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Anthony Geary's Final GH Episode: Luke Leaves Port Charles And A Letter For Laura! Was It Anti-Climatic?

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On Monday, Anthony Geary’s final episode as Luke Spencer aired on General Hospital.  In his final scenes, Geary shared screen time with Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos) as Luke basically told Sonny to take care of Port Charles while he is gone, because the place needs Sonny.  The subtext of that moment was evident: Geary was passing the torch to Benard as the series leading character to which Sonny replied that he will be around, for now.

Luke did have an opportunity to have a final moment and goodbye with his daughter Lulu played by Emme Rylan.  Later, When Lulu returned to the Haunted Star to tell Laura (Genie Francis) she met up with her father before he left town for good, she revealed he gave her a letter to deliver to Laura marked, “Angel”, which was always Luke’s nickname for his former wife and longtime love.

As Geary took his final on-screen bow walking into the foggy night to get on the boat that takes him out of Port Charles, he looks back with a smile.  We are left with his silhouette, as he walks off, and the episode fades to black.  For many, the moment was simple, touching, and tugged at the heart.

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Over the last 24 hours though, some longtime fans of General Hospital have voiced their displeasure that the final episode of Geary’s featured no video montage featuring retrospective clips, and did not have the emotional impact that the days leading up to the Geary finale had.

Nathan Varni, the Manager Current Series of ABC in charge of General Hospital related on his facebook page when commenting about the lack of clips in the episode from a fan responded by saying: “Wasn’t the direction Tony wanted, but there are many montages avail to view on the ABC website and You Tube.”  Another common comment, of course, was that there was no final goodbye scene with Genie Francis.

Which leads us to the letter marked, “Angel”.  What is the contents of the letter?  Will Luke have some important words for Laura? Will he discuss their relationship and what he meant to her?  Or, none of the above?

Whether you were pleased, cried, or were disappointed, yesterday marked the end of an era for a performer who brought so much to daytime and changed the game for so many actors, and raised the bar with his performances time and time again.  With one last look, here is Luke’s final moment in Port Charles below.

Now, let us know, what were your thoughts on Tony Geary’s last episode?  Did you reach for the hankies?  Were you disappointed?  Will you miss Luke now that he is gone from the canvas?  And, what do you think Luke wrote to Laura in the envelope marked, “Angel”?

 

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Karen
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Karen

I am actually EMBARRASSED that I had my Mom and some long-time exGH watchers tune in when I said to watch the 27th. How dull and dismal was that? What were they thinking?
No one was, that’s for sure.

Cynthia
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Cynthia

I was disappointed. Yesterday should of been a day all about Anthony. Scenes from the past 37 yrs or so. I cried all last week. Yesterday, nothing. It definitely could have been written better. Tony will be missed!

Kathy sharp
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Kathy sharp

I was very disappointed as well if he was really leaving everyone should have been on the dock to bid him farewell very disappointed once again RC disappoints

Matilda
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Matilda

Right, and if you tuned in for Luke’s Finale, regardless of the content, Luke was on for a total of about seven minutes. He was barely in the episode and the other characters and scenes had nothing to do with Luke and did not even feature characters associated with Luke.

How in the world can Luke be such a small part of his final episode? And how were there no flashbacks? This was just a complete failure. How ABC allowed this is just beyond belief.

Harry
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Harry

I have exhausted myself and others on this subject, but sadly, Luke’s last episode was incredibly disappointing. It’s as if they tried to make it as bad and as unfeeling as possible so we wouldn’t mourn his leaving. There could have been some meaningful moments which did not involved Tony Geary playing Luke’s screaming, over-the-top father. Luke should have visited his old haunts–Kelly’s diner, his old jazz club, the old campus disco which had been converted into a Starbucks or something. A few poignant goodbye scenes with Laura interjected with a splash of flashbacks, a montage and a really good… Read more »

Aden
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Aden

Exactly Harry, right? They could have done such a nice, Our Town…Its a Wonderful Life type journey through the happy memories of Luke’s life, not this manic made-up suicidal freak that has taken over. Disgusting depressing dour and not entertaining at all.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

Same here! I was talking it up to all the lapsed GH watchers I knew. They were expecting to see Luke AND Laura! Everybody was expecting them to ride off into the sunset (or the fog) together. All I can hope is that my friends & family forgot to watch. Otherwise, what are they going to think of me? “You actually WATCH that drivel?” LOL

kelly
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kelly

Tony Geary made it clear in several interviews that, as far as he is concerned, Luke and Laura are over forever. Given how Tony felt, I doubt he would have agreed to have Luke go off into the sunset with Laura. I suppose we should be grateful, when I was was in LA someone told me that Tony wanted Luke to be killed off.

Harry
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Harry

But Kelly, no one is saying that Luke should have walked off into the sunset with Laura–no one! Not even the most ardent Luke and Laura fans are saying such a thing. I mean, please pay attention.
What we wanted was for Luke to play fidelity to his history with Laura and thusforth, play fidelity to the love and passion this coupling triggered and sustained for well over thirty years.
Laura deserved at least a backward glance before Luke dissolved into the fog.

Ashleigh
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Ashleigh

I could be wayyyy off here, but from what I read from you guys, AG held Luke captive by telling what the writers what he would and wouldn’t do. An actor shouldn’t have that much power. I can see saying “Ummm…that’s out of Luke’s character. He wouldn’t do that.” But it basically sounds like he’s been guiding Luke for a while. I don’t know, this is a soap opera, not a gritty crime show. Even though it’s based on the mafia. Viewers like mush. He shouldn’t decide if the viewers get a happy ending or not!

kelly
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kelly

Harry, what you don’t seem to understand is that Tony Geary believed that Luke and Laura marriage’s ended years ago. You talk about the “love and passion this coupling triggered and sustained for well over thirty years”. What you don’t understand is how irritated Tony Geary was with that idea and the fans who continued to push for a “re-run” of Luke and Laura. Tony said as much in a 2013 interview. “The past is best left in the memory. Nothing stays the same except butterflies under glass. In drama, there has to be conflict and movement. There is nothing… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Kelly, I do understand that for the longest time there were Luke and Laura fans still clamoring for a Luke and Laura reunion and for them to live happily ever after in a gingerbread house. While I am a recovering Luke and Laura fan, I honestly think Laura can do much better and did not want a Luke and Laura reconciliation. What Luke and Laura fans wanted as part of Luke’s exit strategy was some kind of bow of respect and love to the L&L history. We all knew Luke was leaving while Laura was staying so it would not… Read more »

Forget it
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Forget it

I will not be watching this show anymore. Since Luke departed there is no reason to watch this trash of a show. It’s been going down hill for a while with all the gay stuff being showed down our throats.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

It does get pretty tasteless, like Felix’s “drop the soap” moment, ugh! I wouldn’t be surprised if they lost a lot of viewers right then and there. To be fair, though, the heterosexual sleaze factor is much, much worse!

LeRoyce
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LeRoyce

HEAVY SIGH … I watched Luke’s last scene … still a little choked up. For those complaining (and Lord did I complain with the whole Jennifer Smith debacle) … what I got out of this episode was this … I think the show actually respected his wishes. Tony Geary has LONG been over the “Luke and Laura” thing. And I can’t say that I blame him .. HE was so much MORE to that show then just that relationship. I LOVED that Laura acknowledged that she and Luke had said their goodbyes long ago (and the then there was the… Read more »

Terry
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Terry

Harry,,,,,I am a fan of over 50 years. As an ardent fan, I would have loved to see Luke and Laura walk off into the fog. They held this show together in their time and made it what it was. Without them it was just another soap. They were the reason grew to be so popular. As a result, despite what the actors thought, they should have ended up together. It would have ended the story.

Cathy
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Cathy

Amen Terry.

Dinah Anderson
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Dinah Anderson

to me that was only thing I like about this episode

Karen
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Karen

I thought it was perfection. Understated. In all honesty I was OD’ing a little on all the goodbyes. Saw no need for a Laura goodbye again. Loved the Lulu goodbye for the last. Got me a little teary.

JUDY
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JUDY

THEY HAD SHOW CASED LUKE FOR WEEKS AND WEEKS AND ALL THAT WAS LEFT WAS FOR HIM TO WALK OFF INTO THE SUNSET. THE STORY LINE IS FINALLY OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

carol
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carol

I think they should have had Luke say goodbye to both Bobbie and Lulu on Friday and ended it then. Monday’s episode with regard to Luke seemed anti-climactic.

I love gh
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I love gh

It’s funny you said that because I felt that Friday’s episode was “the end.” I figure from a producing standpoint that some scenes were pushed into Monday to help with ratings. Even the preview for Monday showed too many stories for Luke to be front and center.

I agree completely.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Disappointed does not even begin to describe the way I feel. A LETTER to Laura? Really? Where is the drama in that? A letter? How very insulting to the longtime devotees of the love story (no, more than that–the romance) of Luke and Laura. How very insulting to Genie Francis! How ungrateful of TG–if he has a say–and he says he always did–how unprofessional and simply small-minded of him. Why didn’t he insist on Laura being there? And the way he walked off into the fog seemed to me like a dig at Laura’s walk into the fog when she… Read more »

Lellingw
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Lellingw

I thought it was horrible too and I’m sure that he refused to have a last scene with her. I’m sure the writers came up with the letter to deal with the fact. I’m glad he will not be on anymore. I am glad I watched for Genie’s sake the last few weeks but the show is really terrible and not what it used to be. The irony is that Tony Geary denies the best part of GH and he won Emmys when the show wasn’t good anymore. I think much of that is the lack of competition and the… Read more »

Kathy Shank
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Kathy Shank

Wow, I really agree with you. I stopped watching GH when Genie left a few years ago. I tuned back in when she came back on. Now I’ll watch again until she leaves again. I’m almost 70 years old and watched GH since high school. Believe me, Luke and Laura was the best story line that hAppened on GH in the past 50+ years.

su0000
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su0000

well, Laura/Genie was long gone when Tony by himself pulled in a load of Emmy’s.. Luke and Laura have been over for decades, why would Tony bring her in, she was not even a regular og GH after she quit, left. Tony made his way to self legend decades after Genie/Laura had left GH.. Tony has no need to share his after career with Genie, who wasn’t even with GH. Through the years, Francis has appeared on numerous other daytime soaps. She starred on Days of Our Lives as Diana Colville from 1987 to 1989 and on All My Children… Read more »

Justin
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Justin

yes Su000, The current ratings reflect that Tony made his way without Genie. As you can see, NOBODY tuned in to watch when they found out even his last scene wasn’t with Genie. So you can blow all you want about how great Tony Geary is, but the proof was in the numbers.

Timmm
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Timmm

Couldnt say it better, well written!

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

He shouldve just scribbled what he had to say to Laura on the bathroom wall at Kellys…thats how bad that exit episode was…its a stinker…lol

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

It was shameful. Never in a million years would I have expected GH to have so little respect for Luke and Laura, of ALL couples! Everybody involved in planning that ending should have their heads examined.

su0000
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su0000

maddiehayes, hi There is no Luke and Laura.. They have not been a couple for 25ish years.. Luke has been with GH without Laura for decades and with others and fell in love with Tracy.. Luke and Laura were a fictional couple.. There is no Luke and Laura .. that couple is dead and gone in the far past never to be again.. Tony has built his career to great heights. During those decades there was no Laura just Luke,,, Tony and Tony alone rose to his iconic legend status (leaving Laura far behind him) Soap couples, even the super… Read more »

kelly
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kelly

Then I guess Tony Geary should have his head examined because the episode apparently ended exactly as he wanted.

Aden
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Aden

Um, Su, where do you get your data?? Lmao. Luke and Laura separated in 2002, got phony remarried in 2006….where are you getting that they have been apart for 25 years?? They werent even back on the show 25 years ago!

Timmm
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Timmm

Laura hasnt been relevant since the early eighties!

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

Yes Kelly, I do believe Tony Geary needs to have his head examined. Such hatred for the pairing that MADE his CAREER is not normal. And now did you see? He says he’s changed his mind, he might come back to GH again! Puhleeze, what a drama queen and attention hog he is!

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

Thank you Aden .. Luke&Laura haven’t been a couple for 25 years, LOL. They were still together when they returned in the early ’90s, they had their “ups and downs” so to speak before divorcing in 2001, but their 20th anniversary got them feeling all sentimental again and they reunited. Before they could remarry, she ended up catatonic in the psych ward. In 2006 she came out of the catatonic state and they “remarried” in a beautiful ceremony, in which it was obvious LAURA was the love of Luke’s life, not Tracy. But Laura went catatonic again. But she came… Read more »

Linda
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Linda

I have to stop watching that video it makes me cry every time. I’ll miss Anthony Geary’s Luke more than anything and good or bad storylines the end had to come. It’s always been the Quartermaines and the Spencers but nobody lives forever, families lose members and drift apart . We were damn lucky to have the highest caliber of actor in Tony Geary, good or bad scripts he was the glue that held GH together. It’s time for GH to shake itself off and find a new center. If it can do that it will continue, if not I… Read more »

Rob
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Rob

With all of the goodbyes said, he went quietly and while that was not quite what I expected I am not totally disappointed. he walked off into the mist. It left his end to our imaginations. I don’t think Tony knew about the letter to Laura but as a fan since 1976 I appreciated that Luke said goodbye to Laura. I appreciated that the writers did not have her chasing him down for a dramatic goodbye but instead sent lulu to say goodbye. In my opinion, while the adventure to save lucky was cute, it wasn’t really necessary I think… Read more »

TeamCillin
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TeamCillin

“Benard as the series leading character” is not a motive to watch GH!

Justin
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Justin

Yeah, Sonny is the reason I’ve been tuning out for so many years now. I wish ABC/GH would realize that character has been played out.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

In fact, it’s the main reason I (and countless others) left GH. I only tune in now when I hear about something interesting, such as Genie Francis’ return. The character of Sonny, and his all-encompassing storyline, has ruined GH for far too many years. Someone, anyone, please, take Port Charles out of Sonny’s hands!

IrisReynolds
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IrisReynolds

Why couldn’t it have been Sonny that was retiring?

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

IKR? LOL! Luke telling Sonny “Port Charles needs you” OMG, that is the biggest laugh I’ve heard all day! Port Charles needs Sonny like it needs the bubonic plague. He is nothing more than a greasy, low-life mobster. I know, I know, Luke was no better! Port Charles “needs” a police force that is tough on crime! It needs Anna Devane and Robert Scorpio!

su0000
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su0000

SUPRISE!! Maurice/Sonny has a very loyal following and is loved by many.. GH is about the mobsters and their families and lifestyles along with the hospital peoples and the rich business people, and couples .. The mob and Sonny are a cornerstone of GH .. They have been and hopefully will be 🙂 I hope Brad’s family of somewhat sophisticated business mobster come to town! Then Sonny and Julian will need to team up! cool ! and take note– Sonny has hardly been seen in past months and now he’s in daddy mode and will have Ava to deal with,… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Right, maddie? Why would any town/city need a Sonny-type? I can’t get started on Sonny….I will never end, and I’m tired…LOL.
What is hard for me to swallow is why Sonny is held in such high regard? I’m not convinced by the actor’s mediocre acting. Now, his ‘son’, Morgan is showing signs of violence. I noticed his red-rimmed eyes…hope is ok!

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

Yes Su000, I realize the GH’s “mob set” has a lot of fans, I wouldn’t mind so much if they weren’t eating up the whole town! And let the “good guys” win once in awhile! GH, for better or worse, has mobster heroes now, but Sonny and all the other mob goons have made the Port Charles police look ridiculously incompetent. I liked GH much better when the police were in charge, and Robert, Frisco et al took down the mob. Perhaps GH needs some balance.

Charday
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Charday

Exactly!

Andy G.
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Andy G.

I’m shocked yet gratified to see that so many others also refuse to accept “Mumbles the Moody Mobster” as their personal daytime savior. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

Ashleigh
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Ashleigh

I prefer Mr. Mumbles the Mustache Victor Newman. Hahaha. I do like Sonny though. I have missed out on the amazing Luke. Since I’ve been watching he’s been gone half the time, kind of like how Robin is supposed to be so fantastic. It doesn’t make sense for the characters to have so much to lose when they leave town and then still have the gonads to leave. The writing is never enough to convince me.

Timmm
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Timmm

Mr. Benard!

Aria
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Aria

Very anticlimactic, very disappointing send off and it’s pointless to go on, clearly the person in charge of writing the send off is no longer there either, still FV and Vicki drummer should also feel embarrassed on what they put on the air especially as tony Geary last episode.

Leslie
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Leslie

I thought it was fine the way it was. I am just glad the whole thing is over. What else could have happened….Luke was always just walking away so to me it fit. Personally, he has been gone for years….olff…on. I believe if you hate the show quit watching….I am sick to the death of all the bitching.

Ashleigh
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Ashleigh

Hahahahaha well said!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Same as you told viewers to stop watching who hate gh, well, the same to you, stop reading bitchy comments if you hate those…lol

Douglas
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Douglas

I loved it. It was very understated and quiet, and gave Geary a chance to show the human side of Luke.

Jp
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Jp

I’m sure Mondays episode will be somewhat highly rated and fall miserably on tues from the aftershock of a disappointing send off.

Cathy
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Cathy

Luke and Laura were iconic and to end like that was wrong. This regime ruined everything that made GH special. As for TG, you forgot what made you and that was L& L. I prefer GH end then thus garbage since it u d not GH anymore. Well every dog has its day and they will.hav ed v theirs.

elm51
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elm51

i can only speak for me who has been a gh viewer since the beginning – it was definitely anti-climate…………………..as far as the letter goes i think that laura will mention that she read it off screen & say something like the letter was very personal………………jmo

Dan S
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Dan S

Complete waste. Horrible send off. The last two years of Luke/Fluke were a disgrace. The entire send off was lame. Frank Smith again was ridiculous. I wish Heather would have killed him two years ago. And no scene with Laura but a letter? That was lazy and a big f-u to Genie Francis, the L ad L fans and viewers like me who have watched for over 40 years. Im very disappointed in all of it. It could have been great but it was a waste with a few nice moments here and there. Sad.

EasTXSoapFan
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EasTXSoapFan

I loved the send off….there’s been little that I’ve liked about GH since the ‘change’ but this was an exception….I like that it was simple & cleanly done, no major catastrophe, etc….

Ashleigh
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Ashleigh

But where is the drama in that? People tuned in to see Luke for the last time abd it was just like the other 4,000 times he’s left before… The fans are the ones getting hosed. This is still like a death to a long time soap fan.

Timmm
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Timmm

I think fans wanted a “Luke Show” with clips and a surprise or two. The ONLY part that was good as when he disappeared in the fog.

horselover
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horselover

My guess is someone added the scene with the “angel” letter. We all know now how Tony Geary felt about Luke & Laura. Thank you to whoever did it.

Tim
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Tim

I liked it,I thought it was the perfect send off for Luke,just fade away into the night,and for those of you that wanted clips from Luke’s past,there’s plenty of them on youtube.

Dana
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Dana

Careful what you wish for Tim. If GH alienates enough viewers, it will get cancelled like the other shows and everyone will have to view clips on youtube.

Ashleigh
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Ashleigh

Like ATWT. Snifffffffffff My poor show that they ran into the ground!!!! No soap os too good for it these days.

Timmm
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Timmm

Your right Dana, like him or not Lukes departure will hurt GH’s ratings further.

randy
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randy

too put it bluntly a piece of crap…i fast forwarded most of it,,im just not a geary fan the only time i tolerated him was opposite genie francis,,,ill never get the hoopla about this overrated actor,,,i am one of the ones who is really happy hes gone,,,as for the final eppy of luke,,,general hosppital missed the boat,,,honestly to not have a fair well scene between luke and laura was like spitting on longtime fans who worship every luke and laura moment…but general hospital has missed the boat on allmost all the storylines,,,some days its like watching sat morning cartoons..but the… Read more »

Daisy
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Daisy

I’m sick of the good-byes. So glad he’s gone. I only wish Sonny had gone with him!

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

Same here!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

So Tony Geary is trying to come to terms (his words) with the fact that his obit will say “Tony Geary, one half of the Luke and Laura love story?” Well, would he rather have his obit say he was “a would-be actor who played bit parts (such as “Thug No. 1″ in the Quinn Martin productions)”? ! Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Mr. Geary! THINK ABOUT IT! Still now, I can’t believe it would come to this. I just can’t believe how short-sighted TG has become. I say, as Genie Francis posted in her farewell to… Read more »

Aden
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Aden

Excellent post!!!!!!

Beth
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Beth

Hi Nancy. I’m hoping after some time away, he’ll feel differently. I remember Donnie Osmond admitting it took him years to finally get over his self inflicted shame and embarrassment of his teen idol years and its media circus. He said after spending so many years away from it, he eventually began to see it in a different light. He said it doesn’t bother him anymore. Genie had a lot of years away from the show; away from the hype. I think Genie is praying Tony will eventually change his tune and make peace with that time in his life,… Read more »

kelly
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kelly

From what I’ve been able to gather, Tony Geary has been irritated with Luke and Laura for years.

Geoffrey-Martin Cyr
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Geoffrey-Martin Cyr

[Reposted from yesterday] As someone that never drank the Geary kool-aid, I found his departure as pompous and self-serving as expected. (Reminded me of #GH’s opening credits in the 90’s where the final shot was of him breaking-character in a group shot and just walking out-of-frame like he was too self-important?! Sorry; he’s just never been my cup-of-tea.) But I will echo his disappointed fans here: even as a life-long #GuidingLight follower, I knew enough about his background to think his 37 yrs warranted some clips of Bobbie, Holly, Laura, Lucky, Lulu, Ruby, Scorpio and the incomparable Jane Elliot (Tracy),… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

If TG had any reservations about being labeled “Luke” of Luke and Laura, he should have been professional and kept them to himself. I haven’t heard Genie Francis talk like he has; certainly she has talked about her difficulties of being a very young star and has talked candidly about her addictions, but she has never talked publicly about Tony Geary or about being “saddled” with the label of playing Laura. I’m sure she probably has often felt as frustrated as he, but she has refrained from airing her dirty linen, so to speak. Good for her. When asked in… Read more »

kelly
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kelly

I agree with your entire post. Genie is a class act. Tony doesn’t believe in suffering in silence. Instead he just had to make sure fans knew how much he didn’t like Luke and Laura.

Timmm
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Timmm

It was HORRIBLE! Thank god his last scene wasnt with Fulu! But then again, Sonny? We knew it wasnt going to be Laura so it should have been with Bobbi. I think Luke’s very first scene on GH was at Kelly’s Diner with Bobbi. They should have met there again, 37 years later, said their goodbyes, Bobbi excuses herself to get refills on coffee, she returns to the table and Luke is gone. He either left and caught that boat or was kidnapped maybe for eternity? Who knows but for him and Sonny to have Luke’s last scene was HORRIBLE!… Read more »

Jeremy
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Jeremy

I agree, with almost everything you say here, Timmm, especially the last scene of Luke ending at Kelly’s. That would have been more fitting and within character. And, with Bobbi, too.

But, wait, hold up…. what did dear Lucy do, to receive a pink slip from you? Hopefully, the new team of women writers will use her talents and time more appropriately. All in all, good post.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yup; I love Lucy!!

Timmm
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Timmm

Lucy was good when her and Alan were married but I havent seen anything from her in a long time. She does well as the host of the NB though.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

I would love for GH to finish what they started. I love Kevin & Lucy, and it would be grand if Jon Lindstrom could return as Kevin. I would love for the show to reconnect to the Kevin/Lucy/Scotty/Bobbi storyline, they started it, recast Kevin for one episode in January, and because of the Fluke storyline, among others, we’re left with “what’s up with Lucy?”. We see Scotty as DA and scenes as Dad with Franco. We see Bobbi with Luke, Lucas, Valerie, etc. Now, it’s time for Lucy. I want to see The comeback with Lucy & Kevin. And, also,… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Oh, no, you ‘di-int’, Timmm. You want Nina, Franco AND Nathan out? You wound me, my friend. You are making me cry! Let’s bet on it! LOL.

Harry
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Harry

Sorry, Cee Cee–I also want Franco, Nina, Nathan and even Denise out. These characters have been ruined. I also think Donna Mills is as pointless as Donald Trump’s comb over.

Timmm
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Timmm

Double Cee, I love Michelle and Roger BUT their characters suck! NATHAN! Lets bet on this, if Nathan gained 100 pounds and took the short order cook position at Kellys you would be saying “Get rid of Nathan!” TCB!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Timmm. HaHaHa…I like that, Timmm, Double Cee! Cute. My husband just calls me Cees. Anyhoo, we must be positive and hope that the ladies’s writing team will erase this child-woman caricature/characterization of Nina and draw a brand new image of her. I really believe in Michelle…when presented with the right script and storyline, she will surpass all our expectations. And Franco? Yes, he does act the buffoon…but I am hoping his time to be the Roger we know is around the corner. Nathan? Well, Timmm. I cannot dismiss or deny what you are saying…he is one piece of masculine beauty,… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Harry.
I respect your opinion, Harry. This is why I love these sites. Isn’t diversity of opinion great? So democratic…LOL.

su0000
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su0000

The man left GH, he was written a story.. Tony and the others liked the ending.. It was a great goodbye, it was not a renowned broadway production lol It was good .. it was what it was supposed to be, a goodbye scene, and it was done well.. It is more than obvious Tony did not want the Luke and Laura stuff in his last hurrah.. He did not want it to be about Luke and Laura anything. The letter is probably what he agreed with for the fans .. ahaa he most likely doesn’t even know what’s written… Read more »

boes
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boes

lol you’re like a philosopher who wants the fans written especially for you and your lol’s. Lots of lol’s.
I’m going to live by your “Life is not perfect and soaps are not perfect” Wow is that deep.

lol.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I am in agreement with you, su….nothing is perfect…no one is perfect. But, said adage should not always be used for convenience’s sake. It should be steadfast. However, as everyone is in accordance; the last scene should not have been with Sonny! The symbolism here is a bad one……a negative one…..an atrocious one, in my opinion. Now, I admit I am not an expert on GH, as most long-time viewers are, but I have surmised much in the past year. As someone already stated, this last scene was purposely contrived to ‘pass the torch’ to Sonny. I ask, why?….thing is,… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

I thing Luke passed the torch to Sonny because Sonny is a tenured veteran and I guess he will be on the show for some time so thats what I think it was. Who else would you pass the torch to? Sonny, like Luke are tied to so many characters on the show. Thats why I think Maurice is in line as the heir apparent?

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Aden.
So true, Aden. If I researched correctly, Laura was on the scene first. Luke put Laura through hell and back repeatedly. Yet, she was his salvation, so to speak.
Laura/Genie deserved better. But, if anyone takes the time to notice…..her dignity remains intact. What we see before us is a LADY, in the true sense of the word. I simply love her.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Timmm.
Very goôd assumption, Timmm. To be honest; I hadn’t even paused to think about the ‘order of things’. I suppose, the gesture falls right into play.
But, you know how I react to Sonny…I SEE RED!

mark y
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mark y

Luke’s clip reel will be in Laura’s mind once she’s considered the content of his letter to her.

Gentry Ashmore
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Gentry Ashmore

It was very disappointing to see how Luke treated Laura over the past month and that there was no goodbye scenes between the two. Yesterday, I took the liberty of watching some Luke and Laura montages that fans have put together over the years. There is no doubt that Tony Geary is a talented actor but without Laura (Genie Francis), he would not have been a soap icon. Perhaps spending all that time with Liz Taylor went to his head. None of his other leading ladies brought out the magic, romance and adventure like Laura. He became larger than life… Read more »

Lifetime viewer
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Lifetime viewer

He was in love with Tracy, though. Laura had bailed on the family, yet again, and Luke had moved on. The one redeeming thing about Luke’s goodbye saga, imo, is that he did NOT really want to ditch Tracy when Laura showed up and snapped her fingers, and that he DID apologize and try to fix things with the woman he truly wanted to wind up with.

When Genie takes off this next time, I don’t expect to see a lot of fans gnashing their teeth for her to return again. Laura’s nobody on that show without Luke.

me3
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me3

Is that you, Tony? Fans have been begging to see Laura since 2002. And now that Geary has spilled all his tea, even more fans are rooting to see Laura without Luke.

Aden
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Aden

And who was Luke without Laura? An unrepentant, drunken, child killing, sociopathic disassociative murderer. So….who brought out the best in who?? It would be nice if people would think before they type.

Justin
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Justin

Um, I guess I missed the part when Laura “bailed”. She was fired, reportedly, back in 2002 by Jill Phelps because she had the gall to ask for as much vacation time as Tony. If things were so great without Laura, why are the ratings in the toilet. Why didn’t people return to watch Tony’s exit?

Timmm
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Timmm

AND a Lifetime of wisdom! Great post!

Renee
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Renee

You can’t compare the Luke and Tracy storylines with Luke and Laura. You just can’t. The Luke and Laura storylines literally made history; television soap opera history but history nonetheless. No one is going to be talking about Luke and Tracy 37 years from now.

Carol
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Carol

Tony’s finale was a big let down. The walking into the fog and fading to black has been done so many times it is no longer effective. I think the show could have done more of a montage of Tony thru the years. Would like to have seen a clip of Tony with Elizabeth Taylor.

Ruth B.
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Ruth B.

It made me cry. Gh would not be GH and lasted so long without Luke. Who had a greater watching audience Luke and Laura’s wedding or Luke’s farewell show. I watched both and I am still hoping and praying Tony will decided Luke can return on a short visit to Port Charles. His name will be mention a lot in the future.

Janet
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Janet

I cried through the whole episode . I am going to miss Luke…. It was a heartfelt episode that I won’t forget. I had read but I guess it is not true but Tony said he wanted to die off the show. I am so glad that it ended the way it did…..

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

I cried too…for watching it…lol

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Lmao

oak55
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oak55

How are we suppose to know what it said? We don’t even know what day she will read it – if at all.

su0000
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su0000

lol
wouldn’t it be funny if the said;
”glad I’m gone now that you are here..
The Luke and Laura hype has gone way beyond its’ death..
Time to forget it and let it go ..
The end ..”

Now that would be so cool !!

Justin
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Justin

Like it or not Su000, viewers wanted to see a Luke and Laura story. Look at the ratings. They are HORRIBLE. Get a clue.

Timmm
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Timmm

It said “Your career was nothing without Me!”

Justin
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Justin

well actually Timmm, since Laura was on GH before Luke, and Luke was only supposed to be a six-week character, his career was nothing without her.

Timmm
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Timmm

13 weeks Justin.

boes
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boes

at least he’s gone.

Harry
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Harry

Heh, Boes. Yes, well there’s that.

Alan
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Alan

I’m just glad Luke is gone. I won’t miss the character at all.

Geary’s attitude regarding Luke and Laura over the years and his recent comments about “the writer” have been disappointing to say the least.

Howard
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Howard

Well I thought Luke’s interaction with Bobbie was magic, and very well written. Tracey also had a good scene with Luke. Anna also got to say goodbye, which was one of the best scenes. But as a longtime faithful everyday GH fan since 76, I felt we deserved better in regards to saying goodbye to Luke saying goodbye to Laura. As Laura disappeared n the fog in the early 80’s with mysterious music and intrigue, we now got to see Luke do so–with no destination. It was painful to watch, and sad, but not Anthony Geary’s fault. With no closure… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

People get married everyday. They are wonderful weddings. Expensive. THEN, they get divorced! Its called life. Tony was over the L&L thing and the fans should move on as well.

Renee
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Renee

They have. That’s why no one watched.

Andy G.
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Andy G.

I was disappointed but not surprised. I read Genie Francis posted somewhere recently that she hopes Tony Geary can someday learn to be proud of the work he’s done, and I think her comment (if accurate) is spot-on. Looking back on Mr. Geary’s relationship with the media over the past decades, I can’t think of anyone more painfully ashamed of his fame or more eager to dismiss the memories surrounding the height of his popularity. He’s taken every opportunity to dump on the Luke & Laura legacy, right up to and including his exit interview, and his selfish, adamant unwillingness… Read more »

me3
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me3

Great post! Lmao!

Aden
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Aden

This post is almost profound bro! Well written, well played, hats off to you my friend!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

As I said before I felt they should have ended it with Fridays’ episode, Monday’s was over kill, much like Mr. Fairman endless coverage of Mr. Geary’s exit. The man retired he didn’t die- so can we all move on now– please.

Lifetime viewer
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Lifetime viewer

Luke’s last day was meh, but meh was about all I expected. What’s truly annoying is how The Writer frittered away Luke’s last few years on the show. Fake Luke? Please. Frank Smith? No. How many people back from the dead? I’ve lost count. And come on…Laura blowing back into town to muck things up? I got over her way back when she was lying to Luke about who Nik’s father was and playing smoochie-on-the-side with Stefan. Fine with me if we never find out what’s in the Angel letter. She’s no angel in my book, and now that Lucky… Read more »

robert
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robert

I didn’t watch it because I have fallen out of love with GH. My mom called me last night and told me how bad it was. She said GH is turning into newbie central. How could they put that Franco,Nina garbage on Geary’s final episode. GH is completely unrecognizable. ABC should be ashamed of themselves. GH is in bad shape. The show has looked extremely cheap,that tells me ad revenue is decreasing and the show is running out of money. Here’s a thought,trim the cast and use the money to improve production quality. The new writers have a tough job… Read more »

Sly
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Sly

I didn’t like the ending. After 37 years on GH all he gets is a:

“BYE FELICIA”

FYI: “Bye Felicia” is the new catch phrase. Kind of like “Talk to the Hand”.

Jennifer
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Jennifer

It was a terribly dull ending. And the lack of an LnL goodbye was absurd. But, you have to remember that in ’83, when Tony and Genie left the show together, there was a number of flashbacks and goodbyes exchanged between Luke and the people of PC. So maybe Tony Geary and ABC didn’t want to do the same thing all over again. That said, this ending still stunk big time.

brian
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brian

loved it !

Cathy
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Cathy

I know it wasn’t about Luke & Laura, but if you think about it.. they “both” were big with each other. I totally would have liked to see him say good-bye to her. Not sure if it was up to the writers and/or Tony, but you do realize, a lot of fans would have liked to see that. I enjoyed some of the “talks” Luke had & yes I was sad to see him go. There are a few others I would have liked to see him say good-bye to as well, but I understand they couldn’t get everyone. I… Read more »

Abruzzfan
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Abruzzfan

I read TG’s exit interview. He said that he would always get his way because he would threaten to quit. He felt he knew the character better than the next “new” writer since he played the character for 37 years. It was written into his contract that he could ad-lib and change lines. It liked the goodbye scene, and thought that it was done well. I was entertained and cried. I was so happy that they didn’t kill him off! It is obvious to me that Tony did not want the Luke and Laura stuff in his last scenes. Like… Read more »

Jason Doe
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Jason Doe

Luke’s send off was a complete let down. I would have liked to see him end the show with one last heroic deed, preferably against the Cassadines. I think they lost a great opportunity here.

nyca81
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nyca81

Disappointed not only in the ending but the entire “farewell” story. If this was truly the end of Tony Geary’s time on GH it should have been about the fans and not Tony Geary. He and the show knew darn well the majority of fans wanted to see a story about L&L. Geary refused that and what we got was very little LnL and a petulant Geary who barely restrained is contempt for the story line. Sad to say but I am happy to see him go. He can stay in Amsterdam and talk to anyone who will listen about… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

There is no Luke and Laura.. That couple was put to grave decades ago.. They are a memory, nothing else.. It is the fans fault that they can’t put it to rest and live in the now, 25ish after LnL were a super couple and some see it as yesterday lol .. Even super couples fade away to memories, and nothing more. There is no Luke and Laura and to even have them on stage together as if they are is stupid lol Luke’s love is Tracy not Laura, Laura is long gone from Luke’s life. 🙂 yes, it was… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Su, some memories are precious. Sadly, sometimes, that’s all we have. Memories MEAN everything.

Mary
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Mary

Very disappointed. Whole episode should have been about Luke and Laura, because Luke would have been nothing without Laura. The way they ended up together should have been addressed because it sent a really bad message to young women.. I hope they have a good storyline ahead for Genie Francis. She has developed into such a fine actress. She would be such a wonderful addition to GH.

Timmm
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Timmm

They needed each other earlier in the careers but after the wedding, she fell out of favor and Luke has been going strong ever since. Laura cannot carry a story by herself.

me3
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me3

The story sucked. It was flat. Geary should’ve left after the Fluke story ended. All of this was overkill to me. And I don’t care what anyone says, that letter was a diss. Luke and Laura have been over but how about saying goodbye to your acting partner of 30 years? She didn’t even warrant that? Tony didn’t know about that letter and I doubt we’ll ever know what it said.

Every single person who had a hand in telling this story failed its viewers. I’m just glad its OVER. Bye Luke.

Joan
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Joan

I thought it sucked. Worse than that, Nathan Varni said the only people complaining – referring to us fans who have watched the show for over thirty years – are people who have nothing better to do. Well, gee, Nathan, I just found something better to do. It interferes with GH so I guess I can’t watch it anymore. As if anyone over there cares. We can all see how they value the fans, advertising this finale as the be all and end all and then giving us zip. Thanks.

Daryl
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Daryl

i won’t miss Geary and as we’ve seen everyone is replaceable .. Steve Burton goes, Jason gets re-cast … give it a few months and they’ll be putting out calls for a new Luke

Timmm
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Timmm

They will NEVER recast Luke, NEVER.

Daryl
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Daryl

Never say never

are you the same person who doubted me when i said Ric was behind the Hayden is Jake’s wife con???????

Timmm
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Timmm

NEVER! Daryl! Why didnt they recast Jeanne Cooper? Same thing, she was an icon on Y&R and they knew the fans wouldnt buy it. I didnt doubt you on Ric. No, wasnt me. Good conclusion, though. I might have suspected Ric because of his feelings for Liz but cannot remember if it occurred to me at the time.

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GH’s Ingo Rademacher Shares Insight With His Son On Parenting & Anger On Maurice Benard’s “State of Mind”

Maurice Benard has brought his State of Mind  to You Tube, and his guest for this week is none other than Sonny Corinthos’ longtime nemesis Jasper Jacks, Ingo Rademacher.

Rademacher decided to appear on State of Mind along with his son, Peanut, to talk about the incidents of parenting and anger when raising his children, and the effects discipline can have on the kids.

There are some very emotional moments within the segment, as Peanut opens up about his feelings when his dad was upset with him and how he dealt with  it

Ingo also shares how over the past few years his relationship with his son has approved, while Maurice offers key moments from his past with his father and his own son.

Per Maurice on the concept behind the show and his ongoing website: “State of Mind to me means being 100% present, feeling completely at peace inside of you, not letting your thoughts control your life and always looking for ways to be the best that you can be.”

Watch Ingo, Maurice and Peanut below and then let us know what you thought about this heartfelt conversation via the comment section below.

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Gregory Harrison Is The New Gregory Chase On General Hospital

General Hospital just got hotter as it beef’s up its storyline featuring Kim Delaney as Jackie Templeton.  Now comes word that TV veteran, Gregory Harrison has come to the ABC daytime drama series as the recast Gregory Chase.

The character of Gregory Chase was previously played by DAYS James Read, who plays the treacherous Clyde Weston now and then on the NBC soap.

With Harrison taking on the role of Finn (Michael Easton) and Chase’s (Josh Swickard) father, that makes things a little juicier in the romantic department.

According to EW.com who broke the casting news, Harrison begins taping today Wednesday at the ABC studios for General Hospital and fans can look forward to his debut on-screen in a few weeks.

As to the storyline: “Fireworks could be on the horizon for Harrison’s character.”

TV fans remember Gregory from the hit series Trapper John M.D., then later on Falcon Crest, Judging Amy, One Tree Hill and more.  He also has frequently appeared in Lifetime and Hallmark Channel movies most recently.

So, what do you think about the Gregory Chase recast with Gregory Harrison? Intrigued? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mike’s Funeral Brings The Alzheimer’s Storyline Full Circle to Its Heart-Tugging Conclusion

When a soap opera allows a full episode to stay in the story they are telling, it can often make for a riveting hour of television.  This was the case and then some on Thursday’s emotional ending to General Hospital’s Alzheimer’s storyline; when the character of Mike Corbin (Max Gail) was given a proper send-off – a funeral – and being eulogized by those who loved and cared for him.

When GH is at its best through the years has been when it tackles social issues of our time, and this story will stand among the iconic soap’s best.  The backdrop of the story was that of father and son, grappling with and coming to terms with the past, finding love, forgiveness and redemption against this most horrific of diseases that has afflicted so many.

In the episode, Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Carly (Laura Wright) go to church and prepare themselves for the emotional day as mourners come through and share their grief and condolensces and love for Mike.  Those included: Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth – back for this one), Stella (Vernee Watson), Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) and a touching moment between Diane (Carolyn Hennesy) and Carly where the legal eagle says to Carly that if she ever needs to drink and vent let her know.

 

As the funeral begins, one by one Mike’s family and friends say beautiful words of what he meant to them,. Michael reflects about how his grandfather loved to party and how he’d like them all to raise a glass for him. . Olivia, speaks on behalf of Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), and how close Mike and Dante were.  Ava (Maura West) talks about the love and kindness and joy he brought to little Avery.

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When Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) got up to speak, things became even more heartbreaking when she flashes back to a scene where she was having a terrible time and Mike was there for – always a great listener- but he tells he eventually, he will not remember her.

GH did a outstanding job of selecting scenes throughout the eulogies that punctuated who Mike was … and how he tied in to all of the characters lives.  Jason (Steve Burton) shared how he knew it wasn’t easy for Mike to come back and try to make amends with Sonny, but that no matter what, Mike kept trying to get through to Sonny to make things right between them.

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Stella’s moment was also heartbreaking recalling the man who became her friend.  Carly, who was the glue that held Sonny and the family together during Mike’s illness, shared her doubt if the family could handle Mike, and what was to come, but how Sonny helped his father find inner-peace..

When Sonny gets up to talk he reveals he had a lot of anger towards his father, and how the illness made him truly see the man his dad was inside.  Sonny tells his dad he is proud of him and how grateful he was that he came back into his life.   Next, Josslyn (Eden McCoy) sings as the mourners reflect back on Mike in a touching series of juxtaposed clips against the characters in the moment at the funeral.

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After the service had concluded Sonny and Carly talk how Morgan and Mike are together now, but Sonny asks for some time alone in the church. It is then Mike appears and tells his son it’s time he forgave himself, since Sonny forgave Mike.  He tells Sonny that he has made him very proud.  As he gets up to leave he kisses Sonny on the forehead and goes towards the light and to heaven.  Just after that, Dante appears at the front of the church, shocking Sonny in a beautiful analogy that now this father and son must deal with what’s ahead in their relationship, just as Sonny and Mike had done.

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This episode featured beautiful work by Maurice Benard, and Max Gail and everyone in the supporting cast who had their moments.  It was an ensemble piece but led by Benard and Gail, who should both be receiving Emmys in 2021 for their work..

What did you think of Mike’s funeral episode? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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