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General Hospital's Head Writer Ron Carlivati & Cast Member Jason Thompson Express Thoughts On The Exit Of Anthony Geary!

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This morning news traveled like wildfire after an exclusive interview was posted at TV Insider where now eight-time Daytime Emmy winner Anthony Geary revealed he is leaving his iconic role of Luke Spencer on General Hospital at the end of his current contract this June.  Geary related he felt that he had now completed everything he wanted to with the character after 37 years in the role.

After Twitter was abuzz with the news, leaving many longtime fans of the series and the soap genre devastated (even though it was highly expected Geary might leave the ABC soap opera), two important men currently working on General Hospital, series head writer Ron Carlivati and the Daytime Emmy nominated actor Jason Thompson (Patrick), shared their thoughts via social media on having the opportunity to have worked with the talents of Geary.

Ron Carlivati tweeted: “It’s been an honor & a privilege to write for Anthony Geary & Luke Spencer. We’re taking them both on a hell of a ride before he goes… #GH”

Jason Thompson tweeted:  “The opportunity to work with a legend like Tony Geary, to learn from him, to consider him a friend..beyond anything you hope for as an actor. I don’t think any one person is as big as the show itself.. But if one person is close..It’s this man. #TonyGeary. The honor is ours. #GH”

What do you think about what Carlivati previewed in his tweet? With Laura (Genie Francis) on her way back to the series, will the long time iconic duo say a final goodbye to one another?   What did you think about the admiration Thompson and other GH cast members have for Tony Geary? Comment below!

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Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

I dont think u will see any Luke and Laura, hes made it clear thats in the past. It will be Luke and his Spanky.

Harry
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Harry

I think you’re wrong. I do think Laura will be part of his exit strategy. I am not suggesting that Luke and Laura will be reunited because they most probably will not.
However, she is an integral part of his past, and therefore, part of his present and hence, his future.

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

It will be more on Lulu and Traci, less on Laura. She isnt his future.

Fanny
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Fanny

I agree with HARRY. Show the past the respect it deserves so
the future can be ushered in the same fashion.
My HOPE is for a Laura & Stephen reunion , their second act…
Lulu, Nik, Rocco and Especially Spencer, could only benefit
from Laura’s loving /compassionate nature.

P.S. And if Jonathan & Nathan pop in to say HELLO,all the better…

Harry
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Harry

Eileen, I did not say Laura was his future but she will be part of his exit story line as will Traci. I am not sure why folks keep getting mixed up on this concept as it is very simple.
Traci most likely will not be part of his future either as Jane is staying on.
Fanny, would love to see JJ and Nathan again. I would also love Robert Scorpio to have a few exchanges with his old mate, Luke. Now those two enjoyed a classic bromance.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Agreed, Harry. Most of us think that’s what it looks like. Whether Laura leaves at the same time as he remains to be see. But, there will not be a Luke and Laura.

Ren
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Ren

I just don’t get why so many people are acting like this is the worst thing to ever happen to General Hospital.

It’s not like he has been on the show consistently for 37 years like Erika Slezak was on One Life to Live for 41 years.

Luke was off the show from 1983 to 1993 and if memory serves me correct, the show spent half of that time period as the No. 1 soap and a lot of folks have fantastic memories of that era (Frisco and Felicia, Anna and Duke, etc.). This show will not suffer without him.

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

I liked reading Michael Logan’s interview. But, I skipped over the part where he described how he thought Luke would exit, because I just want to watch the whole thing unfold. Geary has really done some great work this past year. If this is how he exits GH, I think he should be satisfied that he is going out still at the top of his game. I hope his 3rd act brings him a lot of fulfillment and peace. Hopefully, he’ll sneak on to some PBS productions in a great character role and surprise me.

Mama
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Mama

There’s a large contingency of us “General Hospital” fans whom are thrilled to see him leaving.

Luke has been a miserable, miserable character for a good ten to twelve years now.

Don
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Don

I have to admit, I wasn’t that crazy about him for sometime with 3 month vacations. But to give the devil his due, he was spectacular in his last big story line that he just wrapped up.

Neva
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Neva

L&L have children together they have always respected each other. Of course Laura should be a part of him leaving. That being said it don’t have to mean they walk off in the sunset together. Whatever they do will pull at our heart strings.

su0000
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su0000

Putting Luke and Laura together after decades have passed, is crazy.. The magic would be long behind them,.. Luke fell in love with Tracy, it needs to be Tracy.. anyways; Luke has been somewhat of a loner and should leave alone, that would be befitting.. Luke and Laura are 80’s has been, too much time has passed, it would be meaningless.. I know all who saw the couple decades ago, live in lala-land over them, but they are no longer a viable couple, they have been apart way too long, in love with other people, lived their lives without each… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Amen! Laura will probably only be on short term and Tracy will possibly find someone else? Luke will probably go on some kind of a spiritual journey.

Harry
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Harry

Sigh. Su00, I truly do not mean to single you out because you’re not the only one who is expressing the sentiment that Luke and Laura cannot be reunited. Even us old Luke and Laura fans don’t think it’s going to happen nor should it happen so I am tired of hearing folks rant about the past being the past when no one is suggesting otherwise. What I think and should happen is Laura will be present while Luke goes through the backward journey which involves exploration of his own self. These two are still magic together and their final… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Timm, I think Genie is not short term. I heard secondhand that she said at some fan function that she would no longer agree to come back to GH on a short term status.
I think Laura will have some kind of closure with Luke and both she and Traci will be Lukeless. I think the two of them should become business partners.
God knows they’ve been in the Luke trenches and lived to tell about it.

su0000
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su0000

awww Harry, it’s always a pleasure exchanging with you..
I can understand how the watchers of Luke and Laura back in the day would be sentimental.
but-
Laura, to me and possibly a million others do not know Laura..
Laura left GH in 1987…

All who started watching GH after 1987, would not care or feel the sentiments of the ones who were fans of Luke & Laura at that time..
Still, we will all cry together ….. when Luke walks into the sunset 🙁

Fanny
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Fanny

HARRY,
The sentimentality behind your words touched my heart…

ruph waters
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ruph waters

Well said, hope the writers go this route.. anything else would be ridiculous

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

No, no, NO! This is a soap, this isn’t realism. If ANY soap couple should ride off into the sunset together, it is Luke and Laura. She is, and always has been, his “angel”. It isn’t that long ago they renewed their vows. I couldn’t care less what Tony Geary says, the show has abided by his wishes too many times, with disastrous results (making Ethan Luke’s kid resulted in Holly having cheated on Robert at a time we all believed they were blissfully happy together. Not to mention Luke&Laura were blissfully happy as well. And then the show tried… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

First of all, some loves never die. Which is why, even in “real life” we hear of people in their 80 s, widows and widowers, finding their high school sweethearts. So this statement that it was decades ago means nothing, when it comes to love. IF Luke and Laura still loved each other and reunited, it would be perfectly believable and realistic. With that said, the only reason I don’t want or see a romantic reunion between Luke and Laura is because of the love and bond between Luke and Tracy. Though they didn’t capture the hearts and TV ratings… Read more »

abruzzfan
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abruzzfan

I agree su!

Margie
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Margie

Message from La-la land, this Luke and Laura fan thinks Genie could bring it if it’s written, but I want more for her than the disappointing old curmudgeon. I want more for Tracy too. I both women get a beautiful story. I think I already said goodbye to Luke about five years ago.

Timmm
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Timmm

This news is so big. I tried to tell people who had a problem with the Fluke story to concentrate more on the actor and less on the story. I knew this day was sooner than later and I enjoyed every scene Mr. Geary was in. Yes the Fluke story has holes but the black and white episode cleared up some of his behavior and we have all summer to understand more of what has been going on in Lukes head. As for the holes in the story or the dots that dont connect, leave it go and enjoy this… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Timm, the Fluke story left a bad aftertaste with me. I am hoping his exit strategy will wash out that aftertaste and remind us all of why we fell in love with Luke in the first place.
I think it’s going to be good.
I want to be sad that he’s leaving–I don’t want to be one of those people who say,”Don’t let the door hit ya!”

Fanny
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Fanny

Harry, A HOME RUN! On every post.
You’re putting the rest of us to shame.

Neva
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Neva

I agree with you Harry. I look at it this way Tony is a great actor and not matter what story he does he makes you believe it. You don’t have to like what Luke has done but Luke is not Tony. I love nothing better then to watch this man act. He sure deserved that Emmy.

People should not get Tony mixed up with a role he plays.

Fanny
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Fanny

Timm, the last line in your post was perfectly stated.

Heath
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Heath

Since Jane Elliot is not leaving the show, Luke and Tracy are not ending up together. It would be nice for Laura to save Luke and they reunite, even if the saving is now his mental state. Jane and Tracy hopefully have more years and story to come, and another love interest for Tracy too!

kelly
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kelly

Except that Genie Francis has said that she want to agree to come back to GH on short term status anymore. So how can Luke and Laura reunite as Tony Geary is leaving.

LIsa
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LIsa

Luke and Laura aren’t exiting together. We still don’t know if or when Genie starts filming. Both actors have stated that Luke and Laura’s romance has been over for a long time. It would be nice if they shared a scene before Tony leaves.

kelly
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kelly

I’m not surprised that Tony Geary is leaving GH after 37 years. I recall reading somewhere that he hasn’t been happy with Luke’s story lines for years. I think a large part of the problem is that Tony Geary never thought of Luke Spencer as ever having children. And he certainly never thought of Luke being permanently tied to a house. If Tony had his way it would have just been Luke and Laura as happy wanderers. Then there’s the issue of Tony’s back surgeries. Not to mention flying back and forth between LA and Amsterdam. I can see how… Read more »

Sam
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Sam

Genie has already started filming. It would be nice to let Laura stand in the mental hospital all of sound mind and in her full power and glory and watch as Luke is strapped down on a gurney in his crazed mental state and wheeled off into eternity to be locked up in some sanatorium. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

Maybe they will go out in the sunset together. That would be good if that would happen because they have been threw the years a big chunk of GH . That would be a good ending for these two loved characters. I wish him well.

The Substitute
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The Substitute

Knock Knock Knockin on Genoa City’s Door!

Karen
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Karen

All Luke and Laura fans want is a decent ending to the greatest love story of all time. In the past years, Luke has lost the humor and the edginess that we grew to love–he has gone too dark. I have been a fan of Tony/Genie’s since they started.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

You got that right, Karen!

aria
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aria

oh for crying out loud, Genie and Tony will share many scenes together, and No the characters will not end up together, nor will he end up with Tracy. OK, geez, now everyone is playing writer for the show. its not going to be a fairy tale good bye, Luke and Laura are not going to ride into the sunset, i’m sure they will have the characters resolve whatever issues they have, and they will promise to always love each other for the sake of their children etc etc etc, and then luke will do the same with Tracy. i’m… Read more »

Kevin
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Kevin

Yes, Laura & Luke will interact before he leaves – sentimentally so & as magical as they ever have in the past. I wonder: will this leave Tracy with some direction again, e.g., to vie for control again of ELQ?; will Lucky also make a special visit to see Luke off the canvas??

janet
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janet

Tony ‘s ego has ruined Luke for me. They and he turned him into a murdering fool. with no sorrow. TG don’t let the door hit you where the good lord split you. Genie welcome back. I hope FrankenRon are not dumb enough to bring her back and destroy her again. I liked L&L together for a while but I like Genie sooo much better than Tony. TIIC have given Tony all he wanted, Jane, drinking , dark and dangerous , ran over Jake and wouldn’t admit he is a drunk, or was wrong. Left Lulu in a brothel, wouldn’t… Read more »

The Substitute
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The Substitute

Just know tons of people out there agree with you I was done in 2013 with comparing their relationship to a sweatshirt.

Blake
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Blake

I hope that with Luke gone Laura is back for good. I think she will help send him off the show but she will stay after that.

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

I think Laura will be a part of his exit but not the focus of it. One thing is sure, he is going out on his own terms. Good for him.

downtownla
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downtownla

I may be in the minority here but I have always preferred Laura with Scotty, even during the hey day of Luke and Laura. Laura and Scotty were first loves that the Spencer siblings tried to destroy. I was very happy to see them (Laura and Scott) back to get on one of her recent returns. I still think there’s more to explore between those two.

sandie
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sandie

I realize Luke is a beloved character and I do applaud his work as of late,,,,BUT,,,I watched the Daytime Emmy’s and I will say that I was absolutely appalled by the arrogance he had on stage with Jeannie Francis,,,he looked as if he could just chew his arm off with her beside him,,,that in my honest opinion,,was the most disgusting additude I’ve ever seen. The Luke and Laura made him a household name and for his behavior around her is completely appalling,,,,, so,,the sooner Luke goes bye bye,,the better,,good ridance.

su0000
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su0000

Luke and Laura were not together on GH after Ginie left in 1987 for a reason.. Tony did not want to be tied to her and her to him . Life goes on and moves on for actors, they are actors not a real couple.. They are individuals and did not want to be known as a pair.. They both had to move on with their careers as individuals, not being a half of Luke and Laura.. At the Emmys luke and Laura felt and looked forced together, very stiff, but very gracious .. their magic is long long.. they… Read more »

sandie
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sandie

I did not sat they were a couple in real life,,,I was making a statement on his behavior,,,like it or not,,the Luke and Laura story made him who he is today,,at least show the woman respect. She was very gracious towards him,,,bye bye Luke

Deborah Henderson
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Deborah Henderson

Luke has two sons out there, to spend time with and have an old fashioned Spencer adventure with. One that may include Laura. I still see Laura as his soul mate. But he did have other important women in his life like Holly and Red.

dawnhaze
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dawnhaze

It didn’t surprise me much that Tony Geary was retiring. He has taken longer and more often vacations in the last few years.

What bothers me right now is them shooting and (hopefully not) killing off Duke. I love him and Anna together. Hopefully the writers will reconsider and not let him die.

Christy
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Christy

I figured that seeing how Luke’s jail sentence was changed to going to a mental treatment facility, perhaps Laura is coming back to see if he can go to her treatment facility.

Christy
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Christy

I hope the flashbacks / Luke memories of all these years on GH, lasts a lot longer than a couple of minutes. Dig up all that old footage! All the women he was involved with – remember that he was with Felicia for awhile – even when Faison had them together as hostages (Luke had tried to free Felicia, and caught himself); remember when Alexis had a crush on him; Holly and Tracy of course… the Laura(s). his kids when they were little; all the Luke & Laura fleeing and sailing back into Port Chuck with Lucky in that cadillac.… Read more »

oldschmoople
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oldschmoople

I think If there was enough time Luke should be convicted and sentenced to death and Laura can sit in as his last wish so she is the last face he sees before he dies Epic !

Neva
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Neva

I am so sad to see him leave. But we must do what we need to. I wish him the very best.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Comes Home as Jason and Carly Begin Their Wedding Night

Monday’s episode of General Hospital continued to set the stage for major payoffs in the long and winding road tale of everyone in Port Charles believing Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) is dead.

Only now, with his memory in tact, Sonny is very much alive, no longer living as “Mike” in Nixon Falls. and back in the town which he ruled as the mob kingpin.  Problem is: his wife, Carly (Laura Wright) just got married to his best friend, Jason (Steve Burton) and they are about to have their first night together as newlyweds.  And without all the subplot and subtext, Sonny has no idea that they were first brought together to be a united front to save Sonny’s territory from the ‘Five Families’.  Only now, the two have admitted they truly are in-love with each other.

In story, after the bomb that went off was proven to kill mobsters Buscema and Novak, and not its intended target – the newlyweds – thanks to a double-cross from Ms. Wu – Jason, Carly, and Ms. Wu discuss Cyrus Renault’s (Jeff Kober) involvement and that Wu is happy for Jason and Carly.

 

At the wedding reception, Michael (Chad Duell) gives a touching speech about his mom and Jason and gives the official toast.  Later, Jason and Carly head out after Carly throws the bouquet which Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) catches.

Meanwhile, back in Nixon Falls, Sonny gets out of dodge and away from Nina (Cynthia Watros), thanks to Jax’s (Ingo Rademacher) plane, while Nina gets a visit from Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) and Anna (Finola Hughes), where she admits that Peter (Wes Ramsey) was in Nixon Falls, and caused the fire, and is going to go after Maxie (Kirsten Storms) and the baby.  She does not tell them what she did keeping Sonny away from his family for 9 months.

Anna and Peter split up to find Peter, and Peter’s exit ride hasn’t show up yet to get him out of Nixon Falls, so Anna catches him, gun drawn.

Later at the Corinthos home, Jason and Carly are alone together in the bedroom with wedding night jitters, but Jason says there is no rush as the two kiss, just as Sonny arrives home, smiles, looks around, sees photos of himself with Carly and the family, and heads upstairs!

Will Sonny find the two in each others arms and not tell then he is alive?  Will something call him away? Will Jason and Carly have sex? When will Nina get payback for all that she has done to Carly and Sonny?  Will Peter get away from Anna? Let us know your theories in the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Tells Nina He Knows Exactly Who He Is; Jason & Carly’s Wedding Comes to an Explosive Conclusion

Is it game over for Nina Reeves (Cynthia Watros), or does she have another trick up her sleeve to keep Sonny (Maurice Benard) to herself, now that he remembers who is he?

On Friday’s dramatic episode of General Hospital, “Mike” looks to be gone and Sonny has come back in full force complete with a super hero moment escaping from being trapped underneath the beam that had fallen on top of him inside the burning Tan-O.  Sonny makes his escape after inhaling so many fumes, that he needs medical attention and is rushed to the hospital with Nina going along with him.

Inside the hospital, once given the all clear, Phyllis (Joyce Guy) tells Nina, “Mike” is asking for her, while Jax (Ingo Rademacher) pleads to let the doctors handle this situation.  But, Nina heads inside the room to see Sonny.  Then came the dramatic moment that many GH fans were waiting for.  As Nina calls him “Mike, he rips off his oxygen mask in anger and says that his name is Sonny and he remembers everything!  Nina does a pivot, knowing she is caught, and says the name may have have been a fake one, but they cannot deny the way they feel about each other.  She tells him that she honestly loves him and Sonny defiantly tells her NOT to say that.  Meanwhile Jax confirms to Phyllis that Nina always knew that “Mike” was Sonny and hid it from her and Sonny for months!

Back in Port Charles, Jason (Steve Burton) and Carly’s (Laura Wright) wedding comes to a conclusion! No one interrupts the wedding and the two look lovingly at each other to start their new life together as husband and wife.

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After the ceremony, mobsters Ms. Wu, Vincent, and Charles have a moment where she says “be wary of tomorrow”.  Jason and Carly have a moment alone where Jason looks truly in love with Carly now and all of those feelings he had buried for years have now come back to the surface. How will this all play out when Sonny comes back into everyone’s lives, alive and well?

After the reception had ended, Jason and Carly get in their limo to drive away as newlyweds.  She asks Jason what Ms. Wu whispered in his ear at the reception, he says she confirmed something he already knew.  Meanwhile, Vincent and Charles get in their limo.  Charles shares the world is about to be a better place without Carly and Jason in it.

Next, Carly tells the driver to start the car, and we see a bomb device under a car and the chapel blown up as the show comes to its conclusion.

Our bet is that the Novak/Buscema car was blown to bits, not Jarly’s limo thanks to a Wu double-cross, but we shall see next week! Great performances from Maurice Benard, Cynthia Watros, Laura Wright, and Steve Burton throughout this one.

So, what did you think of the moment Sonny told Nina he remembered who he is? What did you think of Jason and Carly’s nuptials? What do you think will happen next? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Remembers Carly Just as She Is Marrying Jason

After nine months of being “Mike”, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) had a major breakthrough as his memory is all coming back to him now (as the Celine Dion song says), and in the process the Tan-O has burned to the ground, signaling the the probable end to the Nixon Falls arc of the story.

As the story picked-up on Thursday, Nina’s (Cynthia Watros) plot to keep Sonny for herself and away from Carly majorly backfired on her.  Not only does Phyllis (Joyce Guy) now know that Nina lied about “Mike’s” identify the entire time, but Peter August (Wes Ramsey) is running wild and free heading back to Port Charles to claim his baby and Maxie (Kirsten Storms), after setting fire to the building.

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Since “Mike” ran in to save Nina and got hit by a beam in the process, he is alone in the burning Tan-O enveloped by flames, but that triggers the beginning of his memory coming back.

Meanwhile, back in Port Charles, Jason (Steve Burton) and Carly (Laura Wright) are at their wedding, with the five family mob bosses present with a plot of their own and everyone wondering if Jarly will say “I do'”.    The two light a candle together for those loved ones no longer with them … ah, Sonny!

Back the burning Tan-O, Sonny is visited by the vision of the real Mike (Max Gail) who tells him it’s time for him to go home now.  A conflicted Sonny tells Mike he is very happy in Nixon Falls with Nina, but Mike tells him he needs to know his past in order to move forward.  When Sonny has flashes of his violent past it frightens him, and he says whatever family he has is better off without him in their lives.

Jax (Ingo Rademacher) tries to text Maxie while still in Nixon Falls with Nina to watch out for Peter, but she is attending and managing Carly and Sonny’s wedding, so she doesn’t pick up the phone!

Inside the Tan-O, Sonny sees a vision of woman, who when she turns and faces him is Carly. While Sonny is lying on the floor and is engulfed in flames and trapped, Mike tells Sonny he can die as “Mike” or live on as the man he truly is, Sonny.  It is then Sonny calls out “Carly!”

So, what did you think of the episode? Do you think Carly and Jason will get married? Will Sonny tells Nina he remembers? What will Nina’s next move be? Are you glad Sonny seems to have his memory back? The episode featured another strong performance by Maurice Benard.  Share your thoughts below.

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