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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Tracy Reads Edward's Letter As Jane Elliot Delivers Another Memorable Performance!


How we will all miss the mighty Jane Elliot as Tracy Quartermaine, when she makes her final exit from General Hospital.  No further proof of that was in a touching scene written for that ties it all back to the beginning of the character’s history.

That is when she was at odds with her father, Edward Quartermaine (Played by David Lewis and later John Ingle). She even withheld his meds while he was having a “heart attack”, which he actually faked!  Elliot won a Daytime Emmy for that performance. Through the decades, Tracy always felt Edward never loved her.  But that was revealed to not be the case to her in a letter when she and Laura (Genie Francis) were in Turkey on Tuesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series.

The letter comes to light from the Abbot who explains how the painting that looks like her came into the monastery’s possession.  Edward left a note behind for her because he never knew if he’d see her again.  Tracy reads the letter in which Edward expresses his regrets for their distance, and cutting her out of his will. He goes on to say in the letter that the painting represents his inheritance to her, and the he loves her and forgives her. Now, she needs to forgive herself, he writes as he ends his final thoughts to his daughter.

Tracy then announces she wants to take the painting back to Port Charles, but the Abbot tells her she can’t because they have a buyer and the money will fund important work in the monastery for years to come. However, Tracy will not part with the painting!

You can watch the emotional moment for longtime GH viewers and the character of Tracy after the jump.  Then let us know, what did you think of the performance by Jane Elliot? Are you glad GH came to a resolution in the long battle between father and daughter?  Share your thoughts below!

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I for one will miss Ms. Elliot. She is one of the best actresses to have graced the canvas of General Hospital as she did with any other soap she was on

I so agree with you, I no longer watch the show since Jane Elliotts Departure. It was like the end of all that was truly General Hospital!

Glad they have finially written a story for Jane/Tracy! Also glad Genie/Laura was added to the mix! This is the General Hospital we want to see. So tired of the Sonny hospital. Now we will continue the story of Mogans medication 8 months after the fact. Really?

The powers that be need to quicken the pace of the stories and put other characters front and center. They also need to respect the history. The audience knows the history!

Sonny needs to go on a long vacation. The worship of him is beyond overdone

Hello Suzy

Great post I agree with you completly. I recognize Mr. Bernard is a great actor but that doesn’t make this character great for daytime drama.

OMG THANK YOU, for making me realize I am not the only one who can’t take (and I love the way you put it) Sonny Hospital anymore. Well said in adding we need more history play, there is so much that can be done if not we can kiss this soap goodbye like the rest that are RIP.

I’m also in agreement with you two,can’t stand Sonny Hospital or the gangster stuff anymore,I want the good written stories brought back from many years ago when the writers included the history which was excellent and they used the older actors which are so much better then these younger ones. Genie,Jane,Jon Linstrom,Monica,Bobbie,Mac etc. I’d watch them all day over alot of this other garbage. I miss those days terribly!

True dat! I fast forward through the Sonny show which means I am fast forwarding a lot!
They need to write Sonny some decent material.
Loving Tracy and Laura! Girl power!

Suz tm, thank you and bless you for your comments. See… There are many of us who feel the same way! Take care, Friend!

I agree… I am done with Sonny, for the last several yrs. The obsession of this character has truly ruined GH and my loyalty to the show. I will have to catch my beloved Tracy/Jane moments here or on youtube. New direction for GH is needed.

i don’t want her to go, why can’t this be a bad dream i was having? i haven’t seen anything official posted like last air date or anything, still i’m dreading the day thats for sure…

I say the buyer is Luke. And like many years ago with Laura, Tracy and Luke will ride off into the sunset.

LOL, Terry, you need to explain the sunset part. Together? As a threesome? I have quite a fertile mind. DOUBLE LOL.

Wow…i was going to say the exact same thing and you beat me to it,,,,

Well, now, my Jimmy. You know our minds are always in sinc….HaHaHa.
Good to see you back !!!

Yes, jimh…It is VERY good to see you back…Wishing you well on this blessed Easter morning!

Yep That Is My Wish also….But I Did thiNK She aNF Edward reconciled years before.

Love Jane Elliot. She is a very talented actress and a true icon . I wish her the best of everything for her future but she will be missed.

Sad to see Jane leave, but so happy she is leaving on her own accord, not being reduced to filler like other “mature” ladies like Leslie Charleson, Jackie Zeman, Kristina Wagner, Lynn Herring etc. Though I would love to see Jane want to stay on GH in a recurring capacity similar to these ladies (the difference is choice vs told).

Hello AJ

WHAT A THOUGHTFUL POST. Why not leave with a storyline instead of lurking around the back of scenes with a wedding or new baby! These actresses deserve better. Leslie Charlestown , Jackie Zeman ran those those shows in the 1970s

Sad to say the whole scene/scenario seemed anticlimactic, manipulative, and really “concocted”; just a gambit to send Jane Elliot–but so lame!
And the timing seems so skewed re “J. L.” (Edward).
On of the come-ons I read said this adventure was going to be great in the vein of earlier–and, yes, great–adventures. But-oh-so-very lame! And too easy. Just go there, immediately find the painting, etc. Where’s the adventure in that?! And poor Laura just gets to stand there??! Come on!
And I’m reading “spoilers” and other come-ons that tease Luke (horrors!) is coming to “rescue” his two ex-wives. Double horrors! Since when do two strong women need “rescuing”?? Tell me that! Laura and, yes, Tracy are stronger than any man within the confines of “Port Charles” or any other “port.” LOL!
Such a disappointment! Tracy and Laura have yet to have that great “heart-to-heart” TPTB have been teasing us with. Give them some “meat,” even some scenery to “chew,” give them SOMETHING. Genie deserves better–and so does Jane, especially in her “swan song.”
A painting as a “McGuffey”? Really? How many paintings have we already seen and heard about on GH? And Tracy had to pay a finder’s fee to Ava–that killer? The real Tracy would never stoop to that; she would have other “resources.” Ah, well. Same old, same old–even as Jane is set to finish almost 50 years of journey(wo)man work on soaps. GMAB–and give Jane and Genie one also.

Ya gotta give it time, Nancy. Their adventure has just begun. And…I know you don’t like Luke but I’d love to see him again! I’m assuming he’s the person who bought the portrait. We shall see.

As for needing rescuing I kinda wish people would stop worrying or disapproving of who’s saving who. Tracy came to Luke’s rescue when he was dying of poison, Laura saved Kevin when he was shot, Anna’s kicked ass many a time, Hayden just saw Finn through withdrawal, Anna saved Griffin from Olivia…

Point is if it’s a fun adventure I don’t care whether it’s a man or woman who saves the day!


Hi Rebecca,
Guess I just don’t like the device of deux ex machina applied to ANY drama–but most especially the overused “man to the rescue.”
(PS I really wish I liked you-know-who because I truly LOVED him for so long–alas!)

LOL…Don’t let the present spoil your memories. As Jessica Rabbit said…”I was drawn this way.” Thus, Luke can’t be blamed for how he was “drawn” in the end….

Since Luke and Laura didnt ride off into the sunset, Tony Geary will take Jane with him and THAT is an F.U. to Genie! I want this to happen. I like Luke and Tracy together. Let Laura build her relationship with Kevin. I wish Jane all the happiness in the world and thank her for her devotion over the years to GH!

Hmmmm Timmmmm

You are right ! I was hoping for Luke and Tracy too but what about the 30 plus history with Laura!

Tony Geary didnt want a happy ending with Luke and Laura.

Absolutely, Timmmy. Jane is leaving, therefore, it is only logical for her to be with Luke.
And, I do agree that Laura’s and Kevin’s relationship should be nurtured. I like them together.
The only conundrum for me here is; suddenly Laura speaks Turkish?…..for the sole purpose of accomanying Tracy on her escapade? Why Laura? Is there something larger to this scenario?

Laura and Tracy are great together but it was a stretch to fit Laura into Tracy’s quest. PLUS, what did Laura really do? When she saw the painting a gentleman showed up and spoke English! He Cee, by the way, God bless our president and prayers to the men, women and children of Syria!

You bet, Timmmy. The president had the , ahem, b…rains to castigate Assad for crossing the proverbial red line. For once, both sides clapped. I hope the retaliation sent a warning message to the other evil-doers.
I am as confused as you about Laura’s ‘jaunt’ to Turkey. I wonder if the mystery girl has anything to do with this convoluted trip.

Hey, CeeCee Girl!!!….By now should we not know better than to “why ask why” when there is no plausible explanation at hand??????? It’s not supposed to beggar belief or seem amazing to us that Laura should have a grasp of Turkish…After all, she only spent most of her adult life in a catatonic state!!! I’m sure she had plenty of opportunities to learn a second language whilst perched in that rocking chair at the sanitarium…hah! But seriously, I suppose she could have picked it up in the rapidly-changing multicultural Paris through those long and laborious years of “treatments” the GH showrunners used as an excuse to Genie off the Port Charles canvas for such extended periods! Also, we nearly did hit the nail on the “nunnery” where Tracy was concerned….right religion, wrong sex, hence the “monastery” angle. (Not to be confused with Laura and her “Angel/Angle” letter ala Luke, of whose contents we are still waiting to be made privy….)

and the tail wagged the dog.

No, actually, if memory serves, that was “Slick Willy!”

Agree! I want Luke to see Laura happy with Kevin! Laura is much better off with him.

Hey, Timmmbo! I strongly suspect you shall be getting your oft-expressed wish for a Tracy and Luke fadeout…enough said, so in advance I will just add, “Enjoy!” Oh, and “Happy Easter,” my friend!

Thanks Shay, I hope you had a nice Easter as well. I am a fan of Luke BUT I just want a good exit story for Tracy, thats all. I dont care if he shows or not.

Hey, Shay,
Second, or third attempt here. I did reply as soon as I got back.
Nonetheless, I do not want you to think I’m ignoring you, amica bella.
All these names, “Slick Willy”, Jimmy Lee Holt etc. add to my confusion….especially the fact that Edward Q went by that name, as well?
It is also stunning to me how the rape of a woman ( Laura) was so morbidly twisted into a sublime love story for the sake of convenience. Poetic licence? Yet, I do not see the “poetry”. LOL.
Thank you for the Easter Greeting. Likewise.

All righty then, Timmmbo….I think the one thing we can all agree on is that we desire a nice, meaty and fitting farewell for Tracy….however, I don’t understand your initial post’s ungenerous attitude toward Laura as far as Luke is concerned….Why would you hope her character is (again) dissed in the process of saying goodbye to Tracy??? I get that you are a diehard Geary fan, and you defend him and his less-than-fond sentiments when it comes to the whole “Luke and Laura” phenom, and that’s fine, but Genie has always been respectful—and generally quite restrained—when it has come to handling/discussing their difficult personal dynamics, so it rather mystifies me why anyone would want to see Tracy’s story end with a major slam for an equally beloved character such as Laura, particularly after the disappointing and dismissive treatment of her by Luke the last time around….To double down on his wholly unsatisfying swansong would be like rubbing salt into the wound for a lot of longtime viewers. And I can quite well imagine just that happening, although I would very much like to be proved wrong upon that account….Tracy deserves an elegant, classy and memorable exit, and I’m really not sure Luke would fit anywhere into that equation. I guess we shall just have to wait and see….

Hey Shayster, you misunderstood my comment towards Laura. Saying that was an F.U. towards Laura by Luke leaving with Tracy is not my desire nor a knock at Genie. The F.U.. would be from Tony to Genie. I dont know what is up his ass in regards to her as a person? He doesnt like the sugary Luke and Laura happy ending all the fans wanted. Tony never wanted to be know as ONE character like a Superman or Batman type cast. I think as he got older he let it go and took the GH paycheck. I liked his work but I am not a card carrying fan club member of his. I want Laura to move on with Kevin, do not care if Luke ever returns and want Jane Elliot to leave with class and dignity!

@Timmm….As for your notion stated below on what I consider to be Genie’s impressive instinctual abilities in conveying the necessary emotions during Laura’s “rape ordeal” and its rather fantastical romantic aftermath???? I concur to a certain extent that Gloria Monty ruled the GH roost with an iron fist and undoubtedly provided the necessary guidance as to how that story should be played out, but I still cannot credit the actress enough on her strong and convincing performances that enabled the eventual supercoupling known as “Luke and Laura.” You must remember that Genie was preternaturally gifted with her acting skills which were honed in the presence of her own father, the talented Ivor Francis. She arrived on the GH canvas prepared and ready to rock in her role as Laura, and was never one of those bubble-headed bimbo ingénue-types who couldn’t hit a mark if her life depended upon it. Therefore, despite the incredible shared chemistry between Genie and Anthony Geary, I still have to give her the majority of the kudos for nailing that truly believable acting job of a lifetime in a manner far beyond her tender years! I think the fact that we have now witnessed the dramatic ease of today’s Laura of “a certain age,” that’s it’s far too easy to take for granted just how strong and impressive the younger version was during the pinnacle of GH’s most successful period in history.

Then I stand corrected, Timmm….So sorry for misinterpreting your remarks regarding Genie/Laura. You are–of course–right on with your thoughts about the most obviously uneasy peace between the portrayers of the legendary Luke and Laura…There does seems to be a very heavy dose of bitter resentment and antipathy on Anthony Geary’s part when it comes to his entire GH experience, be it with his star-making role as his iconic character or as a fellow performer in soap opera’s most famous and successful love duo ever…it’s much more than just a simple difference in perspectives on soap stories past , but rather what I intuit as a complex mix of both personal and professional issues where Genie is concerned, and that’s just downright unfortunate. But hey, it is what it is….that’s life! Having said that, given what we do now know of their quite fractured dynamic, it’s even more of a true testament to this acting team and their respective talents that they were able to create such a cohesive, effective supercouple that radiated to this day an unparalleled onscreen chemistry and presence….it was certainly no small feat, and that’s what I prefer to fondly remember from the GH “Geary years,” no matter how much he has professed unending adoration—former and future(?)—for his “Spankybuns!”

BTW, while we’re still on the subject of letters, when does Laura get to read that infamous letter that coward Luke left to her (addressed to “Angle” rather than “Angel”%$#@!)?
Wouldn’t/shouldn’t that be the subject of the greatest heart-to-heart Laura and Tracy have–especially if the “ex” is showing up to showboat his–and Tracy’s-(in)famous fade away. Boy, I would love to see Genie sink her teeth into that “meaty” scene. Alas, guess that’ll never happen. So Jane goes off into the sunset, fades out with that famous “loss of memory” that happens on so many cliched stories. That kind of unresolved business is what gives the soap (and most particularly GH) such a black eye, bad name.

good question, Nancy!

Rhonda, I just want to thank you for sharing opinions on your “fast forward through the Sonny show.” To me — and many of us, as we see here — this is what is wrong with GH, and it’s been wrong for two and a half decades. Once in a while, the writers throw us a bone and honor legacy characters, such as Laura and Tracy. More of that, please… Take care, Friend!

Just caught your comment here, Shay. As usual, I agree with you: there should be a way to measure the fast-forwards. And I agree with your pick for the “very top” of that fast-forward list, as well as the others. Take care, Friend!

Thank you, James! “Fast-forwarding” frequency would prove an intriguing concept for viewing measurement, that’s for sure. Especially in the case of soap operas, where, as we sadly know, the popularity—or lack thereof—of certain characters can make—or break—the entire show experience and rationale for whether one will bother to tune into a particular episode or follow a specific story arc. (Can you say “Sonny Corinthos???”)

It never fails, or ceases to amaze me, Shaybelle.
I caught it right off. Ned could have just expressed the fact that he was buddy-buddy with someone of importance on the political hierarchy scale, without making the unnecessary point that he ‘swung’ left.
However, God forbid he was on ‘that’ cursed side. Good enough to draw favors from the enemy, though, eh?

Well I thought Ned swinging “left” was fantastic… but it utterly ridiculous that anyone on the new administration team would help him keep in illegal immigrant IN the country! LOL…talk about inaccuracy!

Gee….That’s the same thing Monica said to Bill!!!!!

Shay, sweets….I just wanted you to know that I did receive your ‘input’ in my inbox.
Yes, I am pretty much abreast of all things Quartermaine; however, as the refrain goes, ” you hatta be there” to get the full impact. LOL.

Excellent points, Shay!

I love Jane/Tracy…so sad we are losing her. She is one of my favorite veteran
Actresses on the show. Makes me sad that the Q family was a core family…it is just dwindling.

The scene where Edward fakes his heart attack is easily my favorite GH moment ever. Jane’s acting talent and the Tracy Quartermaine character will me sorely missed. She’s the rare legacy actor/character who truly adds value beyond warm fuzzies. I hope Terry’s comment is correct – it would be great to see Luke & Spankypants get a happy ending.

Edward didnt have a heart attack..he faked it as a test to see if Tracy even cared about him…where is Alice…and Griffen will turnn out to be Anna’s and Valentin’s…making Griffen half brother to Charlotte and Robin…and maybe Nathan???-if Valentin also turns out to be his poppa!!!

Jim, you’re right in that Edward faked a few heart attacks. But he actually ended up suffering a real heart attack and it was like the boy who cried wolf.

What a very powerful scene. One again, Jane Elliot proves that she is a superbly masterful actress.

So her half brother Jimmy Lee is not returning?

Alas, apparently not, but it would be lovely to see you again in Port Charles, Grant Putnam!!! (Although your “doppelganger,” Grant Andrews would be an even more welcome sight…)

I will take either Grant but Anna has her hands full already so bring back Grant Andrews to GH. I love that we actually have some doctors on the show but Grant would be a welcomed change and a connection to the past.

This is true, Timmm….GH has had some really great medicos in the past, like Noah Drake, Jeff Webber and Grant Andrews! It would be so good to see them return to keep up the institution’s place as a hub for both romance and intrigue…the generic doctors that pass through the scenes just for show really don’t cut it on a soap that built its history on hospital happenings, and the current roster of personnel, such as the recovering(?) drug addict Finn and even my favorite ferocious frau, Dr. O., don’t exactly inspire confidence in the profession.

First, let’s clarify that historic storyline — Edward was faking a heart attack to test Tracy, whom he cut out the will for withholding meds.

Jane is spectacular, as always. It’s nice that Laura is playing a key role in this story. However, I haven’t seen any explanation as why the charming Hugo Napier is not reprising his role as Larry Ashton. The recast is almost the same age as his “son” Wally Kurth! (Brings back not-so-fond memories of the Jed Allen period as Edward).

Hello Steven

Glad you mentioned Genie Francis in that scene! Great acting is RE-ACTING and you could watch the scene through her eyes and get every emotion. I mean she almost stole the scene from Ms. Elliot.

Michael still lives there. He is a Quartermaine too. Poor guy, is so easily forgotten.

Actually, I was not crazy about Laura’s constant chatter about leaving the painting there, because that’s what Edward would have wanted, etc. ad nauseum.

The recast is only about a year older than Wally Kurth but looks at least 20 years older than him to my eyes. At least in this role. As for Hugo Napier, he’s only 12 years older than Wally so, as usual, soaps just let makeup, hair color, etc do their magic…

My 4K television must be working great. There’s no way fake Larry looks 20 years older than WK

@Steve…I’m guessing that Hugo Napier failed to reprise his role as Lord Larry because he has an actual life offscreen…as the owner of a successful business he may not have been able to take the time out to just drop everything to make another quick cameo appearance or it simply wasn’t worth his while. Unlike too many other ex-soap stars, this particular actor isn’t sitting around waiting for a call from his agent!!! He’s found greener pastures elsewhere! Having said that, I missed him, too!

Jane Elliot /Tracy… My favorite.
I will miss her.
I’m happy she is leaving and will live out her life happly retired doing all the things she may have been unable to do while working.

(((I see J&S are copying RC by taking Tracy back to conquer her ghosts as did Luke))

Tracy’s true love was always Luke.. I hope he returns and they walk off into the sunset.
Tracy deserves to be happy with her love, Luke.
She can not exit alone !

Hi su0000,
Did you see Jane Elliot’s interview where Jane said TG was a “better friend than an acting partner” and that “Tracy is an addict and Luke is her addiction”? Interesting comment, don’t you think?

hi nancy !
No, I missed that one..
I have read that Tracy & Tony are great friends and share much life in their real lives ..
I do hope Tracy exits with Luke/Tony ..
It is the only way for her to go, with Luke..

And- both are cornerstones of GH, both put in near a life time with GH ..

I feel like I’m mourning…Lol Jane has been on as long as I’ve been watching, 40 yrs. I’m wish her so much joy in her retirement! Have the time of your life Jane, it’s been a great ride hon! Will miss you greatly…Your truelly one of a kind

Feel like I’m losing an old friend

Another fail from Jean and Shelly. Jane Elliot makes the most of everything she’s given but this whole letter from Edward thing doesn’t make sense. This entire “plot” is predicated on Tracy learning about the painting so that she could receive the letter. If Edward’s intention was to make sure that Tracy knew how loved she was why wouldn’t he just have had the letter and painting delivered to her by his lawyer upon his death?

And while I’m on the subject of fails, how disgusting was it that Jason chose his brother’s killer to be his newborn daughter’s godfather? Ugh. Would love to see Monica let Jason have it for this decision but I’m sure Jean and Shelly will just have her accept it in stride ’cause you know, it’s Saint Sonny.

I was thinking exactly the same thing, Alan. As usual, you always put things in perspective….I admire you for that!!
Jason could have asked Michael, his nephew, in lieu of AJ.
I find it so odd that Jason never talks about his brother; and, fraternizes with Sonny, to boot. The old cliche’, ” add insult to injury” much?
By the same token, Sam has two sisters….so, she asks Carly? Makes no sense.
Perhaps it’s just within my family; but etiquette calls for family members first.
However, Alan, I am pretty well accustomed to the nonsensical goings-on in soaps.

I don’t remember Jason even asking about AJ…talking about him…remembering him. Sonny killing him hasn’t even been brought up. I agree…both Michael and Jason’s loyalty to Sonny after what Sonny did to AJ…not just the heinous murder but his disgusting treatment of him all along since Michael’s birth is insane and insulting.

It must be in MB’s contract that only minimal mention of AJ is allowed — sort of like KM’s agreement never to mention Sam’s specific bad deeds.

Just brilliant !!

Jane Elliot has been a shining light on GH for a very long time. I will miss her so much, but happy for her if she wants to finally retire. This scene gives you a taste of her enormous talent and range as an actress. I hope she goes off with Luke, they were wonderful together. I will miss both Tracy and Jane. GH will not be the same.

Good bye Jane. You will be missed!

With all that’s wrong with GH (Sonny/Carly ad nauseam), it’s refreshing to see the show can still provide the occasional emotional punch and honor its rich history in the process. Bonus points to Genie Francis for her reaction shots.

Another excellent post about GH’s still highly questionable, and somewhat baffling, “romance” between the legendary Luke and Laura, James!….Your recollections have led me to wonder how Herb Alpert has come to terms with his otherwise stirring instrumental “Rise” being forever memorialized as the signature “rape tune” for Port Charles’ most unlikely couple. Whilst it perfectly captured the zeitgeist of its times during the disco era, the song’s sadly unfortunate association to this sordid chapter of GH stories past remains an indelible stain upon its place in musical history!

Thanks for your reply and compliment, Shay! And you are so right with your post about the “sordid chapter of GH stories past” as well as the tainted association with the song “Rise.” I believe the videos of the GH scenes in question are available at youtube, but I clearly remember Laura saying, “No,” even if Luke didn’t pay attention and even if the writers/producers forgot that fact. Take care, Friend!

You are most welcome, James! Even years later, “Rise” retained its unsavory reputation as the musical interlude to that watershed Luke and Laura moment which has made it a tune that’s truly “lived in infamy.” In the ’80’s, whenever it was played at school functions or clubs, everyone I knew referred to it as the “GH Rape Theme” and nobody wanted to dance to it….the hit song became a very sick joke unto itself, which is really quite sobering when you consider the immense worldwide popularity of other well-regarded Herb Alpert selections throughout the decades. Although the actual point in history of this pivotal Port Charles event was a most fleeting youthful memory for me, I did review it online awhile back when discussing this very topic with CeeCee, and you are right, James, Laura most emphatically said NO! The problem with the whole sordid scenario was that despite the fact she did not consent to that particular act perpetrated by Luke, Laura did harbor strong feelings of affection and attraction for him, so in addition to having guilt over being a married woman possibly desiring another man, she also had conflicted emotions as to what part her obvious sentiments for Luke played into that eventual assault….it was much akin to those who suffer from “date rape,” as opposed to those who’ve been attacked by a complete stranger. Of course, Luke was absolutely in the wrong, no ifs, ands or buts about it, yet no matter how well the storyline could have been otherwise handled or explained away after the fact, I don’t think we ever would have been able to even partially accept the notion of these two most unlikely sorts becoming soulmates and lovers after this shameful occurrence, save for the masterful and convincing dramatics of Genie Francis , To say that it was purely due to her incredible talent and amazing ability to “sell” this idea to the audience—at least to the extent that anyone could—just goes to show what a remarkable and self-possessed actress she was even back in the day. Without her skillfully nuanced and wholly believable performances, there never would have been a “Luke and Laura” phenomenon, period! Later, my friend!

Genie was so young at the time. I dont think she even knew how to sell it as much as EP Gloria Monty directed her in the right direction. But Genie pulled it off and the rest is history. As far as “Rise”, we wouldnt have to worry about that happening today, the music is so generic, canned if you will, no bad memories would be associated with the crap they play! I cannot STAND that same loop they play at the Metro Court!

Shay, thank you for providing much needed texture and analysis to this pivotal plot point in a major chapter in GH history. You spelled it all out so adeptly. GH promotions department could use you!

Specifically, yes, you’re right about Laura being somewhat attracted to Luke and having guilt over those feelings. Also, at that young age, Francis did show great range. Even when she first appeared as Laura and was caught up in the murder of that yucky David character, she was thrust into a very adult, very complicated and serious storyline and handled the acting duties quite well. Geary typically got all the accolades, but Francis more than carried her load. Take care, Friend!

Thank you, James.
It is the same old story, my friend. I have always maintained that these writers, en masse, take us for granted. We are expected to shut our minds and completely disregard past events.
Later, James.

Celia, so nice to hear from you! I apologize that I haven’t been around here much lately. But it’s refreshing to see your posts when I can. Your mantra of “the same old story” seems to be the modus operandi for the top GH brass. I wish they would listen more to their viewers and make adjustments as needed, instead the endless barrage, as shoved down viewer’s throats. Take care, Friend!

I am not a long time GH fan, but I can appreciate history and I find these letters from the past insulting— it turns real story telling into a fairy tale whenever a major character leaves and the writers feel the need to give that character their happily ever after.

They rewrote Luke’s history to absolve his sins, now they are rewriting Tracy’s history with her father– see Tracy Daddy loved you after all– talk about wiping out history– and Y&R recently did this with Jill, by having a letter from Katherine saying to her– yes, my husband really did love you–

In real life conflicts often go into the grave along with the person– there are no hidden letters to wipe out years of harsh words or abuse–so although soap isn’t real life and as tempting it is to wrap up a long time character’s history, and give resolution to old inner demons– I don’t like it– for me this story line is not honoring history, but destroying it and I think Jane deserves better.

Amazing post, Mary….profoundly expressed!

Celia, thanks so much for the shout-out (which I just noticed) on my losing “moral center” comment. You are so right about soaps’ tactics of crimes and sins being “swept under the rug…in order to excuse the means and satisfy the ends.” I think that sometimes soap writers and producers wish the viewers would develop occasional amnesia and forget certain storylines, plot twists, and characters… Take care, Friend!

You classify Luke’s rape of Laura as only a ‘sin”? It was a criminal act! Instead of having Luke arrested, put on trial and punished the writers turned Laura’s rape into a love story for ratings. The writers erased what was already shown by simply ignoring it or a part of it. In this case, what was clearly a rape scene was eventually referred to as a “seduction,” cause as we all know, that’s how that works.Long time fans of GH who have followed the Luke and Laura story from the beginning may have no problem with the continued down playing of the rape but I do. In my opinion, it was/is an insult to people who have suffered through the trauma of rape. General Hospital didn’t care how horrible the very idea of this couple was when they bowed to fan pressure.

Anne, well said! The rape was even glamorized with its own theme music: Herb Alpert’s “Rise.”

And so GH went on to crown the rapist as the show’s hero and star. The actor left and returned a few times, and each time was given a hero’s welcome, preferential treatment over over long-term actors, and top billing and pay.

They kept up this shameful tradition with the despicable character of Sonny who has committed countless crimes, including murder. They have tried to glamorize and make a hero out of this verbally abusive thug who never pays for his crimes. The actor gets top billing, pay, and screen time. All other actors are mere bit players. For 2.5 decades, many characters have been sacrificed or otherwise diminished simply to allow the character of Sonny to be the all-encompassing focus.

When we idolize rapists and murderers, we lose our moral center.

I think the ‘sin’ is well understood, by all of us, Anne….especially by us women.
Rape is a crime, of course. I know Msry knows that, LOL. I detect a little sarcasm on Mary’s part.
Nonetheless, how else would Luke hsve been redeemed. It’s an age-old gimmick, technique, if you will ; adopted by soaps to mold a storyline at will.
One way or another; more or less, everyone on soaps has committed a crime that should not have been swept under the rug. The ‘sin’ is gone with the tide, in order to excuse the means and satisfy the ends.
Jamesj75’s last paragraph sums it up–kudos, James. Exceptionally en pointe.

Good point, Anne. The problem is that the writers did not know that the fans were going to love the chemistry which was ignited between Laura and Luke. They wrote the rape scene before they knew that these two would be fan favorites.
They had to engage in damage control ever since.
I also take issue with Sonny looking like a hero. Today he was in a state of moral indignation because he learned that Nelle drugged him and made him THINK he had sex with her when he did not. When Sonny was a young man, not much older than Nelle, he drugged female minors and actually had sex with them. Then he manipulated them into stripping for him at his strip club.

Edward did love Tracy. And she adored him and was always seeking his approval. It’s a fitting ending….

To clarify…there was never a doubt that Edward loved Tracy. But she had doubts and insecurities; she was always seeking his approval. The two had an up/down rather dysfunctional relationship. But this ending wasn’t a twist or a change in history…just a poignant way to send her off (hopefully with an adventure we’ve yet to see) validating what she needed to hear.

when Tracy departs that leaves Dillon and Ned the last of the Q’s..
That is why Ned is moving into the big house to carry on, but then again it is not the Q house it’s Monica’s property.

Yup, the Quartimans are caput ..
hahaa Julian’s offspring is now a Q (after marriage adoption)

I’m not so sure they’re going to get married. I hope they do…but to what end??? Wally Kurth (Ned) isn’t even a contract player. He’s barely on and Olivia’s part has been reduced too. Would love to see Ned on full time.

hey rebecca1 !
Wally has been doing both soaps for a looong time..
I wish he’d just be with GH especially now that he will be one of the two Q’s left..
Gotta have Wally/Ned to keep the Q’s alive!

The racial innuendos of your post, Shay, are inappropriate and offensive. You bring up his black son, and now another offspring of the” unsavory variety.” A “pc” story… You did the same thing when Valerie was introduced. You were appalled that she wasn’t blonde and blue-eyed and voiced your disapproval at every chance.

Do you even realize the things that come out of your “mouth.”

Hey, Rebecca.
LOL, one way or another, we Europeans are all related, somehow.
Actually, my brother-in-law was reared as Roman Catholic, as his mother is Irish. There are so many intermartiages (faith-wise) in the family that we celebrate everything….it matters not; being together is what’s important, albeit the customs are as different as night and day.
Did you eat the rabbit? HaHa. Typically and traditionally, the Italian Easter meal consists of leg of lamb and baked, chunky potstoes with onions, oregano, oil and vinegar; fried spaghetti pie stuffed with hard boiled eggs, provolone piccante, marmiggiano and soppressata. But, rabbit comes as a side-dish.
My mother-in-law tricked me the very first time by telling me the rabbit was chicken. I ate it; it tasted like chicken, but, I wanted to barf when she told me it was a little bunny. Poor thing.
Well, I have not eaten chicken since…unless I prepare it myself. True story!!

As I understand it, my brother-in-law’s ancestors hailed from Spain and Greece and that area of Greece which is modern day Turkey. Correct me if I’m wrong, I believe the persecution during the Spanish Inquisition propelled the Sephardic Jews to disperse to other European countries.
You may watch “Who Do You Think You Are”? Well there was an episode with Lea Michelle ( who is half Italian and half Sephardic) wanted to know her roots. She, along with most viewers, learned that all documents were burned in a fire, where she could go no further into her ancestry. Sadly, the Sephardic Jews, en masse, find themselves in the same position.

About Jax…..I am now a fan. I like him. I still do not find him attractive, per se, but, he has grown on me because I find his acting impeccable.
His display of compassion towards Nelle; his heartfelt explanation of how desprate he was to save his daughter, won me over. Tears always get to me. Yeah, I’m a softie….
On the other hand, Sonny’s spiteful and immature actions give me added reasons to despise him.
What a big baby!!

@CeeCee…nooooo…didn’t eat it! I’m a vegetarian but even if I wasn’t…blech!!!%&%*$(*)$_$ (They tried that “tastes just like chicken” line on me, too!)

This was a Sicilian family so maybe the food is different than Italian. I think, but can’t say for sure, that the rabbit was the main meat…and then there was lasagna, and other stuff including fried cardoon, which was delicious. And don’t get me started on the desserts! 😉

Once is Tracy is gone, they could probably write a plausible storyline that moves Jason and Sam into the mansion. Heck, Danny practically lives there already.

To add to your point, su, Ned and Dillon are not Quartermaines. Jason and AJ are. Isn’t there another son, by Edward, Ward?
And, if we must get down to the nitty-gritty, Tracy may be a Q by birth, but, Monica is a Q by marriage. Is Quartermaine her legal name? She bears the name, unless she remarried after Alan.
Did Tracy change her name back legally? …. did Edward leave a will?

Despite having Paul Hornsby as a father, Dillon’s last name is Quartermaine (as is Ned’s middle name). Monica was last married to Alan, so she has the name, too. Being on the forefront of feminism, I don’t believe Tracy ever changed her last name with all her marriages.

Celia, dear, we spent most of 2013 dealing with Edward’s will. Tracy was a left a jar of Pickle-Lila.

And don’t forget “Jimmy Lee Holt,” yet another illegitimate product of Edward’s loins, CeeCeeGirl! It would make sense if he–or his progeny—came slinking back to Port Charles to make their claim to the Q fortune.

Hi, Steve,
Thank you for the GH lesson. I find myself very challenged, indeed, when it comes to this soap.
I shoud “educate” myself on “all things General Hospital” before I stick my foot in it…or open my mouth?? LOL.
Shay has been “teaching” me for months. There are still very obscure details lingering……

Hey, Shay,
I’m starting to get the drift, bell’amica! Edward Q sired many an offspring out of wedlock. Oh, gee, how pedestrian! I can’t believe it! LOL. So true to form, eh?!
Well, it seems that another fruit of Edward’s loins has just ripened, posthumously????? DOUBLE LOL.
Tracy has a new sister; Samara, which is a noble Hebrew name ( and my niece’s middle name).

It’s not about technicality, CeeCee, as in who has the last name.

Ned and Dillon are Tracy’s sons and she is a Quartermaine. Aj and Jason are Alan’s sons…so they, too, are Quartermaine’s. There was Edward, Lila, Emily, Justice, Skye…and, of course, Monica. So when we talk about the “Q’s” and that there’s no one left…it’s really about how the house was filled with all these people and their crazy dynamics. It was the hub of the show for a while…Sonny used to come over, Brenda (who loved Lila), Alice, the housekeeper…it was a “full house”…one we loved.

So when we say there’s barely any left it’s because most are gone. Lila, Edward, Emily, AJ…dead. Skye’s been absent…oh…and there’s Ned’s daughter BrookLynn. And Ned was married to Lois…there was just A LOT of fun times around that family.

Sadly, the family’s hanging by a thread. And now with Tracy leaving….

I would love Ned (Wally Kurth) to stay on permanenty and move into the house…for Dillon to be seen more, for Jason to come by, Michael, Monica, Skye and Brooklyn back. And AJ to rise once more!!!!!

If only….

Oh yes, CeeCeeGirl!!!….The ever-randy Edward certainly “got around” and he left “remnants” of his presence in many a far-flung location…LOL. The same can be said for his son, Alan…that particular apple certainly didn’t fall far from the Quartermaine tree!!! Honestly, I could have done without this specific sort of sordid send-off scenario for Tracy…to be reminded once again of your dearly departed father’s philandering ways doesn’t seem to me a very uplifting farewell message, but I suppose it does play in perfect concert with Edward’s dubious moral character. (Lest we ever forget….) By the way, in response to your “Easter” comments? I’m trying to think of how to delicately–and discreetly—impart my last bit of information to you in a way that won’t get me in trouble (again….) Here goes: just between you and me….(I’m whispering this in your ear….) “Slick Willy” is actually Bill Clinton…it was one of many different euphemisms used to refer to him during his term in office. Shhhh!!!! You’re welcome! ; )

Hi rebecca,
Happy Passover ( past). One of my brothers-in-law’s father is Sephardic ; so, we celebrate both Easter and Passover when together.
Thank you for the history….and, I guess it, definitely, is not about technicalities. I need to get in line with the fact that patriarchy, especially in soaps, means squat. Too passe’, perhaps?
Considering the fact that the Q family seems to adhere to this sense of ‘first family’ notion, LOL, i thought that primogeniture would be a huge thing.
Then again, Queen Elizabeth has changed girls’ equality as succession to the throne.
To your point, I do agree that the Q’s need re-enforcement where family is concerned. Your description ‘summons’ some nostalgia for me, in absentia. LOL.
For myself, it always comes down to Michael and how his story/true parentage has been tainted by the veneration of the omnipotent St. Sonny, who dares to call Jax a criminal, getting away with his ‘crime’?

Hi, ma belle,
This truly has been a learning site, LOL. I always pictured Edward, in my mind’s eye, as this super-human patriarch who could do no wrong.
As far as I can see, none of the Q’s is free of the debauchery/skylarking gene?
I hope TPTB have a cohesive story where this Samara is concerned ( albeit beautiful, her eyes are very petrifyingly scary, lol).
Is her ‘ sojourn’ in PC permanent? One Q daughter exiting; another entering?
Considering the turmoil in the world I hope we do not fall prey to a political storyline ( Turkey and environs).
I will keep the ‘Willy’ secret…it’s a promise. Double LOL.

Thanks, CeeCee. I’m actually from European ancestry…Austria, Hungary…and believe it or not even though your brother-in-law is Jewish the European and Sephardic have some different customs. I was surprised to find it out myself when an ex-boyfriend of mine, who was Sephardic, was eating certain foods on the holiday that I wouldn’t. Interesting…

Happy Belated Easter! LOL..I remember going to an ex’s house who was Sicilian…and they served rabbit!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! My animal-loving, vegetarian self loaded up on a LOT of bread, salad and pasta!!! 😉

As for the Q’s…think Kennedy’s. When they get together, husbands, wives, children, grandchildren, etc…it’s still the family OF the Kennedy’s…See what I mean? A house full of family…no matter who still carried the name.

If interested you should youtube or however you can catch a few of the Q family stories from…dunno…15/20 years ago. You’ll see a young Ned, a young Monica…Tracy…and all the goings-on. It really was a time…

CeeCee;;;as for Jax, he was always the light to Sonny’s dark. He was the knight-in-shining armor…rich, handsome (not to you I know) but he was gorgeous, debonair, worldly. He was a great influence on Carly when they were married and he loved Michael and Morgan; wanted to adopt them and take them away from Sonny’s mob influence. Believe it or not Carly cheated on Jax with Sonny…and the rest is history. Hard to believe…LOL. Not a choice I would’ve made!!!

@CeeCeeGirl….Your pre-conceived impression of Edward is understandable, given your only exposure to the character was at the end of his life, as portrayed by the engaging John Ingle, who presented the senior Quartermaine as a warm and fuzzy rascal, yet one that was often irascible and possessing a clever capability for trickery….all very lovable and endearing. However, the “original” Edward was far more deceptive, ruthless and prone to all sorts of disagreeable antics, especially when it came to his beloved ELQ. Although he was undoubtedly besotted with his long-suffering spouse, the lovely Lila, he still had no compunction when it came to giving the glad eye to other women, and more than once, this penchant for adulterous activities led to the unwelcome consequence of the illegitimately- issued who rose out of the woodwork on a rather regular basis. Hence the Quartermaine propensity for separating the authentic heirs (Alan and Tracy…) from those who sprang forth in more disreputable circumstances….not necessarily a “passe’ notion, at all, but one that provided much mirthful material for dramatic doings whenever the subject of Edward’s legacy surfaced. The same held true for Alan with his two sons, AJ and Jason. Junior was the official “crown prince” of the family, having been born into the union with wife Monica, whilst Jason was the product of Alan’s tawdry extramarital affair with Susan Moore….it was only when she caused her own death that this b@$+@^d son was taken under the wing (and roof) of the Quartermaine clan, where Monica eventually viewed Jason as one to love like her own….but it quite logically took time to reach that point. I have no idea where the latest arrival of yet another of Edward’s purportedly secret lovechildren is headed, but I would certainly not be disappointed were it proved to be a hoax…especially since we seem to wading into some sort of “pc” territory with this Samara woman….we’ve already seen this scenario played out before concerning the Wards, so why we’re going there again is beyond me. Now that Edward is truly dead and gone, I think it is time to retire his apparently prodigious and well-spread seeds to the ash heap of history, and the same goes for Alan, too. There are other directions the family can take to remain relevant in the current century, without the invention of more unnecessarily shameful revelations in the form of previously unheard of offspring of the unsavory variety.

Thanks for “a day in the life of the Q’s’. LOL. I have, pretty much, surmised the ’cause and effect’ of one Edward Quartermaine and Co.
One must admire Monica for accepting and loving Jason, the ‘spoils’ of her husband’s loins (lol), as her own.
As far as Samara; I just have this unshakable feeling that this entire last minute, manufactured story ( to give Tracy’s departure a dramatic twist, perhaps?), will turn political. If truth be known? If this is where it’s going, I do not look forward to it. Why Turkey? A safer topic? Hmmmm.

Speaking of royalty, CeeCee….Here’s wishing a Happy (3rd) Birthday to your own little princess! As you’ve already experienced, that’s such a magical age for sharing life’s great and small pleasures with a child….I remember watching R&H’s superb musical version of Cinderella with my mother and loving every moment of it, too….(“Ten Minutes Ago I Saw You….” still remains a favorite….and the beauteous Lesley Ann Warren played such an enchanting lead character….) As for your observation about the changes made by Queen Elizabeth on the line of succession, it is really a shame it cannot be applied retroactively so that the Princess Royal, Anne, would be the one to take over her mother’s role someday…she is so like her maternal figure in sense and sensibilities when it comes to the notion of duty, quite unlike her loopy, over-indulged brother and his soap opera-spawned family of a spoiled, entitled heir, a loose-cannon spare and their questionable choices of female concubines. (Hmmm…sounds just like the Quartermaines! LOL.)

Hmmm, CeeCeeGirl …I’m not so sure about the “political angle” of Samara just yet? I think she could simply be there out of pure greed….that painting certainly has some highly inherent value to her, however, whether it shall be a matter of $$$ or a deeper, more personal issue still remains to be seen. As for what you term the “day in the life of the Q’s,” we’ve barely scratched the surface, mia amica! Despite Monica’s now-reverent adoration for her late husband, it wasn’t always that way! Remember when Fluke referred to Monica as GH’s one-time “Go To Girl?” Well, he really wasn’t that far off the mark in his tawdry description….the good doctor was first married to Jeff Webber and when his long-lost and presumed-dead brother, Rick, returned to Port Charles, Monica took up with him (he was her ex and Jeff was her rebound…) in a clandestine fashion before her husband discovered her duplicity and tried to kill himself. After that marriage ended, she met the dashing Dr. Alan Quartermaine and they had a whirlwind relationship, although her yen for Rick had not yet abated, which literally drove Alan insane…he tried to blow-up the lovers when they met for another assignation, despite the fact that in the end, the plan didn’t “come together”…a little “A-Team” lingo there….LOL! (Oh, and we mustn’t forget her fling with a youthful Ned Ashton—then played by a real pretty boy actor—at a posh health club, although neither realized they were aunt and nephew at the time!) Lastly, Alan also had more than his share of tarts through the years— not unlike his paternal example—including Susan Moore, Rae Cummings and Lucy Coe, amongst the bevy of babes with whom he committed adultery. And that’s not even scratching the surface of this clan’s arduous antics…we haven’t covered the various romantic adventures of Tracy, Jimmy Lee, Celia, Dylan or Ned! Oh yes, “Chez Q” was often as busy as a bordello on a hot summer night!

Well, CeeCeeGirl, you called it correctly!!! I tuned in today to see Tracy’s big clip show….more about that later….but I was tempted to turn off the program before it had barely begun due to the highly-biased political content that was featured right off the bat….was it really necessary to include that in the storyline? Of course not….but that is just par for the course these days. As if one needs another good reason to tune out….

I’m liking the Tracy/Laura adventure as a send off to Jane’s wonderful career on GH. So far a fun story…nothing wrong with that, especially after how they ended Tony’s Geary/Fluke story. Hope it’s a happy ending for Tracey like the characters in Downton Abbey.

And it’s not the first time long lost letters have summed up relationships. Even Helena’s will was a variation on this, or Julian’s letter to Alexis.

“Yes” you can be upset with the liberties writers take with history…it happens all of the time in soaps. For me it’s all in how you remember it. I always felt Tracy and Edward loved each other, but was just a lack of knowing how to express it, father/daughter stuff, and/or being misunderstood.

But I do know I don’t want Tracy to end up with Luke.

Hey Rose, I agee with you re not wanting Tracy to end up with Luke–how that would “dilute” her character! 🙂

Tracy was no angel. Her and Luke have more in common than Luke and Laura.

Hi Rose!
Long time…hope all’s well and you had a nice holiday!

Hi Rebecca 1…I have been quiet for me lately, but everything health-wise is going okay. Hope you are doing well, too. I read that you too had had some ankle/foot problems.

Have been mostly enjoying GH, and even the Spectra story on B&B. But there are some GH concerns. I am really tired of the way the writers keep stretching out the Morgan story, with holier than thou Carly and Sonny being more obnoxious than usuaI. I know you are not keen on Nelle, but even when she is trying to do the right thing, Carly is being a real bi*ch. I was especially upset about some of the negative remarks she said to Nelle. And Sonny is such a jerk.

So far I’m not sold on the new possible sister from Turkey who wants Tracey’s portrait. I don’t trust her. And I don’t like how she keeps hounding Tracey for the portrait knowing how much it means to her. If it’s all about how much money the portrait is is worth, Tracey can write out a hefty check to take it’s place.

Then there is just trying to find the bright spots in an otherwise SNL-type, surreal, real world we have been left with…and it’s short and long term consequences. Best to you…:)

Hey Rose…

Yep; last year I was WALKING and got hit by a car. Talk about surreal! I literally flew up on to the hood…face hit the windshield and then I rolled down to the pavement. Talk about an out-of-body experience! It literally reminded me of a chase scene from a crime drama. Thought I lost my teeth, LOL, but thankfully they’re intact. The cop said he saw my lipstick print on the woman’s windshield.

I was wearing high heels at the time so when I landed I guess my foot hit down first on the heel…which broke my actual heel and then my foot turned, which broke my ankle. And assorted other foot bones. To say the least it was traumatic. Couldn’t walk for four months…got around with a knee roller. Usually, when a person just breaks their ankle they can wear a walking boot and still walk…but because my heel was broken too I couldn’t stand on it. Thankfully, back on my feet, literally and figuratively! So weird to actually get hit by a car….one never knows moment-to-moment….

As for B&B…I love it! I just took to it as soon as I turned in which was very recently…don’t know when but sometime in the last year. Not even sure why…maybe I was bored and was looking for something OnDemand. Anyway, I love the characters and the lush sets. I also love Sally Spectra and Thomas…as well as AJ and Coco. Bill cracks me up…Eric is adorable and charming…I love the bond within the family, etc.

GH? Though I still lament it’s not the show it used to be and so many are gone, I think it’s good for the show it’s become…not when I compare it to what it was. Then, it falls short. I, too, can’t stand Sonny OR Carly but I find her much more palatable when she’s with Jax. As for Nell, I’ve grown to like her. On a side note…she’s gorgeous. Best nose I’ve seen! Hahahaha…(she does have a cute nose!)

The possible sister? Not sure about her. On the one hand I think she’s sincere…I’m actually leaning toward it. But not sure. I actually think she’s quite eerie…but I think she’s supposed to be that way. The way she walks, holds herself, her haunting eyes. Good casting. Adds to exotic locale/mystique.

Thank G-d for Alec Baldwin and SNL…Melissa McCarthy, the late night hosts…Kimmel is hilarious. They really do take a dark situation and turn it into hilarity. Only way to deal…

Where’s Harry? If he’s here I have no idea who he is now… 🙂

Rebecca 1…I just stumbled onto your Apr 23 reply about your being hit by a car. What a scary thing to happen, and thank goodness “someone” was on your side. You really can’t take anything for granted in life can you? So glad you are on the mend.

Thank you, Rose. Agree. Scary but true.

Oh how I would love a cameo of my dearly loved Stuart Damon/Alan giving Tracy the business of corse his ghost oh gosh how I miss that man a true gentleman in every way but I understand he is in bad health. Still would like to kick the crap out of JFP for killing him off amongst the other Q’s

The best we can hope for is flashbacks. They’d have to pay the actors (or their estates), but it would be great to see David Lewis, Anna Lee and Stuart Damon again.

I saw an article last year that showed SD living in the actors retirement home in the valley. It looked like he was happy.

Yeah…I loved Alan. To kill him, AJ, Emily off…what were they thinkig??? Guess they weren’t.

Anyone remember Stuart Damon as Prince Charming from Cinderella???? So handsome!

Yes, rebecca. Love the movie. It was last shown on You Tube, this past November. My little girl ( she’ll be three in May) watched it for the first time. She had stars in her eyes…kept saying ‘again’ after it was over. I chimed ‘again’ with her. LOL.


I love General Hospital and have followed it for years. Jane Elliot’s character (Tracey Quartermaine) will surely be missed. I have one question, why wasn’t the the character Jason Quartermaine included in the storyline of Tracey leaving Port Charles. Jason is a Quartermaine and he has done some good for the Quartermaine family.

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General Hospital’s Steve Burton Reveals the Emotional Scene He Almost Could Not Get Through

On a recent episode of General Hospital, Jason received a message from his mother, Monica Quartermaine (Leslie Charleson) via a note. The effect it had on Jason’s portrayer, Steve Burton turned out to be quite visceral.

As GH fans know, although Jason’s bio-mom was Susan Moore, he was raised and adopted by Monica. Speaking on his Daily Drama podcast with his co-host and GH co-star, Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Steve shared some insight on the difficulties he had getting through that scene.

Burton shared that in the key moment, “Brooklyn (played by Amanda Setton) came in and that’s where she gave me (Jason) the letter from Monica. That was a very hard scene for me to do. That was a tough one. That was the one time I was almost going to call ‘cut!’  It read ‘Jason, I believe in you.’ I was literally going to walk off the set.”

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To clarify and in the story, Monica was saying “I believe in you” and that she knows Jason didn’t shoot Dante (Dominic Zamprogna). Steve added, “It was tough, man. Emotionally, it was a tough scene. It was overwhelming in the moment.”

Steve went on to detail to Anderson, “She (Brook Lynn) pushed it to me and I read it and she was walking out and I had to stop her, but I was so emotional I couldn’t even get it out.  And at that point, I’m like, ‘Do I just keep going … or do I just walk off the set right now?’ But, I knew just to stay, because it’s so hard to get back there, once you shut it down. I knew, the next take wasn’t going to be the same.”

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It’s clear that Leslie Charleson is so missed on-screen as Monica by all of her castmates, and that Jason and Monica had a very special mother/son relationship throughout the decades on GH.

What did you think of the moment when Jason got a note from Monica that said, “I believe in you?” Were you touched as well? Let us know in the comment section. You can check out the latest episode of Steve and Bradford’s podcast below.

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George Russo to Appear on General Hospital as Carmine Cerullo

Coming up, it looks like Brook Lynn’s (Amanda Setton) grandfather, Carmine Cerullo is headed to Port Charles.

According to casting news from the ABC soap opera, George Russo will take on the role. Russo will tape his episode next week on April 15th and will appear on the May 15th episode of the long-running daytime drama series.

If George looks familiar he has been in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures including: The Offer. Winning Time, Grand Crew and Shameless.

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Longtime GH viewers will recall that Lois’ (Rena Sofer) dad, Carmine, was previously showed up in Port Charles on and off from 1994 to 1996 and was played by John Capudice.

Clearly, it seems that Carmine will be a part of Chase (Josh Swickard) and Brook Lynn’s wedding.  Will it go off without a hitch? Are you looking forward to it? Stay tuned.

Who else would you like to see attend the nuptials? Gloria Cerullo (Ellen Travolta), any other blasts from the pasts who should be present? Let us know in the comment section.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Drew and Nina Get Physical; Were You Surprised or Did You Expect it to Happen?

On the Tuesday, April 9th episode of General Hospital, Drew (Cameron Mathison) and Nina’s (Cynthia Watros) explosive relationship just turned up the heat another notch.

In story, Nina who was responsible (although she doesn’t see it that way) for Drew being sent to prison for insider trading when she tipped off the SEC, let out her feelings to him about how to get back in the good graces of her daughter, Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) and Michael (Chad Duell). In doing so, she asks him for his help with it.

For months, the two have had nothing short of contentious moments, where Drew has not let Nina off the hook for what he did to him, or to his ex Carly (Laura Wright). Fast-forward and when alone in the Crimson office, Nina brings up wanting to stick it to Carly again.

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As they banter back and forth, Drew can’t figure out why he should help Nina at all with any of her manipulations. Suddenly, as he tried to exit, his shirt rips and exposes his bare chest and abs, and Nina get quite an eyeful. From there, things become physical and before you know it, Drew and Nina are making out and having their version of hate-sex.


Cameron Mathison spoke to Soap Opera Digest on the shocking turn events, sharing, “I didn’t see it coming at all. I really didn’t. I think the audience did. Cynthia did some appearances and I guess the audience was ‘You and Drew, there’s some sexy chemistry there.’ I was like, ‘Wait, what? Really?’ I didn’t even get it. So I love it that it was very unexpected. The writers saw it, too. And, I love that it’s not a typical way for two people to be … physical. I was gonna say intimate, but there’s not a lot of intimacy there. And then as soon as it’s over, it’s back to arguing and giving each other crap again. It was really cute and really well done.”

As the fallout for their office room romp will air on the Wednesday April 10th episode, just how will the two deal with the fact that they had this fiery passionate moment in the weeks and months ahead? Will this be Nina’s new plot to get at Carly to be seen with her ex? Will Drew and Nina never speak of this again? (Well, this is a soap opera, after all, that’s pretty doubtful), or is this part of a major reset for some of the characters on the canvas now that Patrick Mulcahey and Elizabeth Korte are co-head writing the show?


Speaking on the aftermath of the tryst, Mathison added, “The two of them are both like, all right, let’s forget about that and move on. It’s like a weird kind of aggression attraction. There’s obviously attraction there, but I don’t think either of them expected it, and I think they’re both totally shocked and surprised by it. I think Drew gets a kick out of it whereas Nina is a little embarrassed by it.”

Now let us know, did you see this coming? Did you think Drew and Nina would have sex? What do you think of the story turn? Comment below.

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