This is What General Hospital’s “Growing” Quartermaine Family Looks Like


During General Hospital's 51st Anniversary, we watched as AJ (Sean Kanan) joined Edward (John Ingle), Lila (Anna Lee), Alan (Stuart Damon) and Emily (Natalia Livingston) by walking into the light. Prior to AJ's walk up the General Hospital stairs he and Emily appeared to Monica (Leslie Charleson) and convinced her she shouldn't join them in the ever after. The reason: their family was "growing" thanks to Michael (Chad Duell) and Danny and she needed to be there for them.

If you are a long time follower of Daytime Confidential you know we've been a strong supporter of the Quartermaine family since Day 1 of this site. There is no soap family that makes me more passionate. We even featured a Save the Quartermaines campaign, because under previous regimes the family was nearly decimated. We cheered Cartini reviving the Quartermaines, though sometimes their storylines fell flat, i.e. Pickle Lila.

Yesterday's General Hospital was a poignant episode and if it would have been for anyone other than a Quartermaine it would have been a nearly perfect sendoff for a popular character. However, as beautiful as it was, I couldn't get past AJ telling Monica the Quartermaines were "growing." Technically the Quartermaines are growing. If you count one in diapers and the other, a dupable Michael (Chad Duell) who has spent most of his life in Sonny's (Maurice Benard) storylines.

If we look at the actual state of the Quartermaines (see photo above) a different picture emerges. It is not one of growth. It is one of errosive onscreen decline. This was not an episode that left me celebrating the Quartermaines' growth or General Hospital's 51st Anniversary. It left me numb and mad. Another Quartermaine is dead.

Yes, the Carlypalooza was awesome, but saying the Quartermaines are "growing" is like saying a tree provides shade when a sprout is growing out of a stump.

 

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  1. Profile photo of Patchworks
    Patchworks

    I feel exactly the same way, Luke. I LOVE the Quartermaines; they were the reason why I started watching GH in the 90’s (well, after I followed Mary Beth Evans from DAYS, who played Katherine Bell). As a dynasty, the Qs should have always driven story. I’m very disappointed by AJ’s demise.

    The Jeromes are great; the Corinthos’ can be interesting, but soaps have to have a core family that identifies as such that longtime viewers can relate to. On Days, you have Hortons, Bradys, and Kiriakis. On Y&R, you have Newmans, Abbotts, and Chancellors. On B&B, you have Forresters, Logans, and Spencers. Who are the core families on GH anymore? The Quartermaines (and on a lesser level, the Spencers) provided that for me. Now, there is nothing.

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    david46208

    I was full-time viewer of GH in the glorious 90s when the Quartermines were an important part of the show. This was long before it became All Sonny’s Children.

    I was an avid fan of Monica, Tracy, Justus, Edward, Lila, Jason (pre-borg) A.J. (pre-fat jokes) and Alan.

    This Tracy and Justus confrontation was class.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XP3ik5nsQXM

    Yet, ever since the show tried to become The Soprano’s it was less interesting to me and the Quartermines were slowly being cast aside.

    Thanks to Youtube I can see clips of GH (at present) to see if anything catches my eye (rarely does) or to watch classic clips.

    But what would really do it for me, was if the wacky head writer had someone in a coma and had them wake-up with all the dead that should not be (accept Edward and Lila) actually a live.

    I’d even buy that Tony Dimera — I mean — Victor Cassadine has them all trapped on an island behind an invisible electric french.

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    Katiebug9624

    LMAO at “only returns for funerals” so freaking true!

    And I agree its not growing you have Michael and Danny which is great dont get me wrong but Danny is just a baby and Michael is only now growing to be a Q. I would love to see Skye back or at the very least a sorased Lila Rae.

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    nysam

    You left off a few other Qs that Cartoony for some reason totally ignores….

    Jimmy Lee Holt played by Steve Bond (Edward’s illigetimate son) and Jimmy Lee’s wife, Charity. Jilly Lee adopted Charity’s son, Jonah. Jimmy Lee and Charity could have easily had children offscreen.

    Celia Quartermiane played by Sherilyn Wolter. She was Herbert’s daughter and Edward’s niece.

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    twen_angst

    well, jason will obviously be coming back over the next year, and seeing as he’s been frozen (let’s just pretend this makes sense for a minute), i wouldn’t be surprised if he came back as jason quartermaine and not morgan, which would also somewhat mitigate the steve burton comparison

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    stefanstavros

    I was just gonna say this dismantling of the Qs might be corrected “a little” if when NuJason returns he is 150% Jason Quartermaine. Moreover, if they hopefully make Michael completely cut ties with Sonny, then you’d have Monica, Jason, Michael and Tracey. Get Ned back and we’d be in business. I’d be thrilled to somehow get Alan back, but it seems SD’s health is not up to it.

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    Pauretajt

    [quote=Luke Kerr]

    If we look at the actual state of the Quartermaines (see photo above) a different picture emerges. It is not one of growth. It is one of errosive onscreen decline. This was not an episode that left me celebrating the Quartermaines growth or General Hospital 51st Anniversary. It left me numb and mad. Another Quartermaine is dead…. saying the Quartermaines are is like saying a tree provides shade when a sprout is growing out of a stump.

     

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    Thank You for that… I felt physically ill when AJ’s ghost appear (which meant it was true), they have made a giant mistake and it will not go away soon. I deleted my DVR because I could never bring myself to re-watch that eps. WHAT A WASTE.

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    eclipseme8

    I posted once before that I think Nikki Langton should come back with AJ’s adult son, Alan, from their relationship years ago.

    Alan could show up at a time when Michael takes the Quartermaine name after wanting nothing to do with Sonny when he finds out he shot AJ.

    Alan and Michael could resent each other, with Monica trying to keep peace between her grandsons. Nikki would still hate Monica whom she blames for “killing” her father on the operating table and for supporting Alan’s paying her off to leave town and breaking AJ’s heart.

    Throw in a bombshell that Brenda really did sleep with Michael after last years Nurse’s Ball and has a son. This revelation could cause even more of a riff between Kiki+Michael, leading to Kiki having drunken sex with Alan.

    Yes, I am bummed that most of the legend Q’s are gone, but if GH is to remain on air for another 50 years, a new generation of the family need to be developed.

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    corvus13

    They celebrated their 51st anniversary by giving us all of those loving scenes about Sonny, the man who murdered AJ, the legacy character. Ron is an ass.

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    SoapArmageddon

    What I find puzzling is the Head Writer’s past statements that he has always been a hardcore fan of GH. It’s true that he seems to know the history (despite some of his minor retcons), but he doesn’t seem to have any real appreciation for what made GH consistently one of the top three daytime shows to watch from Luke and Laura’s wedding up until the end of the Wendy Riche regime.

    And killing off Alan Quartermaine Junior just seems gratuitously cruel, giving the finger to all those fans who have been begging that they revive the family.

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    Lindsey_CA

    I just registered here today, but I’ve been watching GH since the day it first aired (minus a few brief “separations” when the storylines got out of control).

    So, I understand that Sean Kanan wanted off the show because he didn’t like the writing for his character. I never liked the character of AJ, no matter which actor was portraying him, so I don’t care one way or the other if he is onscreen, offscreen, or somewhere in the Quatermaine stables. But what I don’t understand is why the CHARACTER had to be killed off. Why couldn’t AJ have just been sent to a long-term rehab facility to recover from his injuries? Then, the character could be recast and brought back. It was totally senseless and unnecessary for AJ to be killed off.

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    Jon

    I don’t blame MB or LW because they only play what they’re forced to by the writers but AJ’s unnecessary death will make me forever hate Sonny & Carly from this moment on, and I was never much of a fan to begin with.

    I will say I think MB must really find Tamara Braun attractive because his Sonny really perked up during his scenes in her presence. They seemed to have the best chemistry, imo.

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    Marland Fan

    I just don’t understand why they twisted and manipulated and retconned GH history to bring AJ back from the dead, only to kill him off again. Makes no sense — this show is a mess.

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    Daniel St. John

    Go ahead with ya bad self, mr. Luke Kerr!

    I feel the same way about the treatment if the Quartermaines on this show. And while the destruction of the Qs was started by Phelps and Guza I might be angrier at Cartini because they gave me hope that the Qs would be rebuilt and then crapped all over that hope. I would gave been fine with just Tracy and the occasional Monica sighting if AJ was never brought back because by 2012 I had accepted that GH was not invested in the Qs as a prominent family any more. Cartini pulled the rug out from under every Q fan to waste time performing ridiculous rewrite after ridiculous rewrite in his failed bid to make Franco into a viable character.
    And the line about Michael Corinthos and Danny Morgan being Qs as if that should make fans feel better was just insulting and total B.S. Sam never brings Danny anywhere near the Q mansion and if history is any indication Michael will forgive Sonny and continue being a Corinthos far more than a Quartermaine.

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    soapjunkie88

    Very sad day.

    Feels like “Save the Quartermaines” all over again.

    The writers clearly still didn’t understand what this family means to GH fans. They don’t get the Qs.

    Yesterday’s episode hurt deeply. They kill off Monica and Alan’s ONLY biological child, let them all walk to heaven together and in the same moment, they try to tell us that the family is “growing”.
    That was a really bad joke.

    GH improving? The new and improved GH? RC might have done some things right when he started back two years ago. But looking at the show now I see a GH with a bloated cast and it’s biggest “romance” being a love triangle between three kids.

    The Qs are once again missing. Monica is barley on-screen. Michael and Danny are partly not even considered Quartermaines and Tracy alone makes no family.

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    Mets82

    A couple of things. I agree that the Q’s should be on but Ron and Frank didnt kill the Q’s, the previous regimes did. Emily and Alan both died. You saw them die so how can they come back? Edward and Lila, God Rests there souls, both passed away in real life. Stuart Damon seems sick so I dont think he’d come back. I believe I read that AJ asked to be released from GH. Everybody else should come back. Ned, Brooklyn, Dylan, Justus, Maya. I dont think you can recast Jason. He was that role for so long. You can say that Alan and Emily never died but we already saw fake deaths with AJ, ironically, and Robin. Do you want to try that again? I’d be all for it.

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    basilnsybil

    I am all for Ned coming back and having a good old fashioned duke out with new Jason at Q headquarters. When Jason comes back a real definite no with anything to do with Sonny how the heck could he once he finds out Sonny murdered his brother. It would bring back some Quartermaines and certainly give both Leslie and Jane well deserved air time and would definitely please fans ensuring solid long term thinking and ratings. Why not have Michael decide to become a doctor this would ensure he gets away from the sickening Sonny mob culture and would great if he followed granny footsteps! Casting Josh Kelly for Jason one heck of a sexy guy who can actually act if given good material. Viewers want more boardroom battles ,glamour, romance with a side slice of action not constant mob stories just look at how good the new Dallas show is doing by giving what the viewers want with gasp primary focus on legacy family characters!!!
    Luke Kerr totally agree with you this anniversary show left me mad and numb at the same time too. Will definitely miss A.J. Sean has such a easy sparkle about himself when he acts and has been given a raw deal.

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    evermore

    I don’t know how Sean Kanan said the family was growing without snorting. It was nice to see the Carlys again, but what purpose did that serve?

    I was a big fan of Ron’s on OLTL, and I even liked the way he integrated Todd and McBain into GH. But at this point Ron is ruining the show; it’s time for a new headwriter.

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    SwanQueen59

    Whoever scripted that statement (Kate Hall? Suzann Flynn?), for NL to say “The Quartermaines are growing.”, had to have reason to do so. Maybe a directive from RC because he’s got some sort of plan waaay down the road? If that’s true then it’s irony escapes me. I saw this as a deliberate thumb in the eye of longtime viewers of GH.

    The “Three Carlys” was admitedly well done for what the characters covered in their flashbacks and subsequent segue to the “present”. But it got me to do the comparison thing that many say you shouldn’t do because of it being unfair to the current portrayer in the role. And just as I’ll always compare the recast to what Julie did in the role of L, this pointed up again why Sarah Joy Brown will always be my Carly.

    Truth? Yes, I bawled but I bawled because of the mess that this corrosive regime has made, not just of the Q’s but of the show overall. I know I should cut the cord with GH because after a fair amount of promise at the beginning of their tenure, it’s been one disappointment after another, whether it’s penchant for over the top, camp storytelling to mediocre and sometimes just plain inferior acting. What keeps me watching are singular performers such as AG, JE, FH, DZ, MB, ReHe, RiHe, MaWe, KeMo, and KG. It’s a testament to their talent and commitment to the schlock their given that they almost make sense. Kudos to them. And yet I know I’m hanging by my fingernails and thinking maybe it won’t be bad if I let go. I wanted to say “Happy Anniversary GH”. But this was anything but “happy”….. 0:)

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    Grimm

    [quote=thecourt99]I GOT IT!!

    KIKI is Pregnant!

    The Q’s will return to their former glory!!!

    No?[/quote]

    Thats EXACTLY what I was thinking!
    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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    stefanstavros

    Jason is definitely able to be recast, and I think we’ll see NuJason within the next year or so. Just think, if Ridge on B&B was recast, Jason most definitely can be! And it would by far make the most sense for him to be Jason Q again considering the vast storyline possibilities. TPTB couldn’t ever play that angle with SB cause he was so dead set against returning to the Q fold.

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    nysam

    Mets82….Are you serious?

    Under Ron….AJ, Duke, Faison, Jerry Jax, Robin, Stavros, Helena have all come back from the dead. Did I miss anyone? Do you really think there aren’t ways to bring Emily and Alan back if the powers that be wanted them back? Emily had a look alike, Rebecca. It could easily be revealed that Rebecca was a brainwashed Emily.

    Team Cartoony has told tales of a pudgy 50 year old woman donning a mask and gaining Anna Devane’s figure! A world renowned criminal becoming the head of the WSB and teh Chief of Staff at GH! In the blink of an eye 3 characters from OLTL are new characters on GH! When you write in a fantasy world that resembles a comic book you certainly could bring Emily and Alan back.

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    soapjunkie88

    This regime has proven that they don’t want to write for the Quartermaines. Like @nysam said, the way Carlivati writes he should have been able to bring multiple Quartermaines back by now. He hasn’t. Not because he couldn’t but at this point, at least to me, has proven that he isn’t interested in writing for the Qs.

    Dillon could have been recast. It’s not that hard to find a talented twenty-something actor to play Jane Elliot’s son. Brook Lynn could have returned to bring some life back into the Q mansion.
    Then there are Skye and her daughter Lila Rae who are still out there somewhere. Guess Skype won’t show up at her favorite brother’s funeral!?

    So you have the opportunity to really show that this legendary family is growing. But TPTB have shown no interest. Instead they even ruined that chapter of AJ’s life – after bringing him back from the dead – before killing him yet again.

    If Carlivati and his team were interested in the Qs, you would see more of them and AJ would have been put in a coma rather than being killed in such a cruel way.

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    DonnyA2001

    This comment is going to be much snarkier than I usually make, but reading all these comments and realizing that the fans are hating this show right now really pisses me off. Especially since I have always been a Cartini fan on OLTL, even though they weren’t perfect (Santos family? A father almost raping his daughter? The great character assassination of Marty Seybrook?)

    Here’s a story idea for this show! ALL the characters meet at the Q mansion for a get together and when they arrive, they realize they’ve been tricked by an evil villain named “Cartoony” who proceeds to blow up the Q mansion and everyone inside it—everyone in Port Chuck perishes with the exception of Todd-er-Franco, Starr-er-Kiki, McBain-er-Silas (damn I keep doing that!) Sobrina and her princess dress, Heather, Olbrecht, a lobotomized Carly, Sam, Nina (don’t ask how that happened cause it just does), Ava, Abbey Fairgate, Alexis Carrington, Sue Ellen Ewing, Amanda Woodward, the ghost of JR Ewing, and Pickle Lila-who all managed to escape and bring the Quartermaine’s back to their former glory! Michael also managed to escape, but was so badly injured he now doesn’t remember anything about his real father or the fact that the man who raised him actually killed AJ. Now they can all live happily ever after among the remains of the mansion.

    Oh, wait no-sorry this has already happened.

    Thanks for the memories you two selfish bastards.
    Sorry, but let’s get these guys off the show.
    Somewhere in California right now, Guza and Phelps are cheering each other with martinis and laughing their asses off.

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    Mets82

    [quote=nysam]Mets82….Are you serious?

    Under Ron….AJ, Duke, Faison, Jerry Jax, Robin, Stavros, Helena have all come back from the dead. Did I miss anyone? Do you really think there aren’t ways to bring Emily and Alan back if the powers that be wanted them back? Emily had a look alike, Rebecca. It could easily be revealed that Rebecca was a brainwashed Emily.

    Team Cartoony has told tales of a pudgy 50 year old woman donning a mask and gaining Anna Devane’s figure! A world renowned criminal becoming the head of the WSB and teh Chief of Staff at GH! In the blink of an eye 3 characters from OLTL are new characters on GH! When you write in a fantasy world that resembles a comic book you certainly could bring Emily and Alan back.[/quote]

    Thats my point. Even Silas mentioned that coming back from the dead is the new fad. But I’m sure some people, not me, would groan at another coming back from the dead storyline. Like I mentioned before, I’m all for bring Emily and Alan back. But, is Stuart Damon healthy enough to play the role? Does Natalia want to come back? Lets say both answers are no, then what do you do? Would recast Alan? Emily, again?

    And yes, I agree about Dr. O becoming Cheif of Staff. I hope the reasons why she is Cheif of Staff and why Victor is head of the WSB are addressed soon. And they better be damn good reasons, too.

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    Ryan-Scott

    Monica is probably the only mother in soaps where all of her kids have died or “died”….AJ, Jason, Emily, and Dawn (remember her?).

    That’s cold….all I have to say.

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    blake3b

    So much for GH being a great show again. That didn’t last long. GH was best in the 90’s with all the Quartermaines, but now the characters are Eh. GH seems to be the only show that doesn’t have as many veteran characters mixed with the newer ones. Days does a great job of this.

    Ron and Frank did great work on OLTL, look how many vets and Buchanans they had during their reign.

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    Lucy D.

    It’s pretty obvious Stuart Damon is not healthy enough to come back. And I for one would appreciate NL never showing up on my screen again. That said, there are plenty of Quartermaines out there–and I really hope some come home soon. (Though I think I could easily live without BrookLyn.

    The thing I don’t get is there’s a lot of complaining about newbies, but we want Jimmy Lee Holt’s never seen before kid to show up? When Maya popped up that added nothing to the canvas.

    I am really sorry they actually killed AJ. And if it isn’t a turning point for Michael then it was a complete waste. I want Jason to return (NOT in the person of Steve Burton) as a Quartermaine. I love Skye, as long as she’s not near Luke.

    In the past 2 years I had lot much of my hatred for Sonny, mainly because he wasn’t on screen so much. But it’s back. I’m a little tired of Ava as well and I hope Julian is somehow working undercover and takes both of them down. But I fear unless MB decides to not renew his contract, we’re stuck with him.

    Maybe Rick and Julian ARE working together–for the good guys. On the whole I’m still invested in the show. I care about a lot of the characters Liz, Nic, Rick, Dante, Maxie, Anna, Patrick, Lucas. For me Silas has made Sam likable.

    But the bottom line is I loved the show last week. Not so much this week. Who knows about next week–and that’s why I’ll keep watching.

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    soapjunkie88

    I’m about to think that the budget that Frank Valentini has for GH might just be too big. The cast is bloated. They seem to have too much money to have all those people on there.
    I also believe that Ron Carlivati is in over his head with the writing because of it. There is hardly a month without any new character being introduced or coming back or whatever.

    I don’t want to make any excuses for those two. They decided to kill of AJ again. That was a bad and unnecessary move. But with a cast as big as GH, maybe these two truly lost the feel to even produce/write a good soap opera. AJ suffered from bad writing for over a year. His return was nice but everything that came after this was pretty bad. I got why Sean Kanan felt he needs to get out of his contract.
    And that’s where I get mad. Instead of looking at the writing and being concerned that you lose the portrayer of a legacy character, Carlivati goes on Twitter tells people that Kanan has “no class” and kills off the role.

    That shows poor judgement that is not excusable.

    GH pretty much is a mess right now. You have all these characters that show no character development. They rather serve the plot than anything else.
    Not to mention this awful Nina Clay storyline that is front and center and even wasting a talent like Donna Mills.
    Add to that an obsession with villains that can get away with everything and the show’s biggest love triangle being that between three children and you know what’s wrong with the show.

    The Qs seem dead at this point.
    I partly accepted that a couple of years ago but when Carlivati came on, he gave fans hope. Promised a big storyline for the Quartermaines and even brought AJ back from the dead. Well today there is nothing left from those big plans that aren’t even two years old.

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    GodivaShorti

    [quote=Lindsey_CA] So, I understand that Sean Kanan wanted off the show because he didn’t like the writing for his character. I never liked the character of AJ, no matter which actor was portraying him, so I don’t care one way or the other if he is onscreen, offscreen, or somewhere in the Quatermaine stables. But what I don’t understand is why the CHARACTER had to be killed off. Why couldn’t AJ have just been sent to a long-term rehab facility to recover from his injuries? Then, the character could be recast and brought back. It was totally senseless and unnecessary for AJ to be killed off.[/quote]

    Exactly, I’ve never been an AJ fAn but to bring him back from the dead to finally get close to his son, make him look like a fool with Pickle LIla/ELQ, make him look like a pitiful murderer and then kill him when there are already no Qs left makes no sense. I was looking forward to his interactions with his brother when Jason finally makes his way back, whomever the NuJason may be.

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    gloriajean

    Being born in 63, I grew up with GH because my Mom watched it. My husband saw it because of his Mom and then me. We have 6 episodes of GH on the DVR. My husband was going thru the DVR and told me to go ahead and watch the episodes of GH, he wasn’t interested. I am not either. I have been reading the update everyday on Daytime Confidential, reading the comments and know what is happening on the show and that I am not the only one fed up! Do we quit watching and let them cancel the show? or Do we let the writers do this? We can complain all we want, but it isn’t going to make one bit of difference! I don’t want to see a character back as a flipping ghost because they killed off someone and then hindsight they give us a morsel with them as a ghost!

    Hurry writers, there is still a Webber on the show!

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    AZLiam

    I absolutely hate the fact that TPTB felt the need to kill off AJ. The ONLY thing that could make me feel better about that would be seeing Sonny rot in prison for killing him, Carly serving time for withholding evidence, and somebody eventually taking down Ava. Knowing our luck, we’d watch as Monica plugs a few holes into Sonny and then gets sent off to prison and we lose another Q. :(

    With all of these past characters returning, I keep wondering WHY or IF anyone has even attempted to reach out to Sherilyn Wolter to see if she wanted to even briefly reprise her role as Celia Quartermaine. After all, Celia and her storylines involving Grant, Jimmy Lee, prometheus disc, etc. were pretty integral during GH’s heydey. Her character was also around during the span when Monica, Luke, Heather, Scott, Bobbie, Anna, and Felicia, etc. were on the show and I would love to see her reunite with her best friend Holly and share scenes with Traci since they both have never done so together.

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    Cyberologist

    I’m not surprised I saw week one their vision for GH and its come to pass.

    Ron said straight out what a big fan he is of the Quartermaines and wanted to reestablish them as a core family yet he hasn’t done it. Brought back AJ in a suspend belief story only to do all that just to kill him off again.

    I guess the powers were talking the talk early on to gain GH fans confidence and loyalty only to sucker punch them..they’re good at saying what is politically correct but not following through. Its always been a marketing ploy IMO. Because all they did is connect their chosen few to family.

    Monica is rarely seen maybe that’s the way Leslie wants it and Tracey is just about Luke that’s it. Yet I get newbies like Nathan West who has been on the show two months with family connections up the waZoo…Liz is flying solo with her two sons and her off screen grandmother (by marriage).

    There are plenty of characters he can bring back but I’m willing to bet Dr. O and Britt will get more connected Yet KiKi, Silas, Franco, Dr. O, all “his creations” are connected, while I can’t get Liz a relative with a search light a 17 year vet.

    The Jeromes were built up and The Corinthos is still holding on, a few Spencers left but its clear he has no real interest in GH vets unless they’re propping his creations. They’re getting about 7 new characters. This cast is just huge its like watching a variety show.

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    Secrets and Lies

    Not for nothing but I think Ron did try to put the Q’s back on the map to an extent. He’s done some good stuff with them and in particular he tried very hard with Pickle-Lila to put them front burner. Unfortunately that story got hijacked by the “three lanviewteers” and Mario’s Crocs and we know how well that turned out, and the ratings went very low around that point. But I think Ron does like the Q’s and given time he will find a way to bring them more to the front, at least periodically. We already know Ned’s on his way for a visit sometime soon.

    As for “growing” – I would not be surprised if that were foreshadowing a Michael-Brenda baby.

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    logan_echolls

    ^^^
    The storyline was NOT hijacked by the OLTLers. When Ron said he wanted to bring back the Quatermaine family, he meant bring it back with the OLTLers. He filled the Q’s house with these sudden family members. The audience didn’t take well to that so they suddenly made KiKi Silas daughter. That whole stupid storyline about Ava hiding KiKi’s birth certificate was nonsense. What teen and/or adult don’t have their birth certificate. They need it for a driver’s license and other things. That’s why the switch was so jolting because it made no sense. Once his pets became un-Quartermaine’ed, that’s when he abandoned that Quatermaines and left AJ in jail for 3 mos and broke up his relationship with Liz. He had no use for the Q’s anymore since his pets weren’t involved in the storyline.

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    jsg03jd

    It was very vindictive of Ron Carlivati to kill off Sean Kanan’s AJ. The anniversary episode was sickening because the return of almost all the prior Carlys was just an effort to prop Sonny further and malign AJ.

    I also thought it was tacky to show the backs of the body doubles of the deceased Q’s as AJ departed mortal plane. Ick.

    Michael should shoot Sonny point blank in the chest just as Sonny did with Dante.

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    ANGELWENDY15

    I also loved the Q family. But little by little they started to disappear. Both Edward and Lila got older, also illness issues, so their roles were cut. Killing Alan was a huge mistake, but I’m wondering if Stuart Damon is well because he may-be would have made an appearance to Monica. Then they killed of Emily, then AJ, but brought him back. He started off really strong then they changed the whole character back to the way he was (I wonder if there was trouble on the set with Sean K.) Anyway, I miss the good old days of the Q family and all their fights. I wish they center would on who is left, Tracy and Monica. two strong women. The stories could be endless.

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    soapjunkie88

    I think at this point it should be pretty clear that the only interest Ron Carlivati had in writing for the Quartermaines was about the time where this talk about the secret Q heir was going on.
    That story turned out really “well” and then got partly rewritten. As soon as Kiki and Franco were not Quartermaines anymore, the family seemed to have lost Carlivati’s interest. AJ was turned into a drunk again and the rest is pretty much now part of the sad history of that family.

    Something in me believes that if the audience was over the moon about Franco being a Q and in that mansion, we would see that family on a daily basis and even Monica at least on a regular basis.

    And of course new characters are good for a show. A show needs new characters. I believe that. But if you have such a rich history of the show you are writing, if you keep saying over and over again how much you honor them, why not use it in that way?
    Why not bring back Tommy Hardy as a new doctor at GH? Why are there no Dillon, Brook Lynn, Maya or someone from the Baldwin family?
    Yes there are rumors for months now that the show wants to cast Serena and Christina, that they want to bring back Dillon or introduce some never-heard-before daughter of Stefan Cassadine. But so far the rumors stay rumors and instead we get family members of these new characters.

    Ryan Carnes as Lucas had such great potential. He’s a legacy character that is connected to half the city, yet you barley see him interact in really important scenes. There was this little romance with Brad but that was basically it. We hear Lucas talk more about Julian than actually talking to him and Sam is just too busy with that horrible Nina stuff that she doesn’t focus on her new-found brother.

    What I wanna say is that there would be so much potential. There was with the Quartermaines the day AJ returned. But instead of really coming through and writing out the potential of character-driven drama that is just screaming at the writer, you get these plot-driven “blockbuster twist” that seems so unnecessary like AJ’s death.

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    TheFloatingRib

    I can only hope there is still hope for the Quartermaines. There are tons of possibilities. Ned comes back and runs ELQ. He marries a doctor at GH and they become the face of the Q’s (sort of becoming Alan & Monica of yesteryear). Brook Lyn comes back and has left singing to study medicine. Dillon comes back, Maya comes back, some of the other Ward’s come back. Maybe Jimmy Lee does not come back but his son, a new doctor in town, joins GH Staff. Celia Quartermaine or one of her children joins GH. Jason returns from the dead but not as a Morgan but as a Quartermaine. Michael, after finding out that Sonny killed is father, leaves behind anything to do with the Mob and decides he really wants to put emphasis on his Quartermaine roots. A.J. and Niki Langston do have a daughter out there, a nurse (come on, we still need to keep it about the hospital) comes to join the Staff.
    I would love to find out that some of the Q’s are not really dead (Alan, Emily, Justus) but I doubt that would ever happen.
    I just wish the show would center around the hospital more and not the mob. Sonny could always leave the mob after finally realizing it is destroying his family and be on the board of the hospital.
    Just my opinion.

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    snizzle

    Thank goodness I haven’t bothered to watch this show in months. Killing AJ smacks of petty revenge by RC. SK already has a new place to go so really RC is only hurting the long time fans. Why do I get the idea RC is pissed at the fans because they didn’t love Franco and Kiki? Should’ve just let sleeping dogs lie and never gone to all the trouble of bringing AJ back in the first place.

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    Grimm

    Time for grief-stricken Dr Monica to pull a reverse Gwyneth Alden and start putting everyone else out of their misery out of a misplaced sense of “Mercy”. May as well go THERE and make some good drama for the finale of Quartermaine family.

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    Rat Fluids

    Now would be a good time for Brook Lynn to come back actually. She can be a spoiler again in Lulu and Dante’s orbits. Just when they think they have a happy family, Brook Lynn comes back and things get weird between she and Dante.

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    soapbaby

    ^^ That’s a great idea. GH is weighed down with all of the “dead weight” and could use a purge. Characters that could go: Sobrina, Felix (unless he returns to the once promising character and not Sobrina’s lapdog, Carlos, Shawn, Brad, Rafe, Franco, Kiki, Silas, Nathan, Madeline, “Nina”, Heather (love the actress but no more of the loon), Duke (Anna needs a man with a backbone), and Sam (I know she has fans but she serves no purpose.)

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    Mets82

    What if AJ didnt die? What if Monica faked AJ’s death again? She has hospital people at her disposal. Maybe she bribed(?) them into helping her out. They snuck AJ out to get well and Monica knows and if anyone says anything she will request that he or she will be fired? She’s doing this to protect AJ and who wouldn’t? Guy gets shot, of course your mother is going to protect him.

    Meantime, somehow, Micheal finds out that Sonny “killed” AJ. Micheal disowns Sonny and when Monica wants to tell Micheal the truth because she feels guilty lying to her grandson, she overhears Micheal disowning Sonny and keeps the secret to herself. AJ eventually comes back as a recast and Alan and Emily come back and the Q’s are led by, get this, Micheal. What do you think of that?

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    soapjunkie88

    [quote=Mets82]What if AJ didnt die? What if Monica faked AJ’s death again? She has hospital people at her disposal. Maybe she bribed(?) them into helping her out. They snuck AJ out to get well and Monica knows and if anyone says anything she will request that he or she will be fired? She’s doing this to protect AJ and who wouldn’t? Guy gets shot, of course your mother is going to protect him.
    Meantime, somehow, Micheal finds out that Sonny “killed” AJ. Micheal disowns Sonny and when Monica wants to tell Micheal the truth because she feels guilty lying to her grandson, she overhears Micheal disowning Sonny and keeps the secret to herself. AJ eventually comes back as a recast and Alan and Emily come back and the Q’s are led by, get this, Micheal. What do you think of that?[/quote]

    Never gonna happen under this regime.

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    AZLiam

    [quote=snizzle]Thank goodness I haven’t bothered to watch this show in months. Killing AJ smacks of petty revenge by RC. SK already has a new place to go so really RC is only hurting the long time fans. Why do I get the idea RC is pissed at the fans because they didn’t love Franco and Kiki? Should’ve just let sleeping dogs lie and never gone to all the trouble of bringing AJ back in the first place.[/quote]

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    Ya know, I’m beginning to lose faith in Ron Carlivati. I was a huge supporter of his when he was brought over to GH. I thank him for bringing back vets, but have since then not appreciated the way he has used them while bringing on too many new characters. I also do not appreciate the way he discards longtime GH fans.

    In the simplest of analogies, he reminds me of the artist (or clown) who tries to do a balancing act with plates and sticks. He starts off looking as though he knows exactly what he is doing and then decides he wants to balance another plate on top of another stick. This catches the audience’s attention. However, before you know it, there are a gazillion plates that he is trying to balance on a gazillion sticks, so he forgets about the ones he initially started. Instead of concentrating on the ones he started, he continually moves on to the next ones while the other ones come crashing down. After that, the audience isn’t really impressed as they came to expect more from his performance.

    That’s how I feel his storylines have become.

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    Secrets and Lies

    @logan_echolls

    You make a lot of good points, but I disagree that the Quartermaine missing heir story was conceived with the OLTLers in mind. They started that story back in Nov. 2012 (with Heather’s cryptic “I know something the Quartermaines don’t know” and Tracy’s bequest of the relish jar), well before PP announced plans to “reboot the reboot.” It wasn’t until Jan/Feb 2013 that the dispute over Todd/McBain/Starr arose and they decided to keep the actors in new parts. Ron then co-opted/hijacked the Q story as a means to reintroduce the three.

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    liason4real

    As someone mentioned on an earlier post, AJ could have turned back from “Heaven” and woke up to see Monica in his hospital room. AJ feared for his life and told Monica about Sonny, Ava, Carly, and she spirited her son out of the hospital like she did in 2005. RC should have given GH fans a twist that AJ was in a clinic with only Monica knowing that her son is alive.

    AJ’s return started out promising and we still have no idea what his life was like after Monica slipped him out of town. RC wasted a HUGE opportunity to write a story where AJ led this other life for seven years before coming back to Port Charles.

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    pjc722

    I will say I am not a loyal viewer of general hospital. I’ve never been and probably never will.

    Why? Because the show will get buzz for doing an amazing story and then eff it up before the story ends. I always said that when robin was killed they should never have let us see her alive. It was bad for Patrick because we already knew that there would be a love triangle just when he was to be happy when she returned from the dead. Then robin returned and WHAT FOR? She is gone again and now the character of Patrick will deal with “do I fall out of love with robin and in love with Sabrina” story. But it’s done already.

    Any of the casadine a will come back because they are all frozen waiting to be thawed. But why? Sweeps and that’s all.

    Being back Laura. Why? Sweeps and then lose her.

    Bring back Franco? WHY?!!!

    Now AJ is dead. We have seen him as a ghost with Emily … And have even seen Emily’s doppelgänger. Without a true and far reaching story I don’t understand why he was killed. Monica should succumb to alcohol and we should see Tracey help her overcome it … Show a majority to their relationship. It won’t happen. Or michael should develop a closer tie to the Qs now. It won’t happen.

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    Lindsey_CA

    Didn’t the missing Q heir turn out to be Skye’s daughter? I could have sworn the missing heir was found and that’s how the vote was turned in Tracy’s favor…

    I know this has nothing to do with the Q family, but I really do dislike the Franco character now. I know that GH wanted to keep Roger Howarth, but couldn’t they have brought him back in some other role? RH doesn’t have the same “edge” that James Franco brought to the role. Roger Howarth as Todd Manning had oodles of chemistry with Laura Wright as Carly, but, in my opinion, has NO chemistry with her now that he is Franco.

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    Cornfed

    I have been sick and out of commission most of this week and i guess my timing couldn’t have been better :Sp

    I haven’t seen any eps past the point where AJ mutters the truth to Carly and then flatlines. Make no mistake about it folks, but if Ron didn’t already have his “Killing Frankie Frame/Maureen Bauer” moment before, he is DEFINITELY having it now. I really, truly don’t see the show coming back from this, similar to how AW and GL never came back from similar travesties. Everything that remains on GH has little to no rooting value. Too many killers, villains, mobsters — you name it. But to Ron, this is *interesting* television. And he is so, so wrong.

    I would agree with some posters that Ron is surely giving the big finger to the fans and having a big laugh. To have this guy pull some snit fit similar to Chuck Lorre killing Charlie Sheen’s character off “Two and Half Men” out of some vendetta against the star, it’s just unforgivable. And what exactly did Sean do that was unforgivable — GAIN A FEW POUNDS? *eyeroll* This whole thing just makes me sick. And like someone else stated here, i’m NUMB, totally numb.

    Please let me see JBJ on here, can’t wait to hear her take on this and how the show is surely surging and all of us are strictly haters yadda yadda |(

    The only thing that makes sense in retrospect is that AJ was ONLY brought back from the dead b/c they had originally planned on Jason returning, but then Steve Burton ended up on YR. I remember someone scooped some aborted story outline like this last year.

    Let’s just bottom line this folks — CARTOONY DOESN’T WANT ANY LEADING MAN ON THIS SHOW WHO CAN’T HAVE HIS CLOTHES OFF ON A DAILY BASIS. That’s it in a nutsell. I think the only exceptions will be the over 60 set, plus Michael Easton LOL

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    Cornfed

    [quote=soapbaby]^^ That’s a great idea. GH is weighed down with all of the “dead weight” and could use a purge. Characters that could go: Sobrina, Felix (unless he returns to the once promising character and not Sobrina’s lapdog, Carlos, Shawn, Brad, Rafe, Franco, Kiki, Silas, Nathan, Madeline, “Nina”, Heather (love the actress but no more of the loon), Duke (Anna needs a man with a backbone), and Sam (I know she has fans but she serves no purpose.)[/quote]

    GENIUS post and to the point! And i gotta agree, weak Duke has got to go, heck, he looks like a walking skeleton half the time and Finola almost has better chemistry with Devry!

    I wish so many on this thread wouldn’t waste their precious time penning elaborate fantasy stories for returning legacy characters. It AIN’T gonna happen, sorry to say. :(

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    Cornfed

    [quote=liason4real]AJ’s return started out promising and we still have no idea what his life was like after Monica slipped him out of town. RC wasted a HUGE opportunity to write a story where AJ led this other life for seven years before coming back to Port Charles.[/quote]

    EXACTLY. Think of all the story potential that they had with AJ gone all that time. But since SK doesn’t have the pecs or guns of Devry or acting maestro Ryan Paevey, AJ is written into a corner and then decimated. What a goddamn shame.

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    IndieP

    Does anyone know why Cartini avoids mentioning Jimmy Lee Holt from the 80s. He is Edward’s illegitimate son, and married Celia Quartermaine whose father was Edward’s cousin. Strange that they don’t try to exploit that group of characters if they’re willing to bring back the Jeromes.

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    Mets82

    The thing is what were they going to do with Kristen, Roger and Micheal? What characters would they play? I think there doing good with the characters that they are, not so much Roger as Franco, though. Again, with Robin and/or Laura. If they want off the show, what are you going to do? AJ wanted out too. You wouldnt recast them, would you? I wouldnt.

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    Cornfed

    @Mets82 — HUH? SK wanted out b/c of the full-out, non-stop CRAPPY WRITING of his character! The writing didn’t all of a sudden BECOME bad b/c an actor wanted out of his contract…

    Can’t Ron take a page out of what the Dallas re-boot is doing? There are SO MANY ways to write corporate intrigue and board room games, w/out turning this classic soap into CARTOON! Ron has really earned his name this time. I just wonder why Frank stood by and let him kill off a legacy character…

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    Mets82

    Thats what I heard that SK wanted out. He has every right to leave. But again, maybe Frank and Ron promised to write better for him and SK still walked. You dont know.

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    TheOldSoapster

    Began watching this one in the mid ’60s and struggled to stay with it when it went all-mob-all-the-time. When the writers lost sight of the families — the Qs, the Baldwins, the Hardys, the Joneses, and even the Spencers — it also lost the fact that it was supposed to center around a hospital.

    still, it has it’s moments. like tracey in the mausoleum after Edward’s death, lamenting the fact that she’s alone with the entire family’s memories. (well, that one hit close to home for me)

    but killing off the Q’s was stupid — FIRING ana lee and letting john ingle get away for a few years was INSANE.

    every soap needs families, AND at least ONE character that is the conscience, the moral compass. Jessie Brewer, then Lila Q … and since then?

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