Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal

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Brace your­self for a month of shock­ing twists!

Af­ter sev­eral months spent care- fully align­ing all the play­ers on the can­vas, GEN­ERAL HOS­PI­TAL head-writ­ers Shelly Alt­man and Chris Van Et­ten are ready to yank the rug out from un­der all of your fa­vorite char­ac­ters. We sat down with the scribes for an ex­clu­sive look at how lives will be changed over the next four weeks!

It’s A Whole New Sam!

Just be­cause Sam and Drew are di­vorc­ing, don’t as­sume that she’ll im­me­di­ately go run­ning back into Ja­son’s arms! In fact, says Van Et­ten, “get­ting di­vorced and clear­ing her head might free Sam to con­nect with Drew in a com­pletely dif­fer­ent way.”

For now, Sam won’t be fo­cus­ing on ro­mance. “She needs to be her own per­son,” says Alt­man. “She’s re­ally re­defin­ing her­self and try­ing to fig­ure out what she wants in life, not just who she wants to be with.”

As for Drew, he is be­gin­ning to re­al­ize that the key to his fu­ture might be found in the past. “He is de­ter­mined to re­trieve his mem­o­ries and fig­ure out who he was,” pre­views Alt­man. “And that de­sire leads him to make a po­ten­tially very

danger­ous de­ci­sion.”

Things Are Go­ing To Get Com­pli­cated!

If Drew re­ally is go­ing to try and re­claim not only his mem­o­ries but the life he left be­hind, he might want to move quickly. Af­ter all, Kim

— with whom he shares both a past and a child — is get­ting closer ev­ery day to Ju­lian. This de­spite her own lin­ger­ing feel­ings for Drew, and Ju­lian’s for Alexis… who is grow­ing closer to Finn… who is ob­vi­ously crazy about Anna! “These six adults are nav­i­gat­ing tricky wa­ters,” laughs Van Et­ten. (con­tin­ues)

“Who will ul­ti­mately wind up swim­ming to­ward whom re­mains to be seen! Could things go from ca­sual to more se­ri­ous be­tween some of these pair­ings and not oth­ers? Ab­so­lutely. Could that get in­cred­i­bly messy? Def­i­nitely. There will be many per­mu­ta­tions where this par­tic­u­lar group is con­cerned!”

Will Sonny Soon Lose His Fa­ther?

Even as Carly is caught in Nelle’s wicked web (see News, page 2, for com­plete de­tails), Sonny is rac­ing against time on two fronts. “Sadly, Mike’s is a con­di­tion which does not im­prove,” laments Alt­man. “But in his lu­cid mo­ments, Mike con­tin­ues to say things that are in­trigu­ing to Sonny and make him ques­tion events from the past.” As the much-dis­cussed field in Cro­ton be­comes a big­ger prob­lem for Sonny, look for Ja­son to be there when his pal needs him most!

Tick… Tick… Boom!

All roads seem to be lead­ing to Hen­rik, and the scribes warn that, given how many peo­ple are in­volved at this point, all you-know-what will break loose if (or should we say, this be­ing a soap, when) Peter’s iden­tity is ex­posed! “As the walls close in on Peter, they are also clos­ing in on Valentin,” pre­views Alt­man. “And when threat­ened, Valentin has a ten­dency to take some pretty dra­matic ac­tions! So Robert and Anna had best watch their backs!”

Lulu’s de­ter­mined to un­cover the truth, but at what price? “In her mind,” says Van Et­ten, “she is do­ing some­thing very im­por­tant and some­thing she be­lieves can ac­tu­ally help the po­lice. She plans to do things a lit­tle dif­fer­ently this time, not plunge in head first. But this could be lead­ing her down a path that has a neg­a­tive im­pact on her marriage!”

Mean­while, Maxie con­tin­ues grow­ing closer to Peter, never sus­pect­ing his true con­nec­tion to her dead hus­band

and un­born child! “The po­ten­tial is there for Maxie to have her en­tire world blown apart,” sighs Alt­man. On the plus side, so dev­as­tat­ing a blow could mean Maxie winds up need­ing her es­tranged best friend more than ever!

Wed­ding Bells For Liz?

“Franco and El­iz­a­beth had an in­ter­rupted wed­ding the last time,” re­minds Alt­man, “so they need to get back on that path. But in deal­ing with his past, Franco has a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive on how he will en­ter into the fu­ture.”

In Other News…

“The cause of Finn’s avoid­ance of fam­ily con­nec­tions in gen­eral and Chase in par­tic­u­lar will un­fold,” says Van Et­ten. When asked if it’s time for Chase to get a love in­ter­est, the scribe would only tease that the hunky cop “has his own stor y, which we will be learn­ing in the not­too-dis­tant fu­ture” be­fore adding, “I think you’ll be sur­prised!” • Cur­tis is ready to make a “gi­ant leap for­ward” with Jor­dan, says Alt­man, adding that he “makes a sur­pris­ing plan to do so.” This de­spite a cer tain Stella-shaped stum­bling block in their path! “She was sort of relieved — af­ter hear­ing that Cur­tis and Jor­dan had dis­cussed marriage — to learn that they weren’t mov­ing in that di­rec­tion.” Some­thing tells us the pair shouldn’t ex­pect a great gift from Aunt Stella if and when they be­come en­gaged!

De­spite hav­ing two men in her life, Sam may just want to fly solo for a while!

Sonny may even­tu­ally wish his fa­ther had never ut­tered the word “Cro­ton.”

Maxie may soon find out that Peter is the “Hen­rik” whom ev­ery­one in town has been talk­ing about for months now!

For­get love tri­an­gles. There isn’t even a word for the shape Drew, Ju­lian and their re­spec­tive exes have formed.

Robert just might re­gret hav­ing come to Anna’s as­sis­tance as the dan­ger begins to mount!

Will the sec­ond time prove to be the charm when Franco and El­iz­a­beth de­cide to tie the knot?

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