Holly vs. Anna: Which Woman is The Love of Robert Scorpio's Life on General Hospital?






While the trio's children being in various states of disrepair (Robin is dead; Ethan was almost turned into a Spencer, er Scorpio kabob by Helena) may be what has Anna (Finola Hughes), Holly (Emma Samms) and Robert (Tristan Rogers) back in Port Charles again this week, their presence can't help but reignite the heated debate over their classic, General Hospital love triangle.

Holly Sutton was first involved with Scorpio's best pal Luke Spencer (Tony Geary), but when Luke was presumed dead following an avalanche, Robert stepped up to marry a pregnant Holly, preventing her from being deported. Although Holly miscarried Luke's baby, she and Robert decided to stay married, as they had fallen madly in love. Cue Luke's return from the dead and the beginning of the Luke/Holly/Robert triangle. Holly eventually chose Robert, while Luke reunited with Laura (Genie Francis), who by this point had returned from the dead herself. Robert and Holly were finally able to be happy together — until they weren't.

The year 1985 saw the arrival of Robert's ex-wife Anna Devane in Port Charles with his secret daughter Robin in tow. Though Robert ultimately decided to stay with Holly, even packing up to follow her to Australia; he returned to PC in 1987, believing Holly dead following a plane crash. In 1991, Robert finally remarried his baby mama, Anna, following the death of her ex-mobster hubby Duke Lavery (Ian Buchanan, Greg Beecroft).

The next year, Robert discovered Holly hadn't in fact died (Does anyone in this town wait for a body, complete with a toe tag before moving on?!), and had been in a coma following her plane crash. The couple was back on good terms by the time Robert left Robin in the care of Holly and his little brother Mac (John J. York) to go rescue Anna from the dastardly Faison (Anders Hove). Holly, Mac, Robin and the rest of PC were soon shocked to learn Robert and Anna had "died" in an explosion caused by Faison. After a brief time of helping Mac rear Robin (and dating Luke's lookalike cousin Bill Eckert), Holly left town in '93.

Flash forward to 2006, when a lethal monkey flu brought the trio back to General Hospital. Since that time, Robert, Holly and Anna have all turned up from time to time, but their once insanely debatable love triangle has been left all but unresolved since the early 90's. With all three finally back in PC this week. It begs the question:

Once and for all, who is the great love of Robert Scorpio's life?    

Holly
31% (836 votes)
Anna
69% (1870 votes)
Total votes: 2706

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It's Holly. Tongue Whenever Robert had to chose it was Holly. Besides that, their chemistry is brilliant.

It would be awesome if they revisit the love triangle, but if Emma, Tristan and Finola are only back short-time, I guess we're in for a disappointment. Sad

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Thinking about this question brings back such great memories of these characters. It's kinda depressing thinking about GH's glory days and comparing them to the pile of garbage GH is today. Anyway, here was my gut reaction to the question...

Robert + Holly = Love
Robert + Anna = Lust

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That's probably why it was such a compelling triangle -- we never knew who was going to end up with whom. I do think Robert & Holly were head-over-heels in love with her, and the resurgence of Anna brought back some old feelings for Robert. I would also say that Duke & Anna were a compelling pairing, and if Duke (played by Ian Buchanan) had been alive when Robert came back into her life, I'm not sure Anna would have ended up with Robert.

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Without a doubt, it's Holly. While Robert and Anna are great as co-parents and bickering exes, when it comes to romance it just fizzles. Robert and Holly on the other hand, had the deep abiding love and romance. And when both women were around, Robert chose Holly. There's no contest. So, bring back Duke Lavery for Anna!

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Robert and Holly definitely. They just sizzled together. Don't get me wrong, I love Robert and Anna too, but I really believe Holly was the love of Robert's life.

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I say it's Holly, I mean after all Robert does have a son with her now, Ethan is not Luke's son, he's Robert's, and now they have something that ties them together forever

But then there's Anna, Robert also had a child with her, a daughter Robin, a granddaughter Emma, they have a history

But altogether when it really comes down to it, I say Holly

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The wonderful thing about these "old school" triangles is that Robert could end up with either woman and it be believable. Even as campy and over the top as GH was in the mid-80's, the writers knew they had to make the romance believable. Holly and Robert in a tub was PURE sex. I remember my mother making me leave the room as I tried to watch her soaps with her. But let's face it: Anna was the beautiful intellectual choice to Holly's more manipulative beauty. Holly is who you go with as a younger man. A more mature man would choose Anna. Then again, who could blame that same mature man for jumping back in Holly's bed? Damn she still looks beautiful. Actually both have maintained their class and beauty very well! If I ever needed someone to help me kick someone's a**, I'd chose Anna. If I ever needed to stab someone in the back, I'd ask Holly for help.

Too bad these short term gimmick returns will prevent us from exploring this intriguing dynamic.

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But I have always wanted to see Robert and Holly reunite for the longest time

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It has been conveniently forgotten that General Hospital Nightshift 2 came along and reunited Robert & Anna. They professed their love to each other and at Robin's wedding their very short screen time showed that they were together.

But even though I like watching R&A, I don't think there is an answer to the wifey wars question. Robert loved both of his wives, at different times and for different reasons. Tristan Rogers has even stated that. So though the Holly vs Anna question does get people talking, it's a shame that it has to get so divisive, instead of letting fans enjoy being Robert fans, no matter which wifey you like best.

I'm just glad Tristan, Finola, and Emma were called back to GH. They need to keep Tristan on till the show gets canceled.

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If I get my wish they would keep all three on. Finola Hughes has said in an interview with Kimberly that she's very open to very possibility. Tristan Rogers truly loves the show and his character and after being written out at Y&R, it would be good for him to have found a home again. I think their isn't much convincing to do either. Then there is Emma Samms. I don't know much about her daily life, if she currently lives in L.A., but at least I would try having her back full time. GH kind of needs their veterans that they didn't kill off right know.

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Plain and simple...Holly. Let me say that one more time Holly. She gave Robert something Anna never could, happiness and a look of love on his face that was missing with Anna.

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The love of his life is Robin as for Holly and Anna he loved them both equally when he was with them. The was never a real love triangle because neither of the females were actually ever competing each other for his love, when Anna first came on was the only time all three were ever on together and you can tell Robert still had feelings for Anna but choose to stay married to Holly. Even though he was in love with Holly he couldn't stay away from Anna which brought him back to Port Charles on Robin's request.

Robert and Anna were always written to love and respect one another even when they love others her Duke and him Holly and every other flavor of the month. When they got together it was stated that the reasons why none of Roberts other relationship worked was because he always love Anna. The fact that no female could ever come between the bond that Robert-Anna-Robin shared should be telling.

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I never watched GH in its prime but this is refreshing to hear-- a love triangle where no one is demonized, just a couple of pairings that appear to be organic.
Soaps today are too simplistic in the way they deal with romantic pairings. Someone has to be written as the evil one, the other as a victim. Sometimes it's good if there is a good & bad force but it is done way too much on soaps now and it's boring. I long for the days where romantic pairings were done with more nuance. Now we get cartoon.

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You all are smoking crack. The bond that never could be broken, the woman he kept going back to time and time and time again was always anna. This is a no brainer. Robert loved Holly intensely at the time, but he never ever totally shook off his feelings for anna, whereas when he was with anna, holly was a memory.

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EricasEvilTwin wrote:
You all are smoking crack

Not me, I never even mentioned a preference (LOL). Just that its refreshing to see a triangle where no one is demonized.

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I have a little question that came to my mind with all of this. When Holly turned up alive in 1992 this made Robert's second marriage to Anna invalided. Robert was about to divorce Holly, but then supposedly died in this explosion with Anna. Were Holly and Robert ever divorced ... or are they still married to this day?

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No, Robert and Holly never got divorced. Technically, they are still married. And no one is smoking crack here. Long after Holly died and Anna was on the scene, there is a scene with Robert by himself during Christmas time. He picks up a sprig of Holly and says "Holly, Holly, Holly. The love of my life". That says it all right there.

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This was settled more than 25 years ago. Robert was never happier than when he was with Holly, and Anna was never happier than when she was with Duke. And in all this time, I have never seen anything to indicate otherwise. Robert told Holly, "I love you in a way that I've never loved any other woman before. And I want to take care of you. And I want to be with you. Always." And Annd told Duke, "Yes, I care about Robert. But you've got my heart." There is no debate here.

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No one is denying that both Robert and Anna loved Holly and Duke with all their hearts but neither of them were the love of their lives. All though Anna's marriage to Duke, Robert was a huge presence even at times trumping Duke and the same can be said for Robert.

No matter who they were with it always came back to them and Robin just intensified their devotion and bond. This is what made them special that no matter what nothing was able to break their bond and that they respected each other enough to never play games with each other when it came to their loves lives. "If you love someone, set them free. If they come back they're yours; if they don't they never were," this is the story of Robert/Anna, when Robert found out that Holly was still alive he asked her for a divorce there was no hesitation in his actions that right there is telling

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Robert loved Holly. Anna came back with Robin. Did Robert choose Anna over Holly or did Holly die and Robert ended up with Anna? My memory is fuzzy. I am remembering Robert being very much present when Anna was with Duke. Didn't Robert only get with Anna after both Holly and Duke were out of the picture?

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From the moment Anna showed back up in Robert's life he could not stay away from her. Even after moving away to Australia he came back as soon as Robin called. Through the years we saw them paired up with others but they could not stay away from each other. How many times did we hear Duke say that Robert was still in love with Anna and the same goes for both Cheryl and Katherine to Robert. They saw what we all at home watching on our tv screens saw, a love that was always there and would never die. When they finally did get back together in 91 Robert's words to Anna were All those years we were apart I never stopped loving you, not for a second. The love of Robert's life is Anna and the same goes for the love of Anna's life being Robert.

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If Robin bonds Robert and Anna, then Ethan bonds Robert and Holly.

Robert will always love Anna but he will never love her the same way that he loved Holly.

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OldGHFan wrote:
If Robin bonds Robert and Anna, then Ethan bonds Robert and Holly.

Robert will always love Anna but he will never love her the same way that he loved Holly.

Seriously, are we even going to play this game. Robert doesn't know Ethan from squat simply having a child with someone doesn't create a bond its the process of raising that child together that does. Robert/Robin/Anna were a complete family, Robin at the age of six stole her daddy's heart and she strengthened all the feelings that Robert and Anna shared for each other.

Holly was a moment in Robert life a very important and truly cherish moment, Anna is Robert's life. You have it wrong Robert will always love Holly and rightfully so but he will never love her the same way that he loves Anna. Anna the only person that Robert compromised himself for, even Holly understood this.

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I thought Robert comprised himself for Holly when he married her illegally.

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Anna. Without a doubt.

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You're right. Anna was first and will be the last. Holly never had what it takes to hold on to Robert. Plus, she's a crook and a liar, Robert can't stand that. Anna will always be Robbiesgirl!