On-Air On-Soaps along with many General Hospital fans were hoping that the powers-that-be at the ABC daytime drama series would find a way to keep fan favorite Jeffrey Vincent Parise alive and kicking on our screens after finally killing-off his alter-ego, Carlos Rivera.
First, we had Carlos back in visions taunting Anna (Finola Hughes) and Julian (William deVry), but this week fans learned the ultimate plan. Pull out the old twin plot device and bring Parise back as Carlos’ brother, and that is what they did!
Viewers were introduced to Parise’s new incarnation as Dr. Joe Rivera as he comes to the door at the Quartermaines and reconnects with Sabrina (Teresa Santiago). It is clear from Sabrina’s introduction of him to a leery Michael (Chad Duell) that she knew Joe way back when confirming the twin story is true. She also dated the guy. And to boot, what is Joe by profession? A pediatric surgeon! He could definitely help in the care of baby Teddy. Thus, throwing a wrench in the burgeoning romance of Michael and Sabrina.
Upon his re-emergence on to the Port Charles canvas, Parise was flooded by GH fans thrilled to have him back via social media. Jeffrey sent out this tweet in acknowledgement: “Once again I’m blown away by the kindness of
@GeneralHospital fans. Thank U 4 the warm welcome back! Gonna B a fun ride!“
So, what do you think about GH playing the twin card and bringing Parise back to the show? Are you hoping Joe sways Sabrina away from Michael? Are you excited to have the actor back on the show in a new role? Are you perhaps a naysayer, who thinks that somehow down the line this could all be a twist, and Joe is really Carlos? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!