“The People vs. Tony Geary”



The Luke and Ethan paternity story on General Hospital has dealt a blow to many General Hospital fan’s love for Luke Spencer and Anthony Geary. Now the once solid Luke Spencer fan base has broken into several smaller camps. Some still love anything and everything Luke Spencer. Others still like Luke, but hate Ethan and this storyline. Still others have lost all love for Luke, because of of this storyline. Meanwhile some fans only like Ethan and don’t like Luke. Mallory at Serial Drama wrote an interesting piece that summarizes how many fans feel and I would encourage you to check it out. 

I liked life so much better when I operated under the assumption that everything bad about General Hospital was solely the fault of Bob Guza, and that the lack of rioting by the cast was just an example of their professionalism. When a certain daytime icon began being destroyed in a systematic faction and became history-denouncing and unlikable, my first reaction was, "For the love of Xenu, Guza, will you stop at nothing in your quest to be terrible?"

Except it turns out that while Bob Guza ruins most things, he doesn’t ruin everything and cannot be fully blamed for the curious case of Luke Spencer, since Luke’s portrayer is the story’s biggest cheerleader and has taken to the streets (or, more accurately, the soap mags, but the image of Tony Geary roaming the streets proselytizing about Luke’s story arc is the only amusing part of this debacle) to chastise viewers who are unhappy with the way Luke has been written.


Has this storyline had a negative impact on your view of Luke Spence or Tony Gearyr?

35 Responses

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    OldGHFan

    Yes, this storyline has had a VERY negative impact on my view of Luke Spencer. I can’t stand the character. Ethan should have been the coma baby of Robert and Holly Scorpio but instead this regime had to do so many rewrites in order to give Luke Spencer another son. No thanks. I liked Ethan before but I can’t stand him now that he’s Luke’s son.

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    maxsmom

    I still think it’s Guza since I can’t believe Mr. Parttime has that much pull. Also NP tested for Dante, how would he and TG have met before the character was created. It is disheartening to read TG’s comments regarding this story but he is well payed for his parttime work and so I would imagine and hope he is spouting the partyline, the Guza-Frons Partyline

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    pecola

    Tony Geary’s been going downhill in my eyes for a very long time…this storyline is just the latest in a long line of mistakes by Geary and his character to contribute to that.

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    shirleedee

    I think Tony Geary is spouting the party line, and he may be doing it to protect Nathan Parsons. They appear to have bonded on some spiritual level, they really understand each other. Some folks say ‘bromance’, but I don’t for one minute believe that.

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    deedeedynamite

    I want to throw my nana’s dentures at Teethan every time he pops up on the screen. This storyline is an insult to longtime viewers. I know that it’s just t.v. but I would bet the bank that Luke would never cheat on Laura if we had better writers on this show.

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    cubsgirl

    I really doubt he is doing damage control or towing the company line here. TPTB at GH give him the world with the fact he isn’t even around half of the year yet is still the star/lead actor of the show. I haven’t cared for Luke really since back in the day when he and Laura first came back with young Lucky. But even then I had to wonder what was so great about him (since I was too young back in the day). Talk about a big Ego.

    I feel bad for the Luke/Laura fans that have followed them all of this time. But as I read more of the quotes it made me feel that he thinks we are too stupid to except that over time characters change. Yes, characters grow and change. However, you can’t change history. I could actually believe that he had a fling with Holly when Laura first ended up in Shadybrook. But I am suppose to believe that this fling happened in the time Lulu was born when they were “on the run” before returning to Port Charles. Sorry Tony…don’t buy it.

    Isn’t it time for his vacation yet?

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    BigDede

    Tony Geary’s been going downhill in my eyes for a very long time….

    I totally agree. I haven’t like Luke since him and Skye were together and even then he bothered me. The Luke from back in the day who was loyal to his “Cowboy” and loved his Laura is gone. The way he treats Lucky is just so disheartening.

    TG has enough pull for them to make Lucky/Luke character more alike. Yes we know Lucky will never be the rebel hero like he should be (that Jason’s job) but TG can get the writers to have them bonding more or have Lucky running the Haunted Star for him. I haven’t like Luke in a long time. His character is beyond worthless now.

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    disillusioned GH fan

    Whether or not TPTB, or Tony Geary, or both are responsible for the current storyline that Luke is involved in, revisionist history on an iconic super couple is going to unnerve a huge amount of followers, past and present. I’ve been following the Spencer’s since the infamous wedding, to Laura’s departure, to her return and then their departure to their return in 93. I’m one of those viewers that (IMHO)understands the history of this fictional family and I find myself rather torn over the current state of this storyline.

    Luke cheated on Laura, it ticked me off to no end when this revelation played out, but I have to admit, I didn’t like it, not because it was outside something Luke would do, but it denigrates all our beliefs that he was actually true to Laura, even though he was a wolf in borrowed clothing to everyone else. However, if you really think about the moral character of Luke Spencer, this -is- who the man is. As much as his love for Laura was real, sleeping with someone else while in need of their services (Holly’s in this case) is thought to be below him? Really? His “english rose”!!

    Luke was always someone you loved to love, loved to hate and most always hated the things he did when he wasn’t on the right side of saving the world. He wasn’t above murder, or sleeping with Helena, or marrying Tracy for her money (in the beginning).

    This revelation of cheating on Laura is a slap in the face to his loyalty to Laura and for that, as a viewer, I am disgusted with his characters behavior. Why is Tony Geary, the actor, being villified for being… Luke? This-is-who-Luke-is!!… and has always been when you remove the rose colored glasses, just like Jason Morgan is a cold blooded killer, if you again, remove those rose colored glasses that he is that hunky, lovabale family man everyone wants him to be!!

    In the end, I don’t believe Teethan with be a Spencer, even if Holly said so today, that he is in fact one. I could be wrong, I usually am ! LOL …but I think maybe, another layer of Luke Spencer is being peeled off that onion and we are going to learn that the rapist he started out as, has been a simple continuation of just taking and possessing what he chooses to. The thing that made Luke likeable was Laura, otherwise, how different is he -really- from Helena? They both take, they both possess, they both scheme… Laura gave Luke a soul and without her, really, he has no saving grace.

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    sonyab1974

    I don’t watch GH every day anymore. GH is not what it used to be. Is Ethan Luke’s son? I really wanted Ethan to be Robert and Holly’s son. *sigh*

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    Teach19

    I have also watched GH for many years. The story of Luke cheating on Laura is horrible. Laura was his angel and the love of his life. TPTB have changed alot of characters on this show. I don’t recognize Luke, Lucky, Jason–just to name a few. Change is a good thing, but too much change can ruin a show!! Need I say more??

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    JaSamLover

    LONG COMMENT IS LONG

    I think I’m one of the few people who actually likes Ethan. I think he’s cute, and in the end, my soap shallowness always prevails. He’s certainly not the worst actor to ever cross my screen, and for that reason I can tolerate him. However, the facial hair has got to go. It drives me crazy.

    With that, I would have loved for him to be Robert’s son. It could have brought Robert back. And Anna. It would have created some Scorpio family drama and GH could use it right now. Also, in the few scenes Ethan and Robin have shared, I think they’ve done a fantastic job.

    I like the Spencer family just the way it is – LuLu and Lucky, with Nikolas thrown in. I don’t like that they just all of a sudden decided to screw up everything Luke and Laura. And it just occurred to me – Laura is actually awake. Are they gonna bring her back since she is very much a part of this? Didn’t think so.

    I just want Luke to call Lucky cowboy, hug him, shed some tears, and have things be peachy.

    On the Tony Geary side of things ….. I think he’s been phoning it in for a while. He got an Emmy nom this year. Why? For the heart attack story line. That was horrible. And now his ridiculous support of this story line only brings him down more in my eyes.

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    ladyofthelake

    I think I’m more against Tony Geary for cheering on this storyline than the character of Luke, though Luke has become a big shit. Lucky’s a cop and a good father. Were did I go wrong, why did he betray me like that. It also tarnishes Luke and Laura. Holly too.

    I don’t blame Guza for this, fans have started to hate him more and more since Frons got in the picture, he’s got his hands in the cookie jar. Well, all the good stories written durting the Pratt/Guza years were clearly all Guza, if AMC is any indication.

    JFP and Mark T. (the casting director) were so blown away by him at his audition for Dante they created a role just for him. They must have been smoking something really good that day. I need some of thet stuff to pass my days in a haze. With Tony Geary, the hack JFP and Frons behind the character of Ethan being the great Spencer, us fans have no chance to see him go. Wendy Riche would have never pulled this.

    I’m more upset because more than likely will lose Lucky over this. The character of Lucky has been wasting away because they don’t care about the true Spencer son. I bet money that they will have Lucky and Liz get back together, they are gonna be happy for about three days, maybe two in a half, then they are gonna kill him off. The only people who will care are Liz and Nik. Luke will be loving his new bestest son Ethan and LuLu will be talking to everyone in town about how Ethan effects her. Wait, Nik might be to busy with Rebecca to care. Laura won’t be written back for the funeral, which will be off screen. Greg Vaughn doesn’t deserve this. We fans don’t desrve this. Ethan should of been Robert and Holly’s baby when she was presumed dead in the plain crash. Ethan should of been the coma baby.

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    EricasEvilTwin

    I dont think the lack of comments is proof we dont care – I think its that we are all almost universally in agreement. How many ways can we say THIS SUCKS LOL.

    Ethan – ya know what, I dont hate him. I dont necessarily find him attractive, but I dont think he is as horrible as everyone else. The problem is that when they bring on someone new they typically ease them in a bit, not hire a newbie and have him on 2 and 3 scenes a day, 5 days a week. That might be working with DG as nuMichael, but I think that is the exception rather than the rule and he is helped by the fact that he is playing a character that we all care about and want to like given his fast ties to the canvas – anyone remember how bad Kelly Ripa was when she started as Hailey on AMC? I think NP can do well and grow the way that Ripa did, but he has to get out of this dud of a story. And he has to work on his diction.

    My bigger problem is TG and seriously that pains me to say. I was only slightly pre-Luke and Laura (I started watching right after Laura married Scott) but I was totally hooked once Luke came around.What the writers have forgotten is that the ONLY reason the viewers tolerated his bad acts was that he was redeemed by his enormous love for Bobbie, Ruby and of course Laura. I remember Luke – Holly and I think the only reason it was tolerable was ES as an actress and the fact that at least it wasnt Templeton sisters bad. He flopped with Felicia, he flopped in the pairing with Skye too. Tracy is a Q and as a legacy character, beloved, so finally, absent a reunion with Laura, fans got on board. And even if he was at odds with his kids, we had no doubt he would run into a burning metro court for them at a moments notice. THis story ruins all of that. It ruins Tracy and Luke, it ruins Luke and Laura, it ruins Luke and Lucky and for what, a pairing that even at its best was only a little better than so-so and a newbie no one cares about.

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    curacaoman

    What father would knowingly let his daughter make out with her possible half-brother?
    Luke’s children with Laura mean nothing to him, they were clearly sacrificed on the altar of his spawn Teethan!

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    justloveskate

    I read that interview in ABC Soap Digest. It is down right insulting to his former loyal fans. He basically says if fans don’t like it, too bad.

    ITA with EET’s post – the Ethan s/l ruins “all the things that made the fans believe in Luke”. He has basically stated that he not only cheated on Laura but he felt trapped in the home they made, hated being a father and would consider leaving or cheating on Tracy.

    The fact that TG himself can candone this distruction of history and publicly chastise fans for not liking it speaks volumes for what he thinks of his fans.

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    disillusioned GH fan

    I have to disagree with you justloveskate because I honestly think Tony Geary knows whats being done here, but the writing is ruining it. With Lukes recent heart issues and having faced his own mortality, he’s not only looking back at who he’s been, but-who-he-is! With that, he’s taking all of us on that road to revelation, because as I said in an earlier post, the lying, schemeing, not above cheating on the women in his life “is-who-Luke-is”. To ever think he’s been pure and honest with anyone, nevermind it’s Laura he did it to, is really naive for all of us, including Laura, Lucky and Lulu.

    I’ve always seen Laura as Lukes “possession” and his “obsession” and while I think he loved her, the life she wanted for them was NOT the life he wanted to live. For him to say he cheated, completely ruins what we believed was an honest love, but deep down we ALL know Luke is capable of being this way with -anyone-. He loved Laura enough to give her the -illusion- of the life they had, but in reality, Luke cotinued being Luke and both Laura and the viewers continued to see him through those rose colored glasses.

    The thing that I think is throwing viewers for a loop is how the story is being played out, it’s kind of choppy, full of holes and Emma Samms Holly seems lost in her own story. The writers were given an awesome responsibility to tell a story with iconic stars such as Tony, Emma and Genie, but it’s falling flat and it’s execution is piss poor. I see what Tony is saying with wanting to have this story, what he has failed to do, for both the viewers, his fans and for himself is ensuring it was done in such a way that iy lives up to the standards we expect of these kinds of actors.

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    siomonstuart2003

    I didn’t think Luke was bored with Laura when they were married because they went on many adventures and he was a happy father and loving husband. Luke still did some devious things, but he still have the heart and soul of the character when he was with Laura and the fans love him for it. But now TG is saying that Laura is nothing to him anymore and he wants to be a cad again? No thanks, I watch on youtube the old Luke Spencer the writers and fans want and love.

    PS. I don’t feel that his love for Laura was distinguish when he was with Holly, Felicia, Skye and Tracy, but a care relationship with these women was fun for him. Laura move on to but they always got back together. I want Luke to be a father to Lucky and Lulu and stop pushing them aside for this newbie that isn’t even his kid.

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    sonyab1974

    I have also watched GH for many years.
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    Yes me too! Since I was little.

    The story of Luke cheating on Laura is horrible. Laura was his angel and the love of his life.
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    LUKE WOULD NEVER CHEAT ON LAURA!!! Yes he loved her deeply!!!! I haven’t been watching but Luke do this when he thought Laura was dead? That would make more sense.

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    EricasEvilTwin

    Nathan Parsons NP – the guy that plays Ethan.

    Old GH fan I disagree on one thing, I never saw Luke as being above cheating when he was with Laura, but more that he saw her as this perfect angel that changed him and made him better, and cheating on her would have destroyed that. I never thought he was faithful out of a morality but more that he didnt want to lose her or lose the way she saw him – that all consuming, all trusting love that she had for him. Add to that that Robert is his friend – I cant see him doing that to Robert. And what does this say about Holly – so much for her love for Robert. Now she is willing to trash her own son and Luke’s kids just to get Luke out on the road for an adventure. UGGH.. The whole storyline is crap.

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    sonyab1974

    Nathan Parsons NP – the guy that plays Ethan.
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    Oh okay. He is hot! :)

    but more that he saw her as this perfect angel that changed him and made him better, and cheating on her would have destroyed that. I never thought he was faithful out of a morality but more that he didnt want to lose her or lose the way she saw him – that all consuming, all trusting love that she had for him. Add to that that Robert is his friend – I cant see him doing that to Robert.
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    Yes!! I agree with you!!!

    And what does this say about Holly – so much for her love for Robert. Now she is willing to trash her own son and Luke’s kids just to get Luke out on the road for an adventure. UGGH.. The whole storyline is crap.
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    UGH! Yes!! It’s crap!

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    josser

    EricasEvilTwin,

    Given the big vacation break that TG takes every year, I find it hard to care about Luke. I always thought he was obnoxious, but like him now with Tracy.

    Every year, Geary goes on his vacation to Holland and Luke goes on some stupid adventure. It’s just a pain in the butt. I don’t care about Luke. He’s just worthless right now.

    Frankly, I wish Stefan Cassadine had been successful in courting Laura, and two of them were together on the show or off somewhere else.

    In 2001, the show tried to bring Stavros Cassadine back. The storyline got killed because it was going to feature some scary terrorist-like attack. I’d love to have a big return of Stavros as big bad. Bring him back with plastic surgery, insinuate him every one’s lives, and then BOOM! Now that would be great! Robert Kelker-Kelly, where are you?

    I kinda dred watching GH because the fun is missing. I don’t mean the demented hi-jinks of Damian Spinnelli. I mean the craziness of the Quartermaines. Why oh why did they have to kill off Alan Quartermaine? Stuart Damon and Leslie Charles rule!!

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    sonyab1974

    I read that interview in ABC Soap Digest. It is down right insulting to his former loyal fans. He basically says if fans don’t like it, too bad.

    The fact that TG himself can candone this distruction of history and publicly chastise fans for not liking it speaks volumes for what he thinks of his fans.
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    What?!!?! No way!!!! Where is the link? :(

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    LuvSonny

    EXCELLENT point. That sure got glossed over didn’t it? Luke would defend himself by saying that the DNA test said they weren’t related but still. I would think Lulu would be peeved at him for that…

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