It was a banner day for so many General Hospital fans, when a major storyline wrong was finally made right, thanks to the creative team of executive producer Frank Valentini and head scribe Ron Carlivati and his writing team.
In a twist that helps give even deeper meaning to the upcoming departure of the character of Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary) and upcoming ramifications for Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Lucky (Jonathan Jackson), and Jason (Billy Miller), little Jake Spencer (James Nigbor) was revealed to be alive and well and living on Cassadine Island with the exiled Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers)!
Since 2011, Luke has believed he killed Jake via a hit and run accident during one awful moment when he was drunk, and has been tormented every since. But after Lucky revealed he believes Jake is alive, Luke goes to see Helena one-on-one to get the truth out of her. Luke then learns Jake IS really alive, but viewers don’t know the specifics of what Helena told Luke of how it all came about, and how she pulled off this heinous act to make everyone believe the boy was dead.
It is then that we see a toy blue truck hit Luke at his feet, as little Jake Spencer is there in the room with the man that supposedly ran him down! Helena retorts, “How fitting that he hit you with his car.” While Helena and Luke have their typical and delicious repartee’, there is a twist. Helena seems to have softened, even thanking Luke for “all of the years of passion you gave me,” and she even with her odd attraction to her nemesis, kisses him. These were wonderful final scenes between long-time scene partners: Constance Towers and Tony Geary.
In the episode’s final moments, with just the right musical underscore to heighten the emotions for the viewing audience, Luke and little Jake come face to face … and Jake says, “My name’s Jake … what’s yours?” Hankie-time!
The episode also featured Laura Wright (Carly) in a touching performance in scenes with Rebecca Herbst, while Carly waited to see if her daughter Josslyn would remain cancer free on the anniversary of when she received little Jake’s kidney that saved her life. The two mothers discuss the loss Liz must feel, as she relates she still thinks about her son every day and tries to keep his memory alive. Later after running tests, Silas (Michael Easton) comes in with great news for Carly. Josslyn’s reports are all good, and since Joss has been cancer-free for five years, it’s the best news she could get! Carly is thankful to Elizabeth, and overwhelmed.
It was very surprising to see how this story came together, and will be even more interesting to see how this is all explained, but with little Jake back on the canvas, this story has legs for some time to come, and it takes a horrible moment in Luke’s life and gives his tattered soul some salvation. And how special it was to see James Nigbor again several years older!
So, what did you think of Thursday’s General Hospital? Excited to see little Jake back on the canvas? What do you think will happen next, or should happen next? Luke’s on-screen farewell tour has certainly brought with it this special moment. Now, share your thoughts and comments below. But first check out the the final moments of the episode when little Jake meets Luke!