‘General Hospital’s’ 50th Anniversary surprises fans with long-awaited reunions
The ambulance speeding by the hospital as the theme song plays, one of my first memories of “General Hospital,” kicked off the 5oth Anniversary episode Tuesday in a montage of opening credits from the past five decades of the iconic soap opera.
“General Hospital” celebrates 50 years on television this week (April 1), with cast members new and old making appearances on the show. In the past month, fans have seen the return of favorite characters such as Frisco Jones (Jack Wagner), Bobbie Spencer (Jacklyn Zeman), Lucy Coe (Lynn Herring), Scotty Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Nikolas Cassadine (Tyler Christopher), Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon), Duke Lavery (Ian Buchanan) reuniting with Anna Devane (Finola Hughes), and Laura Webber Spencer Baldwin, etc. (Genie Francis; pictured below with yours truly) reuniting with ex-husband and soul mate (they so belong together) Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary.)
My personal favorite returns are Frisco and Laura, reuniting some of the show’s super couples: Frisco and Felicia, and Luke and Laura. I remember watching the show as a child with my mom, in particular, Luke and Laura’s infamous wedding. And I love the fact that I am watching the super couples on the small screen once again, but this time as a mom myself and watching with my child.
Oh and as far as super couples go, I would have loved to see Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) and Holly Sutton Scorpio (Emma Samms) reunite on the show for the big anniversary. And John Stamos as Blackie Parrish (sigh). But I guess I can’t complain.
This week with the anniversary and annual Nurses Ball, many more blasts from the past arrived. Jasper “Jax” Jacks (Ingo Rademacher), and Brenda Barrett (Vanessa Marcil) both returned, announcing to their exes, Carly Corinthos Jacks (Laura Wright) and Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard - Did I mention I met him in Times Square? If you are keeping score, that is two iconic cast members I have met!), that they are engaged to each other. Also Luke’s son, Ethan Lovett (Nathan Parsons), appeared in a quest by Luke and Laura to save daughter Leslie “Lulu” Spencer Falconeri (Julie Marie Berman) from Luke’s longtime nemesis Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers).
Characters also came back in ghost form with Dr. Monica (Leslie Charleson) and Tracy Quartermaine (Jane Elliot) apparently hallucinating together after tasting Pickle Lila (“What was in that relish?” lol), reuniting them with some deceased loved ones. Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon), Emily Quartermaine (Natalia Livingston), and even Dr. Rick Webber (Chris Robinson) appeared in the living room of the Quartermaine mansion, all asking Monica and Tracy to let bygones be bygones.
A special tribute to Dr. Steve Hardy (played by John Beradino, an original 1963 cast member who passed away in 1996), the heart of the hospital, was portrayed as Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) walked back in time around the hospital telling old stories to new medical students. A large photo of Dr. Hardy was displayed at the hospital, as his widow Audrey Hardy, R.N. (Rachel Ames, who joined the cast in 1964) and granddaughter Elizabeth Webber (Rebecca Herbst) reminisced.
The entire on-screen floor staff of the hospital applauded Dr. Hardy’s work from 50 years ago, as fans applauded writers and producers via Twitter (with #GH50 trending) and other social media online on a job well done on what became a monumental episode.
I am looking forward to the upcoming Nurses Ball, hoping to hear some classic tunes from Rick Springfield (who played Dr. Noah Drake and rocker Eli Love) and Jack Wagner. Hopefully Wagner’s character, Frisco, will serenade and woo back ex-wife Felicia (played by real-life ex-wife Kristina Wagner), with a little “All I Need” or “Lady of My Heart.”
And hopefully there will be more flashback scenes and former cast members making appearances as the celebration continues.
Happy Anniversary, “General Hospital.” Here’s to 50 more!
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Posted on April 2, 2013, in Celebrities, Pop Culture, TV, Uncategorized and tagged Anthony Geary, Frisco and Felicia, General Hospital, General Hospital 50, General Hospital 50th Anniversary, Genie Francis, GH, GH50, Luke and Laura, Maurice Benard. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.