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Monday, June 19, 2017

Soap Dish #13 (in which we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Port Charles)

Today we celebrate the 20th anniversary of ABC's Port Charles, which was a spin-off of General Hospital that focused on seven young interns (Eve, Chris, Julie, Joe, Matt, Karen and Jake) as well as longtime GH characters Lucy Coe (Lynn Herring), Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) and Scotty Baldwin (Kin Shriner). So sit back and enjoy the first 22 episodes of Port Charles from June 1997 (click here for previous Soap Dish posts).

Danielle Ashley - Renee Griffin
Gail Baldwin - Susan Brown
Lee Baldwin - Peter Hansen
Scotty Baldwin - Kin Shriner
Serena Baldwin - Carly Schroeder
Dr. Ellen Burgess - Debbi Morgan
Lucy Coe - Lynn Herring
Dr. Kevin Collins - Jon Lindstrom
Dr. Victor Collins - Nicholas Pryor
Greg Cooper - David Holcomb
Mike Corbin - Ron Hale
Audrey Hardy - Rachel Ames
Dr. Matt Harmon - Mitch Longley
Dr. Tony Jones - Brad Maule
Dr. Eve Lambert - Julie Pinson
Dr. Jake Marshak - Rib Hillis
Dr. Julie Morris-Devlin - Lisa Ann Hadley
Dr. Alan Quartermaine - Stuart Damon
Dr. Monica Quartermaine - Leslie Charleson
Dr. Chris Ramsey - Nolan North
Frank Scanlon - Jay Pickett
Dr. Joe Scanlon - Michael Dietz
Mary Scanlon - Pat Crowley
Mac Scorpio - John J. York
Rex Stanton - Wayne Northrop
Dr. Karen Wexler - Jennifer Hammon
Rhonda Wexler - Denise Galik-Furey

Below are three promos for the show from May and June 1997.

Episode 1: Sunday, June 1, 1997
Here is TV Guide's review of the prime-time premiere: "The prime-time debut of this General Hospital spin-off (which joins the daytime lineup on Monday) features seven gorgeous residents at soapdom's most famous hospital. Expect typical daytime drama with a heavy infusion of ER. In the opener, one resident performs brain surgery with a power drill while another performs a striptease to divert the louse who's holding staffers hostage. Meanwhile, a pregnant Lucy Coe (Lynn Herring, a GH regular) hangs by her fingernails in an elevator shaft - and she's the comic relief. Charles is middlebrow melodrama, but marketable. My score (0-10): 5"

Karen is reunited with her childhood friend Joe. The new interns are held hostage by Greg Cooper, who was turned down for an internship. Cooper hits Audrey Hardy in the head with his gun, and Joe has to use a drill to relieve the pressure on her brain. After his daughter Serena is kidnapped, Scotty heads to Port Charles to confront Lucy, who is arrested.

Episode 2: Monday, June 2, 1997
Lucy tries to convince everyone that she had nothing to do with Serena's disappearance. Scotty is knocked down by a hit-and-run driver.

Episode 3: Tuesday, June 3, 1997
Lucy finally tells Kevin that she is pregnant. Alan asks Ellen to become the new Chief Resident.

Episode 4: Wednesday, June 4, 1997
Karen learns that Joe has been suspended and that she has been called to testify at his hearing.

Episode 5: Thursday, June 5, 1997
A towel-clad Julie distracts Frank. Scotty leaves the hospital and collapses in Lucy's arms.

Episode 6: Friday, June 6, 1997
Jake and Danielle have a passionate reunion. An angry Eve goes to the lighthouse to get Scotty to sign the release forms.

Episode 7: Monday, June 9, 1997
Joe and Frank's mother, Mary, drops by unannounced and meets Julie, who agrees to rent their basement apartment. Eve agrees to help Scotty find Serena. Danielle tells Jake she's moving to Port Charles to be with him.

Episode 8: Tuesday, June 10, 1997
Kevin asks Lucy to marry him. Joe tells his mother about his suspension. Mary introduces Mike Corbin to Frank.

Episode 9: Wednesday, June 11, 1997
Jake introduces Danielle to Chris, Eve and Julie. Lucy tells Victor that she and Kevin are expecting a baby.

Episode 10: Thursday, June 12, 1997
Julie accepts Frank's invitation for dinner, but she later has to cancel their date. Unaware that Frank has already promised the basement apartment to Julie, Joe offers it to Eve. Mac tells Lucy and Scotty that the car that hit Scotty was used by the same people who kidnapped Serena.

Episode 11: Friday, June 13, 1997
Danielle tells Rex that it's time to give Serena back. Frank helps Julie move in, but Eve then arrives and asks what they are doing in her apartment.

Episode 12: Monday, June 16, 1997
Lucy and Scotty read the ransom note in which the kidnappers demanded five million dollars for Serena's return. When Eve realizes she doesn't have enough money for the rent, she offers to share the apartment with Julie, who agrees.

Episode 13: Tuesday, June 17, 1997
All the interns gather for Joe's hearing.

Episode 14: Wednesday, June 18, 1997
At Joe's hearing, Scotty says he is acting as Joe's attorney and threatens to sue the hospital. Audrey thanks Joe for saving her life. Alan later informs Joe that his internship will not be terminated.

Episode 15: Thursday, June 19, 1997
Lucy and Scotty discuss the plan for the ransom drop during the Nurses' Ball. Danielle tells Rex that she has fallen for Jake.

Episode 16: Friday, June 20, 1997
While Julie is taking a shower, Frank catches Eve sneaking a peek at Julie's checkbook.

Episode 17: Monday, June 23 , 1997
Matt catches Ellen crying. Danielle takes Lucy's discarded dress back to Rex, who says they are rich.

Episode 18: Tuesday, June 24, 1997
Rex reminds Danielle that their scheme is necessary to right a wrong done to her long ago. Lucy explains to Kevin and the FBI agents how the kidnapper arranged for her to make the ransom drop by sewing five million dollars worth of diamonds into the dress she discarded. Scotty is happily reunited with Serena.

Episode 19: Wednesday, June 25, 1997
Scotty introduces his daughter to Lucy. Julie invites Frank to go out with her and the other interns to celebrate their first paychecks.

Episode 20: Thursday, June 26, 1997
Eve breaks into Chris' apartment to look at Julie's file. Mike buys the Recovery Room, the bar near the hospital. Mike offers to let Matt have the wheelchair-accessible apartment above the bar. Scotty introduces Serena to her sister, Karen.

Episode 21: Friday, June 27, 1997
Mary and the interns help Mike celebrate his purchase of the Recovery Room. Danielle tells Rex she can no longer be a part of his scheme. She later arrives home to find her "uncle" Rex there.

Episode 22: Monday, June 30, 1997
Rex lets Danielle know that he could destroy her relationship with Jake at any time. A financially strapped Eve steals some of the unused ransom money from Scotty.

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