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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Luke Contemplates Suicide & Is Visited By The Spirits Of Lena, Tim, and Patricia Spencer!

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On Thursday’s tearjerker on General Hospital, the story of Luke Spencer (Tony Geary) came full circle as a depressed Luke who was dumped by Tracy (Jane Elliot) returned to the old Spencer home on Elm Street … one last time before it’s demolished.

But as Luke comes to the house in which he killed his father Tim, and accidentally killed his mother Lena, he has a gun in tow ready to take his own life. After first encountering  the spirit of his evil father Tim, who tells Luke to kill himself and that he will always be haunted by him,  next sister Patricia in her teenaged years visits Luke.  She tells him not to take his own life, because everything she did would then have been for naught in protecting Luke from the Spencer family secret for decades.

But it was being visited by the spirit of his mother Lena, played beautifully by Laura Wright, that registered to Luke, and her forgiveness and advice was paramount to talk Luke down and for him to move on with his life.  Lena related to Luke:  “I love you.  I can never blame you for what happened … you stood up to your father’s endless abuse of us.  You stood up, because I was too afraid to.  You did own what you did, even though you didn’t realize it.  You carried that weight for decades.  Don’t you see, Luke?   That is why you lashed out … that is why you pushed away people.  Not because you were evil, not because you were like him, because you were lost.”   Lena goes on to say, “Accepting the truth about what happened to me should not be the reason your life’s ends, it should be the reason it finally begins.”

Later, Lena continues to comfort Luke and goes on to say, “I have been watching you all these years, letting that fateful night define you.  No more.   No more, Luke.  It’s time for you to stand up again.  You figure out who you are.  Better yet, you figure out who you want to be without all of those demons bottled up inside you.  The possibilities are limitless.  It’s time to move forward.  There is good in you, Luke.  Way more than there ever was bad.  That’s why you ran away from your family to protect them. ”

Lena tells Luke that he is finally free of his demons!  Luke replies with tears in his eyes, “Momma, what can I do? What can I ever, ever do to make it up to you?”  Lena says, “You find the man you were meant to be. You find a way to be happy and you choose to live.”

Major kudos go to Laura Wright and Tony Geary for their performances in their scenes that tugged at the heart!

So, what did you think of Thursday’s GH and the words written that brought Luke’s life story thus far to a place where he can begin to move on from the death of his mother, and his past ?  What did you think of the performances of Laura Wright and Tony Geary? Share your thoughts below!

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lellingw
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lellingw

They were both excellent. Wish the show had picked up faster and earlier. Still the other characters stories are empty and shallow.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

I’m just sick of Luke and his “demons”, it’s so self-indulgent! April 1 episode was good, and gave Luke plenty of reasons to want to “go find himself”. This didn’t need to be dredged up again. Luke’s last week should have been about Luke’s friends and the family we’ve gotten to know over 30 years, especially Laura and their kids! Not the family we just found out about 4 months ago! Maybe some people like watching Luke wallow in self-pity, but I FFd the whole thing.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yeah…tell me about it, maddiehayes. What more is there to say?

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Couldn’t agree more. Go find yourself Luke, and get lost, never to return. Please!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes, I agree, Maddiehayes!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

And, try as they might, they can’t erase the damage of the 52nd anniversary–not the mama saying there is nothing to forgive, not Pat’s comments, not young “Luke” (still carrying that “infamous” baseball bat).
Scenes were just anti-climatic and forced–even “fillers” before Monday’s big “Aloha, Luke” (or Luke “pretender”).

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

Did y’all see Luke’s talk with “Daddy” on The Soup? LOL, it was totally mock worthy, and I’m so glad to see I’m not the only one who wasn’t impressed.

Harry
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Harry

I must admit that I was disappointed that so much time was dedicated to Luke talking to dead people. That almost seemed like a narrative burp after being forced fed the Fluke damage control storyline last month. As wonderful as Laura Wright was, I really wanted to see Luke in scenes with characters with whom he had history–someone like Laura? The love of his life–his angel?
But I did love the way Luke looked at Bobbie. His eyes glinted with affection and sentimentality as he softly, yet forcefully, said,”I love you.”
Right back at you, Luke.

su0000
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su0000

Ron and team did a top-notch story with the recent exit.. Luke and Carly were mesmerising! Ron knows his characters, he feels them.. Jean and Shelly could have never captured the souls of all the exit ”characters”, not in a million years.. Ron put his heart and soul into bring us GH .. He knew the history and used it.. Ron was not perfect but he did bring GH up and kept it going.. Now, that Fluke has ended and it’s back to normal the good writing has begun, and they kick Ron to curb..(mistake) The upcoming month under Ron… Read more »

carol
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carol

I totally agree su0000. People were complaining so much about Guza, and it didn’t take them long to forget him and complain about RC. I’ve found Y&R to be very boring for the most part in recent years. I like the “action” that RC brought to GH. I also think these two writers will take GH down.

su0000
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su0000

There were two different stories going on, so to say.. The Fluke story and the Luke story.. ”Fluke” story was not a blockbuster however; the ”Luke” story is a blockbuster. The exit of Luke has brought many a tear.. ALL involved have given their all, their best.. BRAVO! Has the exit story been perfect, no but- it has been a journey a heartfelt journey ! Everyone that Luke/Tony has been with during the past 3 weeks has been on an emotional journey .. the actors/cast and fans all feeling the emotions.. Imperfect, but heartfelt emotions .. And that is what… Read more »

Jeff
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Jeff

Very well done episode, superbly acted as usual with GH! I don’t see a problem with the writing, just some storylines dragging on too long.

Beth CP
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Beth CP

Beautifully subtle and hearfelt work from LW as Lena Spencer, following the throughline of the Luke/Fluke DID reveal to cap this little gem of a character study with warmth and grace. So often I have the feeling I’m watching a runaway bulldozer when she’s on as Carly (albeit always giving a committed performance). That last hug with a tear spilling and tracking down her cheek totally got my nose fuzzy.Kudos also to Chloe Lanier who again impressed as young Patricia. Definitely an actress to keep tabs on. I found AG a bit more reserved here as opposed to his “farewell”… Read more »

soapgal
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soapgal

Haven’t been all that interested in the Luke sl but the first go round of Lw as Lena was just fantastic and then I saw Lw as Lena Spencer for the second time and she was even better this time than the last time , it was just amazing watching Lw play Luke’s mother Lena , she was perfect in this role , I couldn’t help but be in awe of Luke’s mother Lena Spencer. Lw was just amazing in this role.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I thought it was a phenomenal scene, actually the acting by all three superb. The actress playing young Patricia nailed the exact inflection ans intonation as Dee Wallace, making her that much more plausible as the woman she grew up to be. There was no trace of Carly in Laura Wright. Great transformation. Tony was heartbreakingly vulnerable.

Emotional stuff; tears.

irene
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irene

Just so glad Luke is gone. While back I posted that and got bombarded. Not so much now. Interesting.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Same here, Irene. I believe there has been this drastic turn-around from even the most avid Luke fans. Obviously I can’t speak for them, but, I feel everyone had become antsy……wanted to see an end, albeit with heavy heart, for some, in losing the Luke character……I have never seen a character’s exit take so long; prolonged to distraction. So, I think , it is a relief that it’s finally over.

su0000
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su0000

If you keep up the all the twitters, they are very positive..
Many loved the story and praise given..
Not many go to forums, they however tweet and Facebook..
Opinions herein are 0000.1 percent <–?? of the viewers..

I didn't care too much for the Fluke story . However it gave Tony his 8th emmy.
Nonetheless, I really liked the exit Luke story.
It will give Tony his 9th and final emmy, most likely.

The Fluke story was not the exit story, actually .
I really liked the bringing back of all especially JJ for Luke's exit ..

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

CeeCee, as always, your opinions are astute and sharp. This exit has indeed been “prolonged.” And the exit storyline had so many bizarre twists, most of which made little sense. This exit has been prolonged even going beyond the typical Friday-episode farewell… I hope I didn’t go on too long… 🙂

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Jamesj75.
Hello, James…good to hear from you.
No, you have not gone on for too long. LOL. Love that sarcasm.
Thank you for your effusive words. You humble me.
I am glad to hear you feel the same way. I cannot deny how fantastic the ride with Fluke/Luke has been…all due to his unequalled acting, but ’tis finally over. Later, friend.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

irene, your analysis is telling: And in my opinion, three things happened to turn more viewers against Luke (and Geary): (1) the interminable, frustrating, twisting fluke story — I think that even the most ardent fan grew tired of all that; (2) we learned that Genie Francis felt she needed Geary’s blessing to even accept the premise of being able to work with him again — that needless subservience was distasteful; and (3) Tony Geary gave “exit interviews” that were not at all flattering — showing his own disdain for the Luke and Laura story, bragging once again that, at… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

maddiehayes, I did not see “Daddy” on “The Soup”–so sorry–would love to have seen that! Will try to google it! Here’s hoping; I’d surely hate to miss that one! LOL

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

did you find it? Something about General Hospital hits a new low .. with Luke ready to shoot himself, and “Daddy” urging him on. They joked about the “ghost bourbon”. I’m sorry, Tony Geary IS a good actor, but that “Join your Daddy in Hell!” stuff is NOT what I wanted to see from Luke’s last few scenes. Looks like we’re outnumbered on this board, though .. lol

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Found it! Made me laugh out loud! Thanks so much for guiding me to it.
Seeing it out of context really highlights how truly bad the acting (or improv?) and writing really is. I’m still laughing.

I think you are right about our being outnumbered on this board–lol
But we can stand against many, can’t we?

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

No, it was “General Hospital Takes a Turn for the Worst”. Should be right at the top if you google The Soup General Hospital 🙂

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Thanks! Will do!

su0000
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su0000

That is when Luke should have shot himself!
Going out in bang not whimper ..

His daddy was his demon and demons jobs are to take you to hell with them, everybody knows that..
It was done soapy well..

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

su0000, seriously, you wanted Luke to shoot himself? Agreed, it was soapy, but “Marlena’s possession” soapy. I like a soap that makes me care, not laugh in derision. Hopefully the new writers will bring back the heart.

kelly
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kelly

No brainer; Tony Geary and Laura Wright will both win Daytime Emmy’s for this.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Oh, yes. I can see Geary winning…again, for the umpteenth time. But, Laura W? I saw nothing extraordinary, in my opinion. Tony Geary, love him or dislike him, is a natural. He is a very charismatic talent. Not my favorite character, but he commands every scene…putting everyone else to shame; including Carly. As I stated on a different thread, Laura’s tears, as Tracy’s were real. The emotion came from the fact that they were saying goodbye. Understandably ……they have been working together for years….I was very sad!

Timmm
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Timmm

Oh CeeCee, I am so proud of you! You are growing into an amazing Tony Geary fan right before my eyes! No, I get it, you haven’t been watching all that many years and it took you some time to see what I was saying all along, Fluke was one bad idea but look at the actor and not the story, as much. This guy is an icon. He is an extraordinary actor. You see as we have found out he is as others were a victim of poor writing. He will be a front runner for an Emmy again.… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Thank you, Timmm. Everything is so crystal clear to me now. Yes, I blame Fluke…LOL. Had I met Luke, as he is, I would have automatically worshipped him. I can appreciate talent whether I like him/her or not. I am glad I did not miss the boat; before Tony vacated the premises, that is. I had the opportunity of witnessing Tony perform in his full regalia…And, I GOT IT; I GOT HIM….He metamorphosed right before mine eyes, as I did before thine, Timmm, regardless of the less than good writing. I suppose when one excels in his craft, bad writing… Read more »

cristal47
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cristal47

Laura W & Tony G were amazing and Laura W was phenomenal as Lena Spencer , they both looked so at ease with each other , they always did have great chemistry and it was once again front and center with these two.Bravo to Tony G & Laura W , they were amazing in this eppy

west virgina fan
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west virgina fan

Yeah, luke and daddy were over the top. but the rest of the ghost scenes were good and bringing Luke full circle to his start with Bobbie was fitting. It would be nice if the blah blah blah about Geary’s weariness of Luke & Laura (and if you had to endure someone asking you where Laura was when you were playing Jesus you might be whiney too) was the smoke he had to blow and there really will be a last scene with Laura. To have the last scene be with Maurice Bernard as is rumoured just nods to too… Read more »

Li
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Li

So I am a basic person and a simple soap fan. I would have loved to have had a family dinner with the kids, grand kids, and special friends, to send him off (Lulu, Tracy, Bobbie, Carly, Sonny, Nikolas, etc). All these memories of the dead, the rehash of the Fluke (horrible story) and the talks with some people who weren’t even important in his life is annoying (Michael?) Again the writing. I read the article that Tony Geary gave and it did really put down the writing team. maybe that is why Carlvati is out??

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