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

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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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kmayne
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kmayne

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

Gregory
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Gregory

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!

Suz tm
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Suz tm

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

Patricio
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Patricio

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.

GRANTLOVER!!
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GRANTLOVER!!

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.

Laura
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Laura

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!

Rhonda
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Rhonda

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!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

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

Ann
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Ann

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.

aria
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aria

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…

Terry
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Terry

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

Celia
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Celia

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

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

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

Celia
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Celia

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

Shay
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Shay

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

Bonbonn62
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Bonbonn62

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

Joan Faist
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Joan Faist

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.

AJ
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AJ

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).

Patricio
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Patricio

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

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

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!… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

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… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

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!)

rebecca1
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rebecca1

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….

Timmm
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Timmm

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!

Patricio
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Patricio

Hmmmm Timmmmm

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

Timmm
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Timmm

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

Celia
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Celia

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?

Timmm
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Timmm

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!

Celia
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Celia

@Timmm.
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.

Shay
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Shay

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… Read more »

Rhonda
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Rhonda

and the tail wagged the dog.

Shay
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Shay

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

Suz tm
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Suz tm

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

Shay
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Shay

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!

Timmm
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Timmm

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.

Celia
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Celia

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.

Shay
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Shay

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… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

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… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@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… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

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… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

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… Read more »

Rhonda
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Rhonda

good question, Nancy!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

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!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

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!

Shay
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Shay

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???”)

Celia
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Celia

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?

rebecca1
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rebecca1

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!

Shay
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Shay

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

Celia
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Celia

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.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Excellent points, Shay!

Jake CNJ
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Jake CNJ

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.

DK
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DK

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.

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

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!!!

Rhonda
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Rhonda

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.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

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

Grant Putnam
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Grant Putnam

So her half brother Jimmy Lee is not returning?

Shay
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Shay

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…)

Timmm
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Timmm

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.

Shay
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Shay

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.

Steve
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Steve

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).

Patricio
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Patricio

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.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

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

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

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.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

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…

Steve
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Steve

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

Shay
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Shay

@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!

su0000
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su0000

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 !

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

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?

su0000
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su0000

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 ..

Alexis Gouzoules
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Alexis Gouzoules

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

Patricio
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Patricio

Feel like I’m losing an old friend

Alan
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Alan

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?… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

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.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

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.

Steve
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Steve

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.

John
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John

Just brilliant !!

Trish
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Trish

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.

Anne
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Anne

Good bye Jane. You will be missed!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

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.

Shay
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Shay

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!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

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!

Shay
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Shay

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… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

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!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

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.… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

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.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

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!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

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… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Amazing post, Mary….profoundly expressed!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

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!

Anne
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Anne

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… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

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… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

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… Read more »

Rhonda
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Rhonda

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… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

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

rebecca1
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rebecca1

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.

su0000
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su0000

OK–
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)

rebecca1
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rebecca1

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.

su0000
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su0000

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!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

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.”

Celia
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Celia

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… Read more »

rebecca1
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@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! 😉

Steve
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Steve

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.

Celia
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Celia

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?

Steve
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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.

Steve
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Steve

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

Shay
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Shay

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.

Celia
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Celia

@Steve.
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……

Celia
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Celia

@Shay.
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).

rebecca1
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rebecca1

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… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

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”… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

@rebecca1. 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… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

@Shay, 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… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

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… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

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!!!

Shay
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Shay

@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… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

@Shay.
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.

Shay
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Shay

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… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

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,… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

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….

rose
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rose

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… Read more »

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nancy dillingham

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

Timmm
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Timmm

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

rebecca1
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rebecca1

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

rose
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rose

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… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

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… Read more »

rose
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rose

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.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Thank you, Rose. Agree. Scary but true.

k/kay
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k/kay

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

Steve
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Steve

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.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

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!

Celia
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Celia

@rebecca1.
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.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

CeeCee…;)

Diane
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Diane

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: Port Charles Learns a Bomb Caused the Explosion as Lives are Forever Changed

This week’s General Hospital has reminded us all of why we love daytime drama and why GH possesses some of the finest performers in the genre.

Wednesday’s episode featured several emotionally-charged and gut-wrenching moments as loved ones find out the fate of several people in crisis, or have to deliver terrible news in the wake of the bomb explosion at the Floating Rib, which already had taken the lives of Dev (Ashton Arbab) and Dustin (Mark Lawson).

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As we begin, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) has a passed-out Lulu (Emme Rylan) in his arms and brings her to Portia (Brook Kerr), who sends her for tests.  And in true soap opera fashion, just as Lulu was presumably going to tell Dane she still loved him and wanted him back (following Dustin’s death) … he never heard what she had to say.

 

Laura (Genie Francis) fills in Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) that Dev did not make it, and then Liz decides to tell her son, Cameron (William Lipton) the heartbreaking news while he is recovering from his injuries.  When she does, Cam is overcome and devastated as his mother holds him in her arms.  Meanwhile, Carly (Laura Wright) is filling-in Trina (Sydney Mikayla) and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) about Dev’s untimely death.

Later, with Laura present, Portia tells Lulu’s loved ones that she has a cerebral contusion, and that there is a a traumatic brain injury which has caused swelling on the brain.  Laura and Dante look on devastated.  Portia then says they have already rushed Lulu to urgent surgery.

Julian (William deVry) is with Ava (Maura West) at Wyndemere.  She is attempting to hide him there, while he figures out his next step after planting the bomb.  However, Jason (Steve Burton) shows up looking for Julian now that Sonny found out that a bomb caused the explosion that ravaged the Floating Rib.  From that point on calls are made to ensure Sonny’s family is protected as a mob war is about to go down. Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Jason believe all roads lead back to Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober).

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Jason leaves Wyndemere before spotting Julian; leaving a distraught Ava to come down hard on her brother … he has two choices…  leave Port Charles, which she will help him do, or stay, and if he stays, she will not help him or be a part of his life.  While they are discussing his next move, they learn Lulu is now in critical condition from the bomb.  Ava tells Julian in no uncertain terms that everything he has done has come with a cost.  Jason shows up at the Corinthos home where Sam (Kelly Monaco), who is not happy about any of this, finds out along with Carl,y that Jason believes he was the target at the Floating Rib.

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As Liz is struggling to hold it together with Franco (Roger Howath) having brain surgery, she speaks with Scott (Kin Shriner), who did not know of his son’s tumor.  She shares with Franco’s dad that Franco is worried he will wake up a very different person.  Liz is told Franco is out of surgery, and is in tears over his hospital bed.  She prays he will be alright and Franco wakes up!

Portia tells Nikolas (Marcus Coloma), Laura, and Dante that Lulu is out of surgery but in a coma, which Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) points out is normal in these situations. Dante goes to sit by Lulu’s bedside and begs her to wake up.

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Then, in devastating news for Laura, Lucas (Matt Trudeau) gives her the real 411 on Lulu.  He tells Laura that Lulu’s brain started swelling the minute she hit her head at the Floating Rib, and that her injury got worse the longer she was not checked out.  Laura achingly realizes Lulu was so worried about Dustin that she never was immediately checked out for head trauma.  Lucas lets Laura know that Lulu’s recovery could take a very long time, if she recovers at all.

Heart-tugging performances throughout the stellar episode were given by: Dominic Zamprogna, Genie Francis, William Lipton, Rebecca Herbst, and Maura West in very intense and dramatic scenes.

So, what have you thought of this week’s episodes of GH? The fate of Lulu? The performances from yesterday’s airshow? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Ashton Arbab Says Farewell To General Hospital: “It Was Such An Honor To Have Worked Alongside Of Such Talented Actors”

Yesterday, viewers of General Hospitals witnessed that as a result of the bomb explosion at the Floating Rib; it meant the end of the road for a couple of characters.  One of those was Dev, and thus ends Ashton Arbab’s over two-year run in the role.

In key scenes, Dev dies in the ambulance ride to the hospital and thanks Sonny (Maurice Benard) for making him a part of the family and tells Sonny to tell Josslyn (Eden McCoy) that he is sorry.  Will Sonny recall what Dev said and pass that on to Joss? Will anyone figure out Dev’s duplicity in keeping Joss and Cameron (William Burton) apart? Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, Ashton took to Twitter on Tuesday and shared these words of praise and ‘thank you’ for his time on the ABC daytime drama series.

 

Arbab expressed: “I am forever grateful to Producer Frank Valentini and Mark Teschner (casting director, GH) for this amazing opportunity. It was such an honor to have worked along side of such talented actors and I’m beyond blessed for your friendship. Most of all thank you General Hospital fans.”

So, what did you think of Dev being killed-off? Will you miss Ashton? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.


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Mark Lawson Shares Heartfelt Sentiments As He Exits General Hospital

General Hospital fans knew Monday’s episode would bring with it who might have survived the explosion at the Floating Rib, and who might still be in peril or who did not make out.

This afternoon as viewers were learning the fate of several characters including Dustin, who was proposing to Lulu (Emme Rylan) as the bomb went off, his portrayer, Mark Lawson took to his Instagram to announce his exit from the series.

Mark expressed: “Actors know this moment is bittersweet.  Job well done, but leaving a set full of like-minded, inspired people. Playing Dustin was a joy. Every day on set was a gift, as were: Emme Rylan, Kirsten Storms, Brian Lane, Dominic Zamprogna, Lisa LoCicero, Maurice Benard, Bradford Anderson (And others that don’t have social media!) Thank you General Hospital. Honored to be part of television history not only on this show, but to be among the first actors back to work in town post-Covid. The set always felt safe, and I was proud to be in front of the camera in such a strange time  Thank you for everything.  Stay soapy.”

Check out Mark’s post below.

So, are you sad that Dustin is no longer on the canvas in Port Charles? Will you miss Mark in the role? Comment below.

 

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