What If Nelle’s Daddy Dearest Isn’t Really Dead?
As bad as GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Nelle is, she’s not entirely to blame. Late father Frank’s “nurturing” warped her mind and convinced her to target adoptive sister Carly. Which got us to thinking: What would it do to the nemeses if it turned out that, like so many denizens of Port Charles, Frank wasn’t so much dead as “dead”?
The In Depth Story: As Nelle dives into yet another dark scheme against Carly, we can’t help but wonder what kind of twisted role model Frank was for the troubled young woman. After all, even after learning that he had repeatedly lied to her, Nelle had a hard time accepting that her father had played her like a fiddle. “It’s almost like Nelle grew up in a cult,” suggests portrayer Chloe Lanier, “being brainwashed from an early age.”
Her on-screen big sister agrees. “When Carly talked about all the bad things Frank did, Nelle said, ‘He was just trying to take care of our family. He loved us,’” reminds Laura Wright, whose Carly was abandoned by Frank when she was a toddler. “It was like you pulled the string and the doll talked. It was automatic ‘blah’ Nelle had to train herself to believe so she could believe her father loved her.
“Frank really did a number on her,” she adds with a sigh. While these days, the tension between Nelle and Carly is all about Michael and the baby on the way, imagine if GH introduced the villain who so deeply affected both of these women. On the one hand, Frank’s “resurrection” could increase the tension between them. On the other, it could unite them against a common foe.
As the proverb goes, the enemy of my enemy is
Carly and Nelle have a hell of a lot more in common than they’d care to admit. Emphasis on the “hell.”