HomeTVGeneral HospitalGeneral Hospital: Perkie’s Observations Perkie October 10, 2012 General Hospital, TV Recap 27 Comments Luke is shocked to see Duke Lavery alive and in Anna’s room of all places. He reminds Anna that she just went through this with Robin, and advises her not to do it again. Anna tells Luke that she is sure this is the real Duke Lavery. Duke says he and Anna have a lot of catching up to do and wants Luke to leave. Luke points out that it’s his room, and he shares it with Anna. Anna explains how she stayed in town to help with Emma and admits that she and Luke were involved. Luke wants to discuss things privately, but Duke doesn’t want to leave because he fought so hard to get back to Anna. Luke tells Anna that he found Robert and told him the truth. He wants to clear things up with her, because what they have is real. Luke doesn't want to lose Anna. Duke reminds them all that since he isn’t dead, Anna is still his wife. Lulu and Dante are in the afterglow when Maxie shows up to talk to Lulu about her problems with Spinelli. Olivia finds Steve, who tells her that Heather knocked him out. She calls Dante to meet them at the hospital. Maxie’s upset that Ellie is so much like Spin, but Lulu reminds her that she wanted Spin to move on. Maxie says she didn’t get a chance to tell Spin how she really feels about him. She loves him and confesses commitment doesn’t scare her anymore. Maxie decides she needs to tell Spin, but Lulu warns that he might think she’s saying it because he’s with someone else. She thinks Maxie needs to bring something else to the table to get his attention. Lulu says Maxie needs to show she cares for Spin and points to Maxie’s wedding ring. Maxie knows she needs to prove to Spin that she cares, but needs to speak to Matt first. Jason explains to Sam that Heather grabbed the baby and ran. Sam worries about what Tea will go through when she finds out the truth. She wants to go out and find the baby before it’s too late. Sam refuses to lose her child again. Jason assures her there are many people looking for the baby. Sam thinks Heather might turn to Todd for help, because of their past. John tells Todd that Heather took Sam’s baby again and asks if Heather reached out to him. Todd says he hasn’t heard from her in months, but John says they have proof that he saw her at Ferncliff. John is sure that Heather is blackmailing Todd. Todd says he’s going to go see Tea, but John warns that Tea will learn the truth about how he switched babies. John tells Todd that Tea is paying for his lies again. Todd asks John to leave immediately. John leaves, but not before saying he will return with an arrest warrant. John arrives at the lake house and tells Jason and Sam that Todd isn’t talking, but clearly knows more. Sam says she’s happy her son is alive, but terrified she won’t see him again. She asks about the baby and John says he was big and healthy. Ellie notices that Spin seems distracted after their lunch date and wonders what's going on with him. He tells her about his argument with Sam, but confides in Ellie that he didn’t want to raise Sam's hopes. Olivia brings Steve into the hospital and Dante asks about Tea’s baby. Spin overhears Steve say that the baby is actually Sam’s and is thrilled by the news. Spin calls Jason and Sam to come to the hospital. Ellie tells Spin that Maxie cares about him and misses him in her life. Spin says Maxie has no romantic interests in him, but he’s now open to new possibilities. They kiss. Dante’s shocked to hear about the switched babies. Olivia realizes her premonition that Heather was in Port Charles was accurate and thinks everyone needs to start taking her visions seriously. Dante asks if Heather said anything about a ransom, as JaSam arrive. Sam declares she’ll pay anything to get her son back. Steve says it’s not about money, but about Heather wanting to raise the baby herself to prove she’s a good mother. He’s concerned since the baby takes medications for his disease. Heather calls Todd and explains that she has Sam’s child, because she wants to show everyone her amazing mothering skills. Todd warns her that if she hurts the baby, he’ll hunt her down personally. Heather wants his help in getting her out of the country. Todd refuses to help her disappear, but Heather says she’ll tell everyone his part in the switch. Luke informs Duke Lavery that he died, twice, so Anna is a twice a widow. She also went on to remarry Robert, and then David Hayward. Duke says he’s not dead, so those marriages are null and void. He says he’s not leaving until he speaks with Anna. Anna gets tired of the bickering and decides to go back to work, leaving the men to continue to argue. John finds Anna and says he thinks Todd will lead them straight to Heather. Heather gives the baby his medicine and realizes it’s the last dose. Todd’s gets some money and is heading out to meet Heather, when a hysterical Tea shows up at his door. 27 Responses Perkie October 10, 2012 Shut up Duke. Guh. I’ve always hated him. Never thought he was good enough for Anna. And to have him come back, knowing that he’s holding Robin and then to have him dig the knife in by asking Anna about her, just pissed me off even more. I don’t like Luke and Anna together, but Luke is the lesser of two evils if those are my only two choices. Remind me again why we can’t have an Anna/John hook up? Those two would be hot. Log in to Reply JASAMMABBY October 11, 2012 For reals these are the only two guys for Anna?? Yes to John or please have Robert come back. She is much to good for either.. I loved it all again- Maxie and Lulu.. Jasam.. SpinEllie.. Log in to Reply TV Gord October 11, 2012 It was pleasantly nostalgic to hear “Pine Valley” and “David Heyward” today. Log in to Reply iowaninmn October 11, 2012 I never cared much for Duke long ago, but i don’t remember him being so hot either! He looked good in those flashbacks! I think it’s great to have at least two men fighting for Anna. I have to believe that whatever Duke did to Robin was somehow to keep her or Anna safe. But of course, Anna will be devastated when she learns that Duke knew about this all along, whatever his rationale. Why does Heather have to be so over the top crazy? I want her to stick around, not locked away forever. Log in to Reply bishbay October 11, 2012 If it weren’t for all the time they’ve spent on McBam, Anna/John would happen. It’s clear that the writers are keeping that pairing as a possibility. It reminds me of how Carly/Patrick always flirt whenever they share a scene, though John/Anna’s interactions don’t read flirtatious so much as copacetic. I really liked the moment where they zoomed on Anna’s face and you could almost hear her think, “F all of this noise” right before she stormed off from the pissing contest. So good. FH is a prize. Ellie and Spinelli are my favorite part of the show. I seriously want Maxie to go away, at least in terms of Spinelli (she’s due for a storyline, isn’t she?). I can’t believe how much the right romantic pairing has changed my opinion of Bradford Anderson. I won’t be mean about him anymore. And the actress playing Ellie is a find. Log in to Reply snizzle October 11, 2012 When I look at Duke all I see is the unfortunate character he played on DOOL. Of all the characters to bring back Duke would’ve been way down my list. I will say FH did a great job in her scenes today. Poor Anna deserves so much better than Duke or used up Luke. I thought I heard Luke say something about Robert and Holly reuniting. It seems like kind of a big thing to have happen offscreen..but whatevs. Don’t really care about the baby drama although Robin Mattson is hitting the ball out of the park again. Don’t know RM’s age (guessing she must be getting close to 60?) but she looks fabulous for her age. When this s/l wraps up hope we haven’t see the last of Heather. The return of Heather and the last scenes with Edward Q have been the best things to happen at GH since RC/FV took over. Log in to Reply liason4real October 11, 2012 I like Ellie and Spinelli! The right woman has come along that forces Spinelli to act like a thirty something man instead of a babbling fool. Maxie at one time was blazing hot with Johnny and would have made Mac’s head spin. It truly pains me to say that I am glad that SBu is leaving the show (my poor Liason babies!), because it looks (IMO) that he checked out of GH a long time ago. Ugh. The main problem with Heather running off with Jason Jr. is that RC did the same story line over on OLTL with Brody snatching baby Liam after Natalie called off their wedding when she learned that John was really the baby Daddy. Anna had better not stay with that sleazy Luke Spencer! I would get on board with Anna/Duke, Anna/John or Anna/Robert. Log in to Reply stefanstavros October 11, 2012 Duke rules! I understand how some who didn’t watch the show back then can’t connect. He and Anna are epic. It was oozing out of her face at the end of Tuesday’s episode. Luke, go back to Amsterdam or the Quartermaine attic or the brothel or….etc.. Log in to Reply Angie Lucy October 11, 2012 Anna, tell Luke “to the left.” Yes, Duke has some splainin’ to do about Robin. I hope he’s trying to save or life or something so that once Anna gets past his initial deception, she and Duke can explore things, even if it doesn’t lead to them ending up together. There’s a lot of story to be told with Anna and Duke (and Robert–don’t get me started on Holly). Regardless, Luke’s role in this is done. Bye bye! Don’t let the door hit you… Log in to Reply curacaoman October 11, 2012 Luke or Duke? PUKE! Log in to Reply SZima October 11, 2012 [quote=Perkie]Shut up Duke. Guh. I’ve always hated him. Never thought he was good enough for Anna. And to have him come back, knowing that he’s holding Robin and then to have him dig the knife in by asking Anna about her, just pissed me off even more. I don’t like Luke and Anna together, but Luke is the lesser of two evils if those are my only two choices. Remind me again why we can’t have an Anna/John hook up? Those two would be hot.[/quote] I’m really hating Duke too. I wasn’t watching GH back when Duke was on, so I have no history there. I only know Ian Buchanan from his short stints on AMC and DOOL…neither of which characters I liked. He’s still looking like a scumbag…worse than DOOL! I don’t want Luke and Anna together either. Luke is looking pretty creepy these days too. The only one he really “fits” with is Tracy, so I’m holding out for them. I don’t want to see a John/Anna pairing since I’m really liking him with Sam. I can’t think of any man on GH right now that I’d like to see Anna with, since Mac it back with Felicia. They could have worked. (I’m still wondering what the point was in bringing Felicia back?) So, get Robert back and he and Anna could rule the world! He’s the one who should be by her side when Robin comes back! Log in to Reply Perkie October 11, 2012 [quote; snizzle]I thought I heard Luke say something about Robert and Holly reuniting[/quote] I don’t think he meant it like that. He said something like, they were together when he went looking for Robert to tell him the truth, but I didn’t think he meant in a romantic way. Plus, Holly knew the truth about Ethan, so would have been with Robert to try and delay finding Ethan as long as possible. (That’s my story, and I’m sticking with it!!!) I absolutely adore the baby. He’s the cutest thing and I love that he was doing his own thing through the Heather scenes, like playing with the phone cord while she was talking. Log in to Reply ANGELWENDY15 October 11, 2012 I wish they would have brought back Robert Scorpio instead of Duke but I think he is still under contract with Y&R. Not sure he will be on that show now with Jill Phelps taking over. We have to be patient with Frank V. and Ron C. They can do just so much when actors we want back are under contract with other shows. In the meantime, I like seeing two guys fighting over Anna. She’s a beautiful older woman. Prefer to watch them instead of boring Trey. Kristina and Starr, who can’t act. I have a feeling, we may see Robert and Ethan back by next year, and may-be Laura. I also have a feeling Natalie and Clint from OLTL will soon be on as soon as they wrap up the baby storyline and Steve Burton’s exit. Log in to Reply soapbaby October 11, 2012 [quote=Perkie]I absolutely adore the baby. He’s the cutest thing and I love that he was doing his own thing through the Heather scenes, like playing with the phone cord while she was talking.[/quote] ^^Yes! This little actor is gorgeous. OLTL did a great job casting baby Liam (Natalie and John’s baby) and the child who played Sam Manning (Victor’s child adopted by Blair). From the previews it appears that Baby Morgan (I’m assuming we will be renamed when reunited with Sam, so I am not sure what to call him now) will be played by a different child actor on today’s show. Perhaps, scenes were taped out-of-order or there’s not a set of identical twins to play the role. Is it wrong to wish for Todd to get off scot-free because I enjoy his character the most and think he’s the hottest guy on the show (until Jax returns?) LOL. 10/10/12 episode did nothing for me but I do like Spinelli & Ellie and think Maxie should step off. It seems inevitable that Spixie is endgame but I wish it weren’t the case. Unpopular opinions: I haven’t seen Kirsten Storms as a viable romantic character and I preferred Jen Lilley in the role. [Ducks for cover.] Log in to Reply Cyberologist October 11, 2012 Ugh…. Luke with Anna, can’t the Anna/Duke scenes play out for more than a minute before Luke shows up? GeeZe Why is she living with Dude in the first place. Didn’t realize how much I dislike Kirsten’s Bettie Boop voice until he goes full speed. I don’t care about Maxie/Spinelli/Ellie storyline just another triangle How many are there? After being kidnapped JaSus poor baby now needs Oh say it ain’t so… medicine … What next? and a little to high school musical for me (not my demo group) and this is starting out as same type of triangle storyline Maxie/Spinelli was in before with the computer nerd a few years back. Log in to Reply Tris Drake October 11, 2012 I love that Duke is as disgusted by Luke as I am. I’m Team Duke until it comes out that he was trying to protect Robin or something like that. I hate her more than I hate child killing Luke. Log in to Reply Steph570 October 11, 2012 I’m still hating the pacing of this show. We see the same characters day after day with no let up until they suddenly disappear mid-story. Then they pop back up while another story gets dumped for days, weeks, even months. Makes no sense. It would work so much better in the old school format, with front burner and back burner (lesser) story lines. It’s like these writers can’t handle more than one story line at a time. Log in to Reply TV Gord October 11, 2012 [quote=Steph570]It’s like these writers can’t handle more than one story line at a time.[/quote] I don’t understand what you mean. There were four storylines going on during this show, as there are on most days. I don’t think we’re watching the same show. Log in to Reply samIShot October 11, 2012 I dont like Ron’s writing of John when Anna was talking about Duke. John should acknowledge this is the same exact thing that happened to Todd last year….. In his world, this has happened so he shouldnt be so quick to dismiss Duke. Log in to Reply Yoryla October 11, 2012 IMO the pacing is just right for a soap. There a four to five storylines going on right now, and the best thing is, they intersect with each other at just the right moments. F.i., I absolutely love how Heather has been involved in four storylines/ main characters throughout her stay. (Sam/Jason, Todd, Steve/Olivia, Luke/Anna). And I love how her “branches” are now coming together for the final scenes of this storyline. GREAT storytelling imo, and VERY rare to find in soaps these days. Log in to Reply Steph570 October 11, 2012 “I don’t understand what you mean. There were four storylines going on during this show, as there are on most days.” Maybe I’m not explaining myself well here, I don’t mean stories as much as characters, well both really. Here’s an example, we were inundated with Con/Kate, Johnny, Sonny Joe Jr., and the kiddies last week and they will not be on all week this week. And where’s Patrick, the new nurse and doc (already forgot their names), Alexis and Sean, etc. etc. Why can’t we have one day of Sam/Jason, then one day of Sonny/Kate etc. It throws off the pace of the show in my view, and I’m even starting to miss characters I don’t even like! Log in to Reply GHvetfan October 12, 2012 Steph570 – I agree. They are writing more stories but they are also dropping characters for weeks at a time. Where the hell is Patrick? Why was Duke on for one episode and then gone for forever. Why did it take a month for Anna to get back from Europe? Log in to Reply TV Gord October 12, 2012 I agree with Yoryla. If we had Jason/Liz one day, Sonny/Kate the next, etc., the storylines would drag on for months on end. I prefer the way things are now. It’s as though we’re reading chapters in a book. The pacing is just right for me. A lot of stuff is happening this week. If each front burner got a day out of a week, we wouldn’t have this baby switch storyline resolved until Thanksgiving! Log in to Reply Steph570 October 12, 2012 “If we had Jason/Liz one day, Sonny/Kate the next, etc., the storylines would drag on for months on end.” But they have dragged on for months on end! The baby switch story and the crash that killed Starr’s family happened months ago. Baby switch months ago. Anthony’s murder months ago. Con/Kate’s multiple personality disorder months ago. Robin’s “death” months ago. All of the major story lines have been going on since the beginning of this regime’s tenure and nothing has been resolved. Log in to Reply TV Gord October 12, 2012 I meant what’s happening THIS WEEK would have dragged on…I prefer this format, where we’re moving along. Next week, it’ll be something else. It works for me. Log in to Reply J Bernard Jones October 12, 2012 I’m still hating the pacing of this show. We see the same characters day after day with no let up until they suddenly disappear mid-story. Then they pop back up while another story gets dumped for days, weeks, even months. Makes no sense. In the olden days (pre-2009), typical soap stories ran a MINIMUM of six months; hot A stories could run a year or more; “fan favorite” and popular storylines could run up to 2 years (ATWT’s Carolyn Crawford mystery — as convoluted as it was — ran close to 3 years!). The Bell soaps were infamous for starting and dropping stories and then picking up the stories years later (in fact, the Phyllis-Running-Down-Paul story that has been on Y&R recently started what seems like a couple of decades ago). Of the four remaining soaps on the air, GH currently has the most classic story structure identifiable with the genre: 2 A stories, several B stories, and a number of smaller character arcs (Dante & Lulu’s efforts to have a baby; Olivia’s “visions”, being examples). What is described above is how soaps have generally always told stories and, most specifically, very close to the old Henry Slesar (The Edge of Night) model where disparate stories involving much of the cast would eventually intersect toward or at their climax and the venerated Douglas Marland, who typically wrote in such a way that gave the vast majority of characters on the canvas had “something to do” more as an ensemble. And yes, the stories and characters would be paced exactly as described. Whether one likes the stories themselves is, of course, a matter of taste. But, objectively speaking, Carlivati is weaving old fashioned/classic soap opera. Log in to Reply ANGELWENDY15 October 12, 2012 I Loved today’s show. The scenes with Tea and Todd, they both work off each other so well. And when Todd stood on his head -WOW that man is in GREAT shape! I just love Roger Howarth- the way he gives those looks in the camera, his ad-libing, and whenever Todd is caught in a lie, Howarth just plays the role so well. Todd and John McBain are the reason I watch GH each day, they are both a big plus to the show. I think John and Anna have chemistry together, though it looks like Duke and Luke (Ha!) will be rivals. Can’t wait to see what will happen with the baby storyline. That baby is SO adorable, the way he smiled at Heather and touched her face. Great scenes, and he looks like Jason. Just loving the show right now. Can’t believe I am actually looking forward to the next show. Watch Soapnet and see GH back in 2008. The whole show revolved about the Mob, Jason Sojnny, Carly and the Zacharras. GH may not be perfect now but it is SO much better then it was, if I am actually anxious to watch the next show. 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