The last time GENERAL HOSPITAL viewers saw Parker and Kristina together was on the Oct. 11, 2017, episode when Alexis’ daughter informed her mother that she was moving away to live with her former professor. Kristina returned in August of 2018 when Lexi Ainsworth reprised her role, but Ashley Jones is still MIA. However, supporters of the controversial couple can take heart that this may not be the last we see of them on the soap. “We had hoped to continue the story longer but one of the actresses booked another big show,” ABC executive Nathan Varni explained to frustrated fans on Twitter when the story came to an abrupt concluusion. “Pausing for now but hope to continue later.”
Jones joined the cast of GH in January of 2016 to play Kristina’s former college professor, Parker Forsyth, and after her initial run, made a handful of appearances later that summer. The actress returned to the role in August of 2017 for another stint, but the scheduling difficulties made it seem as though the soap brought Parker back into Kristina’s life just so they could appear together for a few episodes and then flee the canvas.
Ainsworth first appeared as a SORASed Kristina back in 2009, but was let go in 2011. After LIndsey Morgan took over the role for a year in 2012, Ainsworth returned in 2015 and earned a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in 2017. When fans were wondering if Parker would be returning with Kristina in the future, Jones tweeted: “Time will tell (hopefully sooner than later). Hang tight!”
Kristina quit school so she could date Parker, but because they had an affair while she was still a professor, Parker was fired from the university. Alexis swore she wasn’t the one who turned Parker in but still didn’t approve of her daughter dropping out. When Parker announced her plan to move to Oregon, Kristina declared that she was going with her, despite her mother’s objections. Unfortunately, it seems things didn’t quite work out and Kristina came home to Port Charles licking her wounds and explaining that she and Parker had split up.
While the pairing has a devoted legion of supporters, there are some GH fans who wouldn’t be sorry to see the couple gone for good. And many insist that it isn’t the fact that it’s a same-sex pairing but the age difference between the characters that makes them dislike Parker and Kristina so much. In fact, some viewers are pushing now for a Kristina/Valerie pairing!
Stay tuned to see how the storyline unfolds, and for more GH news, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!
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