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Wherever there is a plot being hatched or a scheme being concocted, you can expect to find Valentin’s Daddy Dearest. So we’re a little surprised, honestly, that he hasn’t been tied to Holly’s captivity yet. If he’d go so far as to spirit away his own granddaughter, he would think nothing of imprisoning Robert’s true love. Maybe even less than nothing.
Yes, yes, we know that she’s supposed to be dead. So is Holly. What of it? The Englishwoman’s investigation into Cassandra’s casino could’ve brought her close enough to the truth that she had to be stopped — but not killed. Because someone as well-connected as Holly would be far more valuable to Cassandra alive than dead. If nothing else, she could fetch Cassandra a refill of that bubbly!
We know — she’s supposed to be dead, too. But let’s face it, as populated by “zombies” as Port Charles is, death has ceased to mean much in this town. (We half-expect Mike Corbin to have bounced back by Thanksgiving!) In any case, assignations with the Grim Reaper have never slowed down the Cassadine clan’s demented matriarch, who regards routine abductions like Holly’s as “all in a day’s work.”
We’re not even going to discuss the fact that Peter’s father is also “dead.” Instead, we’re just going to point out that there’s never been a low to which he wouldn’t stoop. And, in this case, that low might elevate his status in Port Charles, were he to cast himself not as Holly’s kidnapper — despite the fact that hello! He is! — but her rescuer, thus paving the way for him to emerge from the shadows a free man.
We’ve seen the Mafia donna make some big moves lately in Port Charles. But who’s to say that, before we became aware of just how major a player she was becoming, she wasn’t already making big moves? Given her fondness for rigged card games, the lady gangster seems like exactly the type to want to have up her sleeve an unbeatable ace — i.e. Holly.
Shortly before Robert received that garbled phone call from Holly, Anna’s twisted sister reached out to her sibling in hopes of arranging a, er, family reunion. So if Alex is only as dead as Robert and Anna were once presumed to be, we wouldn’t put it past the conniver to use Holly as a bargaining chip to warm her twin to the idea of helping her, as she put it, “come in from the cold.”
This is not actually a picture of Peter demonstrating the technique that he would have used to kidnap Holly. But if her investigation into the casino led to her discovering yet another of Henrik’s secrets, it would make sense for him to have had her removed from the equation. And we already know that Peter wanted Robert “distracted.” But, since the villain is dead, who would have been holding Holly captive since his demise? He couldn’t be alive, too… could he?
The Mob boss is as cunning as he is ruthless — and he’s an expert at pulling his nemeses’ strings. Right, Jordan? So perhaps, thinking two steps ahead as he tends to do, he had Holly abducted so that, should he need leverage against D.A. Robert, he’d have it at the ready. If that were the case, though, wouldn’t Cyrus have played his Get Out of Jail Free card by now?
If Luke’s dark passenger emerged once again while he was off globetrotting with Tracy Quartermaine, there’s no telling what diabolical schemes he might’ve cooked up. And since Fluke was never one to think small, it would make sense for him to target Holly, whose “death” and/or captivity would so upset Port Charles D.A./WSB superspy Robert that he might be slower than usual to connect the dots.
If “Fluke” is back in action, it wouldn’t be hard to imagine Frank Smith’s daughter taking advantage of that fact to score some quality time with the closest thing she could ever get to the actual object of her obsession. And, as batty as she and Luke’s alter ego are, they’d probably regard the kidnapping of his old flame as mere fun and games.