First Impressions: Ian Buchanan Returns to General Hospital!


General Hospital’s Frank Valentini promised a “huge” surprise and Monday’s episode certainly delivered. Longtime GH fans were treated to the return of Ian Buchanan . Is the mysterious man we saw Duke Lavery, or a doppelganger? What are your First Impressions ofBuchanan’s return? 

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  1. Avatar of The_Moustache
    The_Moustache

    this was a surprise but not really since people were expecting him to show up any week now for months.

    i don’t think he’s evil but there’s got to be a big reason why he is making Anna think that Robin is dead.

    like the nurse said, it must have been painful for him to watch Anna believe he daughter was gone all over again.

  2. Avatar of Jaydis09
    Jaydis09

    Honestly? Not surprised, people were already speculating it was him. Personally I don’t really care for it. I have zero investment in Duke. The 80s were 30-ish years ago. I would much rather have the reveal of the girl in the insane asylum be Emily. That would’ve shocked me.

  3. Avatar of rhda8386
    rhda8386

    SO. Freaking. Excited! Been waiting for this for 23 years. Now I just hope Cartini don’t plan on doing what Guza did to Holly! Duke was a hero, he best not be the mastermind.

  4. Avatar of soapjunkie88
    soapjunkie88

    It wasn’t really a surprise anymore. But I have to say it would have been nice if it was.

    I’m excited to have Duke back and can’t wait to see how this storyline develops. It’s just kind of freaky to know that Duke must be working with Jerry and Ewen.

  5. Avatar of Nk3play2
    Nk3play2

    [quote=Ryan-Scott]I guess they are going to gloss over the Jonathan Paget business?
    Those who watched in the early 90s know what I mean by that.[/quote]

    Actually, Frank Valentini just gave an interview to TV Guide saying that Duke’s plastic surgery story will be explained!!!!

  6. Avatar of EricasEvilTwin
    EricasEvilTwin

    I just cant believe we are talking about a triangle for my all time favorite soap character with not one but two ICKY choices. Im going to keep saying it until someone listens…paging robert (and vincent irrizary for an alexis/VI/anna/robert quad). Duke who?

  7. Avatar of lady-jae
    lady-jae

    I enjoyed it!!!! Although im only 24 I enjoy seeing the vets over the young crowd and im thrilled to see Duke Lavery. I look at alot of you guys comments and half of you are NEVER satisfied with ANYTHING. Give the story a chance at least before passing judgment. GEESH!!!!!

  8. Avatar of jthawk
    jthawk

    [quote=lady-jae]I enjoyed it!!!! Although im only 24 I enjoy seeing the vets over the young crowd and im thrilled to see Duke Lavery. I look at alot of you guys comments and half of you are NEVER satisfied with ANYTHING. Give the story a chance at least before passing judgment. GEESH!!!!![/quote]

    Well said lady-jae! They could have raised Alan, Emily, AJ from the dead and people would still be complaining because “Such & So” wasn’t brought back. Let’s just be thankful that it wasn’t Franco Quartermaine in that bed…see you just have to find the silver lining :) :)

  9. Avatar of Katiebug9624
    Katiebug9624

    Jaydis09 The girl being Emily would of also been awesome heck I would take her back played by any decent actress just because I love the Q’s. I think I mainly enjoyed the reveal because I didn’t know who it would be…I had forgotten how fun not knowing things (like spoilers) was.

  10. Avatar of EricasEvilTwin
    EricasEvilTwin

    Hey I hope y’all arent referencing me – i like most of whats on my screen these days – I just wish i had a dog in this fight given how much I love anna and how blah I am about these two dudes. I dont think either are good enough for her. bring back robert and give me a robert/anna/duke triangle to settle the love of her life question once and for all and I would ship scorpio-devane all day long and be one happy camper. It just feels for me like the story lacks punch as long as tristan is off the canvas.

  11. Avatar of nysam
    nysam

    Luke? Duke? Puke!!!! Can’t Anna have more options. Finola Hughes looks great and the ukes look so old compared to her. Finola should be someone like McBain, Jax or even Sonny.

  12. Avatar of lady-jae
    lady-jae

    [quote=jthawk][quote=lady-jae]I enjoyed it!!!! Although im only 24 I enjoy seeing the vets over the young crowd and im thrilled to see Duke Lavery. I look at alot of you guys comments and half of you are NEVER satisfied with ANYTHING. Give the story a chance at least before passing judgment. GEESH!!!!![/quote]

    Well said lady-jae! They could have raised Alan, Emily, AJ from the dead and people would still be complaining because “Such & So” wasn’t brought back. Let’s just be thankful that it wasn’t Franco Quartermaine in that bed…see you just have to find the silver lining :) :)[/quote]

    Exactly!!! If they would had brought back all them plus Lucy Coe, Bobbie, Kevin, Sean, Tiffany, Katherine Bell etc. they would still complain. I think GH is better than its been in a long time and ill take Frank and Ron’s work over Jill’s work ANYDAY. Im 24 and i remember the very first episode i watched was Lily blowing up in that car and ive been a fan since and ive done my research on the show about the vets and i would love to have more back but i will not complain. Im satisfied

  13. Avatar of JASAMMABBY
    JASAMMABBY

    I thought it was cool to see him- however with all the Alan drops I thought it would be him.. So that was kind of a bummer. Duke is cool- interested to see where the story goes.. But please let me see Georgie and Alan. Those are just the characters that would give me a big emotional punch. I want to see Mac getting his girl back and Edward, Tracy and Monica getting all sappy on Alan.!!!

  14. Avatar of yorkiemom0368
    yorkiemom0368

    Shocked! Though must say I am thrilled. Have missed Iam on GH. Have been watching Days and had no idea he was coing back to GH. This was through a twist for Luke and Anna though,however in the end if this story brings Kimberly(Robin) back I welcome it!

  15. Avatar of yorkiemom0368
    yorkiemom0368

    Shocked! Though must say I am thrilled. Have missed Iam on GH. Have been watching Days and had no idea he was coing back to GH. This was throw a twist for Luke and Anna though,however in the end if this story brings Kimberly(Robin) back I welcome it!

  16. Avatar of yorkiemom0368
    yorkiemom0368

    Shocked! Though must say I am thrilled. Have missed Iam on GH. Have been watching Days and had no idea he was coing back to GH. This was throw a twist for Luke and Anna though,however in the end if this story brings Kimberly(Robin) back I welcome it!

  17. Avatar of flyhigh5
    flyhigh5

    [quote=EricasEvilTwin]Wake me when robert is back on the canvas.[/quote]

    So with you. I really like Ian B – and Duke was decent. But, I’m underwhelmed.

    Now if Robert was coming back, I’d have my DVR prescheduled as far ahead of time as technically possible, for each and every day him and Anna shared a scene together. Sure, it would be fun with Duke battling it out for Anna too.

    I don’t get it. The last time Robert was on the GH canvas, fans were thrilled – for like the two, character-destroying milliseconds he was on our screen. Anna and Robin are now both back. Robert should be there too. Where is he? Tristan Rogers is out there people! Can Ron and Frank not find him? Is he in witness protection or something?

  18. Avatar of MadDogLane
    MadDogLane

    [quote]Honestly? Not surprised, people were already speculating it was him. Personally I don’t really care for it. I have zero investment in Duke. The 80s were 30-ish years ago. I would much rather have the reveal of the girl in the insane asylum be Emily. That would’ve shocked me.[/quote]

    Spoken like a fan of the GH that’s about mobsters.

    This is what GH is about, characters like Duke

    People have been clamoring for Duke to return for 23 years. Emily wouldn’t be a shock and unless it’s AmTam no thanks on Dumily returning. Natalia is horrid as an actress.

    I personally believe Duke is protecting Robin and has to hide her to protect her

  19. Avatar of tfcocs
    tfcocs

    Good memory, #6! With the rumblings about the return of our beloved Lucy Coe, that would make sense, especially with “Caleb and Livvie” being on the canvas.

  20. Avatar of Guza-Frons-Suck
    Guza-Frons-Suck

    I just really don’t like Ian Buchanan, he creeps me out. I never liked him before in the early days of Duke, I couldn’t stand him on Days and now I was so excited for the HUGE surprise total letdown! I was really hoping to see Stuart Damon. Just really kinda bummed =(

  21. Avatar of DomSmythe
    DomSmythe

    IAN BUCHANAN IS A FIRST-RATE ACTOR and half of the wildly popular 80′s supercouple, duke & anna. most of us love finola hughes’ return to GH as the kickass anna devane. ian’s surprise return just means more story for anna, which i’m all for!

    also, like so many soap exits, there was more story to tell between anna and duke. now, 23 freaking years later, we fans ccompete this sexy pair pick up where they left off. i’m beyond thrilled!

    i just can’t wait for robin to be found alive….

    but above all, i want to see an end to the “sonny era”… and it looks like so does frank v. and ron c.! sonny is a mobster lite… duke was the real deal!

  22. Avatar of DomSmythe
    DomSmythe

    IAN BUCHANAN IS A FIRST-RATE ACTOR and half of the wildly popular 80′s supercouple, duke & anna. most of us love finola hughes’ return to GH as the kickass anna devane. ian’s surprise return just means more story for anna, which i’m all for!

    also, like so many soap exits, there was more story to tell between anna and duke. now, 23 freaking years later, we fans ccompete this sexy pair pick up where they left off. i’m beyond thrilled!

    i just can’t wait for robin to be found alive….

    but above all, i want to see an end to the “sonny era”… and it looks like so does frank v. and ron c.! sonny is a mobster lite… duke was the real deal!

  23. Avatar of koalygirl
    koalygirl

    Duke’s return would be interesting if Robert were on the canvass. FV and RC have already taken GH down the road of ruin. They sent Robert away on a pointless exit. They’ve paired Luke and Anna and have changed Anna from the strong self reliant woman to someone who’d fall for …. urp… Luke. I can’t even watch a clip of that on YT, much less ever turn GH back on. When soaps became more about money and politics than it did about story, fans lose. Keeping Robert out of Robin’s story is a pitiful move that costs GH viewers. Idiots!

  24. Avatar of Yoryla
    Yoryla

    FV stated Duke was brought back to cause a triangle. What triangle??? Duke is the true love of Anna’s life as Laura is Luke’s. There shouldn’t be any triangle – Luke and Anna are good friends, but they shouldn’t be anything more.

  25. Avatar of THEBEST
    THEBEST

    I have 0 connection to Duke, so I could care less. Ian Buchanan is a great actor, but I think his last soap stints left a bad taste in my mouth which is why I don’t care lol

  26. Avatar of The_Moustache
    The_Moustache

    @Yoryla

    no one here or anywhere buys into that Luke and Anna being a couple, much less being attracted to each other.

    it’s so strange and creepy.

    i don’t know why CarTini went there.

  27. Avatar of JasamForever
    JasamForever

    I don’t know anything about Duke since I did not watch GH in the 80′s or 90′s. I was so dissapointed that he was the BIG suprise. I was hoping for Emily Q. I agree Yoryla. What triangle do I want to see on my screen? Certainly not Luke, Anna, and Duke. How about ROBERT, and Anna period. Luke should not even be in the equation and is just wrong. Duke can just be there. I do admit Ian looks physically more appealing today than he did when I watched him on Days.

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    jezza

    I love Duke Lavery, and I love Ian Buchanan, but I still think this is missing the “Wow!” factor. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that we just finished watching Ian chew the scenery for months in that horrid Ian McAllister story on “Days.” First, Stefano’s alive! Then, Duke’s alive! Still, I’m excited to see how the story plays out, and I’m sure some returns that will be truly surprising are in store.

  29. Avatar of EastWest
    EastWest

    If y’all thought Ian Buchanan was cutting a monkey on DAYS, MANE y’all ain’t ready. He will pretty much has this regime’s blessing for doing that mess here.

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