On Monday, Anthony Geary’s final episode as Luke Spencer aired on General Hospital. In his final scenes, Geary shared screen time with Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos) as Luke basically told Sonny to take care of Port Charles while he is gone, because the place needs Sonny. The subtext of that moment was evident: Geary was passing the torch to Benard as the series leading character to which Sonny replied that he will be around, for now.
Luke did have an opportunity to have a final moment and goodbye with his daughter Lulu played by Emme Rylan. Later, When Lulu returned to the Haunted Star to tell Laura (Genie Francis) she met up with her father before he left town for good, she revealed he gave her a letter to deliver to Laura marked, “Angel”, which was always Luke’s nickname for his former wife and longtime love.
As Geary took his final on-screen bow walking into the foggy night to get on the boat that takes him out of Port Charles, he looks back with a smile. We are left with his silhouette, as he walks off, and the episode fades to black. For many, the moment was simple, touching, and tugged at the heart.
Over the last 24 hours though, some longtime fans of General Hospital have voiced their displeasure that the final episode of Geary’s featured no video montage featuring retrospective clips, and did not have the emotional impact that the days leading up to the Geary finale had.
Nathan Varni, the Manager Current Series of ABC in charge of General Hospital related on his facebook page when commenting about the lack of clips in the episode from a fan responded by saying: “Wasn’t the direction Tony wanted, but there are many montages avail to view on the ABC website and You Tube.” Another common comment, of course, was that there was no final goodbye scene with Genie Francis.
Which leads us to the letter marked, “Angel”. What is the contents of the letter? Will Luke have some important words for Laura? Will he discuss their relationship and what he meant to her? Or, none of the above?
Whether you were pleased, cried, or were disappointed, yesterday marked the end of an era for a performer who brought so much to daytime and changed the game for so many actors, and raised the bar with his performances time and time again. With one last look, here is Luke’s final moment in Port Charles below.
Now, let us know, what were your thoughts on Tony Geary’s last episode? Did you reach for the hankies? Were you disappointed? Will you miss Luke now that he is gone from the canvas? And, what do you think Luke wrote to Laura in the envelope marked, “Angel”?