In Depth An­swers

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Q. In GEN­ERAL HOS­PI­TAL’s 55th an­niver­sary episode, they showed a scene in which Ja­son pre­vented Mon­ica from killing some­one, but they didn’t show who. What’s the story? Rhonda S. via E-mail


The gen­tle­man that Ja­son pre­vented his mom from killing was named Pierce Dor­man — and he was a real piece of work! Mon­ica be­gan an af­fair with the hot new sur­geon af­ter her and Alan’s marriage be­came strained fol­low­ing her mas­tec­tomy. When Mon­ica rec­on­ciled with her hubby and broke things off with her lover, Pierce refused to let her go, even go­ing so far as to threaten both her and Alan. When that didn’t work, he sought re­venge by su­ing her for sex­ual ha­rass­ment and, as he was also run­ning heroin, get­ting Emily ad­dicted to drugs! When Mon­ica found out, she drugged and kid­napped her for­mer lover, declar­ing him guilty af­ter hold­ing a “trial” by gun­point. Ja­son ar­rived just in time to stop his mom from car­ry­ing out a death sen­tence, which al­lowed Mac to swoop in and ar­rest the vil­lain. The das­tardly doc was played by Tuc Watkins (later ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s David), who we catch up with in the Old Friends sec­tion on page 54!

Q. I re­cently binge-watched the moc­u­men­tary Net­flix se­ries AMER­I­CAN VAN­DAL and am pretty sure I saw THE BOLD & THE BEAU­TI­FUL’s Aly in one of the in­ter­views. Was that re­ally her?

Wanda Lan­caster, PA

A. Good eye! That was B&B’s Ash­lyn Pearce (ex-Aly) play­ing Abby White­head, one of many high school stu­dents in the hi­lar­i­ous se­ries that in­ves­ti­gates a fic­tional crime com­mit­ted on school prop­erty. THE YOUNG & THE REST­LESS’ Sean Car­ri­gan (ex-Stitch) also has a prom­i­nent role as the school’s foot­ball coach who is po­ten­tially con­nected to the case!

Q. The girl who plays Francesca on GH — the nurse who went on a date with Michael a lit­tle while back — seemed re­ally fa­mil­iar. Has she been on a soap be­fore?

Mi­randa via E-mail

A. She cer­tainly has! In fact, she’s been on GH be­fore! That’s Ce­lesta DeAstis, who you prob­a­bly rec­og­nized from when she played the grown-up ver­sion of Avery dur­ing Ava’s dream episode. It’s far from the first time a soap has brought back an ac­tor who had a brief role for some­thing new. Out­side of Port Charles, you may also have seen DeAstis guest star­ring on shows like HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MUR­DER, LA TO VE­GAS and THE GOLDBERGS!

Hon­estly, Pierce was kinda into it, though he did feel like the ham­mer was go­ing just a tad too far.

Pearce grad­u­ated from B&B and went straight to high school!

“You look so fa­mil­iar... “

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