Friday’s episode of General Hospital concluded an emotional week on the ABC soap opera as Jonathan Jackson (Lucky Spencer) took center stage along with his longtime scene partner, Tony Geary (Luke Spencer).
The much talked-about scenes that had been previewed in several interviews by GH icon, Genie Francis (Laura Spencer) not only lived up to the hype, but exceeded it. When you think of classic acting duos in motion pictures and television that audiences love to see work together time and time again, we defy anyone to tell us that the team of Jackson and Geary isn’t right up there among them.
As the story continued, Luke came face-to-face with the little boy he thought he ran down with a car five years ago, Jake Spencer (James Nigbor). Laura and Lucky walk onto the scene and finally Lucky is reunited with Jake and tells him he is his father. When Luke explains some of how Helena faked Jake’s death, Lucky questions whether Nikolas (Tyler Christopher) has known the truth all along, to which Laura swears Nikolas wouldn’t keep a secret like this. But, would he? As Laura goes to spend some time with Jake to prepare him for leaving Cassadine Island, that sets up the two-person scenes between Jackson and Geary, who combined have 13 Daytime Emmys between them.
As much as the scenes were the father and son heart-to-heart full circle moment between Luke and his first born, there was so much subtext going on between the dialog and the performances, as Jackson started his brilliant career as a little boy on GH under the tutelage of Geary, that the respect, admiration, and love that these two actors have for each other showed through as the scenes played out.
Kudos to the GH writing team for some dialog that tugged at your heartstrings: With Lucky saying to his father: “All I ever wanted was to measure up to you.” To which Luke replied, “Oh, cowboy. Aim higher!” When Luke explained about his inner demons, and his heinous upbringing resulting in killing his father, Lucky responded: “It’s not fair, you were cursed with a father like him, and I was blessed with you.” He went on to say: “I got to grow up with Luke Spencer: the man who taught me to trust my instincts, to think for myself … you never talked down to me, you never treated me like I was too young to understand, and when you did disappoint me, and you did, and I turned away from you, you took the full force of my rage and bitterness, and you brought me safe to the other side. I wish you had the kind of father that I have.” After the beautiful speech by Lucky, Luke responded and said, “I believe you get the life of the sum total of your choices … the good, and the bad. And, I have made some terrible choices. There is no doubt about that. But the good ones … the sweet ones … the choices that made me the happiest … they all had to do with loving your mother, and raising you … my first born, the pride of my life.” It was a beautiful tearjerker played masterfully by Jackson and Geary.
At the end of the episode, Lucky, Laura and Luke, and little Jake are back in Port Charles outside of Elizabeth’s (Rebecca Herbst) house. Lucky doesn’t think this news of her son being alive should come from him, since he has disappointed her and always brought Liz bad news. Luke insists this should come from him and stands by outside with Jake, as Lucky approaches the door. Liz hears the doorbell and goes to answer the door, and when she opens it Lucky is there, and we fade to black!
What did you think of the scenes between Jonathan Jackson and Tony Geary? Lucky reuniting with Little Jake? Did you need the hankies for this episode? Excited for Monday’s airshow? Watch a few moments from Friday’s GH and then Share your thoughts in the comment section below!