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GH Recap: Luke Faces Off With Fluke!

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Anna's former protégée and current agent at the justice department, Kyle Sloane, was gung ho about prosecuting her for Faison's murder, and Obrecht was eager to help. There was, however, a crimp in their plan. "Faison is alive and I can prove it," the commish said. Although O wanted desperately to believe it, she couldn't and wouldn't get her hopes up, only for them to be dashed.

Anna told them the whole story, how she and Robert confronted Faison the night of Nikolas' engagement party. Aching to put an end to Faison's reign of terror, Anna was prepared to kill him. "I wanted to put my hands around his throat and squeeze," she said, adding, "I was this close... but I didn't do it." Anna would prove that she was telling the truth by taking Sloane and Obrecht to the place where she and Robert had held Faison captive all this time -- in a cell on Spoon Island that could be accessed through the Wyndemere stables. When they got there, Anna lifted a mat off the floor and revealed a trap door. When they opened the entrance to the underground dungeon, it was empty!

While Lulu distracted Larry at the Quartermaine mansion, Patrick and Sam posed as husband and wife to get into Larry's safe deposit box at the bank. With a lock pick and a duplicate key, she opened the box, only to find another locked box inside! Their investigation was cut short when Larry showed up to get into the same container. When he opened the inner box, he smiled, as if his mission had been accomplished. After he left, Patrick and Sam went back in to finish their task. She opened the inner box and couldn't believe her eyes. Inside was a photo of, you guessed it, Cesar Faison!

Alexis' arrival to see Julian in a PCPD cell put a smile on his face. She, however, was as cold as ice. Her only reason for being there was because Lucas made a good case to do so. Julian confessed his undying love and said, "I'm ready to name names." He went on to say that he worked for Luke, but also that Luke was not really Luke!

In a padded room at Miscavige, a straightjacket Luke laid dozing on a cot. An orderly came in and popped a pill in his mouth. After the orderly left, Luke spit it out and sat up. He flashed back to his encounter with Fluke calling him helpless. Completely lucid, Luke said out loud to himself, "Not anymore." This was the day he was determined to break out of this joint and find the snake that put him there! Thinking of Fluke's assertion that he bedded Tracy, Luke went crazy, tugging and pulling at the jacket. Then, like King Kong breaking free from the chains that bound him, with one last guttural scream, the jacket flew off! Using the buckle from the jacket as a lock pick, Luke opened the door, only to find an angry Fluke staring back at him!

On Monday's GH, Anna is puzzled by Faison's disappearance, Jordan is confronted by a familiar face, and Julian has even more shocking news for Alexis! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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GH Recap: Anna Shocks Obrecht!

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Franco did his darndedst to talk Nina into accepting that the baby wasn't hers (and Silas never would be again), but she wasn't particularly interested in that. Instead, she insisted that Ava owed her the baby, which she had every intention of keeping. Franco managed to make her accept the truth, which left her a broken woman. "I'm not in pain," she uttered tearfully. "I wish I were. I'm not in any pain. I'm empty. I'm like a shell. If I don't have Silas and I don't have the baby, I have nothing." Proving himself the best darn friend a lunatic could ever have, Franco replied that she had him. But once they agreed to move forward, it left a big question hanging in the air: What to do with the baby?

Patrick and Sam convinced Lulu to keep Larry busy while they snuck into Larry's safe deposit box to find out what he was hiding. With the story of her being on the run being splashed all over the media, Ava tried to keep Silas from finding out she was a wanted woman. (And who wouldn't want the minx, given how gorgeous she looked! How is it that Ava is better dressed and coifed on the run than most of us are after a spa-and-shopping day?) Ava suggested she and Silas work together to find Nina and the baby. Lucas visited his jailed dad and Alexis later swung by, too. Britt told Nikolas that she was going to try and find out what happened to her father. Agent Sloane scored big points with Obrecht by telling Anna he intended to prove she killed Faison. But Anna shocked the agent — not to mention Obrecht — by declaring "Faison is alive!"

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Sexypants Is One Of People's Sexiest!

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People Magazine has named actor Chris Hemsworth Sexiest Man Alive for 2014, but quite a few familiar daytime faces made their other hot lists!

Over on the "Sexy At Every Age" list, GENERAL HOSPITAL's Ryan Paevey (Nathan) joined lots of other hunks including Mario Lopez (ex-Christian, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL). Over on the "Hottest Guys From Around The World" list, they included ALL MY CHILDREN alum Mark Consuelos (Mateo) under Spain and Nathan Fillion (Joey, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) under Canada.

And on the "Men of the Year" list, you'll find AS THE WORLD TURNS' Billy Magnussen (Casey), AMC's Michael B. Jordan (Reggie), OLTL's Teddy Sears (Chad) and GUIDING LIGHT's Matt Bomer (Ben).

It's no surprise that daytime has the sexiest men out there! Who do you think should've made the list? Sound off in the comments!

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GH Recap: Sonny Pleads Guilty!

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Upon discovering that Ava had fled the hospital, Michael took his frustration out on Kiki. "Not only are you a liar," he barked, "but you're an idiot, too!" Morgan tried to prevent Michael from trash-talking Kiki, but wound up joining her on the receiving end of his brother's anger. "You two are a regular brain trust," Michael spat, "aren't you?" Determined to find Ava, Anna had Julian dragged — quite literally — down to the station. Ava, meanwhile, turned up on Silas' doorstep. Before he could even say, "Hey, they found your baby yet?", Ava demanded that he hide her. (Ava must be saving a fortune on rent with all this couch surfing!)

Heading into court, Diane told Sonny and Carly to keep their lips so zipped that the only words that could escape were "not" and "guilty." Despite this, the judge denied Carly bail. Sonny struck a deal, agreeing to plead guilty if the charges against Carly were dropped. Jordan and Shawn told T.J. that they'd had an affair behind his father's back. In the understatement of the year, Jordan declared that the tryst had been "a mistake." Shawn insisted that Thomas had pulled a gun on him, and that he'd killed him in self-defense. Shawn and Jordan insisted that T.J. was definite Thomas' son. (The look on Jordan's face, however, indicated she might have told a whopper where her son's paternity is concerned!) Sam and Patrick overheard Larry talking to Jerry and, when not talking louder than they probably should have from a few feet away, heard him mention a safe deposit box. While Patrick distracted Larry (with booze... smart man!), Sam made a copy of the key to the safe deposit box using Danny's Silly Putty!

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GH Star Expecting!

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Congratulations to Lisa LoCicero (Olivia, GENERAL HOSPITAL), who has something extra-special to be thankful for this holiday season! The actress and husband Michael Patrick Jann are expecting their second child! The couple already have a son, Lukas, who is 13.

The actress announced her exciting news as part of the cast's Happy Thanksgiving video posted today at ABC.com. Best wishes to the happy family!

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GH Recap: Michael Seals Sonny's Fate!

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Obrecht told Patrick he could have his job back, but reprimanded him for responding by hugging Sam. "Take your display of affection elsewhere!" she snapped. Obrecht later met with Britt and, after greeting her with a slap, blackmailed her daughter. How? By threatening to tell Nikolas the truth about Britt's involvement in Spencer's disappearance unless she helped Agent Sloane bring down Anna for Faison's murder.

Michael declared himself a Quartermaine and made it clear he wasn't about to let Tracy or Larry take over the family business. Despite Diane's pleas that he not, Sonny had Shawn give Michael the tape proving he killed A.J. and Ava killed Connie. Playing the tape, Michael and Monica finally knew that A.J. had been innocent. Well, of Connie's murder, anyway. Monica and Ned went to give A.J. the best possible birthday present — word that he'd been exonerated. Of course, this birthday present would have been way more awesome were A.J. still, you know, alive. Kiki called her mama out for having killed Connie. (Ava's response, "I know it was wrong," may have been the understatement of the week, at least so far!) She ran into Michael at GH just as he was handing the incriminating audiotape over to Anna. After listening to it, Anna went to arrest Ava only to find her hospital bed empty.

Nikolas and Spencer had a long chat about honesty and chocolate. For a second, it looked as if Spencer might throw Britt under the bus, but he changed his mind at the last minute. Shawn and Jordan sat T.J. down and prepared to tell him the truth about his father. Sam and Patrick snuck up to the conveniently-unlocked patio door of the Quartermaine living room and opened it enough to overhear the phone call on which Larry warned Jerry that they had a problem. With it looking as if Duke and Carly were going to be sent to Pentonville, Alexis told Sonny, "You are going down, and you are taking everybody with you!"

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Cast Your Vote #49

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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: Can Michael ever forgive Sonny for killing A.J.?

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

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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Franco's Mom Returns!

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James Franco is no longer playing Franco on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but his mother, Betsy Franco, is still going to be playing the character's mom! The soap has confirmed that the actress will be returning as Betsy Franco/Karen Anderson, although at this time we don't have a first airdate or any idea how long her stint will be. How do you think Betsy will react to Franco's latest crimes?

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GH Recap: Michael Changes His Name!

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Jake moved in with Liz. He felt as if there was something familiar about a photo of Jason, and later bonded with Cameron over the youngster's homework. Patrick headed to the hospital to find out whether or not he would be reinstated. Agent Stone hoped Britt would help him bring down Anna for the murder of Faison. Following another showdown with Anna, Obrecht was approached by Sloane. Michael visited his jailed parents and made it clear they were basically dead to him. He did, however, want one thing from Sonny: the tape proving that Ava, not A.J., killed Connie. Despite knowing it would seal his fate, Sonny promised that he'd have Shawn deliver the tape. Sonny and Carly declared their love for Michael, but he spat that neither of them knew the meaning of the word. Larry suggested that Tracy should be put in charge of ELQ. As Tracy said they needed to boot Michael from the company, the troubled young man entered and told everyone that from now on, he'd be going by Michael Quartermaine!

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Making A BOLD Move?

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Is Kelly Thiebaud jumping ship as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Britt to tackle the role of Steffy on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL?

While ABC does not comment on actor contracts, sources tell Soaps In Depth that Thiebaud had opted not to sign a new deal with GH, and has been on recurring status with the soap until her character could ultimately be written out. Rumor has it that B&B swooped in and made the actress an offer she couldn't refuse!

Alas, the rumor is exactly that, and nothing more. A spokesperson for the CBS soap tells In Depth that there is no truth to it, and that Thiebaud will not be joining the cast of B&B as Steffy Forrester.

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Sonny Faces The Music!

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Miss Friday's GENERAL HOSPITAL? We'll catch you up. Read on...

Carly and Sonny always made the best of their alone time together. It usually included some kind of heart-to-heart conversation, which would, invariably, lead to their bodies doing the talking! This time around, only half of that was possible, as two sets of jail cell bars separated them. "I lost him, Carly. I lost our son," he mourned. "He has every right to hate me."

Sonny listened attentively as Carly recounted the look on Michael's face when he saw and heard Sonny's taped confession of killing A.J. And then there was that hideous necklace with the hidden camera that Franco gave her as an engagement present. If only she trusted her sense of fashion and hadn't worn it every second of every day, Franco wouldn't have had the documented evidence used to destroy their family.

"It's not really Franco's fault. It's all my fault," Sonny lamented. He knew that pushing Franco was like poking a stick at a caged lion, but he did it anyway. "I was just too headstrong, too arrogant and too afraid to lose what we had," he said of his and Carly's relationship. It was now over between the two of them, not because he wanted it that way, but rather because the devastation was too great. "I love you, Sonny," she said softly. "I love you, too," he answered, "but sometimes love just isn't enough."

Despite knowing everything Franco had already done and was capable of doing, Carly defended him until the moment he showed the video at their wedding. For that, she apologized to Sonny, and he accepted. Now they had to worry about Duke and if he'd give Scotty Baldwin the ammo needed to seal Sonny's fate. At the PCPD, Duke conferred with Alexis, his attorney in the matter, courtesy of Lucy Coe. Alexis told him that the way to get the charges against him dropped was simple -- testify against Sonny. Duke adamantly refused.

While Duke was refusing to roll over Sonny, Michael was just about to roll over Rosalie... again... and in a much more pleasant way! Kiki, however, let herself into Michael's apartment and walked in on them about to the do the nasty. Rather than march out horrified, she stuck around.

"We'd like to get back to what we were doing, so if you don't mind," Michael said, shooing away his girlfriend and snuggling up to his bed buddy. Awkward! Rosalie gathered her clothes and made a hasty retreat. Michael was in no way about to forgive Kiki for keeping it from him that Sonny killed A.J. "I don't love you. Not anymore," he said coldly.

While Jake was finding something oddly familiar about photos of Alan, Edward and Lila on a wall of honor at GH, Nikolas and Britt were visited by Agent Sloane, an investigator with the justice department looking into corruption at the WSB. One file they found while Victor was in command was on Faison. As it turned out, Obrecht was right. Faison was not at Steinmauer. In fact, the file suggested that Robert and Anna murdered him! The only way to prove that case required Britt's assistance!

Monday on GH, Michael has a request of Sonny, a look at a photo of Jason brings up new questions for Jake, and Patrick learns his future at the hospital! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Johnny's Back! Is Britt Out?

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As first reported by Daytime Confidential, Brandon Barash will be returning to GENERAL HOSPITAL as Johnny! A rep for the soap has confirmed his appearance, but with no details. But it would seem to be a short arc, so it's more likely someone will be visiting Johnny in Pentonville instead of the mobster being released from prison!

We're also hearing that Marc Anthony Samuel (Felix), John J. York (Mac) and Kelly Thiebaud (Britt) are being dropped to recurring status with the show. This isn't terribly surprising, as GH does have a lot of contract players — more than it can find time for on-screen. However, there is additional buzz that says that Thiebaud is actually on her way out of Port Charles permanently. We'll keep you up to date on any new information as we get it! Stay tuned!

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New Couple Alert?

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Even as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Anna was arresting Duke, a horrified Lucy did her best to prevent her favorite Scotsman from being hauled to prison. Which got us thinking... Lucy and Duke have been spending an awful lot of time supporting one another through their various (and numerous!) problems of late. Might the show be thinking of pairing Lynn Herring's daffy alter ego with that of Ian Buchanan? And if so, might that clear the way for Anna to make another play for Tracy's man, Luke... assuming, of course, that he ever manages to get away from the mysterious Fluke? So much to ponder, and we're dying to hear your thoughts, so sound off below!

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Congratulations, Dominic!

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Great news for Dominic Zamprogna (Dante, GENERAL HOSPITAL) and his wife, Linda! It looks like they'll be welcoming their third child into the world right around May 14th of next year! The actor says "it feels great" to find out he's going to be a father again, admitting with a smile, "It was a bit of a surprise!"

The family will be welcoming another daughter into the fold, which means that Zamprogna will be the only guy in a house filled with women! But he reports that daughters Eliana and Anbilliene are both "very excited" at the prospect of having another sister!

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Anthony Geary Is Back On Set!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL welcomed back star Anthony Geary (Luke) in style as you can see from the video that the soap's executive producer Frank Valentini posted online. Following his six-month absence as he recuperated from two back surgeries, Geary's return to the set was marked by thunderous applause from the cast and crew of GH wearing "Tony's Back!" T-shirts.

And now that the Emmy winner is back in Port Charles, the Fluke/Luke mystery can finally be solved. How do you think it will wrap up? Sound off in the comments!

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Cast Your Vote #47

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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: Could Nikolas ever forgive Britt for having helped Spencer run away?

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

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

ABC Readers' Poll
c/o Soaps In Depth
270 Sylvan Ave.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

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

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McCullough's New Gig!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kimberly McCullough (ex-Robin) continues to develop her career behind the camera. The Disney ABC Creative Talent Development Facebook page posted that the actress will be directing an upcoming episode of the Disney Channel comedy series KC UNDERCOVER. We'll let you know when the episode is slated to air!

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AMC's Jill Larson Gets Taken!

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If you're a soap fan who's also fond of horror films, then Jill Larson (Opal, ALL MY CHILDREN) has got the movie for you! The actress stars in The Taking Of Deborah Logan, a thriller in which she plays the title role, a woman who's diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Alas, poor Deborah's situation gets even more complicated after she starts to experience strange things that aren't consistent with the debilitating illness!

"I'd never even seen a horror film before," Larson tells Soaps In Depth. Initially, the fan favorite actress was hesitant about taking on a character who has Alzheimer's because her late mother suffered from the illness. "I'm very glad that I ended up doing it. It was a great experience and the people I worked with are fantastic in it."

As you can see from the DVD art, Larson undergoes quite the transformation in this film! "There were four stages of makeup," she says. "They had prosthetics attached to my face. My skin was badly beaten up by the end! I spent many hours in the makeup chair."

The film is both a horror flick and an examination about the devastation of Alzheimer's. "The filmmaker made this film because his grandmother had Alzheimer's and he loved her dearly," Larson says. "There's a lot of love invested in this character and I brought my own experiences to my portrayal."

The Taking Of Deborah Logan, which also stars Anne Ramsay (A League Of Their Own), is available on DVD and VOD (Video On Demand) starting Tuesday, November 4. It's also available for streaming on Netflix. To order on Amazon.com, click here, and to watch a trailer, click here!

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AMC Stars Reunite!

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There's going to be an ALL MY CHILDREN reunion on the set of THE MEREDITH VIEIRA SHOW! According to Soap Opera Network, the Tuesday, December 2, episode of the syndicated talk show will feature Susan Lucci (Erica) being surprised by former AMC castmate Walt Willey (Jackson) as part of a "Soap Opera Showdown" segment. Click here to visit the show's Web site to find out where you can watch it in your area!

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And The Wedding From Hell Begins!

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Did you miss Friday's GENERAL HOSPITAL? No problem. Here's a blow by blow of all the excitement!

Franco promised Carly a wedding day she'd never forget, and that's what he served up! She was already p.o.'d at her groom by the time he showed up, and it wasn't because he was a tad tardy. No. Spencer's arm was twisted until he blabbed that Franco tried to access Carly's E-mail to get the goods on Sonny. When the smiley-faced schemer finally arrived, his greeting of "Show time!" was not received with applause. Carly pulled him aside and confronted him.

Franco admitted that, yes, he was looking for the recording of Sonny confessing that he killed A.J., but it wasn't for himself; it was for Ava. That was the truth, actually. Just not the whole truth. He professed that his suspicion of her relationship with Sonny was a thing of the past. "You never did anything to make me not trust you, right?" he asked. "No," she whispered. Good thing she was wearing a dress because liar, liar, her pants would have been on fire!

Finally, the ceremony began. Carly reemerged looking absolutely gorgeous in a white gown. Yes, white. No comment. Flower girl Josslyn walked down the aisle and threw the rose pedals like she was throwing out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium. Lucas extended his arm to Carly and escorted her to her husband-to-be.

Eyes wandered to the others guests when Lucy, who was officiating the ceremony, gave her "speak now or forever hold your peace" speech. Joss spoke up but Lucy immediately cut her off. After Felix read a Shakespearean passage, then came the "I do's." Carly's mind wandered off to Sonny before saying those two tiny words. Franco, however, responded with an icy, "Hell no. Why would I marry a lying, cheating whore?" Ouch.

Across town, Morgan's persistence made Sonny final blurt that the reason he wanted Ava dead was because she killed Connie. Morgan, of course, didn't want to believe it but he had to when Sonny played him the recording. Morgan not only understood his father's reasoning, he felt guilty that Sonny had to deal with that reality alone. Sonny said he had to do everything he could to protect the baby, but he didn't know where to find Ava. Morgan, putting on his most adorable puppy face, said that she was at the brownstone.

Ava was at the brownstone all right, but so was Nina, who greeted her with a Franco-esque, "Buckle up, bitch! It's show time!" Nina was there to settle the score in a most disturbing way! Ava tried to make it to her cell phone to call for help, but Nina grabbed a syringe and shoved it hard into Ava's back. It was filled with a muscle relaxant that would render her completely paralyzed!

Ava quickly grew limp and immobile. Nina put her hands on Ava's bump and smiled, "This baby is mine." She then took out another syringe, one containing the labor accelerant, and said, "We are about to bring a new life into the world."

And there was more! Obrecht handed Jake his bill and his discharge papers. Plus, Anna walked Dante through her theory that Sonny killed A.J.!

On Monday, Anna interrogates Duke, Nina takes her plan further, and the wedding from hell continues! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Gaskill's Bloody Fun Film!

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Soap opera veteran Brian Gaskill is no stranger to the world of vampires. As angel Rafe on PORT CHARLES, he battled a whole host of them! Now, he's stepping back into that realm in The Bloody Indulgent, a sexy vampire musical that's being released for rent this week on VIMEO and cityoffilm.tv before going to wider release.

"I play a quirky club owner/MC at a B-rated strip club," Gaskill reveals of the role that will pit him against former Backstreet Boys member Kevin Richardson as a randy (and not-so-sober!) vampire. "I'm surrounded by vampires and zombies." Not only does the actor play a pivotal role in the story, but he also gets to sing! "I'm a huge fan of not only musicals, but also cult musicals such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show," Gaskill explains of his interest in the project. "So it was a dream come true for me to be part of such a wild film — it definitely falls into the realm of the cult classics."

The colorful film, which also features Diva Zappa and Danièle Watts (Django Unchained), is described as "a grungy morality tale that reveals the humanity of monsters and the inhumanity of mankind."

"Kevin Richardson was awesome to work with and Ken Roht, the director and writer, is a bit of an underground theater genius, so it was an amazing experience all around," Gaskill enthuses. "I am so excited that it's finally able to be seen, and it's perfect timing — just in time for Halloween!"

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The 2015 Daytime Emmys Are In April!

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Mark your calendars: The ceremony for the 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards has been scheduled for Sunday, April 26! The deadline for performer pre-nomination clips to be submitted will be Friday, November 28, and the final nominations will be announced on Tuesday, March 26.

There have been some new categories added, one of which is Guest Performer in a Drama Series, which should include high-profile-but-short-term actors like GENERAL HOSPITAL's Donna Mills (Madeline) and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Ray Wise (Ian).

At this time there have been no details released regarding how the 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards will be broadcast, but it will likely be via the Internet as they were this year. (Although hopefully with a better pre-show!)

So who do you think should start putting together Emmy reels for a nomination? Sound off in the comments!

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GH Stars Fall Under A Witch's Spell!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL stars Chad Duell (Michael) and Kristen Alderson (Kiki) have been put under a witch's spell! Well, technically the Switch Witch's spell.

After an appearance on Phoenix's SONORAN LIVING LIVE, the actors met author Audrey Kinsman in the green room and fell in love with her newly-released children's storybook, Switchcrafted. They took copies home to share with their nieces and nephews so they can also become "Switchcrafted."

The book encourages children to switch out their piles of unhealthy Halloween candy in exchange for a "must-have" toy. Switchcrafted comes complete with the illustrated book, a special trick or treat bag and a Switch Witch doll. You can purchase it from Amazon.com by clicking here, and start your own Halloween tradition trading sweet treats for something healthier. And as a bonus, if you use the code SOAP1020 before December 31, 2014, you can get 20% off!

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Franco's Staying Put!

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

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Geary Back On GH For Sweeps!

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

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

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Cast Your Vote #45

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

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Do you think Alexis should be with Julian or Ned?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, October 30. And please, only one vote per person!

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

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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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OLTL's Underwood Strikes GOLD!

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ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Brittany Underwood (Langston) breaks out the big hair and the spandex for an upcoming guest spot on ABC's THE GOLDBERGS. And Soaps In Depth has the scoop on the actress' time warp back to the '80s!

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GH Alum Ties The Knot!

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

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GH's Howarth Joins THE FLASH!

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

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Crazy Schemes Abound On GH!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New Project For GH Stars!

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

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

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

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OLTL Star Engaged!

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Congratulations to ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Corbin Bleu (Jeffrey), who is now engaged to marry girlfriend Sasha Nicole Clements. People Magazine is reporting that the young actor proposed to her on Wednesday, October 15, in front of Cinderella's Castle in Walt Disney World. Right before the park's fireworks began, Bleu popped the question with a ring he'd put in a glass slipper. How romantic! Best wishes to the happy couple, who seem poised to live happily ever after!

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Correction!

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

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

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

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Win A Role On GH!

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

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Stars Strike Out Child Abuse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GH's Eddy Plays Lunch Lady!

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

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Chabert Explores The Single Life

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In real life, Lacey Chabert, who began her career playing a young Bianca on ALL MY CHILDREN, is a happy newlywed. However, in her upcoming film, Christian Mingle, she'll play a career woman taking on the challenge of finding an honest relationship. "It's about a girl who's unlucky in love and decides to go online and try [dating Web site] Christian Mingle, even though she's not a Christian," Chabert reveals. "I've never done it personally, but I think it's a great way for people to meet. We do everything else on-line, why wouldn't we want to meet someone?"

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Cast Your Vote #43

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

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

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, October 16. And please, only one vote per person!

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

ABC Readers' Poll
c/o Soaps In Depth
270 Sylvan Ave.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

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

VOTES FOR ACTORS, ACTRESSES AND COUPLES CAST IN THE COMMENTS TO THIS ARTICLE WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

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Hobnob With The Stars!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sonny And Carly: Busted!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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