It’s one of the most memorable moments in soap opera history. A blinded Stone, in the last moments of his life after contracting HIV, said these five words: “Robin, I can see you” and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house watching this General Hospital tragic scene. Now Kimberly McCullough remembers playing out this story 25 years after Stone uttered those words.
Kimberly McCullough Looks Back
“25 years ago today, I experienced what would become my finest moment as an actor. My character Robin Scorpio lost her first love Stone Cates (Michael Sutton) to AIDS,” McCullough posted on Instagram.
“The love that poured through us that day was a reflection of the best of us, when we can see through the prejudice, and the fear of a disease and treat the person experiencing deterioration with compassion. Telling stories can be a vehicle for enlightenment and yes, even soap operas can change the world. I believe we did that with the story of Robin and Stone.”
Michele Val Jean, the writer who penned the scene also recalls telling this important story. “One of the scripts I’m most proud of,” she tweeted. “Wrote the ‘Robin I see you’ moment through the ugly cry. This storyline is iconic now but #ClaireLabine and @canyoncatz had to fight for it and a lot of viewers tuned out. Claire was determined to tell it though.”
Robin contracted HIV from Stone after the pair had sex with birth control pills, but without a condom. The character has been living with the virus that causes AIDS for her entire adult life, illustrating that a diagnosis doesn’t have to be a death sentence. Robin is a successful doctor and mother of two living her best life in California and taking her meds to ensure her health. General Hospital (GH) airs weekdays on ABC. Check your local listings for airtimes.
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One of the scripts I’m most proud of. Wrote the “Robin I see you” moment through the ugly cry. This storyline is iconic now but #ClaireLabine and @canyoncatz had to fight for it and a lot of viewers tuned out. Claire was determined to tell it though. https://t.co/fzaxYJpTKG
— Michele Val Jean (@MicheleValJean) November 29, 2020