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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Linda Purl Guest Stars as Peyton and Carly Open Old Wounds

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Thursday’s episode of General Hospital featured a guest star turn by TV and film star, Linda Purl taking on the role of Mrs. Wade Honeycutt aka Peyton.

In story, while delayed in Jacksonville on her way to Aruba, Carly (Laura Wright) is blindsided by a woman who comes up to her saying how refreshing it is to see someone reading a book and not on their cellphone. Carly shares she lost the phone on the plane she was on before she was grounded due to bad weather in Jacksonville. Being in Jacksonville is the last place that Carly wants to be; given this is the place she grew up in and was then known as “Caroline Benson”.

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When the woman named “Peyton” joins her at her table, they talk about Jacksonville. The very-opinionated Peyton shares that she is a member of the city beautification board.  Then, she looks at the bar and sees a married man she knows with a young woman who is not his daughter, which sets her off.  Peyton calls ‘her kind, trash’, alluding to that the young woman is a call girl.  Carly is taken aback by her comments.  Shockingly, Peyton reveals how Ruby Anderson’s boarding house was torn down by her beautification board, because everybody knew it was a brothel. Next, Carly reveals Ruby was her great aunt.

All of a sudden, a horrified and emotional Carly realizes who Peyton is!  Peyton was married to another man before her current husband Wade. Peyton realizes Carly is Caroline Benson, and knows that Carly has been using her daughter Reese’s nickname.  At that point, Peyton lets Carly have it as she blames her for Reese’s death.

We then learn that Carly seduced Peyton’s then-husband Daniel. Carly defends herself as a 16-year-old teen and that her husband was an adult, so he was at fault for everything.  Peyton calls Carly ‘trash’ who just wanted Reese’s life and tried to get it by sleeping with her father. When Reese found out about the tryst, she was devastated and got in a car, and wound up in the accident that killed her.

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Carly tells Peyton she is not having this; she is a grown woman and owes her nothing.  Peyton tells her to get out of Jacksonville as soon as possible because she doesn’t belong there and never did.

The scenes between Purl and Laura Wright were outstanding.  However, many fans have referenced that the back-story of Reese and Carly was altered.

So, what did you think of the scenes between Linda Purl and Laura Wright as Peyton and Carly drudge up the past? Comment below.

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rose
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rose

Of course many adults behaved badly. But leave it to Carly to always blame everyone else, and not take responsibility for her or her families choice of “careers” and/or miss-deeds.

Violet Lem
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Violet Lem

This was a good back story between Carly and the Peyton woman whose husband Carly apparently bedded at 16 yrs., old enough to know better in my book. When she said she was only 16, sounded like she was saying 12 or 13. I also did not agree with Carly’s opinion that the call girl had a right to be at the hotel. I wouldn’t want them at an establishment that I owned. Did she allow them at her hotel in P.C?

brian
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brian

Her mother, Bobbie Spencer, and grandmother, Ruby Anderson were both prostitutes. Viewers of GH since 1976ish known this… so Carly’s opinions totally make sense.

Ade C
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Ade C

Shows how many years you ‘ve been watching! I have been watching for about 40+ years now and bawhen they wrote a story, people knew it was just for tv. Now, every thing is such a risk because there are activists and human rights people going nuts over fictional tv shows!

Satan
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Satan

This entire scene was a trainwreck of a rewrite…. First of all, we already know that Reese Marshall a.k.a the “original” Carly Roberts did not die in a car wreck as a teenager, because she later surfaced in Port Charles as an FBI agent. Though she did eventually die in a literal trainwreck which was caused by that horrible temp hire “Carly” Jennifer something or other… and Laura Wright actually made her debut on GH at the end of that story. Now as far as this self-appointed head of the Moral Majority of Jacksonville being so “proud” of tearing down… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

WOW!! Thank you for the very descriptive and informative précis, Satan. I’ve only been watching for eight years, and although I, more or less, know Carly’s ( and other characters’) background, it’s not the same as having watched the soap first hand. So, Carly’s background is shady—-thus, she should have risen above it. Sixteen is young, but not so naive not to know right from wrong. Granted, a slimy, sexual predator knows how to attract and snare his prey with the power of persuasion—-very touchy subject. I think that almost every girl that age has encountered such situations—-the difference is… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Hi C, so you are saying that Sonny is better off without Carly and you approve of his and Nina’s relationship???

Celia
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Celia

Hello, my love—No-no–not at all, T. Just the opposite!! I think Sonny and Carly belong together. I apologize for not making myself clear—actually, my mind was not fixed on who should be with whom. I was describing Carly’s self-imposed elitism. She is a nouveu riche AKA gutter rat ( strictly talking about the character–not Ms Wright, who is an exceptionally, beautiful actress). As far as Nina, I would love to see her back with Valentin—Anna and he just do not make the cut of a passion-driven couple. What Nina did (out of spite) is also deplorable. If you remember, Nina… Read more »

Rosi
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Rosi

I think Garin Wolf hated most. He wrote horrible for the couples on the show. He never paid attention to backstory.

Rodd
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Rodd

Though I thought there were a few holes in the story that I didn’t understand due to be a recent (ten year) viewer, I found the scenes riveting.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Rodd
Me too. Watched many years ago than stopped and have been back only about 12 or 13 yrs, so this was all news to me and very interesting.
Kind of helps understanding Carly a little bit.

Timmm
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Timmm

Me to Rodd, I forgot all the past history and just loved the job Linda Purl did and hope she visits Port Charles!

Jacqueline
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Jacqueline

Love Linda Purl. Now how about GH cast her sweetie Patrick Duffy as Dr Jeff Webber. He’d be great.

Bella
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Bella

Don’t hold your breath they do not want to write story for Becky been on for 25 years she is well liked on and off camera I will be honest have not watched in four years or more but I do know from what I read how they treat her over there have no desire to watch it myself as I have always liked her character . I always hoped she would find another job where she was appreciated. It would literally not shock me if they end up making her the killer I’m the story they have going on… Read more »

Greg
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Greg

This was a complete rewrite. Reese Marshall who came to town as an FBI agent was a very much alive “Carly”. She had survived the car crash and became involved with Sonny. She helped him rescue his children when Faith Roberts kidnapped them. AS I remember her character was involved in two of the shows best ever shoot-out sequences. The character was killed later in a train wreck. The actress who portrayed “Reese” was Keri Wuhr. When she was killed off the show she was pregnant in real life and sued the show for wrongful termination. I don’t believe the… Read more »

Greg
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Greg

I was mistaken. THe actress who played the real “Carly” was Kari Wurher. GH must have been a bad experience for her as there is no mention of it on her Wiki page, Biography or IMBD!

Bella
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Bella

No the original Carly was Sarah Brown she owned the character

Greg
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Greg

you are correct but she used her ex-best friends nickname “Carly” as her own. The so called “real Carly’s” name is Caroline Benson.

Greg
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Greg

I meant the Carly we have known since Sarah Brown and all the others through Jennifer Bransford and now Laura Wright has the real name Caroline Benson.

Steve
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Steve

If you followed the story, after it was revealed that she was Caroline Benson, the daughter Bobbie Spencer gave up for adoption, Carly Roberts (now Corinthos) admitted to taking the name of her childhood friend who was believed to be deceased. Later Reese came to Port Charles as was revealed to be that friend (I.e. the original Carly Roberts). Yes, Sarah Brown was the first to play Caroline/Carly, but Greg is correct in his use of “real” for the Reese version. Kari Wurher does list GH on her IMDb page but not her original 15 minutes of fame on MTV’s… Read more »

Greg
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Greg

Thanks Steve. This was a really confusing rewrite to a lot of fans. THe writers should never play so fast and loose with the show’s history.

As much as I like Laura Wright she does bear some responsibility here for the confusion. She should have done her research into what occurred in this storyline which began before she joined the show. She would have known then that this rewrite was just that and may have chosen to play these scenes in accordance with the show’s history.

Phil
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Phil

Actresses are not responsible for how the story is written nor the dialogue they use!

OG Steve
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OG Steve

Elizabeth Korte is the GH staff writer responsible for continuity and historical accuracy. Lately she’s been playing a little loose with history. Trying to squeeze a window for Dominique to have Mac’s kid when she was on screen the entire time is glaring example of pushing the boundaries.

Susan
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Susan

The actors and actresses that portray the characters usually have nothing to do with the direction that a storyline takes. So it’s a bit unfair to blame Laura Wright. While it’s probably a good idea for them to be aware of the character’s history in order to better portray them, it is the writers that are responsible and should be aware of previous storylines. I think that the writers are really letting the fans down by continually rewriting history as they have done pretty regularly over the last year or so. Whether by design or by accident, I know a… Read more »

Bella
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Bella

Kari Wuher played a FBI agent

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

What I find absurd about this excursion into the past — and its consequent rewriting of history — is that the time period of the prostitute careers of Ruby and Bobbie took place before those characters first appeared on the show. So the writers are adding backstory to backstory and altering facts along the way. And to what end?

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Oh Jamesj75, I wish I understood the thinking behind most of the recent hare-brained decisions going on here. I’ve decided it’s either (1) lack of respect for longtime viewers who remember details (can’t you just picture the “no one will remember” remarks around the “brainstorming” sessions) and/or (2) genuine ignorance of past plotting which is either laziness or, again, lack of respect for us. The worst part of all of this is that another Carly-centric story is brewing and that means more Drew and Sonny also. Which, for me, usually translates to fast-forward. Good to read your thoughts again, my… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Soaphound, terrific to see your thoughtful reply here. I agree with your assessment, including the “‘brainstorming’ sessions,” lack of respect for longtime viewers, and the brewing Carly-centric story. We have seen such instances previously. It’s nauseating, really. Some of us longtime viewers DO remember past plotlines. I think the repeated attempts to prop up Sonny and Carly (and, in the process, garner Emmy nominations) are simply and unfortunately the overriding doctrine of this show. You aren’t the only one using the fast-forward button… Please take care, Friend!

rose
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rose

I guess I don’t care about all of the versions of “history” surrounding Carly or who played her. Not to take away from the good acting by Laura, but I just don’t like the character.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

rose
Hi there! I agree with you about the history but I must say, especially since I love Linda Purl, I am loving this go-around with her and Carly whom I never thought I’d agree with.Also didn’t know Linda could play totally obnoxious so well. They make a good toe to toe pair.Guess I’m with Carly on this one.

rose
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rose

Violet…Actually I am finding Carly’s “go-around” with Peyton (Linda Purl) a little amusing. Finally Carly has a tough adversary. Even though a “family” home for Ruby I must admit I also would want the “rooming house” gone.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Oh Violet, I do love Linda Purl, especially in this scene-stealing role. Back in the 70s, I had a tremendous crush on Shaun Cassidy and Linda made a dramatic T.V. movie with him in 1979 called “Like Normal People.” It was about two mentally challenged young people wanting to marry and I still recall Linda’s deeply moving performance. Nice to see her still beautiful and her acting chops better than ever.

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