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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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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.

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

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.

I’ll miss Anna and Luke…

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 in his tenure at Y&R. I have to say I am loving GH a lot these last few weeks. The change in character of Nikolas. The slow repair of brotherly love between Morgan and Michael. The understated sadness and confusion of Nina Clay and Franco. There are other characters who live up to what we expect of them but it’s the actors who always toss in a special surprise even at times when the writing alone would be enough. Thank you GH.

Seems like the show always does better AFTER sweeps.

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

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 on your movie but please please please hurry back cause we already miss Anna!

She was exquisite! Hurry back, Finola!

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

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!

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…

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.

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!

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.

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

Amazing performances as usual for Finola and Anthony!!

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!

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

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

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

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.

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??????

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!!

@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…

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 grandchild behind to run off with a disreputable, back-stabbing ex-lover? Not only that, but, there is always the chance her daughter may come back to PC. Would she want to miss that?
I do not know what kind of person Anna is, truly……but, she does not strike me as a flighty, que-sera-sera-kind-of-woman. So, what gives?

Yes, Anna lost someone whose great love surpassed all others….I’ve said this before, and I get it!….we all get it, right? But, to bombard Sloane for his behavior is not fair. I am not that into him, but he acted in the moment….but, so did she.
Also, I do not believe Sloane took advantage of her. One could turn the tables and say she used him to lift the heaviness in her heart. Sloane just lost his job, and he is in love with her……so they turned to each other to alleviate their malheur. Not much was shown….not acting like animals…..done with due respect….two people needing comfort, coming together. However, Sloane’s heart is also involved….he acted out of love. Did Anna?
I also keep in mind that, as Alexis, she is not a babe in the woods…..and I doubt Anna would want to be considered as ‘having been had’….She’s a big girl!

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.

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 man in cold blood. I cheered-Carlos had it coming, but Anna’s not that person at the end of the day & she’ll be forever haunted by it-she needed relief, comfort! It was a very human thing to do. I actually enjoyed the scenes. It’s not lost on me that her & Sloane have had more scenes & conversations in 2 wks than GH gave her & Duke during his entire run this time!! Ian’s too good of an actor to have wasted him.

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.

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

ooh… nice !

Anna
Traci
“Denise”

i’d throw in Nikolas…

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

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

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

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.

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..

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

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.

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.

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

@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.

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 a well-seasoned, dignified actor. I must admit, Mr. Geary has what it takes….class.

@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…

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!

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?”

@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!!!!!!

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

Okay……?

Glad that you agree with me…huh?

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

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, Kristina Wagner, Lynn Herring, and Nancy Lee Grahan, not all romantic, but all fun and showed how much chemistry Anthony Geary could have with anyone….

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!

@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?

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

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

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

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!

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.

@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 could really explore and exploit this adventure with none other as herself as the heroine, yes?

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.

Anna and Robert Scorpio were the BEST together

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GH’s Adam J. Harrington on Being a Recast John “Jagger” Cates: “There is No Way I Can Even Touch What Antonio Sabato Jr. Did With the Role in the Past … If They Are Going My Way They Were Going to Take This in a Different Direction”

General Hospital fans were recently in for a shock when a new man arrived in Port Charles who went by the name of John Cates. As it turns out John Cates used to go by the nickname of “Jagger” and had lived in the town many years ago.

That’s because actor Adam Harrington was recast in the role of FBI Cates. The part was originally made soap-famous in the 90’s by Antonio Sabato Jr. “Jagger” appeared on the ABC daytime drama series from 1992-1994 and then in its spinoff GH: Night Shift in 2008 before the character left Port Charles with his young autistic son. “Jagger” was also the older brother to the late Stone Cates (Michael Sutton).

Now in 2024, GH has brought the character back and Adam J. Harrington is on contract with the series. The actor spoke to Soap Opera Digest about the obvious difference in look and take on the role than “Jagger’s” original portrayer, Antonio Sabato Jr.

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Adam expressed: “My take on it was that it’s been 30 years; they obviously wanted to take this in a new direction and see what they could do with this storyline. And I also thought, ‘There is no way I can even touch what Antonio Sabato, Jr. did with the role in the past.’ Although I know it would be jarring for fans, in some ways, I was very happy that I didn’t look like I was going to try to mimic or echo at all what they had done with that storyline.”

Chiming in on replacing an actor in a role made soap-famous by someone else, Harrington added, “Obviously, if they’re going my way, they were going to take this in a different direction with so much time having passed. TV is immortal and still very much fresh in people’s minds, but like I said, I took the recasting and looking so obviously different as them saying, ‘Okay, we’re going to take this in a different direction and we are not trying to replace or touch what was originally a beautiful story.”’

Previously, Sabato Jr. had a few things to say about not being asked back to reprise his signature role for more than 30 years by the ABC soap opera.

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As to just who this new version of John Cates will be romantically linked with, fans are seeing a spark between he and Jordan (Tanisha Harper), or could he wind up with Anna (Finola Hughes), or another lady on the canvas? “I think there is an element here of him coming to town, throwing a new guy into the mix,” Harrington shares.”We’ll see who he quote-unquote bonds with and who he doesn’t.”

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So what do you think of the recast John “Jagger” Cates? Do you like where the show is taking the character? Do you appreciate Adam’s candor on acknowledging what Antonio Sabato Jr. did with this role in the past? Comment below.

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Steve Burton’s Ex-Wife Sheree Gustin Gives Birth to Her Fifth Child, Weeks After Their Divorce Was Finalized

Sheree Gustin, the ex-wife of General Hospital star, Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) welcomed her newborn daughter into the world on February 16th. The little one who’s name is Addy Jay weighed in at 5 lbs., 5 oz at the time of her birth. This is Gustin’s fifth child.

Gustin’s partner, who was in an Instagram story with her and their baby, remains unidentified. This is the second child of Gustin’s within a year or so of each other, that is not the biological child of Burton’s. She previously had daughter Isabella back in February of 2023.

The news of the arrival of Addy Jay comes on the heels of Burton finalizing his divorce from his former wife of 23 years back in December of 2023.  In the divorce settlement, Steve and Sheree have joint legal and physical custody of their minor children. Brooklyn, 8, and Jack, 17. The two also share a daughter McKenna who is 20.

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Burton originally filed for divorce in July 0f 2022. In court documents, the two separated in March of that year as Burton cited “irreconcilable differences.” When Sheree announced the impending birth of her fourth child, Burton took to his Instagram and clarified, “She recently announced that she’s expecting her 4th child. The child is not mine. We are still co-parenting our three beautiful kids. We would appreciate privacy at this time. Much luv, Steve.”

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Gustin, who is a fitness guru, now goes by Sherrie Lynn on her official Instagram account. Since her divorce from Burton, and the births of her most recent children, Sherrie has not addressed the situation publicly.

Meanwhile, General Hospital fans are anxiously awaiting Burton’s return as Jason Morgan on the ABC soap opera with his first episode back slated for March 4th. Just how Jason will be revealed to be alive after a cave collapsed on him, and he was believed to have died, is one of great mystery for soap fans.

So, share your thoughts on the news of the birth of Sheree’s fifth child Addy Jay via the comment section below.

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GH Alum Vinessa Antoine Returns For Season 2 of CBS Dramedy ‘So Help Me Todd’

Vinessa Antoine (ex-Jordan Ashford, General Hospital) has added quite an impressive lists of acting credits since announcing she was exiting the ABC soap opera back in July 0f 2018.

Since then Antoine has appeared in TV series north of the border in Canada and here in the U.S including her leading role in CBC’s Diggstown. Now comes word, that Vinessa is back for a second season in her role on the CBS comedy-drama, So Help Me Todd.

In the series, Vinessa plays the role of Alex Parker. Taking to her Instagram, the actress shared, “Alex Parker’s shenanigans from season 1 continue this season in episode 3 onward. Do check it out. Enjoy!!”

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So Help Me Todd stars Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden as Margaret and Skylar Astin as Todd. Margaret is a successful defense attorney, while Todd is a private investigator but known as the black sheep of the family. In the premise of the series, Todd has criminal charges dropped against him, in exchange for working at mom’s law firm as they crack cases and defend clients.

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Antoine plays Alex, a forensic accountant who gets in the good graces of the character of Lyle (Tristen M. Winger), who is an investigator at the law firm. However, in a twist, it’s revealed that Alex is actually investigating him. The story picks up in season 2 from here.

Vinessa’s first episode of season 2 will air on Thursday February 29th  9 p.m. ET on CBS and it streams the next day on Paramount+

So, looking forward to catching Vinessa on So Help Me Todd? Comment below.

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