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The Tuesday Blog: General Hospital Has a "Nina Problem" #GH, #generalhospital, @watroswatros

Among fans of General Hospital there is no character who generates more opinions than Nina Reeves. Nina is magazine publisher whose mother put her in a coma in her late teens/early 20s when when she was pregnant with her doctor boyfriend's baby. This is all backstory, by the way, as Nina showed up only after coming out of her coma and reuniting with said boyfriend as middle aged adults. The story at the time was that Nina had lost the baby but soap fans knew that the baby would eventually show up. How could it not? 

NinaghAt first Nina was a little cuckoo, I mean, who wouldn't be after being put in a coma by their own mother? But after the original actress left the role, LOST alum Cynthia Watros joined the show and played Nina a little less crazy and more of a victim trying to find the child she lost through cruel fate. 

After a lot of storylines, it turned out that she gave birth to twins. One of the twins, Nelle, is presumed dead, and the other, Willow, is battling for her life against cancer. 

Through too many circumstances too convoluted to recap here, Nina is currently in a situation where she is or soon will be reviled by everyone in the fictional town of Port Charles. And therein lies the "Nina Problem".... because, what do you do with her when she is a total outcast? 

What I would do is this - Willow gets the bone marrow she's waited for for months that will save her life - but oh no! something else has gone awry and maybe she needs a new heart! The young mother of two babies is about to succumb when suddenly the doctor rushes in and reveals that there has been an accident and they are prepping Willow for heart transplant surgery (yeah, yeah, I know it's not like ordering a Happy Meal, but that's how these shows treat it... just go with it, it'll be easier that way LOL).

But, wait, everyone says, where is Nina at this moment? It's Nina that's had the accident and it's Nina's heart that will save Willow, her daughter. It would be revealed that it wasn't an "accident" that Nina planned it very carefully... and Nina is remembered as a hero, despite all of her misdeeds. Everyone would feel terrible at how they'd treated her and it would cause lots of great soapy angst. I would hate to lose the fabulous Cynthia Watros, but that would be one kick ass storyline in my opinion! ;) 

If you're a fan of GH, how would YOU solve the "Nina problem"? :)


General Hospital Celebrates 60 Years

If you have ever loved General Hospital "now" is a good time to jump back on and have a little fun - they're revisiting the classic Ice Princess storyline with a mix of characters from the original run, some introduced in the intervening 40 years and two relative newcomers to the show. 

To recap - 40+ years ago the evil Cassadines created a weather machine powered by an equally evil diamond called The Ice Princess and were defeated by super couple Luke and Laura (whose 1981 wedding drew in something crazy like 30 million viewers!). 

Now, another Cassadine, Victor (played by Charles O'Shaughnessy - yes, that one...from The Nanny), has figured that the world is too crowded and is using coordinates embeded in the Ice to find a super secret bunker where a toxin has been stored for 40 years to use on thinning the world's population. Shades of Thanos! But don't try to make too much sense of the plot, it's merely a vehicle to showcase a new super couple - Trina and Spencer, and also, to give Laura (who is now Mayor) and a gallery of fan favorites a great heroic adventure!

Among Victor's many crimes over the past couple years, he supposedly killed the legendary Luke Spencer off camera. Given all the feelings that fans (and Spencer's portrayer, Anthony Geary) have about Laura's rape at the Campus Disco by Luke, it would seem unlikely that there would be a return in this "Me Too" era as such a return would be heralded with perhaps too much controversy. Still, it's a fun fantasy to imagine an alive Luke riding to the rescue at the very last minute giving fans a big anniversary surprise. 

You can catch General Hospital on HULU every night after about 8pmET. The timing is a little inconsistent but I find that I like to watch the shows in bulk rather than one at a time anyway. The new shows stay up for about 2 weeks. 

Below: a screen shot from an episode last summer when Victor found out that his nephew Nicholas had slept with his son's girlfriend, Esme. To be fair, this was exactly the expression that I was making a year ago when the show was showing Nicholas doing the deed. Apparently we are all Victor. :)