By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman
Wyndemere has always been a center of plot action — and frequent plot tragedy — on General Hospital. Although owned by others, most of that plot action has centered on the Cassadines, the evil family that has manipulated so many of Port Charles residents. They have thrown events — mostly parties like the Black and White Ball and the Bacchanalia Ball — that have led to sorrow. Stefan Cassadine and Katherine Bell both met death at these events.
This month, GH spotlighted another event at Wyndemere. Current resident Nicholas Cassadine threw a party to celebrate his engagement to gynecologist Dr. Britt Westbourne. The two had met at a Fourth of July event and had an idyllic courtship. At the time, Britt was pregnant and later delivered baby Ben. Britt and Nicholas had a whole new life to look forward to.
But that was before events overtook them and truth-telling took over. Elizabeth found a note from Britt in which she confessed to having stolen the fertilized embryos of Dante and Lulu Falconeri, one of which became baby Ben. It was already known that Dante was the father to the baby, but Britt had hidden the identity of his true motherhood. Elizabeth presented Nicholas with the note and Britt confessed her guilt. After throwing Elizabeth out of the house, Nicholas broke up with Britt, leaving her all alone. She was later arrested.
Of course Dante and Lulu were ecstatic to find out they have a son, almost high fiving each other at the news. Lulu demanded that she be given her son. But Dr. Obrecht kidnapped the boy and brought him to Elizabeth’s home, where she held the two hostage.
General Hospital being a soap, many other things happened the night of the engagement party. Luke revealed he is somehow behind a plot to bring down Sonny, and this may be the reason why he is acting so strange lately. Later. Alexis and Julian made mad passionate love. Elizabeth rejected Rick’s advances.
Good acting marked this sequence. Tyler Christopher and Becky Herbst were particularly good in the scenes in which Nicholas threw Emily out of the house for being the bearer of Britt’s letter and thus the truth. In a side note, GH has earned high marks by bringing on bravura actress Donna Mills to play Madelyn, Silas Clay’s evil mother-in-law. It’s been almost twenty years since she starred on Knot’s Landing as evil Abby, and it’s hard to believe this dynamic actress is 73. She certainly doesn’t look or act it!