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Christina Rush
Christina "Chris" Rush
Portrayed by Nicki Aycox
Campbell Rose (5 yrs.)
First Appearance Red Glare
Last Appearance Shattered
Status Alive

Christina Rush, better known as Chris, is the troubled younger sister of Lilly Rush, and second child of Ellen Rush and Paul Cooper. The Rush sisters have endured a rocky relationship for years, particularly after Chris got involved with Lilly's partner Scotty Valens in 2005. The two would remain estranged for several more years until Chris returned in 2010, at which point Lilly learned she had an infant daughter.


Unlike Lilly, Chris inherited many negative traits from their mother. Like Ellen, she glosses over parts of her past and portrays them as innocently as possible, which often leads to letting down those who care about her. She is a flighty individual who has held many jobs and lived in various cities, though never for long. Chris and Lilly have been estranged for close to a decade, ever since she slept with Lilly's then-fiancé, who was drunk at the time. Prior to moving back to Philadelphia, she lived in New York, where she worked at a flower shop in Soho. While working there, Chris became involved with her boss, Greg, who she claimed was the reason she eventually left New York.

After moving back to Philadelphia, She asked to stay with Lilly, who at first refused but eventually relented when she became concerned for Chris' safety. Chris also began working as a bartender at O'Malley's, and became friendly with Scotty Valens, eventually sleeping with him shortly after the death of his ex-girlfriend, Elisa (although Scotty had expressed interest in Chris beforehand). When it became apparent that Scotty had acted out of guilt over Elisa's suicide, Chris presented herself as someone he could talk to, and the two began a (mostly physical at first) relationship. Lilly found herself enjoying Chris' company, and the sisters began to make amends, which resulted in Lilly taking Chris out for her birthday. However, when Chris revealed over dinner that she had been dating Scotty, Lilly reacted with rage, and stormed out after accusing Chris of destroying everything she touched. No longer welcome at Lilly's, Chris then went to stay with Scotty.

After being brushed off by Lilly, Detective Mark Phillips of the NYPD approached Scotty and informed him that Chris was wanted for credit card fraud back in New York. Upon being confronted, Chris denied intending to commit fraud, stating that her ex-boss (and ex-boyfriend) Greg had asked her to call in the credit card numbers by claiming he had a standing business arrangement with the store. When asked if she thought that sounded legal, Chris admitted she didn't know, she was just trying to keep her job. She agreed to meet with Detective Phillips along with Scotty, who told her that if she was truly was innocent, she'd have nothing to worry about. When she was an hour and a half late for that scheduled meeting, Scotty went home to see what was keeping her, with Detective Phillips stating that he had a half an hour before Chris became a fugitive from the law. Upon arriving home, Scotty found only a note on his nightstand stating, "Scotty - Sorry, C.".

By the time of their mother Ellen's fourth wedding, Chris was still on the run. Upon inquiring why Ellen hadn't asked Chris to be the maid of honor instead of her, Ellen gave a hesitant and flimsy answer, leading Lilly to deduce that even her mother didn't know of Chris' whereabouts, as she was running from the law. Even after Ellen's death in 2007 and Lilly's subsequent shooting, Chris did not resurface in Lilly's life.

Christina eventually work out a deal with the New York D.A.'s office, sparing her any jail time. Finally in 2010, Christina resurfaced, as Lilly discovered her over at their father's house. Right away Lilly storms off, but promises their dad that she will talk to her. Sometime later on, the two meet inside of a diner, Christina tells Lilly that she wants to come home be closer to her family. She pushes forward a photo of them taken when they were kids at the beach, during 1978. At first, Lilly acts as if she doesn't remember any of it and refuses to co-sign a rental agreement, due to her sister's record.

While staying in a flophouse, Christina is assaulted and abducted by her boyfriend, Cliff, as one of his guys completely trashes the place. Soon after, Lilly receives a call from her father that Christina has gone missing and has taken some jewelry from his house. Lilly immediately heads over there, finding that the place where her sister was staying is trashed, but then sees the photo on the floor of them as kids. It is revealed that Christina is addicted to Oxycotin, and was involved with some bad men.

After getting Scotty involved, the two begin searching for Christina, leading all the way up to Jersey City Heights; New Jersey. Inside of her boyfriend's house, they discover Christina lying on a mattress, in a lot of pain in her stomach from being punched. It's then that Lilly realizes the importance of them being sisters, but doesn't understand what Christina is referring to by "we and she". Lilly soon discovers that Chris is referring to her infant daughter, whom is found inside of a laundry basket. After knocking out Cliff, Lilly retrieves her gun and her niece. They all head back to Philly.


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