General Hospital Just Teased *Three* Big Returns On Air — Including Vanessa Marcil’s as Brenda
It must be true that the destination is as important as the journey, ’cause we’re sure enjoying the ride!
The September 28 episode of General Hospital was a biggie — and not just because it revealed that Obrecht was behind Dante’s new mission. The hour also heavily hinted at three big returns — one that we knew about, two for which we only hoped.
The first comeback we’ve been discussing since August, when Vanessa Marcil all but came out and said on social media that she’d be returning as Sonny and Jax’s lost love, Brenda Barrett. And Monday’s episode teed up a whole lot more foreshadowing of her reappearance in Port Charles.
First, while reminiscing about their own past romance, Ned and Alexis wound up comparing themselves to, of all people, Sonny and Brenda, and Jax and Brenda. “What happened to us, Ned?” asked Alexis. “We had so many possibilities. I mean, we weren’t smoldering and tormented like Sonny and Brenda or fabulous like Jax and Brenda. But we were smart and witty, and people liked us.”
That, they did, Alexis. But the point is, that was an awful lot of discussion about Brenda’s love life for a talk about Ned and Alexis’. Later, Sonny and Jax discussed their old flame without ever mentioning her name. “I guess in your world,” Nina told her beau, “no one ever does anything they regret.”
In response, Jax locked eyes with Sonny as he said, “Well, maybe one or two.”
When the don challenged Jax to reveal what it is that he regretted, Jax clarified. “Well, it’s not what I did, it’s what I didn’t do,” he said, flashbacks all but playing out before his eyes. Nina assured him that whatever he’d done or hadn’t done, he’d surely done it with good intentions. Again, Jax locked eyes with Sonny. “Well, I thought so at the time,” he sighed, “but some people might not agree with that.” Could the subtext have been any clearer?
Guess maybe it could have been more obvious if Brenda’s name had been spelled out — and in the case of our second imminent comeback, the name actually was spelled out. Literally. On an envelope. After Julian stole Nelle’s letter from Martin, he learned that he’d missed out on getting the missive that he really needed, the one that would implicate him in Lucas and Brad’s accident.
“Dear Julian, you are so predictable,” the letter read. “I knew you’d find a way to get this envelope away from poor Marty. The actual letter that incriminates you and will motivate Sonny to end your miserable life is still out there. Good hunting. I may be dead, but you’re the one in hell. Your loving wife, Nelle.”
As Julian then wracked his brain to think of someone other than Martin with whom Nelle might have trusted such an important document, we cut to a uniformed Pentonville guard sorting mail… including an envelope addressed to Ryan Chamberlain from NBJ (Nelle Benson Jerome) and covered in smiley faces. Not even the vixen’s demise was going to keep her from scheming — and with arguably the most dangerous partner in crime she ever had, Kevin’s serial-killer brother!
The last comeback isn’t really a surprise since the news has already broken that the character All My Children vet Kim Delaney will be playing is Demi Moore’s old one, investigative journalist Jackie Templeton. But it was still fun to follow the breadcrumbs that the show dropped.
After Lulu defended Peter to Robert — boy, will she regret that! — the D.A. could only shake his head in disbelief at how easily snowed Luke’s daughter was. “I’ve known some real reporters in my time, and you could measure up,” he told her. “But first, you’d have to take the blinders off.” Brilliant, no? The line practically read like “I’ve known some real reporters in my time — like Jackie — and you could measure up — even to Jackie — but first, you’d have to take the blinders off — Jackie could show you how.”
Moreover, Lulu left the conversation more determined than ever to bring down baddies like Cyrus and the man who’d tortured her beloved former husband, Dante. “If I had a national platform,” she began, only to stop herself.
“Robert just gave me a great idea to get our Cyrus project off the ground,” she told Peter, of all people. “And it might just have the added benefit of getting Robert off your back.” You could almost picture Lulu Googling Jackie’s phone number in the next scene.
What do you think, General Hospital fans? Do you agree that we’ll soon be getting Brenda and Ryan back on the canvas as well as Jackie? Hit the comments with your thoughts, and while you’re here, why not check out the below photo gallery, which counts down the show’s 30 greatest characters of all time — in order.
<p>The Brooklyn accent. The incredible nails. The yin/yang chemistry with “Eddie Maine.” Ned’s former wife would never have forgiven us if we’d left her off this list, and neither would we.</p>
<p>Whenever we’re feeling especially sentimental about <em>General Hospital</em>, we also get a little <em>mental</em> — because it inevitably brings to mind Jeff Webber’s batty, BLT-loving ex, arguably the most entertaining Port Charles psycho ever to spike a drink.</p>
<p>Somewhere along the line, Monica’s “better” half must’ve given himself a heart transplant, since the formerly-mad-as-in-angry doctor went from wanting to drop a house on her to being the true partner that she mourned as mightily as we did.</p>
<p>Once a fearsome villain, Liz’s husband — thanks to the removal of that pesky homicidal brain tumor — has become known as not only one of Port Charles’ sweetest hearts but one of its funniest residents, too.</p>
<p>They don’t make ’em like this anymore! The patriarch of the Quartermaine family was a blustering tyrant whose huffing and puffing did a fine job of hiding the fact that, underneath, he was really a big softy.</p>
<p>Whenever she walks into a room, you <em>know</em> that chaos is going to follow — and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Lucy may not be the conniver that she once was, but she remains as “quacky” and unpredictable as ever.</p>
<p>Jason’s ride-or-die boasts an enviably all-over-the-place soap-character resumé that’s taken her from con artist and stepfather seductress to action heroine, “widowed” wife and mom. Along that bumpy road, the one thing she’s never been… is boring!</p>
<p>It’s not just wishful thinking that has kept fans hoping that rumors of the “reformed” con artist’s death have been greatly exaggerated, it’s their knowledge that she’s as crafty as she is beautiful. </p>
<p>May we have this dance? If only. No one grieved harder when Anna’s made-man true love was kilt — sorry, <em>killed</em> — than we did. To this day, we haven’t given up hope that the show will resurrect him again.</p>
<p>She’s now arguably Port Charles’ most respected surgeon. But to us, Alan’s widow will always be the impetuous strumpet who drove the Webber brothers to distraction and accidentally had a fling with her own nephew.</p>
<p>Really, this long-running heroine should have her own action figure, because from the moment that we met her — when she was unconvincingly disguised as a boy, no less! — she’s been tossed from one madcap adventure to the next.</p>
<p>James Bond’s got nothing on Port Charles’ answer to 007, the smoothest of operators and shrewdest of characters. Even now that he’s switched gears and become district attorney, many a fan wouldn’t mind calling him “the spy who loved me.”</p>
<p>Cut from the same cloth as grandmother Audrey Hardy, Liz is the inspirational heart and soul of Port Charles, a working wife and mom who strives to put her mistakes in rearview in order to pave the way for a brighter tomorrow.</p>
<p>You’ve come a long way, baby… er, Bobbie! The scheming ex-hooker was transformed over the decades from desperate to dependable — miraculously, without losing the mischievous twinkle in her eye.</p>
<p>A do-right guy in a do-wrong town, Luke’s straight-arrow son was destined to suffer — and man, did he, through his own “death,” drug addiction, adultery and, in the end, the demolition of his relationship with true love Elizabeth… at least for now.</p>
<p>Anna and Robert’s daughter is an inspiration, a cute kid who absorbed the blows that life dealt her — and there have been many! — to emerge on the other side a grown woman who is kindhearted, open-minded and far tougher than her warm smile might suggest.</p>
<p>This passion’s plaything always meant to be smart about love, to not only think but think <em>twice</em>. In the end, however, the one that got away from both Sonny and Jax just over and over again wound up putting heart over mind.</p>
<p>Bundles of neuroses don’t come any more compelling than this alcoholic attorney, the brilliant matriarch of the Davis girls and the most engaging disaster you’re ever likely to watch — preferably from a safe distance.</p>
<p>The word “kickass” could’ve been coined to describe the former police commissioner, an all-around Superwoman whose capacity for hand-to-hand combat is matched only by her aptitude for heart-to-heart love.</p>
<p>It’s no wonder this rascally attorney’s hair is always fantastically askew: Next to the wisecracks in his head are countless plots, both the cajillions that he’s already hatched and executed, and — dare we hope? — the many that are yet to come.</p>
<p>Unlike Port Charles’ myriad mobsters and madmen, Jane Elliot’s undisputed queen of mean could kill with nothing more than a well-aimed insult. Mind you, she was just covering up the fact that, like anyone else, she had a heart; hers just happened to cost more.</p>
<p>When Jack Wagner’s crime-fighting pop star sang, “You’re aaall III neeed,” few and far between were the audience members who didn’t wish that he was singing to them. Even now, years after Frisco burned his bridges in Port Charles, we’re dying for him to cross back over them and give us an encore.</p>
<p>All it took was a big car wreck and a little brain damage, and Steve Burton’s squeaky-clean future doctor was reborn as a Mob enforcer whose love of tight black T-shirts was rivaled only by his love of Sam. (And, depending on the year, Liz.)</p>
<p>Fight us if you must, but for our money, Steve’s stalwart right-hand woman was the all-time most-tortured soap-opera martyr. Emily McLaughlin’s dedicated nurse never ceased to volunteer her big heart for breaking.</p>
<p>A tragic victim of circumstance, a stone-cold femme fatale or a little bit of both? With Maura West’s master manipulator, you can never be sure — but you’ll definitely tune in tomorrow (<em>and</em> the next day!) to see if you can figure out the vexing vixen!</p>
<p>By now, we’ve come to regard Maurice Benard’s dimpled don as <em>The Godfather, Part IV</em>. Formidable and flawed, the smooth criminal is a mass of contradictions that somehow add up to a character that’s as dangerous as he is appealing.</p>
<p>You know how you <em>know</em> that Carly is one of the all-time greats on <em>General Hospital</em>? The character’s withstood two and a half recasts (from Sarah Brown to Tamara Braun to, briefly, Jennifer Bransford, then Laura Wright) to remain an unstoppable force of nature, a freight train you’d be terrified to be in front of but more often than not find yourself willing to get behind.</p>
<p>The white hats in Port Charles tend to get overlooked in favor of the anti-heroes and bad boys — but not by us. We still fondly remember John Beradino’s good doctor — or, as we think of him, the foundation upon which General Hospital is built.</p>
<p>From Mob flunky to mayor, Anthony Geary’s irrepressible alter ego was fashioned from a mold that was long ago broken, one from which sprang the kind of absolute scoundrel who is as infuriating as he is entertaining, as irrepressible as he is irresistible. </p>
<p>Reunited with her birth mother? Check. Crushed on Mom’s man? Check. Abducted to a Greek isle? Check. Played dead? Nervous breakdown? Elected mayor? Check, check and also check. If it could happen to a soap-opera heroine, it happened to Genie Francis’ erstwhile Miss Star Eyes, along the way making her not just beloved but iconic.</p>
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