For so long, I have waited for lovable mob bodyguard Max Giambetti (Derk Cheetwood) to get more airtime on General Hospital.
Max is honest, loyal and a real gentleman. My kind of guy!
Cheetwood really brings out the human, endearing side of Max.
And with the romantic pairing of super lawyer Diane Miller (Carolyn Hennesy), we’re finally seeing more of Max.
Max and Diane
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The scenes with Cheetwood and Hennesy are one of the few bright spots of the show right now.
Those two are so much fun to watch.
Just yesterday, Max defended Diane’s honor to Russian mobster Andre Karpov.
So Cute!
I also like watching Max’s brother and fellow mob bodyguard, Milo Giambetti, played by Derk’s real-life brother, Drew Cheetwood.
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Unfortunately, Milo has gotten even less airtime than his brother.
But things are looking up for fans of the Giambetti/Cheetwood brothers.
EW.com is reporting that Vincent Pastore of Sopranos fame has been hired to play Maximus Giambetti, father to Max and Milo.
Maximus, a big-time mob boss, has gotten the impression from Max that he is the crime boss of Port Charles – not just a bodyguard.
I got this happy tidbit of news from the Derk Cheetwood Message Board, which also provided the Max and Diane photo.
If you haven’t visited the board, it’s a must.
It’s a happy place to post.
Another fun message board is the Carolyn Hennesy Message Board.
Lots of fun happenings there – and everyone is so nice!
Check out both boards.
And tell them Soapbox sent you!

Monica’s Back!
As in, Monica Quartermaine.
It’s been awhile since we’ve seen Monica (Leslie Charlson) on the General Hospital scene.
Monica, after all, is in rehab.
I believe the last time we saw Monica was when Jason (Steve Burton) went to tell her that Michael had been shot back in April.
Now Jason goes to tell his mother that he is taking over as head of the mob from Sonny.
As usual, Monica doesn’t hold back and tells Jason exactly what she thinks.
She also figures out why Jason agreed to take over as mob boss – in exchange for Sonny signing over all his paternal rights to Carly so that the boys will be safe.

I have watched Leslie Charleson as Monica since she came to Port Charles in 1977….back in those days Monica was a bit more devious – and scandalous!
One of my favorite Monica moments was when she went to a spa and slept with a much-younger worker – which later turned out to be Alan’s nephew, Ned Ashton.
Monica is one of my all-time favorite GH characters and Leslie Charleson is always wonderful onscreen.
I used to watch her back in the day on “Love Is A Many Splendored Thing” and loved her on that soap. Does anyone remember that one? It went off the air in the early 70’s.
I was glad to see when Leslie joined GH and am glad that she is still there, although she could use a lot more screentime in my opinion.
And, if you don’t already know it, Leslie is a horse person – something she and I have in common. Leslie rides and shows in the equestrian discipline of dressage.
She shows her horse, Romero, in California, according to photos on her website – but maybe some winter she’ll venture east to our winter circuit here in Wellington, Fl. It’s a must stop for all the top riders in the world and I happen to cover it.
Something to think about Leslie.
But for now….
It’s so good to see Monica back.