Credit: Christopher Maleki (Lara Rosenstock Management)

The last time we saw Spike on Passions, he was threatening Jessica (of course) in regards to their son. It’s been months since that happened, so when I recently spoke with Spike’s portrayer, Christopher Maleki, after he returned from a relaxing eight-day trip to the Virgin Islands, I assumed he would fill me in on Spike’s ridiculously evil return before the show’s finale in August. However, much to my disappointment, he let me know there would be no return and that Harmony has seen the last of Herbert “Spike” Lester.

Even though there were scripts written involving Spike in the multiple-wedding and other storylines, Christopher confirmed, “Spike’s not coming back. Apparently near the end it became an issue of budget. They were basically limiting the storylines and actors they were going to use because Mr. Reilly (Passions Head Writer) wanted to get to the storylines that had been going on for years, (i.e., Theresa/Ethan & Sheridan/Luis) and he wanted to focus more on that.”

While this will surely come as a disappointment to fans of Spike, it’s disappointing for the actor as well. Imagining the different possibilities for his character, Christopher shared, “The last show I did was going to go in this whole other direction with the character, with the kid, and this and that. I was really anxious to see where they were going to go with it…I could have shown a lot more different things with him and I’m kind of disappointed that didn’t get to happen, but that’s the business.”

It really shouldn’t be a disappointment that a drug pushing, murdering blackmailer who has abused and pimped out his wife won’t be seen again, but to his credit, Maleki made Spike someone the fans wanted to watch. Originally only slated to last a couple of days, the role of Spike didn’t even have a name when he first came on screen. However, when the actor was called back to tape more scenes, Christopher found that his character had been properly named and he became a regularly recurring character for the next three years.

Infusing a little humor into Spike, Maleki took the scripts he was given and made them his own. “Obviously a lot of the lines were [the writers’] of course, but they really let me create that character. I’ve said it before, but the reality is it was a gift for an actor to be given the opportunity that I was given,” he enthused. “After awhile I would improvise a lot of lines and say little words here and there and they would end up writing it in, but I had to find the part of him to stir something in the audience to make him likeable. If he’s just a jerk or just a bad guy, there’s nothing interesting about that.”