When Jason was shot in the chest while trying to protect Sam, GENERAL HOSPITAL fans feared that he might die, especially because the last actor to play Jason Morgan, Steve Burton, was on his way back to the soap and fans assumed he would be taking back his old role. However, the current actor playing Jason, Billy Miller, has reportedly signed a new contract to remain with GH, so there are clearly more twists and turns yet to come as the storyline of the two Jasons unfolds. But both men share the same memories, so which one is the genuine article?
The character was originally born Jason Quartermaine back in 1981 to Alan Quartermaine and Susan Moore. After his mother’s death, Jason moved into the Quartermaine mansion where Monica initially rejected the child but ultimately came to love him and adopted him. Jason and his brother, A.J., were sent off to boarding school and returned in 1991 as adults, at which point the role was played by Burton.
As A.J. struggled with alcoholism, Jason was the golden child and helped Monica through her battle with breast cancer. But in 1995, a drunk A.J. ran his car into a tree, and Jason suffered a traumatic brain injury after being ejected from the passenger seat in the crash. Upon waking from his coma, Jason had no memory and rejected all of the Quartermaines save his grandmother, Lila, and sister, Emily. Turning his back on the family, Jason adopted the last name Morgan, which was Lila’s maiden name.
Jason met Robin again and their friendship developed into a romance. After she left for college, Jason asked her friend, Sonny Corinthos, for a job and became his personal enforcer in his mob business. Back from college, Robin was with Jason when he was shot by the Tin Man. He survived, but she begged him to give up this dangerous life. When Jason refused, Robin pressured Sonny to fire him.
Vanessa Marcil (Brenda) and Steve Burton (Jason). (Photo Credit: Scott Garfield/ABC via Getty Images)
When Carly got pregnant, Jason pretended to be the father of her baby, although it was later revealed that A.J. was Michael's real daddy. Jason comforted Elizabeth Webber following the presumed death of her boyfriend, Lucky Spencer, and that led to a strong emotional connection between the two. He married Brenda so they wouldn’t have to testify against each other, and later fell in love with Sonny’s sister, Courtney, but mob life tore their marriage apart. Jason also pretended to the be the father of Sam’s baby so Sonny would stay with Carly, and after helping Sam through her miscarriage, the two fell in love.
After Sam was shot and nearly killed, Alexis forced Jason to split up with her daughter. After witnessing Sam sleeping with Ric Lansing, Jason turned to Liz and they consummated their relationship, resulting in the birth of their son, Jake. But after Michael was shot and fell into a coma, Jason and Liz broke up. He found his way back to Sam, who rescued him when he was shot and left for dead by Jerry Jacks.
Steve Burton (Jason) and James Franco (Franco). (Photo Credit: Ron Tom/ABC via Getty Images)
The crazed artist Franco stalked Jason and those close to him. After surviving being hit by a car, Jason married Sam, but on their honeymoon, Franco drugged the newlyweds and made Jason believe he’d raped his wife. When Sam became pregnant, there was some question as to who the father was, but after a baby switch and much drama, it turned out Danny belonged to Jason. But it was also revealed that Jason and Franco were fraternal twin brothers! Unfortunately, as the truth came out, Cesar Faison shot Jason at the docks and kicked him into the water!
But Jason was really alive, and being held in a hospital by Victor Cassadine who hoped to force Robin to bring his dead family members back to life and wanted her to test the procedure on Jason. He was successfully revived, but when Jason escaped from the hospital, he was hit by Ava Jerome’s car and badly injured. He woke up following facial reconstruction surgery with amnesia and began calling himself Jake Doe. He then wreaked havoc on Port Charles until the chip that Helena had put in his head to control him was removed. Jake fell in love with Elizabeth and prepared to marry her, but on their wedding day, Carly revealed that he was really Jason. Furious that Liz had known the truth and not told him, they split up.
Kelly Monaco (Sam), Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), and Billy Miller (Jason). (Photo Credit: Howard Wise/jpistudios.com)
Jason slowly started to find his way back to Sam, but she didn’t want to push him. After Jason fell off his motorcycle, he regained his memories and reconnected with his family. He and Sam remarried and had a baby girl who they named Emily. Following the child’s birth, Sam began acting erratically and attempted to kill Sonny. Doctors were able to cure her, but Sam has continued to second guess everything and feels that Jason has changed since he came back from the dead. But he still loves Sam more than anything, and pushing her out of the way of a mobster’s bullet landed him in the hospital fighting for his life!
Ava helped Patient Six escape the Russian clinic but didn't recognize his face! (Photo Credit: ChrisD/jpistudios.com)
While Jason finally emerged from his coma, Ava went to a Russian clinic to have her burned face restored and met the mysterious Patient Six. While she didn't recognize him as having Jason's old face, it was clear that this man had connections to Port Charles, phoning Sonny and Sam and being desperate to return home. Meanwhile, Franco was trying to uncover details of his own past and soon learned that Susan Moore had given birth to twins, Jason and Andrew. So it would seem that Franco isn't Jason's twin — Drew is! And a DNA test would seem to have confirmed that the two men claiming to be Jason are the twins, meaning that one is Jason and one is Andrew. The only question is, which is which?
Now that there are two Jasons in Port Charles, the stage is set for one of the most unforgettable storylines ever. So you won’t want to miss a single episode as the drama unfolds! And for more GH news, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!
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