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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Tracy Says Goodbye To Her Family & Leaves Port Charles! What Did You Think Of Jane Elliot's Final Episode?

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On Thursday’s episode of General Hospital, it was time for Tracy Quartermaine to make her exit from Port Charles, and for viewers to say their final goodbyes to Jane Elliot (Tracy), who has played the enduring character for decades.  As fans know by now, Jane has decided to retire from the series.

In her final episode, after Tracy reveals to her family and her close friends that she is leaving Port Charles to begin a new life, one by one everyone gets their moment with Jane for their last scenes with this one-of-a-kind actress.  In story, Tracy is going to sell the painting of her for millions of dollars to start a new adventure elsewhere, and feels she is leaving her family behind in a good place.

Tracy tells her son Dillon (Robert Palmer Watkins) he has the biggest heart of all the Quartermaines, she tells her son Ned (Wally Kurth) how proud she is of him, and asks Olivia (Lisa LoCicero)  to take care of him. Finn (Michael Easton) tells Tracy he has never had a friend like her in his life, and of course, Hayden (Rebecca Budig) and Tracy while contentious, show the love that they have for one another.  Tracy advises the duo to get it together and not to mess a good thing up.

Laura (Genie Francis) and Tracy share some tears when Tracy thanks Laura for helping her recover the painting and going with her to Turkey. In addition, Laura says in another life they could have been good friends.  

Lulu (Emme Rylan) tells Tracy that there is no question that she is her hero, after all, Tracy watched over Lulu and helped raise her while Laura was MIA and recovering in a sanitarium years ago. When saying goodbye to Michael (Chad Duell), Tracy assures him she knows by leaving ELQ with him that the company will succeed.  The highly-anticipated moment between Monica and Tracy featured Leslie Charleson and Jane Elliot in a heartfelt beat, when Monica says that they started off as feuding sister-in-laws all those years ago, but ultimately now she considers Tracy her sister.

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After her car is waiting and it’s time to leave, after one final goodbye, Tracy heads out the Q mansion front door, only seconds later to return for one more group hug with Dillon, Monica and Ned before departing.

We next find Tracy selling her painting in Europe for 60 million dollars.  After the transaction she heads out to get a cup of coffee.  Viewers are treated to a montage of Tracy scenes throughout the years including those with Tony Geary as Luke Spencer setting up the final moment of the episode.

Finally, when Tracy enters the coffee shop, who should be sitting there but Luke!  The two gaze at each other and we fade to black, begging the questions … was Luke the mystery buyer of the painting? Was this a chance encounter, or was he there to swoop Tracy away and a start a new life with her?

So, what did you think of Jane Elliot’s final episode? Did you reach for the hankies? Which moment was your favorite? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Jane will be missed!

another note Tony Geary.. .. Sis this Hair is giving me flock of seagulls + George Washington

Agree on BOTH counts!

Jane Elliot, you WILL be missed!!!! ENJOY your Retirement!!! I think at the end of the show where Luke was there…I was surprised…& my first thought was that HE bought her painting… And, now, they’ll get together & ride in to the sunset… Bein Luke Retired several months ago… I LOVE YOU, BOTH!!!! LUKE AND TRACY!!!!!!!!

And he ra-aa-an, he ran so far a-wa-ay-ay!!!!

Couldn’t get away!

Are you going to replay the last show Of Tracy’s ? I was leaving the hospital. and missed it. – Hope you do. Thanks

I liked the last episode but I think she will return. Look how many times Luke and others has done this. I hope she does come back she has been a very good and consistent actress for many years. So take a long rest Jane Elliot but not too long.

I haven’t watched it yet; but, I will this weekend. What a loss for us viewers, who have watched the show for decades and already love and miss the Quartermaine’s being the center of the show. I will miss Jane; but, I wish her a long and happy retirement. She is a force of nature (as an actress) and she has given us viewers so many laughs over the years. Thank you, Jane.
One thing, however…Tony’s hair…um…

Yes, yes, YES!

Great heartfelt post DMR

Jane Elliott is fantastic. But, this final episode was very mediocre writing IMO. For all of Jane Elliott’s time on GH, about half was spent with characters other than Tony Geary. But, guess who had the lion’s share of clip time with Tracy – Luke. Blah. I remember great exchanges that she had with Alan, Lila, Edward, Jimmy Lee Holt, Celia Q., Jason (the original), Skye, Skye’s mother, AJ & many others at the hospital. Where were those? Pretty sure GH can still show clips of AJ & Jason. I realize that some episodes may have been lost time. But, IMO there should have been more Alan, AJ, Edward & Lila scenes thru the week.


They have to pay any actors who speak lines in a show — even flashbacks. On the courthouse episode, they limited non current cast scenes to Edward (DL), Lila, Alan, Luke and Jenny?!?! Unfortunately, FV does not have a good rapport with Sean Kanan or Steve Burton to inspire him to pay them for clips. And Jane’s last episode only featured characters who were on that day.

No payment is needed for still photos, so AJ, Jason and Edward (JI) were shown that way.

One more thing, I forgot to add. I was born in 1980, so I was not around during the Luke and Laura era. I have watched quite a bit over YouTube, however, and I do see why they were so magical. However, because I wasn’t around for the “must see TV” back in the late 70’s-1980+, I was not a huge fan of the couple. I did watch when Luke and Laura came back in the ’90’s and I thought they were sort of boring. (My favorite couple was Sonny and Brenda in ’90’s). However, I always loved Luke and “Spanky” (Tracy). I loved them because Tony and Jane were comedic gold together. I remember re-watching their drunken Vegas wedding with Maya and Ethan and just laughing. Bottom line, I am happy to see that Luke and Tracy ended up together as a “fade to black” scenario. Kudos.

dmr…Speaking of Brenda, Vanessa Marcill was a co-host on the Today Show this morning. She had lots of nice things to say about her time General Hospital, Maurice, Jax and that she would love to go back to GH. ABC, writers.. Hint, hint!

The only reason to have Brenda back, would be to usher Sonny off the canvas.

@Steve….From your lips to the “Soap God’s” ears!

I enjoyed the last episode of Jane as Tracy. Would have liked more flashbacks from her 40 yrs as Tracy. The Tony Geary cameo…thought it was lackluster.

I would have loved weeks full of flashback episodes rather than the onslaught of Samira.

Whenever someone says,”Samira” I hear Sabrina, and then I hear the following lyrics to the tune of, “Tomato, Tomahto.” SOOO…….(singing) You say, Samira, I say Sabrina. Sabrina, Samira, Sabrina, Samira. Let’s call the whole thing off.
I couldn’t decide if Luke looked more like Herbie the dentist or Napoleon Dynamite’s girlfriend.
Goodbye Tracy, I will miss your complexity, your toughness,your humor, your intelligence and gritty honesty. You didn’t suffer fools gladly so why are you ending up with Luke?

Hey, Harry!!!…At least Samira’s smarmy stay in Port Charles proved a blessedly brief blip on the GH radar screen, unlike that excruciatingly-extended “Sabstravaganza” of sugar-shock we suffered through for what seemed an infernal eternity!!! By the way, your “Herbie” reference was spot-on….I think it was the deep “sidepart” that clinched the uncanny resemblance. So, does that mean all this time Luke has been hiding out on the “Island of Misfit Toys?”

@dmr…Those full-on flashback shows sound fabulous! Too bad they haven’t been rerun, or at the very least, put up on the ABC website as a special treat to longtime soap fans!

Agreed, Jake….The GH video vaults hold a treasure trove of Tracy’s “greatest hits!” I would have loved to have seen far more of those fabulous flashbacks of forty years, too!…Simply including all the men from her past—instead of just “you know who” would have provided fine fodder for a full reel of romantic remembrances, not to mention her many moments of “Daddy dust-ups,” “Alan angst,” “Lila love,” and “Monica mayhem.” But I suppose we’ll just have to be content with those few precious clips to which we were treated….When all is said and done, Jane’s sentimental swansong salute still surpassed Anthony Geary’s pathetically underwhelming Luke send-off by a longshot!

I would have loved a week full of flashback episodes (well, more than a week)! Not sure if anyone remembers, but way back when, ABC did a week full of “Daytime Remembers,” classic, vintage flashback full episodes of their daytime line-up, with a different beloved actor introducing a different episode every day. I loved watching those old clips. Love flashbacks of both Edwards, love Alan, Monica, AJ, Monica, and of course, the beautiful and sweet Lila.

It was great! My three favorite parts were:

1: Tracy walking back into the mansion and hugging Monica.

2: In the end, Tracy got a hell of a lot more than a jar of relish from Edward. Nice closure. 60 million dollars!

3: Luke waiting for Tracy. It was best that Tony didnt say a word. It was a great cliffhanger that they can revisit or never revisit and it would be just fine. Great job!

Might have been funny if Tracy had said: “What’s with the stupid hair cut?” before it faded to black.

omg, I would have fallen on the floor with laughter!

Yes, my Timmmy….the last scene at the Q mansion moved me to tears; as Tracy rushes back inside to embrace Monica. As I said on another site, that was REAL . Love between two great friends; Leslie and Jane!!
Just one thing: what’s up with ‘Luke’s’ hair? It’s sooo snowy white…Ha!

It reminded me of the “Golden Girls” finale. Dorothy did the same thing and told them all she treasured them. I kept waiting on Betty White to make a cameo. 🙂

True that #3, Timmmbo! Besides, I don’t know what possible words could have sufficed to accompany that strangely-arresting Luke visual….My only sentiments were WHERE has he been and WHAT the heck has he been doing??? (Hairdressing school briefly came to mind, but upon second thought…um, NO!)

looks like Anthony Geary is simply minding “his” sojourn … retirement skills with a laissez-faire adopted attitude… wacky tabaccy plus.

Sayonara, Luke

I really like #3.

having “luke” back… didn’t answer for Ms. Tracy

was it that coy interlude.. that spelled it all

I will forever believe that they had the comedic timing down pat.. and it was genuine

however many times he played her… be it for money… his other escapades she let slide

I truly think she loved him.. and his energies that may have matched her own fantastical

but true love.. no

Luke obviously bought the painting…til the very end the writers shamelessly had Tracy prop up two pointless characters like Finn and Hayden…however, it was sappy ok…wish the writers had Tracy auction off her painting at the nurses ball in a partially live telecast where fans could call in and bid on it…the story still could had Luke the bidder but the painting would had gone to a lucky fan who bid the most with the money going to a good cause at the same time!!!

Jimh…What a great idea to have had Tracy auction the painting off at the Nurses Ball with Luke the bidder. Wish there was still time. And we still have last day of the week Friday, you never know.

What a novel, altruistic idea, Jimmy. Kudos!!

Jimh, I have said before, and will continue to say, that I do not understand why Hayden (Rebecca Budig) is constantly shoved down our throats. The character is boring and unlikeable, yet, she was a major fixture in the saving of the hospital and is Liz’s half sister. It’s stupid. You are right, Tracy’s exit storyline was used to prop up a very boring and unlikeable couple.

Agreed with your comments about propping Finn and Hayden. Enough already.

Oh yes the hankies were out. Jane is an exception actor and she will be sorely missing. It was great to watch her evolve in her character. God’s speed Jane, enjoy the next chapter of your life.

Great ending…want a little more with some dialogue with her and Luke. But, the real mystery here is, what is up with Tony Geary’s hair??
Come on…you know you were thinking it 🙂

I’m thinking it’s his Amsterdam look.

That’s what I think, Rose. It was….ummm…”interesting.” But, funky!

Exactly Rose, thank you! His Amsterdam look, that’s exactly what I said too. It was definitely a very European look. He’s apparently been doing some stage work over there, so for all we know, it could have been a hairstyle for a particular part he’s playing.

I say god bless him, he’s clearly enjoying his retirement. More power to him, he certainly deserves it. I’m glad he came back to do the one scene for Jane’s farewell, and thought it was a very well written send off. No words were said, and none needed to be said.

People insulting Tony over the hair and some of the other remarks here about him transitioning to a woman are really distasteful and totally unnecessary.

That’s putting it kindly, Rose!

Hey Harry…I got something in my inbox to myself and Dan regarding Luke…didn’t make the cut but I was thinking it was from you!

And, I like man buns! Luke’s just a teensy bit off center. Side part? LOL…

I like Dan’s “man enjoying his retirement theory” Euro-style. To each his own….and why not?

I think it was Geary’s anti Trump expression.
Trump has a horrid comb over which moves to the back of his head covering up his baldness while Geary’s comb over goes to the side.

My honest first thought was….”transitioning?” (No offense meant to those who are….)

Yes, Luke did look quite the woman with that hair-do. I liked the emotional moments between Tracy Q and the other Qs and other family/friends, but the motivation for the Tracy Q character leaving town was poorly written. I’m still hoping for a re-cast.

Lady lady. My sweet lady.

Into Helena Cassadine?

You know what, Gary? Now that you mention it, that icy-cool “coiffure” did seem rather “Helena-esque” Or at the least, reminiscent of Veronica Lake!

With Tracy and Luke having such a comedic relationship, I figured they would end the scene with one final laugh. I figured Tracy would rip his hair extension out or at least comment on his hair. Good grief that hair was strange even for Luke.

Oh Good Lord, I just had a scary thought.
Do you think Luke wears a side man’s bun?

Luke didn’t have any words so TG had to do something to steal the scene– LOL

And so he did Mary SF! But not necessarily in a good way….Geez Louise! What happened? Me thinks that Faison must have shared the name of his hair stylist with Luke….

In today’s episode, the part of Luke is being played by Lonnie Anderson.

Thank you for that hilarious imagined visual, Harry! I’m still laughing…..

Love it until I see Luke

I REALLY hate to see Tracy leave………….I have grown to absolutely love her. I cryed thru the whole program.
On another note I do very much wish Jane a wonderful retirement!!! Thank you for doing what you did on General Hospital. It just won’t be the same but….you worked hard and it’s time for YOU!

What a great emotional uplifting feelgood sendoff for Tracy!

The final five episodes were all so touching and moving from the dream show to the last goodbye! I just loved those flashbacks in the final five minutes as well as that wonderful song playing in the background. I was happy and moved to tears by that group hug in her last moment at the mansion with the family. Aww! Tracy rushing back into the house to hug Monica with Ned and Dillon joining in was such a beautiful unforgettable image in Q history!

I want to thank the entire production team, writing staff, and the actors involved for giving us such a memorable happy exit for a beloved veteran character. Sadly, we have seen many members of this iconic unparallel family not get a classy respectful goodbye, and in some cases they went out in a body bag for a sweeps ratings ploy. Well, they finally did right by the Q’s! Tracy is getting to leave town on her own terms, on a personal high note, with the love and blessing of her family. The black sheep of the family no more that is forced to leave the house in disgrace and shame like many times in the past. Tracy is at peace with herself and is ready to live for herself and has passed the torch to her sons. She is not seeking any validation concerning Edward. She has finally gotten that answer and that is he did love her very much via the letter and painting. She is not sacrificing her pride to rescue Luke and hoping this time he’ll finally do right by her. Tracy bumped into the love of her life in Luke by chance at a cafe and it was fittingly left open-ended for the viewers imagination. We can write our own endings to Tracy and Luke. Perfect!

OMG! Epic final scene with Tracy and Luke locking eyes in the cafe! I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect ending as a longtime fan of this couple! The surprised look on their faces, the emotion in their eyes, and the fond warm expressions was such a beautiful unexcepted moment! Jane and Tony one last time together onscreen! Loved this ending!

Well done GH!

So happy to see # Luke appear for her beginning. Jane Elliott a masterpiece I will miss thoroughly.

Bravo ! Tears and laughter but exactly what I had hoped . Luke and Tracy ride off into the sunset. Jane thanks for years of entertainment you are a pro and we will miss you. Enjoy your retirement you earned it.

So glad there were no words exchanged between Tracy and Luke. Hope it was a chance enounter and that Tracy will continue her self-realization/exploration of HERSELF and unshackle herself from her past and go forward with her new-found freedom. At least, that the way I choose to interpret the “leaving” of Tracy AND Jane. So much truer to the character of Tracy Quartermaine as she was presented for at least 35 years out of 40.

Well said, Nancy! The cool thing is that that they left the ending open to interpretation from the viewers. We can create any kind of future in our minds that we want for the one and only Tracy Angelica Quartermaine. This wasn’t the end for her, it was the beginning of the next chapter. Whether that next chapter is with Luke, without Luke. single and on her own living her life, jet setting around the globe, that’s up to us to decide in our minds until the next time we see her again, and I hope that we do. Thanks for a thought provoking post!

I love Luke and Tracy but if they never return, perfect! Their last scene was perfect!

Honestly, I love that Tony Geary came back for a cameo, for his good friend and colleague, Jane Elliot. It was a sweet gesture and I think it was done perfectly (although, I haven’t watched the episode, yet, just reading the commentary above).

I agree, dmr. It was a nice show of support as she took her final curtain. Although, I’m glad they left the window open so that perhaps, down the way, Tracy will at least pay a few visits.

I bet you he ONLY did it for her and took scale. All reports are that he is content in Amsterdam.

I agree Nancy, the silence between Tracy and Luke kept the emphasis on Jane and the magnitude of her departure. We are left with a mystery.

Overall, well done.

Probably the only credible thing he could have said was “SPANKYBUNS!” But I’m just as pleased that he didn’t……

No, it was done perfectly! If there would have been any dialogue then fans would have started speculating about either of their returns. They ended it perfectly.

One of the best episodes I’ve seen in a long time and a fitting tribute for a legend!

Perfect. It was beautiful.

It was inferred that Luke bought the painting. Though, I don’t understand how he would even have the resources to make the purchase. I never cared for the character of Luke. I would have been happy not to see him. A note would have sufficed.

I wish Jane Elliott a wonderful retirement. I will remember her most as GL’s Carrie Todd. It was GL that I tuned in most years. I can admit I started with OLTL and GH. I quit GH when Luke raped Laura. Thus I never saw Tracy’s introduction to GH.

fginaspy .. I was wondering the same thing – where would Luke get the resources to purchase the painting for $60 million? Was wondering if I missed something?

Luke didn’t buy the painting. He just happened to be in the coffee shop.

Where would he get $60 million? He can’t even drop $30 for a decent haircut!

I’m surmising he had a secret stash of “Fluke’s” ill-gotten gains at his disposal? Can anyone say “Swiss bank account?”

Good one Steve!! That is the worst haircut I have ever seen! 🙂

@Shay … Hmmm … I guess a secret stash is a possibility since he was married to Tracey for so many years…..

I usually binge watch the entire week’s worth of GH on the weekend, but I’ve been keeping up this week because I wanted to see Jane’s exit when it aired. I thought it was pretty much perfectly written. Of course there are always little details we would have changed, but overall I have no complaints. The tears were definitely flowing, especially when she walked out the door and then came back for a final hug with Monica, Ned and Dillon.

And then the final scene, everyone has their opinions on Luke and Tracy. I was and still am a huge Luke and Laura fan, but I don’t think you have to be one or the other, cause I also loved Luke and Tracy. So the fact that it was Luke sitting in the coffee house, with a hairstyle on Tony Geary that looks like a man that has fully embraced his retirement, is exactly how I would have ended it. No words were said, and no words needed to be said. I thought it was brilliantly written and a very well done exit.

You made me think, Dan, regarding Tony’s hair. While I admit I kinda yelped a bit out loud when I saw the funky do (and I’m all for funk!)…it still kind of threw me. But I like the way you put it, “man that has fully embraced his retirement.” Great sentiment.

Hey Rebecca, I’m not gonna lie, Tony’s hair startled me a bit at first too, because I’m so used to seeing him with the short hair he had for the past 20 years, lol.

That hairstyle was kind of what you would call a European style. So I took it as Tony is enjoying his retirement in Amsterdam, fully embracing the culture, fully embracing his new life, they called him to do the guest appearance for Jane, which I’m sure he was glad to do, he came in, shot the one scene, where he didn’t even have to say any lines, and then was back out the door and on a plane back to his new life. God bless him, I hope he’s enjoying his retirement. He certainly deserves it, as our beloved Jane does.

LOL…I think most of us got a tad jolted. He certainly made a statement, without uttering a word! 😉

It was good. Could have been better. I’m just going to miss Jane. I’ve watched her work for years. Having worked with her over on The City, I became an instant fan! Her acting style left me in awe! Best to her in retirement and I hope she pops back into GH on occasion for those special anniversary episodes.

Anyone notice;
Luke, that was an old clip of him sitting in a cafe, yes.
If not Tony had work done because he looked quite young, with hair and not a wrinkle lol.
That was not the now 70 something Tony.

Tracy’s goodbye was nice revolving around her loved ones/family.
Their last meal– Pizza!
I will truly miss the lady, I really will miss Jane/Tracy.

Monica will be the next to go. Monica without Tracy, well………………………..

That was him now, su. There’s a pic of him at her goodbye gathering. Same hair! And, lol, he never sported that do in years past.

I saw that picture too. It was Jane, Tony (and his hair), and Frank.

Sad to see her go; but I understand wanting to retire. Sometimes the story lines with the “youngsters” are not as engaging. Bobbie, you can go away again…! AND, I still think that Morgan will be back somehow, shades of Jason…!

I will miss Jane Elliot and her character Tracy Quartermaine. I wish all the best for Ms Elliot in her new life. I felt that the last episode with her was well done. I may be one of the few who hope that if the characters of Tracy and/or Luke are mentioned in the future they are NOT together. He was the love of her life when she was constantly seeking validation and not being true to herself. Now that Tracy has self-esteem and is planning on being true to herself, I feel she would recognize very shortly that Luke isn’t the man for her. She could do better. As far as how Luke looked in the episode, his hair added to the impression of him being a down on his luck homeless person. That’s not saying anything against Tony Geary as an actor, just my impression of his character Luke.

could have done without the Semera storyline – if they were going to bring up an horrendous crime like child trafficking they should have had Tracy use some of the $$ to help stop it – an important subject was used for a storyline when it could have been used for education — shame on the writers for this one. Her farewells were well acted and with class and having Luke sitting there, priceless. A wonderful actor has left GH, never to be duplicated.

I’m sure some fans will be playing Monday night quoterback and giving their Siskel and ebert critique, all I have to say is that I was fine with it, sure I would of love more flashback scenes but then maybe then I would of said to many flashback scenes so that’s how that goes, one highlight was Ned changing his name from Ashton to quatemaine that was a very pleasant surprise, also of note it’s sad that we won’t get to witness what would’ve been one of the coolest pairing with Laura and Tracy, that would’ve been greet to see on screen I hope Laura finds another bff I nominate Anna for that . Goodbye Jane and don’t forget to pay us a visit…

Agree with “coolest pairing” of Laura and Tracy–much too short-lived.

Yes, amen to that, Aria and Nancy! Love the idea about Anna and Laura as the next female “dynamic duo” of GH! Two fantastic legacy characters played by equally amazing ladies! You go, Girls!

I will miss Ms. Eliot, a grand dame! At least they left it open in case she was to return. Great seeing Luke!

I have enjoyed Jane Elliot in daytime and nighttime TV and films for years. I stopped watching GH in 2005; but, had watch her farewell as Tracy Quartermaine. As always, Ms. Elliot knocked it out of the park. I was doing okay until Tracy started explaining her reason for calling everyone together for the brunch. The water works really flowed during her private farewell to Monica and Ned. By the time she rushed back inside to hug Monica, Ned and Dillion, I was a mess.

Thank you Jane Elliot for all the drama, suspense, frustration and laughter you have given all of us fans throughout your remarkable career. Congratulations and welcome to retirement. It’s wonderful. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bravo dear Jane Elliott and wishing you a fabulous retirement! Loved the last hug with your family, especially loved the “defending your life” scenes earlier in the week so crucial to her deep change of heart & del-acceptance, and finally, I like imagining Jane smiling at Tony, then going to sit at her own table to enjoy a coffee by herself!

Self-acceptance (correction).

Not such a bad send off for both Jane and Tracy, imo. She finally found out which values were important to her and acted on them. Maybe a lesson for us all, and not just because were are leaving or retiring. Even if she had to deal with Samira to get there. I could even manage the brief appearances of Tony/Luke, and his probable Amsterdam hair one last time.

The ot cap it off on Thursday with one of the most important things…family. Seems legacy families (and especially the original actors), with all their warts, and ups and downs are important to stories from the Ewings/Dallas, Carringtons/Dynasty to Newmans/Abbotts, etc.

Now we may have the possibility the Q’s have risen from the ashes with Ned’s announcement (and hopefully a real contract that will put his character front and center), plus Olivia and Leo. Wish Michael would change his name back to Quartermaine. And Jason at least become Jason Quartermaine Morgan? As for Kiki, or even Nelle, not sure where they will fit in, but remember Monica was a new girl on the Q block at once, and no angel all of the time.

That reminds me- where is Leslie Webber? I have not seen her on in the longest time and I remember when dear Monica was sleeping with Rick and wasn’t she with Alan at the same time?

Gloria Monty had her killed her off in a car accident after Denise Alexander requested to work fewer days per week (just one less!). I consider it one of the worst decisions that Ms Monty ever made. But of course she hadn’t really died. She returned for the 50th anniversary in 2013. I want to see her more!

.”the Q’s have risen from the ashes with Ned’s (ASHton’s) announcement to change his name to Quartermaine.” ASHton… unintentional… but his last name fits perfectly with your descriptive; if only the writers had known years ago when they gave him that name how apropro/symboic it would have been…

Rebecca…Clever girl!!!

Rebecca, et all…Just an FYI…I’ve been watching The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. It’a running on Hulu. Think you would find it interesting.

Or conversely, some may prefer Hulu’s “Harlots!” It’s a tawdry tale about the brothel biz in Georgian England and features Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay as the top tart—My how the mighty have fallen, from an Earl’s daughter to a courtesan for cash in one-fell miniseries swoop!—but I digress. Merely from an historical standpoint, this show really is a fascinating frolic into the underbelly of a long-lost society….however, it is not for the faint-of-heart! Besides featuring seemingly endless bouts of amoral “amorous activities,” this program also provides ongoing oglings of over-the-hill harridans serving up their careworn wares on the fashion-of-the-time platters!!! Then again, anyone accustomed to viewing GH should feel right at home with the sights in these unseemly environs!

Check out Showtime’s “Billions” Rose. It’s brilliant! Just binged the first two seasons and can’t wait for season three. Damien Lewis and Paul Giamotti…spectacular actors perfectly cast (and a perfect cast that are also spectacular!)

I don’t know, Rose….for me, an Ashton by any other name is still an Ashton!!!!

Shay…Just hoping he’s for real as a Quartermaine. On the other hand, the Q’s have pulled some beaut’s of their own off in the past that weren’t much better than “Lord” Ashton. Bottom line, whether he’s legally a Q or A , Ned’s still part of the Q family one way or another. Just hope the writers see it that way.

Rose, to me, Michael will NEVER be a Q since he reconciled with Sonny after he killed AJ!

Timmm…Good point. This has always bothered me, too, as well as giving baby AJ/Avery back to Sonny.

Ugh, Michael giving Avery back to Sonny got me to quit this show until the Nora/OLTL appearance and now Jane’s exit. The show is much better now than it was in 2015 and I’m semi-hooked again.. we’ll see. I’ve just finished catching up to Jane’s exit and will power through the Nurse’s Ball. The Anna/Chimera story has me interested.. so I might stick around. 🙂

True enough, Rose. I simply couldn’t resist putting a “Shakespearean spin” on my take, especially given your own all-too-apropos name! Honestly, I’ve never been a “TeamNed” person….he’s just not my cup of tea, but neither are the rest of the remaining Quartermaines…I really had high hopes that when Billy Miller’s Jason materialized, he would be more in the mode of a Q than be reprising his all-too-familiar function as Sonny’s go-to-guy, but alas, those wishes were dashed with his lukewarm version of “Stone Cold Morgan.” Quite frankly, in my mind, AJ was and always will be the only genuine heir to the family legacy, and if he is truly well and gone—Will we ever know? Hint, hint…—then it would be a wonderful surprise to discover that during his lengthy European exile, he had actually married and fathered a son, AJ-III. At least that scenario would give an air of progeniture-based legitimacy to the inheritance of the great Quartermaine mantle.

Great episode. Nice to see the Quartermaine house full again though I would have loved tif they included Alice. She played such a large role in her small part at the Q home. I’m in the camp that would have liked to have seen the entire episode devoted to Tracy’s departure, with more flashbacks, etc. but it still moved me to tears. With each character that leaves they take a piece of GH history with them.

Will miss you, Tracy Quartermaine! Fierce character who brought so much personality and emotions to her story.

Jane managed to evoke the viewer’s empathy for a character that could be cold and calculating and yet when unmasked, vulnerable. Loving.

Kudos, Jane! Best wishes for the next chapter in your life though, selfishly, I do hope eventually, for however long, you walk across our GH screen again.

Oh, Alice, YES, instead of trying to prop up Finn and Hayden, UGH! Alice would have been a perfect caveat to add to Jane’s farewell episode!

Yes, dmr…Alice’s long-unexplained absence is but another stain left upon the rich tapestry of GH legacy characters gone missing without proper explanation…Given her status as a fan favorite, she could have at the very least been mentioned at some point if an appearance were truly not possible….How about she’s been successfully touring on the pro-wrestling circuit as “The Dominator?” Works for me!

@dmr…I really miss Alice. She was such a fun character and that house needs some fun! They should be able to have her appear now and then for continuity and to get a sense of the Q dynamic again. It’s going to be a challenge to get the family back since there’ so little of them left. I’m still hoping for another AJ resurrection!

Disappointed on both counts—-that Jane is leaving GH, although I wish her a happy and well-deserved retirement—but even more ticked off with the pitiful Luke cameo. Don’t even have him for anything, if that’s the best you can do.

Anyone know why Hugo Napier did not return as Larry Ashton for the Tracy Q going-away episodes? He was missed.

Well, Charday, I know in the past it was explained that Hugo now runs a very successful business and is basically done with acting save for those few appearances he previously made in Port Charles. Perhaps he was simply too busy to reprise his role as the loutish “Not-a-Lord Larry.” Or else, GH wasn’t willing to cough up enough cash to make it worth his while….

Hi. Thanks for the replies. I didn’t know his backstory. Still, the original Lord Ashton was missed.

There was never ANY mention of it by GH brass or in the soap press/blog. Hugo Napier runs his own business overseas, but came back the last few times FV asked him. Maybe Frank told him how they were permanently going to ruin his character, lol.

Hope Hugo and Bergen Williams (Alice) are doing well. Both were missed in the last month.

You’re welcome, Charday! And yes, the “original recipe” Larry Ashton was indeed missed!

Jane Eliot proved herself the consummate professional right up to the last….Her exquisite style of presentation was never prone to overacting or histrionics—she was simply pure talent and class personified. Her departure as the incomparable Tracy Q hit all the right notes! Kudos to the writers for FINALLY paying tribute to and incorporating the rich history of the Quartermaine clan into this memorable farewell for an unforgettable character. Au revoir, Tracy Angelica Quartermaine….you shall be missed!!!!!

I thought it was excellent. Choked up, seriously. Luke was perfect ending. Thank you.

I echo so many of the comments on how moving and heartfelt the episode was – the part at the Quartermaine mansion. However, I completely disagree with the need for Tony Geary and his fright wig being a part of Tracy’s farewell. In my humble opinion, Tracy is standing on her own for the first time. She is no longer seeking Edward’s love and approval and being used by and/or flocking to the first available guy. Everything was perfect until…wait for it…there’s Luke, the first available guy. Come on now! I want Tracy to go be happy as an independent woman, on her own terms. Just my opinion.

Yes, yes yes.

I’d like to think our independent woman, Tracy, picked up the tab for Luke’s “cuppa,” and perhaps, even threw in a free month’s supply of “space cakes” before going it alone on her own merry way…..

Jane and Tony are good friends and he appeared ONLY because of that!

Understood, Timmmbo, and sobeit, but many our comments are separating the man from the character….we simply don’t care to envision Tracy ending up with Luke, regardless of Jane’s fond friendship with Tony! Two totally different and unrelated propositions there, which is why that highly ambiguous ending was probably the best solution for all involved!

Hope to see sonny and carlee back together. , get rid of brad! ! he stinks!! Dr. Finn and Hayden are also terrible… .. lose them !!bring Jerry jacks and Carlee ‘s Jacks back!!

Hmm I wonder if they had aired this episode with Geary’s hairdo before the Emmys if they would have still won the Emmy for best hair?

They might have won an award for “special effects,” k/kay!!!!!

Still trying to figure out what he was doing but that’s ok let it roll baby roll! Every day now over at the stables riding horses and loving it! Decided it was time to do something for Kay and turn the channel off I have expired the due date on all the soaps wish them well but weary of the same old same old, I truly hope some day they will get their shit together but doubt it

k/kay, hahahahahahahahaha!!! SO funny!

Totally agree with your “assessment,” k/kay, even if I wouldn’t put it quite in the same forthright manner as your refreshingly unvarnished version! But that’s what I’ve always appreciated about you, dear lady, you do speak your mind and unapologetically so! Glad to know that your equine friends have provided you an idyllic escape from life’s dramas…both real and fictional! Take care…and don’t be a stranger!

taking into consideration who the writers are they did give Jane a decent send off..

As for me.
I wanted Luke to come and take Tracy on a great adventure a journey into the unknown, together.
Tracy would have loved that to happen.

Luke should have dumped Tracy and went back to Laura.

Yeah, Laura is such a ball of fun these days!

At this point, I would have rather seen BOTH Laura and Tracy kick that irredeemable reprobate to the curb…he ain’t worth the trouble for either of these fine ladies!!!

When Laura has a fine gentleman like Kevin, why would she take that loser back?

The non-spoken ending was perfect (regardless of the hair) as it let fans who liked the Luke/Tracy pairing imagine an adventure and those who didn’t imagine Tracy exercising her independence and head on her way.

I agree. It was also well done in the sense Laura wasn’t in the scene when their eyes met. When I heard Luke was coming back I wasn’t sure if he literally would be back in Port Charles to leave with her, etc. And since Laura was so present in the last couple of weeks in Tracy’s story, that would have been really upsetting the apple cart (LOL, don’t know where that came from. Never used that expression before!) for Luke and Laura fans if they left together in her presence (even though we know both had moved on years ago).

As for Kevin, he’s such a great character. Not sure what the deal is there. He’s on so rarely that their relationship is more a suggestion than a reality. Either he doesn’t want to commit or they’re not willing to pay him. Shame. They make a great couple and a STABLE couple.

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Should JL be on contract, yes! And a double yes to WK. Given the tight budgets, FV does a decent job of working the vets into meaningful storylines.

I’ve noticed they tend to go in spurts with the recurring characters. Last year, for the CI adventure, Kevin was on a lot. Then we saw Bobbie weekly during the Nell fiasco.

Due to JE’s departure, Monica and Ned were on more last month than they’d been in 10 years! Of course we could’ve done without a couple of days of Samira or imitation Ashton. Now that GF is done with Tracy’s departure, I think we’ll see more of Kevin until Genie leaves on her summer vacation.

When will it be John York’s turn? Mac should be the one who discovers Anna is not quite who she appears to be.

Agree again, Steve. If you read my posts you probably know I, too, love Wally Kurth. As for Mac, I mentioned him on the thread regarding Tracy’s “courtroom” revelation scene. Mac should have been the cop (or the Judge) in that sequence. Horrible that they tossed John York to the side. He was a beloved character (and one of the few really honest/honorable characters) on the canvas.

Luke has always been a responsible family man. Any girl would feel lucky to have him! LOL.

I thought the final episode with Tracey was wonderful.

I’m having a very difficult time getting past Luke /Anthony ‘s ridulous hair

Just finished watching the Tracy exit episodes – good stuff. But as much as I liked the Luke sighting, wished she’d been able to go off into the sunset as her own woman without having to validate it with the presence of Luke.

One small beef – so tired of this show taking every opportunity to trash AJ. Don’t know what Sean Kanan did to these people behind the scenes but geez, whatever it was, they really need to get over it.

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Writers Strike Comes to an End; Leadership Votes To Conclude Work Stoppage

It’s over! After 148 days, the 2023 Writers strike will go down as the second longest in WGA union history, only a labor stoppage in 1988 was longer.

The strike will officially come to end on Wednesday at 12:01am PT.  This was due to a vote from the guild’s leadership that now has authorized its over 11,500 members to return to work.

That means: pitching and selling scripts, taking meetings, responding to notes, writers’ rooms opening up again, and more, can now restart.

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The WGA committee shared that the vote, “Allows writers to return to work during the ratification process, but does not affect the membership’s right to make a final determination on contract approval.” However, WGA East and West voted unanimously to lift the “restraining order” on Tuesday.

As the negotiators shared, the end of the strike doesn’t mean that the tentative agreement that the union reached with producers on Sunday night is a surefire thing: Union members still need to vote to ratify the contract. Union leadership announced on Tuesday that will take place between October 2nd and October 9th.

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However, SAG-AFTRA still remains on strike. So, even with the writers returning to work, many productions can’t move forward without their principal actors and performers.

So soap fans, how do you feel about this news for your favorite shows? Glad that the head writers and their writing teams will be back at work as soon as this week from Days of our Lives, General Hospital, and The Bold and the Beautiful? Y&R’s Josh Griffith, who previously had gone Fi-Core during the 2008 strike, remained at the top rated show during the last several months.

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WGA and AMPTP Reach Tentative Deal to End Writers Strike

Looks like we are close, very close, to the writing teams at your favorite soap operas returning to their jobs with news on Sunday that finally the WGA and AMPTP have reached a tentative deal. What remains is the fine print, and having the WGA vote to ratify their contracts.

This is welcome news to the television, streaming and motion picture industry that after five months of a strike has put the 2023-2024 TV season in deep water.

In a statement, the Writers Guild shared, “We have reached a tentative agreement on a new 2023 MBA (Minimum Basic Agreement), which is to say an agreement in principle on all deal points, subject to drafting final contract language. We can say, with great pride, that this deal is exceptional — with meaningful gains and protections for writers in every sector of the membership.”

As the deal goes through its final stages, the writers are still technically on strike, but picketing outside studios and shows has now been suspended.

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Among the writers’ demands that they fought for are: higher residuals from streaming shows, minimum staff sizes to prevent the use of “mini rooms” and protections from the use of AI.  The hope within the entertainment industry is that the new deal for the WGA will move along a new contract for SAG-AFTRA (actors) with the AMPTP.  As of Monday, SAG-AFTRA is still on strike.

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As for your favorite soap operas, during the strikes, the shows were written by non-union writers or “fi-core” writers who gave up their union benefits in order to continue working.

The next steps in process will see the WGA negotiating committee vote on “whether to recommend the agreement and send it on to the WGAW Board and WGAE Council for approval,” tentatively scheduled for Tuesday.  Another vote by the board and council could lift the strike “restraining order”and allow scribes to “return to work during the ratification vote”.

So, are you happy to know that the writing teams from your favorite soaps are about to return to work and helm the scripts and the vision of the shows? Comment below.

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General Hospital Alum Richard Simmons ‘Not Interested’ In Biopic with Pauly Shore Portraying Him

Former General Hospital guest star and fitness guru, the reclusive Richard Simmons, has come forward and addressed actor and comedian, Pauly Shore’s wish to play the 70’s and 80’s pop culture icon in a biopic about his life.

Shore previously took to social media and on X shared a side-by-side of him and Simmons. Accompanying the post, Pauly expressed: I’ve noticed the reactions to me playing #RichardSimmons in a biopic. I heard he’s living in Big Bear. We’ve been playing phone tag (yes, he has a phone). I’m trying to make it happen, you guys. In the meantime, hit up all the big producers. I’ll see you at @TheAcademy 2025!”

However, TMZ’s sources are reporting on Saturday that Simmons is not in favor of Shore playing him in a film or anyone else, or any biopic on his life.

The outlet shared that Richard’s reaction was that he was aware of the effort behind a biopic, mostly spear-headed by Pauly. but that he just doesn’t want to be involved. Simmons also added that he likes Pauly a lot, but he’s not biting, despite the public’s urging on social media about the idea of a movie on his life.

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Born Milton Teagle “Richard” Simmons, he became part of the public conscious back in the 70’s and 80’s with exercise studios and the ability to help his clients lose weight; many of them were celebrities. Simmons himself, admitted to at one time to being overweight, and getting into fitness helped him maintain a healthy living style and he wanted to help others.

Later, he began a four-year recurring run on General Hospital playing himself from 1979-1983.  Simmons returned to the show in 2013 for the Nurses’ Ball to taunt Lucy (Lynn Herring). He also was host of the Emmy-award winning, The Richard Simmons Show, which focused on personal health, fitness, exercise, and healthy cooking.  Over the last several years, Simmons has withdrawn from public life.

What would you think of a Richard Simmons biopic and if it included some moments in front of the camera and behind the scenes of what went down when he appeared on GH? Do you think it will ever happen given Simmons current position on the matter? Let us know in the comment section.

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