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Great news, General Hospital fans, because we finally got an airdate for when Jane Elliot will be reprising her role as the legendary Tracy Quartermaine! We first learned back in January that she’d be returning in April and speculated that it might have something to do with the show’s 60th anniversary. Now, according to Soap Opera Digest, we’ve learned that she’ll first be airing on April 18!

So that will put her return two weeks after the Nurses Ball begins, ensuring that there’s plenty to celebrate for General Hospital‘s big anniversary all month long.

As for the reason for Tracy’s return, that’s still up in the air. But it’s already got us excited at the possibilities. For one thing, she’s coming in just after Holly makes her return — which could mean there’s going to be another ally in town to take Victor down.

It’s been a bit over a year since she last popped up in Port Charles bearing the tragic news that Luke had been killed. She stuck around for a while as his friends and family came to grips with the news and said goodbye, and even got mixed up in some trouble of her own.

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It seems like this return, though, could be just in time for something downright incredible. For one thing, Luke’s offscreen death has never really sat well with fans. Supposedly he was getting too close to the truth about Victor’s plan and had to die for it. But to kill off the Luke Spencer in a cable car accident? As if. He’d survived too much to go out like that.

Geary was too integral a show to have his character just bumped off on the other side of the world. If they’d truly wanted to kill Luke, then it would be borderline criminal not to bring his portrayer back to do it properly. After all, Geary may have retired, but he did come back for a cameo appearance to usher Tracy off the canvas when Elliot also retired.

Bringing Tracy and Luke back for the show’s 60th anniversary would be monumental — even if it were to give him a proper death, going out in a heroic blaze of glory. Or, heck, maybe the two will ride off into the sunset once again, after having joined with Holly, Anna, Robert and a slew of other Port Charles good guys to foil Victor once and for all.

Take a look at all of General Hospital‘s returns in our photo gallery of all the actors who’ve come back or will be soon!