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Genie Francis To Continue On General Hospital After Luke's Exit Storyline!

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Courtesy/TimesColumnist

From the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, it looks like icon Genie Francis (Laura Spencer) will be staying put at General Hospital past the exit storyline of Anthony Geary! (Luke Spencer).

Many long time fans of Genie’s have been hoping that her appearance this summer to conclude Geary’s 37-year-run would be longer … and it looks like they are getting their wish! Francis admitted to SOD when discussing her return that reunites Luke and Laura one last time for one last adventure together, “I’ll be there for that, but I’ll also be there for the fall.”

As for exploring more of what’s been going on with Laura … the talented actress related: “I would love that, because I’ve spent most of the last decade off-camera, and for awhile, Laura was just a wig (Laughs).”

So, are you glad to hear there will be more Genie on GH? What story would you like to see the powers-that-be explore with the character sans Luke? Share your thoughts below!

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Blake
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Blake

Good news, I was afraid they were going to have her leave with Luke. Smart move GH.

Sal
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Sal

Michael and Blake, yes great news love Genie…..She is the best news for awhile on GH so fans please give her a great response so she willl stay on for good.

Lellingw
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Lellingw

I’m so glad but I do want Lyke and Laura to romance each other again. I’d love Tristan to come back for her next romance. Sounds like TG is pretty much done taping and the end is rushed. He doesn’t seem to connecting much with anyone right now. Tracy seems to be doing it instead!

Beth
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Beth

In 1981, Luke and Laura went through a phase where Luke didn’t want Laura but he didn’t want anyone else having Laura either. Laura showed her independence and Luke found a new appreciation for her…especially when Robert Scorpio came around and took Laura out to lunches and dinners, etc. I loved that jealous Luke. Early 1981 “sticky door era” was my favorite story line. I would love for us to learn Laura is and has been dating a dashing older gentleman for a few years and Luke becomes jealous again. What a fantastic twist it would be if the dashing… Read more »

Terri
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Terri

I am so looking forward to Laura being in Port Charles! Now the writers need to find her a good man!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

AMEN! AMEN! AMEN! … although I want Luke and Laura to finally be one again and walk happily into the sunset (preferably not in an induced coma or frozen or under cover of feigned death).

carole
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carole

I hope she stays a lot longer to set nick back on the right track and to reopen her crisis center of teens at gh.

carole
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carole

Lol for teens not of teens

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

Will she be Laura or a fake Flaura…lol…no, not that Laura, Scott, Bobbi triangle from the late 70s…todays version would have Bobbi drugging Scotts geritol and having a forklift to get him off the floor and onto her bed…lol

davlestev1
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davlestev1

More lost mayoral ballots as she becomes the new now you see her now you don’t character.. With Luke gone pit her against Tracy for a new man’s attention.. Mature love rivals makes for a compelling story in the afternoon in the right hands.. as we all know… make them the new Rick Lesley Alan Monica.. YEARS OF STORY.. AND BRING BACK BRITT…

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

Yes…bring back Britt!!!

Jeremy
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Jeremy

YES, Bring Back THE BRITCH!!!

shrona
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shrona

I agree about bringing back Britt- and a cool guy in Tracy’s age group to sweep her off her feet (because cougar stories re getting old) Can we drag Bob Woods (ex-Bo, One Live To Live) out of retirement? He can’t BE Bo, because Bo is still with Nora (and there’s that whole Prospect Park legal mess) but some kind of Bo-ish cool guy to match wits with the talented Jane Elliot….wouldn’t THAT be cool! And one more thing- I LOVED Tracy and Sabrina commiserating today.

Shay
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Shay

Touche’, davlestev1!!!! Britt’s departure has left a still-gaping hole in the GH canvas….the young females that remain are so lame and uninteresting….who is there to provide allure and attract attention? No contemporary of KT’s character can even come close to making the impact that she did! The “Britch” was ferocious, compelling and wickedly funny! Instead of her striking presence were are left with the underwhelming likes of nuKiki, Sappy, Val-Chops and Grossalie. Slim pickings, indeed!!!!!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

I can think of another medication Scotty might need to maintain any sort of triangle! 🙂

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

Me could use it too…lol

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Naughty, James….LOL.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Jimh and CeeCee: I couldn’t resist… 🙂 Maybe the Jacks on Y&R can lend him some…

Aden
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Aden

Jim you are hilarious and awesome!!

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

Thank you!!!…ive read many of your comments and i think you are pretty awesome too!!!

Harry
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Harry

HA! Jim!
How bout Flora (for a play on words involving flowers)?
In any case, good news.
I just wish the writing was there. Sadly, it is not and they use Laura’s return to foist Nina’s people and stories on us the same week of Laura’s return.

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

Yes…Nina The Story Killer really hurt Laura’s return…Nina’s scenes put me in a coma…lol

Shay
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Shay

Hallelujah to that thought, Harry!!! Whilst I was delighted to see the magnificent Donna Mills return to kith and kin—and I don’t mean Shriner—- in her always amusing encounters with your personal fave, Swiss Sis, Liesl, I have to note that other than that giddily delightful little slice of soap opera heaven, I found this week to be a nauseating potpourri of far too much ado about many nobodies and nothings. Despite being led to expect an explosive return of the historically better-half of the legendary Luke, what we received instead was an afterthought of a tidbit regarding Laura’s mysterious–and… Read more »

Aria
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Aria

Your not that off remember she was comotose for years . GH miss the ball on the fluke storyline if they would’ve brought Laura back sooner it could’ve a better storyline considering Laura liked her step dad! She had more in common with Luke then anyone else.

Aria
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Aria

“Killed her step dad”

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

I sooooo agree with you Aria…Laura shouldv’e returned months ago…..it wouldv’e made the Fluke story far more interesting!!!

shrona
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shrona

LOL jimh! She could also rip off her face and actually be Britt (who learned the art of mask-making from her dear old dad) OR she could lose her memories of the past 35 years and flash back to L&L’s return from Beecher’s Corners…..”Of COURSE I’m still Mrs. Scott Baldwin! Where IS Scotty?” OR she could open up a combination NutriSystem franchise and gym with Richard Simmons! the possibilities are endless….

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

lol Shrona…i vote for all of them!!!

Lellingw
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Lellingw

Beechers Corners and Fascination should be on the menu. Would love Rise to be played too.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I am so happy to hear Laura is staying on the canvas for awhile. I would like to see Laura have a meaningful career (Private Eye maybe) and interact with her relatives and the citizens of PC in general. Love Laura and Genie Francis!

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

I just hope they do a better job than they do with other vets like Monica, Mac and Felicia just to name a few…maybe Lucy can remind her of that business venture they were planning during her last visit?

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I forgot about the spa/cosmetic venture with Lucy. I would love to see that.

john
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john

sounds like at least a 6 month gig

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Totally, john. my thoughts exactly, too! I’ll TAKE it. Of course, I will be greedy, I want more of Genie/Laura, but it does sound like she striked a 6-month deal. This is still good news, I’m grateful. Genie is such a gem. Laura has so much more story to be told.

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

Ive never been a big Laura fan mostly because the writing has always had her sick. Maybe if she were to help Nicholas see the error of his ways ???

Lellingw
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Lellingw

Watch the episodes on YouTube. You won’t believe how good GH used to be. Laura was great.

Rose
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Rose

And she would be great for Spencer, too. He can get a little out of control.

Fanny
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Fanny

Laura will finally come into her own given the right storyline… Very pleased
she’s given the opportunity to stick around.. Hope to see Laura & Tracy put
their “Luke” differences behind them. No SCOTTY, in her future‼️please.
Perfect timing for Stephen Nichols to come back on board. Let’s make
this go around interesting QUARTERMAINS VS. CASSADINES

tori
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tori

Yes,it’s time to bring Stefan back into the picture. Stephen Nichols could play both roles on Days and GH if he continues on Days. Laura needs the real Stefan back not the bad doppleganger Helena I believe created. Have Laura rescue him after being held captive by Helena all these years and together they help Nikolas. I love the teen center idea,they could be a powerhouse to reckon with and he truly loved her and encouraged her to live her dream. Stephen & Genie have tremendous chemistry and they should finally have the romance they were cheated of from years… Read more »

Fanny
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Fanny

With Richard / Paul now in the picture… And of course bringing back
little Jake, it probably won’t go our way. As long as Genie gets her fair
share I’ll be satisfied.

Marc
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Marc

Last straw for me 🙁 The track to lead back to general hospital roots is slamming the door on the scraps that were left for OLTL fans . Adios GH . Thanks for doing what you could with what you had Ron and Frank 🙂

me3
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me3

No disrespect but if the last straw for you is bringing back a character who made and saved GH, as well as changed the game for all soaps, then you shouldn’t be watching anyway. I was an OLTL fan, too. But this is General. Hospital.

Ghfan
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Ghfan

Huh???

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I do not think, Marc, that Genie was brought back to either revive or save GH. The soap is doing fine, from my perspective. As me3 states, I was an avid OLTL fan, also……I still mourn that show……so, “watcha talkin’ ’bout, Willis?”. For those of us who do not “know” Laura, do not think in terms of salvaging anything but Luke’s situation. She was obviously a main ingredient within GH’s cast. But, so were many others, who left their mark on the show. Furthermore, I don’t know if I am reading you correctly. I had to read your comment a… Read more »

Justin
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Justin

GREAT NEEEEWWWWWSSSS!!!!!!

Debbie Harris
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Debbie Harris

Glad Genie Francis will be sticking around at GH after TG’s exit! Last time she was on GH they gave her absolutely Nothing to do. The woman has acting chops, let her use them! One way to do that would be to let her slap some sense into her newly transformed meanie son Nicholas!

Joanne Vavala
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Joanne Vavala

I’m so glad Laura is back. I hate to see Luke leave the show.

carol
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carol

I hope they style her a lot better than when she was on Y&R.

Timmm
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Timmm

She looks great and I am happy she is staying around as long as she has a story and not just there to dress up Kellys or babysit. And PLEASE have her find someone new to love. She may be middle age but she is not DEAD! Luke is gone and they were history awhile back. Scotty, I love Scotty but he is a buffoon and Laura could and should do better than that! I would LOVE to see her and Franco together. Those two actors would be dynamite and how pissed would Scotty be that his son is dating… Read more »

The Substitute
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The Substitute

She will be involved with Nic’s story to take over ELQ! She only agreed to come back if their was other story besides TG’s exit not everybody loves everybody they work with no love lost between Geary and Fracis and that is ok with me I sure as heck have not been crazy with everybody I have worked with and vice versa I am sure!

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

Ur correct but the massive Luke and Laura fanfollowing dont get that AG and GF really dont care much about each other. They just go on and on about reuniting them. Not happening, people.

me3
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me3

Lol! Do you know how many screen couples don’t get along behind the scenes? Majority of them. This has nothing to do with their characters. Tony and Genie are paid to act and this is the last hoorah. They better put them together or all we’ve known about soap opera couples for the last 40 years is a lie.

Tracy
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Tracy

Love it!!!! Great news!!! Laura needs a real story and a real leading man besides Luke and Scotty. Heck, she could even make Sonny likeable.

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

Laura was the reason I started watching GH when I was young. But, the problem is she is not trained to do anything. I can’t even remember the last time she was portrayed as having a full-time job. GH is littered with trained professionals and mobsters. The older women on the show when Laura was running off with Luke were portrayed as doctors and hospital administrators, which was progressive in the 70’s. If Laura is going to stay, she can’t just be a busybody mother. She has to be shown making a living & not just living at Windermere. This… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

Add Maxi to Kiki and Morgan for me. I’d like to see her approach Julian to become the fashion editor of Connie’s magazine that he took over. Crimson? Right up her line, and she already started out there so she has experience. Just wouldn’t want her to be as diva as Connie. Well, maybe a little.

And I agree about Laura. But just seeing her attitude and change in wardrobe style when she made her entrance to the engagement party, I don’t think her immediate future is as a “busybody mother” or Grammy.

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

As Julian moves away from the mob (one hopes), there may be renewed focus on Crimson. If not, my wish is that Rosalie is caught in the crossfire between Nik & the Q’s, and that Maxie can become Michael’s assistant. ELQ needs some levity. I really don’t know why Rosalie is on GH, and no secret she reveals will ever match up to how important they’ve been making it.

me3
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me3

As nurturing as she is, she could easily be a counselor. She did go to school for social work in the 90’s. Laura also has an extensive history with GH, her mom and step dad worked there, so she could be a hospital administrator too. I think she needs to be connected to the hospital and the hospital show be more central to the show.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi, KansasGuest….. Rearing children is a full-time job…LOL. From what I understand, the Spencer family moved around a lot. I don’t know if I would have had the stamina Laura had, to do that. Is it a wonder she had a mental breakdown? The character went to hell and back over and over again. Oh, yes, Kansas….we are certainly of one mind when talking about Kiki and Morgan. I do not understand these two….what is their function, except to ‘stick it’ to Michael or having a romp in bed? Gross! He slept with her mother!!!!! And she slept with his… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Hey, CeeCee! Just had to comment that I found your description of Morgan’s expression to be most interesting….over a year ago, I termed Mikey’s constantly perplexed look as one of “frozen stupidity!” He pretty much still has it, too, so I would have to surmise that it’s a congenital family condition which emanates from mom Carly’s defective genes….thank goodness this affliction has seemed to skip over “Little Miss Smarty Pants” Joss! She appears to have more going on upstairs than both of her brothers combined! LOL!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

PS. What you said about Rosalie? My sentiments exactly. ….could not have said it better if I tried, Kansas. What is the big secret? That she is Sabrina’s twin and Sonny’s daughter? It is the only artillery that the writers have, in my opinion. But, said writers are deluding themselves if they think that this ‘secret’ keeps the viewer in suspense. I had completely forgotten the reason Rosalie had this stupid secret. She is not so important for anyone to care!!!!!
Nonetheless, I suppose, the character is needed to aid Nik in facilitating the outstripping of ELQ.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Shay….. Lol….you know what they say, Girl; great minds….. Morgan and Kiki have ceased to exist for me. I cannot be bothered with these two. Is it just I? I really wish I could get ‘into’ them. They irritate me. By the same token, I really am starting to like Michael. I suppose it is because he is in such a vulnerable position within ELQ. He is so young, and trying his best. I was not too fond of Michael a few months ago; so, I hope my feelings for Morgan and Kiki will also change. I must also say… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

True that, CeeCee!!!! It’s something I noticed long ago with Mikey…and his ever-confused expression remains to this day. With Morgan, it comes and goes….sometimes he simply has that wounded “puppy dog eyes” gaze….more endearing, much less annoying, but his stint with Kiki is shoving him into waster territory, for sure. I’m thinking it shan’t be long before he is back in Den-Ava’s arms…their chemistry is too strong and undeniable to be ignored, Silas as a suitable sexual “substitute.” not withstanding. Once that happens, I hope the relationship between Mikey and Kiki is reset….it’s about time. He’s had his “le grande… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Shay. Hi, again… Hmmmm, I don’t know, Shay. I think the opposite. If I had to pick between the two ( Sabrina and Rosalie) , I pick Sabrina. She is a genuinely good person. Her little slip out of reality happened due to her pain from losing her baby. We must also remember that she was told Ava was responsible for Gabriel’s death. She just snapped. I cannot blame her, nor the way the brain works under stress. So, my dear, Shay, I would rather have someone I trust rather than rat-fink, deep throat, Conspiralie. However…yes, there’s always an ‘however’… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@CeeCee….Yes, Maxie does have her moments! Not enough of them, but she make the most of each when the opportunity arises. And yes, I do totally believe that Val-Chops wants Dante for herself….just that gushing appraisal of Sonny and how she knows where Detective Falconeri got his good looks was the proof of the pudding for me! She wants Lulu’s hubby baaaad!!!! LOL. As for Sappy vs. Grossie, well, I’d be over the moon if both were gone tomorrow (and took Nina along with them…..) but I still must stick with the Sapster as my primary irritant on the current… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

Happy for all watching way back then to have Laura back
but-
to me near a million new viewers she is just another new character not needed in Port Charles.
I did not like Laura, she embarrassed and hurt Tracy.
She will need a lot of changing before I like her or even care to have her with GH.
It will be interesting watching this story play out, looking forward to it..

(and she had better not mess with my bad boy Nichols!! (Tyler is the best/exciting he has been since I’ve been watching him I love bad boy Nik)

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

Nope, they are ruining Nicolas. All his life he has hated the Cassindines for their wickedness and now hes doing the same thing? NO, NO AND NO again.

Rose
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Rose

I can see Laura’s definitely made a very bad first impression for you. But for me at least, the way she walked into the engagement party in her take-no-prisoner clothes and attitude, at least for old Laura, signalled something is seriously afoot. And I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t have liked a lot about how Laura was portrayed before.

So as you like to remind us in your comments about other stories, be patient. RC hopefully has something up his sleeve.

me3
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me3

Are you kidding? Laura and Nik have always had great scenes together so they will be fun to watch. Laura has always been needed on this show so to compare her to the newbies is insulting. And finally, Laura didn’t hurt Tracy… Luke did. Over and over again.

Justin
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Justin

Su000, once again, I plead with you to go to youtube and please watch GH from 1976-1982. GH revolved around the character of Laura. I’m not sure how you just simply disregard that character. We get it, she’s new to you. You’ve made that point on EVERY article about Genie Francis. Geez.

Justin
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Justin

And, what new viewers are you referring to? I don’t see a million new viewers when I look at the ratings. The show is in a ratings decline.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I am a new viewer, Justin….I have watched most past episodes….contrary to Su’s opinion, I LOVE Laura/Genie.

Charday
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Charday

“I would love that, because I’ve spent most of the last decade off-camera, and for awhile, Laura was just a wig (Laughs).” What did she mean by the Wig comment?

In any case, glad she’s back. Let’s hope there’s more of Lesley Webber, too (and also Monica Q).

shrona
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shrona

There were scenes with Laura in the mental hospital just showing the back of her head. It obviously wasn’t Genie, hence the wig comment.

Shay
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Shay

@Charday….When Laura was referenced/seen during her long catatonia-induced incarceration in Shadybrook, there were numerous occasions when she was shown only from the back, sitting motionless in a chair. It clearly was not GF, but some anonymous person playing her most-beloved character whilst wearing an unbecoming, golden “Laura” wig….I always wondered if that instance when “Luke” was pictured in his padded cell donning a similar one was meant to be an inside joke harking back to that shoddy portrayal of his “Angel.”

elm51
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elm51

for a long time when laura was in the mental facility all we ever saw of her was the back of her head which really did look like nothing but a blonde wig propped up on a chair……………..

Charday
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Charday

Hi Everyone, thanks for the responses about the wig. I didn’t watch GH during that era.

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

Scenes from the back of a rocking chair where all u could see was her hair, a wig.

Shay
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Shay

You are very welcome, Charday!

Linda
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Linda

I LOVE THAT GENIE FRANCIS IS STAYING ON GH. SHE IS A GREAT ACTRESS.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Great news! Genie is the only reason many of us are returning to GH!

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

Just till the fall.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thanks Eileen! I wish it were longer…

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

OH, SO DO I!! We should all be so lucky!

Dawn
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Dawn

I am happy about Laura staying. I won’t miss Luke any but I did miss Laura.

AJ
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AJ

Laura/Nik vs Tracy/Dillon/Michael for ELQ!

Fanny
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Fanny

That’s what I believe.

me3
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me3

This!!!! Exactly what I was thinking. That will likely be the story she gets into this fall.

Jenn
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Jenn

This is great news! I’m one of the rare fans that has loved Genie on other shows but not so much GH when she’s under Tony Geary’s shadow. His exit is good opportunity to let her shine a bit on her own. Would love to see Lucy and Laura finally open their spa together.

Aria
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Aria

YES YES YES THNKS FV/RC!

PatF
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PatF

With GH completely tanking in the demos they need something. What they’ve done for most of 2015 has NOT worked with a lot of fans.

Belle
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Belle

I’m glad Genie’s back! Now write well for her ! Not as what was done on Young and Restless (reckless)

CAROL
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CAROL

As long as she is not kidnapped by a Cassidine I will be fine with it. That has been sooo done and there is really NO ONE to rescue her any more. She has always been a great character and I would like her to play a STONG mother role for LuLu and teach her grandson SPENCER some humility and manners.

Rose
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Rose

Hope Genie is going to stay longer than the fall. With real story lines, and not irregular appearances after a few weeks like Monica, Lucy, etc. She could bring some long needed wisdom and class to Port Charles. Plus they need a strong momma/grandma lioness around…crime never sleeps in PC, and then there’s always the Cassidine’s…she knows her way around both. Love to see a little romance for her…definitely not Scotty…but who?

su0000
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su0000

Rose.. I lookes like Laura doesn’t stay as a regular, like Tracy, Sonny, Luke, Carly etc.. Perhaps this time around she will stay.. In 1982, Francis quit the show and the character was written out having disappeared. Francis returned to the series for brief stints in 1983 to reunite Luke and Laura, and then again in 1984 when Laura was revealed to be pregnant. In 2002, Francis left the series when Laura suffered a psychotic having killed her adoptive father Rick Webber (Chris Robinson). Francis claimed she was not being treated equally to her male costar. Francis returned in October… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

And thank goodness for the near one million newbies like you who came in after Laura’s escapades with Luke. Need to always be attracting new viewers. Even I don’t go back as far as the wedding. When I did like Laura with Luke is when the were on the run from Frank Smith. It was fun and an adventure how they kept ahead of the gang. And even some of the Cassidine’s stuff was fun…don’t know what we would do without them. I agree her last appearance with Scotty was boring. Hope this time around they’ll put some of the… Read more »

Jensen
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Jensen

Great news! We love Laura and to finally see her without Luke will be great. Whatever happened to Deception? Can we go back to Laura Webber now? Oh and btw Ron if u r reading this,mood time to fix the Rick Webber mess. Denise, kin, and Genie all there. Laura didn’t kill Rick and Rick was not a serial cheater. Thank you.

Lellingw
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Lellingw

Amen. There was no reason to hurt Rick Webber and Laura didn’t do it.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Excellent ideas, Jensen! That storyline of Laura killing Rick was a mess that came out of left field, clearly altered history, and performed a disservice to both characters.

JLH
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JLH

I’m really happy to hear this. Hope she gets a good storyline. And if she’s in Tracey’s orbit there’s sure to be fireworks well past July 4.

susan
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susan

yes for sure love

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

That was then, a long then, this is now. She needs story that has NOTHING to do with Luke or Scotty.

Patrick
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Patrick

Ms. Genie Francis : welcome back! her last visit to GH was a bust! believe it or not: I really only know her work, from Y&R… and I “loved” her I truly want to see a woman… be it Laura or Traci… just rise from the ashes… from the commitment they put in to Luke… and move yourself I”ll take any thing… with Leslie Webber… her son Nikolas… and even, w/Scotty yeah, I know… Scotty may need that pill…. however… I was laughing out loud… rolling in fact… with his last scene at the floating rib… as he was pulling… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

My, your minds been busy. There’s lots of good stuff in your list of good stuff. Even though I’m not a big Liz fan…not her fault they keep writing her into corners…must admit she’s nice with Jake. But I like Sam and her history with Jason, too. But then, this isn’t really the old Jason is it. Billy has given him new life that I like.

Want Rebecca back.

I think there’s more to Nik’s apparent is he/or isn’t he turn to the dark side. And with Laura back in the picture can really be fun.

Allen saint james
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Allen saint james

She deserves the same star of the show status that Tony/Luke have enjoyed for decades. She has a solo history pre during and post Luke Spencer to dive into

su0000
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su0000

Actually, she does not deserve anything more than than the others.. She deserves less.. she has been gone for decades while the others stayed with GH and gave their all to it while she did whatever else she was doing not with GH.. Tony is the great one and had decades without Laura and he alone became a gawd of soaps.. The Laura character was in and out in and out and never even a regular after she left in the 80’s.. she is also a newbie to all who started to watch GH after the 80/90’s.. Her only claim… Read more »

me3
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me3

You are sadly mistaken if you think Genie Francis is not a great and deserving star of thIs show. General Hospital has been on the air for 50 years so its Ithaca doesn’t begin whenever you start watching it. Thats not how it goes in soaps. Actually, Tony’s only claim to fame is Luke and Laura and GH. Genie Francis has starred in Perry Mason shows, North and South, Bare Essence, The Note movies and has made countless other tv appearances. Her character was on before Luke ever came to town. People were tuning into GH in pretty high numbers… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

I agree with you su0000, Laura comes and goes and has not been legacy character like Luke. Granted, we dont know if this was by choice or not but she has to re-establish herself as a character, post Luke. I’m happy she is back but I’m not over the top about it. She could have sunk her teeth into a juicy Fluke story a year ago and had so much to play off. Again, we dont know if she was not interested in coming back then or not wanted by ABC but now she has to usher Luke out while… Read more »

Ghfan
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Ghfan

This is all wonderful, but the writing in still in RC’s hands. So I expect to be disappointed.

me3
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me3

Elated with this news!!! I may actually watch GH regularly again. There’s so many stories for Laura to tell. Shame that Geary had to retire before this could happen. I think his resistance to Luke and Laura kept Genie off the show in recent years. Love Geary for his talent but I think he’s a bit of a diva and somewhat overrated. What I’d like to see for Laura is strong and thoughtful writing, a decent wardrobe and a love interest that isn’t tied to her past unless its Stephen Nichols as Stefan Cassidine. But give her a hunk. Genie… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

Like the idea of Stephen/Stefan. Other than that there aren’t any hunks in PC.

Just another idea…Laura might even get along with Nina and Franco on a certain level…they’ve all been to Shadybrook, or some other place like that. They can be lose canons, but you never know when you need characters outside the box to help you.

Patrick
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Patrick

“… there aren’t any hunks in PC ”

I know right ?

what are Traci and Laura to do?

this just bites

Kevin… simply has to come back
Mac… should put some feelers out

Duke would have been so much fun to pal around with
Joe Scully, 3rd.. would have charmed every one ! OK… this is the last i’ll do

I hope GH production surprises us… and Stephen Nichols is a surprise

otherwise, i’m stumped….. Sloane?
Scotty? I loved him… in his day

not fair at all

two combustible women

janet
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janet

Patrick, I also may just come back to see Genie. TG used his b.s to want Tracy instead of Laura so, Maybe Tracy can leave with Luke to never be seen again, and Laura could stay. G F is beautiful and she can act. I am also looking forward to JJ ‘s return and especially the end of Luke. Take Sonny with him Please. I really don’t hold out much hope with Re-Ron standing behind waiting to destroy even more of the show. I do not watch any more. I tried to watch genie’s return but I missed it. Will… Read more »

Tim S.
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Tim S.

Not overly excited, but it she has a good storyline.. then I will be happy.. was happy to see Bobbi back but then she has had no storyline.. so we shall see.. The writers have not failed me.. so I am waiting for a hot, exciting, heroic adventure this summer… GH.. take me awaayyyyy!!!!!

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

Well, Luke is leaving and Laura isnt going with him. So if ur expecting a reunion and a ride off into the sunset as a couple, ur in for a BIG disappointment. She has story after hes gone. She came back to aid in his exit, thats all!

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

Great soap couples dont always remain together. Look at,Bo and Hope on Days. Nick and Sharon on Y and R. Just because a couple doesnt reunite doesnt lie to the fans or set soap history on fire. Relationships change and life moves on as in Luke and Laura.

Dan
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Dan

I’m a huge fan of Luke! Very sad he’s leaving. However, I’ll take Genie Francis back as Laura anytime. She deserves great storytelling. Her acting is and always has been top-notch. I think she is one of the best daytime has ever seen. Give her a contract and a great story please!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Within this thread, thankfully, there are many people who are appreciative and respectful of Genie Francis. Sadly, there are a few who don’t respect her part of GH history and don’t think much of her character. I refuse to reply (anymore) to these people directly. I get the impression that some are simply threatened by beautiful blonde women, such as Francis and Sharon Case. Different viewpoints are certainly fine. But let’s get our facts straight, shall we? 1. Genie and Tony Geary are undoubtedly the most popular soap couple ever! The ratings for the 1981 wedding of Luke and Laura… Read more »

The Substitute
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The Substitute

Lovely! Agree with every word you said.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thank you, Substitute!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

James, I am almost in tears. It is 4 AM, another sleepless night for me, so here I am catching up…. Yours is the most heartfelt commentary I have read in a long time. You are such a romantic….you appreciate what was, and what could have been. I have not known too many people in my life who stand behind the same philosophy as I. You, sir, are a people’s person…your humanity materializes through your every word. I only know Genie from Y&R, but, I did develop an appreciation and respect for her in a very short time. It will… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

CeeCee, may I add your exceedingly generous comments to my resume? Seriously, CeeCee, you have made my day! I can’t thank you enough for your classy, thoughtful, kind response. It pleases me to know that something I’ve written might have been, at the very least, appreciated. I appreciate you and your kindnesses and insights as well! 🙂 So if you only know Genie from Y&R, let me tell you what a treat it was for me to see her in that role. First, as I stated, I was aware of how that role materialized. Second, the role was (particularly originally)… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@James. You are welcome…and thank you, as well. I speak the truth. There are many great writers on these sites, you are one of my favorites. Yes, if Laura’s return is a short sojour, I would greatly welcome her back on Y&R as Genevieve. Her son is still there, and her grandchildren. Perhaps, she will bring some order back in GC after she puts everyone’s ducks in a row in PC. Remember, she was cheeky enough to go toe to toe with Victor. My insomnia comes and goes…LOL. I refuse to take any kind of drug to help me sleep!!… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

CeeCee, I just saw your second reply from June 18th. Thank you again!

As for Y&R’s Genevieve, yes, there is more story for her, including, as you say, with Victor. Also, for an early brief moment, she was paired with Jack, but that deteriorated quickly. I liked Jack with Genevieve…

Finally, I agree with you about the great writers here, and you are also one of my favorites. In addition to being a great writer, you are witty, kind, and diplomatic, and I salute you! 🙂

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@James.
Thank you, friend.

aria
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aria

jamesj75 you were right on point on everything you said, i agree with you, i think Genie does have a large fan following, more so then haters, so i really don’t think fans or the haters are the problem, the problem for me still is who runs the show, just when you think one regime is the problem then to only realize that the new regime is no different . why are they under the impression that we the fans want to see this character in small doses,? are they really that blind and don’t realize we want the actress… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thank you, aria! You have also made my day!

You are definitely onto something, though! It’s all about the producer/head writer. As much good as the current team has done in their tenure, they’ve certainly had some missteps, too. You are right: Genie does have a huge fan base, and this base wants to see her on screen full-time. Especially, when you consider some of the stars who are given such great treatment (and air time), it’s a downright shame that Genie isn’t afforded that same consideration. Take care, aria!

Lia
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Lia

Now that Luke’s finally gone, I would love to see a reunion of Scotty and Laura in which she truly gives that man a real chance, and falls in love with him. No quickie proposal and marriage this time, but a real romance that leads to their spectacular wedding. Us Lotty fans have waited many years for them to have their real marriage. How ’bout it RC? I would also like to see Laura become more involved with her children. Lulu and Dante’s marriage is hanging by a thread, and Nikolas has crossed over to the dark side. They are… Read more »

komega hayes
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komega hayes

Yes.It would be nice to see scotty and laura fall in love and reunite for good.The love has always been there.And they never should have broken them up.They have such good chemistry and they deserve to have their happily ever after.So they need to realize that and let them finally be happy.

The Substitute
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The Substitute

After watching today’s episode I am trying to figure out why FV brought GF back it is clear TG and GF do not want to do scenes together. Painful to watch!

su0000
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su0000

Genie was not brought back to be reunited with Luke in anyway, Tony is leaving..
there is no Luke and Laura..
RC is bringing Genie into GH to be Luke free..
This is only day 2 .. give them some time to develope into the story..
……………. wait for it ………….. 🙂

madluv4u
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madluv4u

Did something happen between the two of them? Did they have a falling out of sorts?

Kellyvirons
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Kellyvirons

Stephen is already announced he is going back on the Days canvas about same time as Peter Reckell. Aka Bo

Janie
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Janie

Please let Robert Scorpio come back and be a love interest for Laura or either Maurice Bernard. Maurice is certainly closer to Genie’s age. Or even better, Genie’s own real life husband Jonathan Frakes. If Geary resents that time of Luke and Laura so much why did he stick around? There were plenty other offers out there he could have accepted. Right? Genie can act with anyone and everyone. She is that amazing an actor. She certainly is brilliant and beautiful enough to deserve a really special acting mate. I feel that Geary being gone really helps the mood of… Read more »

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gregory Harrison Is The New Gregory Chase On General Hospital

General Hospital just got hotter as it beef’s up its storyline featuring Kim Delaney as Jackie Templeton.  Now comes word that TV veteran, Gregory Harrison has come to the ABC daytime drama series as the recast Gregory Chase.

The character of Gregory Chase was previously played by DAYS James Read, who plays the treacherous Clyde Weston now and then on the NBC soap.

With Harrison taking on the role of Finn (Michael Easton) and Chase’s (Josh Swickard) father, that makes things a little juicier in the romantic department.

According to EW.com who broke the casting news, Harrison begins taping today Wednesday at the ABC studios for General Hospital and fans can look forward to his debut on-screen in a few weeks.

As to the storyline: “Fireworks could be on the horizon for Harrison’s character.”

TV fans remember Gregory from the hit series Trapper John M.D., then later on Falcon Crest, Judging Amy, One Tree Hill and more.  He also has frequently appeared in Lifetime and Hallmark Channel movies most recently.

So, what do you think about the Gregory Chase recast with Gregory Harrison? Intrigued? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mike’s Funeral Brings The Alzheimer’s Storyline Full Circle to Its Heart-Tugging Conclusion

When a soap opera allows a full episode to stay in the story they are telling, it can often make for a riveting hour of television.  This was the case and then some on Thursday’s emotional ending to General Hospital’s Alzheimer’s storyline; when the character of Mike Corbin (Max Gail) was given a proper send-off – a funeral – and being eulogized by those who loved and cared for him.

When GH is at its best through the years has been when it tackles social issues of our time, and this story will stand among the iconic soap’s best.  The backdrop of the story was that of father and son, grappling with and coming to terms with the past, finding love, forgiveness and redemption against this most horrific of diseases that has afflicted so many.

In the episode, Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Carly (Laura Wright) go to church and prepare themselves for the emotional day as mourners come through and share their grief and condolensces and love for Mike.  Those included: Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth – back for this one), Stella (Vernee Watson), Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) and a touching moment between Diane (Carolyn Hennesy) and Carly where the legal eagle says to Carly that if she ever needs to drink and vent let her know.

 

As the funeral begins, one by one Mike’s family and friends say beautiful words of what he meant to them,. Michael reflects about how his grandfather loved to party and how he’d like them all to raise a glass for him. . Olivia, speaks on behalf of Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), and how close Mike and Dante were.  Ava (Maura West) talks about the love and kindness and joy he brought to little Avery.

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When Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) got up to speak, things became even more heartbreaking when she flashes back to a scene where she was having a terrible time and Mike was there for – always a great listener- but he tells he eventually, he will not remember her.

GH did a outstanding job of selecting scenes throughout the eulogies that punctuated who Mike was … and how he tied in to all of the characters lives.  Jason (Steve Burton) shared how he knew it wasn’t easy for Mike to come back and try to make amends with Sonny, but that no matter what, Mike kept trying to get through to Sonny to make things right between them.

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Stella’s moment was also heartbreaking recalling the man who became her friend.  Carly, who was the glue that held Sonny and the family together during Mike’s illness, shared her doubt if the family could handle Mike, and what was to come, but how Sonny helped his father find inner-peace..

When Sonny gets up to talk he reveals he had a lot of anger towards his father, and how the illness made him truly see the man his dad was inside.  Sonny tells his dad he is proud of him and how grateful he was that he came back into his life.   Next, Josslyn (Eden McCoy) sings as the mourners reflect back on Mike in a touching series of juxtaposed clips against the characters in the moment at the funeral.

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After the service had concluded Sonny and Carly talk how Morgan and Mike are together now, but Sonny asks for some time alone in the church. It is then Mike appears and tells his son it’s time he forgave himself, since Sonny forgave Mike.  He tells Sonny that he has made him very proud.  As he gets up to leave he kisses Sonny on the forehead and goes towards the light and to heaven.  Just after that, Dante appears at the front of the church, shocking Sonny in a beautiful analogy that now this father and son must deal with what’s ahead in their relationship, just as Sonny and Mike had done.

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This episode featured beautiful work by Maurice Benard, and Max Gail and everyone in the supporting cast who had their moments.  It was an ensemble piece but led by Benard and Gail, who should both be receiving Emmys in 2021 for their work..

What did you think of Mike’s funeral episode? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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