The Big­gest News Sto­ries Of 2018!

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In just a few days, a new year will be­gin, and with it, a host of new dra­mas, both on screen and off, for GEN­ERAL HOS­PI­TAL. So be­fore the cy­cle begins anew, let’s look back once more at the shock­ing plot points, sur­pris­ing re­casts and stun­ning scan­dals that made 2018 so mem­o­rable.

10. Maybe we shouldn’t have been shocked — GH has, af­ter all, pre­vi­ously fea­tured ev­ery­thing from aliens to a wannabe vam­pire. But we still couldn’t be­lieve it when we dis­cov­ered that, for all these years, Maxie ap­par­ently had been se­cret pals with KFC MVP Colonel San­ders, as played by Ge­orge Hamil­ton on Na­tional Fried Chicken Day. It’s a thing. Se­ri­ously.

9. Af­ter the Day­time Em­mys handed out an award to Pa­trika Darbo (Shirley, THE BOLD & THE BEAU­TI­FUL), then gave it to Jennifer Bassey (ex-Quinn, GH), then de­clared that it wasn’t hers, either, GH joined the other soaps in threat­en­ing to boy­cott the cer­e­mony in 2019 un­less the Na­tional Academy Of Tele­vi­sion Arts & Sciences made some ma­jor changes to its rules. (They did.)

8. GH’s cast of for­mer THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS ac­tors con­tin­ued to grow with the hir­ing of El­iz­a­beth Hen­drick­son — pre­vi­ously Y&R’s Chloe — as new D.A. Mar­gaux. “There are def­i­nitely a lot of fa­mil­iar faces” around GH, laughed the soap-hop­ping Emmy nom­i­nee.

7. Chloe Lanier’s de­par­ture from GH brought to an end Nelle’s reign of ter­ror. Kid­ding! Even though the ac­tress is no longer a reg­u­lar, she’s al­ready reap­peared so that her con­niv­ing char­ac­ter could wreak more havoc. And the baby-swap that Nelle pulled off be­fore be­ing sent up the river prom­ises to break our hearts right along with Lu­cas’!

6. Fans flipped when GH gave Anna a sur­prise son with long­time neme­sis Fai­son. But the sto­ry­line not only brought back An­ders Hove to the can­vas, it added to the cast soap vet Wes Ram­sey as Peter and gave Anna’s por­trayer some es­pe­cially juicy ma­te­rial. While some long­time fans shook their heads at the re­vi­sion of Anna’s his­tory, por­trayer Fi­nola Hughes in­sisted that “I don’t know that it is a rewrit­ing, ac­tu­ally, be­cause we never dealt with it be­fore.”

5. Be­fore GH’s Jor­dan made it to the al­tar for her and Cur­tis’ wed­ding, Vi­nessa An­toine said “I do” to prime­time, ac­cept­ing the lead role on Cana­dian drama DIGGSTOWN and forc­ing the soap to re­cast the role of the PCPD com­mis­sioner with Bri­ana Ni­cole Henry. “I be­lieve that I have taken [Jor­dan] as far as I can,” tweeted An­toine, adding that she and GH had “de­cided to mu­tu­ally part ways.”

4. The #GHToo sto­ry­line, cen­tered around Dr. Ben­sch’s sex­ual ha­rass­ment of Kiki, gar­nered the show a good deal of main­stream at­ten­tion — and even a men­tion in The Wall Street Jour­nal. “These hot-but­ton is­sues and so­cial-jus­tice sto­ries we do are re­ally im­por­tant, ”Hay­ley Erin (ex-Kiki) ex­plained. “They’re in­for­ma­tive and it’s a lot more pow­er­ful to show the real-world con­se­quences. That’s why it’s such an honor I’ve been cho­sen to rep­re­sent women in this sto­ry­line. No pres­sure or any­thing!”

3. Ryan Paevey’s exit gave GH the chance to do some­thing that it al­most never seems to — re­ally kill off a char­ac­ter. And it was the feel­ing of fi­nal­ity to Nathan’s demise that af­forded lead­ing lady Kirsten Storms (Maxie) what she con­sid­ers to be a high­light of her ca­reer. “That is go­ing to go down as one of my fa­vorite sto­ry­lines,” she con­fessed, “and I can’t thank the writ­ers enough for mak­ing me feel like such an ac­tor. I’d spent a lot of [last] year wondering who I am and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing heavy things that left me a lit­tle con­fused about my pur­pose. Be­ing able to dive right into that story was huge for me.”

2. As raves con­tin­ued to pour in for GH’s Alzheimer’s sto­ry­line, the show was given the Sen­tinel Award, which rec­og­nizes TV pro­grams that spot­light im­por­tant health top­ics and so­cial is­sues. “Our goal,” ex­plained ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Frank Valen­tini in his ac­cep­tance speech, “was to por­tray the strug­gle as ac­cu­rately as pos­si­ble — to ed­u­cate our au­di­ence with­out lec­tur­ing them — so that those who know Alzheimer’s all too well would rec­og­nize them­selves — and those who have not yet en­coun­tered it would learn some­thing of value.”

1. Not only did GH bring back Ge­nie Fran­cis, it dropped her right onto the front­burner, putting Laura through the wringer as she won­dered why hus­band Kevin no longer seemed in­ter­ested in her. What’s more, the iconic char­ac­ter was quickly crossed over into umpteen other sto­ries. “They’re mov­ing me around to all the peo­ple Laura knows — which is great,” raved the Emmy win­ner. “She lived there all her life, so she’s got deep, long ties.”

Darbo will al­ways be a win­ner in our book!

No gab session is com­plete for Maxieand Lulu with­out theColonel and his crispy chicken!

Be­fore Mar­gaux met Drew, Hen­drick­son and Billy Miller played Y&R pair Chloe and Billy.

“Don’t even think about touch­ing my baby, Blan­ket!”

Peter de­clined be­ing in Anna’s fam­ily hol­i­day card photo. Shocker.

Dr. Ben­sch even gave us the creeps!

An­toine passed Jor­dan’s badge on to Henry.

We are still cry­ing over the fact that De­tec­tive Sexy­pants is gone!

Mike’s dis­ease has af­fected Sonny and Carly aswell.

Laura’s in­volved in al­most ev­ery sto­ry­line on the show these days!

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