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Ethan Lovett
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Nathan Parsons as Ethan Lovett (2009)
General Hospital
Portrayed by Nathan Parsons
First appearance January 30, 2009
Created by Robert Guza, Jr.
Nickname(s) Dodge (by Luke Spencer)
Gender Male
Occupation Bartender at the Haunted Star Casino
Residence Port Charles, New York

Ethan Lovett (born 1987) is a fictional character on the ABC soap opera General Hospital, portrayed by Nathan Parsons since January 30, 2009.[1] The character was established as the son of Holly Sutton (Emma Samms) and Luke Spencer (multi-Daytime Emmy Award-winner Anthony Geary) on May 29, 2009.[2]



In 2008, General Hospital put out a casting call for an actor to play "Dante," the son of characters Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Olivia Falconeri (Lisa Lo Cicero).[3][4] Parsons auditioned for the role and was called back twice after the audition, but the show did not cast him as Dante.[4] "They said they weren't going to give me the part I auditioned for, but they wanted me on the show, so they were going to write me in," Parsons said.[4] The writers created the character Ethan Lovett specifically for the actor.[3] "It's cool, because it gives me a completely clean slate for this character," he said. "Since it was written for me, I can play with it and make Ethan whoever I want him to be."[4]

The character's debut story centered around the mystery of who his parents were. Headwriter Robert Guza, Jr. hinted that Ethan would connect Luke Spencer's family to another family with whom they were once affiliated.[5] The writers tied Ethan to established characters Luke Spencer (Geary), Holly Sutton (Samms), and Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) — made household names during General Hospital's 1980s peak[6] — with the question of whether or not he is Holly's son with one of the two men.[5][7][8][9]


The character of "charismatic drifter/grifter" Ethan was initially a recurring role, but Parsons was soon put on contract with the series.[3] In March 2009 Soaps In Depth magazine credited Parsons with "taking the show by storm" and dubbed Ethan "one of daytime's most riveting young characters."[10]




Ethan is introduced in January 2009 attempting to burglarize the Haunted Star Casino. Owner Luke Spencer catches him, and the two become acquainted;[1] the Australian Ethan explains that he knows thief and con artist Holly Sutton, a former flame of Luke's, and had actually come to town seeking Luke. Ethan reveals that he had never known his biological parents, and that his adoptive parents had died when he was 15; he had subsequently run off, and met Holly in his travels. Ethan secretly carries a photo of Luke and his longtime friend Robert Scorpio, who had been married to Holly. Luke and his wife Tracy Quartermaine suspect that Holly is in fact Ethan's mother, and that Luke may then be his father. A DNA test on May 7, 2009 confirms that Luke and Ethan are not father and son, but Luke suspects that Tracy may have altered the paternity test. Holly returns, confirming that she is Ethan's mother and initially revealing that Robert is his father on May 22, 2009.[11] After Robert's daughter Robin tells Ethan that Robert was in Port Charles and not with Holly when Ethan would have been conceived,[12] Holly confesses to Luke on May 29, 2009 that Ethan is in fact his son.[2]

In June Luke Spencer goes missing, but was actually taken by Helena Cassadine. Ethan is suspicious, but is assured that Luke often disappears on an adventure without warning. Before he was kidnapped, Luke and Ethan send in a paternity test that Tracy can't change the results of, and they get the results while he is on Cassadine Island. Though Ethan initially has a somewhat tense relationship with his older half-brother, Lucky Spencer, he quickly becomes close with his younger half-sister, Lulu Spencer. (It is revealed in Sept 30, 2009 that Ethan is older than Lulu.) On Sept 30, 2009, Ethan and Lulu separately receive text messages they believe to be from their dad and both head to the Haunted Star, where they end up discussing the situation. They leave together for Greece and find him held against his will on Cassadine Island. They rescue both Luke and Helena with the help of nurse Mischa, then return to Port Charles, where Luke promises that he won't ever leave Ethan without letting him know, and Ethan says a DNA test confirms they are father and son.

Con with Rebecca

On June 5, 2009, Ethan is revealed to be conspiring and romantically involved with Rebecca Shaw, a newly-arrived lookalike of the deceased Emily Quartermaine. [13]

Nikolas Cassadine discloses to Ethan that he has a plan to retaliate against Rebecca, who had arrived in Port Charles planning to use her resemblance to Emily to endear herself to Nikolas and the Quartermaines, then bilk them of money (a plot she concocted with Ethan). Nikolas says he is going to win her heart, then dump her. This outrages Ethan, who wants to be with Rebecca himself. But as Nikolas said would happen, nobody believes Ethan when he tries to reveal what Nikolas is up to. On Nov. 16, 2009, Ethan appeals to Elizabeth Webber for help in talking Nikolas out of hurting Rebecca, but Elizabeth, who is having a secret affair with Nikolas, tells him Rebecca deserves what she gets. Rebecca leaves Port Charles right before Christmas, and doesn't let Ethan know until she is at the airport.

Trouble With Kristina & Johnny

Ethan happens across Michael Corinthos III having an argument with Kristina Davis on the docks, and he tells Michael to ease up. Michael leaves, but not before he tells Ethan off, saying he should be more careful about what strangers he talks so boldly to because he’ll live longer. Kristina thanks Ethan, who asks what happened to her face. She says she tripped. Kristina, who appears to have a crush on Ethan, compliments his singing karaoke at the "nonwedding" party for Maxie Jones and Damian Spinelli. She also asks for his number in case she needs help again and he programs it into her phone.

On Nov. 25, 2009, Ethan runs into Kristina at Kelly's as he is about to get a turkey burger. They flirt again, and talk about American and Australian Thanksgiving. She reminds him that holidays are for family, which convinces him to spend it with his family. He walks her to Robin Scorpio's and then arrives at the Quartermaine mansion, where he celebrates with Luke, Lulu, Tracy, Monica, Edward, Alice and Rebecca. In keeping with the dysfunctional Quartermaine family's holiday tradition, they all share pizza.

Ethan spends Dec. 16, 2009 at Alexis Davis's house with her, Kristina, Molly and Diane, talking about Luke not following the law. Kristina enjoys having him there, but when Keifer leaves jealous and angry, she realizes that he was her guest. Ethan spends Christmas Eve with Luke, Tracy, Lucky, Lulu, Dante, Elizabeth, Nikolas, Cameron, Jake and Spencer. And reads the boys The Night Before Christmas as Lucky puts Laura Spencer's angel on top of the tree.

Since New Years, Ethan has protected Kristina from her boyfriend Keifer and promised to teach her how to play poker. Brought Mike Corbin to the hospital after finding him beaten in an alley, then tries to comfort Elizabeth a little after Lulu attacks her at the hospital for her affair. Went to cousin Josslyn Jacks's christening with his family and enjoyed the ceremony. And comforted his sister Lulu after her boyfriend Dante Falconeri is shot.

On Feb. 10, 2010, Ethan finds Elizabeth at the Haunted Star and realizes how hurt and angry she is and tries to help. He then goes to Wyndemere, asked over by Nikolas, and after bantering back and forth learns that Elizabeth was raped when she was 15 and trying to put her life back together is what began her love with Lucky. Later he shows up at Kelly's in time to yell at Kiefer, waits as Kristina stands up for herself, and leaves after being invited for coffee with Kristina on his arm.

On Feb. 12, 2010 Ethan had a long, funny discussion with Lucky about his past with Elizabeth. On Feb. 25, 2010 Ethan was teaching Kristina how to play poker, which he had earlier promised to do, but when Kristina went out to make a phone call, her sister Sam McCall warned Ethan about leading Kristina on, which promted him to say goodbye, and not want to teach Kristina anymore. But Kristina is having a difficult time letting go of her crush on Ethan.

Johnny Zacchara, who has been trying to take down Sonny Corinthos' organization from the inside, prompts Ethan with an offer to be his sidekick in exchange for a 50/50 split of the profits. Ethan has yet to make a firm decision, but is obviously swayed by the offer. This is much to the disapproval of Luke, Tracy and Lucky. They think that if Ethan gets caught up in this, he will end up getting hurt or possibly killed. Luke has repeatedly tried to change his mind. Lucky, in an attempt to keep Ethan safe, threatens to arrest him for an expired visa and have him deported back to Austrailia.

Luke stops Lucky from doing this and him and Ethan come up with a plan to get Ethan a green card. Luke involves Tracy in their plan and they decide that Ethan needs to get his green card quick and the best way to do that is to get him married. On March 8, 2010, in a twist of events Tracy offers to become Ethans wife. Ethan and Luke aren't game for that but when Tracy sees how upset Luke gets about them getting divorced and her marrying his son, she becomes amused. Ethan then becomes amused as well and agrees with Tracy that they should get married.

In March 2010, Ethan started dating Bernie Abrahms secretary Jennifer Biles (starting out by helping Johnny), causing Kristina to get jealous. On March 11, 2010 Kristina blows off a date with Kiefer and has Molly hack into Ethan and Jennifer's e-mails to cancel their date, and shows up at the Haunted Star all dressed up trying to get Ethan's attention, who forcefully gets through to her by grabbing and bruising her arm, to leave him alone. He later shows up at the Lake House to apologize and finds Kristina beaten and bloody on the floor, and rushes her to General Hospital. Lucky and Sonny question her at the hospital about who is responsible and she lies and says it was Ethan. Ethan is arrested on March 16, 2010, but is bailed out by his step-mother Tracy Quartermaine. Sam attacked Ethan on March 18, 2010 but he does not fight back, as he won't hit a woman.


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  2. ^ a b General Hospital recap (5/29/09) -
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  4. ^ a b c d Rossi, Rosemary A. (June 1, 2009). "In Fate's Hands". Soaps In Depth. pp. 62–65. 
  5. ^ a b "Who is Ethan?". Soaps In Depth. February 9, 2009. p. 12. 
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  7. ^ "Holly: 'Ethan's Father Is...'". Soaps In Depth. June 1, 2009. p. 4. 
  8. ^ "GH's Emma Samms Returns". Soaps In Depth. May 12, 2009. p. 4. 
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  12. ^ General Hospital recap (5/28/09) -
  13. ^ General Hospital recap (6/5/09) -

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