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Spencer Cassadine
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Nicolas Bechtel as Prince Spencer Cassadine
General Hospital
Portrayed by Caden and Nicholas Laughlin (2006)
Nathan and Spencer Casamassima (2006-07)
Lance Doven (2008)
Rami Yousef (2009)
Davin Ransom (2009-11)
Nicolas Bechtel (2013-present)
Current status Recurring
Duration 2006-07, 2008, 2009-11, 2013-present
First appearance February 20, 2006
Created by Robert Guza, Jr.
Introduced by Jill Farren Phelps (2006)
Frank Valentini (2013)
Profile
Birth name John Michael Jacks
Alias(es)
  • Nikolas Cassadine Jr.[1]
  • Spencer Alexi Nikolaevich Cassadine[2]
  • Nikolai Mikkos Nikolaevich Cassadine[3]
  • Ronn Moss[4]
  • Namesake(s) Lucky Spencer
    Lulu Spencer
    Stefan Cassadine
    John Jacks
    Michael "Mike" Corbin
    Alexis Davis
    Mikkos Cassadine
    Nikolas Cassadine
    Nickname(s) Spence
    Mini-Prince, Buddy Boy (by Luke)
    Born February 20, 2006
    (Revised to 2005)[5]
    General Hospital
    Port Charles, New York
    Age 9
    Title Prince
    Residence Wyndemere
    Spoon Island
    Port Charles, New York
    SpencerGH2
    Davin Ransom as Prince Spencer Cassadine

    Prince Spencer Stefan Niklosovich Cassadine[7] is a fictional character on the ABC daytime soap opera General Hospital. He is the son of Nikolas Cassadine and the late Courtney Matthews. Spencer is seen as a miracle child because his mother, Courtney was told that she was infertile due to a miscarriage. Spencer is being portrayed by Nicolas Bechtel.

    BackgroundEdit

    Spencer is the son of Nikolas Cassadine and the late Courtney Matthews, although he was believed to be the son of Jasper Jacks.

    Courtney Matthews first finds out she's pregnant soon after divorcing her husband, Jasper "Jax" Jacks. She and her current boyfriend, Nikolas Cassadine, are overjoyed as Courtney thought she was infertile. Jax finds out, though, and demands a paternity test be done. It comes back saying that Jax is the father. Courtney and Nikolas still decide that they will fight to keep the baby with them once it is born.

    Nikolas's grandmother, Helena Cassadine, also finds out about Courtney's baby. Trying for years to control the Cassadine empire through Nikolas, Helena finally sees the means to gain access to the Cassadine money by taking Courtney's baby to raise as the Cassadine heir. Courtney decides to leave town to give herself some space to think. Helena kidnaps her just as she gets out, but Courtney eventually overpowers her and escapes. With the help of her father, Mike Corbin, Courtney goes into hiding.

    StorylinesEdit

    John Michael Jacks (Spencer Cassadine)

    John Michael Jacks fighting for his life shortly after birth

    In Febuary 2006, Port Charles is hit by a deadly encephalitis plague. Both Nikolas and Courtney contract the virus. They end up getting engaged, but due to the virus the baby is at risk so Courtney decides that she wants to have a C-section no matter what the risk is for her. Courtney tells the doctors to save her unborn baby, as she fought to keep him alive. On February 20, 2006, she gives birth to a severely premature baby boy via C-section, and doctors are able to keep him breathing. Jax and Nikolas, who have recovered from the virus, keep an eye on the baby for Courtney. Courtney tells Jax she wants to name the baby John, after Jax's father. Overwhelmed with guilt, Jax confesses to Courtney that Nikolas is the baby's biological father, and that he had the test changed so that it would look like he was the father. Courtney tries to tell Nikolas this, but by the time he arrives, Courtney is severely weakened and dies without telling Nikolas the truth.

    Baby John, as he is called, is able to fight despite being premature. He is infected by the virus, but luckily, he recovers. While he is in the hospital, Nikolas visits John to fulfill Courtney's wish of wanting to take care of her baby with him. Unfortunately, Jax keeps him away by ordering doctors not to allow Nikolas to see him, then getting a restraining order placed against Nikolas to make sure he stays away from John. When John recovers and leaves the hospital, Jax raises him with the help of Carly Corinthos, Courtney's best friend who he is now dating.

    The doctor who initially switched the DNA tests retires, and leaves behind the actual results. Meanwhile, Nikolas has another DNA test run on John, which Carly tampers with so Nikolas won't find out the truth. In June 2006, Jax holds a baptism for Courtney's son, naming him John Michael Jacks, after his father and Courtney's, and naming Carly the godmother. Dr. Robin Scorpio finds the results of the original paternity test, and realizes what Carly did to Nikolas' test. She tells Nikolas the truth at John's baptism. Nikolas doesn't believe her. Jax, however, intercedes and tells Nikolas that he is John's father, and that he tampered with the test to keep John and Courtney safe from Helena.

    Jax gives John back to Nikolas, who, though upset over Jax's manipulations, resolves himself to be a good father. He is also able to heal his relationship with ex-wife Emily Quartermaine, who divorced Nikolas when she found out he and Courtney were having an affair. Nikolas decides to rename John so that he will stop thinking about the time his son was kept away from him.[8] John is renamed Spencer after Nikolas' brother and sister, Lucky and Lulu Spencer. Emily is named Spencer's godmother.

    Nikolas hires Colleen McHenry as a nanny to Spencer. She becomes obsessed with Nikolas and falls in love with him, but Nikolas is falling back in love with Emily, who is also becoming a part of Spencer's life. Nikolas fires Colleen after finding out that all the fathers she previously worked for ended up dead.

    Unfortunately, that doesn't stop Colleen. She kidnaps Spencer right before the Christmas manger in 2006, and Nikolas and Emily go after her. They find Colleen, but Spencer has already been taken by Helena, who followed Colleen, wanting Spencer to herself. Nikolas and Emily follow Helena to St. Petersburg and ambush her at a cathedral, where she is trying to baptize Spencer under a different name. She holds a knife to Spencer, threatening to kill him unless Nikolas lets her go. Fortunately, Nikolas and Emily reverse the tables and manage to get Spencer back, while Helena escapes in January 2007. Nikolas and Emily baptize him at the cathedral as Spencer Alexi Nikolayovich Cassadine.

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    Spencer and his father

    Nikolas and Emily, back together, raise Spencer with help from Spencer's extended family. Nikolas proposes to Emily on October 31, 2007, who promises to help him raise Spencer, but Emily is killed that same night by the Text Message Killer, Diego Alcazar. Nikolas goes into a depression, not looking after Spencer. He finds out he has a tumor in his brain, which is making him see Emily in hallucinations. Initially, he won't let go of her, but she tells him to let go of her for the sake of Spencer, so that he has a father. Nikolas agrees, and has the tumor removed.

    Spencer is shown rapidly aged later on when Nikolas is dating Nadine Crowell, a nurse who helped him get treated for the tumor. Nikolas and Nadine break up, and Nikolas starts seeing Rebecca Shaw, who is later revealed to be Emily's twin sister. After he introduces Spencer to Rebecca, he tells Rebecca that he doesn't want Spencer to get to know someone, only to have them disappear from his life, which is why he held off introducing them. Lucky later tells Nikolas that he doesn't spend enough time with his son, worrying about Rebecca more and leaving Spencer with a nanny. Nikolas later breaks up with Rebecca, unable to shake his feelings for Elizabeth Webber.

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    Spencer and Britt

    Elizabeth finds out she is pregnant in February 2010, and both Nikolas and she believe the baby is his. When he tells Elizabeth he wants to start a relationship with her and raise their child together, Elizabeth refuses and reprimands him for leaving Spencer with his nanny often and not spending enough time with him. Nikolas resolves to be a better father to Spencer, spending more time with him than before and bringing Elizabeth's sons, Cameron and Jake, over to Wyndemere to play with Spencer. Elizabeth eventually agrees to let Nikolas be a part of the new baby's life, and becomes more comfortable around him and Spencer.

    Cameron Emma Spencer

    Spencer, Cameron and Emma.

    Jake and Cameron are brought over to Wyndemere by Elizabeth to play with Spencer. During their get-together, Elizabeth goes into labor. Nikolas takes her to the hospital, where she gives birth to Aiden Cassadine. When Cameron and Jake come to meet Aiden, Spencer is not with them, and Nikolas tells Elizabeth it's because he has a cold. About a year later, Elizabeth finds out that Aiden is actually Lucky's son, and tells Nikolas, who refuses to believe it. He decides to leave town with Spencer and Aiden. He changes his mind, though, and gives Aiden back to Lucky & Elizabeth. He and Spencer leave Port Charles, though, to start a new phase of their life.

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    Spencer and Britt

    Spencer returns with his great-grandmother Lesley Webber (via Nikolas and then Laura Spencer) from Italy on May 16, 2013 to most likely be present for his grandmother Laura's wedding to Scott Baldwin. On October 31, Spencer was dressed as Captain Hook for Halloween. On December 13, Spencer asks Nikolas to marry Britt as a Christmas present. Lesley takes Spencer to see his uncle Sonny, who celebrates Christmas early with his nephew. He teaches Spencer boxing at his gym.

    Spencer and his cousin, Cameron Spencer are fighting over who get's to be Emma Scorpio-Drake's boyfriend. They went to the stables, where they encounterd Heather Webber, who had kidnapped Carly Jacks, and was planning on killing her to cover her tracks, Heather told them she worked for Nikolas.

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    Spencer and Josslyn plan to break up Cameron and Emma

    Spencer met his great uncle Victor, who gave him a Faberge Egg. He told Spencer that if he gives this to a girl that he loves, she will fall in love with him. Spencer went to Robins to give the Egg to Emma and he spotted Robin and Victor talking. Spencer questioned Victor about it at Wyndemere, but he convinced him not to tell anyone about what he saw. Spencer went to the park with his father, Victor, Britt Westbourne, and her son Ben. He saw Emma their and gave her the Faberge egg, and then Victor appeard, pointing to Heather's picture in the newspaper and asking them about her. After he went to find Nikolas, Franco, who had been looking for Carly, asked the children about Heather's whereabouts.

    During his dad and Britt's engagement party, Emma breaks up with him so he goes to the stables to be alone but ends up hearing "Luke" talking to Julian about taking Sonny down.

    Britt and Nikolas later break up which upsets Spencer. In September, before Spencer goes back school he and Josslyn decide to break up Cameron and Emma because he wants Emma and Josslyn wants Cameron.

    Crimes CommittedEdit

    • Scheming with Britt to get her back together with Nikolas [Jul 3, 2014-present]
    • Ran away to push his dad and Britt back together [Jul 17-Aug 5, 2014]
    • Twisted Franco's arm [Aug 1, 2014]

    Health and VitalsEdit

    • Born severely premature via C-section during the encephalitis plague [Feb 2006]
    • Kidnapped by Colleen McHenry [Dec 2006]
    • Kidnapped by his great-grandmother, Helena Cassadine [Jan 2007]

    Family treeEdit

       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
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    Cassadine

    Photo galleryEdit

    • Courtney during her pregnancy
    • Courtney and Nikolas before the C-section
    • Courtney during the C-section
    • Spencer fighting for his life shortly after birth.
    • Spencer and his father
    • Helena and baby Spencer
    • Spencer returns
    • Spencer, along with his father, Nikolas, bring Elizabeth flowers
    • Spencer dressed as Captain Hook for Halloween
    • Spencer and Britt
    • Spencer boxing with his uncle Sonny
    • Spencer with his father, aunt Lulu, and cousins Cameron and Rocco
    • Spencer and his cousin, Cameron
    • Spencer with the Faberge Egg
    • Spencer gives Emma the Faberge Egg
    • Spencer hugging his aunt Lulu
    • Spencer with his uncle Dante
    • Spencer wants to be there when his dad proposes to Britt
    • Spencer and Emma
    • Spencer is rejected by Emma
    • Spencer with his uncle Sonny
    • Fluke threatens to hurt Emma if Spencer doesn't keep quiet
    • Spencer with his uncle Sonny
    • Spencer is ready for the ball
    • Spencer and his father, Nikolas arrive at the ball
    • Spencer interrupts Cameron and Emma's Tango
    • Spencer and Emma at the Nurses' Ball
    • Spencer gives Emma money for the Gabriel fund
    • Spencer gets advice on girls from his uncle Sonny
    • Spencer with Josslyn, uncle Sonny, Carly and Alice
    • Spencer and Britt plan to get her and Nikolas back together
    • Spencer watches fireworks with his dad and Britt
    • Spencer and Britt continue to scheme
    • Spencer, Britt and Josslyn
    • Spencer kisses Josslyn
    • Let the games begin
    • Spencer, Josslyn and Britt on a team with other kids
    • Spencer hides out
    • Spencer is exhausted
    • Spencer hides in Josslyn's room
    • Spencer shows Josslyn a picture of his mom, Courtney
    • Spencer and Franco
    • Spencer hurts Franco
    • Spencer hides from Carly
    • Spencer and Britt
    • Liz brings Spencer home
    • Spencer reunites with Nikolas
    • Spencer and Britt talk
    • Spencer tells Sam, Patrick and Emma that "Luke" may be behind the accident
    • Spencer tells his dad and Britt about "Luke"
    • Spencer and his dad have breakfast
    • Spencer is happy that his dad and Britt are back together

    ReferencesEdit

    1. Stated by Helena on January 15, 2007.
    2. Stated by Nikolas on January 27, 2007.
    3. Name chosen by Helena on January 24, 2007.
    4. Used July 21, 2014
    5. Stated by Nikolas on July 22, 2014.
    6. Stated by Nikolas on June 25, 2014
    7. Stated by Nikolas on April 28, 2010.
    8. http://soapcentral.com/gh/recaps/2006/060731.php#thu

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