This first part was from the years of PC before they started the books.
Joe and Frank are brothers, sons of Mary. Their father is dead; he used to
beat Joe and had a bad temper and maybe drank (he was never on the show).
So Joe has a bad temper sometimes, too (but he is more mellow now). Joe
dated Karen, who used to be on GH (different actress); they grew up
together in the same neighborhood.
Karen's father is Scott, and her mother is Rhonda. Both Scott and Rhonda
were on GH years ago, especially Scott. Rhonda was an alcoholic and used
to bring home strange men. Karen was raped by one of them and for a while
she dealt with that memory by being a stripper in a club run by Sonny Corinthos (mobster on GH); she also started taking drugs,. But eventually
she was turned around by Jagger, who was her boyfriend and then her
husband. They moved off to Chicago and then San Francisco (both left GH)
and then when PC started, she came back to start as an intern, while
Jagger was still a cop in SF. Their marriage was rocky and then she found
out he was cheating on her so they divorced.
Frank dated Julie, whose father was the first victim of the General
Homicide murders. Bennett was an arrogant jerk but a good doctor. Everyone
hated Bennett Devlin. Julie seemed to have mixed emotions but blamed him
for the death of her brother, Buddy, who killed himself. Frank had a bad
accident and was going to die but Bennett used this experimental drug on
him and he recovered. However, it made Frank aggressive and he got hooked
on it. Frank was a really nice guy but the drug made him more aggressive.
When Bennett died, Frank had to find new ways of getting the drug. Bennett
had stolen the drug formula from the interns, Joe, Karen, and Jake, with
the help of intern Chris. Scott bought a building and opened a lab so they
could develop the drug more fully. Chris had money problems so Bennett was
promising him a big cut of the profits from the drug company. (Jake also
got killed by the General Homicide murderer.) Chris ended up supplying
Frank with the drug. Eventually Frank got off the drug, with the help of
Karen, but he lost his job as a paramedic and now waits tables at Mike's
place, the Recovery Room. He is bitter because of that and his soured
relationship with Julie, who turned out to be the GH murderer, with the
help of psycho Greg Cooper. He had a thing for Karen and tried to break up
Karen and Joe, with the help of Courtney.
Joe discovered he had a son, Neil, with his ex-girlfriend Courtney.
Courtney wanted Joe back so she and Frank succeeded in breaking up Joe and
Karen. She also sucked up to Mary, who didn't like Karen much. Mary
married Kevin's father, Victor, who is an ex-spy mathematician.
Later, Joe and Frank were shocked to find out that Neil was really Frank's
son, not Joe's. By this time Frank and Courtney were sleeping
together and somehow he forgave her. But after a series of lies,
Frank and Courtney broke up.
Eve, another intern, used to sleep with Bennett when she was in college
and was also a call girl (to help her sister get an operation). She was
accused of killing Bennett because they had a big fight right before he
died where he slugged her, and Scott found her bracelet by Bennett's body.
Lucy, Scott's ex-girlfriend, was jealous and suspicious of Eve and kept
trying to prove she's the murderer. When Julie was found to be the
murderer, Lucy still didn't like Eve and kept trying to find out bad
things about her, even though Lucy and Scott got together.
Scott has a little girl, Serena, who is adorable but went blind when she
got in a car accident (which was Lucy's fault). Lucy carried Serena as a
surrogate mother when Scott's wife Dominique couldn't because she had
cancer, so she's very attached to her. Eventually Serena's site returned.
Lucy and Kevin were also on GH, right up until PC premiered, and they're
still on there sometimes. Lucy started out as a bad girl but she goes back
and forth and is sort of a heroine on PC. But she got in trouble with
Scott and Kevin for inadvertently causing Serena's accident (I think she
was trying to sabotage Eve). She and Kevin were very much in love but they
were always breaking up and he wouldn't forgive her for the accident for a
lot time. They came close to getting married before this. Then Kevin
started dating Eve and eventually married her. Lately their
relationship has been rocky.
Kevin was a psychiatrist; he had a twin brother who was a serial killer on
GH named Ryan. (In fact Ryan was on the show first and then Kevin showed
up later, same actor) Later Kevin started stalking a GH character named
Felicia and it came out that Kevin and Ryan had been sexually abused by
their mother as children (mostly Ryan, which is why he was so evil).
Kevin's father left and took Kevin with him when he found out about it,
which left Kevin with tremendous guilt. Lucy helped him through all this
but he lost his medical license and had to go to jail for awhile, and then
therapy with Gail Baldwin (Scott's step-mother, a psychiatrist at GH). He
finally was reinstated again as a shrink. His best friend is Mac Scorpio,
who is mainlly a GH character; Mac is also married to Felicia, the woman
Kevin stalked (Ryan had also tried to kill her).
Kevin lives in a renovated lighthouse. Lucy has a pet duck
named Sigmund that likes the pond there. A new villain named DV came to
townand caused a lot of trouble for Scott and Lucy; he wrecked their
business. Lucy got amnesia for awhile and DV found her so he had her
convinced that they were lovers. She regained her memory, but not before
they slept together. DV told Scott on his death bed that he's Scotty's
Kevin's father Victor, an ex-spy, is married to Mary Scanlon.
Mary is also a nurse at the hospital. They help run The Recovery
While Julie was in prison, Chris visited her and tried to help her out
(in exchange for shares in her father's company). Chris can be a
weasel, bad but not evil. No one really trusts him. He and Eve have some
chemistry but have mostly just been good friends. He came from a family
with money but now he has none (I forget why). He makes the best jokes,
too. Anyway, Julie was pregnant while in the hospital but fooled
everyone into thinking she wasn't (they thought she was delusional and
faking her pregnancy with a pillow). It was Frank's baby.
Chris helped her escape and deliver the baby, Christina. I missed
some here, but somehow Lucy and Scott found the baby. Lucy has
trouble conceiving so she looked at her as a sign from heaven.
Eventually they legally adopted her. Meanwhile, it was discovered
that Julie really WASN'T the GH killer (Cooper had brainwashed her into
thinking the whole thing), but she was never really very stable after
that, even though they let her return to "normal" life. She
married Chris but was obsessed with getting Christina back. She
returned to work at GH for a short time. Eventually, Julie skipped
town with Christina, leaving Scott, Serena, and especially Lucy,
devastated. Lucy moved out, blaming Scott for what happened.
They are now just friends.
A psychiatrist named Rachel started treating Julie while she was in the
funny farm and thereafter. Rachel hates Kevin because Kevin used to
date Rachel's sister, Grace, who drowned herself while she was out with
Kevin, after having a fight with him (it is a dark period in his past).
Rachel has a mother who also requires institutionalization. Her
mother escaped and almost poisoned everyone at Kevin and Eve's mother.
No one at the hospital much likes Rachel, who is a scheming, manipulative,
cold, overly-ambitious liar. She sometimes sleeps with weasel Mark
Boardman. People blame her for what her mother tried to do.
She has a "daughter" named Livvie. We recently found out
that Livvie is really the daughter of Kevin and Grace. Livvie is one
of the reasons Kevin and Eve have been having problems.
Matt was one of the first interns, a doctor in a wheelchair. He did
surgery with the help of a special chair that lifts him up. He is really
an Italian guy who entered the witness protection program after helping
the FBI nail his family. His father and brother were rotten mobsters; his
brother Bobby hunted him down and tried to kill him, but Matt got the
upper hand and had to shoot Bobby, who died still hating Matt. His father
has disowned him and only doesn't kill him because of Matt's mom. Matt is
in a wheelchair because he was shot by Bobby. Chris told Bobby where to
find Matt because he may or may not have fully understood the danger; he
wanted Matt out of the way (probably not dead) so he could get this
Quartermaine Fellowship and the money that goes with it. So Matt hired a
PI to check up on Chris. Sorry, I don't know what's happened with that
since. Matt and the doctor Ellen (African-American woman) had a romance
going. Ellen was tough but really sweet underneath. She'd been married
before to a man who died. Matt and Ellen broke up for a while when she found an old love, Sebastian,
and he was dying, so she spent his last days with him. Matt and Ellen
never got back together. She mysteriously left town (Rachel may have
had something to do with that). Matt was threatened again by
mobsters so re-entered the witness protection program and left the show.
"Time in a Bottle" was the first book and much of this
below came from there.
Alison Barrington is a student volunteer at the hospital. Her
grandmother is high society matron Amanda Barrington (a long-time GH
character), and Amanda is forcing Alison to work there for the summer.
Alison tries to come off as a bad party girl but she's actually fairly
sweet. She got Frank's grudging admiration when they helped out a
young woman and her new baby who were being threatened by the woman's
boyfriend, an abuser. Jamal is another new character who helped out
the woman and sometimes dates Alison. They want to be together but
her grandmother Amanda doesn't approve and is threatening to send Alison
to an asylum if need be.
New nurse Gabriella Garza made quick friends with Joe. But just
when Joe and she were about to grow closer, he found out from another
nurse, Jill, that she is HIV positive. Joe and Jill slept together
and once Joe found out he may also be HIV positive, so he backed off from Gabriella,
even though he cares for her. Gabriella's brother is paramedic
Emilio. Gabriela and Joe are together now and it looks like he's not
HIV positive after all. Frank and Joe used to have some problems but
now they are close brothers again.
New doctor Ian Thornhart is the twin brother of Patrick Thornhart (from
OLTL, played by the same actor). He comes to GH from doing doctor
work in the wilds of Africa so he has little patience for some of the
silliness that goes on around there. He is gruff but very
professional and good at what he does. Joe befriended him and now he
lives in Joe's apartment, but Eve took an instant dislike to him.
Now Eve and Ian are friends; Ian has a thing for Eve.
Ian married Arianna to save her from her brother,
who was trying to kill her. Eve and Kevin divorced. He thought
she was dead, so he married Lucy. Eve fell in love with Ian and they
even traveled back to their past lives to find that they are soulmates.
But they were kept apart when he had to marry Arianna.
Frank and Karen grew close. There is a long time
travel/"Frequency" like story that I haven't watched that
involved Frank talking long-distance to Karen's mother Rhonda, who is in
the early 70's. Frank got involved in her life, not knowing who she
was, and in doing so caused Karen to cease to exist. So then Frank somehow
went back to rectify the situation. Don't ask me to explain
Alison and Jamal now own a bike shop and were involved in
racing. Jack was involved in that, too. Alison and Livvie are
Scott is involved with Laura on GH but occasionally visits
Gabriela and Joe broke up when she was bitten by a vampire
and starting acting weird. Joe took a job elsewhere and left town.
Karen and Frank remained close, despite Chris' efforts to break them up.
Vampire Caleb came to town with his twin brother Michael,
who was a priest. It was later revealed that they were the same
person. Caleb wanted Livvie to be his bride because she was the
spitting image of a dead woman she used to know and love. Eve became
friends with Michael, who fell in love with her. Livvie and Jack
were broken up by Caleb's machinations. Jack was bitten by Caleb and
became a vampire, but he never fully "crossed over" because he refused to
kill a person. Livvie was also turned into a vampire briefly.
Gabriela tried to bite Jamal but discovered she couldn't, so they realized
that they were long-lost brother and sister. Chris tried to devise a
way to turn Gabriela and the others back into humans (and he was also
searching for a way to get the vampire immortality without the other
problems with being one). Caleb wooed Livvie with his vampire
powers, hypnotized her and made her believe that he had brought her
mother, Rachel, back to consciousness. Caleb also wanted Eve's
Lucy, Kevin, and Jack rescued Livvie from Caleb, but were
dismayed to find out that she still wanted to be with him. They
traveled to Transylvania to figure out why Caleb couldn't bite Lucy and
seemed to be afraid of her, figuring that maybe Lucy was related to Caleb
in some way. They found a graveyard full of Lucy's ancestors, the
Kovitches, and met Lucy's sole remaining Transylvanian relative, Rafe.
He told her that she comes from a long line of vampire slayers. She
didn't believe him at first, until he communicated with her
telepathically. Kevin and Lucy ran into James, who worked for Caleb
and took them hostage in his gothic mansion. They managed to turn
the tables on James but before they could figure out how to get
information out of him, he fell on a needle full of poison and died.
Kevin found a book that told them that Michael was Caleb and figured out
that Michael protected Caleb (was his talisman) but also was the key to
Caleb came for his revenge, and Eve's baby, one night at
the hospital, where they were all waiting for him. Eve managed to
use Michael to defeat Caleb.
Later, we find out that Caleb wasn't entirely dead.
Livvie's love brought him back partly. He used his powers over her
to create trouble for all of the people in Port Charles. Since he
couldn't kill them, I guess he figured he would just screw up their lives.
As they each fell out of love, he got stronger.
We learned that Rafe is really an angel (and dead!), not
just Lucy's cousin. In fact, Caleb was the one who killed him. Rafe
had a hard time during this book because he got attached to the people in
PC and wanted to help them, but his boss, Ed, said that he could only
guide them to use their own power to defeat Caleb.
Kevin was overly suspicious of Ian and didn't believe Lucy
when she said she saw Christina. Lucy and Ian, split up from their
spouses, slept together. Social services took Ian and Eve's baby
away (but made Kevin the temporary guardian). Alison and Jamal found
out that Valerie's baby was Jamal's. Livvie caused Jack to break up
with her. Chris accidentally stabbed Karen with his vampire serum.
At first it just made her really horny, but then she got sick and they
figured out it was making her die. She broke up with Frank to
protect him while Chris tried to help her (but for his own ends).
Livvie killed Lucy at Caleb's request.
Eventually, Caleb gathered all of the people he hated into
a cage-like room. He was going to make them watch him have sex with
Livvie and then kill them all. But instead, she stabbed him in the
heart. She was just playing along, waiting to defeat him. She
left the people out and revealed that Lucy was not really dead.
Rafe had until Christmas Eve to undo all of the damage
that Caleb had wrought. One problem: he fell in love with Alison.
Alison and Livvie discovered his secret and helped him to get everyone
Social services gave Ian and Eve their baby back.
Ian and Eve worked to rebuild their marriage and gave each other special
Christmas presents. Eve was in a minor auto accident, but Ian
thought she was dead, so this reinforced their love. Kevin and Lucy
had trouble resolving their problems. They had originally planned a
big Christmas Eve party to get married at but decided to cancel it.
Rafe sent out the invitations anyway and then Lucy and Kevin had no choice
but to continue with the party. Lucy thought at first that Kevin was
going to surprise her with a wedding. Kevin, meanwhile, was meeting
with a strange woman, and so Lucy thought he was fooling around on her.
Rafe forced Chris to cure Karen and let her go back to
Frank. He also put a spell on him so that he could no longer lie.
This forced him to say some revealing things to his brother Jack, so they
made up. Jamal wised up that Valerie was trying to use the baby to
trap him and told her that he was with Alison and was relinquishing his
rights to the baby (who had been adopted by another couple). Then
they found out that the baby was sick, so Valerie and Jamal had to fly to
where the baby was, to help him. Gabriela also went there and was
the only one who matched and could donate her kidney to help the baby.
Alison kept trying to go there, too, but things kept keeping her from the
plane, and from Jamal. She grew close to Rafe and was really sad
about his leaving. At the hospital, Gabriela ran into her delinquent
brother Ricky. Ricky and Jamal got into an argument over Gabby
giving the baby her kidney.
Livvie and Jack bought a house together; Rafe used his
magic to help them get it when the owner didn't want to sell to them.
Lucy tried to fly to Hawaii to avoid the party, but Rafe
and Ed used magic to bring her back home. Kevin suddenly realized
that Lucy expected him to marry her at the party, so he (with the help of
magic) got it all together. Lucy's green dress turned white and
wedding rings appeared in Kevin's pocket. He asked Lucy to trust him
and marry him, so she did.
Kevin brought out Christina and revealed that Julie was
the woman he had been meeting. Lucy was overjoyed to see her baby
back. Julie told Chris that she is dying of an incurable disease.
He wanted to leave town with her anyway.
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