Episode Guide for General Hospital from 1980 -1989
Highlights for “GH” in the 1980s
Laura Spencer (Genie Francis) came to terms with being raped by Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary). Mob boss Frank Smith’s (Mitchell Ryan) daughter Jennifer Smith (Lisa Marie) liked Luke and Frank pressured him to propose. At their wedding Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner) realized Luke had raped his wife and threw him overboard. Luke was thought dead but he and Laura skipped Port Charles. On the run, their romance blossomed but when they returned Luke left her so she could be with her husband Scott. Alexandria Quartermaine (Renee Anderson), niece of Edward Quartermaine (David Lewis), hired Luke to find a statue called the Ice Princess. Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers), an undercover agent from the World Security Bureau (WSB), worked with Luke to keep the diamond out of the clutches of the evil Cassadine brothers Victor (Thaao Penghlis), Tony (Andre Landzaat), and Mikkos Cassadine (John Colicos). Luke, Laura, Robert and Victor’s mistress, actress Tiffany Hill (Sharon Wyatt), foiled their plot to freeze Port Charles. Womanizing Dr. Noah Drake (Rick Springfield) got serious with Bobbie Spencer (Jacklyn Zeman) but she left town when he wasn’t ready for a commitment. Laura ended her marriage to Scott, then married Luke. Det. Joe Kelly (Doug Sheehan) began investigating Diana Taylor’s (Brooke Bundy) murder and proved Heather Webber’s (Robin Mattson) innocence. Laura disappeared out of thin air at the same time investigative reporter Jackie Templeton (Demi Moore) arrived looking for her own missing sister, Laura Templeton (Janine Turner). Cult member David Grey (Paul Rossilli) was ultimately found responsible. Jackie and Robert fell in love, but Laura Spencer never returned. Rick Webber (Chris Robinson) was trying to clean up the condition of the waterfront, and with the help of foster son Blackie Parrish (John Stamos), built a sports center for street kids. Tiffany and Noah’s relationship ended when Bobbie came back to town.
Luke and grifter Holly Sutton (Emma Samms) had a one night stand. When Luke was thought dead in an avalanche, Holly realized she was pregnant, so Robert married her. She lost the baby, but she and Robert fell in love, so Luke’s surprise return threw them into a love triangle. Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon) was now divorced from both Monica (Leslie Charleson) and Susan Moore (Gail Ramsey). Lila Quartermaine’s (Anna Lee) first husband Crane Tolliver (Wiley Harker) came to town and killed Susan. He also proved Edward had a son out of wedlock with Beatrice LeSeur (Marcella Markham), Jimmy Lee Holt (Steve Bond). Celia Quartermaine (Sherilyn Wolter) became engaged to Grant Putnam (Brian Patrick Clarke), who said he was an orthopedic surgeon but was really a Russian spy. Celia helped expose him and became involved with the real surgeon, Grant Andrews (Brian Patrick Clarke). When Luke was the mayor of Port Charles, missing Laura suddenly returned – married to Stavros Cassadine (John Martinuzzi)! He was killed falling down some stairs, and Laura left town with Luke. Bobbie fell in love with financial guy DL Brock (David Groh), and after a miscarriage, they wed. After Rick’s wife Lesley (Denise Alexander) was killed in a car accident, he married the real mother of their adopted son, Ginny Blake (Judith Chapman), but soon the real father of the boy returned, Derek Barrington (Mark Goddard). DL’s bratty daughter Terry (Robyn Bernard) put a strain on his already volatile relationship with Bobbie.
Musician Frisco Jones (Jack Wagner) had a thing for Tania Roskov (Hilary Edson), but she liked his brother Tony (Brad Maule) so he moved on to Felicia Cummings (Kristina Wagner). She was in search of some ancient jewels and was joined by Luke, Robert and Sean Donely (John Reilly), who wanted the treasure for himself. Rose Kelly (Loanne Bishop) and Jake Meyer (Sam Behrens) broke up and she left town, so Bobbie’s Aunt Ruby Anderson (Norma Connolly) took over running Kelly’s Diner. Kevin (Kevin Bernhardt) and Patrick O’Connor (Guy Mack), moved into a brownstone that Bobbie bought. Terry began sleepwalking, and when Neil Johnson (David Stenstrom) was found murdered Terry became the obvious culprit. Terry’s fiancé Kevin was the real killer. Next Jennifer Talbot (Martha Scott) was murdered and Kevin got his lover, librarian Lucy Coe (Lynn Herring), to be his alibi. Terry killed Kevin by pushing him off a cliff. Anna Devane (Finola Hughes), Robert’s ex-wife, ex-WSB agent and the mother of the child he never knew about, Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullogh), showed up. Holly had been kidnapped by Sean, and Anna helped Robert get her back. Holly left for Australia and Robert followed. Frisco and Felicia were engaged and Frisco joined the PCPD. Tania and Tony were married and expecting a baby. Jimmy Lee’s friend Dr. Buzz Stryker (Don Galloway) showed up and Steve Hardy (John Beradino) hired him as his assistant. Buzz’s daughter Sandy Stryker (Yvette Nipar) fell for Jimmy Lee. Monica and Sean started sleeping together and swindled the Quartermaines out of their fortune, forcing them to move into Kelly’s Diner. Alan faked his own murder by Sean, and while out of town fell in love with Charity Gatlin (Gloria Carlin). Sean was forced to return the Q’s money in order to dodge a murder charge, and Charity left town with Jimmy Lee. Jake and Bobbie got engaged, but Lucy moved in while Jake was helping clear her name in the murder of lawyer Ted Holmes (David Doyle) and got pregnant with Jake’s baby. She miscarried. Mobster Duke Lavery (Ian Buchanan) clashed with Anna, but romantic sparks flew. He wanted out of organized crime because of her and served a light sentence along another mobster, Angus McCay (Guy Doleman), who ended up really being Duke’s father. Robert came back to Port Charles after Holly was killed in a plane crash. Tom Hardy (David Wallace) also returned with his black fiancée Simone Ravelle (Felecia Bell), and they wed. Terry got hot and heavy with drifter-turned singing partner Dusty Walker (Shaun Cassidy), unaware that he was programmed to murder Anna and Robert. Dusty was stopped and left town. After Tania was killed in a car accident Tony was left to raise their daughter Barbara Jean, BJ (Brighton Hertford), alone. He became lovers with Lucy and they wed. Lucy’s wacky Aunt Charlene Simpson (Maree Cheatham) became Tony’s maid, and her son Colton Shore (Scott Thompson Baker) teamed up with Felicia to find out Frisco had died working for the WSB. Felicia left town. Scott returned and caused Bobbie and Jake to break up. Tony –now blind – divorced Lucy and reconnected with Bobbie while Lucy and Scott became a pair. Cheryl Stansbury (Jennifer Anglin), Tiff’s sis, fell in love with Robert, who had been hurt after Duke and Anna wed. Duke was seduced by mob moll Olivia St. John (Tonja Walker), daughter of crime lord Victor Jerome (Jack Axelrod). She became pregnant at the same time as Anna, and caused Anna’s miscarriage. Meanwhile, Olivia was never pregnant at all. Olivia’s brother Julian (Jason Culp), also a mobster and Cheryl’s ex, arrived. Olivia was shot by Victor’s son Dino (Chris DeRose) and went into a coma. Sean and Tiffany got married and Cheryl left town. Tracy Quartermaine’s ex Lord Larry Ashton (Hugo Napier) showed up with his new wife Arielle Gastineau (Jane Higginson) – who also happened to be Colton’s ex and the two took up again. Tracy and Lord Ashton’s son Ned Ashton (Kurt McKinney) had an affair with Monica. Olivia came out of her coma and her testimony convicted her dad and she ended up in a mental hospital. Duke learned a hit had been put on his life so he let everyone believe he was dead to save his family. Simone slept with Dr. Harrison Davis (Kevin Best) and her husband on the same day and became pregnant. Edward disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle and the family fortune – which Lila had built back up with Pickle-Lila relish – was left to Ned. Alan turned to Lucy for comfort. Thought-dead Frisco returned in time to see Felicia marry Colton, who had tried to kill him. Tony got his sight back. Con artist Decker Moss (Michael Watson), Colton’s younger brother, stole Ned’s motorcycle and hit Felicia. She lost her memory and he made her believe she was his fiancé Phoebe. Tiffany discovered Cheryl was pregnant with Julian’s baby. Cheryl was told the baby died, and the boy was sold to Bobbie and Tony. Ned was smitten with new nursing student Dawn Winthrop (Jennifer Guthrie) and bought her a private island – Spoon Island. Dawn was really Monica’s long-lost daughter with college lover David Langton, who she had given up for adoption 18 years ago, but Monica did not know that.
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– Hollie Deese