Wiley Cooper-Jones on GENERAL HOSPITAL is really Jonah Corinthos, but that’s just the start of the confusion in this complicated baby-switching storyline. As the twists and turns have piled up, some viewers found themselves more than a little confused on all of the details, so let us break things down for you in the hopes of clearing up some misconceptions! (By the way, the toddler is played by adorable twins Erik and Theo Olsen.)
Happily married Brad Cooper and Lucas Jones decided to start a family and began the process of adopting a baby. When the infant was finally born, the new parents were overjoyed to take him in and named him Wiley. But when Brad brought the baby home for the first time, Wiley passed away of SIDS in his crib. The distraught father packed the infant up in the car and drove towards the hospital but stopped on the side of the road to collect himself. Then Nelle Benson appeared, having just given birth to the baby she and Michael Corinthos were expecting, and offered Brad a swap.
Not thinking clearly, Brad agreed to take Nelle’s baby and decided to pass it off as the same one that he and Lucas had just adopted. Meanwhile, Nelle was found by the authorities and claimed her baby was stillborn, breaking Michael’s heart. With Nelle in prison, Michael grieved on his own, and found himself drawn to Wiley, not realizing that the boy is really his own son who he had posthumously named Jonah.
When Brad and Lucas learned that the birth mother wanted the baby back, Brad was terrified his deception would be exposed, so he secretly confided to Lucas' father, Julian Jerome. But he only told him that the birth mother’s son died and lied that he came upon a homeless woman who begged him to take her baby. Julian stepped in to convince the birth mother, Willow Tait, to back off. So while Julian knew that Willow’s baby is dead, he didn't realize that the baby Lucas and Brad are raising was really Michael’s. And to complicate matters further, Willow confessed that the baby's father is Shiloh, the leader of the Dawn of Day cult!
Even worse, Michael continued to bond with Wiley, even becoming the boy’s godfather (Sam McCall was named godmother), not aware that it’s his own son. Willow also continued to see the boy, despite Brad's best efforts to steer clear. And when Julian finally put two and two together and realized that Wiley was really Michael's son, the truth seemed to be on the verge of coming out!
When the baby switch is finally revealed, Michael will be overjoyed to have his son back, but Willow will be devastated to learn hers is really dead. And Lucas may never be able to forgive Brad for switching babies and lying about it the whole time.
So while things may be complicated now, they’re going to get really ugly! Stay tuned as the story continues to unfold, and for more GH news, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!
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