Wishful Casting: Marco Dapper as Dino Jerome, Jr. on General Hospital
It is a crying shame before the Soap Gods that sex-on-a-stick Marco Dapper's popular hunk Carmine Basco was turned into a psycho, before being killed off on CBS Daytime's The Young and the Restless last week. I say Genoa City's loss should be Port Charles' gain. Why not bring on Dapper as the son of illegitimate Jerome offspring Dino Antoinelli on ABC Daytime's General Hospital?
A quick peek into the GH history vaults reveals Dino (Chris DeRose) was the first born son of mobster Victor Jerome (Jack Axelrod) and his mistress Dimitra. Dino and his mad mobster mama tried to kill Victor's daughter, Olivia Jerome (Tonja Walker), and were sent up the river. What if Julian (William deVry) secretly raised Dino's son, Dino Jr., sending him off to the finest boarding schools, then on to college and later Wharton for an MBA?
Suave, sexy, educated Dino could return to head up legitimate business activities at "Derek Well's" publishing company, while being hungry to battle his aunt Ava (Maura West) and Julian's right hand, Carlos (Jeffrey Vincent Parise), for a stake in the Jerome family's more lucrative criminal empire.
Meanwhile, Maxie Jones (Kirsten Storms) learns her late mentor, Connie Falconeri (Kelly Sullivan), left her the shares she held in Crimson magazine. In a heartfelt letter, Connie shares with Maxie how much she reminds her of a younger, slightly saner version of herself. She wants Maxie to fight to make Crimson the publication of both of their haute couture dreams.
Connie's bequeath couldn't come at a better time for Maxie. Her attorney has informed her she will need to be gainfully employed to prove she's a fit mother, in her custody battle with ex-BFF Lulu (Emme Rylan) over Baby Connie. With nothing to lose, Maxie storms into "Derek Wells'" office and demands to be given the reins at Crimson.
Julian, while amused by Maxie, has no plans of making a former fashion assistant the editor of a major publication. That is until he learns she's Sam's (Kelly Monaco) best friend. After Maxie gripes to Sam about "Derek" over drinks, the P.I. goes to Danny's savior to plead her pal's case. Wanting to make inroads with his daughter—and after learning Maxie kept the magazine afloat during Connie's multiple mental breaks—Julian decides to give Maxie 90 days to make Crimson profitable again, or she's out on her pert bottom.
Maxie is thrilled, but there's a catch. Julian's nephew, Dean Wells (secretly Dino Jerome, Jr.) has been hired as the magazine's new publisher. Maxie groans inwardly when she spies Dino. He's the same jerk she yelled at the night before at The Floating Rib for spilling beer all over her Manolos. She can't believe she has to work with such a douchebag—albeit a hot douchebag—to save Crimson.
Dino and Maxie go together like a brown Versace belt and black Gucci shoes. He has all these ideas about how to improve Crimson's online presence and social media footprint, while Maxie is hellbent on keeping Crimson a traditional, print-based style bible.
Things become even more complicated for the warring workplace duo, when the WSB recruits Maxie's true love, Spinelli (a recurring Bradford Anderson), to utilize his Jackal cyber skills to track down a Snowden-esque former government contractor, who is leaking top secret information to the DVX. Will Maxie be able to keep resisting her attraction to her cocky boss, with Spinelli on the other side of the globe helping her dad Frisco (Jack Wagner) hunt cyber criminals?
What do you guys think? Would you like to see Marco Dapper paired with Kirsten Storms on GH? Sound off in the comments!