ABC recently announced that the Nurses Ball would be back for its 12th year on General Hospital. It’s always a grand affair in daytime television because the writers unleash big summer storylines during the episodes. It’s also been an important part of raising AIDS research awareness since fundraising is the reason the Port Charles residents have all gathered together.
While fans’ excitement is building and everyone is looking for spoilers, here’s what we know so far.
Normally, the Nurses Ball unfolds over a weekend. This year, the episodes will occur midweek from May 24-26. This might lead to some big cliffhangers leading up to the weekend.
Some familiar faces will be gracing the GH set this year and they are truly welcome returns for the fans. Lucy Coe (Lynn Herring) and Dr. Robin Scorpio Drake (Kimberly McCullough) will both be returning to Port Charles, according to Daytime Confidential. McCullough’s appearance at the Nurses Ball makes a lot of sense given her longtime ties to the HIV storyline.
The one key person who won’t be returning is Robin’s husband Dr. Patrick Drake. Jason Thompson was the last actor to portray the role, but he’s jumped ship to The Young and the Restless.
In its press release, ABC teased, “A popular character’s life hanging in the balance, a shocking arrest, a new romance, and more!” Those little tidbits sent the Internet into a frenzy looking for clues into the future plot points.
Will “Naxie” split up for good? Maxie (Kirsten Storms) and Nathan (Ryan Paevey) sure aren’t having an easy time right now. Could their entire romance fall apart right before the ball? It would be a convenient time to set Maxie up with Griffin Munro (Matt Cohen).
Everyone is aiming at Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) to be the character arrested, but his mob ties make it a very convenient storyline. ABC’s official statement indicates a “shocking arrest.” Are the writers throwing fans off?
Could anyone forget the “Magic Milo” acts? Everyone is hoping for a return of Milo Giambetti (Drew Cheetwood). Not only would it be great for Milo to have a second act at the Nurses Ball, fans might be happy if Curtis Ashford (Donnell Turner) joined in the act.
This year’s returning sponsor is Aveeno, so expect quite a few product plugs written into the episode. It’s always interesting to see how the writers add in brand mentions naturally and awkwardly. It isn’t easy to write product placement into a script seamlessly.
What are you looking forward to the most at this year’s Nurses Ball?
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