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A Response to Viewers and Readers

Tuesday April 22, 2014

From time to time, something that happens or almost happens on General Hospital touches a nerve. My readers have lately been debating the subject of incest.

The most careful of soap opera writers can't help but run into it, especially in Port Charles, where it seems everyone is related in some way to everyone else.

In the case of Kiki and Michael, they were not related, so why this continues to be mentioned is beyond me. Britt and Ryan did nothing. Yet the controversy continues, with someone suggesting that because Ava was Morgan's ex-mother-in-law, there is something wrong with their relationship.

It's ex, as in once, but no more. If it's age you're quibbling about, go tell it to some 80-year-old man married to a 20-year-old and leave fictional characters alone.

Our esteemed commenter, Barbara Reader, an attorney, has this to say -- and I suggest you all read it:

"I have been involved in a number of unrelated discussion about the law of marriage lately. One involves first cousins on General Hospital, and the issue of incest. ...In this post, I want to discuss the law of marriage with regard to incest...

"The General Hospital boards have included incredibly stupid comments that 'any cousin no matter how distant is incest'... well, don't look now, but evolutionary theory says we are all descended from a single female who was the first homo sapien who lived 150,000 to 200,000 years ago. The scientists call her 'Eve.' For those who reject science, the common ancestor is much nearer. But the outcome is the same: we are ALL cousins.

"So, what is incest? Believe it or not, there is not a clear line among the states in the United States. In all states, it's incest if it's between siblings or direct ancestors and descendants. In colonial times some states permitted uncle/niece aunt/nephew pairing, but I don't think that's the case in any jurisdiction anymore. I believe these are all considered incest today.

"What about first cousins? Can they marry? It turns out, there is a disagreement. It is forbidden in 24 states as incest, permitted as not incest in 26 states.

"So, pretend Jack and Jill are full blooded first cousins. Their mothers are full sisters. They share a pair of grandparents. And they live in one of the 26 states in which they are permitted to marry. They fall in love. And they do get married.

"Now they move to one of the 24 states which do not permit first cousin marriages and consider that incest. Is their marriage recognized or can they be subjected to charges of incest?

"Yes, their marriage is recognized and they can get benefits. They cannot be arrested and charged with incest.

"This is due to a common law principle which is as basic as trial by jury. 'A marriage valid where performed is valid everywhere.'

"...This post is not in support or opposition to same-sex marriage or first cousin marriage. This post is...in opposition to stupidity."

And it's worth me mentioning one more time -- no first cousins married on General Hospital.

You've Got Possibilities

Monday April 21, 2014


Attempting to solve the mystery of, Who is the Fake Luke? we look at Luke's cousin, Bill Eckert.

Read about him and decide for yourselves here.

Photo: ABC, Inc.

Celia Quartermaine (and Cousin)

Friday April 18, 2014


With the Kiki-Michael romance and the almost Britt-Nathan liaison, there has been a lot of talk about relatives who hook up.

Back in the '80s, General Hospital did unite two cousins, Celia Quartermaine and Jimmy Lee Holt.

Celia was played by Sherilyn Wolter.  Poor Celia thought she had a husband, but he turned out to be someone else.

It was a time of spies and mayhem in General Hospital history. Read it for yourself here.

Photo: Sherilyn Wolter and Steve Bond (Jimmy Lee)

Meet Your Friendly Gun Dealer

Monday April 14, 2014


On or about April 15, actor Bruno Amato plays a gun dealer on General Hospital who is being interrogated by Anna and Dante. So I guess someone tried, to paraphrase part of the theme song from The Sopranos, to "get himself a gun."

The Sopranos reference is apt, since Amato is a New Jersey-ite. The former Navy man worked in his home state for years as an ironworker, and at 38, started an acting career.

He's made up for lost time with TV appearances on The O.C., Point Pleasant, Desperate Housewives, Malcolm in the Middle, Monk, ER, Veronica Mars, How I Met Your Mother, and many other shows.

In the The Internship (2013), he played lovable pizza store owner Sal in the film, which stars Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, and Vince Vaughn.

Currently, he in three films due for release: Horrible Bosses 2 (Jennifer Aniston-Kevin Spacey), Helicopter Man (Nia Vardolos of My Big Fat Greek Wedding), and Pizza with Bullets (Vincent Pastore of The Sopranos).

Amato is an outspoken animal rights activist, and loves cats.

Sometimes gentle men come in tough-looking exteriors.

Photo: Brad Buckman

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