In the episode, Eden McCoy (Joslyn Jacks) will portray a younger version of Carly as the character recalls the life she had with her adopted parents, Frank and Virginia Benson played in flashbacks by James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) and Cynthia Watros (Nina Reeves), respectively. “Carly came from nothing. She left her parents; she felt that her father didn’t want her,” says McCoy in an interview with Soap Opera Digest of the character’s past. “It was such a passionate role to play and I feel like I really got to know Carly better as a character, on a more intimate level. And it was just really interesting to see all the pieces fall in line and understand why she’s such a fighter.”
Also featured in the episode will be Nelle Benson, played as a child by Willa Rose (“I’m Dying Up Here,” “Here and Now”), the biological daughter of Frank. “It’s a really heartbreaking moment for Carly to see her dad, who left her, with another kid,” previews McCoy. “It hits a very personal note for that character.”
In addition to the Carly flashback scenes, look for Bobbie (Jacklyn Zeman) to get unsettling news, Nina to try and reason with an adult Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Sonny (Maurice Benard) to worry about Carly; the likely precursor to the flashbacks. Additionally, Michael (Chad Duell) is stressed out and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) is feeling apologetic.
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The Carly-themed episode was originally scheduled to air on Tuesday, April 7 before ABC announced this week that it would air all-new episodes of the soap Monday through Thursdays only due to the coronavirus pandemic putting a pause on production last month. The soap will air flashback episodes on Fridays beginning today, April 3 through May 22. Re-runs are expected to take over thereafter until the show is able to resume airing originals.