What's that they say, behind every good hitman there's a good woman? General Hospital's presumed dead mobster Jason Morgan (Steve Burton) certainly had his fair share of lovely ladies watching his back over the years. From girlfriends, to wives to relatives, let's look back at the women who made an impact on Super Jase's life and times in Port Charles.
No. 10: Keesha Ward
Back when he was still known as Jason Quartermaine (Steve Burton), the sweater loving, pre-med student fell hard for Keesha Ward (Senait Ashenafi). Keesha's grandmother Mary Mae (the late Rosalind Cash) and Jason's grandfather Edward (the late John Ingle) both opposed the relationship, because of their own sordid, shared past.
Decades earlier Edward and Mary Mae had embarked on an affair that resulted in a son, Bradley Ward. Edward standing trial for Bradley's murder (He didn't do it!), and Mary Mae's stunning revelation of her son's true paternity, threatened Jason and Keesha's young love. The two eventually consummated their relationship during a spring break trip to Paris. Alas, Jason and Keesha's love affair was cut short.
Jason received a devastating brain injury, following a car accident caused by a drunken AJ (Sean Kanan). When he woke up, he had no memories or emotional connections to Keesha. Keesha later moved on with AJ (Billy Warlock), but that relationship was derailed because of alcohol and the machinations of another woman on this list — Carly Roberts (Sarah Brown).
No. 9: Monica Quartermaine
A mother's love is one of the most powerful forces on Earth. Perhaps that's why Dr. Monica Quartermaine (Leslie Charleson) never gave up on her adopted son Jason, even after he angrily denounced her and the entire Q family following his accident.
Monica and Jason's relationship certainly didn't start off as loving. He was the product of her husband Alan's (Stuart Damon) affair with the scheming Susan Moore. Monica grudgingly allowed Alan to move his son onto the Q estate, following Susan's death, but eventually the tyke won her over. In fact, if you asked her biological son AJ (Sean Kanan), Monica grew to love Jason best of all.
No. 8: Courtney Matthews
Sonny Corinthos' (Maurice Benard) half sister Courtney Matthews (Alicia Leigh Willis) had a knack for getting herself into trouble. Despite warnings from half the town, she got herself involved with (and eventually married) a vengeful AJ Quartermaine (Billy Warlock). AJ only wanted to use Courtney as a pawn in his war against Sonny and Carly (Tamara Braun). He even offered to trade her for Michael, his biological son, who was being raised a Corinthos!
It was another of AJ's dastardly stunts that ultimately led Courtney into the arms of his half brother Jason. While pretending to be out of town on business, AJ stalked his own wife, causing Jason, whom she loathed, to have to protect Courtney! Once Court learned AJ was her stalking, she was free to give into her feelings for Jason.
Jason and Courtney endured many obstacles on the path to love—Sonny's disapproval, Jason's undying connection with Elizabeth Webber (Rebecca Herbst), that faux marriage to Brenda Barrett (Vanessa Marcil)—but the fact that she lost their baby while kidnapped by Alcazar, and kept it from Jason, ultimately proved too much for the pair to overcome.
Post-Jason, Court married Jax (Ingo Rademacher) and cheated on him with Nikolas (Tyler Christopher), before dying after giving birth to Spencer Cassadine.
No. 7: Brenda Barrett
Arguably Jason Morgan's most enjoyable marriage (to watch at least!) was to a woman he couldn't even stand! When Jason married former childhood pal Brenda Barrett (Vanessa Marcil) in order for both of them to beat a murder rap, one of General Hospital's most memorable, non-sexual supercouples was born.
Well, I guess this coupling wasn't totally non-sexual. Brenda did have those funky sex fantasies about Jase, back in his sweater-wearing, pre-Sonny's goon days. Oh the possibilities...
No. 6: Sam McCall
It started out with Jason doing his boy Sonny (Maurice Benard) a solid. Since the mob boss was putting his family back together with Carly (Tamara Braun), Jason offered to pose as the father of the child Sonny's ex-girlfriend was carrying. What started out as an obligation grew into one of Jason Morgan's most significant love affairs.
As the hitman helpd Sam with her mentally-challenged brother Daniel, and she helped him grieve the loss of his beloved grandmother Lila (the late Anna Lee), a modern-day supercouple was born. Jason was there for Sam when Baby Lila was stillborn, and even convinced her to donate the baby's stem cells to help save Sonny and Alexis' (Nancy Lee Grahn) daughter Kristina.
JaSam became Port Charles' ride-or-die couple, rushing off to rescue a kidnapped Michael from the clutches of AJ and facing off with the likes of Faith Roscoe and Manny Ruiz. But it was family (hers) and a love from the past (his) that tore them apart.
Sam's newfound mother Alexis wanted her daughter to have nothing to do with Jason. Meanwhile, Jason's old flame Liz was having major trouble in her marriage to Lucky Spencer (Greg Vaughan). After Alexis successfully managed to convince Jason to end things with Sam, her daughter slept with Ric Lansing (Rick Hearst) — Alexis' then-husband and Jason's mortal enemy. Did we mention both Jason and Alexis spied the skeevy activities?
Across town Liz was receiving a shock of her own, courtesy of her husband's affair with Maxie Jones (Kirsten Storms). An explosive encounter between Jason and Liz resulted in the young nurse becoming pregnant and the Liason coupling seeing a major resurgence with fans.
Jason and Liz initally agreed to keep the baby's paternity from their respective significant others, but eventually the truth came out. A bitter Sam began acting out toward the child. First she stood by as Jake was kidnapped and later she hired actors to pretend to hold Liz and her children at gunpoint.
Eventually, Jason and Sam were able to find forgiveness, and began taking on various Port Charles' baddies (Joe The Bomber, Jerry Jacks, Karpov) again. However, one villain proved almost too much for the dynamic duo to contend with, Jason's long-lost twin brother Franco (James Franco).
When the madman kidnapped and raped Sam on her honeymoon to Jason, it almost proved the couple's permanent undoing. Jason couldn't accept that the baby Sam was carrying belonged to Franco (It realy wasn't. Damn you, Heather Webber!). He went so far as to suggest she give the child up for adoption. Sam, who desperately wanted to be a mother, decided to keep her child and found friendship and possibly more with Llanview cop John McBain (Michael Easton). Meanwhile, Jason turned yet again to Elizabeth for support.
In the end, not even baby-switching, DNA tampering or a rooftop kidnapping could keep JaSam apart. Can't say the same about a bullet to the back on the docks though.
No. 5: Elizabeth Webber
It was a supercouple almost a decade in the making. Reeling from the "death" of her childhood sweetheart Lucky Spencer (Jonathan Jackson), Elizabeth Webber (Rebecca Herbst) formed an unbreakable bond with Jason Morgan. Their pact was strenghtened when Liz nursed Jason back to health at her artist's loft, following a gunshot wound.
Not even Lucky's (Jacob Young) return from the dead, or Jason's lengthy absence from Port Charles could shake the growing connection between "Liason". Distractions like Zander Smith (Chad Brannon) and Courtney Matthews (Alicia Leigh Willis) temporarily pulled Liz and Jason apart, but they always stayed friends — good friends.
It was only natural that when her marriage to Lucky (Greg Vaughan) began to unravel, at the same time as his relationship with Sam (Kelly Monaco), that Liz would find her way up those stairs to forever with Jason! Forever didn't last long, however.
The secret of Jake's parernity, Jason going on trial for murder and a vengeful Sam all conspired to wreck Liason once and for all (Not to mention, a meddling network executive!). The pairing seemed all but finished when Jake—the child Liz bore Jason, but raised as Lucky's—was mowed down by his adoptive grandfather Luke (Anthony Geary). With Jake dead, the final nail had been hammered into Liason's coffin. Or had it been?
Flash forward to 2012, when JaSam's marriage fell apart and Jason and Liz had a chance meeting (and a kiss!) on a very special bridge. Liason fans once again had reason to hope, but in Port Charles, hope doesn't spring eternal. Neither do actor contracts. Steve Burton's decision to leave the series after 21 years resulted in the Liason reunion being iced in favor of a quickie reunion for JaSam and their baby.
No. 4: Emily Quartermaine
A lot of women came and went from Jason Morgan's life during the three decades he lived in Port Charles, New York, but none impacted him quite like his little sister. Emily Bowen (Amber Tamblyn) came to the Q's following her mother's death from cancer. She, along with matriarch Lila (the late Anna Lee), were the only members of the family Jason didn't turn his back on after The Accident.
Jason was always there for Em, helping to navigate the tricky, oft-treacherous road to growing up Q. It also came in handy to have a mob enforcer as your protective big bro during romantic crises, and Lord knows Emily had plenty of those!
Jason's bond with his kid sister continued as Emily (Natalia Livingston) grew into adulthood and fell hard for both Zander Smith (Chad Brannon) and Prince Nikolas Cassadine (Tyler Christopher). He wasn't nearly as supportive of her relationship with his best friend and boss Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard), but we try to forget that ever happened! Here's hoping Emily was there to greet Jason at the watery, er, pearly gates!
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No. 3: Robin Scorpio
Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough) had a crush on Jason Quartermaine as a tween. Little did she know she would one day have a grown up romance with Jason Morgan! Grieving for her first love Stone (Michael Sutton), an HIV-positive Robin was there for Jason as he struggled with life post The Accident.
The two fell in love, but the increasing amount of violence Jason's mob activities brought into her life was too much for Robin to deal with. When Robin returned to Port Charles, following a brief time away, she and Jason rekindled their relationship. Unfortunately for Robin, Jason was also mixed up with she-wolf Carly Roberts (Sarah Brown).
When Robin told AJ (Billy Warlock) the truth about Michael's parternity, it was a betrayal Jason couldn't forgive. She left town again, and Jason moved on with other women. Their love affair may have been short-lived, but Jason and Robin continued to have each other's backs. In fact, it was Jason's battle with deadly seizures which ultimately brought Dr. Scorpio home to save her former lover. Too bad she couldn't do the same when he was gunned down by a man claiming to be her stepfather!
No. 2: Lila Quartermaine
It would take more than a traumatic brain injury to separate a boy from his grandmother. As with his kid sister Emily, Jason remained tight with Quartermaine matriarch Lila (the late Anna Lee) following The Accident. So tight in fact that her took her maternal surname, Morgan, as his own.
No. 1: Carly Roberts
One thing Robin Scorpio, Elizabeth Webber and Sam McCall can all attest to is that Jason Morgan and Caroline Benson/Carly Roberts Quartermaine Corinthos Corinthos Alcazar Corinthos Corinthos Jacks are a package deal, no matter who is playing the minx! From the moment they first picked up a pair of pool sticks at Jake's, Jason and Carly (Sarah Brown) have been central to one another's lives. They even tried to make a go of an actual relationship once, but Carly messed that up royally by screwing Sonny (Maurice Benard).
Eventually, Jason, Sonny and Carly (Tamara Braun) formed an odd, makeshift family, centered on protecting Michael, and later Morgan, from the influences of the mob. Sonny's sister Courtney (Alicia Leigh Willis) was the only woman Carly ever really approved of Jason being with, and was permitted entry into the group for a time. For the most part, however, Carly (Laura Wright) has looked at every other woman in Jason's life with disdain, and for some reason, he put up with it. I guess they call that love.
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