By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman
I screamed at the end of General Hospital on Friday! There, sitting in the old Spencer house basement in the same chair in which “Fluke” had tied the real Luke, was a figure with a dead skeletal face — just like dead Mrs. Bates, Norman’s mom in the classic movie Psycho! This was just another shock in a series of fantastic interwoven plots presented lately on GH. Quel suspense! GH is now Must See TV every day.
Most of the plots are driven by Fluke (as in “fake” Luke, played by Tony Geary) the Luke lookalike who kidnapped the real Luke a year ago, put him in the Miscavage mental institution and then when last seen in the basement held hostage in the old Spencer house. Fluke, the biggest badass in recent soap history, came to town impersonating Luke and launched a campaign of murder and mayhem. He’s nasty! He’s a liar! He’s dangerous to the max!
In his latest scheme, Fluke planted two ticking time bombs, one on tied up Luke in the Spencer basement and the other on the Haunted Star, where all of the real Luke’s loved ones have been invited to a big party. Among the attendees are the real Luke’s daughter Lulu, his wife Tracy and his sister Bobbie. Other townspeople on the boat include Julian Jerome’s son Lucas and Sonny’s son Michael, both objects of Fluke’s murderous grudges.
Tick, tick, tick … will the bombs go off? We MUST tune in Monday and every day after that to find out!
Fluke, the double of Luke, of course is the phenomenon created by Geary and headwriter Ron Carlivati when Geary had to take six months off last year for a back operation. He’s been the best, scariest villain! Geary is so excellent in the double role of Fluke and Luke, he’s guaranteed his eighth Emmy for Best Actor this year. In fact, Geary hasn’t been this good since the early days of Luke and Laura in the late 70s and early 80s.
What is also shocking about this whole year long Fluke plot and General Hospital in general is that none of the advance plot information has been given away in advance. In other words, there have been NO spoilers! I can’t remember the last time that happened in the soap world. So everyone is left guessing! Who is Fluke? Is he really the “late” Bill Eckert, Luke’s lookalike cousin, whose grave was found empty last week when dug up by Shawn, or an alternate personality of Luke’s if indeed he has DID (multiple personality syndrome), or someone else, possibly some character in the cast who has had plastic surgery to look just like Luke? . Why is Fluke so friendly and in criminal cahoots with Helena Cassidine (Constance Towers), Luke Spencer’s decades long enemy? And what part does Patricia, a never before mentioned or seen sister of Luke and Bobbie’s, have to do with this? We’re always left guessing.
The suspense on General Hospital these days is divine. And there’s more, in plots involving characters like Sonny, Ava, Julian, Franco Heather, Nina, Jake and Sam. We’ll discuss them in Part 2 later this week.