Until I read a news headline saying something along the lines of "Actor Drew Garrett finally arrested after his years-long crime spree of child-stalking, kitten murder and Epiphany/Spinelli fanfic writing" or hear backstage gossip that he was being mean to Braden Walkes and tormenting the cast and crew by singing Nickelback songs in between takes, I am going to remain on the record as thinking there is no earthly reason for them to rush the recast of Michael so that a brand new stranger is the one having pivotal scenes confessing to killing Claudia. Like, it couldn't have waited until the end of the week?
To be fair, it IS entirely possible that the emergency recast was necessary, but I have no direct knowledge about that and lots of direct knowledge about the spectacular ineptitude of the people in charge of General Hospital, so I can't help but add this to the list of this show's bad ideas. It's just so...jarring.
Michael: You're not a very good cop, are you?
Dante: Well, I'm not hearing anything convincing.
Michael: No, you want it to be dad, because you want to be right. You built this case and you don't want to see your big investigation count for nothing.
Dante: You know, I doubt that's even Claudia's blood, and even if it is, I'm sure it got on there some other way.
Michael: Don't you wonder why Jason let Franco hang around as long as he did? It's because he had photos of me kneeling beside Claudia's dead body. Franco was outside the cabin that night, but no one saw him and Jason couldn't kill him because he would have turned those photos over to the cops.
Dante: That's some story.
Michael:Ever since that night, everyone has been trying to cover for me for something I did. My mom, Sam, Jason, but my dad has done the most. He took the blame and now he's on trial risking everything for me. Do you still think my dad is a piece of garbage?
Yes, I still do Random Boy--I mean, Michael. But more importantly, I kept having to remind myself what was going on whenever the show went back to you and Dante, because I kept thinking, "Who IS this kid?" and "Why is he saying that he killed Claudia? Michael killed Claudi...oh, right", and it was seriously disorienting. It would have been better for poor Chad Duell (seriously, this poor boy has a tough time ahead of him, stepping into a role that won his predecessor lots of acclaim and I am trying so, so hard to be fair and non-judgmental, even though that completely goes against everything I stand for) and the audience if he didn't get thrown right into these meaty, story-changing scenes.
On the plus side...Chad Duell is insanely tall, to the point where it's even noticeable when he and Dominic Zamprogna are sitting next to each other.
I totally cannot even wait for his first scenes with Maurice Benard (assuming that they are ever actually filmed in the same frame, that is). I should start stockpiling clever Weeble jokes now, in case I can't think of anything witty through my peals of laughter.