If Dr. Neil Byrne on GENERAL HOSPITAL looks familiar to you, it’s probably because you’ve seen his portrayer, Joe Flanigan, in one of his many primetime roles. In addition to numerous guest appearances, Flanigan has had recurring roles on primetime series like SISTERS, CUPID, PROVIDENCE, PROFILER, and FIRST MONDAY. But he is probably best known for playing Lt. Colonel John Sheppard in the popular science-fiction series STARGATE: ATLANTIS from 2004-09. The actor made his daytime debut in February of 2019 when he first appeared as the therapist, and although his relationship with Alexis went from professional to personal, there are still plenty of other people in Port Charles in need of therapy!
Alexis Davis was all riled up when she first met Neil at Charlie’s Pub, ranting about an “arrogant bastard.” She complained about Julian Jerome for a long while, and he suggested she try to focus on herself and not her ex. Neil also suggested they continue their conversation over dinner, but she suggested that might not be the best idea given her current state. She excused herself to go to her appointment with her new therapist and was startled when it turned out to be Neil!
As he helped Alexis deal with her various issues, Neil also got wrapped up in helping her rescue her daughter, Kristina Davis, from Dawn of Day. He admitted to Sonny that he’d had experience with cults and deprogramming doesn’t always go well, but agreed to help. And after Jason kidnapped Kristina from the Dawn of Day house, Neil met with her multiple times both alone and with her family to help her to understand how much she was loved and didn’t need Shiloh.
After getting stuck in an elevator with Alexis, Neil opened up about his daughter’s death and realized that they had crossed the line between doctor and patient so he could no longer treat her. But that also meant the pair could finally explore a romantic relationship and they began to date. Neil has also counseled other people in town, such as Ava Jerome. And after Brad Cooper began seeing Dr. Byrne for the stress he was under because of his baby switch lies, Neil suggested his husband, Lucas Jones, join them for some couples therapy.
Although Neil was instrumental in saving Alexis’ life when she was being poisoned by Kendra Lennon, he learned he was in danger of losing his medical license because he didn’t wait two years before dating his patient. While both in New York to testify before the board, Neil and Alexis ran into each other and couldn’t resist spending the night together, not realizing that someone was watching them! The board allowed Neil to keep his license, but he and Alexis were forbidden from being together for two years.
Neil got a job working at General Hospital, and as he got to work was clearly struggling with his feelings for Alexis. And when Alexis fell off the wagon, Julian attacked Neil, blaming him for hurting her!
Stay tuned to see how Neil continues to help the people of Port Charles, and for more GH news, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!
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