Wednesday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital brought with it some interesting developments and moments. But nothing topped the “reunion” of Anna Devane and her late love Duke Lavery in heart-tugging scenes played to perfection by the incomparable Finola Hughes and Ian Buchanan.
It begins when Anna is left in a freezer on the pier, and knocked out thanks to on-the loose Carlos (Jeffrey Vincent Parise), and it is in her dire straits that she envisions seeing Duke. In their moments together for the first time in a year, Anna tells Duke her sorrow, her anger, and what she did to Carlos because of his death. She feels like she failed him, in that she wanted to bring his murderer to justice.
Later, Anna reveals to Duke she met his son, the son he never knew he had. When Anna fills in Duke about Griffin (Matt Cohen), Duke is touched and overcome. From the subtlety and emotional beats played, it reminded longtime viewers of just how Finola and Ian, dear friends in real life, created a one-of-a-kind on-screen chemistry. Finally, Duke tells Anna she has the strength to get back up, and when Duke vanishes form her conscious, Anna wakes up. She then realizes she is stuck in a very isolated, cold place!
Meanwhile, Carlos who is on the pier calls Julian (William deVry) for help. He needs him to help him get out of town and get to Sabrina (Teresa Castillo) and their baby. Carlos tells Julian if he gets caught, he will have to flip on him which would bring his world crumbling down. As Julian prepares to meet Carlos he grabs his gun, but Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) enters their home with two police officers who want to search the premises for Carlos. Alexis is getting upset with Julian and sees the gun box. He puts the gun back to appease her, but when she is not looking grabs the dagger Helena left to Natasha (Alexis)! Later, Carlos, who has been hiding in the waters of the pier, hears Julian who has come to meet him. Julian hands him cash, but then asks for hug, and then comes the double-cross! The mobster stabs Carlos! And let’s just say here and now: kudos to Jeffrey Vincent Parise for making the wackiness, the desperation, and violent parts of Carlos, and his on the run situations, so palpable.
The episode also brought back Robin Mattson as crazy Heather Webber. Franco (Roger Howarth) has come to visit his mother fearing that he is turning back to a dark place since the tumor was removed from his brain, and stemming from the fact that he and Nina (Michelle Stafford) broke up! He asks his mother for advice, and her advice is …to go big and get between the sheets, if he wants Nina back.
There was also a major wake-up for Alexis and to snap her into reality when her ex-lover, and town mob boss, Sonny (Maurice Benard) came to see her to tell her that she needs to realize that right now that either Julian is helping Carlos out of town, or killing him.
What did you think about the Anna and Duke scenes played by Hughes and Buchanan? Do you think Julian finally rid the world of Carlos once and for all? Did you get a kick out of seeing Heather Webber back on your screens? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, but first watch a tender and emotional moment between Anna and Duke below!