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Ian Buchanan Returns To General Hospital For A Few Key Episodes!

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Many General Hospital fans have loved Ian Buchanan’s portrayal of Duke Lavery.  And after a shocking story exit in May of 2015, when the character was gunned-down in cold blood, it left Duke’s on-screen lady love, Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) in a terrible place grieving him and thinking she murdered his assailant, Carlos Rivera (Jeffrey Vincent Parise).  That however proved not exactly to be true, since Carlos survived and alive.

Now Ian is on his way back to GH for several episodes where he will play an apparation of Duke in scenes with Finola Hughes beginning next week, Ian shared his enthusiasm on coming back to GH for some episodes with Soap Opera Digest in this week’s issue on newsstands everywhere by Friday.

Buchanan shared: “I wasn’t quite sure what it meant when I was told that I would be an apparition, but I felt like, ‘Well, that’s fine. I can do that! I can be apparitious!’ And it was great; I had a great time, but it was bittersweet, of course.”‘

The actor also weighed-in on the reveal that Matt Cohen’s Dr. Griffin Munro is actually Duke’s son.  Buchanan said, “I saw the scenes he did with Finola when it was revealed he was Duke’s son and I think it’s a really nicely told story. They’re great together.”

Are you looking forward to seeing Ian and Finola as Anna and Duke share scenes beginning next week on General Hospital? Comment below,

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Joe
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Joe

The ghost of Duke returning to comfort Anna, at least until they decide to resurrect Duke (again) and rehire Ian long-term. Good to see him back though.

Timmm
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Timmm

We will take Duke ANYWAY we can get him! He was either let go nicely last year or he is letting bygones be bygones? Either way, love Ian!

Abruzzfan
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Abruzzfan

I completely agree Timmm!

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

Better than nothing…

davlestev1
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davlestev1

“I can be apparitious”… lol jimh sounds like you

Carlee
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Carlee

This whole Anna grieving story is horrible and they need to move her on from this. They have really brought the character of Anna down to a really bad level over a mobster who was ordering hits on woman feds. Anna never even mourned her own daughter like this or went after the people who kidnapped and tortured her for years. Dr O was COS and is still allowed to walk around free after also nearly killing Duke and Robert. If ghost Duke is the last we ever see or hear of him, Im all for it.I found the character… Read more »

SZima
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SZima

Let the stone throwing begin! You are speaking ill of two beloved characters!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Oh Carlee, thanks for saying it so well. I know I’m in a minority, but I never understood the magical appeal of Mr. Lavery and I also hate that he dragged Anna down as well. Finola is doing some of her best work ever recently and I’d like to see it used with other characters, especially Griffin. A very small dose of Duke will suffice for me.

JK
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JK

WHAT SHOW WERE YOU WATCHING?

Maria
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Maria

The same show I have been watching. Duke was a character that was barely acknowledged for 20+ years prior to 2012. Came back and the Duke and Anna pairing bombed because the actors have ZERO sexual chemistry. So much so that they broke up this pair 7 months and 3 minutes before they killed off the character. Then they finally kill him off because they realized the character is an abysmal bore, and to finally give Anna story after 3 years of being saddled with the character. New writers come in and decide that canonizing Duke is necessary in justifying… Read more »

Lori
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Lori

Maria – Anna DID get DNA proof before accepting Munroe as Duke’s son, and he willingly provided it. We watched the scene where she offered him tea or water and took the cup, of which he saw and encouraged, feeling confident it would show the truth. He bears a striking resemblance to the younger Ian Buchannon and the casting was excellent, though would have been nicer to bring him on when Duke was still alive. Ah well….

carol
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carol

I personally don’t care for characters who are dead reappearing as ghosts or apparitions. I say either bring them back to life (this has been done many times on all soaps) or just let them stay six feet under. I like the character of Duke but not in this context.

SZima
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SZima

I vote for leaving them 6 feet underf. Dead is dead!!

Kelly
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Kelly

Duke is alive, locked up with Alan Quartermaine and Emily. They are all well and alive. Helena is alive too. Stavros has the hostages locked up in a basement.

Brian
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Brian

Love me some Duke and Ian Buchanan! I was just watching some Anna and Duke scenes from 1986 on YouTube!

Irene M
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Irene M

Duke needs to stay dead, but if he has to come back for a few episodes for Anna to stop crying, let it be. Worst Anna story ever!!

Dan
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Dan

Instead of bringing Duke back as a ghost, how about undoing the terrible writing of Ron Carlivati, and bringing him back permanently? I’m over the back from the dead stories in most cases, but this is one instance where I would make an exception to that opinion. It’s not a coincidence that the ratings plummeted after they killed Duke. They should have never killed off a beloved legacy character like that. I don’t care if Ian asked off the show, or whether they fired him, whatever the real story is, no one here knows, send Duke out of town, into… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Hey, Dan! I’m with you1 Undo the terrible writing!

Irene M
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Irene M

Yes, undo the horrible writing of RC and Duke is still dead from 1990

Bert
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Bert

It wasn’t Ian fault he was killed off RC was the culprit there like hes done to other actors

Timmm
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Timmm

If they can resurrect CARRRRRRRLOS why not Duke? I cannot stand Carlos and I love Duke. He has his dry spots BUT with his “Son” coming forward now Duke would have something to do besides Tango with Anna.

Bert
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Bert

Timm they need to kill Carrrlosssss off already . Sabrina needs to get with Michael already

Jenna
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Jenna

No one stays dead in daytime, Duke is alive and next year he will be back on contract.

su0000
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su0000

STOP THE DUKE CRAP!!
I can not take one more Anna freaking out over duke..
Anna’s character has been destroyed.
Anna was a very in control smart woman, on top of the heap.. Now she is crazy weak and unwatchable. What a shame..
Anyway.. this Duke crap has gone on and on and is a total empty story.

((I do not care about a Duke return, I no longer care about Anna.. I am more than done with the Duke junk.
ZZZzzzzZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ !

Dan
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Dan

First of all, blame your idol Ron for killing off Duke, which resulted in this story. Second of all, have you ever lost anyone close to you? It’s not something you just snap your fingers and get over. What they’re portraying with Anna is a very true and very realistic way that most people cope with the loss of their true love. Sorry that they’re trying to tell a story with genuine heart and emotion, instead of having characters unmask like a Scooby Doo cartoon, or people having sex in a mausoleum.

Timmm
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Timmm

Amen Dan AND Finola should have won an Emmy THIS year and better get one in 2017! She is great!

Bert
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Bert

well if u don’t like them bringing people back from the dead then stop watch it. or you can watch it and stop complaining.

Rodd
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Rodd

I’m looking forward to it. I also wish there was some way to bring Duke back; yet I’m not a fan of returning from the dead. Hopefully, the scenes will be sweet and provide Anna with some closure.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Bringing Duke back would be easy– Carlos shot an imposter in a Duke mask- the real Duke was imprisoned again, finally escapes and is alive and well–so the question isn’t how they could bring him back but whether they should. Characters are only interesting if the writers give them a story and while Ian was portraying Faison in a Duke mask he had something to do, but when it was just Duke, the writers left him on the back burner for most of the time that he wasn’t on much anyway. So unless the writers have a long term plan… Read more »

JK
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JK

PLEASE BRING HIM BACK …HE ADDS SO MUCH TO THE SHOW!

Ces
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Ces

I think Anna needs to move on. Frankly, yesterday’s long boring talk eith Duke’s BORING son was excruciating to watch. I love Finola and she is fab at what she does but all this crying? Make it stop.

Patricia McCallum
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Patricia McCallum

I have loved Duke and Anna together since they first met decades ago. Nothing would make me happier than to see him come back from the dead. It was criminal that he was killed off. I think Finola Hughes has done an outstanding job portraying her grief. Anyone who has lost someone they love that much knows that grief knows no timetable and rationality goes out the window. She’s been brilliant. I’ve been on the edge of me seat watching her, such a powerful actress. She blows me away. The writing is good again and my 30+ love affair with… Read more »

Mateo
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Mateo

I think the honesty of Anna’s grief over Duke has been well played. Grief is a scary monster. We all process it deeply and Anna has NEVER been just a surface character and her scenes dealing with the loss of Duke have been honest and sometimes really raw. Finola Hughes takes standard material and brings it to a higher level. Who else in daytime has that power? Very few. I know this seems like a long time to mourn but she is coming around and starting to live her life again. I will never condemn GH for the storylines as… Read more »

CanukGal
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CanukGal

If this ends all the Duke Crap and the crying and whining of what once was a formidable kick butt heroine, one who kept me glue to my screen I wouldn’t want to miss a single then so be it. Bring him on as a ghost for a day if that’s what it takes to make her realize she needs to put an end to this obsession of hers and MOVE ON. So sick of what this storyline has done to Anna, the Duke worship, the inability to see him fo who he really was and what she calls “justice… Read more »

Dawnie Hodges
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Dawnie Hodges

I am over the moon that Duke is coming back even if only as a ghost. I do hope that he can return and stay at some point in the future. He is one of the vets of GH and helped make it a hit for many years. The actor playing his son has enough of Duke’s looks and traits to fulfill the son role very well and I would like to see Duke, Anna and Dr. Griffin try to become the family the writers have hinted at. BRING IT ON.!!!!!

Sally
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Sally

I love that Ian is returning. Anna and Duke are my favorite couple on GH. Look forward to Duke being alive and getting to know his son. Excited to hear about his story. I don’t believe he is just an apparition.

mysty
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mysty

All this nonstop Duke, Duke, Duke and him being a saint everyday has not only made me hate Duke/Anna the couple but now I’m bored with Anna. I’m so over the whole thing, the writers has went overboard with it. I’m tired of hearing about him, tired of Anna weeping and acting like a crazy lady, I’m over Anna and Duke..Bring on another super couple pair, Robert and Holly would be nice and a change of pace.

Lisa
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Lisa

I am so glad they chose to bring Duke back – even as a ghost.
I can’t wait to see the episodes.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Hey, while they’re at it, why not bring back Tristan Rogers and Robert Scorpio (sans Luke, by the way). HOW painful to say that–and then remember that once-great team. Oh, my!
Can always watch on youtube as someone said above.

Timmm
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Timmm

They should bring back Genie Francis!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Touche!

Bert
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Bert

where have u been Genie has been back for a while now

Doris
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Doris

Love Ian: please bring him back permantly!

Doris n shipp
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Doris n shipp

Bring him back permanently! Love him and Anna doing the tango!

Patricia Nolan-Hall (Caftan Woman)
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Patricia Nolan-Hall (Caftan Woman)

It’s about time! Anna has needed Duke’s presence/solace this past year, and I’ve needed to see Ian Buchanan.

Rose
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Rose

So happy to see Ian back if only as an apparition. Would love to see him back full time, but after all of Anna’s emotional scenes, and his already near miss in the clinic (Faison/Dr. O) even I don’t want to see him appear alive on a soap “suspend reality.” Or who knows, maybe I could handle it!

Alan
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Alan

I’m guessing that Duke is back to enlist Anna’s help after lost all his afterlife savings in a Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Raymond Berlin, father of Rachel Berlin…

Donna M
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Donna M

it used to be that “ghosts’, ‘back from the dead”, identical evil doers, split personality, transplants, and sexual idenities were unusual and perked up a show . Now it is so common not even just on soaps but on the same show with the same characters —-it packs no punch anymore and just seems more and more like nonsense.
FH is a great actress and probably can pull it off, but just think a little more innovation would be nice. I rather see anna look at Griffin have him temporarily morph into Duke and do whatever to move her on.

LeRoy Davidson
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LeRoy Davidson

I have to say that Matt Cohen (Griffin) is an extremely talented young actor with a great future. His scenes with Finola Hughes are exceptional. What a terrific addition to the GH staff and the storyline. As for Ian Buchanan’s death, I think it was outrageously a mistake. There have been far too many wonderful characters with great future story potential killed off for stupid reasons, not only on GH, but other shows as well. Don’t have time enough to list them all.

Lisa
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Lisa

He needs to be brought back as more than just an apparition. I want to see Duke back permanently! Finola Hughes and Ian Buchanan are magic together, even with an awful writing regime. With Griffin in the mix now the possibilities are endless for story potential.

Bert
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Bert

Me too Lisa .he’s a wonderful actor

Robin
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Robin

Yes, great news, but I truly was hoping they could some way bring Ian back alive again.

Lowie
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Lowie

YEAH!!!! I would love for him to return for real… but I will take anything we can get.

Genevieve Tulloch
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Genevieve Tulloch

Yes seeing Ian again will be so great. I think it’s a great idea and hope that he has
one more dance with Anna.

MICHELLE FLEMING
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MICHELLE FLEMING

I LOVE DUKE & ANNA & ALWAYS LOVE SEEING THEM TOGETHER!! JUST WISH DUKE WAS BACK FOR GOOD!!1

LeRoy Davidson
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LeRoy Davidson

We can only hope that TPTB are reading all these comments. Duke and Anna are FAR from over. There is so much more story potential for them…on and on.

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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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