It’s only been six months, but we’re not going to let that stop us from taking a look back at GENERAL HOSPITAL‘s best, worst, and what-the-actual-heck moments of the year! From surprising twists to heartbreaking drama and frustrating choices, it’s all here! (And don’t worry — we’ll have plenty more come December to do a full-on year in review!)
Check out our picks in the gallery below and see if you agree!
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Gh Ryan Hand
Let’s give a hand to the folks who created Ryan’s amputated extremity. That thing led to an awful lot of fun, from the mock funeral at which it was buried to the moment when Scotty accidentally yanked its prosthetic replacement off of the villain’s arm at the Nurses Ball!
Gh Josslyn Oscar Dead
For just a moment there, we actually believed that Oscar had received the miracle cure which seemed to be his only hope. But by the time he told Joss, “It’s later than you think,” we knew we’d been played. And when his spirit crossed the room to kiss a sleeping Joss before walking off with Edward and Lila, we could do nothing but weep.
Gh Laura Lulu Voting
Most Likely To Earn Our Vote
At long last, Laura ascended to the mayor’s office. Should she continue pursuing politics, we’d certainly be willing to work on the erstwhile Miss Star Eyes’ presidential campaign! Hey, stranger things have happened, and not just in Port Charles!
Gh Willow Chase Gallery
Some viewers were reluctant to fall for Willow and Chase, given that they were two newbies. But they seem to have won the audience over... which of course means the timing is right for the adorable pair to be hit by the kind of troubles that will test their relationship. But is the bigger threat her past with Shiloh, or the bond she’s forming with Chase’s best bud, Michael?
Gh Ryan Ava
At long last, Ava found what looked like true and lasting love! Of course, she couldn’t know that she’d fallen for her daughter’s killer. Then again, given her romantic history, maybe she should have been suspicious when good guy “Kevin” went from being her shrink to her sex therapist! (Here’s hoping Scotty helps heal her heart, ’cause we’ve already invested in #TeamScava T-shirts!)
Gh Carly Sonny
Most Realistic Response
Some viewers were surprised when Sonny didn’t seem thrilled by Carly’s latest pregnancy. But he had every reason to be concerned, given the realities of the situation, including their ages and the possibility that the child might inherit his bipolar disorder.
Gh Susan Brown Tribute
When the show tried to celebrate its 55th anniversary and mark the passing of longtime cast member Susan Brown (Gail) with a special episode, what emerged was a mixed bag. We got lots of history-filled talk, but the episode-ending flashbacks didn’t include beloved characters like Steve, Audrey, Jessie, Phil — or even Gail herself!
Gh Finn Anna
If someone had told us a year ago that we’d be head over heels for Anna and Finn, we’d have suggested they check into GH’s psych unit. Yet somehow, the pair — each a bit humorless on their own — manage to bring out the lighter side of one another. As a result, their exchanges are often like something out of a classic screwball romcom.
Gh Wiliam Lipton Eden Mc Coy
Best Couple Who Haven’t Actually Coupled (Yet)
We’re not proud of this, but it’s true: Even before Oscar’s tragic demise, we found ourselves thinking Cameron and Joss made an adorable pair. Now that Oscar’s gone (RIP!), the only thing standing in their way is guilt and whatever teen traumas the fates throw their way.
Gh Monica Drew
Most Underused Character
Drew has two babymamas on the canvas, a son who recently died, a wiped-clean memory just waiting to be restored and a twin brother with whom he has issues. Despite all that baggage and a connection to the Quartermaine family, the character has somehow managed to feel like a supporting player in his own story!
Gh Lucy Book
Best Marketing Tie-In
The Travel Guide To Port Charles, ostensibly written by Lucy Coe, is a must-read for any GH fan. How else would you know that Port Charles hosts the 14th largest Oktoberfest in New York State, or that Lila Quartermaine’s grandmother, Lillian, invented a horse-powered can opener?
Gh Franco Liz Drew
On the plus side, Franco and Liz finally became husband and wife. Unfortunately, their ceremony was hastily arranged and took place while he was behind bars! Thankfully, once his name was cleared, the couple was finally able to have the big reception they deserved... even if it also brought even more drama!
Gh Sam Jason Gal
A full year after Jason returned from the dead, he and Sam finally found their way back to one another... only to literally break up a day later. Sure, they were faking the split to trap bad guy Shiloh, but it felt all too real for fans who rarely got to see their favorite couple canoodling.