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One For The Ages: Jonathan Jackson and Tony Geary Share Emotional Scenes As Lucky & Luke Have Heart-to-Heart And The Return Of Little Jake Continues On General Hospital!

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Friday’s episode of General Hospital concluded an emotional week on the ABC soap opera as Jonathan Jackson (Lucky Spencer) took center stage along with his longtime scene partner, Tony Geary (Luke Spencer).

The much talked-about scenes that had been previewed in several interviews by GH icon, Genie Francis  (Laura Spencer) not only lived up to the hype, but exceeded it. When you think of classic acting duos in motion pictures and television that audiences love to see work together time and time again, we defy anyone to tell us that the team of Jackson and Geary isn’t right up there among them.

As the story continued, Luke came face-to-face with the little boy he thought he ran down with a car five years ago, Jake Spencer (James Nigbor).  Laura and Lucky walk onto the scene and finally Lucky is reunited with Jake and tells him he is his father.  When Luke explains some of how Helena faked Jake’s death, Lucky questions whether Nikolas (Tyler Christopher) has known the truth all along, to which Laura swears Nikolas wouldn’t keep a secret like this. But, would he?  As Laura goes to spend some time with Jake to prepare him for leaving Cassadine Island, that sets up the two-person scenes between Jackson and Geary, who combined have 13 Daytime Emmys between them.

As much as the scenes were the father and son heart-to-heart full circle moment between Luke and his first born, there was so much subtext going on between the dialog and the performances, as Jackson started his brilliant career as a little boy on GH under the tutelage of Geary, that the respect, admiration, and love that these two actors have for each other showed through as the scenes played out.

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Kudos to the GH writing team for some dialog that tugged at your heartstrings:  With Lucky saying to his father: “All I ever wanted was to measure up to you.”  To which Luke replied,  “Oh, cowboy.  Aim higher!”   When Luke explained about his inner demons, and his heinous upbringing resulting in killing his father, Lucky responded:  “It’s not fair, you were cursed with a father like him, and I was blessed with you.”  He went on to say: “I got to grow up with Luke Spencer: the man who taught me to trust my instincts, to think for myself … you never talked down to me, you never treated me like I was too young to understand, and when you did disappoint me, and you did, and I turned away from you, you took the full force of my rage and bitterness, and you brought me safe to the other side.  I wish you had the kind of father that I have.”  After the beautiful speech by Lucky, Luke responded and said, “I believe you get the life of the sum total of your choices … the good, and the bad.  And, I have made some terrible choices.  There is no doubt about that.  But the good ones … the sweet ones … the choices that made me the happiest … they all had to do with loving your mother, and raising you … my first born, the pride of my life.”   It was a beautiful tearjerker played masterfully by Jackson and Geary.

At the end of the episode, Lucky, Laura and Luke, and little Jake are back in Port Charles outside of Elizabeth’s (Rebecca Herbst) house.  Lucky doesn’t think this news of her son being alive should come from him, since he has disappointed her and always brought Liz bad news.  Luke insists this should come from him and stands by outside with Jake, as Lucky approaches the door.  Liz hears the doorbell and goes to answer the door, and when she opens it Lucky is there, and we fade to black!

What did you think of the scenes between Jonathan Jackson and Tony Geary? Lucky reuniting with Little Jake? Did you need the hankies for this episode? Excited for Monday’s airshow? Watch a few moments from Friday’s GH and then Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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janet
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janet

The scenes were Tony and Jonathan. Where exactly was Genie ? This was a boy who came on a show and was loved by the two actors who played his parents. JJ returned to say goodbye and that was great. I watched and all the time I was thinking Jon and Tony not Luke and Lucky. Great job. but shouldn’t Laura have been there also. Lucky with the tears of joy in his eyes at seeing his son was great now that Re-Ron brought up he was in touch with the other two boys. You could tell Tony and Jon… Read more »

Lex
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Lex

For some inexplicable reason, the writers chose not to give JJ and GF solo scenes after 16 years. I will never understand it. I know JJ’s schedule is packed, but taping one more scene couldn’t have been that difficult.

Harry
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Harry

I hear ya, Lex but I told myself that the reason why is that Tony Geary is leaving for good and father and son needed some alone time to bid each other adieu.
Genie’s future as Laura is uncertain and perhaps JJ could make another cameo appearance down the road?
I am not sure if we’re quite done with Lucky yet–could be he will have a scene with his mother before he leaves.

su0000
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su0000

I agree with Harry..
Lucky and Laura will have their moment, also of course..
((the fat lady hasn’t sang))
there is more hankie time coming ..

Timmm
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Timmm

Why is everyone obsessed over Genie? What has she done in the past thirty years? She was amazing as a young girl whose wedding to Luke was monumental. Thats it! I’m happy she is back and I hope they write her a story but back off, for now. This is about Luke’s exit. Him and Lucky shared scenes without Laura because it was about a father and son. Laura would have got in the way. Laura needs to step up and be there for Lulu!

me3
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me3

Now this is funny. Tony is known for ONE role while Genie Francis has appeared on many, many popular shows over the past 30 years. The shots people take at Genie on this board are quite preposterous. Tony Geary is a good actor but you don’t have to diminish Genie Francis to prove that point. The fact that you are doing so, says a lot. Also, the OP didn’t say anything about Laura being in Luke and Lucky scenes, just that they wanted to see Genie and JJ get their own time as well. This team was a trio, not… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

@me3, I’m not taking a “Shot” at Genie or “Dissing” her. I said I am happy she is back. They were a family of three but Tony has more of a history with Lucky and its a father and son thing. If you would have read my post with a clear open mind you would understand what I said and what the show is doing. Also, Genie and Lucky are having scenes on Spoon Island on Tuesday. RELAX! And another thing, Tony chose to stay on GH for most of his 37 years. He could have done other projects. Genie… Read more »

me3
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me3

“Why are some so obsessed over Genie? What has she done in the past 30 years? She was amazing as a young girl whose wedding to Luke was monumental. Thats it!” Those are your exact words. So I didn’t read into anything but what was stated. She was much more than a teenager who married Luke Spencer on GH. Laura and Lucky had a strong relationship too as mother and son. So I understand why some were wanting her to have a few scenes with JJ as we may not see them together again on GH. But I also understand… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Timm, I don’t see any Genie-obsession here, but speaking for myself, I feel somewhat defensive of her because I feel she has been under valued and under rated. This may come off as my being obsessed with her but it’s really my feeling protective of her.
As I said before, she’s Ginger Rogers to Tony’s Fred Estaire. Fred got all the accolades but it was Ginger who was dancing backwards while wearing 4 inch heels.

heidi
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heidi

Perfection!

tskyent
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tskyent

The scene between Jonathan & Tony was just Wonderful! It was very personal between them. I miss those G.H day’s. It’s not the same anymore 🙁 .

Harry
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Harry

Their history as actors, with JJ having grown up playing Luke’s son, underscored the sweet poignancy of these scenes. It seems these two were not really acting–the dialogue merged with damn fine acting which rose up to produce something meaningful and memorable.
I also liked Luke telling Lucky that his happiest moments of life were spent with his mother and with him–no regrets.

Matilda
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Matilda

The scenes were well written and certainly well acted. Of course the overall story being told is full of holes and problems, but if you ignore what got Luke and Lucky in that room, it is easy to enjoy the dynamic. If GH can focus on three things, I believe it can regain its audience and thrive. The show needs to cut down on the camp for camp’s sake and invest in GH characters and write stories with emotion and heart. Humor should come out naturally and camp should be used only on occasion and for certain stories. The overall… Read more »

Laura
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Laura

AMEN!

Harry
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Harry

Ditto on the Amen! Matilda, once again you’re spot on right.

Cindy
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Cindy

Very well said.

Shay
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Shay

You said it all, Matilda, and exceedingly well, to boot!!! Brava!!!!

tskyent
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tskyent

Amen to that

Rose
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Rose

Your comment was “well written” and spot on. It was nice to like Tony as Luke again.

Candy
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Candy

Nicely said. I also agree we don’t need Nina, Franco, Kiki, or the doctor x John McBain unless they could write x john a story that is worth his time. Sorry to say I’m not an Ava’s cousin fan either.

Bernice
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Bernice

Very true! Well Said! now if we can just have a Jason/Monica emotional moment

penny
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penny

That’s nice and all, but seeing the same characters and storylines over and over again isn’t really entertaining. People get old and People move on. New characters bring excitement, curiosity and intrigue if the stories are good and the actors can act. I’m all for the present because the past is the past.

Matilda
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Matilda

Well that works for you, but that is not the view of the majority of viewers as evidenced by the ratings. Serial dramas are about history and legacy. You remove that component and you lose the brand and the audience. If Valentini and Carlivati want to write and produce a brand new show with new characters, they should write one and try and sell it to a network. New characters bring excitement? It depends on the characters and how much “excitement” one is willing to take. And again, if you read my post, I said that new characters should be… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I saw Tony Geary soften visibly and audibly (as the “real” Luke did all those years) in the latest scenes with Genie and with Jonathan Jackson. I loved (though it was–alas–too little, too late) to hear “Luke” say that the ”sweetest” part of his life was when he loved Laura and was the father to Lucky. I savored those moments–and the talk between Lucky and Luke. The old magic was there as it used to be. Kudos to the writer who wrote those scenes and to the actors–Tony, Genie, and Jonathan. It was fascinating to watch TG’s progession from the… Read more »

Lex
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Lex

Such a great post. And so true. It’s days like yesterday that remind me why I used to love Luke.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Thanks, Lex!

Harry
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Harry

Beautifully written, Nancy. And you nailed it with your description of Tony’s mannerisms and how they softened as he went along–it’s like he gave into the sweetness and the unmistakable and palpable power of their love.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Thanks so much, Harry!

Fanny
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Fanny

Beautifully said Nancy…

Patrick
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Patrick

“…, holding on and loving just as fiercely the lovely Laura and their incomparable, sensitive Lucky, “made” in their image, mirroring the best in the two of them. ”

wow – beautiful

this made me cry

oh so true

Rose
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Rose

Nancy….well said. I found I softened and relaxed as well as Tony played Luke like I remembered. And even Genie’s Laura and Lucky were in the zone.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Thank you, Patrick!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

That’s really true, I think, Rose; we did all relax with the actors and get in the zone with them, didn’t we?

Les
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Les

Friday was indeed a very good day for GH. Jonathan, Tony and Genie did an amazing job. Nancy, your post captured and crystallized these emotional scenes so perfectly!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Thanks again, Les!

Aden
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Aden

What an awesome post!!! Thank you! 🙂

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Thanks, Aden!

Elite Advisors
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Elite Advisors

Nancy, Your words were perfection. You are so right…. the “old” Luke we know and LOVED ha so many layers to him…but the love and kindness…and softness he displayed towards Laura and his family is why we loved him o much. While as in real life love does sometimes evolve, the light in his eyes did finally return for all of us to see a fleeting glimpse of the old Luke we all fell in love with years ago. I hope the last few weeks will be the same, a final “gift” for those of us that grew up with… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Thanks so much, Elite Advisors.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Touching post, Elite.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

A very informative, descriptive post, Nancy….evoking so much nostalgia to stir the heartstrings.
The only glitch is how Don Quijote compares to Luke. Did I miss something in my extensive reading of Cervantes? The hidalgo’s imaginary adventures were noble as he strode into the sunset. …..Whereas, Luke turned into Fluke, the monster. Perhaps the only shared quality between the two was insanity.
The other ‘lukian’ qualities you enumerate, I am certainly starting to see…the love for his children is palpable….I also saw a hint of the quirkiness and funny disposition everyone admires.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Thanks, Cee Cee–glad you liked the post–and are starting to see the qualites we have loved so much in our “original” Luke, as created by Tony Geary.

And. I was using the adjective “quixotic” to refer to the romantic and idealistic side that Luke always exhibited towards Laura. In Tony Geary’s words, when he described the way Luke felt about the Laura, Luke “idealized” her and put her “on a pedestal.” He has often said, also, that Laura gave Luke his “humanity.” He used to always call her “his angel” because, in many ways, she was.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

On more thought, Cee Cee. When I commented, I wasn’t thinking of the “Fluke” character; he is NOT Luke as I came to know him over these many years. I was glimpsing the original character of Luke when I commented on those latest scenes.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Ok, Nancy. I accept that. Furthermore, my “Luke” knowledge is quite limited, but, I am beginning to see the very magnetic and overpowering personality in Luke.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

I’ll just say this, Jonathan Jackson was brilliant in Friday’s scene. The emmy-award winning actor is such a gem; super grateful that JJ could return, he knocked it out of the park. Love him on Nashville. I would love to see Jonathan in motion pictures, he’s a very special and connected actor. Well done to Jonathan Jackson for such riveting and moving scenes.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Thanks, Fanny!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Jonathan surely learned from two masters–Tony and Genie–didn’t he? A special actor!

Fanny
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Fanny

@Nancy… He most certainly has. And again your post was perfection!

Lex
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Lex

What an incredible day GH had yesterday.

These two are just really special in scenes together. I am continually amazed. Give them the Emmys already.

Fanny
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Fanny

Anthony and Jonathan were absolutely PHENOMENAL, everything I’d wished for
& more!!!!! When Luke speaks to Lucky about the “choices” he made in life..good
bad, the choices that made him the happiest…had to do with loving Laura…..
raising him..his first born..his pride and joy!!! I criiiiiiiiiiiiiied…….
Anthony and Jonathan were so EMOTIONALLY invested in that scene, sitting
on the edge of that table spoke volumes of where Luke & Lucky are right now
in their lives. THANK YOU RON AND FRANK THIS IS GH AT ITS BEST ❗️

su0000
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su0000

Fanny, hi..

It was a welcomed breath of fresh air to read a pleasing acknowledging appreciation post.
To– ALL —
who left heartfelt posts, you are loved and it was a pleasure to read your luvin thoughts!!

(at this great GH historical moment-
to the me me me, I want, bitch whine and complainers– in the cellar with you!))

LONG LIVE GH !!!

Harry
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Harry

So, Su00, does this not prove that we will applaud good quality stories when they are written for us? Does this not prove that we don’t belly ache, whine and complain for no good reason?
If the good character stories come our way, you betcha we’re going to applaud wildly. Yes, we fans can be pleased. I do hope TPTB are paying attention to the positive feedback as much as the negative feedback.
That said, I would like to say to JJ–Oh please don’t go! We’ll eat you up! We love you so.

Sincerely,

The Wild Things.

Fanny
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Fanny

@su0000…Thank you, LONG LIVE GH❗️❗️❗️❗️❗️

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Su…there are people who live to post their negative comments on each and every character they don’t like. One poster, who shall remain nameless, comes to mind. Fact, if there wasn’t someone for her to make fun of dare say she’d no longer post… Then there are legitimate gripes…I can tell you in every medium, whether it be television, film or books…longstanding fans are going to want quality and as I posted before, continuity. So it was particularly touching to see Jonathan Jackson and Tony Geary play it one more time…they were so believable, touching as father/son from the time… Read more »

me3
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me3

The scenes were magical but I expected nothing less. I cried because it was the last we’ll see of it. Then I became angry thinking of all the years we missed not having all 3 actors on this canvas. Tony, Genie and Jonathan are just… right. It almost righted all the wrongs done to Luke these last few years. Almost. I can only hope Tony and Genie’s last moments are special as well but something tells me we may not be as fortunate with LnL. What a crime against this entire genre that would be. I hope the ptb read… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Me3, you do say it well: “We need heart and thoughtful dialogue.”

Mary SF
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Mary SF

The thing that made those scenes good was the fact we knew that the actors were putting their own heart into it– you can tell JJ wasn’t so much speaking to Luke than he was speaking to Tony. It had the same vibe as those last scenes Jess Walton had with Jeannie Cooper on Y&R– we just knew, they knew those would be her last scenes. The writing wasn’t what made it, nor was it the acting, but all of us, being privileged to witness a personal moment, made public via their characters. I think it was a moment that… Read more »

Kelly j Ryan
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Kelly j Ryan

The last time I felt so much emotion was when John Ingle sacrificed his drinking water for Emma to have.
I could tell that was the last time I’d ever see him as Edward Q. And that scene was so fitting just like Tony’s was.

su0000
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su0000

It was very well done..

The poor Spencer family-
Jonathan Jackson and Tony Geary are magic thing is there was no Jonathan Jackson and Tony Geary and Genie for years to delight in..
The Laura, Luke, Lucky and Ethan are no longer a family on GH to give the magic..
It was the actors, their charisma that made an awesome family..
Enjoy every second of them while you can ..

Tony Geary has left the building and now is in Amsterdam.. 🙁

Peggy
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Peggy

It was such a meaningful, beautiful moment for me – I have watched GH for 37 years and have loved Luke and Laura and Lucky all these years. During the period that Luke and Laura were first on the run, I dreamed and dreamed that I was right along with them – such an exciting time! The beautiful moments with Luke once again with Laura and Lucky made me cry – I simply loved it….

Theresa
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Theresa

They were phenomenal – they are two of the finest actors and the play off each other so well. They both deserve Emmys next year- Jonathan for Guest Appearance andTony for his ongoing fine acting in any situation.

ppage
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ppage

Agree with everything you’ve said – except – Genie Francis helped JJ as a child actor as well. You can see in the early years that Lucky was a wonderful combination of Luke and Laura just as JJ’s acting style was a combo of the 2 with special moments of his own. I know that this is Tony’s exit, which means the articles and commentary are focusing on Geary’s influence – but isn’t it always the Tony Geary show?! I’ll miss him, and am grateful that GH had him for so many years. But we need to give Genie the… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

When Genie leaves JJ will escort her into the sunset. Let Tony have his day!

Kelly j Ryan
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Kelly j Ryan

When Luke called Lucky “Cowboy”, I could see young JJ and Tony all over again.
And that ” Cowboy” moment always gets me all teared up.

I just love them so much.

Charday
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Charday

Good episode on Friday (for a change) for so many reasons. Also, great to see Monica Q back (first time since the Xmas/Krampus episode).

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Yeah, Monica’s appearance was a SHOCKER, more than the storylines, which don’t seem to shock me, the emergence of Monica, was SHOCKING, in a good way. It’s about time, right?
I hope Leslie Charleson is given much more needed airtime.

Charday
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Charday

Monica can be integral into so many storylines. As I’m sure you saw, she was in the preview for Monday’s episode. Also, Monica’s confrontation of Sonny, for murdering AJ, is long over due. Maybe that will happen?

Timmm
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Timmm

Hats off to the writers. Great dialogue by two fine actors. Hopefully now newer fans can see the old magic that JJ and TG shared for many years. Tony and Jonathan reminded me of how good GH USED to be! It looks like Luke gets to clear one of his biggest mistakes in “Running” over Jake. By the way it was refreshing to see Luke and Lucky having a heart to heart drinking water instead of the usual booze! I’m tired of seeing all these actors guzzling alcohol!

su0000
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su0000

Timmm, hi I did not see Luke and Lucky back in time.. Fans who went through years/decade with them have the memories, connection.. I thought is was very well done, heart touching.. I liked it too.. However, I think some of the moment greatness was because of the actors past.. The same dialogue done by two others would not have been as great. I had a good time seeing JJ !! and really enjoyed a look at Luke and Lucky’s past.. ))it was TG and JJ that brought the tears, don’t expect the same from others they ain’t them, nope… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Your right su0000, JJ and TG made those ordinary scenes into extraordinary! I still liked how it was written but I see what your saying, those two and their history made the dialogue more effective. It made us feel good because we are seeing GH become a shell of what it used to be. I am hopeful that seeing Monica with Jason, Jake is alive and Paul is back with Dillion at the Q’s that this mega family will be front burner soon again! Hopefully!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

The scene between Luke and Lucky today, was heart-wrenching. Except for the Fluke insanity, I take everything I ever said about Luke back. I see how easily a viewer falls prey to Tony’s enigmatic persona. He could not have given his acting any more steam, if he tried…it was perfection….his words of praise, his encouragement, his advice to his son was so real; I fell hook, line and sinker. I actually cried. Between that scene and Lizzie’s reunion with her son, I was ‘done for’…… Jonathan was not so shabby himself. The courage it took for Lucky to admit to… Read more »

Mary
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Mary

The gentlemen was right get back to basics..i have watched recorded Gh since it started with Dr Hardy Bobbie Spencer….its not the same anymore with show it drags on and on get over it …Ava Kiki Franco who cares

su0000
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su0000

I luv Franco! Nina and Ava 🙂

Agnes
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Agnes

The writing for Luke and lucky was phenomenal. It was as if the years were turned back. Wish the writing would continue to be so good. Hated the Fluke storyline. Hated the Michael/AJ storyline. AJ was a worthless person and Michael putting him on a pedestal was sickening. Still don’t understand why Franco got out of prison. I don’t like him as a character. He should have stayed Todd. I don’t like the Valerie character. After everything Dante and lulu have been through he has spent way to much time with Valerie from the very beginning. Would be nice to… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

Why does everyone need to be immediately paired off..
There are many unattached people who are very happy..

(so tired of needing everyone paired up, it never ever lasts anyways)

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I agree, Su. Some people are happier single. Yes, go out and have fun. Being single does not preclude an amazingly fulfilling life.
Nonetheless, that’s what society demands. If one remains single, then it means something is wrong with that person. As I always wont to say….soaps mimic life.
Just as with Jake….as soon as he recovered, he was already playing footsies with Liz….and Sam, as well. The writers didn’t even give her time to take a breather after Silas….that little hesitation she had, concerning Patrick, was for nought.

Freda
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Freda

A dream come true seeing J Jackson back for Tony’s departure. Their relationship is beautiful. If ELIZABETH is not the one to tell Jake/Jason who he is then it ruins the last 10 years of their connection.

Dawn
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Dawn

Though never a huge fan of Ron C. writing, this episode so took my heart that I purchased it on iTunes. Although I believe Tony hinted that some of the original script was changed a bit when he and JJ got together to work scenes and that would explain the very poignant moment. Love, love, love these two together. They work absolute magic together. As for those wondering where Laura was, well, think about it for a second. I love GF, but if you recall, she left soon after the return to Port Charles because she had a baby. That… Read more »

Tina Grams
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Tina Grams

If it is at all possible for Jonathan Jackson to make another entrance on GH, TPTB should do everything they can to make it happen. As a fan of Lucky and Liz from the beginning of their relationship til now, I feel like there should be closure for us in the form of a final reunion with LL2. Why couldn’t Lucky turn to Liz one last time to help him get through the “darkness” and in the end let them be together and have a little happiness. If GH ends up leaving the air, there should definitely be a happily… Read more »

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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..

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