Thursday’s episode of General Hospital gives us the exit story for Dominic Zamprogna, since he has wrapped his run as Dante Falconeri.
In story, an emotional Dante asks Lulu (Emme Rylan) to come home early. Once together, he informs her he is going undercover to get Raj, the man that threw her off the Haunted Star over two years ago, and where she almost drowned.
He goes on to explain to a shocked Lulu that the WSB is putting together a task force to locate the guy and they have a new lead on him. In fact, Raj is now heavily involved with major gun trafficking ring.
Dante says he has been invited to join the task force and he needs to leave Port Charles tonight. When asked why he needs to be a part of this … Dante explains he is good at undercover work, and since Raj has never seen him, he could be the key to bring the guy down. He tells Lulu he wants justice for what Raj did to her.
Lulu is worried about his safety. Next, Chase (Josh Swickard) stops by Dante’s and he explains to his cop partner he’s leaving town for a while. and asks Chase to please look in on his brother, Michael (Chad Duell), for him. Chase says he will not let Nelle hurt Michael.
When it’s time for Dante to make his quick departure, he has a heartbreaking goodbye with Lulu. He doesn’t even have time to personally go and say goodbye to his mother, Olivia (Lisa LoCicero), and there was no mention of his father, Sonny (Maurice Benard). However, Dante professes his love to “Leslie Lu”, and remembers the first time they met. In these scenes, Zamprogna once again had the ability to make us reach for the hankies, something he has done time and time again over his run on the ABC daytime drama.
Dante leaves their home, and thus leaving Lulu in tears. On the same day, Zamprogna posted two heart-tugging tweets. One that said, “The love you guys have given me over the years and continue to give is overwhelming. It is I that must thank YOU!” The second, a shot of a sad-faced Zamprogna vat the PCPD set.
So, what did you think of Dante’s goodbye to Lulu? What did you think of what seemed to be a quick write-out of the character? Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section below