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General Hospital Reveals Luke's Harrowing Secret On Emotional and Compelling 52nd Anniversary Episode!

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If you have not seen today’s episode of General Hospital best not to read any further.  But, if you have, you witnessed a new instant classic GH episode that will be remembered for years and years to come.

Leading up to this afternoon’s 52nd anniversary episode, viewers saw promos promising the long-awaited reveal of what happened to Luke (Anthony Geary) that had turned him into a “splintered” personality. We also saw images and teasers of the throwback to the original April 1, 1963 episodes that would feature Jason Thompson (Patrick), Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), and Ryan Carnes (Lucas) take on the role of Dr. Hardy, Nurse Jessie Brewer, and intern Phil Brewer, respectively.  But what we didn’t know was how these stories would intersect, and in the creative minds of General Hospital head writer Ron Carlivati, and executive producer Frank Valentini, what we saw was an unexpected and unique way of storytelling.

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As today’s episode unfolded, Luke went back to the Spencer home to try to recall what caused his psychotic break.  The scenes transfer from color to black and white, and Luke sees himself as young teenager interacting with his mother, played by Laura Wright (Carly) and his older sister, Patricia and younger sister, Bobbie.  When Luke’s father Tim comes home for dinner, everyone soon realizes as expected that Tim is a monster, a drunk, abusive to his wife and his children.  Luke tries to protect his mother and sisters from him.  Tim is also played by Tony Geary.  Certain parts of the story are left out as the viewers take the journey with Luke to figure out what happened on one fateful night that would change Luke’s life forever.

Against the stark black and white scenes, Luke’s mother is  struck in the head and taken urgently to General Hospital by Patricia, while Luke stays behind to deal with his father.  Enter “General Hospital” and Dr. Hardy, as he and the team tend to Luke’s mom.  Everyone assumed Tim hit his wife.  Luke’s mother died, and Steve Hardy wants to call the Eckerts from Luke’s mother’s side of the family.  That’s where we first learn of Bill Eckert, and Bill comes to the hospital to help Patricia. How all these stories and history were woven together to explain Luke’s harrowing past was an emotional hour of television viewing giving all of the actors a wonderful canvas to work with from the directing, the writing, and the production.

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Back in present time, Patricia (Dee Wallace), Bobbie  (Jackie Zeman) and Tracy (Jane Elliot) figure out that Luke has gone to the Spencer  home.  While we learned that Patricia has multiple sclerosis and not doing well, she informed Bobbie and Tracy off camera just what was the secret she never told anyone of their childhood past.

When it all came out, in the final moments of the episode, viewers learned that Luke accidentently struck his mother in the head with his baseball bat and killed her.  His father went on a rampage of words maligning and repeating over and over again that Luke killed his mother!  Luke couldn’t take it one more second,  so he hit his father with the same baseball bat and killed him.  Patricia and Bill Eckert helped cover up the crime by putting Tim’s body in the basement downstairs.  Flashback to Bill Eckert’s death scene on GH, where he had informed Luke he knew that Luke killed his mother!

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When Luke remembered it was gut-wrenching moment, played to perfection by Anthony Geary.  In fact, Geary watching his childhood play out and the dynamics in the Spencer home were equally powerful.   Major kudos to the brilliant casting of a young Luke and young Patricia played so movingly by Joey Luthman and Chloe Lanier.  Jane Elliot (Tracy), Laura Wright and Dee Wallace (Patricia) were also riveting, and Anthony Geary once again proves he is in a league of his own.

Watch the final moments from today’s 52nd anniversary episode below! Then share your thoughts:  What did you think of the performances? What did you think of the reveal?  Were you moved by the episode and how it was crafted?  Comment below!

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Kalle
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Kalle

How wonderful that this story finally revealed is. I have been waiting for it since October. Now we can focus on much more interesting stories.

Timmm
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Timmm

Wow, this wasnt interesting?

PGP
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PGP

The ending and payoff was worth the time invested. Ron did an outstanding job this time!

HopeLiam_GHLiz_JJ_Paige
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HopeLiam_GHLiz_JJ_Paige

kalle, easy for you to adage,”now we can focus on more interesting stories.”

i take it you’re a new viewer,who adore and love whiny brat-facemaxie,who still act and sound 19 … THIS IS exactly how soaps should be,

and i am loving it so much i m on my 5th time,watchin’it today,
tonight.

I love how patricia,stood up to him.
Bobbie and Luke went thru it all
I wish we had patricia on longer…
Such a REALISTIC STORYLINE.

WELL DONE AGAIN RON CARLIVATI

1 OF GH BEST EPISODE’S 2016 Emmy worth for sure, as it should be.

adios

CeeCee
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CeeCee

HUH? Firstly an adage is a noun. It means, a saying; a cliche’; a proverb or platitude.
I am not sure I understand what you mean? What Kalle I wrote, is not an adage.
Kalle is right….now we can focus on Jake, and follow a straight line, this time…..which should prove much more interesting that Fluke’s many faces and cohorts, yes?

HopeLiam_GHLiz_JJ_Paige
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HopeLiam_GHLiz_JJ_Paige

as the old adage goes… “Can’t please everyone…”
Glad most here and all over net LOVE this story.
“The Majority matter.Not haters..”

LOVE THIS STORYLINE!

adios….~
#GottaLoveHaters

AJQ
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AJQ

Everything about this story has become clear, not through this episode, but because of Tony Geary’s recent interview in which he admitted that Fluke was Bill Eckert and that’s who he was playing up until he left for his surgery. He said that he found out it changed when he returned and it was because RC felt too many people figured out that it was Bill E. First, how could TPTB not think that Bill Eckert, Luke’s look alike cousin, would not be a suspect? And so what? Write a story. The problem again is that it wasn’t about telling… Read more »

Kady
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Kady

Wow. You certainly got a lot off your chest. Hope it was cathartic for you. Yes, the whole Fluke story was convoluted and way too long in the making with TG out for surgery. But today’s episode was a masterpiece all on its own. The story, the acting, the blending from present to past, the glimpse of the original GH. Kudos to all involved! This is what we watch daily television for. It was a fabulous show.

Fanny
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Fanny

Totally agree with you KADY,on all fronts.
The show was Brilliant.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Absolutely, Katy. But, that is not the point AJQ and myself with many others are making. There is no denying the episode was superb; well delivered…amazing, really. It was no big reveal. We already knew. I, personally, wanted the satisfaction of seeing a tumultuous ending which tied the storyline together. It did not do it for me, albeit the spectacular performances. This ending to Luke’s repressed trauma and horror could have been revealed in a timely, organized manner, minus Fluke, Helena, and all those other players who brought nothing to reflect anything of Luke’s past except hard-to-follow , ridiculous, unending… Read more »

Rodd
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Rodd

Kady, I totally agree with you; an awesome show!

Becky
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Becky

Kady – I agree. The show was a masterpiece. Can’t say I liked Carly playing Luke’s mother, and the established actors playing Steve, etc. didn’t really work for me. But the show itself was a masterpiece!

Timmm
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Timmm

Yes it was a masterpiece!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Well said, AJQ. I have said this, not in so many words, ad nauseam. Moreover, I have said what I am about to say, for the millionth time, that the story kept taking different twists and turns because the writers kept changing the plot. One poster said this was impossible because the plots are created six months in advance. Apparently, not so….anything goes, I guess. However, as yourself, I trusted my own feelings. The story was just too off-the-wall to follow a straight line for me. Yes, it is amazing that RC does not give credit to the fans’s intelligence… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Ron C. is like a little immature kid—he thinks he found a game to play that only he can win at but as soon as he learns the others know how to play he decides to look for a different game to outsmart us, but he cant so he keeps trying—however, Luke not Bill did not come as a suprise to me—we’ve discussed it long ago that he WAS Luke all this time—someone guessed he killed his mother—i myself said he killed his father and the body was buried in the basement—many of us already knew the outcome—maybe if Bill… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

I bet you there are rewrites all the time. Social media has forced every show to amend their stories. I liked all the twists and loved the pay-off. Aside from that I love Tony Geary but it is secondary to his performance in which I thought was great. I was watching the black and whit flashbacks thinking you dont even get this good of a performance in prime time!

rachie
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rachie

I thought most of it was really good but the fact of the house be unaffected by the explosion that almost killed Dante. memory lane with Luke should have been by a blown up shell not a fully intact house.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

@ AJQ – right on! you nailed every little detail. I hear you, and agree, though for me…I found this episode creative in the unfolding of the story, yet on a whole, I wasn’t impressed. Looking forward to the focus shifting, hopefully soon to other veterans of the show who deserve to be highlighted just as much. Thanks for your great detailed post!

Georgette
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Georgette

AJQ, excellent commentary. The way this entire thing played out attests more to the fact that RC is a talentless, hack writer than any other nonsense he has written since he took over and dismantled GH. It is very telling and completely unacceptable that this story had to be explained via interview with Tony Geary instead of ot being written properly onscreen. Also, changing story mid-course because viewers figured it out, once again show cases Carlivati’s many weaknesses and is just more proof he should stay off social media and concentrate more on his writing. Also, to see the soap… Read more »

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

As I recall Luke didn’t get a back story after killing Jake. TG had a lot of flashback scenes before skipping town.

su0000
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su0000

Bellyache much..
step back,, you need a burnout rest 🙂

rose
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rose

I’m with you on this, and I’ve done my share of bellyaching. Fluke ha been tedious for many of us, but I think what Frons orchestrated was worse. And a no-more General Hospital, or Y&R, Bold & Beautiful or Days would be just too awful. So lets give credit where much is due, especially to all the actors involved, and move on. it’s been a long, hard winter. Springs here! New stories coming. I’d do a smily face, but I’m not set up for it. P.S. ABC News just interrupted GH to broadcast the President saying a deal has been… Read more »

Annie
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Annie

I’m with AJQ as well. I suspect the fact that Fluke shot and killed a man in cold blood will be forgotten along with so many of the other details from the first half. If they had just come up with the Luke is crazy because he killed his parents from the beginning, the reveal episode would have had so much more impact.

Timmm
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Timmm

So what if they changed the story. If they wouldnt have then you would have bitched that we knew the reveal all along? Its entertainment. In the WWE which is sports entertainment, if Vince McMahon knows what the fans have figured out he will often change the story and have the other guy win a match or completely rewrite it. Be entertained and quit nitpicking!

Jason Loves GH
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Jason Loves GH

Exactly.

Erick
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Erick

Good grief people… if they had kept the story as Bill all along you would’ve complained “I saw that coming a mile away, why don’t they do something different.” Some people are never happy.

Here here Michael, the actors playing Young Luke and Young Patricia were astonishingly good, in particular Chloe Lanier. They should SORAS Josslyn again so she can play Laura Wright’s daughter again, lol

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Oh, I agree that it is fine to change the story once, when done cohesively, Timmm. It is a whole different ball game if the story keeps on changing without digestible ends……the stories then become glued together , not making much sense. The plot is supposed to have one main ingredient…that being Luke. Now, I can accept sub-plots, where other characters help support the sub-plots, but they need to have a connection with one another. ….not starting another plot without methodically and not making sure there was fluidity, is not good writing. Luke was amazing. As I said I am… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

Timmm!
and a BRAVO! to you lol

Why some have need to piss on a great GH moment, well I feel sorry for them they seem so disgustingly unhappy, grouchy people..
I would not invite any of them to my party ..

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi, Timmm. I just finished watching today’s episode. Guess what? Lo and Behold….something happened which I thought would never ,in a million years, happen. I actually cried. I felt pity for Luke…for all of them. But, the part that squeezed my heart was the little interaction between Tracy and Luke…those few little words they exchanged said it all. I was so moved. I never saw them as husband and wife… Never had a feeling for ‘how’ they were with each other because I started watching when Luke was Fluke. But, now, I know…I felt as if I were right there… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Oh, how remiss of me. Is Patricia really dead? So sad.
Also, Britney really showed her stuff…her acting was awesome!! I am impressed by everyone.
I suppose you know what you’re talking about….you too, Su. Your loyalty and patience paid off. I think I love Anthony/Luke…LOL.

Josh
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Josh

Oh look, another excruciatingly long, negative post from AJQ bashing GH, what else is new! Some things never change.

Harry
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Harry

I do wish folks would not take it personally if someone offers a viewpoint which is runs contrary your own.
AJQ offered us his/her opinion and thoughtfully explained why he/she felt that way. If you enjoyed it then someone’s negative reaction should not have the power to rain on your parade. If you disagree with AJQ, then say so and then explain why you feel the way you do.

AJQ
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AJQ

I’m really enjoying the replies to my post; talking about what a great episode it was. EPISODE. Only it wasn’t just an EPISODE, it was the culmination of a year plus long story that was completely incoherent and disjointed leading up to the episode. A story that we know was changed in a way that created a complete mess. For months people, like me, posted our thoughts and explained why this story just didn’t make sense, that the story was all over the place and that what we were told about and what we saw of Fluke did not wash… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

There does seem to be some damage control at play here.
One question–was it ever explained why Fluke acted like a dirty old perv? Remember when he made the moves on Kiki?
At the time I do believe he was suppose to be Bill Eckert which doesn’t quite jive with my memory of that character. Sure, Bill was a flawed character and he liked the ladies but he wasn’t hitting on young girls.

Shay
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Shay

AJQ….Thank you for your two well-expressed posts….you (and then CeeCee) said it all so capably, that I didn’t have to. (I actually took a few days to sit back, digest the April 1st episode, and see what sorts of reaction both the show and your comments provoked here….) At any rate, you really hit the nail on the head…no matter how compelling and interesting the April 1st denouement may have been, it was the nagging inconsistencies and revisionist changes to the Fluke storyline that made it the completely insulting disaster to fans—especially the long-term ones that really took to heart… Read more »

Lin
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Lin

well said. Today was interesting, but why would Luke be such a pervert etc. I don’t remember much about BE so I don’t know if he was like that.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Exactly why I keep saying there is no cohesiveness between the characters or the story-changing mid-stream. Sadly, AJQ and I are suffering the brunt of some of the fans’s disagreement. It is our opinion. Nonetheless, the acting was so good, I was overwhelmed.
Thank you, Harry, for bringing this issue to light.

Chaz
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Chaz

Although I stopped watching GH over a year ago I recorded this episode because I wanted to see what “stunning” reveal was going to be made. I have read the synopsis about the show a few times in SOD so I was sort of familiar with what was being told during this long, drawn out saga. First, I agree with AJQ that there were so many ridiculous holes in this tale, switching facts and just plain rewriting details was sloppy. I have to say I was not impressed. I think they would have been better off leaving it alone with… Read more »

Erick
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Erick

I don’t think history was rewritten at all (well, not as much as people are saying on here; Bill’s death was rewritten, true, but considering how we saw it happen from Luke’s perspective then it could make sense). I think it explains quite a lot about Luke, actually. Tony Geary thinks so too, and he knows Luke better than anybody. His rape of Laura… his anarchist persona and repeated denials that he’s any sort of good father, that anything Lucky and Lulu had that was good came from their mother.

David
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David

Do you have a link to the article you are talking about in your post, where Tony Geary said he was playing Fluke? Now THAT makes sense! I didn’t know they switched up the story. Would Henry Slesar ever “switch” who the killer was on The Edge of Night? Absolutely not. If someone guessed it they guessed it but the beauty with The Edge of Night is that no one could ever guess it. And when the reveal came, it all made beautiful sense because they would show all the clues they dropped in flashbacks. That is poor storytelling if… Read more »

David
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David

*Bill. Obviously I meant Bill in that first sentence, not Fluke.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

No, Henry S. wouldnt change anything but back then you didnt have social media with facebook, twitter ect., like now where RC could easily check out fans guesses early enough to change plotlines— he’s like some immature child whose opinions are the only one that matters and you got to play his way or you dont play at all…but i still enjoyed the anniversary episode regardless…jmo

davlestev1
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davlestev1

And yet he continually slips over his own shoelaces…but the double murder and throwing in the throwback so you don’t whine too loud..LOL..you could see him for a minute pondering how to appease millions of fans..DING DING DING…go retro and use current players to portray the true vision of what this show was really meant to be…gotta props to the party pooper …LOL

KM
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KM

Wow. What a deafening response to what I guess was supposed to be a huge episode.

Memo to GH team…

1) Don’t try it on April Fool’s Day even if the joke was that GH’s for real premiere date for GH was 4/1/63.

2) Don’t even of think putting current cast members in absurd 60s stunt flashjback scenes where the theatrics of big hair and makeup totally upstages the actual point of the story

3) What actual is the point of the story?

Such a total miss on every level and I think I better shut up now:)

aria
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aria

yes, shut up, lol, your post is most annoying !

Timmm
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Timmm

I know, I’m getting pissed BUT I realize everyone does have an opinion and they are entitled to it.

Harry
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Harry

Haven’t seen the episode in question yet, so I will shut up. However, I am finding the comments here to be quite interesting, if not amusing.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

No worries, KM. I understand your inference perfectly. You have the right to air your opinion. I, for one, will read it and will not be annoyed.

aria
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aria

the fluke storyline was a victim of time, to much time, this storyline should of been over months ago, but with tony geary having surgery this gave RC to much time to switch the storyline to keep viewers from guessing. I did enjoy todays episode, but it doesn’t explain so many other things. like why does fluke hate sonny? how has fluke know julian for so long? was fluke a drug dealer? love patricia by the way, both across playing the young vesion and the older are great, GH should do something to keep the young one maybe pat has… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Exactly, Aria. The storyline might have been so compelling, if only it came to an end at a reasonable and acceptable timeline.

Lin
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Lin

I totally agree with Aria and CeeCee

Timmm
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Timmm

Good points but Tony isnt retiring tomorrow so we may get more answers to your questions.

davidevansmith
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davidevansmith

I don’t see how the recent twists and reveals actually contradict anything that was established earlier, when the story was allegedly leading to Bill Eckert, instead of Luke’s alter ego split personality. The story isn’t the story until it airs on TV. Editing happens in all forms, in the writing, in the way it’s acted by the performer bringing the scripted word to life, and in the actual post-production of the footage as it becomes the final product that hits the screen. Dismissing a story because you heard or believe the original intent was different seems rather silly to me… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Great commentary, davidevsnsmith. GH is not Anna Karenina and Ron is not Tolstoy. Soaps seem to always have gaps, lapses, unbelievable twists, ludicrous plots, fantasy, resurrections, friends who become lovers who sleep with each other’s parents who have their siblings babies then get stabbed 450 times in an act of revenge and same person shows up at the tennis club. Lol…it’s a SOAP! It’s on five days a week for most of the year and comprises several stories simultaneously. That doesn’t mean they should turn out crap or we should watch crap. But even in the most beloved prime time… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I might also add I think this actually WAS well thought out. As a boy, Luke was kind and loving to him mother and sisters. Protective. But the family was dysfunctional, the father, abusive. This explains why Luke always rejected family life, why he always needed to be on an adventure..why he convinced Laura to constantly pick up roots. She wanted hearth and home…it made him uneasy. Between being the victim of abuse and killing both his parents, it’s understandable why psychologically he ran away from “family.” Why he was a distant father…even as he did bond with Lucky/cowboy. In… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

This is a great post!

Harry
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Harry

Rebecca, great points, except I never felt Luke had to explained until he turned into Fluke. He and Bobbi were orphaned and sent to be raised in Aunt Ruby’s whorehouse. Luke pimped out his own little sister when she was only sixteen. They had a horrible, very dark childhood and of course Luke had messed up feelings about women as a result. He especially harbored resentment for the haves after growing up as a have not. Laura, a young beautiful woman who seemed out of his league and she was elevated to goddess like status in Luke’s eyes. The end… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hey, Harry. Thanks…but i think the background we now have on Luke, even if it wasn’t planned and despite discrepancies in the beginning of his saga…fit nicely into his personal history. Because of the dark period of his life, it now makes sense why he couldn’t be happy with family life, why he always had to escape, why he pushed himself on Laura. As for your theory, “Laura, the unattainable dream he could never have,” again, that would fit in with feeling unworthy. I think it all fits great with his history…doesn’t change a thing. In real life, there are… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I totally agree with said post above…. : It’s been a “long” winter… spring is here… and it’s on to new direction AG: his being thee kingpin of GH…. laud much : “in a league of his own” Tom foolery in my opinion : AG does not want to rekindle Luke and Laura AG Luke : w/Tracy has been the norm for YEARS dang! it’s SO NICE to see , at the very least brother and sister, Luke and Bobbi which is fine by me to see Anthony Geary ??? humbled, “average” , apologizing to every one. reaching for humanity… Read more »

Dan
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Dan

Great posts David Evan Smith and Rebecca, I agree 100%!

Harry
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Harry

David, again, well done. You disagree, you state your case and explain why. See, folks? This is how it’s done.

AJQ
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AJQ

Seriously davidevansmith, what are you talking about? No one is dismissing a story because we heard or believe the original intent was different, it was different according to the actor. The problem with your very well stated account of the story/production process is that the story WAS aired on TV. It was acted by the performer bringing the scripted word to life. The story was that Fluke was a different person was the story for months, it was written that way, it was acted that way and it aired. To also say that criticism stems from people being “mad” that… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Happy EASTER/PASSOVER, AJQ, and, everyone) What can I say? Never have I read a post this well -written and explained (other than Shay). You have said what has been circulating in my head forever about Fluke/Luke. I have written a word or two expressing my sentiments, similar to yours, but not in that magnitude. I never know if I put my point across or not. You just did it for me. I bow to you. Thank you . This storyline, written not for the adult’s viewer-discretion, but for mindless, gullible children ( then again, even said children may have questioned… Read more »

Lucy D.
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Lucy D.

Wow. Hardly was this episode met with universal derision except on this thread. Everywhere else, on this site and on others, fans & viewers are saying what a great episode this was. Of course you’ll all entitled to your opinions, but if you hated this episode, I’m not sure why you bother to watch the show at all. A lot of people speculated that Luke killed his dad. No one I’m aware of thought he’d also killed his mother. It was a surprise, and explained a lot about Luke’s behavior. And truthfully this is a TV show–a soap opera at… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I loved the episode, Lucy D. It is the storyline with which many of us have a problem accepting as storytelling-worthy. The actors/actresses performance was impeccable…the writing, however? ……left a lot to be desired, in my humble opinion.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Lucy D.
Thank you, Lucy, for taking the time…you humble me. You are very kind.
I do appreciate the fact that Luke killing his mother was the story. You are very insightful. But, the writers did not know this when this TALE OF TWO , THREE LUKES started. And, that’s fine…scenarios change, stuff happens etc.
I have said my peace. I will no longer carp. I am so happy with the outcome. ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL. ..Later.

Timmm
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Timmm

Amen Lucy D!

Dan
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Dan

Exactly Lucy, the same people complaining today would be complaining about how lame and predictable it was, and how Frank and Ron are trying to ruin GH’s history, and yada yada yada, if it had turned out that Luke was Bill Eckert. They would have complained no matter which direction the story went in, because it’s what they do. At least a poster like CeeCee, you have your valid complaints, but you’re at least fair and honest, and give the show credit, and the acting credit, when it’s good. I respect you for that. Some others that post here, not… Read more »

Lucy D.
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Lucy D.

Thanks Dan & Timm. I get you CeeCee, your posts are thoughtful. But I think the storytelling here is what made the episode and gave the actors the material to be brilliant. Luke’s killing his mother WAS the story.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Thank you, Dan. I do not even know who Bill Eckert is. I am more or less new to GH, so I come with a clean slate…no baggage. I, for one, would never be able to say that the present writers are trying to ruin GH. I would not know with whom to compare them. I can only give my opinion on what I see and feel. These are fairly new writers, right? So, the stories come from a different author, a different frame of mind. Sadly, Anthony became very ill. The writers dealt with this unexpected situation by creating… Read more »

Fanny
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Fanny

You’re so right.

Carolyn
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Carolyn

I thought it was a wonderful show. Was it payoff for waiting an inordinate amount of time to getting to this point — probably not, but with Tony Geary leading the way it’s easy to forgive and love the individual episode.

The acting was wonderful, and for those of us who started watching GH decades ago (for me it was the mid-1970’s), the hospital scene was a bonus treat.

Scott
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Scott

Wow…to read some of these comments is like listening to spoiled children gripe about not getting all the candy the want. This episode was insanely brilliant with weaving today into the past, especially with the very first episode. I watched the very first episode and it’s obvious that it was painstaking similar with the set, costumes and even the very first patient on GH (bandaged face and all). The whole storyline was in danger from TG’s surgery so it went a little long…big deal. FV and the writers did a great job in my opinion with what they had to… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

Seems GH viewers are of two minds on the first part of the “big reveal” when you compare comments on this page (harsh) to the Congrats 52 Anniversary page (complementary). I think the whole Fluke story has been way too long and convoluted. What I would call an “ugly” story. But I do think Ron & Co. have at least redeemed themselves a little bit in how they have framed this part of the Fluke thing. B/W flashback has been very effective…don’t know how many of us dream or remember in color, and the acting has been excellent all around.… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

You said it, Rose. Great post.

su0000
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su0000

Absolutely spellbinding!
the boards and twitter are full of praise for a great 52nd..
Anthony was phenomenal, all were outstanding in acting..
I was shocked and surprised, I love that..
Luke was Tim Spencer, his father.. awesome unexpected twist!

RC, FV, Writers, Directors, Sets and Crew… BRAVO!!!!!

This is by far the best GH story and performances!!
a great legacy for Anthony ..

Timmm
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Timmm

I agree, everyone involved deserves a gold watch with the number 52 inscribed!

Timmm
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Timmm

I hope all the Fluke naysayers are taking their foot out of their mouth right about now? Yes it did drag a little BUT the payoff was so worth it and Tony Geary as Tim was mind blowing and then himself breaking down inside his house he grew up in after he realized what he did all those years ago sealed his legendary status!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I liked the episode—sure i complain myself but im learning not everything about this show is going to be perfect—nothing is—its like going to a diner—i might like some things on the menu and other things i might not but that doesnt mean i’ll stop going there—i like GH half of the time and sometimes i dont but as long as i enjoy it on occasion im still going to tune in—its better to have GH around than no GH at all—jmo

Timmm
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Timmm

Jim, thats a great analogy, dinner and GH. Take care buddy.

Sissy
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Sissy

I’m surprised at all the negative comments. I personally thought today’s episode was creatively brilliant and my hat’s off to Ron and Frank. It was riveting.

Tony proved yet again that he is the absolute master. Jason, Becky and Ryan nailed their roles.

Thanks to all involved for a beautiful episode.

Howard
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Howard

Anthony Geary is loyal to GH fans . He always delivers to us fans! SO happy for him. Bravo to the best. I am intrgued though for whats ahead.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Well, I am a long time soap watcher, seen more stories than I can remember, but the ones I do are usually outstanding in some way. I will remember this Fluke story. Yes, the story is filled with more holes than Swiss cheese–it was way over the top campy in spots, it had too many red herrings to count, — but so was the prime time show Lost, and I think at least this Fluke story had an ending that made more sense than the ending of Lost. If in deed as another poster stated the story was change mid… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Your right Mary, EVERY story will ask that we discount some of the details and realism. Its the business. I talked to a friend and she watches Y&R and she wishes her husband would be half a s romantic as some of the men on that show are to their wives and girlfriends! Its an escape and if you crossed the T’s and dotted the I’s of every story it would have to be on five hours a day to tell each story from beginning to end.

Patrick
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Patrick

every person who posted on this storyLINES is laden with opinion whew! I’m so glad it’s over… where’s the bat ( I do not think AG did a good job … and with the writing…. after coming back from his respite) it was superlative mind numbing feature marquee before AG left… when we all last saw him at miscaviage… in his orange drugged out padded cell straitjacket (this is when I was in tears) should this not give rise to fan outcry… and “now” it’s all nicely woven bow tied with yesterday ep… that they tie in the black and… Read more »

Jake
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Jake

Oh my God! What a bunch of whining!!! It was entertaining and well done. This isn’t the first time a HW has changed the course of a story. I don’t know what wild hair many of you have, but have it surgically removed. Yes, I realize I am now whining too, but with much fewer words then AJQ.

Jason Loves GH
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Jason Loves GH

Hilarious! And spot-on accurate.

su0000
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su0000

I skimmed through their whining, I did not want to ruin a beautiful GH moment, the episode was more than great.. Jake, sorry you read the longer than War and Peace complaint, when the posts are very long they are very sourpussy and depressing, remember that LOL 🙂 also.. the thought and preparations the amount of time and work and the excitement of the crew and cast that went into the episode.. I loved the original opening.. The two children were a genius casting they were stunning I like the Black and White, it gave old time atmosphere.. the trip… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Now Sue, no one has the power to, as you so eloquently phrased it, “pissed on their (your) parade.”
Maybe they peed on your Cheerios judging by the petulant reaction I see coming from you and some of the others.
Most people loved it, and some did not. Now lighten up and pour yourself another bowl of Cheerios.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

LOL. I do not hear anyone whining, Jake.
I am just reading everyone’s intelligent and valid opinions. The writers proved one thing….here we are, discussing their handiwork….whether we agree or not, the flood-gates of conversation are open. Isn’t THAT the point?

Robert
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Robert

I love the episode so much that I downloaded on Amazon video, this morning. It was beautiful,dramatic and gut wrenching! All the actors was on top of their game, the young actors who portrayed Patricia and Luke was outstanding! I do have two questions, if Luke looks like his father ,then why do Luke’s cousin Bill look identical to Luke? If Carlyle looks like her maternal grandmother, why have that not be mentioned on the show before?

davidevansmith
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davidevansmith

The lookalike cousin thing is probably the most unrealistic part of the story for me, but that was established back in… 1991? And that’s not to say it COULDN’T be explained. What if Bill was Luke’s twin, but Lena gave him to her brother Fred and his wife Angela to raise to try to keep one child safe from Tim? Who knows what her thinking could have been. But honestly at this point, with Bill so long-dead, it’s hardly worth exploring cause it wouldn’t have much impact on today.

Liam
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Liam

I can understand the frustrations of many viewers considering the holes in the story DUE TO the story changing. Having said that, I’ve come to realize in others and in myself that we longtime GH viewers have been dragged through the mud on several occasions throughout the years and have endured regimes who did not give any consideration to the history of the show. As a result, we tend to be very critical of the show and I have noticed this in myself when I believe that I can come up with better scenarios and storylines than what I see… Read more »

Anne
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Anne

I agree wholeheartedly with the points made by these able commentors. But I liked yesterday’s show mainly something significant happened to bring the plot to fruition. It was like a play that could stand on its own. Loved the characters in the flashbacks, loved the actors playing young Luke (Bill, whoever) and Pat and the hair and costumes. Admittedly, the big reveal did not live up to its billing, but let’s move on.

Rob
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Rob

While I think the episode itself was very very well done, I have to agree that its not a satisfying conclusion to a convoluted and WAY too long story.

I do agree Laura Wright’s performance was great.

su0000
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su0000

Rob, it is not concluded, not yet..
there is more to come for closure..

Laura was awesome, I didn’t even recognize her at first and when I did I went ”wow” !

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

My sister said the same thing…she did not know that was her playing the Spenser momma!!!

Rodd
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Rodd

Regardless of any switches or long, drawn out tales, I thought the anniversary show was very powerful and well acted by all those involved. The kids who played the young Spencers were outstanding; especially the young lady who played Patricia. I first saw Laura Wright as Cassie on GL and then Carly on GH. Her portrayal of Momma Spencer showed me her acting chops, as it was much different than the other two roles from which I knew her. I enjoyed seeing the actors in the flashbacks taking on the iconic stars of the show’s early years. I think they… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

It was a favorite episode of mine—could it been better and more satisfying—yes—did i gripe—dont i usually—lol—but it was still good enough for me!!!

dmr
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dmr

Mine, too, Jim. I just wrote that below-one of the best episodes in a very long time!

Camille Iannone
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Camille Iannone

It was a real powerful performance by all. Tony Geary pulled all the stops out and did a wonderful job as well as the other actors. Raw emotion was running wild. Good Job to all.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

This episode is an example of the GH I know and love. Attention to history, use of legacy characters and veteran actors who are part of our television family, excellent acting and technical work. Well done! Did I like all the Fluke storytelling leading up to this day? Not so much. But I relished this payoff. Humanity, emotion, tragedy… no crazy resurrections and suspended animation in the freezer… these kind of stories resonate and make us really feel. More please? I am eager to see the fallout of this powerful revelation, be it a surprise to viewers or not. Please… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

As I calm down and realize, shockingly, not everyone liked the 52nd Anniversary show and thats their right as “Fans” I have to wonder why people waste their time watching? Its not because I like the story and you didnt but I read all the time people griping about stories. I’m glad GH made it to 52 years. Do I have issues with the show? Yes. I watched as Luke fell to his knees after he realized what he had done and asked myself, how are Laura and Lucky not on this show right now? BUT, they are not. Their… Read more »

Lucy D.
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Lucy D.

Exactly Timmm

mgb357
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mgb357

I remember watching GH back in the black and white days with Dr Hardy, Nurse Jessie and Phil Brewer.

I was pleased that the old stationary camera techniques and black and white was used to make it believeable. even the old opening….Ahh for the good old days…..

Personal note – my family had the exact same drinking glasses that the Spensers had on their dinner table. Kudos……

Lisa
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Lisa

Pure Magic!

dmr
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dmr

I thought the episode was wonderfully thought out and written. I loved how Laura Wright played Lena. She did a wonderful job. Anthony Geary, what can I say? Emmy material. I cried and cried at the emotional scenes unfolding during the entire episode. I liked how the writers kept the backstory somewhat “simple” and it not being too campy. I thought the casting of Patricia Spencer was on-target, too. I loved seeing the Spencer siblings and their bond-from beginning up until now, even after all of this time and years of not seeing one another. It was just one of… Read more »

Eric Buchanan
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Eric Buchanan

I wanted it to be great but it wasn’t. I enjoyed the hospitl scenes, interjecting moments from episode #1, but the Spencer family, circa 1963, was too Politically Correct for me. Teenage daughter calling her father a …drunk, and mother standng up for the child…no way. As a 50-something….that would not have happened…children respected their elders, and Patricia’s mother would have put her in her place, not supported her. And…uh…what was the reason she talked to her father that way….he said Luke batted like a girl???? and she shouldn’t wear pants??? I hate to tell you 20-somethings, but most sober… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

Eric.. so sad for you..
you missed the whole point of the extraordinary story..
you could not grasp the entirety of the episode, and that is sad you missed what was actually happening.. It was AWESOME!!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Su, why must you feel compelled to tell everyone how sad you feel about him/her? I believe everyone grasped the episode. Luke killed his parents and repressed the memory. Everyone appreciated the awesome performance of the last two episodes. It is over, whether you believe it or not. We had to jump through hoops to get to this conclusion. It seems to me that you are missing the point of what many of us are trying to impart. How did we get here? How did Luke get here? Why were there so many weird phenomena thrown left and right during… Read more »

Lucy D.
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Lucy D.

It has LONG been said on GH that Tim beat his wife and kids. That was NEVER typical behavior–no matter what decade you’re in.

Fanny
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Fanny

Brutal, bullying, behavior is as you said Lucy, NEVER,NEVER ACCEPTABLE!!!

David
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David

Something told me I’d come here and there would be the usual complainers doing just hat complaining. If Ron C. had gone with Bill Eckert those same people would have been groaning about how bad that was. The Fluke story was dragged out much in apart due to Anthony Geary’s surgery last year that caused him to be gone for an extended time from the show. However the payoff in the end was great. If this was a change of story I for one am glad as i thought this was much more satisfying then it turning out to be… Read more »

Dan
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Dan

Personally, I’m glad they re-wrote the story. Luke being Bill Eckert was predictable and boring. The story would have almost certainly ended with Luke killing Bill, and then where do you go from there? I like the way it ended up, and there are a lot of possibilities coming out of this revelation, and where Luke goes from here, and the very real story of how a person recovers from a complete mental breakdown. As far as acting went, needless to say, a master class from the awesome Tony Geary who should not only be collecting his 8th Emmy in… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Very good post Dan. Tony will get his eighth Emmy this month and he should get a lifetime Emmy next year. I get so frustrated when people bitch about the Fluke story. I enjoy a good story BUT I enjoy better acting more so. Tony is magical and I know his days are numbered and when he is gone it will be a huge loss to the show and to the soap community. As far as your side note, Frank and Ron SAVED GH! They may not always please everyone BUT they are responsible for all of us still being… Read more »

davidevansmith
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davidevansmith

Agree Dan, 100%!!!

Dan
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Dan

I loved it. Thought it was riveting. Acting was superb and it felt like classic GH! Any reference or tribute to Steve and Jesse never gets old for a long time viewer. And the Spencer saga was incredible and worth the wait.

miou
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miou

The episode was wonderful. The performances were spot on and the writing was superb. The black and white effect added to the drama and I loved how the scenes were longer like in years past on soap operas.

TG was so great. All of the actors and actresses get a standing ovation from me.

JLH
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JLH

I haven’t been so absorbed and emotionally hit by a GH episode in I don’t know how long–well over a decade, I’m sure.

Linda
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Linda

Reality on soaps and reality in the real world is not the same. I am tired of everyone here complaining that things in the first half did not fit the end result. Writers do whatever they want and many times, they hope that we the viewers have forgotten what they presented months before. We accept that children go from 7 years old to 18 years old, we accept that Sonny, Nina, Franco, Carlos, and probably Ava are not in prison. It’s just the way it has to be. What about Sam and Elizabeth not recognizing Jason’s voice, body build, hands,… Read more »

Jim H
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Jim H

Both Wednesday and Thursday episodes were riveting and emotionally charged. This is what good television is about; not the insane court shows or the endless babble of talk. ABC needs to really look at “General Hospital” and get more shows like it. Bring back new exciting episodes of ” Ryan’s Hope”,” One Life to Live” and” All my Children”.; cancel” The View” move “The Chew” to mornings and fill the afternoon back with dramas that have great writing directing and acting and you will succeed.

rose
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rose

I agree with you. But the networks are happier with the bottom line of unscripted shows. And to be fair they probably are in a squeeze because of all of the competition for adv’t dollars and viewers, especially those in their preferred demo. Plus, I really think they don’t want to admit that, in the main, they made a mistake in some of hows and whys of their cancellations. What if AMC and OLTL were only 1/2 hr to save money? I’ve learned to live with B&B since I had to find another soap to watch. May not extra millions… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

You like old soaps..
the ”Decades” channel is running Dark Shadows starting may 15th,, enjoy..

Rose
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Rose

Not sure I want to see old soaps. Got too much invested in current ones, mainly GH. On the other hand don’t know how I missed Dark Shadows. Looks really interesting and what a cast!

Jacee45
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Jacee45

No disappointment here .all great actors. Anthony G. is the best. He never disappoints.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I posted my eulogy to GH and the legacy character Luke Spencer in a prior post, along with a goodby to my allegiance to Tony Geary, an actor I always respected, so I will just say succintly here in this post, that the damage done in this episode to the most iconic, unique character in the history of daytime tv is irrevocable and that the episode that ostensibly paid homage to GH and its longevity simply damaged it forever.

HopeLiam_GHLiz_JJ_Paige
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HopeLiam_GHLiz_JJ_Paige

Fanny, Outstanding…. ICAM!!!
#GottaLoveHaters

adios!

Calie
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Calie

I have disliked the character of Luke Spencer since I was 14 years old. I am now 51 years old. I have loved Bobbie, Laura, Lucky, Lulu, and Nikolas and everyone around him but could never resolve or forgive the rape of Laura and abandonment of Laura. My heart broke when I watched the reveal. I finally will be able to like the iconic character of GH, Luke Spencer. It was an amazing episode and I was there – refusing to turn it off and wishing of course that this young man and two young women had been spared its… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

I have to say;

Luke’s sister Patricia (Dee Wallace
Young Luke (Joey Luthman
Young Patricia (Chloe Lanier

It would be awesome if they all won an emmy!
The 3 never acting on soap before gave performances were mesmerising..
They all deserve an emmy along with Tony..

The 2 young actors walked onto a soap set and owned it!!

Phyllis S.
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Phyllis S.

I’ve been a GH fan over 30 yrs. I can’t believe I just spent the past half hour reading ALL the comments above. I don’t usually post, but I agree with ALL the positive comments. To SOME negative comments, GH got exactly what they wanted…comments! And for you to comment, you MUST WATCH GH! Do all of you have as much vested interest in your REAL families, friends, neighbors, co-workers, politics, etc. as you do in GH ones? This is entertainment ppl. It is a soap opera. A fantasy. A place to escape from our real lives. Give the current… Read more »

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General Hospital’s Halloween Week Promo Touts Wicked Surprises

Looks like everyone will be on edge this week as Halloween comes to Port Charles.  In the newly-released ABC promo for General Hospital, it reveals that this spooky week of episodes will be a rollercoaster ride, featuring wicked surprises, and killer costumes.

After Epiphany (Sonya Eddy) scolds Franco (Roger Howarth) for having his hand in the candy jar, Anna (Finola Hughes) or is it? … is donning a black witches hat. Jackie (Kim Delaney) is seen opening her door, juxtaposed with Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) saying “trick or treat”. But, is he actually at the door of someone else?

Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) asks Ava (Maura West), “Darling, what are you holding behind your back?” That is revealed to be a knife, but is it Ava who truly has the knife?

 

Meanwhile, Jason (Steve Burton) is looking around in the dark.  Elsewhere, Peter is jumpy.  So much so that Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) utters, “Looks like you’ve seen a ghost.”

Add all that to last Friday’s episode of GH where Carly(Laura Wright) thinks she saw Nelle’s (Chloe Lanier) hand come out of her grave and attack her! Is Nelle (Chloe Lanier) going to be proven to be alive? And if so, will she pop up on Halloween and scare the hell out of Carly?

Watch the promo below, then let us know what you think will happen this week on General Hospital via the comment section.

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ABC Previews General Hospital’s Halloween Episode

Fight Night will definitely have an impact on the lives of the citizens of Port Charles, on the upcoming Thursday, October 29th episode of the ABC daytime drama series.

Announced by ABC today, along with primetime’s Dancing with the Stars, The Conners, Supermarket Sweep, and America’s Funniest Home Videos, GH is having some ghoulish goings-on for the trick or treat holiday.

According to the GH preview: “As an impending storm approaches Port Charles, Trina and Joss decide to meet up with Cameron and Dev at Charlies before heading off to a Halloween party for the night. Unbeknownst to them, Julian notices the kids are being watched a little too closely by a masked individual. Uneasy and unable to shake the feeling that something is off, Julian confronts the man. Meanwhile, Carly is stunned when Cyrus brings a familiar acquaintance to dinner at the Metro Court. And elsewhere, Finn and Anna’s plans to take Violet trick-or-treating are hampered when Finn is called back to GH, leaving Anna alone, unaware that a particularly evil threat awaits her.”

So, excited to see what goes down on Halloween on GH? Comment below.

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GH’s Ingo Rademacher Shares Insight With His Son On Parenting & Anger On Maurice Benard’s “State of Mind”

Maurice Benard has brought his State of Mind  to You Tube, and his guest for this week is none other than Sonny Corinthos’ longtime nemesis Jasper Jacks, Ingo Rademacher.

Rademacher decided to appear on State of Mind along with his son, Peanut, to talk about the incidents of parenting and anger when raising his children, and the effects discipline can have on the kids.

There are some very emotional moments within the segment, as Peanut opens up about his feelings when his dad was upset with him and how he dealt with  it

Ingo also shares how over the past few years his relationship with his son has approved, while Maurice offers key moments from his past with his father and his own son.

Per Maurice on the concept behind the show and his ongoing website: “State of Mind to me means being 100% present, feeling completely at peace inside of you, not letting your thoughts control your life and always looking for ways to be the best that you can be.”

Watch Ingo, Maurice and Peanut below and then let us know what you thought about this heartfelt conversation via the comment section below.

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