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As you may have heard by now, a cer­tain fel­low who hap­pens to look like Ja­son is about to turn GEN­ERAL HOSPI­TAL up­side-down. (See the In Depth Cover Story, page 24, for de­tails.) But as co-head­writ­ers Shelly Alt­man and Chris Van Et­ten tell us, there’s much more hap­pen­ing around Port Charles. Read on for all the de­tails!

Ques­tions Ga­lore!

The mys­tery sur­round­ing Pa­tient 6’s true iden­tity will ob­vi­ously im­pact nu­mer­ous lives… in­clud­ing some you might not nec­es­sar­ily ex­pect. “It’s huge,” says an ex­cited Alt­man. “It’s al­ways ex­cit­ing when you can tell a story that in­volves so many char­ac­ters.”

Ob­vi­ously, that in­cludes Liz and Franco. “If there were no Ja­sons in town, Franco would be per­fectly happy,” laughs Alt­man. “Hav­ing one in his life is bad enough, two is twice as much trou­ble!”

De­spite that, Van Et­ten shares that Franco “will come upon crit­i­cal in­for­ma­tion that could un­ravel a large part of the Ja­son mys­tery.”

But the big­gest ques­tion re­mains: “Who en­gi­neered this plot with the two men?” muses Alt­man. “And why?”

A Fam­ily In Cri­sis

Even as all this mad­ness sur­rounds Carly and Sonny, they re­main in a good place. “They are re­ally solid,” says Alt­man, “and they need to be. It’s im­por­tant that they present a united front as they deal with not only the Ja­son sit­u­a­tion but the dra­matic strug­gles be­ing faced by their chil­dren!”

For ex­am­ple, Michael is be­com­ing a lit­tle para­noid around Nelle. Can a re­la­tion­ship sur­vive when one party has trust is­sues with the other? “That is def­i­nitely an is­sue they have to solve one way or the other,” agrees Alt­man. Will Cur­tis — when not help­ing find out the truth about Pa­tient 6 — be able to ei­ther set Michael’s mind at ease or prove Nelle’s ne­far­i­ous in­tent once and for all?

Ju­lian Re­turns!

Sam’s been do­ing ev­ery­thing in her power to push Alexis to­ward start­ing a new, Ju­lian-free life. But her ef­forts are about to run into a ma­jor road­block! When at last Wil­liam deVry re­turns to the screen, Alt­man says that Ju­lian won’t sim­ply stroll out of prison. “He will still be be­hind bars,” the writer con­firms. “But some­thing that hap­pens while he is in­car­cer­ated will once again pull an un­wit­ting and un­will­ing Alexis back into his or­bit. As a re­sult, it

will pro­pel her to visit a very sur­pris­ing per­son!”

And has this time away from Ju­lian al­lowed Alexis to move on? “Ju­lian is def­i­nitely not out of her sys­tem,” says Van Et­ten, “al­though she will try valiantly to move on!”

A New Ro­mance?

“Anna and Valentin aren’t done with each other by any means,” warns Van Et­ten. She could, how­ever, wind up be­ing dis­tracted by other mat­ters… in­clud­ing Finn. The two have spent a lot of time butting heads, but might pre­tend­ing to be a cou­ple re­sult in some­thing un­ex­pected aris­ing be­tween them? “One never knows when some­thing that be­gins as a re­luc­tant busi­ness re­la­tion­ship might go in an­other di­rec­tion,” teases Alt­man.

And while Valentin and Lulu have found a way to co-par­ent for the mo­ment, Van Et­ten says Char­lotte’s mom will be looking “for any op­por­tu­nity to rip the rug out from be­neath him.” And al­though Valentin and his wife are on pretty sol- id ground, the dou­ble whammy of Anna and Cas­san­dra could com­bine to bring Nina’s old in­se­cu­ri­ties bub­bling up!

In Other News

Kevin’s plan­ning to knock Laura’s socks off, but Alt­man warns that “her de­sire to have things a cer­tain way may wind up back­fir­ing!” • “Maxie’s ac­cep­tance of the Man Lan­ders sit­u­a­tion may be short-lived when an­other player comes into the mix,” pre­views Van Et­ten, adding that with Maxie back in Port Charles to stay, “ex­pand­ing their fam­ily is def­i­nitely some­thing she and Nathan will start se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing now.”

Carly and Sonny will need to work to­gether in or­der to help their fam­ily nav­i­gate the rough wa­ters ahead.

Al­though he hired Cur­tis to clear Nelle’s name, Michael may also be just a lit­tle wor­ried that she can’t be trusted!

Alt­man says that Franco’s re­solve to al­ways be truth­ful with El­iz­a­beth will be “tested” in the weeks to come.

If it weren’t for Char­lotte, it’s likely that the adults in her life would avoid be­ing in the same room when­ever pos­si­ble.

Nathan and Maxie fi­nally seem ready to give Ge­orgie a sib­ling!

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