Sam McCall is always getting herself into one dangerous situation after another, and sometimes fans worry Sam is leaving GENERAL HOSPITAL! Of course, one look back at this woman’s long history in Port Charles and you’ll realize that she’s a survivor! Kelly Monaco has been playing Sam since 2003, and no matter what trouble she finds herself in, she always comes out the other side stronger than ever!
Sam was introduced working with Jasper “Jax” Jacks to find the lucky cards of the “Dead Man’s Hand.” They also had a brief affair, which ended when Jax blamed Sam for his father’s death. She then started sleeping with Sonny Corinthos and became pregnant. Jason Morgan claimed the baby was his to protect Sonny’s family. Sam began to bond with Jason and they planned to raise the baby together and name it Lila after his grandmother. When Sonny’s daughter, Kristina Davis, was suffering from a blood disease, her mother, Alexis Davis, begged Sam to induce labor so her daughter could donate stem cells as she was a match for Kristina. Sam refused, fearing it could hurt the baby, and during an argument, collapsed and went into labor. When her daughter was stillborn, a heartbroken Sam blamed Alexis. Jason and Sam became engaged and planned to adopt the baby of a teenage mother, but she chose to keep her child.
Jason and Sam were kidnapped by Allegra Montenegro, who wanted Sam to pose as her daughter, Alicia, to marry Andrew Olsen for his money. Sam nearly went to jail when Andrew was murdered, but Alicia was finally arrested for the crime. Sam tried to settle back into her life but was stalked by Manny Ruiz. She was crushed when her brother, Danny, died during an encephalitis outbreak in Port Charles and shocked to then learn she was adopted. Even worse, Alexis turned out to be her biological mother! After Sam was shot by Manny, Jason told Alexis the truth, and the attorney did everything she could to break Sam and Jason up. Upset, Sam got drunk and had a one-night stand with Alexis’ husband, Ric Lansing.
Television producer Amelia Joffe hired Sam as the host of a talk show called EVERYDAY HEROES, but really wanted revenge on Sam for killing her father, Bill Munroe. Sam lied to Jason to keep her past under wraps. After learning Jake was really Jason’s son, Sam said nothing when she saw the boy get kidnapped. After Jake’s rescue, Jason found out she’d been lying to him and they split up. Sam tried to take revenge by seducing Liz’s ex-husband, Lucky Spencer, but once he found out about her part in Jake’s kidnapping, they broke up. After Sam was run down by a drunk Monica Quartermaine, she helped her get a lenient sentence. She also started an PI firm with Damian Spinelli.
Sam began to grow close to Jason again and he rescued her when Sam was kidnapped by the crazed artist, Franco, who was obsessed with Jason. While Jason was protecting Brenda Barrett from The Balkan, Sam was nearly killed in a car bomb meant for Brenda. Sam and Jason got married but on their honeymoon, Franco stalked them and forced Jason to watch as he supposedly raped Sam. When she later found out she was pregnant, a paternity test showed it was Jason’s baby, but Heather Webber revealed Franco and Jason are fraternal twins. Sam was horrified to think Franco fathered her child, and after she gave birth, Todd Manning and Heather swapped the baby with the stillborn son of Téa Delgado. Grieving, Sam pushed Jason away but they reunited to rescue their son from Heather, naming him Daniel.
Jason was shot by Cesar Faison and Sam struggled to accept that he was really dead. When Danny was diagnosed with leukemia, Sam needed a bone marrow donor and asked Alexis about her biological father. It turned out that Derek Wells was a match and his donation saved Danny’s life. It also turned out that Derek was actually Julian Jerome, Sam’s real father! Sam began dating Silas Clay, then moved on to a relationship with Patrick Drake. However, just after they got engaged, Sam learned that the mysterious “Jake Doe” was really Jason back from the dead and a new face. Knowing he couldn’t compete, Patrick set Sam free and she tried to help Jason get his memories back.
Once Jason regained his memories, he and Sam were properly reunited and the couple were thrilled when she got pregnant. But after they got married, they also got mixed up with the deadly Olivia Jerome, who was taking revenge on her brother, Julian, by hurting his family. Olivia kidnapped Sam and she was injured trying to escape, giving birth outside in the snow. Jason was there to help welcome their daughter, Emily Scout, into the world, but Sam slipped into a coma shortly after.
Sam recovered, but her world went topsy-turvy again when the real Jason returned to Port Charles, and it was revealed that the former “Jake Doe” was really his twin brother, Drew Cain. Sam committed to Drew and Jason backed off. They got married and became co-owners of Aurora Media. But it was clear Sam’s feelings for Jason hadn’t gone away and after an earthquake, she confessed her love. Drew stepped down to allow Sam to make her decision, and she chose to be single for a while, weighing her options.
After a while, Sam couldn’t resist the pull to reunite with Jason, but things were complicated by the arrival of the Dawn of Day organization in Port Charles. With Kristina having been sucked into the group, Sam worried it was a cult so she and Jason worked to expose its leader, Shiloh, as a criminal. Sam went undercover in DOD and was very nearly drugged and raped by Shiloh, but Jason rescued her. After a dangerous game of cat and mouse with the cult leader, Sam shot Shiloh dead as he threatened to kill Jason. Unfortunately, Shiloh’s minions tried to get her convicted of murder and the judge ended up finding Sam guilty of manslaughter, sentencing her to two years behind bars!
Thankfully, Sam was able to get out on parole, but she was informed she couldn’t have associations with a known criminal like Jason and her parole officer, Delores, was extremely vigilant! The couple was only able to meet when dealing with their children but were secretly getting together for a while until Jason worried about her being sent back to prison and told her they had to back off. Meanwhile, Sam was trying to work with Spinelli to reveal that Peter August was the one who had tried to kill Franco and Andre and was mixed up in Drew and Franco’s kidnapping and mind swap.
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