GENERAL HOSPITAL - ABC's "General Hospital" stars Rebecca Herbst as Elizabeth Webber. (ABC/Ricky Middlesworth)
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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but what does it mean that General Hospital‘s Elizabeth has sketched a picture of Finn’s late wife, Reiko? That’s the question everyone wants answered, especially fans who’ve grown increasingly frustrated with the slow-moving, confusing story.

If the woman Liz sketched — and at whose photograph Finn’s been staring in recent days — looks familiar, it might be that you were a fan of the critically-acclaimed NBC sitcom The Good Place. You see, actress Mele Ihara had the relatively small but ultimately crucial role of Beadie on that series.

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In the 2017 episode titled “Mindy St. Claire,” Beadie appears in a video (which you can watch below) designed to welcome the title character to her life of “eternal mediocrity” in The Medium Place, which is not quite heaven, and not quite hell. On the plus side, there’s an endless supply of Mindy’s favorite beer. Unfortunately, it’s always warm. There’s also a jukebox featuring every song ever sung (woo-hoo!)… but The Eagles (less woo-hoo), and only the live versions at that.

No word yet on whether we’ll be seeing more of Finn’s wife in the future, although it seems safe to assume that Ihara’s Reiko will almost certainly play a part in the unfolding story. What happened during Finn and Reiko’s time on the Mariana Islands, and what does it have to do with Liz and her sister, who happened to be there at the same time? How does it all connect to Elizabeth’s father… and under what circumstances did Reiko wind up tumbling down that staircase?

This being Port Charles, there’s also the biggest, most important question of all: Could Reiko actually still be alive? According to what Finn said shortly upon his introduction, this seems impossible, given that she died of Blackwood’s Syndrome after he inadvertently exposed her to the disease while researching a cure. In fact, it was his guilt over her death which drove him to eventually find a cure.

Only time will provide the answer to these questions as well as the dozen or so others circling Elizabeth’s current plight. Meanwhile, check out this gallery of other actors who’ve recently joined (or returned to) the soap