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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Anna and Luke Say Goodbye As Finola Hughes and Tony Geary Share Final Scenes Together!

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On Thursday’s episode of General Hospital, Finola Hughes (Anna Devane) rocked the house, once again, in an emotional performance as viewers of the ABC daytime drama series saw Anna is such great despair that she could not stay in Port Charles one more minute.  Anna is planning on heading to Glasgow, Scotland to give her beloved late Duke Lavery (Ian Buchanan), the send off he would have wanted, and that she wants to give him with his ashes in tow!

But before Anna leaves Port Charles, she gets a surprise visitor in none other than Luke Spencer (Tony Geary)!  And thus set the stage for the final scenes between two General Hospital legendary performers that the audience has loved and care about for decades.  As soap fans know, this is Tony Geary’s last weeks on GH before he makes his exit from the show for the final time. And since Finola Hughes is being written-off the canvas, while she directs her new film Bryd and the Bees, GH paid homage to the long-standing relationships of good friends, adventure partners, and at one time romantic interests, Anna and Luke.

We can’t believe there was a dry eye in the house as Anna and Luke discussed their relationship over the years while Anna shared her sadness over the loss of Duke with old pal Luke (who feels guilty in part for Duke’s death, while he was overtaken by his bad side).

But when Luke wished Anna well, and as he continually called Anna his nickname for the former commish, “Slim”,  and as the camera went close-up into the eyes of Tony Geary and Finola Hughes, the audience could see the love and respect that these two actors have had for each other, as they knew this would be their final shared moments together on-screen.

What did you think of the performance of Finola Hughes on Thursday’s GH? The final scenes between Luke and Anna?  Share your thoughts below!

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Iakovos
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Iakovos

These actors made the maddening silliness of those sci-fi spy adventures worth it. Ms. Hughes and Mr. Geary are class acts and top of their craft.

Gail
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Gail

These two were awful when they were slapped together romantically three years ago.

Lucerne
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Lucerne

Actually I didn’t think Luke And Anna were anywhere as boring as Duke and Anna! Maybe they weren’t meant to be but they saw more action in a few months than Duke and Anna saw in nearly 3 years.

Dawn Doran
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Dawn Doran

I’ll miss Anna and Luke…

Mateo
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Mateo

Finola Hughes has grace. Not very many actresses have that talent. She can portray the poignancy but she carries that quiet grace and class that adds at least 100% more to every performance. It’s nuance, style and talent to have the skill to portray that. I know that the writing usually is what carries any scene to the stratosphere but without actors like Finola Hughes and Tony Geary they would remain but words on a page. Kudos to GH for once again nailing it. Looking forward to seeing Billy Miller give one of his unexpected powerhouse deliveries like he did… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Seems like the show always does better AFTER sweeps.

Melanie
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Melanie

Oh my god, I cried so much. Finola Hughes and Tony Geary are wonderful actors.

TinaP
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TinaP

Pure magic that is what describes these two together. I am so grateful to both Frank and Ron to have written and made part of yesterday’s GH Anna and Luke’s good-bye scenes. Finola and Tony were as always outstanding, they are and will always be BEST of the BEST. Their scenes were heart wrenching and thinking it may be the last time Anna and Luke are on screen together made them that much more emotional for me. Happy retirement Tony, you truly deserve it and know that we will surely miss you on GH. Finola, best of luck and success… Read more »

Lauren
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Lauren

She was exquisite! Hurry back, Finola!

elm51
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elm51

such emotional scenes – you could even feel that it was their last scene together

Timmm
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Timmm

It was magic. He is daytime royalty and she NEVER disappoints. I hope when she comes back she will acknowledge that after she left Scotland she headed to Paris to see her daughter. Its a bad loophole on this show. Recast Robin!

Fanny
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Fanny

Kimberly M. Is busy out there directing… Doesn’t seem tooooo interested in returning
anytime soon, perhaps it would be best to recast Robin. But isn’t she still being held
under lock & key by Helena? Anna would have to search high and low in order to
find her. She’s probably on Cassadine island trying to resurrect that insufferable,
abomination Stavros…

Harry
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Harry

No, Robin cannot be recast.
But they do need to finish Robin’s story and stop with these unfinished and clumsy returns and exits.
Watching Robin come and go is equivalent of finally agreeing to dance only to have the drummer perform a five minute drum solo.

Timmm
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Timmm

Recast. Sorry Kim. Follow your dreams. Yeah, we had Fluke that drug on, We have Jakeson that is dragging on but then there was Robin’s story. They built this whole story on her rescue and return ONLY to put her right back into Helena’s arms! What a ruse we were all taken for!

Fanny
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Fanny

If Kim were to return or TPTB choose to Recast her, it would need to be
long term. I would want Robin to fight for her EX -Patrick and really be
INVOLVED with raising Emma, she should also be head of research at
the hospital…that should start upon Anna’s return to PC.

Timmm
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Timmm

I agree Fanny and thats the problem with Robin off canvas, there is too much story not being told! RECAST!

Jeff
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Jeff

Amazing performances as usual for Finola and Anthony!!

Ashley C
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Ashley C

Finola has been blowing her scenes out of the water for weeks! Her final scenes with Tony Geary were no different. Touching and heartfelt on both sides. Two legends doing their thing superbly!

Anna has been so broken lately, I hope she gets some much needed rest on her “trip” and returns as fierce and strong as ever ready to continue on with her relationship with hottie Kyle Sloane!

Mr. X
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Mr. X

I think Sloane is a sleaze for taking advantage of a still grieving Anna, drunk or not.

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

Sloane is a creep……i say he took advantage of her but Anna still is a strong woman who should know better……this was too soon after Duke’s death…if he is dead that is……maybe Anna is going away to be with Duke who will be revived by SUPERRobin….lol

Timmm
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Timmm

He drank to. I just wish Anna wouldnt have gone there so soon. Drunk or not, she knew better!

Harry
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Harry

Speaking of Dicks, I think Anna wants out of town to get away from the comic book version of Dick Tracy.
The scene was beautifully acted–loved it.
PS. Did anyone notice that Anna was taking the book Outlander with her to Scotland? If you know what Outlander is about, you get the connection.

Fanny
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Fanny

Finola & Tony’s nostalgic trip down memory lane was incredibly poignant…
The admiration, mutual respect, and genuine fondness they have for one
shined through.
Anna outshines Sloane on every level, he isn’t worthy of her… She was
GRIEVING and heavily into her cups… What’s his excuse??????

Laurie
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Laurie

I’m not familiar with the book Harry, but it’s ALL over twitter that she had it and it’s been explained. LOL. Lovely twist. Now I’m interested in reading it. I feel like I’m the only 1 who hasn’t!!

Fanny
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Fanny

@Harry: That’s the first thing I noticed, when Anna lovingly placed Dukes
photo inside the book… Clair time traveling back to 18th century Scotland
to fall in with Jamie…

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi, Mr. X. Duke and Anna had not ‘been’ together, or had not been a couple for a long time. I am still puzzled at that last minute, “oh, let’s get away somewhere together…I love you, I love you…”…all that drivel. I did not buy it then, nor do I buy it now. She was so very adamant in forgiving Duke. He chose Sonny over her. Then, suddenly, out of the blue, togetherness forever happens? Who cares if Duke had called off the hit? THAT is definitely not the point!!!!! Really? What woman in her right mind leaves her only… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

Harry…More coincidence reminding me of Anna, Outlander, and a possible “real” mission for her in Scotland besides sentimentality. I live in a community with many expat-Brits, Irish and Scots, the two latter being very superstitious. Had a customer in the bookstore today who is going to be visiting Scotland again this summer. She always journeys to the many standing stones and does rituals…spits onto her finger and presses it onto a stone, and pricks a finger and puts a little of her blood on a stone as well. I teasingly said if I didn’t see her again…well you know.

Laurie
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Laurie

Jim, I understand what you’re saying about how fast it is for Anna & Sloane to have sex since Duke’s body isn’t dead but I’m not sure Sloane “took advantage” of Anna-I think Sloane’s in love with Anna & he was just being human. He is pushy as HELL, I agree. I also liked the previous Sloane much better, Robb Derringer, however, Grayson really pulled back during Anna’s grieving scenes these last few wks. I do credit him for that. I think Anna “gave in” because she’s not just mourning Duke, but she’s ALSO in pain over intentionally murdering a… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

Harry…I noticed the Outlander book, too. Sold enough in the bookstore. Wonder if Anna will be fanaticizing about finding the touching stone to go back in time for Duke? Plus, have been watching the series on ShowTime. Talk about “sex and violence” on tv. Wow. However the love scenes can be really lovely, especially the wedding night.

carol
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carol

Can’t wait for her to return. She, Jane Elliot and Maura West are what keep me tuning in.

Patrick
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Patrick

ooh… nice !

Anna
Traci
“Denise”

i’d throw in Nikolas…

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

Is that really Luke……is Laura and Holly back to expose him as Fluke……have we been duped by Fluke still pretending to be Luke???……should i stay on my meds……lol

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

Heather should also be around for Luke or Fluke’s exit story…let them run away together…lol

Fanny
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Fanny

Suspicious minds think alike…Is he, isn’t he.. I am a little skeptical
he’s being toooooo nice…

TeamDevane
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TeamDevane

Finola Hughes is a class act, a legendary performer who never ever disappoints in portraying the most kickass character in daytime – Anna Devane. Loved her scenes with Tony.

su0000
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su0000

It is rare to see realism on a soap..
When to people, not characters, show their true feeling for the other it is very notable..
Tony and Finola gave us themselves, not their characters..
And, I felt every second of their good bye, it was heart aching and real..

We have more of those ”’real”’ moments coming..

Fanny
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Fanny

Well said Su000….Many more WONDERFUL moments to come!!!
Get out UR Kleenex.

Rose
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Rose

it was a nice moment between Finola and Tony. I know Tony has received many awards, but I have to give the top accolades to Finola, especially the during shooting of Duke and the aftermath. I think she’s head and shoulders above everyone else. Hope she has a good summer working on her movie. And good luck with Jonathan Rhyes Meyers (sp?) who is in the film. I really like him, but he can be a handful from what I’ve heard. But then Finola’s alter ego, Anna, has handled her fair share over the years.

Theresa
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Theresa

Their performance was Emmy material. There are no words to express what a great actor Tony Geary is. He will be missed . No one could measure up to him.

Ghlover
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Ghlover

Am i the only one who thinks that sadly, Luke is not 100% Luke and will leave as cray-cray Luke?

Shay
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Shay

@Ghlover….While I’m still torn as to the actual state of Luke’s mind, I do detect a note of weariness and resignation on the part of AG since his return. He seems to be lacking the energy and focus he had whilst portraying Fluke…..if it truly is physical/emotional exhaustion on the part of the actor, then perhaps he has picked the proper time to say his final goodbye to GH, as this obvious malaise is making for one mighty maudlin and melancholy swansong.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Lol, Shay…..I would leave the melancholia suffering to Hamlet. Luke does not strike me as the melancholy type….he would not even entertain the institution of marriage or having a party to celebrate that possible ‘blissful’ event, if he were. I see no self-pity in Luke….he is too full of himself. But, you are right…this is the proper time and right venue for Anthony to take. I detect resignation also, but it may just be the anticipation to get the hell out of dodge. He is obviously wanting to go, and he is actually acting with great restraint ……the mark of… Read more »

Fanny
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Fanny

@Shay: TG is moving in slow motion of late, purposely mindful of his very
sensitive & still recovering back. His lack of energy & overly pale complexion
speaks volumes… Especially since “Luke” has always been such a physical
larger than life character, he seems to have become a “shadow” of his former
self…

Harry
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Harry

Shay–I feel that Luke has become a card carrying member of the Frances Farmer Club. That is, I fear he’s had a lobotomy.
Let us hope that Laura sparks a sense of his old spirit!

Shay
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Shay

Well, that had been my hope, Harry, but after yesterday’s episode, I had a similar feeling about Laura! She had that same vacant-eyed, hollowed-out look, although I’m thinking it may have been due to fear…..could Lucky be in danger, and that is what will precipitate Luke’s last mission with his “Angel?”

Shay
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Shay

@Fanny…..Well, yes, I am keeping that in mind….perhaps Mr. Geary is saving up his energy for that last blast of an adventure which will lead to his grand finale!!!!!!

Dawn Doran
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Dawn Doran

Most of the actors on General Hospital are great actors….

Harry
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Harry

Okay……?

Dawn Doran
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Dawn Doran

Glad that you agree with me…huh?

Connie blizzard
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Connie blizzard

Just the beginning of tears for all of us. Omg…Luke and Anna…you could feel the real feelings…..love them

aria
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aria

i loved this episode with these two so much, i going to cherish is forever, i even boutght the episode on iTunes to have for keepsake. It made me remember the good old days, when GH was about not just love between couples, but great friends who helped each other through rough times and adventures. I was so glad this scene took place especially since Finola would be off screen for Anthony Geary’s last shows. I can’t wait for more great scenes like this, between Tony and his many special pairings he had on the show. Genie Francis, Emma Samms,… Read more »

Lucerne
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Lucerne

I adore both Finola Hughes and Tony Geary. Tony will really be missed but I can kind of see why it might be time to wrap things up when it comes to Luke. I hope he’ll come back some time for something big! It broke my heart watching those poignant scenes between Anna and Luke and thinking that this could be the last time these two super talents work together. I’m so glad they had the chance to say good bye!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Harry…
Yes, Harry……Hi!!
I did notice the book, OULANDER. Perhaps Anna will transform into Claire Beauchamp Randall?
I also noticed how Anna made a point of turning the book’s face toward the camera for a clearer view. I did think that there might be some significance in that gesture. Time travel?
Is there some spoofy storyline in the making?

Harry
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Harry

One would hope so, Cee Cee.
I am a sucker for time travel stories.

Fanny
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Fanny

I don’t know if they’d be capable of pulling it off successfully.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Harry, your double entendre ‘Dick’, was not lost on me. Just sayin’…..LOL

Maria
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Maria

Finola Hughes and Tony Geary are two of the best daytime fans have ever had the pleasure to watch. How appropriate was it that he’s leaving but the scene ended up as a good bye as Anna leaves town for the summer? I love them both and only wish they would have had more scenes together. I also hope this doesn’t mean Jane Elliott never sees the time of day again. She’s a real gem, too!

Rodd
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Rodd

Real actors can suck you into any scene regardless of the material and make you feel something. If you don’t feel anything, they’re probably phoning it in.

I’ve never felt that way about any scene with Finola and Tony in it. That scene was very touching. These actors are true treasures.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Rose….. Hi, Rose….I am very familiar with that ritual, as my Gran is Scottish. I am well versed in all the superstitions, especially still existing In the south-western district of Scotland. However, my Gran says , that such rituals are only practiced by those who engage in witchcraft…..and she blessed herself (sign of the cross, in case you are not of the Roman Catholic faith) when she mouthed the word…LOL. Is Anna supposed to be from Scotland as Duke? I am not sure. Imagine if the writers would do a soapy facsimile of THE OUTLANDER? When Anna comes back, they… Read more »

mary
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mary

Iam 70 years old. my mother in law and I watched this show for over 40 years. I think Anna and Luke hit it right on the nail with there acting. Being a widow Anna brought home all the raw emotions of loss of a LOVE ONE. I WILL MISS THEM BOTH, Thank you for all the years of fine entertaining.

Norma
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Norma

Anna and Robert Scorpio were the BEST together

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Joseph Behar was heavyweight director in daytime drama having worked on both Days of our Lives and General Hospital and now comes word of his passing. Behar passed away on June 26th at the age of 94.

According to his obit, he died at his home in Manhattan Beach, California.

Joe spent the the bulk of his career directing Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.  He actually directed the pilot episode of General Hospital back in 1963, then came back the ABC daytime drama series 30 years later to direct it for more than 10 more years,.

Along the way, he won 5 Daytime Emmys for his work on GH, and had won six overall throughout his career. He continued directing until his retirement back in 2005.

Behar’s career started on the Ernie Kovacs Show and he also directed Let’s Make a Deal. and more.

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He is survived by his wife, Carolyn and his sons, Jeffrey, Steven and Greg Behar and his grandchildren, Alex, Mallory, Niko and Lydia.

Watch an interview with Joe via the TV Academy on his career including working with Frances Reid (Ex-Alice, DAYS), the pace of directing in daytime and more below.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Joe and his family in the comment section.

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For weeks, Austin has seemed to be fixated on Michael Corinthos (Chad Duell) and the Q’s and now with this cliffhanger of a reveal we know why.

At a key family business meeting at the Q’s, Scott (Kin Shriner) who now seems in cahoots with Austin for a piece of the Quartermaine pie, brings Austin to the gathering.

 

When Austin arrives, Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) looks none-to-pleased!  She clearly knows the guy.  When Michael struts up to Austin asking who he is and what is he doing here … Austin introduced himself as Austin Gaitlin-Holt.  Michael and everyone else look a bit perplexed as we fade to black.

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