Epiphany Johnson doesn’t show up too often on GENERAL HOSPITAL, so some viewers might not be aware of the nurse’s history on the soap. Well, let us fill you in, because the character has actually been around for over a decade! Epiphany was introduced in March of 2006 and has always been played by fan-favorite actress Sonya Eddy.
Epiphany first appeared as the new head nurse at GH after Audrey Hardy stepped down. She’s dedicated to her job and a very no-nonsense woman who isn’t shy about voicing her opinions. It was soon revealed that Stan Johnson, a computer expert working for Sonny Corinthos, was her son. She didn’t like the idea of her boy working for the mob, but couldn’t convince him to leave. Tragically, while on the phone with Stan, she heard him die in a mob hit ordered by Jerry Jacks. She later suffered a heart attack after receiving his ashes, and was found in the hospital locker room. Luckily, doctors were able to save her life.
When Sabrina Santiago got a perfect score on the nursing exam, Epiphany suspected cheating, but was persuaded to let her take the exam again. And after Sabrina again aced the test, Epiphany immediately began investigating who framed her. (It was Dr. Britt Westbourne, by the way!) She was also close to Dr. Patrick Drake, and offered him counsel when he believed his wife, Robin Scorpio Drake, had died. She also helped get Patrick and Sabrina together, eventually.
As the head nurse at GH, Epiphany is always a big part of the annual Nurses Ball and usually performs a solo song as well as in the opening group number. She also dated Milo Giambetti after he finally confessed to having a crush on her, proving that opposites attract.
Epiphany took on extra work outside of the hospital in 2015 when she helped Sonny recover from a gunshot wound that left him paralyzed. She refused to let him give up and pushed him to recover, but was upset that once he had, he’d kept his recovery secret from his family to prevent his enemies from learning the truth as well.
When the hospital experienced financial trouble in 2016, the nursing staff was due to take the biggest hit, so Epiphany rallied her nurses and staged a “sick-out” in the hopes of saving their jobs. Thankfully, Dr. Hamilton Finn managed to save the hospital when he donated the money he’d received from selling the patent to a lifesaving drug.
Epiphany will always be around to offer advice or to push someone into doing the right thing, so stay tuned to see what happens next. And for more GH news, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!
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