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GH Friday Recap: Ric And Madeline Become Bed Buddies!

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Did you miss today's GENERAL HOSPITAL? We'll fill you in on all the excitement!

Looking for a guarantee that Ric was on her side, Madeline planted him with a big wet kiss...and he didn't fight back one bit! After a few seconds, he gained his composure and pulled away, reminding her that he's a married man. She got a good laugh out of that one, considering it was pretty clear his marriage to Nina was just the means to an end. Ric did his darndest to resist temptation, but, oh that Madeline proved she knew a thing or two about seduction. He picked her up and carried her into the bedroom!

As Carly and Kiki watched in amusement from the sidelines, Nina confronted Denise about Franco's claim that they were dating. To everybody's amazement, Denise played along and, in fact, after noticing that Morgan was watching, she grabbed Franco and pulled him into a kiss. Nina was, like, "Huh?" and then swiftly returned to her suite... where Ric and Madeline were doing the nasty in the other room! A rattled Ric emerged in a robe, saying he took a shower. Nina was as cold as ice, explaining that Franco said that her mother was out of jail thanks to her crack attorney. "You wouldn't happen to know anything about that, would you?" she asked.

Dante couldn't shake the realization that Lulu had been lying to him. When she called, his suspicion was confirmed that she wasn't visiting Lake Cuomo with her grandma Lesley. When he asked to speak with Lesley, Lulu gave that tired old excuse, "um, she's taking a nap." Like Dante would buy that. When they hung up, Valerie happened to arrive. He was fired up and ready to confront his wife face-to-face, but she got him to simmer down and have some dinner. Their eyes locked... and he kissed her.

Meanwhile, Lulu was with Dillon in Vancouver, looking for her parents. After hacking into their hotel database, Lulu found a room registered to Lloyd and Lucy Johnson, the aliases they used back in the 80's when they were on the run from Frank Smith's mob. When Lulu and Dillon got to that room, they found Luke and Laura hidden inside with guns drawn! They explained that Jennifer told them to wait it out there for further contact. After the kids left, Luke and Laura heard someone fidgeting with the doorknob. The door opened slowly. It was a pistol packin' Holly!

Sabrina offered a comforting shoulder to Michael, who was pained by his estrangement from his family. As she saw it, there was one certain way for him to have a relationship with his father and that would be for him to give Sonny back his baby daughter. "Returning A.J. might be the way to move past all the hurt and the anger on both sides and start rebuilding," she reasoned. Later that evening, Sonny was thrilled to have T. J. move in. He told Carly that, as it was, it felt like a big, empty house but, with T.J. there, it was brought back to life. Sonny's bodyguard announced that there was a visitor, and Michael walked in... and Sabrina strolled in behind him with Avery.

Monday on GH, Michael returns Avery to Sonny, Dante and Valerie grow closer, Nina is suspicious of Ric, Morgan questions Denise about Franco, and Holly reveals what she knows about Lucky's disappearance! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Where Has Holly Been?

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Where trouble goes, GENERAL HOSPITAL's Holly Sutton (played by the lovely Emma Samms) often follows. Need a little refresher on what went down the last time we saw the Brit beauty now that she's back on the scene? Read on!

Life was very different for Luke a couple of years back. Suffering from Polonium poisoning courtesy of Helena Cassadine, Luke set off on a desperate quest to find the antidote. Aware that Jerry Jacks had survived a similar poisoning, a weakening Luke hit the road to find the elusive Mr. Jacks and, hopefully, a cure.

Luke began his search at a Swiss bank with ties to the elusive Jerry. While there, a veiled gunman whipped off their mask to reveal Holly underneath! It turned out she had been sitting vigib by the bedside of an unconscious Robert in a nearby clinic. Needing help in hacking the bank's security systems for a lead on Jerry's latest whereabouts, Luke had turned to Holly, who'd been more than happy to offer a hand..

Holly and Luke's search first lead them to Sean Donely and then to a home in Corinth, Pennsylvania. There they encountered Obrecht, who admitted she had created the Polonium cure. During an alone moment, Obrecht suggested that she would bring Robert out of his coma if Holly let her go. When Luke returned, he found Holly knocked out cold and Obrecht missing! Although Holly went off in search of Jerry and Obrecht, that was the last she'd been seen... until now!

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Co-Stars Say Good-bye To Anthony Geary

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Yesterday, Anthony Geary taped his final scenes as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Luke Spencer, a role he's played for 37 years. After the iconic star walked out of the ABC studio for the last time (following a farewell party on the set), his colleagues took to social media to share their praise and adoration for the Emmy winner. (His final episode will air in late July.)

"To the legend Tony Geary," Maurice Benard (Sonny) shared on Twitter. "Not just a great actor, but a great guy and I'm proud to call him my friend." Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) simply stated, "Tony Geary = MAGIC. That is all."

Sharing a photo on Instagram, Vinessa Antoine (Jordan) wrote that "Some of my very first scenes were with Tony Geary. He was so beautiful. Artist. Gentleman. Will miss him." TV nephew Ryan Carnes (Lucas) called him a "living legend," while Kathleen Gati (Obrecht) shared that "It was a very moving farewell to a soap opera legend! I'll always remember my start on GH with Tony Geary fondly!"

Be sure to check out the next few ABC issues of Soaps In Depth as we continue our tribute to the beloved star.

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Meet Luke's Ex!

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Need a refresher course on Jennifer Smith, the woman who showed up on GENERAL HOSPITAL to make life complicated for Luke and Laura? Well, read on...

It all began back in 1980, when Luke was working for the Port Charles godfather at the time, Frank Smith. Having set his sights on taking control of Smith's legit businesses in town, Luke correctly assumed that the man's young, beautiful and pampered daughter, Jennifer, held the key. Although Luke's heart belonged to Laura, he and Jennifer decided to get married... aboard Smith's yacht, no less.

As the ceremony got underway, Scott boarded the boat and, having just learned that Luke raped Laura a year previous, punched the groom in the face! Luke fell into the water and was presumed dead. But in reality, he and Laura had fled Port Charles in an effort to not only stay alive, but find evidence which could bring down Frank Smith's criminal empire!

Fast forward to 1994. Luke and Laura went in search of Jennifer and eventually caught up with her in Atlantic City with her then husband, Billy "Baggs" Boggs (played by Rosanne and Tom Arnold). Jennifer still had the hots for Luke and, to make things even more uncomfortable, Baggs was itching for a wild time with Laura, too! Luke and Laura were finally able to escape the couple's attempt at "swinging" by threatening to expose them as crooks.

Eight years later, Jennifer (this time played by Sally Struthers) kidnapped Luke and Laura. Jennifer wanted to finally make Luke her lawfully wedded husband, and warned that if he refused, Laura was as good as dead! Seeing no way out of the literal shotgun marriage, Luke agreed... but arranged for his pay Roy Di Lucca to pose as the minister, thus invalidating the union. Once again defeated in her attempts to claim Luke's heart, Jennifer exited and hasn't been heard from since... until now (and this time portrayed by ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Cassie, Holly Gagnier)!

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Paevey Unplugged!

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Paevey also talks about his moonlighting job as a correspondent for the show EXTRA, shares which superstar made him speechless and reveals which hot young actress admitted to having a crush on!

For more with the heartthrob, pick up the new issue... on sale now!

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Exclusive: First Look At Sudsville's Shows!

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SudsvilleTV is set to launch in October (at www.SudsvilleTV.com) and they have given Soaps In Depth a first look at the new network's line-up of programming! (All times listed are EST, and with the exception of the drama YEAR ROUNDERS, which will clock in at just under an hour, each show is 30 minutes.)

Check out the programming slate below as described by the folks at Sudsville, and then let us know in the comments which show you are most excited to see!

AM SUDSVILLE: At 11:30 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, join the show's three hosts for celebrity interviews, questions from viewers and recaps of your favorite programs.

MONDAYS

8:00 p.m. Hosted by Michael O'Leary (Rick, GUIDING LIGHT), MICHAEL'S AMAZING SOAP TRIVIA CHALLENGE will debut in December. In each of the 10 episodes, three lucky contestants will face off to win a $1,000 prize -- and dinner with Michael and his co-host. The winners from each of the 10 episodes will advance to the Tournament Of Champions round and compete for a grand prize of $10,000. (The show will also have a campy fictional storyline featuring Michael's new bride, optimistic mom and cantankerous dad!)

8:30 p.m. In a reality/game show hybrid, handsome host Cody Blymire takes three grannies on wacky and wild adventures around New York City in GRANDMAS UNLEASHED!

TUESDAYS

8:00 p.m. Learn how to look like your favorite soap star (without spending a million bucks!) on THE FASHION REPORT.

8:30 p.m. In BELLA, BELLA, follow some of Manhattan's best hair and make-up artists and stylists around to the high-fashion events that are quintessentially New York City.

WEDNESDAYS

8:00 p.m. WASH OUT contestants get a choice between answering a question or doing a stunt as they vie to win a cash prize. (As long as they don't get washed out first!)

8:30 p.m. REENACT! Follows fictional former soap star Brad Cain and his brother, Benny, as they launch a company to supply low-cost reenactments to cable television's true crime shows.

THURSDAYS

8:00 p.m. SudsvilleTV's original drama, YEAR ROUNDERS, is set in a New England fishing village that has become a summer playground for the wealthy. Look for some familiar faces from daytime to lead the cast when the drama debuts in December.

FRIDAYS

8:00 p.m. Four aspiring performers try to break into show biz in ACTOR/WAITER.

8:30 p.m. Follow the journey of 10 empty nesters/divorceés as they return to the workforce late in life on SECOND LOOK AT MY LIFE.

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Cast Your Vote #27

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Once again, it's time to express your opinions for our Readers' Poll. In the comments section for this article, please respond to the question, and feel free to explain your answer, but remember that any comments here may be considered for publication in the magazine. Any extra comments you have that have nothing to do with this week's poll question should be directed to the Message Boards section of our Web site!

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Do you believe Julian has a right to know his son is alive?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, June 25. And please, only one vote per person!

To vote on your favorite actor, actress and couple currently appearing on an ABC, CBS or NBC soap, please mail your choices to:

ABC Readers' Poll
c/o Soaps In Depth
270 Sylvan Ave.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

Multiple mail-in votes during the same voting period will not be counted, so don't waste our time, your time, or the postage!

VOTES FOR ACTORS, ACTRESSES AND COUPLES CAST IN THE COMMENTS TO THIS ARTICLE WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

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Watch Stafford's New Web Series!

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The new web series from Michelle Stafford (Nina, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has launched today on NickMom.com! Titled The Secret Mind Of A Single Mom, the short vignettes are written and directed by Stafford and star herself and five-year-old daughter Natalia as they bring to life some of the hilariously awkward moments every mother with a little girl can relate to!

So far, Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3 and Episode 4 are available online, with each running a couple minutes apiece. They're short, they're cute, and if you're a mom, you'll totally get it! Click the links to watch and keep an eye out for more episodes on NickMom.com!

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GH Friday Recap: "Everything We Said Was A Lie!"

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A whole lot of secrets and lies are stressing people out on GENERAL HOSPITAL!

Tracy wasted no time at all removing any sign of Luke from the Quartermaine mansion. As she tossed everything from a toy roulette wheel to a human skull into a big cardboard box, she ranted and raved to an understanding Dillon. Yes, she was furious with Luke and Laura, but Tracy was even angrier with herself for, once again, letting a man walk all over her.

While Laura was having a warm visit with Nikolas, Lulu was having a chilly one with Luke. He poured himself a drink from the stash on the Haunted Star, and proceeded to let Lulu give him a piece of her mind. Although she was happy for her parents if they truly did find their way back to each other, the way Luke broke Tracy's heart after she stood by him was inexcusable.

The louder Lulu screamed, the more agitated Luke grew. He was about to crack and confess the truth when Dillon raced in wanting answers as to why Luke abandoned Tracy in such a heartless manner. Dillon was winding up to take a swing at him when Laura rushed in. Luke shut Dillon down by giving him a hardy shove and shouting, "Everything Laura and I did last night, everything we said to Tracy was a lie!"

Jake, dressed like a pallbearer, was introduced to Rosalie as ELQ's new head of security and the man who was going to uncover the party behind the attempt at a corporate takeover. After Jake left, Rosalie tried to convince Michael that he should "unhire" Jake! She pointed out that the company wasn't safe with its new employee, even suggesting that he might be a mole for the Cassadines. While Rosalie was in with Michael, Sam quietly planted a bug on her phone, only for a suspicious Jake to catch her! Sam tried to play it nonchalant, but it was clear he was onto her!

Across town, Dante was dealing with a tremendous amount of guilt for having arrested T.J. and Valerie helped ease his mind. At the same time, Jordan was talking with her son in the PCPD interrogation room. Security video footage from Wyndham's was all over the news and it made T.J. look like some punk kid who physically attacked the guard. T.J. couldn't believe that his Mom wasn't getting him off the hook. She tried to reason with him, saying that she's going to figure out how to get him cleared but, meanwhile, she had to treat him just like everyone else.

Bothered by what he saw as his mother's lack of loyalty, T.J. noted that while there were a lot of guilty people walking around Port Charles like Luke and Julian, people like him and Shawn ended up in jail. "Are you implying this is a racial thing?" she asked. That's exactly what he was implying!

Monday on GH, Carly tells Morgan to stay away from Denise, Jake is suspicious of Sam, and Luke and Laura tell Dillon and Lulu the truth! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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GH Friday Recap: Ava Resorts To Blackmail!

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Denise DeMuccio? As if! No, Silas knew better that the woman underneath that thick accent and dark dye job was Ava. After his persistent pressuring, she finally stood up and shouted, "Of course I'm Ava!" Then she added confidently, "And there's not a damn thing you can do about it." She instructed him to keep his mouth shut unless, that is, he wanted the rest of the world to know that he kidnapped her baby daughter.

But what she didn't know (until Silas told her) was that there was a rather large kink in her master plan. She was under the assumption that she was free and clear because a DNA test proved she wasn't Ava. Silas, however, begged to differ. "If they decided to swab the inside of your cheek for your DNA, you'd be royally screwed," he pointed out. "You have Avery's bone marrow. That's true," he said. "So your blood carries a different DNA. But the rest of you -- your skin, your saliva -- that's all Ava Jerome."

At the end of the day, Michael was just about to put Avery (A.J.) to bed when there was a knock at the door. It was Denise -- make that Ava -- staring adoringly at the baby in his arms.

Ava's scheme worked; Franco's did not. He had enlisted Nathan into his ruse by saying that Nina confessed to kidnapping Avery and if she didn't sign papers to annul her marriage to Ric, she'd be tossed in jail. She appealed to her brother's integrity and then called their bluff. "Want to arrest me?" she asked. "Put on the cuffs. Shut up and do it." Nathan realized that what they were doing was a huge mistake. He wasn't going to stoop to Franco's level on this one, and he let her go.

Everything was underway for Luke and Tracy's engagement party on the Haunted Star. Lucy showed up thinking she was officiating a wedding, but was pleasantly surprised that she was a guest. She lent Lulu a hand calling guests to the last minute gathering. Carly, Sonny, Bobbie, Scotty, Dante and Valerie were all at the Floating Rib celebrating Lucas and Brad's engagement with them. Scotty was not pleased to see Sonny a free man, furious that the mobster would never be brought to justice. After bringing up his daughter, Karen's, addiction to drugs while working in Sonny's strip joint 20 years earlier, Scotty took a swing at him (and missed badly).

The entire gang later showed up to the celebration on the Haunted Star. As the engagement party was about to begin, Dante and Lulu were clearly intimidated by the presences of Dillon and Valerie, respectively, and Luke and Sonny's mended relationship was reaffirmed. Considering everything that had happened over the last year, he was surprised anyone would want to be with him, let alone on that boat! He turned to Tracy and said she stared down his darkness and dragged him kicking and screaming into the light. He asked everyone to raise their glasses to toast her. "The woman who saved my life," he said. "My best friend, my strongest ally, and my life's partner. The woman I love." Then, as if on cue, Laura walked in!

Monday on GH, Ava wants to see "A.J.," Silas tells Nina that he thinks she's innocent, and Laura announces she's in town for Luke! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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