The General Hospital Twist That Would Bring Lindsay Hartley Back to Port Charles for Good
A lot of unanswered questions surround one particular character.
Being a recast is hard, and a temporary one, arguably even harder. You’re not around long enough to really make the role your own. Yet Lindsay Hartley, in her two stints subbing for General Hospital leading lady Kelly Monaco, more than rose to the challenge, wowing viewers and, we have to think, impressing the powers that be.
What can they do, though?
Monaco, thankfully, is back now and, of course, irreplaceable — she doesn’t just play Sam, she is Sam. It would be a crushing blow were she to leave. So the show should slip Hartley into a character with whom we’re already familiar — but about whom we really know very little.
“Who’s that?” you ask.
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Rosalie Martinez, Nina’s onetime co-conspirator and Brad’s ex-wife. During Linda Elena Tovar’s 2014-15 run, we heard about the nurse’s uneasy relationship with her father and The Big Secret with which she was always being blackmailed. However, we never found out who her father was or what The Big Secret is.
Were Hartley to take over the role and return Rosalie to Port Charles, we could finally get answers to those questions. Maybe she’s the daughter of a tycoon who takes a sudden interest in ruining ELQ. (Shouldn’t there be more than one business in town, anyway?) Perhaps her father is another godfather (or even the one to whom Jennifer Smith reports).
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And The Big Secret?
We have no more idea WTH that could be than it seemed like the writers did! But at last, they could come up with something suitably substantial that would tie the character to the canvas and give Hartley a permanent home in Port Charles.
What do you think? Would you like to see the Passions alum get a new character on the ABC soap? On your way to the comments, test your knowledge of all things Sam-related with the photo-filled quiz below.
<p>The computer genius had been hired by Lorenzo Alcazar to create false evidence which would implicate Jason and Sonny in illegal activities. Instead, the fabricated info pointed the finger at Sam! When Spinelli was targeted by Lorenzo and his hitmen, Jason and Sam took the geek in to protect him.</p>
<p>Sam sabotaged Jax’s car, which prevented him from getting the legendary Dead Man’s Hand to dad John before he died. (Trust us, it’s a long story!) Although Sam intended to eventually help Jax get the cards back to his ailing pop, they didn’t make it in time because of her actions. </p>
<p>The unwed teen’s name was Bridget Daly. After helping deliver the child, Sam wanted to raise her with a reluctant Jason, who feared Bridget might change her mind… which is exactly what happened. Ultimately, Jason and Sam handed the child, whom they’d named Hope, over to Bridget and her grandmother.</p>
<p>When the pair exchanged vows, Sam was pretending to be doppelganger Alicia Montenegro. Jason was being held captive by Alicia’s mother, Allegra, who hoped the marriage would secure her own financial future. Andrew was played by Justin Melvey, better known (and pictured here, on the right) as Dr. Colin Murphy on <em>Days of Our Lives</em>. </p>
<p>She wrongly believed that he had attacked her younger sister, Kristina. In reality, the teen’s boyfriend, Kiefer, had been abusing her. Fearing what dad Sonny would do to Kiefer, Kristina instead pointed the finger at Ethan, the older guy on whom she’d been crushing.</p>
<p>Alexis’ mother — and Sam’s grandmother — was the late Kristen Nilsson, who was also known as Kristen Bergman. The beautiful young opera singer made the fatal mistake of having an affair with Mikkos Cassadine, whose jealous wife, Helena, slit the performer’s throat!</p>
<p>The bad guy’s name was Andrei Karpov, and pursuing him not only put Sam’s life in grave danger, it ultimately brought about the end of her relationship with Lucky. Unlike Jason, Lucky struggled with Sam’s addiction to danger!</p>
<p>When Sam and Jason (who would later turn out to be his twin brother, Drew) decided to make a major lifestyle change, they purchased Derek Wells Media and renamed it Aurora. Julian had founded the company while presumed dead and in the Witness Protection Program living under the name Derek Wells. </p>
<p>Truth be told, it was sort of accidental. Seeking shelter during a storm, Sam set her baby down before entering a cabin to see if it was safe. She passed out, and <em>One Life To Live</em> transplant Todd Manning (played by Roger Howarth, who is now Franco) found the tot, picking it up. His ex-wife, Téa, whose own baby had died moments earlier, saw Todd with Sam’s son and assumed it to be her own. Rather than break her heart, Todd handed Téa the child and let Sam believe her own had died! </p>
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