Well GH fans, things are looking glum for Luke and Laura, and the rest of the Spencer family. Soaps.com has reported for the last few months of Genie Francis' return to daytime. Genie is one-half of famous super couple 'Luke and Laura'. The other half of course, is award winning Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer). Soaps.com previously reported on her return.
Genie Francis' return to daytime was meant to be brief, just in time for November sweeps! The fans are torn up by the 'Laura tease' and most from our polls seem to want her back.
Laura has been in a catatonic state for four years, thought to be brought on by the stress of Laura killing her step father, Rick Webber (formerly played by Chris Robinson). In a nutshell, she 'goes to sleep a bride, and wakes up a grandmother', after being treated with a new experimental drug LS49.
As Laura slips in and out of her slumber, while bidding farewell to her daughter, Lulu (Julie Berman) she admits that she doesn't think she actually killed Rick! Lulu promises to prove her mother's innocence, before she slips back under.
I spoke with Julie Clark Robinson (Soaps.com's GH writer), about how it all went down, all those years ago and between the two of us; this is what we pieced together:
"Four years ago, just as Laura was about to marry Luke, Rick approached Laura in her attic. Laura was having flashbacks of when she was a teenager in that same garage attic - when she busted her stepfather Rick having an affair up there, with a General Hospital nurse, Theresa. At the time, Laura watched, in terror as Theresa attacked Rick, and instinct forced her to protect Rick by hitting Theresa over the head with a camera. Unfortunately, she accidentally killed Theresa, and was traumatized by it. Not wanting her to face the ramifications of her actions, Rick gave Laura a drug to forget the whole incident (He was a doctor). He and Scotty (portrayed by Kin Shriner) then buried Theresa the backyard to protect Laura from being convicted of murder! In the same garage attic, several years later, Laura convinces herself that Rick killed Theresa, and of course he denies it, but refuses to tell her the truth. When he tries to inject her with a foreign substance, she panics, thinking he's trying to kill her, too! Fearing for her life, she grabs a heavy candlestick and bashes his head with it killing him. Covered in Rick's blood, Laura suffered a complete psychotic breakdown, with another death cover up to follow. Laura was taken for a psychiatric evaluation, and as her mental state began to deteriorate more, she was finally committed to a psychiatric institution - Shady Brook. This is where she has been for the past four years."
This is where the storyline progressed from this past month, with Laura's return. Laura is around for a month, for November sweeps, just long enough to make fans crave her presence permanently. An emotional reunion reminds fans of Luke and Laura's love, and as the days go by, we see that Laura isn't completely well. She doesn't have a long time with her family, so they cram Thanksgiving and Christmas into one evening! Unfortunately, for the fans, Laura slips away for a time during the Thanksgiving/Christmas festivities. When she comes to, she fears that her disease is progressing at a much faster rate than they expected. She asks to see the doctor right away, to find out how long she has. Dr. Drake arrives, examines her and advises her to check back into Shady Brook, confirming that she's regressing rapidly. She feels that with little time left, she must check in right this moment, while she can still sign herself in. The festivities come to a bittersweet end, with Luke driving her over to Shady Brook.
Once back in her rocker, she is again catatonic. The kids enter the room to say their goodbyes, learning that she wasn't 'with' Luke for the ride over. Luke 'talks her back to them', and Luke and the kids say a tearful goodbye.