true? Is Robin going to succeed in saving Jason and bring him back to Port Charles with a slightly different face? Or could Miller be playing someone else? What do you think?

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