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Anthony Geary On Luke's General Hospital Send-Off: "He's been A Difficult, Eclectic Character To Find A Logical Motivating Conclusion For, But They've Done That."

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As General Hospital and pop culture television fans prepare to watch Monday’s July 27th episode of the ABC daytime drama series, which will feature the final scenes of eight-time Daytime Emmy winner and icon, Anthony Geary as Luke Spencer, the actor had a few parting shots and thoughts for the Los Angeles Times in a terrific piece on the daytime legend.

Just exactly what is said as Luke departs Port Charles on today’s airshow is yet to be seen in most of the country, but for many, this is a a major landmark in a historic 37-year career on General Hospital. As for his final decision to leave GH, which he has been contemplating for 15 years now, Geary related: “I feel very positive about my decision. That’s tempered by leaving a character that has been part of me for more than half my life.”

And as far as today’s big final wrap-up, as viewers tune in with hankies ready to say farewell to the much beloved, and at times, much maligned character of Luke Spencer, Geary said it is very challenging to wrap it in some bow: “They’ve given me a terrific wrap for my character. He’s been a difficult, eclectic character to find a logical motivating conclusion for, but they’ve done that.”

Even in the wake of being very public about not wanting to hear about Luke and Laura (Genie Francis) ad nauseam, Geary did pay homage to his time with Francis and their on-screen chemistry, when he smiled and said: “Those clear eyes, that porcelain skin.  When Genie looked up at me, I really felt like somebody. She gave me romance. I gave her danger. That was the gift we handed each other without realizing it.”

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So, daytime’s unconventional leading man, who broke the mold for daytime actors, is taking his final bow today on General Hospital.   Hard to believe, but it is truly an end of an era.

What do you think of Tony’s comments about the conclusion of the character of Luke Spencer? Ready to say one last goodbye today?  Share your thoughts below!

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Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I was bored with his finale episode…the entire ep. shouldve been about him leaving with flashbacks ect…maybe a suprise going away party at Niks mansion with the entire Spenser family with Heather popping out of a giant BLT with a knife…but it was more the Nina hour…at least they had him leave on a fog shrouded pier like i wanted…too bad they couldnt had a shocking twist where Luke and Sonny run off together as secret lovers!!!…lol…that shouldve been Luke and Laura in that last scene on the pier and him giving her the letter as some farewell type song played in the background!!!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Well, Luke couldve revealed he is a woman caught in a mans body…he goes to Amsterdam for an operation and returns to PC as a woman calling herself Caitlin Spenser and played by Robin Strasser or Susan Sullivan or Susan Lucci…lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

Wow, Jimh…lol. You never fail to amuse me…love it.

Maureen Lynch
Maureen Lynch

I agree with you. I too was a little bored. But now it’s over and we can move forward. It felt like he passed the torch to Sonny.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Im glad to move forward but not passing the torch to Sonny…this is an ensemble show and each actor deserves their moment to shine…less Sonny days for me the better…he is more of a gloomy dark cloud than anything So(u)nny…lol

Lin
Lin

I thought it was a real let down. They did not even have him seek out his daughter to say goodbye. The episode should have been devoted to Luke.Other than saying goodbye to Bobbie the other day and the part of the episode on Friday with Laura Wright as his mom and seeing himself as a child, and leaving with his alter ego, there has really been little that was hinted of it being dedicated to Luke. He

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I agree with you, Jimh! What a dud of a “send-off” for Luke sandwiched in with all the other ho hum stories.
Couldn’t they have devoted today’s epi solely to the so-called Luke farewell?
And then they had to parse it out–a bit of Sonny, a bit of Lulu–and–what?–nada with Laura. A letter addressed to “My Angel” you say? Wow! where’s the drama in that, I ask?

And now, NOW, Tony can finally say something positive: “Those clear eyes, that porcelain skin. When Genie looked up at me I really felt like somebody.” (Aside: Tony, how do you think Genie felt when you wouldn’t even LOOK at her??)

“She gave me romance” he continues. I gave her danger. That was the gift we handed each other without realizing it.”

Say what? Surely he didn’t just NOW (that he is leaving) just realize it.

Too little. Too late, I say. Unfortunately, all the other bitter, angry, unprofessional things he said about the Luke and Laura romance overshadow what he is saying now. Leaves a bitter taste in my mouth, but Genie, always the professional comes out of this smelling like a rose. A tip of the hat to you, Genie!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I agree…very well said…all praise goes to Genie who is a true class act…

lellingw
lellingw

I am angry that I spent 6 weeks watching what is now an awful show but I liked supporting Genie. But… how would you like to be stuck traveling a guy who destains the sight of you and barely talks to you and then gets to go back home and just be meeting with the kids and grandkids. The only really meaty scene she had is with Scotty. I love watching the old episodes on youtube but the current show is hopeless and I feel that making Tony Geary the center of the show was a huge problem. Even when Luke and Laura were huge, there were so many really great actors and stories going on. That’s not the case and the stories are just awful.

Justin
Justin

Amen! I don’t care what Tony Geary or anyone says……his last scene should have been with Genie Francis. Whether he likes it or not, this show (if you can call it that these days) wouldn’t be on if it weren’t for that couple’s magic!

kathy
kathy

I, too, thought Luke & Laura should have been on the pier together and the episode should have been dedicated to him. I will so miss him.

Harry
Harry

I agree with all of you. Holy Anti Climatic, Batman! I really could have done without Geary playing Luke’s father bellowing at Luke. (By the way, The Soup parodied that scene–you can find it on Youtube)
Indeed, Luke’s exit scenes were ripe with possibility–so ripe that they should have been fool proof and should have basically written themselves.
We got a whiff of how good it could have been with the goodbye scene which transpired between Bobby and Luke last Friday. It was well acted, subtle, yet powerful, because it was replete with history and it was underscored with a small flashback.
Could not the same approach been utilized with Laura? I like Kathy’s idea of Luke saying good bye to his angel on a foggy pier. Then, he could walk off into the fog with her standing there watching him disappear into the fog. Then fade to music and flashbacks.
The fact that the head writer even blew Luke’s exits scenes speaks volumes about his lack of talent and lack of romantic vision.
We should have been in tears watching Luke walk away forever but instead we wanted to give him a big hefty push off that pier.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I have mixed feelings…ill miss the character more than the actor!!!

Carolina
Carolina

Glad he’s gone!

Luke has been nothing more than a loathsome, alcoholic skirt chaser ever since he put his beloved Laura in a sanitarium in September of 2002.

kelly
kelly

I seem to recall reading interviews with Tony Geary over the past 10 years or so where he clearly stated that as far as he was concerned Luke and Laura were over; a thing of the past. Tony Geary wanted Luke to be involved with other women. I think that the story of line of Luke/Tracy was one that Tony pushed for and wanted.

Ces
Ces

How could they waste an entire show on filler crap and give us 7 minutes of Luke’s exit????? No flashbacks, and no scene with Genie?? I feel so letdown!! RC should be ashamed of this poorly written exit of the most iconic character ever to grace daytime
Not a dry I saying watching him with Maurice though. You will be missed Tony!! You wont RC!!

Ces
Ces

Dry * eye* watching him ….i meant to type.

lellingw
lellingw

I’m sure it was Tony’s doing and the letter was put in by the panicked writers. Cruel, selfish and a lack of regard for others and this is what he received Emmys for. The competition in the 80s and 90s was too great but the 2000s, there was no competition at all and the Daytime Emmys became a joke.

monica
monica

Thank you for the many years. May God bless you in all you do. Love ya!

Amy
Amy

I want to know what is in the letter he wrote to his angel, Laura. I felt this exit story was empty. Luke’s legacy deserved more. It deserved longer scenes and more dialog. It deserved more chemistry like the few long scenes shared with Jonathan Jackson and the one scene shared with Jackie Zeman. It deserved a lot more flashbacks. ABC doesn’t have the budget anymore to do an adventure storyline properly, so they should have steered clear of the adventure storyline. The “adventure” scenes were cheap, campy and embarrassing. They missed an opportunity to make the best with their small budget and focus on good acting and good storytelling. They could have have had longer scenes with Luke and Tracy, Laura…anyone for that matter. It was fine to bring Holly and Ethan back but it was useless to waste so many weeks on Jennifer Smith and Frank Smith. The little Jake storyline was fine and I’m glad it only took about a week instead of 3-4 weeks like the 2 Smith characters. Very disappointed. Luke offered to help Lucky when the darkness felt like too much. I was hoping the writers were hinting Luke was going to be with his son in Ireland and they help each other with their demons. There are so many different (better) ways this story could have been written. The Jennifer and Frank Smith stuff felt like it was written by a teenage boy. The other stuff felt like it was written by a nonchalant person trying to meet a deadline.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Amen to your comments, Amy. And underscore that last sentence: “. . .written by a nonchalant person trying to meet a deadline. Dead as a doornail, I say.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

It was like they were working with half a script!!!

Abby Clark
Abby Clark

I seems that everyone who is disappointed with today’s show needs to remember that the show must go on. Everyone complained about how long the Fluke story took before it was resolved. Now complaints about how little time his departure took. Some people are never happy with the writers. Yes I will very much so miss Luke.. Nothing person Nancy Dillingham I just decided to coment and I was at yours.

Matilda
Matilda

The episode was a total disgrace. The usual minute long scenes. Luke’s finale didn’t even focus on Luke. He was seven minutes of the entire show that was filled with Franco,Nina,Ava, kiki, Morgan, Madeline. You just have to be kidding.

RC may have written it, but Valentini put it on the air. How do you promote Luke’s send off and he is barely in the episode and there are no flashbacks? A disgrace and it is not just on RC. Frank is the EP and ABC is involved as well. I am totally speechless.

su0000
su0000

It would have been cool if indeed you were ”totally speechless”
It was done very well, all involved have said as much..
Tony himself was pleased..

It was well done, just not the way you personally wanted it done for you .. lol

Harry
Harry

Suoo, we all know you’re so bitter about Ron’s firing that you can taste the bile in your mouth, but folks like Matilda have the right to voice their displeasure with a long anticipated scene without you telling them that you wish they had remained speechless.
Matilda, I agree with your every word, and yes, Ron is not entirely to blame.

Stephanie
Stephanie

So true, Matilda.

su0000
su0000

Dear Harry..
I never told anyone to ”remain silent” ..
they can bellyache all they want.
I said;
”It would have been cool if indeed you were ”totally speechless”’
”been cool”

you have a good hair day now, Harry 🙂

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Speechless, yes!

Ces
Ces

i agree with you Matilda.

lellingw
lellingw

I was horrified at Ron’s team’s writing until I saw the end. The two episodes at the house and the one with Bobbie was wonderful. So Laura didn’t deserve anything and Scotty? At least stop at the bar! I feel I was mislead and the letter thing is geared toward making me think that someday Luke will come back and really get back together with Laura.

Dan
Dan

I just watched Tony Geary’s final episode, and let me just say, that was an embarrassing disgrace of a sendoff.

I’ve defended FV and RC a lot more than most, but there’s no defending what I just saw. No final scenes with Genie Francis. And yeah, I know Geary’s take on the whole Luke & Laura thing, but they couldn’t even put together one farewell scene for the longtime fans of the show, if for nothing else? Instead Laura gets a letter. What a disgrace.

The final show of an icon who has been part of the show for 37 years, not one flashback, nothing. Instead we a couple rushed scenes with Luke and Sonny, and Luke and Lulu, so they can spend the other 95% of the show shoving Valerie, Denise, Kiki, Franco, Morgan and a bunch of other useless characters down everyone’s throat.

I had mixed feelings on Ron Carlivati getting let go, but after this, I’m glad he got fired. And as far as I’m concerned, they should have booted Frank Valentini out the door with him. He’s the executive producer, so he’s ultimately the man with the final say on what we see on our TV screens. Today’s episode was a slap in the face to everyone that has ever invested any time and emotion in the character of Luke Spencer.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

You got it, Dan! “. . .they couldn’t even put together one farewel scene for the logtime fans. . .” Shame on them!

su0000
su0000

You actually thought they dedicate the whole episode to Tony’s last day LOL
Tony has had a 3 week goodbye..
If the episode was dedicated to Tony everyone would whining over that too..

Ron may well not have written the script, outlined yes but written it, perhaps or not.
There are writers who write for Luke..
Certain writers write for certain characters..
Ron does not entire scripts .
Tony has in his contract he himself can change his lines etc in the script, also..

Tony liked it..
Geary said it is very challenging to wrap it in some bow: “They’ve given me a terrific wrap for my character. He’s been a difficult, eclectic character to find a logical motivating conclusion for, but they’ve done that.”

su0000
su0000

I loved every scene..
It was an emotional journey, well done..

ALL, who were in the scenes during past 3 weeks have given their best.
I will miss seeing Tony..
I am happy that he is happy with his last scenes..

Geary said it is very challenging to wrap it in some bow: “They’ve given me a terrific wrap for my character. He’s been a difficult, eclectic character to find a logical motivating conclusion for, but they’ve done that.”

(and it’s not easy to please Tony 🙂

I can only hope someday Tony will surprise us with a return guest stint..

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

Well said Su! I agree.

Tre
Tre

Never been more disappointed in GH!!!! So much hype about the final farewell and this is what we got!?!?!?! He was not even really on the scene until the last few minutes and although it is sad he is leaving….. it was BORING to say the least!! I thought they were waiting till the end to show him remembering ALL the memories through the years .and NOTHING!!! I can only hope that as Laura reads her letter …there are lot’s of flashbacks. While his last scene with LuLu was a little touching … I think he should have tracked her down to say good bye, not her looking for him!! 🙁

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yeah, just wrong.
And BORING–can’t believe I would ever have to say that, either.

lellingw
lellingw

It was very wrong and very Tony. The letter was the writers’ idea to smooth things over. I see the final photos of the party in a whole new light between them. She must have been very hurt and a bit desperate. This is her legacy too and she is still working. Both Laura and Tracy deserve good men who are interesting and exciting. I was alarmed when Tracy said she was not only backing away from Luke but ELQ too? So what is she supposed to do? Be rich and stay home to find herself? Good lord!

Stephanie
Stephanie

So true. What a missed writing opportunity for Tracy. Tracy needs to lock horns with Nikolas to control ELQ. The writers could do so much with this story right now. It could be a good chance for Tracy to prove her late father wrong and run ELQ successfully.

Sam
Sam

I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t show Laura reading the letter. Or I wouldn’t be surprised if the letter isn’t really personal. Maybe in the letter he is asking Laura to take over his half of Kelly’s Diner. Genie said she would like for Laura to run Kelly’s. …makes me wonder if that is what the writers are about to do for Genie. Luke was trying to skip town without saying goodbye to anyone. Bobbie found him. Sonny’s men stumbled upon him and took him to Sonny. Lulu found him. Since he was so H*ll-bent on skipping town in a hurry, I can’t imagine Luke taking time to stop and write Laura a beautiful letter. I agree with other people on this post who have said the letter was probably a last ditch effort to appease the LnL fans. I will always love LnL and young Luke will always be my favorite Luke. Genie/Laura deserved more airtime but as far as the character of Laura goes, she’s too good for this Luke. Tracy is too good for this Luke too. Luke will probably stop off at a few more brothels on the way to wherever he is going. Ewwww.. If he ever returns, the writing of Luke’s redemption would have to be exceptional before I could stomach Tracy or Laura ever taking him back. Remember how he returned from the institution showing Tracy his release papers? If he returns for a visit to Port Charles looking for love, he should have to show Tracy or Laura medical papers stating he tested negative for STD’s. yuck. I love Luke and I want Luke to be healed and more like young Luke. Anthony Geary wanted Luke to exit broken and damaged and he got his wish. I wish Anthony and Luke the best and I will miss them even though I don’t always agree with them.

Sam
Sam

Correction: Luke will probably end up in Vegas or Amsterdam owning and operating a legal brothel. It would be his way of still being shady but not necessarily on the wrong side of the law anymore. Ick.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

The previews made it look like this was going to be a celebration of Luke’s life, with flashbacks and his family and friends toasting him, this was a depressing mess! The only bright spot was Luke’s letter to his “Angel”, Laura. Anyone tuning in today, thinking they were going to be treated to a great Luke-centered episode, full of reminiscing, was in for a big letdown. I just can’t take it any more. This show can’t do right by Luke & Laura, they can’t do right by ANYBODY! There will never be another Luke&Laura-type romance. It’s all darkness and despair, doom and gloom. I hope the new writers can fix it, but I’m not watching until they do.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes, I agree with all of your thoughts The only “bright spot was Luke’s letter to his ‘Angel’, Laura.”
TPTB (and perhaps TG?) threw us a crumb, didn’t they?

And I feel just as you do. Your last 3 sentences say it all.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

IKR? LUKE AND LAURA got ZIP! So why should we expect happiness for any of the other couples?! Not with Carlivati writing, anyway, thank goodness he’s gone!

Les
Les

Maddie, I am with you all the way. What a complete letdown.

I wonder if we will even learn what is in the letter to Laura or will it all happen off camera?

Feeling cheated all over again…

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

I doubt very much that RC ever intended for us to know what’s in that letter. As Nancy said, it’s a “crumb” to Luke&Laura fans, no more. Now the new writers might right this wrong .. they are women after all, so they know how important romance is to their female audience. Remember in 1987 when the audience was angry at Robert’s cavalier attitude towards Holly’s death? Months later, he got a letter from Holly, complete with flashbacks in a musical montage, and he mourned her properly. Perhaps, if there’s enough outrage, we will get a scene like that for Luke&Laura. Here’s hoping! 🙂

su0000
su0000

I could give a hoot about Luke & Laura..
I, as many others who joined GH after the Luke & Laura have zero connection to them..
Good whatever is in a letter and not a long Luke & Laura speach …. 🙂

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

Whether you watched during Luke&Laura is irrelevant. They are very important to the history of GH, in fact, without them, there would BE no GH! It would surely have been canceled long ago without them. They are the most popular couple EVER on soaps! I wasn’t watching when Luke&Laura were first on either, I started watching during the Aztec Treasure story. But I still love and respect their legacy. Doug&Julie on DAYS were before my time, but I adore them because they were the original supercouple, even before Luke&Laura! They were on the cover of TIME. People who don’t even watch soaps know that Luke&Laura belong together.

Les
Les

Su0000, for someone who doesn’t give a hoot about Luke and Laura, you sure spend a lot of time on this site talking about them…

su0000
su0000

Hi Les..
no, I do not talking about Luke & Laura the couple means nothing to me so nothing to say about them..
I have said stuff about Laura, I do not like her. She irritates me..

Justin
Justin

Maddiehayes, I agree with you! I don’t know how some people can watch these soaps without knowing and respecting the history. Couples like Doug and Julie and Luke and Laura are iconic, made headlines (Doug and Julie were on the cover of, was it TIME Magazine?), and kept their shows on the air.

lellingw
lellingw

Tony’s contract says that he can’t change the writers’ intent, only how Luke would say it. There could have been a reunion with Luke and Laura of some kind. People allow him to bully them and they get fired. Wendy got fired and Ron got fired and Frank didn’t get fired because he pandered to Tony. I don’t know much about the actor who plays Sonny but I hope he is of much better character.

Brian
Brian

The Thanksgiving show they did saying goodbye to Edward when John Ingle passed away in 2012, that’s how you send off a longtime beloved character. Almost the entire episode was devoted to Edward, with flashbacks and everything. That’s the way Tony Geary should have been sent off.

It’s amazing that the production team that produced that show, which I thought was one of the best and most emotional shows on GH in many years, are the same people that produced the disappointing mess I saw today. It’s no wonder changes are being made behind the scenes. What a huge letdown!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

You got it, Brian!

su0000
su0000

well.
I read all the tweets, facebook, comments, all that’s trending..
Most everyone is very positive and have wonderful things to say..

for some reason all the complainers and cry babies felt need to dump here lol
I guess the negative kook hate board next door had an overflow .. lol
some crazy nasty mean stuff piling up ahaaaa!
gotta love this stuff ..

aline robichaud
aline robichaud

tony from general hospital will be miss like they say he’s an era , A good actor , that never be replace wish him the best . Yes I cry every time that they show picture about him leaving the soap love you luke

Mary SF
Mary SF

Personally, I would of have left it at Friday’s episode– ending it where it began between Luke and Bobbie– I thought Monday’s show pointless– the whole passing the torch to MB was dumb, that could have been done before Friday’s episode if it had to be in there. Luke already said “goodbye” to Lulu earlier why have another one? Friday’s ending was classy, Monday’s ending was sappy. But hopefully we can now move on–TG has, so let’s get back to business.

Dana
Dana

Today’s show was truly a let down for me. I feel this was very anti climatic and hoped for a more fitting send off for Luke. I was left disappointed, but will miss the character of Luke very much. I feel General Hospital has lost a bit of the magic it has help for me for so many years.

Alan
Alan

“They’ve given me a terrific wrap for my character.”

Whaaaaaaat? Did Anthony Geary just something positive about “the writer”?

Gena
Gena

I suspect the happiest person today is Bob Guza, for not getting blamed for this episode and this exit storyline. Geez. As much as I hated this storyline, I guess I am grateful Guza wasn’t there to end it with Luke committing murder-suicide on half the town. Good grief. Too bad they didn’t take a lesson from this year’s Parenthood series finale and Luke’s 1983 exit. Those were well rounded, satisfying endings and that is how you put an era to rest.

Tim
Tim

GH should have honored Tony’s wishes and killed off Luke. http://youtu.be/ATByJ4KZfQQ

su0000
su0000

No way would Tony’s fans like his being killed off..
there would be hell to pay if he/Luke was dead..
I doubt ABC would want him dead..
Also-
Tony does not like back from the dead..so-
Now it is always open (for a ratings boost lol) to have Tony back for a short stint ..
He may well want to pop in at some point in time ..

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

I’m surprised no one has mentioned the whole point of this episode…. ABC planned it for business reasons — the purpose was to show lapsed viewers what’s going on now and hope they stick around and boost ratings. That’s why it was hyped, that’s why all the blog posts and newspaper stories and interviews. That’s why Luke himself was a small part of the episode so the current major frontburner characters were showcased. The only problem is those characters aren’t particularly enticing! Did y’all really think this farewell episode was for the fans? Y’all do know you’re watching ABC, right?

Harry
Harry

Yep!!
You are right–it was bait and switch all the way.
And really, they played a horrid country pop song as Luke walked off into the foggy pier? We all know Tony Geary is a huge jazz/blues and r&b fan so the bad choice of music really was a bit of an insult to injury kind of stunt.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I noticed that song also, Harry. Very intrusive–didn’t really fit the mood at all.
But I’ve noticed all the music lately (when they have any!).
Not appropriate like it use to be. Think: Christoper Cross’ “Think of Laura,” right? (I had to get that in–lol.)

Shay
Shay

@Harry….I thought “My Way” would have been apropos, but then again, that one is probably being saved for Sonny!!!!!

tim
tim

I think I understand why GH chose Sonny to be Luke’s final scene partner,it’s because of the long history between the actors and the characters.Tony and Maurice have been working together since 1993,that’s longer than Luke and Laura,Luke and Holly,Luke and Robert,or Luke and any of his children,in other words Maurice/Sonny deserved to be there at the end.

lellingw
lellingw

Laura – 1978, Holly-1982, Robert – 1981 The thinking is that Maurice is going to be the next star of the show. That’s why he was primary and face it he’s a guy.

su0000
su0000

000hhh lordy lordy!
I just read Ron’s tweeter,,
there are thousands of tweets all luvin him..
He received very nice heartfelt tweets..

So many there was no end ..

Hilary
Hilary

And a thousand more thankful that he’s gone.

su0000
su0000

No, most the tweets were heartfelt..
not all are bitter people 😉

Shay
Shay

What an absolutely dreadful send-off for Anthony Geary….first of all, his Luke seemed a mere afterthought on his final episode what with all the other useless characters—most especially the nervy, nauseating Nina, one of the most failed experiments ever to curse Port Charles—being given pride of place. That was a supreme insult not only to the actor himself, but all the longtime fans who were expecting something special, memorable and respectful in his last (ever?) GH appearance. Secondly, putting bromance over romance with the supposedly now kinder and gentler Luke’s fawning farewell to his longtime bud Sonny was beyond the pale…..but then, hey, nothing says goodbye and good luck like the gift of a precious firearm between friends!!! If this now makes Sonny king of the GH hill, then this soap really cannot be saved! A passing of the torch, indeed!!!! As for Lulu’s tearful adieu to her dad, it could have been so much more meaningful and heartfelt with Julie Marie Berman….only she is Luke’s genuine “Cupcake!” Lastly, and certainly not least, the very obvious omission of Laura from the dock scene was perhaps the cruelest slam to those of us who had held out hope that some small, yet ultimate, acknowledgement of the L&L phenomenon would be forthcoming….whether this was done at the behest of Geary or at the hands of RC, it was a highly apparent snub to the legions of viewers who stuck with this awful end of era escapade just to see if our fondest wishes were to be granted. Unless the letter addressed to “Angel” affectionately recounts the storied tales of the Spencers along with accompanying flashbacks, then this closing chapter of the legendary Lucas Lorenzo Spencer rates as a resounding failure!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I like it, Shay! “Nothing says goodbye and good luck like the gift of a precious firearm between friends!!!” lol
And I agee: the “ultimate insult,” ” the cruelest slam,” and “a highly apparent snub to the legions of viewers.” Seemed like it really was meant to deliver the “cruelest cut” to the most loyal fans of the Luke and Laura love story–and “Luke” walking off into the fog looked like a deliberate dig–and a personal one–at Genie since that was the way she initially left the show.

Les
Les

interesting observation about the foggy exit being a dig at Genie. It could also be seen as the antithesis of riding off into the sunset with Laura. Either way – what a nice cold sholder turned to us fans.

su0000
su0000

Tony doesn’t care enough about Genie to make anything personal, he just care to have her brought in but went with it for the fans..
As walking into the fog..
It has been much the same as walking into the sunset especially in British movies..
If was befitting for Luke to fade away in the misty fog..

fading away into the sunset is= happy ever after /closure
fading away into the fog is= wonderings / no closure
Luke was off to find himself..

Shay
Shay

Ahh…at last our paths have crossed, Ms. Dillingham! Thank you very much…I’m glad you enjoyed the impassioned expressions of outrage! LOL. You should have been here during the beginning of the “Clusterfluke” debacle….many of us waxed so incandescent that we exhausted ourselves on that subject! (I believe you arrived fashionably late to that discussion, correct??? Your vociferous–and well-founded—Luke posts essentially picked up where a number of us resignedly left off this past spring…..until now, that is! It would seem that this final(?) arrogant display of contempt for the legendary L&L only served to reinspire our collective ire for perpetuity!) At any rate, wishing you a most belated welcome to this website!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Ah, Shay. I wish I could get into this conversation and contribute something meaningful and heartfelt. Alas, I do not really KNOW these characters and their past, except for what I have read or episodes I have caught on U-tube.
Nonetheless, “…nothing says goodbye and good luck like the gift of a precious firearm between friends!!!” Now, you tell me, Shay? How could I pass-up or dismiss that very comment so deliciously dipped and fried in sarcasm? I just could not. HILARIOUS!!

Shay
Shay

Thank you, CeeCee! It simply seemed odd–not to mention repugnant–that of all the people to whom Luke could gift his beloved gun, he was compelled to choose this fellow lowlife as the recipient, and not a family member for whom it could serve as future protection or as merely an historical/sentimental heirloom? Oh no, “The Silver Spencer Special” just had to go to old “SonnyBoy”….that symbolic “passing of the (tainted) torch” from one morally-compromised GH leader of his generation to the next! (May it be forever cursed!) Given the fact that so many share our less than stellar opinion of “The Dimpled Don,” it certainly appeared to be the grand finale of countless slights to an audience which had craved—and expected— a more uplifting and upstanding exit for Luke. As for your lack of familiarity with the “bromance” between Luke and Sonny, I couldn’t enlighten you that much, because the Corinthos era marked the first time I sharply curtailed my GH viewing….it failed to interest me then, just as it still does now. Suffice to say those two were “thick as thieves,” and leave it at that! (Please note that this post has also been “dipped and fried in sarcasm”…especially for you, CeeCee! LOL.)

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Shay.
HaHa…thank you, Shay….much appreciated.

Shay
Shay

As are you, CeeCee! ALWAYS!

Fginaspy
Fginaspy

The final scenes with Luke were pointless. They added nothing to what was achieved last week. I thought it odd that his last air day was a Monday. I’ll take away that RC is on Team Scotty as I have always been.

However, I do agree for any true L&L fan this send off was a dud.

elm51
elm51

wow
i just read read ron’s twitter & i counted about twenty five tweets……………………hmmmm

su0000
su0000

At the bottom of every page you will see; ”View more in conversation →”
you need to click on the ”View more in conversation → and it will take to the next page.. Repete on that page to go the next page..
there are many pages ..
hope that helps..

there are well over a 1000 tweets,,

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Thanks for the shout out, Shay–and thanks so much for the welcome!

Shay
Shay

You are most welcome!

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GH’s Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver “The Power Performance of the Week”

Last week, as General Hospital aired the final episodes they had in the can, prior to the coronavirus TV production shutdown, viewers of the series were left with a one-two punch of gut-wrenching performances from Daytime Emmy winners, Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny)

Burton, also received great news last week, when he found out he was again Emmy-nominated in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Benard, told fans he did not submit himself in the competition this year, when they were wondering where his name was in the list of the finalists in the category.  However, Maurice won last year for the second time in his career, for Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Now on last Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Jason was trying his best to break it to Sonny that Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail) is not going to get any better as he continues to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, and that Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.  Sonny is devastated sitting with Mike watching him being completely unresponsive.  He tell Mike he will be back to see him tomorrow, as he leaves Mike reaches out his hand slowly.

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Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) has just told Jason that she believes the signs are all there that Mike is on his final decline and battle with Alzheimers. Mike is unresponsive, not eating. and slipping away quickly. She believes he wants to let go, but is holding on for Sonny’s sake, something that tears through Jason.  Knowing Jason was told something by Elizabeth, Sonny asks what it is.  That is when Jason tells Sonny he thinks Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.

An overcome Sonny tells Jason that he worries that Mike might still want to fight, but for what? He is a shell of himself and has no memories.  It is then that Burton as Jason, in a touching performance, tells Sonny what he’d want if he were in Mike’s place. Jason reflect that he wouldn’t want machines keeping him alive or his kids having to go through what Sonny is having to deal with right now   Jason goes on to say that even when Sonny put walls up between himself and Mike through the years, that Mike never stopped trying to break them down.

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Once Jason leaves, with tears running down his cheeks, Sonny sits with Mike trying to come to terms with what he must do now.  Will Sonny let Mike die and spare his father any further misery … or will he try to prolong whatever time Mike has left?

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These scenes for anyone who has endured or lived through losing a loved one battling through Alzheimer’s and having to make a life and death decision, and the emotional turmoil and sadness it causes a family, could feel the pain and heartbreak played  by Burton and Benard. That is why Michael Fairman TV gives Steve and Maurice the honors of The Power Performance of the Week.

Watch a few scenes from part of Steve and Maurice’s ‘Power Performance’ below

Then let us know, what did you think of Steve and Maurice’s performances in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Comment below.

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‘Studio City’s’ Sean Kanan to Host Indie Series Awards Virtual Ceremony

Coming up, another award show will transition during the coronavirus pandemic to a virtual presentation when the 11th Annual Indie Series Awards reveals its winners in a ceremony w=on Thursday, June 18, starting at 9:00 p. m. EST.

This year, the host with the most will be Sean Kanan, known for his roles on General Hospital (Ex-AJ) and The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless (Ex-Deacon), and this year for his Daytime Emmy-nominated work from his digital series, Studio City,

“I am honored and excited to be a part of the digital community and ISA family,” added Kanan. “This is the future of entertainment.”

Since 2oo9, the ISAs have honored some of the best of independent web series.

Tickets are said to be going on sale, so you can watch the virtual ceremony beginning at home starting on June 1st.

For more on the Indie Series Awards visit their site here.

So, will you be checking out Sean and the Indie Series Awards next month? Comment below.

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TODAY: General Hospital Rebroadcasts Masterful 52nd Anniversary Episode

Fans are in for a treat today (Friday, May 22nd) when ABC’s General Hospital airs an encore presentation of one of the finest hours of soap opera in the history of the genre, with its 52nd anniversary episode from April 1, 2015.

In the episode, viewers finally learned what turned Luke (Tony Geary) into Fluke, which has been the on-going story for months; but it all lead up to the shocking reveal, when Luke revisited his past in his broken down childhood home and the demons that haunted him.

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The episode goes from black and white to color, as Geary plays two roles: Luke and his abusive father, Tim, in one of the greatest performances of his career.

It is there we finally see Luke’s mother, Lena, played to perfection by Laura Wright (Carly).  And, it is in these scenes we meet for the first time Chloe Lanier as a young Patricia Spencer, who was so good, she was later cast as Nelle.  Playing the young Luke in another powerful performance was Joey Luthman,

Throughout the twists and turns, viewers learn that Luke not only killed his father, but accidentally killed his own mother who he loved.  It was a harrowing moment of deeply repressed memories.  The ending in the present time also features the Spencer family rallying around a distraught Luke in the hankie-inducing final scenes.

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From the performances, to the script, to the direction, to the writing his one had it all.

So, will  you be watching today’s 52nd anniversary episode of GH?  Do you agree it was one of the finest episodes of the series? Comment below

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