Ferncliff nurse Mary Pat on GENERAL HOSPITAL may have been Carly’s worst nightmare, but working on the soap was a dream for actress Patricia Bethune. “I’ve been a bit quiet on social media lately because I have been working hard on a new role I’m very excited to share with you,” she tweeted on the day her first episode aired. “Enjoy the summer fun as my recurring role on GH starts today!”
As the head nurse at Ferncliff, Mary Pat made Carly's life a living hell when she was wrongly committed to the hospital and landed in the high security wing. Dr. Kevin Collins attempted to help treat Carly and keep her safe, but Mary Pat just kept turning the screws. Carly made good on her promise to get out of there by drugging the nurse and escaping the hospital with Jason's help, and laid low until she was cleared of all charges and knew she wouldn't have to return.
Jason and Sam went undercover to investigate the way that Ferncliff was doing business, and when the shady operation was exposed, Mary Pat lost her job. Needing a source of income, she made a fatal error when she attemped to extort money from Kevin in order to keep quiet about the fact that he was treating his presumed-dead brother, Ryan Chamberlain, in Ferncliff. What she didn't realize was that Ryan had switched places with his twin and instead of paying for her silence, the serial killer silenced her forever by murdering her! Mary Pat's head surfaced in the barrel of apples for bobbing during a Halloween party, and the rest of her body — topped with a gruesome jack-o-lantern — was found in Ava's art gallery!
I the actress playing Mary Pat looked familiar, there’s a very good reason for that as Bethune has has an extensive career in film and television so you’ve probably seen her somewhere before! Although best known for playing Jane Bodehouse on the HBO series TRUE BLOOD, she also played Nurse Ginger on GREY’S ANATOMY and Mary Jo Murphy on LONGMIRE. She has also made guest appearances on primetime series like NCIS, MAD MEN, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, GILMORE GIRLS, and MALCOM IN THE MIDDLE, to name just a few. On the big screen, Bethune starred in the recent Neftlix horror thriller The Open House, and can also be seen in the films Toy, California Dreaming, and Species III.
Even though viewers hated the nasty nurse, Bethune has played so many different roles that she has a great perspective on things. “As an actress and writer,” she wrote on her website, “I strive to find the value of each character I create no matter the circumstances they find themselves in.”
Sadly, while the scheming Mary Pat is no more, Bethune is such a talented actress perhaps she has a much nicer twin sister out there who could arrive in Port Charles looking for justice for her sibling? For more GH news, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!
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