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Dishing with Digest - 8/23/19 - John J. York(8/23/18) John J. York (Mac) Reflects On GH Run (Listen / download).
John J. York looks back on 28 years of playing GH’s Mac with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also talk about he latest cast changes and how viewers respond to character resurgences.
Kimberly McCullough Shares Two New Directing Projects!(8/11/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) She may not play Robin much anymore on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but Kimberly McCullough's career is still in high gear as the actress-turned-director continues to line up one big project after another! She just shared the terrific news that she would be directing another episode of THE BOLD TYPE for Freeform. McCullough previously helmed "Final Push," the ninth episode of the third season that aired back in June of 2019. She shared an Instagram photo of her script from the table read, but there's no indication of which episode of season four she will be directing or when it would air.
THE BOLD TYPE is a dramedy airing on Freeform that centers around the staff of Scarlet Magazine, and is based on the life of Joanna Coles, former editor in chief of Cosmopolitan. It stars Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, and Meghann Fahy, and the cast also includes daytime alum Sam Page (Trey, ALL MY CHILDREN). McCullough also shared a photo of some props from the episode she was directing, but we can't include it on a family website!
In addition, McCullough revealed the "secret project" that she had been teasing back when she announced she was directing an episode of IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA. She was scouting locations at Salt Lake High School East in Utah, and that's because she's working on an episode of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE MUSICAL: THE SERIES, which is scheduled to premiere on Nov. 12 on Disney Plus. "Love these smiling faces," she said of a cast photo. "And you will, too."
We'll be sure to let you know when air dates are announced for McCullough's episodes of both THE BOLD TYPE and HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE MUSICAL: THE SERIES, so stay tuned!
Good Trouble: Azita Ghanizada Set to Shake Things Up in Season 2B(8/1/19) Here comes Good Trouble.
Alphas alum Azita Ghanizada (Saira, General Hospital: Night Shift) is confirmed to make her debut on Freeform’s The Fosters spinoff on Tuesday, Aug. 6 — its summer finale — and then recur during the back half of Season 2.
TVLine has exclusively learned that Ghanizada will be playing Kendra Zahir, a new employee at Speckulate, where Mariana works, who arrives to “shake up the company culture.”
In addition to her run as Alphas‘ Rachel (who had the ability to heighten one of her senses at the expense of others), Ghanizada’s previous TV credits include 9-1-1, Elementary, I Love Dick and Major Crimes. She will also appear during Season 5 of HBO’s Ballers (premiering Sunday, Aug. 25).
Kimberly McCullough Directing IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA(7/18/19) Even as GENERAL HOSPITAL fans miss seeing Robin Scorpio Drake, her portrayer, Kimberly McCullough, continues to develop her career behind the camera, this time directing an episode of the FXX comedy series IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA! "What goes around comes around," she shared on Instagram as she posed with the cast. She also posed with John Tanzer, the director of photography, who she clearly admires. "And this guy," she declared. "Tanzer, you're the freakin' best!"
Although McCullough hasn't announced when her episode of SUNNY would be airing, she did snap a backstage pic of the clapperboard that indicates she's directing the third episode of the 14th season. And that new season is scheduled to premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 25, so her episode should air on Wednesday, Oct. 9. Naturally, we'll keep you up to date as more details become available.
Fans of the GH alum can find her name on numerous primetime TV episodes, including shows like THE BOLD TYPE, THE COOL KIDS, ONE DAY AT A TIME, THE CONNERS, and FULLER HOUSE. McCullough also shared a couple more photos of Salt Lake High School East in Utah where she appears to be scouting out a location for yet another project. She's using her "#setlife" hashtag and this time including "#secretproject." So we'll also update you on whatever that might be whenever the actress-turned-director sees fit to reveal it!
Cameron Boyce Remembered Fondly by Michelle Obama and More as Disney Star's Family Confirms Cause of Death(7/11/19) Former First Lady Michelle Obama is adding her voice to the chorus of people honoring Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce, who died on July 6 at the age of 20.
“I was lucky enough to share a few moments with Cameron Boyce — on set, at the White House, and on a service project — enough time to recognize that not only did he have incredible talent, but also an incredible heart,” Obama posted to Instagram on Tuesday, accompanied by Sending out a lot of love and hugs to his family, friends, and his many, many fans.”
Additional tributes to the late Disney star continue to roll in from his co-stars, including Descendants‘ Dove Cameron, who posted an emotional series of video responses to her Instagram account on Tuesday.
According to a statement from Boyce’s family, the actor’s “tragic passing was due to a seizure as a result of an ongoing medical condition, and that condition was epilepsy.”
“We are still trying to navigate our way through this extremely heart-wrenching time, and continue to ask for privacy so that the family and all who knew and loved him can grieve his loss and make arrangements for his funeral — which in and of itself, is agonizing,” the statement continued.
An autopsy was performed Monday, but according to a press release from the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner, “a cause of death was deferred pending further investigation.”
Boyce appeared as Luke Ross in all four seasons of the Disney Channel sitcom Jessie, later starring in the network’s popular movie-musical franchise Descendants, whose final installment airs next month.
Disney Channel's Cameron Boyce, Star of Descendants and Jessie, Dead at 20(7/8/19) Disney Channel staple Cameron Boyce (Stone, General Hospital Night Shift), whose credits included playing Cruella de Vil’s son in the Descendants movies, has died. He was 20.
Boyce also starred on Disney Channel’s Jessie from 2011 to 2015. He made appearances on a number of other Disney series, including Liv and Maddie, BUNK’D and Austin & Ally.
“It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report that this morning we lost Cameron,” a spokesperson for the Boyce family told ABC News. “He passed away in his sleep due to a seizure which was a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated. The world is now undoubtedly without one of its brightest lights, but his spirit will live on through the kindness and compassion of all who knew and loved him. We are utterly heartbroken and ask for privacy during this immensely difficult time as we grieve the loss of our precious son and brother.”
Disney Channel also released a statement early Sunday, saying, “From a young age, Cameron Boyce dreamed of sharing his extraordinary artistic talents with the world. He was an incredibly talented performer, a remarkably caring and thoughtful person and, above all else, he was a loving and dedicated son, brother, grandson and friend. We offer our deepest condolences to his family, castmates and colleagues and join his many millions of fans in grieving his untimely passing. He will be dearly missed.”
Boyce was next set to appear in HBO’s upcoming Mrs. Fletcher, starring Kathryn Hahn.
Rick Springfield Moves D.R. Festival to Mexico ... As Death Count Grows(7/2/19) Rick Springfield is not taking any chances -- he's calling off his music festival in the Dominican Republic as the number of American tourists getting sick and dying in the country continues to grow.
The "Jessie's Girl" singer just made the announcement, saying ... "In an abundance of caution and for the peace of mind and well-being of my fans, band and crew, the ‘Rick Springfield & Friends’ event in Punta Cana is being rescheduled to take place at Hard Rock Hotel Cancun in 2020."
Rick says the new dates will be determined asap, but attempts to reschedule in 2019 were unsuccessful.
The musician has held these "Rick Springfield & Friends" fests for close to a decade, which started as concert cruises before moving them to land and resorts. This was going to be the first in the D.R.
Along with Springfield, the festival lineup was set to include Patty Smyth, host Mark Goodman, actor Doug Davidson and musical guest Guns & Mullets.
Springfield adds that the decision to postpone was not easy, but the "safety and well-being of our amazing fans, band and crew will always be the most important consideration in any situation."
As we've reported ... at least 10 Americans have died while either visiting Dominican Rep. resorts or shortly after returning to the U.S. -- many from heart attacks, and some from respiratory complications.
Jason Thompson Reveals How His Son Changed His Life(5/26/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) It was a very special day on May 23 when THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Jason Thompson's (Billy) celebrated the third birthday of his son, Bowie. To commemorate the milestone,Thompson posted a beautiful photo of his happy, chubby-cheeked baby boy on Instagram. Accompanying the photo was a heartfelt note where he ruminated on parenting, the joys of fatherhood, and how much his children have changed his life in innumerable and wonderful ways.
"This boy. Three years today. Paloma and I were talking last night about the last three years.The challenges that have surprised us, and the realities of what parenting actually is," marveled the Y&R star. "The amount of times we disappointed ourselves with how we handled something, and the moments later that you realize how you could have been better, more patience, more understanding. And yet, you are aware that they look to you to anchor them, to not let them drift into a space without boundaries, looking up at you, to tell them it’s going to be okay, to be in control when they aren’t."
The challenges of being a parent have been worth it to Thompson, who rose to fame as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Patrick. "To push back on that not so little voice inside your head that wants to tell them 'they should know better.' It’s confusing... for adults, let alone young hearts and minds," he continued. "And the joy. The love is unmeasurable. He brings so much joy to people. He’s sweet. He’s emotional. He loves to laugh. He likes to share with sister... when he wants to share. When he doesn’t, he lets everyone know. He is so clearly his own person. And it’s the most beautiful thing to watch. There will be no bigger honor of my life, there is nothing in the world I wouldn’t do for him. Our worlds forever changed three years ago. Thank you universe, thank you stars, for our Bowie Banjo."
Talk Show Appearance(5/17/10) The Talk – CBS
Wednesday, May 22
Singer Rick Springfield discusses his new album Orchestrating My Life and performs live
Billy Dee Williams on Star Wars return: ‘Lando never left me!’(4/14/19) (Video) Look who’s back in the fastest hunk o’ junk in the galaxy!
The first trailer for “Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker” premiered Friday — and it included a shot of Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian piloting the Millenium Falcon.
Asked at a fan event Friday how he prepped to reprise the role made famous in “The Empire Strikes Back,” Williams, 82, said, “Lando never left me!”
Audiobooks Narrated By Soap Stars(3/29/19) The Secret Garden by Finola Hughes (Narrator) Frances Hodgson Burnett (Author) (Order here)
People are naturally inclined to hand out the "instant classic" award to the books they like, but there are only a precious few books that can hold on to such a title for over a hundred years, (this was published in book form in 1911), and still stay fresh, engaging and appealing. This book is the source and template for so many children's lit conventions that it is hard to imagine a library without multiple copies.
You can sample the book as a Kindle freebie or in some other downloadable form, since it's out of copyright and readily available. Then, and better yet, after you read it and discover its pleasures, look for a nice edition to give to each young reader you know. There are easy to read books that are shallow, and there are harder to read books with considerable depth, but this one manages to be accessible to a fairly young reader and yet still loaded with fine writing, style, character, mystery, romance, adventure and inspiration. An excellent choice.
And while you're at it, take a look at Burnett's "Little Lord Fauntleroy". He's gotten a bad rap, (probably as a result of those Fauntleroy suits and haircuts that were the rage in the twenties), but he's actually smart , level headed, and shrewdly decent in unexpected ways. So go and get your Burnett on.
Alla Korot on MacGyver 4/12/19(3/22/19) “Friends + Enemies + Border” – MacGyver and Desi help a group of Syrian refugees who are being pursued by human traffickers. Also, in Los Angeles, Bozer is trapped in Oversight’s car which is rigged to explode, on MACGYVER, Friday, April 12 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST: Alla Korot (Dr. Arza Terzic), Andre Reed (Prosecutor), Faruk Amireh (Adnan).
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Episode 1: CrashOrginal Air Date: July 22, 2008
Barefoot and Pregnant?
In a Word: Patrick tries to keep Robin housebound after a car crash shakes the hospital; Jagger Cates returns with a little buddy in tow.
The Action: We're off to a fresh start on the "Night Shift" as a pair of new interns, Kyle and Claire, bond over shared dating horror stories in the locker room. Their little banter session is interrupted by Dr. Leo Julian (looking about a foot shorter than last season -- weird how that happens!), who will be in charge of the interns against his will. Leo responds to his newfound responsibility by being incredibly pissy and condescending to his interns. How that little twerp can look down his nose and see anything but the floor three feet below is a mystery that may never be solved.
Robin and Patrick make post-coital snugglies at home, then hit up the hospital just before all hell breaks loose. A runaway car bursts through the ER doors, narrowly missing Robin (though she's knocked to the ground). The ER staff springs into action: Epiphany struggles to corral the wobbly, drunk-looking driver and her boyfriend (both alive and slurring); Patrick and Kyle get Robin onto a gurney; Leo mistakes a new doctor, Saira Batra, for an intern before she pounds on some dude's chest and starts his heart again (as we'll learn later, she operates in magic).
Not so lucky is Dr. Ford, who ends up with a shard of glass embedded in his neck. Ford doesn't notice it at first, and he pulls it out before Patrick can warn him not to (the man rises to Chief of Staff and doesn't know not to remove glass from a neck wound? Nice hiring practices, GH) and bleeds to death.
Cut to the next day, when Patrick -- who has been bumped up to Chief of Staff in the wake of Dr. Ford's demise -- gives the ER staff a pep talk and puts them back to work. He gives a particular tip of the hat to Toussaint (aw, what's up, Lando??), who has returned, this time on the medical, not custodial, staff. He and Epiphany pick up the flirty-flirty where they left off.
So with Robin laid out (though not seriously injured), Patrick immediately jumps into macho caretaker mode and uses his shiny new Chief of Staff position to order Robin to spend her pregnancy at home, on the couch. This goes over as well as you might expect, which, yes, means Robin threatens to murder Patrick. Oh, that old story.
Robin regains the upper hand a bit when Patrick returns home to find a freshly-out-the-shower Jagger Cates emerging from Robin's bedroom. Robin has to explain to a wildly jealous Patrick that they're old friends. It's been thirteen years, Jagger says, and he's working for the FBI now. Huh. That'd put him in an interesting position with his old enemy Sonny (and even older schoolmate Jason).
Dr. Leo and the interns (performing six times weekly at the GH Cocktail Lounge!) continue to have a rocky relationship. He starts grilling Kyle on question after question, clearly having a chip on his shoulder about something. Leo also clashes with Saira who, it turns out, is an expert on holistic medicine (let's hope the GH patients have an appetite for herbal remedies).
Leo scoffs at Saira's acupuncture treatments, but tries to make up for it later by turning up the smarm on her in the locker room. Of course, he can't keep his foot out of his mouth about the "potions and spells" she works with, which only earns him a lengthy dressing-down from Saira about proper patient care. And for as much time as Leo spends without a shirt on, he can't afford to be dressed down too much.
Robin and Jagger catch up -- remember his ex-wife, Karen, died back in the "Port Charles" days? -- which manages to get Patrick out of Robin's hair long enough to allow her to sneak back to work while he's not looking. She vents her frustrations to Saira, who turns out to be an old med school buddy of hers. Oooh, does Robin have a new (non-alcoholic on account of the pregnancy) drinking buddy? Girl collects those like baseball cards.
Patrick and Epiphany are rather nasty to the couple who drove through the ER doors, but they change their tune once they see the tox results that say the woman, Alice, had no drugs or alcohol in her system. So what happened? Well, the stroke she starts having is a big step on the road to diagnosis.
Leo and Kyle's mutual animosity grows stronger when Kyle gets to scrub in on Patrick's surgery. Leo nearly sprains his neck trying to look Kyle in the eye and humiliate him, and when that fails, he scoffs to Claire that she's barking up the wrong tree -- she's not Kyle's "type." You know, if we hadn't already read the cast bios, we would have totally bought this as an ex-lovers' quarrel. So imagine our surprise when, after they get into a scuffle outside the OR, they admit they're brothers.
And speaking of spilled secrets, Claire gets Kyle to confirm that he's gay, which is disappointing for her but pretty okay for us!
Alice's surgery is successful, but her fiance can't take the prospect of what Robin tells him will be a long road ahead, so he tries to bail. Robin tries to get him to stay, telling him that when you love someone, you accept everything about them, "even the things you didn't bargain for." He leaves anyway, but Robin's talk seemed to work on HER pretty well, as she returns home a less combative person. She's still not quitting, but she's being nicer about it.
Robin and Patrick's make-up smooching is interrupted, though, by a visit from Jagger. And his freckle-faced son named ... Stone.
Episode 2: Other People's ChildrenOrginal Air Date: July 29, 2008
The Baby Borrowers
In a Word: Robin can't help but meddle in other parents' business and doesn't like what she finds. The Julian boys' relationship begins to thaw. Patrick's not loving the whole Chief of Staff thing.
The Action: Leo is confronted with a patient, Mrs. Hopkins, who's into the power of prayer; when Leo admits he's not the praying type, she asks for another doctor. Saira, who's yet to meet a brand of spirituality she hasn't gotten obnoxious about, is happy to oblige. This leads to another round of Arrogant, Conventional Doctor versus Crunchy Herbal Earth Goddess, which, shockingly, goes on in the locker room, with Leo in a towel. When their bickering over courses of treatment for Mrs. Hopkins's irritable bowel syndrome gets them thrown out of her room, it's left to Kyle to figure out that the crossword puzzle Mrs. Hopkins has been filling out all episode is two years old, dating back to the day her husband died. Depression can leads to IBS, see, so it's not just Leo and Saira's antics that have her bowels in a knot. Score one for the younger Julian.
Fed up with his straight, floor-peeing roommate, Kyle considers getting an apartment with Claire. She's down for it too, even after learning why Kyle keeps a bottle of lotion by his bedside. But before they can get to apartment hunting in the "mob-adjacent" waterfront district, Claire has to put up with a drunk, naked, hot patient who jumped his fool ass into an empty swimming pool. Claire's more into the tatted-up roughneck who gets paid to keep Drunk Naked out of trouble, though after a night out with the pair of them, she reveals that the "sober buddy" was only looking to score some oxycodone. Wah-wah.
After reviving an unconscious little girl brought into the ER, Robin tells the parents that she has aplastic anemia and will need a bone marrow transplant. (Soap nerd note: Wasn't that the same affliction that befell baby Lulu Spencer and led to Nikolas Cassadine's debut appearance as Laura's long-lost son and Lulu's brother? We think so!) Unfortunately, the little girl, Kayla, was adopted from China, so a genetic bone marrow match proves hard to find.
Jagger tells Robin he's decided to move back to Port Charles. He swings by the hospital, gets inelegantly hit on by Epiphany, and agrees to use his FBI connections to help Robin find Kayla's birth parents. The bad news is that the adoption agency isn't in business anymore. The REALLY bad news is that it was shut down for illegally trafficking babies on the black market. Jagger's obligated to report what he knows, but he agrees to give Robin some time to figure out a solution. One person who's not part of the solution is Patrick -- when Robin tells him about her problem, girlfriend-to-boyfriend, he pulls rank and says he can't subject the hospital to such a liability. As Saira says to Robin later, he's so not getting any anytime soon.
That's just one more reason for Patrick to be in a bad mood. He's really feeling the headaches that come with the Chief-of-Staff job, and this eventually leads to him snapping at Epiphany when she hands him the wrong instrument in the E.R. This kind of thing rolls downhill, of course, and Epiphany turns around and screams at the guy who handed her the incorrect instrument in the first place: Tousssaint. (She later apologizes in their One Scene Together.) Patrick later tells Robin that she has to stop treating every child in the hospital like it's her child: These are other people's children and they have parents of their own.
Saira, whose love/hate crush on Leo is obvious to everyone but her, sees Leo acting sweet towards Kayla and is moved to tell him what Robin told her about the thorny adoption agency/baby trafficking issues. Leo FREAKS OUT majorly, storming into Patrick's office and demanding it be taken care of. Clearly, Leo is sensitive about the issue of baby-stealing. So much so that he marches into the waiting room and spits to Kayla's unknowing parents that their baby was stolen and they should be ashamed of themselves.
Kayla's parents, sobbing and heaving and undulating all over themselves, yell at Robin for poking around into their lives and bringing this upon them; they could lose their daughter now. Yeah, Robin! Way to go looking for bone marrow donors!
Leo also catches crap from Patrick, who says he's on thin ice, and Saira, who's pissed that he spilled what she told him in confidence. Of course, Saira then overhears Kyle tell Claire that Leo's adoption issues stem from the fact that his own parents in Iran gave him up when he was five in order keep him safe. The Julians are the only family he knows now, but he lives with the guilt of leaving his birth parents behind. Saira and Kyle both look like they're growing some sympathy for the little guy.
Kyle even meets Leo at a local dive bar (Jake's?) to commiserate about their shared childhood. Leo laments Kyle's golden-boy status, while Kyle offers that their parents were hard on Leo because ... Leo was a screw-up. Sure, go for the easy answer.
Meanwhile, at home, Robin notices that young Stone doesn't react very well to having his order messed with (i.e., he's a rock collector, and when Robin picks one up, he freaks out because they're out of place). When Stone has another episode -- he curls himself into a ball on the living room floor, then darts out of the room -- Robin finally brings it up to Jagger: Maybe he should get Stone tested in case there's something wrong. Jagger won't hear it, though, and he leaves Robin's apartment in a huff, taking probably-autistic Stone with him.
Episode 3: Fallen From the SkyOrginal Air Date: August 5, 2008
In a Word: Robert Scorpio returns to Port Charles with his brain all a-scrambled; Saira and Leo give in to their massive, hair-based attraction to each other.
The Action: Jagger rushes into the ER with a man he found by a single-engine plane crashed by the side of the road. Jagger, Patrick, Robin, Epiphany, and a couple EMTs aren't enough to keep this man from breaking free of his restraints, and when he finally tosses off his oxygen mask, Robin gets a good look at her dad. G'day, Robert Scorpio!
Once the GH staff actually gets him subdued, Robin contemplates telling him about her pregnancy -- or more accurately, NOT telling him, since he seemed so bent on getting the heck up out of town anyway.
That doesn't last long, however, and soon enough, Robert's skulking around the hospital playing spy games. He doesn't even recognize Robin as his daughter. He does, however, get all sentimental with Jagger as he talks about his little eight-year-old Robin and how she's the light of his life. Jagger can relate, what with Stone and all, and he and Robert bond over their status as protective dads.
Epiphany's been acting weird around Toussaint ever since they kissed last week. In her words, her hands start sweating, the room starts spinning -- she feels like she's having another heart attack. She's not used to not knowing what's going on in her life. Toussaint can't promise her where their relationship is going, but he can say he cares very much about their friendship. So ... he's not taking her back to his Millennium Falcon just yet?
Robert later collapses while Robin and Patrick are examining him, and he starts seizing. Toussaint has to pull Robin out of the OR while Patrick and Epiphany try to save her dad. Patrick diagnoses Robert with fluid on the brain -- he'll have to operate. Before he does, Robin finally gets to have a heart-to-heart with her dad, now that he's aware of what year it is and all. He notices right away that she's pregnant, and he couldn't be happier.
Meanwhile a pregnant woman, Leah, gets wheeled into the ER with labor pains, but despite the baby bump and her water breaking, tests show she's not pregnant at all. Leo figures she's either faking or crazy, but Saira once again gets to trump his bravado with actual medical knowledge and takes over this case of false pregnancy. Saira tells Leah the truth and finds out that Leah can't get pregnant for real because of complications surrounding a forced abortion she had when she was fourteen. Of course when Roger, the "father," shows up, Leah pretends everything's fine and makes with the pleading eyes for Saira not to tell. But since that isn't an option, Saira instead goes for the Robin Williams in "Good Will Hunting" "it's not your fault" speech, which does the trick, just like it always does. Leah seems at least ready to tell her husband the truth.
A pair of crabby teens bug Epiphany for something to help the girl, Elise, and her apparent uber-PMS, and who better to tend to these squabbling roomies than Kyle and Claire, who are well on their way to becoming squabbling roomies themselves. He's too neat and control-freaky; she's too messy and tacky. Anyway, the diagnosis on Elise is an overactive thyroid, which she can easily correct with medication...that she can't afford what with no insurance. So her roommate offers to marry her for the insurance benefit, because ... that's what good roommates do? It appears Kyle and Claire are moved by this rather than being totally freaked out. And then they make one of those ridiculous "if neither of us are married when we're 40" pacts, which I guess means Claire's planning on getting some gender reassignment for her 40th birthday because WHAT?
Saira's not quick to let Leo off the hook after he betrayed her trust last week, and after a long day of dealing with Leah's childhood trauma, she's ready to rip into Leo once again for being a pig-headed egotist. This time, Leo fires back that Saira's just as stubborn as he is in thinking her brand of compassion-based medicine is the only way to treat a patient. Shocker of shockers, their argument ends with a massive makeout session in the locker room.
Jagger sticks around long enough to help Robin wait out her dad's surgery. While they do, Jagger admits that when Karen died, he got petrified that he'd lose Stone too. That's why he was too scared to admit something might be wrong with Stone. Robin promises him they'll get through this.
In the end, Robert's fluid-draining surgery is a success, but Patrick tells Robin that after the fluid was gone, they discovered a tumor in her dad's brain.
Robin also apologizes to Jagger for angering him the other day, and while Jagger's temper has come down some, he still doesn't take it well when Robin (gently) persists that Stone's odd behavior is something he should look into. He tells Robin he and Stone will be moving back to San Francisco. Wow, for a big, tough FBI agent, Jagger's a huge baby! Robert later lures Kyle into the supply closet so they can go over details of the "plan." This "plan" hinges on one crucial element: Robert Scorpio being totally lost-his-marbles crazypants. He thinks Kyle is Luke Spencer, for one, and they have to rendezvous with Sean Donely, who has little eight-year-old Robin with him. Y'all, even we're not sure what year Robert thinks he's in, but Cesar Faison's still after him, at any rate. Kyle plays along long enough to get Robert back to his bed.
Episode 4: We'll Always Have ParisOrginal Air Date: August 12, 2008
In a Word: Robert and Stone get troubling diagnoses, while Patrick gets a face full of slap from a French-speaking stranger.
The Action: Patrick's already performed the surgery to remove Robert's brain tumor, and while it was a success, they need to run some more tests on it, to make sure it's not malignant and to see if it's spread anywhere else in the body. This means Robin once again has to convince her restless pop to stay put for another day or so, and it also gives Robert the chance to properly scrutinize the father of his unborn grandbaby. Once he gets Patrick alone, Robert grills him, particularly about his wanderlust, something Robert says he recognizes all too well.
Kyle and Claire continue to bemoan the fact that they're not getting any, but Kyle's life gets a whole lot sexier when one senior citizen patient with a problem "down there," and another who comes in complaining about her "kitty," becomes a retirement-community-wide syphilis outbreak. So Kyle gets the enviable task of teaching these oversexed seniors Sex Ed the "fun" way: with a cucumber and a condom. Kyle ends up being a big hit with the grandparent set -- as he hands out free condoms to the departing seniors, he gets one lady wanting to set him up with her granddaughter ... and one randy old man looking to just plain set him up. Hotcha!
A pretty young blonde wanders into the ER speaking French, and before Leo can find anyone who can understand a word she's saying, she appears to recognize Patrick. We don't speak French either, so we're not sure what she says to him, but hauling off and slapping him across the face is a pretty good context clue. Robin tries to talk her down, but the woman tells her that Patrick is her lover. Robin, as you might imagine, is un-thrilled.
Robin gives Patrick a hard time about his fake French amour -- it's doubtful she really believes Patrick had an affair with this woman, but it's no fun being reminded what a "manwhore" the father of your baby has always been. It doesn't help when Robert starts prodding her about how a "career feminist" like her ended up with such a cad. She ends up having a glum heart-to-heart with Claire about all the ways our parents drive us crazy.
After they get Frenchy -- her real name's Danielle -- into an examination room, Claire finds that her two years of high school French aren't necessary since Danielle suddenly speaks English. But now she thinks she's IN France, which is a whole other problem. While they try to figure out what's wrong with her, Claire listens to her story about being jilted in Paris by "Jean" (Patrick). Claire feels her pain, given how she'd told Kyle earlier about going into medicine because her college boyfriend broke her heart.
Patrick eventually gets Danielle's sister to come by to pick her up, but when she gets there, Danielle has an episode -- she loses her hearing and starts to freak out. The diagnosis ends up being Susac's Syndrome, a rare brain disorder than can cause confusion and make you think you're living in the past. Here's hoping Danielle can go back and re-live the '90s. Good times. Before Patrick sends her home to continue treatment, though, he allows Danielle one last conversation with "Jean." She tells him how a man like him can break a girl's heart, and he apologizes to all the women like Danielle he's hurt. He tells her he's in love with someone else; the person he's going to spend his life with. Robin manages to overhear this last part, and everything back to happy for the good doctors. For another week, at least.
Epiphany takes a rare evening off to have dinner with Toussaint. He uses a smooth line from "Lady Sings the Blues" on her, but she totally calls him on it (the part about him stealing the line, anyway -- she doesn't mention how somebody who looked an awful lot like him played the love interest in that movie). They reminisce about old times, but when Toussaint attempts to order dinner for her, Epiphany bristles. She's not the star-struck teenager who doesn't know her own mind anymore, and she's not looking for Toussaint the star musician. She's just interested in Toussaint the man. That's good enough for him, and he tenderly kisses her on the hand. The Millennium Falcon stays docked for another week.
Jagger brings Stone in to meet with Saira, who has experience with, we suppose, childhood mood disorders. Of course, her true specialty is touchy-feely compassion, which comes in handy when she has to tell Jagger that Stone is autistic. (Seems our amateur diagnosis was right on the money -- where's our medical degree?) She wants to spend some more time with Stone to find out where exactly he falls on the autism spectrum and what kind of therapy would be best for him. Saira assures Jagger that Stone has every chance at a healthy, productive life, but he's in for a long journey. Maybe a little too long for Jagger to handle -- he ends up lying to Robin that everything's fine and that Stone got a clean bill of health.
Robin decides to set some boundaries with her dad: while he's at the hospital, he's the patient, and she's the doctor, and comments about her personal life are neither welcome nor appreciated. Robert seems to be okay with this -- that's the good news. The bad news is that the tumor, while not malignant, was indicative of a cancer elsewhere in Robert's body. Colon cancer, to be exact. Not even Robert's head all bandaged up like a Q-tip can bring levity to that kind of bad news.
Episode 5: Family ValuesOrginal Air Date: August 19, 2008
Wait, Leo has a conscience?
In a Word: Robin and Robert, as well as Kyle and Leo, learn the value of family, but not before hollering at each other a whole lot.
The Action: Two women are rolled into the ER on gurneys, the victims of a house fire. One, Cynthia, ends up in a coma, with no hope of recovery. The other woman, Allison, turns out to be her partner, and when Cynthia's parents show up, it's clear that they didn't approve of their daughter's lesbian lifestyle. Leo is forced to honor the parents' wishes to have Allison removed from the room, at which point he hands this thorny case over to Kyle.
Kyle takes Leo's brusque bedside manner as being uncaring and indifferent to Allison's predicament, and he's furious. Later, talking to Claire, Kyle reveals Leo's less-than-supportive reaction to his coming out, years ago, which doesn't sound at all like the Leo we all know. Except for how it's exactly like the Leo we all know. Naturally, Kyle is inclined to help Allison, who only wants to honor Cynthia's wishes. The first part of that is pretty easy, considering Cynthia's parents elect to take her off of life support, which is what she would have wanted anyway. The second part is significantly trickier: Allison wants to know if they can extract Cynthia's eggs so they might be able to have the baby they'd been trying to conceive.
Robert Scorpio, having been diagnosed with colon cancer, and staring down the barrel of several months of surgeries and chemotherapy, figures now would be as good a time as any to skip town. Robin tries literally standing in his way, and when that doesn't work, she threatens to have him declared incompetent. After all, he DID spend a whole evening a couple weeks ago pretending he was, as Robin puts it, "on a secret spy mission from the '80s." Robert compliments his daughter on her "spunk," but he turns to leave anyway. Fed up, Robin tells him he can go wherever he likes; "Can I just have a telegram to know where to go for your funeral?" That comment, in addition to making Epiphany clutch her stethoscope in shock, hits home with Robert. And by "hits home" we mean "gives him a spasm in his abdomen."
Claire's hideous luck with men continues when, while making a drop-off to the morgue with Toussaint, she finds that one of the cadavers is something less than cadaverous. He's just a pale-skinned death-rocker who calls himself "Alien Skin." Claire is not impressed. Toussaint is, at least a little, and he and Alien bond over their shared love of music. Seems Alien felt like, having reached age 27, it was time to kick off this mortal coil just like his heroes Janis and Jimi did at that age. Toussaint convinces him that if he really wants to be like the rock legends he idolizes, he needs to get out there and start LIVING his life, not waiting to die.
Looks like Jagger's lying to Robin last week about Stone's condition doesn't mean he's given up on therapy for the kid. That's good news. He brings Stone in to meet with Saira again, but he quickly gets frustrated at her baby-steps approach. Saira tries to assure Jagger that ABA (applied behavior analysis) therapy -- characterized by repetition and positive reinforcement -- has been effective for many children on the autism spectrum. He just has to trust the process.
Saira struggles to get Stone to do something as simple as look her in the eye, and Stone lashes out. Jagger wonders how he never saw the signs that something was wrong with his kid and laments the "normal" life Stone won't have. Saira tells him he needs to let go of the expectations he had and start on the road to accepting the kind of normalcy Stone can attain. Step One on the road to acceptance appears to be coming clean to Robin; Jagger finally tells her the truth about Stone's condition and apologizes for acting like a jerk. It's nothing, says Robin. "Sometimes families say things they don't mean, and they get over it."
Kyle takes Allison's egg-harvesting idea to Cynthia's parents, which, given what we've seen from them, isn't exactly a recipe for success. Indeed, Cynthia's dad gets angry at the thought of the woman who broke up their happy, hetero family having his daughter's child. So angry, in fact, that he calls Kyle a "homo" to his face. Too bad for ol' Dad that he says it front of Leo, too. And Leo went and grew a conscience this morning, because he totally chews Dad out for being such a bigoted ass and for "disrespect[ing] [my] doctors." He then rides out of the room on a white horse. A tiny white horse.
Epiphany and Toussaint make lovey-dovey talk in the locker room (that place gets more action than the pool table at Jake's, we swear), and Toussaint gives her a giant bouquet of roses. But when Claire spots the flowers and gets all "Oooooh! Epiphany's got a boooooyfriend!" Epiphany makes up some cock-and-bull story about a patient giving them to her. Claire ain't buying. They're just from "a guy," Epiphany eventually downplays. Just some guy she went out with on one date, and it's nothing special. Nice evasive action, Epiph, except for how Toussaint overhears the whole thing. Later on, he blows Epiphany off, saying he doesn't have time for games. She tries to explain that she just doesn't like other people all up in her business, but he thinks it's because she's ashamed of him, and he's the kind of person who likes to hold his head high. He retreats to the Millennium Falcon alone tonight.
Kyle makes one final plea to Patrick to get him onboard with the harvesting of Cynthia's eggs. It's easy for Patrick, he argues, to have a family "without really trying that hard" (he's got you there, Patrick), but for someone like Allison, or like Kyle, there are an awful lot of people standing in the way. Shouldn't they, as doctors, be in the business of trying to help? Turns out Kyle is a better salesman than we thought, because next thing you know, Cynthia's being wheeled into surgery, Kyle's getting the thanks of a grateful Allison, and Leo is getting some positive attention from Saira for his heroics. The Julian brothers even have a warm heart-to-heart in the locker room. Come on, fellas! The locker room is for sexual tension, not fraternal bonding!
As for the Fightin' Scorpios, Robin has a talk with Patrick and Robert has a talk with Epiphany, and they both come to the same conclusion: They're a pair of bullheaded so-and-sos who are lucky to have each other in their lives. Robert ends up checking himself back in for treatment ... provided Robin can upgrade the GH amenities to include booze and entertainment.
Episode 6: Playing With FireOrginal Air Date: August 26, 2008
In a Word: A pair of young lovers with cystic fibrosis reminds Robin of the risks of her HIV status. Leo nudges Jagger in a direction far away from Saira.
The Action: A young woman with cystic fibrosis is brought in, having trouble breathing. Robin and Claire tend to her, but when Epiphany brings news of a second CF patient, the ER goes into quarantine mode, since CF patients can't be around each other without risking cross-contamination. It's going to be tougher to keep these two patients, Moira and Cyrus, apart, however, since they're dating. Robin's pretty harsh with Moira for being so reckless about her disease -- by all rights she and Cyrus shouldn't ever be in the same room together, much less a relationship.
Moira and Cyrus's plans to be together in the time they have left, plus Jagger reminding her that it's Stone's birthday, has Robin thinking about her HIV status more than usual. She's also got her pregnancy hormones set on "horny," but when a break-room tryst with Patrick stalls out as he looks for a condom, she interprets his frustration as anger that he has to worry about condoms to begin with. She gives him the brush-off, and soon enough, they're fighting again.
Jagger's bonding with the GH dudes, but he's barking up the wrong tree when he asks Leo to hook him up with Saira. Leo tries to push Jagger towards any of the numerous GH women swooning over Jagger, but he's become interested in Saira while she's been helping out Stone. Leo tries to keep his rampaging jealousy under wraps, and rather than just tell Jagger that he's into Saira, he pushes Jagger towards seeing another autism specialist for Stone. That Leo's all class. After Jagger tells her he'll be following Leo's advice, Saira blows up at Leo, telling him not to mess with her professionally.
Toussaint lends Robert a hand in cutting his hair (the shorter 'do goes nicely with his brain-surgery stitches). We're not sure how we feel about Robert's new Caesar, but it gives him some male-bonding time with Toussaint, as they swap stories about the difficult women in their lives. Later on, Epiphany tries to overcome her private nature and make a public play for Toussaint, but she can't manage to put all her business out there on a crowded elevator. So Toussaint makes a date with the nearest woman he can find. Your move, Nurse Johnson.
Robert and Robin share some father-daughter time together. She tells him that Anna's back in town (he makes Robin promise not to tell her about his cancer), and also that she and Patrick had a fight earlier, and it was about sex. Suddenly, Robert looks like he'd rather have his good buddy Toussaint around again.
The Romantic Misadventures of Kyle and Claire (Who Are Just Friends Because ... You Know) continue, with Claire trying to get Kyle onboard with online dating. She creates a dating profile for him behind his back, and while he's initially ticked off, he eventually totally scores a hot date! He's forced to thank Claire for pushing him out there. Oh, but the guys on HIS site are way cuter than the ones on hers.
Cyrus tells Patrick that, risks be damned, he intends to ask Moira to marry him. He's not allowed to be in the same room as her, so they make do by playing charades through the window in her room. It's all very romantic and sweet, which makes it all the more tragic when Robin tells Moira she's contracted Burkholderia cenocepacia. She's going to die, and probably within a couple weeks.
So Cyrus proposes to Moira, separated by a pane of glass. He tries to get into her room, wanting to be with her, despite the fact that it could kill him. Moira finally tells him she can't let him do it. She loves him too much. Sad!
Robin's pretty shaken up by having to deliver Moira's diagnosis. She and Jagger reminisce about Stone, and Patrick overhears her talk about the bond she and Stone share that won't ever go away. Patrick sulks about it and tells Robin it would be easier if he were HIV-positive too. At least they'd be in the same boat. Robin tells him he needs to be healthy, for their daughter. Patrick assures her they'll both be around for that.
Episode 7: Listen to My HeartOrginal Air Date: September 2, 2008
The World on Robin's Shoulders
In a Word: Robert goes under the knife, and Robin has to make an impossible choice. Leo and Saira face up to some things, and Claire may have found a man.
The Action: Robert's glumly awaiting surgery, and while a visit from his brother Mac brightens his spirits a little (at least while they're bickering about which one saved the other from certain death), he's less encouraged when Robin tells him of the possibility that he'll need a colostomy bag after the surgery. He tells Robin that, should it come to that, he doesn't want it. He's too proud to go out like that.
A groom-to-be and his ball-busting ushers make a whole lot of fuss as they swagger into the ER. Seems the groom, Larry, has fainted three times in the last 24 hours. He thinks he's fine. His buddies think this is his body's way of telling him he doesn't want to get married. Either way, he passes out again while Leo is examining him. Even still, Leo chalks the whole thing up to stress and nerves, but when he tries to discharge him into the custody of his not-unperturbed bride-to-be, Larry faints AGAIN.
Claire gets recognized in the ER by a guy she went to high school with. She never paid this Ryan guy much attention back then, so he's compensating by being full of himself and also one of those people who won't shut up about organic fruit and your carbon footprint. He's got muscle pain in his back and legs, and he needs a CAT scan, though he sweet-talks/nags Claire into upgrading him to an MRI.
Jagger takes another positive step by attending a support group meeting for parents of children with autism. He listens intently to stories of diapering seven-year-olds and nude birthday parties (you, uh ... had to be there), but he gets an opportunity to say anything himself, he declines. As the meeting's wrapping up, one of the mothers asks Saira, who is acting as a moderator, if she has a child with autism. Saira doesn't, but she does have a young brother, whose autism went misdiagnosed by even her doctor parents. They eventually sent him away to live in a group home in New York, which is why Saira moved to Port Charles. Fictional waterfront towns in upstate New York are closer than wherever Saira's family is from, apparently. Jagger watches her tell this heartbreaking story, and it looks like it's only drawing him closer to her.
Robin's a wreck during her dad's surgery, but fortunately Mac's there to talk her through it. Patrick comes out of the OR to deliver the bad news that Robert's cancer is more widespread than they thought. They're going to need to remove a significantly larger portion of the large intestine, and he's going to need a colostomy. Mac reiterates his brother's wishes, but the alternative is to sew him back up and send him home to die. The decision ends up in Robin's hands, and she agonizes over it.
Back with Larry, he's got a condition called "long QT syndrome," which is like a heart murmur, but more serious. Stress or excitement can cause him to faint, like he has, and if the stress levels get too high, he could die. Larry's bride, Grace, agrees with the doctors Julian that they should reschedule their wedding for after he gets his ticker fixed, but Larry stubbornly wants to go ahead with it. That plan hits a kink when he gets too riled up and goes into cardiac arrest. The surgery is successful (good news!), but Larry ends up with a staph infection (bad news!), at which point Grace is like: any other way you guys would like to screw up my fiance?
After his MRI, Ryan's lounging around the examination room like he's waiting for an Abercrombie photo shoot to spring up around him when Claire comes striding in with a gang of doctors, med students, et cetera. They all start lifting up his shirt and poking around at his torso and back. Probably not the kind of objectification he was looking for. Claire finally clues him in to why everybody's suddenly so curious and grabby: the MRI showed that he's fine ... but he also has four kidneys. Attention all organ thieves!
After the meeting, Jagger talks to Saira about his reluctance to speak out. Saira tells him he needs to stop thinking of the group as strangers but rather as people who share his pain. Saira gets emotional talking about how helpless she feels about her brother -- she can't do anything for him. Jagger gives her a shoulder to cry on ... then moves in for a kiss.
Robert wakes up and is resoundingly cheesed off once he's told that he's attached to a bag now. Robin feels a ton of guilt, which Jagger tries to help her work through. Saira happens to walk by, and it's Awkward City, and when Jagger takes off, Robin practically demands the dish. Saira confesses the kiss ... and also her billion reservations about dating the father of one of her patients; Robin wonders if she's reluctant because she also has feelings for someone else. A short, smirky someone else.
Apparently four kidneys mean you get a room and a bed at GH, because next time we see Ryan, he's (smugly) laying out his organic fruit spread and asking Claire, whose resistances are failing, if she'll be his doctor. He also gets the bright idea to sell his two superfluous kidneys -- the money to go to charity, of course. Look for PETA to inherit a windfall.
So with Larry fighting off his staph infection -- and allergic to penicillin, which doesn't help -- Leo bites the bullet and asks Saira to pitch in with some of her frou-frou herbal witchcraft. The goopy potion works, and Larry pays back his doctors by giving Leo advice on knowing when you've found the girl you want to do more than bicker sexily with. So Leo finally confesses his feelings, and Saira, after listing all the reasons why she shouldn't, wants to give it a shot too.
Back with Robert, Epiphany is trying to change his colostomy bag while he sleeps, but he wakes up. It's incredibly painful, as Epiphany changes the bag and cleans the stoma. Robert wails in pain; Patrick offers his hand for Robert to squeeze. It's terrible, and Robin eventually has to leave the room in tears because she can't take it anymore. Robert continues to cry out.
Episode 8: Pay It ForwardOrginal Air Date: September 9, 2008
Easy Come, Easy Go
In a Word: Claire loves and loses, while Leo's busy sabotaging his own relationship. Add vodka, mix, and you've got the recipe for an ill-advised hook-up.
The Action: So Claire has fallen so far under Ryan's smug, vegan spell that she's helping him auction off his two spare kidneys. Kyle speaks for the rest of us when he reminds Claire how she could totally get fired for this. But Claire's too busy staring into Ryan's eyes and talking about how "beautiful" the whole thing is. But as crazy as he thinks she is, Kyle can also tell that Ryan's totally into her; he's happy that Claire's landed such a cute guy.
All the happy fun times come to a screeching halt, though, when Jagger shows up in his very official FBI suit and busts Claire and Ryan for illegal organ trading. Oh, yeah, didn't Claire realize that it's totally and seriously illegal?? But she's not the only one in trouble (though, for real, Patrick and Leo and Epiphany are PISSED) -- Jagger says this could get the hospital's right to perform organ transplants revoked. Ryan breaks into the meeting to try to cover for Claire, but somehow the FBI is not swayed by his charming smile and self-satisfaction. Claire's impressed at least.
Jagger gives Patrick one last chance, provided he can shadow him for a couple days. Fun times for Patrick! Particularly when Jagger's hovering over his shoulder close enough to recognize that Patrick accidentally put on Robin's perfume.
Robert is mightily struggling with his post-op recovery. He's in physical pain, but he's more shamed by the colostomy than anything. And when Robin and Patrick lay out the chemo plan in front of him, he looks eve more demoralized. The sight of her father in pain freaks Robin out, and she ends up avoiding his room for most of the episode.
At least Robert has his new buddy Toussaint to keep him company. Robert's able to talk through his feelings of fear and shame, while Toussaint distracts him with tales of life in the Cloud City. No, but he does offer some kind wisdom about growing old.
Leo and Saira are being awfully cute together as they banter sexily about how they're not a couple, no way. Robin teases them about looking so disgustingly happy together, but when she goes on to say that Saira doesn't give her heart out so easily, Leo gets the freaked-out look of the commitment-phobe about him. Well that didn't take long.
So even though the organ-selling plan was thwarted, that doesn't mean Ryan's finished fighting the establishment. Kyle, your rolling eyes match our own. So Ryan's big idea is this: Instead of selling his superfluous kidneys, why not give them away? And in exchange, the recipients will pledge to do a charitable act for someone else. If you're thinking this sounds a lot like that movie "Pay It Forward," Kyle's way ahead of you.
In the locker room, Kyle and Claire take turns gushing about how dreamy Ryan is; Kyle notices that Claire's smiling that for-real kind of smile that says she likes him. "I think I do," Claire smiles. Later, she takes the "Pay It Forward" idea to Patrick as a way to rectify that organ-selling situation. Of course, before Patrick even has a chance to properly tell Claire that she's crazy and turn her down, they round the corner and find Ryan announcing his "kidney competition" to the whole floor. Man, where is Epiphany and her withering glare when you need it?
Well in fact, she's in the break room, arguing with Toussaint about their currently strained relationship. Toussaint's still angry that Epiphany doesn't want to be in a public relationship with him, while Epiphany still wants to keep her business her business.
After getting confirmation from Jagger than a kidney giveaway would be nice and legal, Patrick gives in. So Claire and Ryan commence auditioning kidney recipients. They eventually settle on a guy who wants the kidney for an old music teacher of his who changed his life. In exchange, he pledges to offer music lessons of his own to kids who might need it like he did. After the auditions, Claire and Ryan reminisce about the old days when he was clearly infatuated with her and she barely noticed him. In the here and now, they share a kiss. Ryan even enlists Epiphany in a bit of verbal note-passing, wondering if Claire will go on a date with him. Claire says she'll leave a note in his locker.
If you were thinking Claire and Ryan have nowhere to go but down ... you're tragically correct. Patrick and Robin sadly inform Claire that there were complications in Ryan's surgery, and they did all they could, but he didn't make it. You know, we don't mean to be insensitive or anything, but when you model your life after "Pay It Forward," this kind of thing tends to happen.
Claire gives Ryan a sweet goodbye in the OR, and Kyle tries his best to comfort her. The tiniest of silver linings is that Claire's love and loss inspires Epiphany to get over her pride and give things with Toussaint a chance.
Robert collapses a pair of times in his hospital room. He's really having a rough go of it, screaming that he's had enough. Patrick, and later Toussaint, both sit Robin down and tell her that she needs to get over how scared she is and spend time with her dad. Not only does he need the comforting, but they could have very little time left together. Robin finally takes their advice and sits down with her dad; she says she wants him to come live with her. She tearfully tells him she needs him, which is good enough for Robert.
Saira lets Jagger down easy because she wants to see what she and Leo have together. Unfortunately, Leo has his own conversation with Jagger where he worries that things are getting too serious too quickly. Such a GUY, our Dr. Julian. It gets worse, though: Leo ends up at the bar where a devastated Claire is trying to drown her sorrows. Leo's all too ready to help her forget, and before you can say "BAD IDEA," they're making out in the middle of the bar like teenagers.
Episode 9: About a DadOrginal Air Date: September 16, 2008
Don't Look Now
In a Word: Shifty-eyed Claire is feeling super-guilty, while Robin and Jagger's eyes meet and ... we don't want to talk about it.
The Action: The GH staff has been walking on eggshells (on top of eggshells, on top of eggshells) around Claire ever since Ryan the Kidney Dispenser kicked the bucket, but Claire doesn't seem to want to talk to anyone ... or even look them in the eye. Of course, nobody else knows that half of Claire's deal is that she's feeling guilty for her bout of grief sex with Leo last week.
Leo and Claire agree to move on like nothing ever happened. This proves easier for some (Leo, who goes back to macking on Saira in the hallways) than others (Claire, who spots said macking and feels another dozen pangs of guilt). Claire freaks out on him because she didn't know he and Saira were together, and now she's in the position of being the "other woman," not to mention the fact that she likes and respects Saira.
Robert has moved in with Robin, and he's taking to it better than you might expect. So long as he gets to flirt with the nurse Robin's hired to care for him. Robin's still going through about a million emotional rollercoasters, between her dad and the baby and Patrick being too busy to help her deal with either.
After what sounds like a pretty fun day at the museum, Stone passes out completely unexpectedly, and Jagger rushes him to the hospital. It was most likely a seizure, Robin tells him, as seizures are quite common with kids Stone's age who have autism. This may be something Jagger and Stone are going to have to learn to live with.
Saira, having noticed that Kyle has displayed a knack for combining actual Western medicine with the touchy-feely hoodoo magic she's partial to, asks him to help her out with a little project. That project is essentially a breast-milk donation drive, and Kyle's job is to assist with the pumping of said milk. Ah, gay men and boobs -- it's like "The Odd Couple"! Kyle looks like he's getting more than he bargained for, a feeling that isn't at all helped when Toussaint starts singing the praises of all the different shapes and sizes of breasts out there.
Of course, Toussaint is mostly just trying to get under Epiphany's skin with that kind of talk. Those two are getting along fabulously, by the way. Toussaint even convinces Epiphany to sing a little "Amazing Grace" and show off her voice. She also finally admits to Kyle and Claire that she and Toussaint are dating. Though the way she phrases it -- "If you're hiding the truth, you must be ashamed of who you are" -- certainly takes an unintended jab at Claire's guilty conscience.
After feeling initially very nervous and awkward, Kyle ends up being a smooth touch (um ... literally, we suppose) with the breast-milk donors. His turnaround is helped by one woman who talks about miscarrying her child late into term, so she has milk to give. By episode's end, Kyle's running milk-and-cookies events that look more like parties than medical procedures. You know, between this and Singles Night with the Syphilitic Seniors, Kyle's developing quite the bedside manner.
In between bouts of worrying about his son, Jagger gets to play relationship counselor to Robin and Patrick. Patrick works out his parental insecurities, and in turn he tells Robin she's lucky to have a guy like Patrick to share the parental load. Not only has Jagger been up all night with Stone's emergency, but he's gonna have to deal with the $50 grand hospital bill for something the insurance company won't cover.
Robin and Saira have their weekly emotional status report: Saira talks about Leo being weirded out by finding out his birth mother died, while Robin unloads about how seeing Stone in the hospital is making her worry her own child getting sick. Robin's tired of hearing how low the percentages are -- what if her daughter is born HIV-positive? Saira assures her they'll get through it.
That night, Robin and Patrick have an argument about Robin wanting to help Jagger in paying for Stone's treatment. Patrick thinks she's being irresponsible, what with a sick dad and a baby on the way; Robin says she wasn't asking for his permission. The next day at work, Patrick says he's too busy to hash out their various issues.
Jagger brings Stone by for Robert's birthday party. Robert is playful with Stone, "signing him up" to be a secret agent, and instead of being freaked out by the senior citizen with two party hats sticking out of the top of his head, Stone warms up to the old coot. Robert even gives Jagger a fatherhood pep talk. Jagger sure has a lot of these heart-to-heart conversations with various characters, huh?
Epiphany and Saira engage in a bit of girl talk at the nurse's station -- the guffaw Epiphany lets out upon hearing Siara's dating Leo Julian is a delight to behold -- while Claire skulks in the background looking miserable. Saira tells Claire to watch out ... workplace romance is in the air. Oh, AWKWARD.
Later, Leo apologizes to Saira for "acting weird," though not for the thing he most has to apologize for. He promises that he's "in this for real."
Robin swings by Jagger's with a check, telling him to consider it a loan. As you might expect, he initially refuses, but it looks like Robin could use one problem in her life that she can actually fix. Jagger assures her everything's going to be fine, and ... okay, they just shared a look. Like, a LOOK. And the soundtrack just said "danger." Robin, at least as freaked out as we are, hightails it outta there.
Episode 10: Brothers & SistersOrginal Air Date: September 23, 2008
Meet the Parent
In a Word: Leo and Kyle's mom drops by and gets a whole mess of childhood trauma laid at her doorstep.
The Action: Patrick finds himself locked in the supply closet with Epiphany and Toussaint. Which normally wouldn't be so bad if he hadn't just walked in on them totally making out. They're stuck in there for a while, before Claire randomly stops by, but Epiphany uses that time to lecture Patrick on not being so jealous of Robin and Jagger.
But, of course, Patrick would be even MORE jealous of Robin and Jagger if he knew about how they almost kissed last week. As it is, Patrick sends Robin a video message apologizing for their argument about lending Jagger money, but when he's free from the supply closet and calls home, Jagger answers. You see, 'cause he's visiting with Robert, who tells Jagger that it's nice that it looks like he wants to set down roots in Port Charles and all, but what does that mean for Robin?
Speaking of Robin, she's still freaking out about everything she's been freaking out about for weeks now. The baby. Patrick. Her dad. And now this Jagger headache. Girl needs a spa weekend like nobody's business. She and Jagger hash out the weirdness of last week and pledge to a) forget about it, and b) remain friends and nothing more. They seem pretty willing to laugh it off, so maybe it was just a fluke?
Claire's still moody and distant because she Did It with Dr. Julian. So it's of absolutely zero help when Kyle and Leo's mom -- played by soap vet Kathleen Noone -- drops in for an unexpected visit. Leo's not too psyched either, mostly because he's really feeling his adopted-child-inferiority-complex lately. In a way, Mama Julian IS pretty hard on him -- she hates his hair, she makes a big deal about Saira because of Leo's crappy track record with girls -- but none of it seems really outside the bounds of usual naggy motherhood.
For his part, Kyle is indeed the golden boy of the family, with one glaring exception. Mom is totally supportive of Kyle being gay ... so long as she doesn't have to hear or talk about it. Healthy!
Speaking of unhealthy family situations: Kyle's patient is Eric, a cute, gay cirrhosis patient played by Chad Allen (awesome!) and in need of a liver transplant. His parents are right by his side, but neither is a donor match. His best chance is probably his sister, but she's been estranged from the family for years, after having a kid out of wedlock.
After Kyle and Eric do a bit of doctor-patient flirting (that's seriously the best kind), Eric takes a turn for the worse. His sister, Sylvia, shows up, and she's totally Emily Valentine from "Beverly Hills 90210"! Hope she didn't take any U4EA before showing up -- that'll totally invalidate her liver. Anyway, Emily -- er, Sylvia -- wants to help, but she's worried about undergoing such a time-consuming and risky procedure when she's got two jobs and three kids depending on her. Kyle suggests turning to her parents, but she's still sore about the 'rents kicking her out the door at age seventeen. Oh, THAT old thing.
Mama Julian invites her boys, plus Saira and Claire, out to dinner, which is probably the worst idea anyone's had all season, including Ryan's kidney auction. Kyle has to literally beg Claire to come along. So dinner is this passive-aggressive extravaganza where Mom talks about all the great things Kyle did as a kid and Leo sulks and makes bitchy comments and every once in a while Claire will look shiftily around the table and scrawl "I totally did it with Leo" on her napkin.
During a super-tense chemo session, Patrick up and blames Robert (and Anna too) for turning Robin into the emotionally-closed-off basket case she is today. Robert cops to it, a little bit, but he thinks it made Robin all the stronger for it. He says it's PATRICK'S fault for not being around enough.
Back at dinner, Mom's gone back to fawning over Saira, the savior of her son's love life, and Kyle starts sniping from the sidelines. "You should have seen some of the skanks he used to bring home," he says, like, way to be super-classy about it, KYLE. Of course, Claire being one of those skanks herself, she darts off to the ladies' room. Not obvious at all, Claire.
Kyle follows her and asks her what the problem is. She cries and apologizes and says she'd never do anything to intentionally hurt him. Then she confesses to sleeping with Leo. Cut to Leo, at the table, getting a main course of Kyle's fist to his grill.
Later, in what appears to be the GH cafeteria, Mama sits both of her boys down and gives them a talking-to. She's never been so embarrassed! Neither one of them spills about Leo sleeping with Claire. Instead, Leo takes the opportunity to air his grievances about being raised as the Other Son. And then KYLE chimes in about never being able to talk about his life once the conversation gets gay. Mom's kind of exasperated after getting hit with both barrels of the childhood damage gun. She apologizes for whatever she and their father did to screw their boys up. She tearfully tells the boys about the joy they brought into her life, and seriously, everybody is crying. Everybody. But she also says it's time for them to get the hell over whatever differences they have with each other. Because one day they're going to be all each other has.
And since we're in the parental apology mood, Robert tells Robin he's sorry he wasn't there for her for most of her life. Robin gets tearful and admits she's afraid she and Patrick won't work out like Robert and Anna didn't. Robert tells her she has to take a bit of a risk if she wants a life that's worth anything.
Episode 11: Love/HateOrginal Air Date: September 30, 2008
Cat's Out of the Bag
In a Word: Anna Devane gets word of Robert's condition, and Saira catches wise to Leo's indiscretion.
The Action: Robert passes out in Robin's living room, so he's rushed to the hospital where he has to have emergency surgery (during which we find out his spleen has "disintegrated" -- ew!). He's got sepsis, diverticulitis, and fluid in his lungs. None of that sounds good. Toussaint scrubs in on the surgery, because Robert is his new best buddy these days. And poor Robin is left to freak out alone. Lucky for her, she soon has some company: her mom, Anna Devane.
Kyle is taking the whole Claire-and-Leo-sexification a lot harder than even Claire has. He can't seem to get past the fact that his best friend had sex with his biggest rival (even if he is Kyle's brother). He can barely look at Claire, and he gives Leo hell for taking Saira for granted and taking advantage of Claire.
A local white supremacist rally (oh, Port Charles, really?) evidently got bloody because Jagger and the cops drag in a couple dozen angry, busted-up skinheads and the locals they were brawling with. The head racist, a disconcertingly attractive young guy, wastes no time in getting under the skin of Saira, Leo, and Epiphany, among others. Meanwhile, one of the PC residents who started the brawl with the skinheads recognizes Jagger from the autism support group meetings.
Emily Valentine (okay -- Sylvia) sadly tells Eric that she can't donate a part of her liver to him -- despite the fact that it's a very low-risk procedure -- because she can't chance something happening and leaving her kids orphans. Eric takes it really well, considering it might as well be a death sentence, and says it was worth it just to get her back into his life. We still say she's being kind of irrational.
Saira has noticed the bad vibes emanating between Kyle and Leo, and she asks Leo to tell her what's going on. He doesn't, but Saira's no dummy. She sees Kyle and Claire have an angry conversation (Kyle says Claire has no self-respect, then says he's moving out), and then Claire scurries away when Saira goes to comfort her. She's adding up 2 and 2 in her head, and she's really close to getting 4.
Anna is shocked to hear how sick Robert is -- the surgery wasn't as successful as it could have been in fighting the infection -- but she wants to see him. Their reunion is sad and sniffly and ... well, a little sexy, and ultimately, Anna just spends the day by Robert's side on kind of an in-hospital date, talking like old times and making him forget his grim situation. Anna promises both Robert and Robin that they'll get through this, together.
Claire tends to the Sexy Shirtless Racist and is rightly grossed out by him, particularly when he tries to forge a Whitey bond between them. Then Epiphany comes in, which does not please Sexy Shirtless Racist at all. Epiphany's all, "You don't like the way I look? I don't like the way you like either, ugly, but I have a job to do, so sit down and shut up." Sexy Shirtless Racist mouths off again (calling Epiphany the "maid"), Patrick kicks them all out of the ER while Epiphany storms out.
Kyle gives Eric yet another flirty, shirtless examination (Eric's shirtless, not Kyle -- though that gives us an idea for next time ...), and since Eric's sick of talking about himself, he asks Kyle to spill what's on his mind. Cue more talking about Leo and Claire. Eric wonders what any of that has to do with Kyle. Oh! Eric, you are a perceptive one. He tells Kyle to live his own life instead of monitoring everyone else's. Kyle finally lays all his neuroses out there, his fear that, as a gay man, he won't be "enough" -- for his family or society or anyone. Eric looks him right in the face and tells him he is enough.
The autism dad checks back in with Jagger before taking off. Jagger asks him how his kid's doing and mentions how Stone had a seizure two weeks ago. Autism Dad says it gets easier and hopes he sees Jagger at the next meeting. Okay, not to get weird, but was Autism Dad flirting with Jagger? Is that just how people get when faced with Antonio Sabato Jr. up close?
Saira tells Leo she's noticed Kyle acting stressed and she wants to talk to him; make sure the job isn't getting to him. Leo, freaked, says that she's right but that he'll talk to Kyle. Hearing Leo say "you're right" just makes Saira more suspicious, and finally, she asks Claire straight-up if she slept with Leo. Claire doesn't even try to deny it.
Episode 12: Truth and ConsequencesOrginal Air Date: October 7, 2008
In a Word: It's a week of frustration as Robert and Eric get sicker while their doctors/loved ones can only stand by and watch.
The Action: Robert is still circling the drain, health-wise, and Anna is by his side every moment. Poor Robin -- who cries throughout this entire episode, almost -- has to deliver the newest diagnoses: pneumonia and infection. The next 48 hours, says Robin, will be critical. They just need to sit and wait for the antibiotics to work.
Saira is zen about Julian cheating on her -- perhaps too zen. Robin wonders why she isn't smashing things with her tiny, homeopathic fists (Robin seems to be pissed enough for both of them, and she eventually gives Julian an earful -- love those pregnancy hormones). Unfortunately, Saira's anger manifests itself during a consultation with a woman presenting cardiac symptoms. She opposes Leo's recommendation for angioplasty simply because it's Leo advocating it and instead pushes for some hippy-dippy acupuncture-based treatment.
Jagger informs Patrick that the skinhead he threw out of the hospital last week (remember him? Mean and hateful and totally, wrongly hot?) ended up dying, and GH is being blamed. Patrick doesn't think it's their fault, but Epiphany, for one, thinks it is. They told him to leave without giving him a thorough examination. Jagger's worried that Dead Skinhead's pals might end up targeting the hospital for violence.
Eric has cranked up the flirting with Kyle to totally unsubtle levels, and even Eric's parents know what's going on. Are they officially dating now? Unfortunately, as Kyle has to tell Eric's dad, without a liver transplant, he's not going to make it.
Epiphany continues to beat herself up about Dead Skinhead, though Toussaint wishes she wouldn't waste her energy on ... does he call the guy a "racist fruit"? Lando, what are you trying to say?
Saira gives Julian one chance to 'fess up, and once he knows he's beyond busted, he's all, "Sorry!" He tries to excuse himself by saying he was "scared," but Saira's not having it. Yeah, yeah, he pushes away the people who love him -- she says that by playing the part of the selfish ass to keep from getting hurt, he's actually become one for real.
Kyle and Claire are still not talking, and even when they're forced to (in line at the brand new GH security checkpoint), it's awkward. Claire thinks that the fact that she 'fessed up to Saira will make a difference, but it doesn't. Kyle's thinking of moving in with his friend Maggie (who we met in the "Claire & Kyle" webisodes here on SOAPnet.com). Guess Eric's advice to quit taking everyone else's lives so personally didn't take.
Anna sadly looks on from outside Robert's window, and she's comforted by Jagger. Yes, the Scorpio Whisperer strikes again! She admits that the thought of Robert has kept her going all these years; he's the only one who understands her -- the life she lives and what they've had to sacrifice to live it. Later, alone with Anna, Robert breaks down and admits he doesn't think he can fight anymore. They lie in his bed together as he says he always had an idea that the two of them would end up together after all was said and done. "Who'd have thought we'd run out of time?" Anna decides to pretend they're already there, and they tell each other "I love you." Tears, tears, they're everywhere!
Monica Quartermaine meets with Patrick regarding the dead skinhead issue and tells him the Board is seriously concerned. Some are even thinking he might be better off as just a surgeon and not Chief of Staff. That night, Patrick breaks down with Robin -- about his job stress and letting that skinhead die; he says he took the CoS job because he wanted to provide for his family and be better than his father was. Robin assures him he already is, just by being there.
Claire gets a visit from Professor Dearborn, the man who was the recipient of Ryan's pay-it-forward kidneys. He's come to thank Claire for Ryan's wonderful gift ... and to assure her that he won't be wasting his second chance at life. "No more regrets," he pledges. Claire seems to like the sound of that.
The heart patient that Saira convinced not to get the angioplasty gets rushed into the ER with a heart attack. She barely survives. Saira breaks down in the stairwell, blaming her anger at Julian for her mistake. She tells him their volatility is a problem; maybe they CAN make it work, but she doesn't think they SHOULD.
Kyle asks Eric when his parents will be around, which Eric rightly interprets as bad news. Kyle says the clinical trials and the donor lists have come up empty thus far. But he's going to keep at it. Eric tries to take his mind off of his dire situation by recalling a memory of a day in New York -- the happiest he's ever been. Has Kyle ever had a moment like that? Kyle says he has -- and it's right now. And that's when he moves in for the kiss. The room breaks into applause! Wait, that might've just been the room we're in.
Jagger has more bad news for Patrick: Dead Skinhead's friends (the Alive Skinheads, we suppose) are filing a civil lawsuit against the hospital, claiming a hate crime. Oh, that's rich.
Things with Robert take a turn for the worse, and while Robin and Anna sit by his bedside -- Anna fiercely commanding him not to go -- he slips into a coma.
Episode 13: Past and Presence Part 1Orginal Air Date: October 14, 2008
"Cheese It, the Cops!"
Picking up where we left off, Robert's still in a coma, with Robin and Anna by his bedside. But inside Robert's head, it's pretty much a party, and the Scorpios are partying like it's 1985. Literally: Robin's adult-sized, but she's wearing the same little-girl dress she wore when she first met her dad back in the day. She even greets him the same way (and we get cool retro 1980s opening credits!). Anna, meanwhile, is wearing the same lace tablecloth on her head that she did when she and Robert wed. She's also been baking in the kitchen all day which, combined with the fact that she's dressed for Mount Olympus, gives new meaning to the term "domestic goddess." We soon realize that this is Robert's subconscious acting out in interesting ways; clearly, he wants Robin to stay an adorable toddler forever, but he also apparently wants wild, independent Anna to play housewife. Hrm.
Anyway, the party is soon joined by old friends Luke Spencer, Mac Scorpio, and in a big surprise, Sean Donely and Tiffany Hill. Much fun is had remembering how Tiff and Robert used to get it on, how Sean screwed Luke and Robert out of Aztec treasure, and generally how many crazed, globe-trotting adventures they all got into. But soon enough, it's time to focus on the matter at hand: Robert is dying. And Sean and Luke don't think he's got it in him to fight it.
Meanwhile, Patrick is bristling at the added security measures Jagger wants to take with the white supremacists still being a threat to the hospital, and to Patrick in particular. Patrick tells him to protect the hospital, but he's not going to live in fear. He's also going through a pretty major period of self-doubt, as he wonders aloud to Epiphany if he's even a good doctor anymore. He doesn't trust himself.
Claire decides to tender her resignation, in the wake of the Dr. Julian situation. Nobody thinks this is a good idea -- not Patrick, not Julian, and if she'd just talk to Kyle for a minute, we're pretty sure he'd be against it too. Leo even goes so far as apologizing for his actions, but Claire says she's a big girl and made her own decisions. And this one has been made.
Eric and Kyle are PDA-ing in the hospital's reception area when Kyle gapes at his computer screen: It looks like Eric got approved for experimental stem cell treatment. He needs to pack a bag and leave for Portland ASAP. Eric ultimately wants Kyle to come with him, but Kyle starts acting all weirded out and distant. Eric almost reaches his "I get the message" place before Kyle thankfully comes to his senses. He says he's never felt this close to something "real" before. Eric changed everything for him. Eric says that if Kyle thinks he's gonna live (he does), then Eric will come back to him. SWOON, you guys. For reals.
Eric also tries his hand at mending the rift between Kyle and Claire. He and Claire meet at the nurses' station, and he tells her how much Kyle clearly loves her ... and how much he could use a friend these days. Maybe they both just need their space to figure out who they are, but he hopes they'll find their way back to each other. Claire, for her part, thinks Eric is exactly who she hopes Kyle would end up with.
Jagger and Saira are back to making dreamy eyes at each other, but before things can get too kissy, there's bad news: Jagger is being sued for custody by Stone's mother. Not only is Jagger petrified at thought of losing Stone, he's worried that this will be the worst thing for the kid's condition. Later, his lawyer tells him it's going to be a rough road, though, but Saira can help by testifying on his behalf. Jagger starts to break down at the thought of losing Stone. The bright side is that Saira's here for him, and, no surprise, they start making out. ... And apparently a whole lot more, since the next time we see them, there are candles lit and clothes strewn about.
Toussaint also gets a bit of bad news. Or at least sad news. A mysterious letter arrives, and when Toussaint ducks into the stairwell to read it, we see it came with the photo of a little boy. A son, perhaps?
So at the end of a long day, Jagger walks Saira out to her car; Kyle puts Eric in a taxi and off to Portland; Claire walks out of GH, perhaps for the last time; and Patrick takes his self-doubt out for some air. As he surveys the parking lot of the hospital he says he's "running into the ground," an explosion goes off in a dumpster. Windows are shattered, people are thrown to the ground, and Patrick in particular takes a very hard fall.
While Robin, at Robert's bedside, tells him that she's accepted Patrick's proposal, his coma party has become a coma intervention. His friends need him to stop living his life in the past and start living for the future. Or else he really will die. Robin tells him he and Anna made her the person she is today, and she'll take that with her. And while Robin tearfully tells him they'll be okay without him, Luke screams some sense into him: He can't die like this! And wouldn't you know it, Robert climbs out of his coma, to the joyful reaction of Robin and Anna.
Episode 13: Past and Presence Part 2Orginal Air Date: October 21, 2008
After the Bomb
In the aftermath of the parking lot bomb explosion: Kyle frees Claire from beneath a sheet of metal, and they both begin administering to patients. Patrick takes charge of the triage operation, showing really excellent leadership. Jagger pulls an unconscious Saira out of her car just before it explodes and sends her and Jagger flying. Patrick and Jagger find another bomb set to go off near the hospital entrance and manage to disable it with one second left on the detonator. Inside, Leo, Robin and the emergency team work to save Saira, but she flatlines ... followed by the credits.
When we come back, it's a week later, and Robin is cheerfully telling her dad that his body is finally responding to the treatment. And while Robin would certainly be thrilled by this good news, we doubt she'd be so smiley if her good pal Saira were dead, so we're guessing ... yep: coma.
It looks like Leo's been keeping a vigil by Saira's bedside all week, but there's still no signs of life. He starts tearfully praying by her bedside, and that's when she wakes up. It's also when Jagger happens by and sees Leo tenderly staring into Saira's face. Poor Jagger. The hunk that no one wanted. But not so fast, Dr. Julian! Despite a weepy apology, and Saira's acceptance of that apology, she can't accept him back as a boyfriend. Not in so many words, but she basically says she can't risk getting chumped again. Can't entirely blame her there.
Anna's found an experimental treatment for to help Robert kick the cancer for good ... only it's in Switzerland. Robert's hesitant, but Anna pledges to be by his side the whole way. Robert even has a genuine moment of kindness and bonding with his future son-in-law, aka "Patty-Cake"; he thanks Patrick for saving his life and they each tell each other what good fathers they are/will be.
Before Patrick heads into a meeting with the hospital board, Jagger tells him that the charges against him in that white supremacist's death have been dropped. They decide to share the blame for the parking lot bomb (uh, guys? What about the skinheads who actually planted the bomb?) and show the beginnings of one heck of a bromance. We'll see. As for the meeting ... not so good. Despite a ringing endorsement from Monica, Patrick loses the Chief of Staff position. But weirdly enough, Patrick's cool with it. He's happy to just be a surgeon again.
Kyle and Claire awkwardly run into each other and at the same instant they both start to apologize to the other. Kyle says he was stupid to be so angry at her, and Claire says she's coming back to the hospital to work. Working triage after the bomb really boosted her confidence and gave her some clarity. They hug it out.
Hey, so remember that letter Toussaint was reading last week? It's from his son -- a son he apparently abandoned when he was a child. He tells Epiphany all about it and says it's not something he's proud of, but he wants to make it right. He's not going to make the same mistake twice.
Robin asks Jagger how the custody case is going, and he's like, "Yeah, about that ... we're moving back to San Francisco forever." Or at least until he wins full custody back. Before he heads off, he brings Saira flowers, which is a nice cushion when he tells her about San Francisco. She takes it pretty well, considering, and the way she kisses him, it seems clear she'll be around for him if he ever comes back.
The Brothers Julian are finally getting along now, particularly after Kyle finds out that it was Leo who got Eric on the list for the experimental treatment in Portland. And it seems that a bit of playful banter between brothers is what Leo needs to get his mind off of Saira. He even offers to take Kyle out to a gay bar and be Kyle's wingman. We're not sure Leo is 100% clear on the role of the wingman, but we're kind of interested to see how it plays out. Webisodes! We need webisodes!
Anna's got everything in order for Switzerland, but Robert doesn't want her to go. He doesn't want her to have to take care of him. He wants to be the man he used to be for her. Anna says she doesn't want to wait for the day they'll end up together anymore. They trade "I love you's" and everything looks back on track, but when Anna comes to claim him to head out to the airport, she sees he's already gone. After having a tender goodbye with Robin, he leaves a note for Anna saying he'll be back for her "once [he's] back to [him]self." Robin's pissed, but Anna, while devastated, kind of understands that Robert needs to "put himself back together" by himself.
Robin, Patrick, Epiphany, and Toussaint see Jagger and Stone off (Epiphany even slips Jagger her email address). And by episode's end, Robin and Patrick end the season the same way they began it: in bed together.
Episode 1: Frayed AnatomiesOrginal Air Date: July 12, 2007
Still damp from a steamy shower hook-up, Patrick and Robin rush to the ER to tend to a pediatric patient. Epiphany alerts the staff to an incoming head trauma. As the staff waits for the ambulance, Max drives up with Jason and an injured Spinelli, who has shot himself in the foot. The ambulance soon arrives, but the paramedics are hysterical with laughter because of a gas leak on board. When Cody, an Iraq war veteran with post traumatic stress, starts to light a cigarette the ambulance explodes and pummels Patrick to the ground, unconscious, and the unidentified passenger seems to be dead.
Patrick awakens to Robin's relief but she insists that he is admitted until his test results are back. In the meantime, nurse Leyla gives him all the TLC he needs. There is still no information on the ambulance victim until Regina learns that "Barrett" is the woman's last name. Coop and Mac arrive to investigate the explosion as well as the gunshot wound, but Coop is pulled away from duty by lustful Maxie. The couple is discovered in a storage closet by Ms. Sneed who finds Maxie handcuffed to a shelf with her legs around Coop. As punishment, Maxie and Coop spend the rest of the night shift emptying out bed pans.
Meanwhile, Robin treats Stacey, a pregnant woman who is HIV+. Robin informs her that she also has the virus and is inspired by Stacey's decision to be a mother. Robin finds Jason in Spinelli's cubicle and gently bandages his hands while he's waiting. Kelly walks in and sees Robin with Jason and how close they still are. She later tells Lainey as Patrick eavesdrops. Jolene Crowell, a student nurse, becomes Spinelli's "Angel of Mercy" and he's immediately smitten. Spinelli later gets out of going to jail as Jason steps in to take the blame and is arrested by the "minions of law enforcement."
The hotel calls back with the full information about Ms. Barrett. As Regina is taking the information to the morgue, she suddenly raises her hand and isn't dead! Everyone in the ER is distracted when they wheel Ms. Barrett in.
Episode 2: Skin DeepOrginal Air Date: July 19, 2007
Jason begins his probation as a maintenance worker under the tutelage of Toussaint, who has more to teach him than just how to use a mop. As a symbol of his gratitude for keeping him out of jail, Spinelli creates a computer game with Jason as the main character. Inside a nearby hospital room, patient Barrett hears the gift exchange and slowly utters Jason's name.
Patrick is requested by patient Christine to inspect her newly augmented breasts, to Robin's dismay. Patrick overhears Robin tell Jason that she would consider motherhood, but Patrick is a commitment-phobe. Resident Cardiologist Dr. Leo Julian is about to begin a triple bypass when he realizes just in time that the patient's heart is completely healthy. Dr. Ford blames Regina for the mix-up, but she flatly denies making the clerical error.
Troubled Iraq Vet Cody fabricates a nightmare for Lainey, but she is savvy enough to know his scheme to get more pills and subsequently kicks him out of her office until he is ready to get real. Cody accosts Lainey in the parking lot to prove a point and she convinces him to continue with his therapy. Maxie arrives to apologize to Ms. Sneed, but the vixen cannot stop scratching her behind since her romp with Coop in the storage closet. Epiphany examines Maxie's rash and concludes that she has a staph infection that turns out to be life threatening.
Meanwhile, Stan – Epiphany's son – attempts to plan a hospital workers' strike but no one seems to be cooperating.
Episode 3: Paternity WardOrginal Air Date: July 26, 2007
Patrick reflects on the issues with his father when he treats car crash victim, Jared, who has familial struggles of his own. Elizabeth brings in baby Jake, who has an ear infection, but an incoming gunshot wound requires her help so she enlists Jason as a babysitter. Jason is hesitant, but soon bonds with Jake. Robin finds Jason with the baby and is reminded of the time they cared for Michael. Jason is stunned when Toussaint realizes that Jake is Jason's son.
Cody brings Lainey coffee and tries to smooth talk her into filling his prescription with made up stories. She tells him not to waste her time and is then speechless when Cody warns her that he'll be back.
To get some much needed sleep before surgery, Andy sets up Dr. Boyd with an IV drip of Diprivan – a sleep aid – and warns him not to mess with the dosage or he won't wake in time, but an unknown person increases the drip as Dr. Boyd sleeps.
While Jolene rejects Spinelli's attempt at a date, Kelly seems to hit on all the doctors. She blows Stan off after their steamy shower and Leo turns down her seductive offer of "food." Leyla turns Andy down for a date but he soon winds up in bed with the promiscuous Dr. Lee.
Patrick continues to hear the mysterious person singing and convinced it's Stan. Meanwhile, Stan is still trying to rally the hospital working into going on strike. Stan thinks he can gain Toussaint's support by quoting Martin Luther King, Jr., but Toussaint only laughs. Offended, Toussaint corrects Stan and tells him that he knew Dr. King.
Mrs. Storch returns to the hospital worse off than when she left. She explains to Dr. Julian that she could only afford one prescription and opted for the pain medication over the antibiotic. Later, an unknown person sneaks into Mrs. Storch's room and injects something into her IV. Unfortunately, she doesn't make it through this night shift.
Episode 4: Keep the ChangeOrginal Air Date: August 2, 2007
Spinelli reports for janitorial duty to fill in for Jason and court Jolene. The staff falls under scrutiny when Mrs. Storch passes away from mysterious causes, and soon her death becomes a police matter. Regina accuses Leyla of having to do something with Mrs. Storch's death because she saw Leyla leaving her room right before she died.
Stan leads a strike of hospital workers, but his efforts are incited when Epiphany orders him to stop and Russell threatens the strikers with suspension. When Stan worries that he efforts have failed, Toussaint assures him that people will listen.
Patient files continue to be mixed up. Jolene even delivered the wrong dinner to a patient and it made him violently ill. Leo semi-jokingly suggests to Epiphany that an evil spirit is on the loose in the hospital.
Stacey returns to the hospital feeling ill, and Robin rushes to her aid. Patrick can't understand why Robin asks him to consult and later accuses Robin of trying to force the idea of having a baby on him. Later, Patrick finally discovers that Toussaint is the mystery singer and learns that he was in a group called The Saints. Epiphany is startled when Patrick informs her about Toussaint's past. Toussaint is amused when Epiphany gets tongue tied and nervous the nest time she sees him.
Lainey gets news that her father, Roger – an Alzheimer patient – has suffered a stroke. Patrick recommends he get surgery, but Russell thinks it's a waste of time when there's limited chance of Roger's full recovery, and because his insurance won't cover it. Lainey is shocked when Cody is able to get through to her father and helps him get dressed.
Andy tries to talk to Kelly after their fling, but she ignores him and gives him the brush off. Much to his surprise and delight, Pablo is propositioned by Kelly and they hook up in the locker room shower. Robin notices when Kelly has a condom wrapper stuck to her shoe. Kelly flatly denies that it was hers.
Episode 5: Bed, Bath and Be GoneOrginal Air Date: August 9, 2007
Kelly gives Pablo the brush-off when he tries to hook up with her again, leaving Pablo angry and confused. Kelly also accuses Andy of wanting sex from her, but all he wanted was to talk. Later, Dr. Russell fires Pablo due to unsatisfactory performance, but Pablo turns the blame on Kelly by accusing her of sexual harassment. Dr. Russell and Ms. Sneed confront Kelly and she can't deny having had sex with Pablo.
Maxie is re-admitted to the hospital when her infection continues to be resistant to antibiotics and she goes into septic shock. Leo monitors Maxie closely but still cannot find a cure. With Mac and Georgie at her side, she is given yet another antibiotic which doesn't work. As the doctors rush in, Maxie goes into cardiac arrest.
A patient arrives in the emergency room dressed in a clown costume, with a condition that causes him to laugh uncontrollably. Spinelli who is deeply horrified by clowns, attempts to face his fears by befriending the clown. Patrick diagnoses him as having a brain tumor and gets him into surgery.
Thinking of Jason's car accident from long ago, Robin reassures the mother of Patrick's coma patient that miracles can happen. Patrick's patient makes a miraculous recovery and he awakens from his coma a new man. When Patrick mentions that there are different treatments they can take, the patient's father refuses them and wants his son to stay the loving young man he now is.
Leyla is upset when Regina still thinks that she had something to do with Mrs. Storch's death. She goes up to the roof of GH to seek solace and is soon joined by Patrick. Patrick lends and ear and a shoulder – just as Robin shows up with coffee for her and Patrick. She doesn't make her presence known and backs away.
Episode 6: Love's LaborsOrginal Air Date: August 16, 2007
When Stacey stumbles into the ER in extreme pain, Kelly determines that she needs an emergency c-section to save her baby. Leyla wheels Stacey toward the elevator, but another patient arrives that desperately needs her help. Leyla decides to leave Stacey on the elevator with Spinelli and Jason and tend to the other patient. Despite a warning from Jason, a panicked Spinelli pounds on the 10th floor button and the elevator jolts to a halt, trapping them inside with a screaming Stacey.
Robin wonders where Stacey is and wants to help despite the fact that she's Kelly's patient. The General Hospital staff discovers that the elevator is jammed, and a panic ensues when they realize that they don't have much time to save Stacey's baby. Robin is furious with Leyla for leaving Stacey with non-medical personnel and will blame her if something happens to Stacey or the baby. Meanwhile, Toussaint and Stan try their best to get the elevator moving. Toussaint quickly discovers that the breakdown wasn't an accident.
Inside the elevator, Stacey makes Jason promise to perform a c-section, even though he has no medical training. Jason asks Spinelli to find website instructions on how to do the surgery. Robin orders an OR team on standby outside the elevator banks for when they can get Stacey out. Patrick and Robin argue that she is ignoring her own patients and focusing on Stacey. Despite her worry, Robin scrubs in on Patrick's surgery.
Orderlies prepare to pry the elevator doors open, as Jason gets ready to make the incision. With Spinelli reading off instructions, Jason delivers Stacey's baby, but she's not breathing!
Episode 7: Mother's DayOrginal Air Date: August 23, 2007
While keeping vigil outside the broken elevator, Robin refuses to believe that she may be too late to save Stacey and her baby. Inside the elevator, Jason performs CPR on the newborn to get her to breathe. Jason is unable to help revive Stacey who has lost too much blood and doesn't have a pulse.
Toussaint and Stan discover the elevator jam wasn't an accident as they work feverishly to attempt to get service restored. When the elevator doors are finally opened, Kelly and Andy take over. Kelly insists that Robin is too close to the case and refuses to allow her to scrub in to the surgery. Robin is angry and her first target is Jason. Kelly is forced to perform a hysterectomy on Stacey to give her a slim chance of survival. With Robin by her side, Stacey wakes up just long enough to see her baby, but soon passes out again. Patrick does his best, but cannot revive Stacey and she dies.
The tensions are still running high between Regina and Leyla as they argue after Stacey's death. Patrick tries to convince Leyla not to feel guilty for leaving Stacey alone on the elevator. Robin apologizes to Jason and finally breaks down in front of him. She admits that she sees her own dreams of becoming a mother in Stacey. Robin watches as Stacey's body is wheeled down to the morgue. Patrick gives a small smile of support as Robin comforts Stacey's crying baby.
Episode 8: Employee of the MonthOrginal Air Date: August 30, 2007
Russell meets with Mr. Lovell - chief council for MedCam – to discuss the future of the hospital amidst the recent unforeseen accidents. Russell tries to brush it off saying the hospital has hit a "rocky patch." Russell strives to keep his and his staff's reputation afloat. Unfortunately, this is complicated by Kelly's inability to keep her clothes on.
Maxie suffers a set back when it is revealed she has an abscess on her heart. This drums up memories of a past unsuccessful surgery for Dr. Leo and he initially refuses to perform the operation on Maxie. Harsh words from Mac and Regina change his mind and he agrees to operate.
When someone ups the dosage on Andy's "chemically-induced nap," Jolene shakes him awake moments before he has to assist in Maxie's surgery. His inability to focus almost suffocates Maxie after he mistakenly intubates her esophagus. This shakes Leo from his frozen state to step in and save the day.
Robin verges on being obsessed with Stacey's baby. Patrick warns Robin of making Stacey's case too personal and stresses his concern over the situation. They ague once again and Robin drops the bombshell that she has named the baby Anna and wants to adopt her. Patrick can do nothing but walk away. Leyla later sees him on the hospital roof and offers him comfort.
Lainey brings her father in who is in one of his "states" and is refusing treatment. She asks Stan to impersonate her former doctor boyfriend because her father keeps asking for him. After Stan gets him to calm down, Patrick informs Lainey that her father desperately needs an operation not related to his Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Ford sympathizes, but reminds her that the operation cannot be performed at General Hospital. He warns Patrick that if he didn't take such measures, they'd be in a worse situation.
Spinelli decides to put his heart on the line and ask Jolene out. He seeks advice from Toussaint. Once Toussaint is alone, Epiphany finally seizes her moment and gives Toussaint a gift – a plaque as Employee of the Month. Meanwhile, Jolene is completely rude to Spinelli and crushes his hopes of a future for the two of them.
In a surprising turn of events, the person responsible for all of the "accidents" inside the hospital is finally revealed to be the seemingly angelic Jolene. She has teamed up with Mr. Lovell to help make a MedCam take over possible. She is still bitter and vengeful because of the way her father was treated when he died.
Episode 9: Gutter BallOrginal Air Date: September 6, 2007
MedCam chief council, Mr. Lovell, continues to try and stage a take over the hospital. With Jolene on his side, he informs her that one more "accident" needs to occur to move things along. He thinks the best recourse is having a patient die under mysterious circumstances.
Meanwhile, Lainey's father's condition has worsened, prompting surgery as soon as possible. When insurance refuses to cover the procedure, Patrick, Leyla, Kelly, and Regina risk their jobs to perform a secret surgery. Unfortunately, Jolene also knows about the surgery and Roger becomes her next victim. Dr. Ford visits Lainey's father and she and Patrick assume they will be suspended for the unauthorized surgery. They are surprised when Dr. Ford admits that he arranged for them to have the operating room knowing full well what was going on. He says to the shocked doctors that MedCam is the enemy and they have to work together to get rid of them.
Patrick asked Robin to scrub in to the secret surgery, but she's too busy trying to gain custody of Stacey's baby. After making the decision to try and adopt her, Robin meets with a social worker and is granted temporary foster care over the child. After the surgery, she meets with Patrick to tell him that she signed the papers and they go their separate ways because he's not prepared to become a father. All things seem to be going well with baby Anna until a surprise visit from the alleged father disrupts Robin's plan. On the roof, Leyla consoles Patrick with a kiss.
When Stan can't understand why Toussaint doesn't want a better job with better pay, Epiphany goes off on him in front of hospital staff and outs Toussaint's past as the lead singer in the famous group "The Saints." Epiphany admits to Toussaint that she was one of his biggest fans and questions him about why he left the group. Toussaint gives her the standard line of "artistic differences."
Spinelli shows up at the hospital hoping to get back into the good graces of his angel of mercy Jolene. Regina kindly tells him to give Jolene some space and to stop trailing after her. Jason offers the same advice. While in patient Barrett's room, Jolene mentions that she'd love for Jason to ask her out. Patient Barrett warns her to stay away Jason. Jolene corners Jason in the supply room and asks him out, but he gently turns her down. Spinelli is disappointed to find this out, but is determined to win her heart by learning everything there is to know about bowling – the date she asked Jason out for.
Episode 10: Falling StarOrginal Air Date: September 13, 2007
Robin is crushed when the paternity test reveals that Curtis is the father of Stacey's baby. She continues to question his real motivation for keeping the child. Jason offers to help "talk" to him, but has his lawyer Diane talk to Robin instead. Unfortunately, Diane can't do anything to help Robin. Later, Robin is standing by the nursery window when she sees that Curtis has named the baby Rebecca.
Meanwhile, Jolene tries to find her next victim. She falls upon Andy going under one of his drug induced "naps" and jumps on the opportunity to cause some havoc. While trying to sneak in Andy's room, Spinelli catches her. To get him off her back, Jolene seduces him leaving him more love struck then ever.
Leyla tries hard to make meaning of her and Patrick's steamy kiss. Her plan to keep their relationship platonic doesn't work as they are unable to hide their affections for one another.
Regina makes a near fatal mistake on a newborn's mom causing Dr. Ford to put her on probation. Dr. Julian overhears Regina say that she was thinking about the baby she could have been carrying and that caused her to freeze up while helping Dr. Lee. On her way out, Dr. Julian has Regina help him with a patient and reminds her that good nurses are hard to find and she shouldn't give up.
Kelly is relieved and thinks that the charges of sexual harassment were dropped against her, but she's informed that the hospital had to settle out of court. She refuses to admit that she did anything wrong. Kelly flips out and starts to strip naked when she catches two orderlies checking her out. Thankfully, Andy comes to her rescue before she pulls a Full Monty.
Lainey struggles with the decision of whether or not to keep her father on life support. Cody reminds her that her father wouldn't want to be kept alive by a machine and she should do something about that.
Toussaint is not adjusting well to his new promotion as he would rather be more hands on in his work. However, something more imminent may be the cause of him not feeling himself.
Episode 11: Fools in LoveOrginal Air Date: September 20, 2007
Toussaint and Epiphany reminisce about his days with "The Saints." However, the happy memories soon fade to a bleak outlook when Patrick informs Toussaint that he may have an inoperable condition.
Meanwhile, Robin cannot grasp the fact that her idea of being a perfect mother to Stacey's baby is being abruptly taken away from her. Curtis signs the custody papers and comes to take the baby home, leaving Robin feeling empty. Robin steals a few moments with the baby on the hospital roof hoping that no one would find her just yet. After a conversation with Jason, Robin says goodbye and returns the baby to its father.
With MedCam chief Mr. Lovell pushing her, Jolene tries to kill Andy during one of his "naps." When Andy can't be found, Kelly breaks in to his room just in time to save his life. She later refuses to allow Andy into one of her surgeries because she thinks he's a drug addict.
Lainey tries to decide what to do about her father's condition, and with the insurance running out, she's not faced with many options. While Lainey is away, Cody takes it upon himself to pull the plug and finally let Lainey's father go in peace. Aware of what Cody did for her, she protects him when hospital security questions his whereabouts when Lainey's father died. Cody later offers Lainey a shoulder to cry on when she finally breaks down.
Spinelli struggles to control his thoughts about Jolene. He ponders whether or not he is a sex addict like Kelly and turns to Jason for advice – who suggests he back down. Jolene later breaks Spinelli's heart when he realizes that she never wanted to be with him. She wanted Jason all along.
Episode 12: What Becomes of the Broken HeartedOrginal Air Date: September 27, 2007
While waiting for his complicated surgery, Toussaint is surprised with a visit from two of his former band mates from "The Saints" – Paul and Rick. The old friends discuss the good times they once shared and Toussaint's love affair with Michelle Owens. Toussaint and band mate Leland once came to blows over Michelle causing Toussaint to leave the group. Leland surprises his old friend and shows up in his hospital room. The visit is anything but friendly as Leland says that there were many times where he wished Toussaint were dead. His wish might now come true.
Under pressure from Mr. Lovell, Jolene sees Toussaint's surgery as an opportunity for her next strike. Jason becomes suspicious of Jolene and has Spinelli start investigating her past and her whereabouts when all of the mishaps started happening at the hospital. Jason later interrupts Jolene's plan to swap medications before Toussaint's surgery.
Patrick and Leyla continue hooking up every chance they get. Although things seem to be going well, Leyla is having second thoughts. Leyla tries to break things off with Patrick knowing that she will lose focus on her nursing goals. Her fears come true when Dr. Ford calls her on a mistake that could have cost the life of a patient.
Cody watches as Mac starts to arrest Lainey for her father's murder. Cody "gets caught" stealing meds and blames Lainey for his actions. He then goes on to say that he killed her father to get back at Lainey for not helping him. Cody later tells Lainey that he wasn't willing to see her get pegged for his actions.
Toussaint's surgery seemingly goes well until a vessel bursts and sends all the doctors in panic mode. As Toussaint starts to flatline, his past memories of "The Saints" blur with current memories as the group sings their biggest hit.
Episode 13: Time ServedOrginal Air Date: October 4, 2007
Epiphany questions why Jason is standing guard outside Toussaint's hospital room. Jason reminds her that the hospital killer hasn't been caught yet and he thinks Toussaint is the next target. Much to his dismay, Spinelli tells Jason that he was right about Jolene. Spinelli found proof that she's been getting money from a dummy company set up by MedCam. Jason catches Jolene just as she is about to enter Toussaint's room armed with a needle full of drugs.
Patrick and Robin still can't get along after their break-up. Kelly tends to a pregnant woman in the ER and is interrupted by a young girl named Lupe – a former patient. Lupe tries to get Kelly to move the pregnant woman out of the ER. Jason brings Jolene to the ER in order to turn her in to Dr. Ford. Jason realizes something is wrong when he spots the gang members in the waiting room. He quietly warns everyone to take cover as gunfire erupts. When one of the gunmen gets shot, Jason grabs his gun and starts firing back. In the melee, Dr. Julian is shot as well as Jolene – who jumps in front of Spinelli and blocks him from the bullet. The last remaining gang member grabs Robin and uses her as a shield to try and leave, but Jason is able to shoot him and save Robin.
After things settle down, Leyla and Regina finish the student nursing program and graduate to full nursing status. As a matter of fact, Regina is in her new blue scrubs when Dr. Julian wakes up in his hospital bed. He notices her newfound confidence and highly approves. Toussaint also wakes from his coma a new man and thinks he would now like to start singing again. Jolene isn't as fortunate as her former co-workers as she lies in her hospital bed on a respirator.
Patient Barrett has her bandages removed and she's as good as new. She is released from the hospital. Spinelli spies her in the waiting room and asks if she needs help, but she replies that she's "waiting for someone." Meanwhile, Jason is released from his janitorial duty on the night shift. He brings his papers to show Robin, but is distracted by the mystery brunette in the waiting area as she walks away. Robin walks Jason out of the ER to greet Sonny – waiting to pick him up.
Robin hurries into an exam room to help Patrick with a patient. He tries to tell her to leave because she is too close to the situation. In a shocking twist, Robin looks down and sees herself on the exam table!
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