Donely Wedding Spectacular "Viewers expect a sappy spectacle when
two characters tie the knot. The bride and groom blubber and recite syrupy
declarations of eternal love as a villian and/or ex lurks nearby. None of
that happened when Sean and Tiffany wed on General Hospital. Sophisticated
Tiff's hillbilly relatives did unexpectedly arrive and mistake Edward
Quartermaine for the butler. Then, Sean announced that the honeymoon was
off because of business. In a fury, Tiffany called off the wedding, so Sean had
to break down the door and literally drag his protesting bride to the
altar. Their not so sotto voce bickering continued during the
ceremony- She: "I'll kill you." He: "A woman
your age can't be too picky about husbands." During the exchange of
vows, the minister turned to Tiffany and intoned, "Else Mae Crumholtz, will
you take.. " A shocked Sean asked, "Who?" The groom
guffawed; the attendants giggled; the guests tittered; Tiffany steamed. After
promises were eventually given, the fed-up bride asked if it was almost over.
Told no, she stared daggers at the minister and announced, "You've got
thirty seconds." He finished in record time.
Kudos to the GH writers and especially to
actors John Reilly and Sharon Wyatt for giving viewers a wedding that was a
refreshing change of pace. We hope their marriage proves to be as
Dressed Couple- Duke and Anna Lavery (either 1988 or '89) "No other couple has the flair,
refinement and elegance displayed by Duke and Anna. The Laverys present an unerring
sense of style in their choice of clothes. From the cut to the color, and from the
fabric to the fit, Anna and Duke always look well-turned out - but never
overdressed. And, since they often go out together, their outfits are coordinated.
It is important to note that Mr. and Mrs. Lavery have chic (and ample) wardrobe for
casual, business, and social occassions. So while the two always stand out, they
also fit in."
Best Love Story: Robert and
Katherine "Immediate and unmistakable, the chemistry between Tristan Rogers and Edie Lehmann
transcends the pattern of the love story of their characters, Robert Scorpio and Katherine
Delafield on GH. Like many love stories seen on daytime it features key familiar
elements: initial dislike; arguements spiced with a strong sexual undercurrent; cold feet
when it came to commitment; declarations of love followed by complications. But the
rapport between the two players makes this love story a cut above the rest, especially
when we remember the roster of women improbably and unsuccessfully paired with Rogers
since Emma Samms vacated her role as Holly. Classical pianist and neophyte actress,
Edie Lehmann conveys both enormous charm and sophistication while playing a character who
is more willing to laugh and laugh at herself. It was easy for the audience to
understand why Scorpio was falling in love with her- they were doing it, too." (SOD 1/9/90)
Heroine- Anna Lavery "The typical soap heroine makes a
feeble attempt to stand on her own two feet, but is instead swept off
her feet and saved by a noble hero when danger lurks. Not Anna Lavery,
who's got guts, brains and beauty. When the going gets tough, she
doggedly digs in, figures out a plan and then acts.
When the villanious Cesar Faison resurfaced in her life, Anna was more than a
bit shaken. Not only was he obsessively in love with her and could expose her to
the world- and her daughter- as someone eho'd been a traitorous double agent.
Anna's over-protective ex, Robert Scorpio, ordered her to stay away from Faison,
but she would have none of it. Instead, she insisted on being equal partners
with Scorpio and Sean in the plan to eliminate him. Who tapped into Cesar's
computer? Who planted a bug in his mansion? Who sent a phony fax in his name
that fooled his DVX superiors? Who stole his coveted Roman coin to set up the
grand finale? Anna.
Finola Hughes imbues her character with a winning combination of strength and
vulnerability. Anna is fascinating to watch because she's not predictable and
she's certainly not perfect. When Robin's teenage antics get on her nerves, a
frustrated Anna has actually told her to shut up. Accussed by Robin of being an
old fuddy-duddy with no social life, Anna's been forced to reexamine who she is
and where she's going- a situation many people can identify with." (SOD
Most Creative Storyline-
Casey the Alien "Yes, we've seen Starman and E.T.,
but that doesn't change the fact that GH introduced an out-of-this solar system
storyline that worked. Initially, there were a lot of "Oh no" type
responses around the SOD office when we heard about the projected plot, but you
can be sure we all tuned in. Even better, we stayed tuned.
Casey the alien's materialization was a dazzling display of lasers and special
effects that were a cut above the norm for daytime and set the proper tone. The
botton line is that the story succeeded because the actors sold it and turned in
First and foremost was the work of Bradley Lockerman, who played Casey with
ingenuous charm. Kimberly McCullough conveyed Robin's total trust in her new
friend. And as Anna Lavery, Finola Hughes displayed initial disbelief, then
acceptance of and loyalty to Casey. Anna's relationship with Casey had many
humorous touches. When Anna suggested they lie low for a while, he hit the
floor- literally. And when Casey innocently opted to join her in the shower,
well, her reaction was priceless, as was the ensuing conversation when Anna
attempted to explain love and sex.
We understand why Casey couldn't stay around permanently. But when it was time
for him to return to Lumina, our reaction was, "Does he have to go?"
Proposal "On a scale of 1 to 10, Robert's (Tristan Rogers) proposal to
Anna on GH- he popped the question clad in a towel in a cheesy motel room- certainly rates
a 10-plus when it comes to down-to-earthness. Actress Finola Hughes (Anna) insists it
truely befit the couple's unusual relationship. 'I thought it was kind of cool and funny,'
she says. 'It was sort of honest. After all, these are two people that have
been around the block a bit.'
Keeping Robert and Anna's romance real is
something producer Gloria Monty insists upon. She's determined not to let the pair
develop into a sickeningly sweet twosome. 'At every turn (Gloria) wants us to bring (our
performances) down. She loves it when Tristan and I put each other down,' notes
Finola. Apparently, fans are enjoying this authenticity, too.
'I was reading a really nice (letter) the other day,' says Finola. 'It said how nice
it was that we've kept to (reality).'" (SOW 6/25/91)
Do: Innocence Prevails
"Robin Scorpio has certainly grown up. Once the only child
among aging spies, she is now allowed to date. It's all very
cute. Robin and her boyfriend, Roger, walk to school together. They go
to PG-rated movies. They go caroling around the neighborhood (but not, I
hope, at the pier). What is most comforting about this Dating 101 experience is
that Robin takes advice from her mother about men. When Robin felt her first
pang of jealously, her mother very wisely took her aside and told her that a
woman can never let a man see that he can affect her that way. Even if a
fourteen-year old girl can't absorb that immediately, the words may sink in
later on. It is also amusing to watch Robert squirm as he watches his daughter
grow up and flower into womanhood. Maybe he'll realize that he, too, is growing
older, and he'll cut his hair." (SOD 1991)
Anna's Romance *Side note- there's a small error with the article, because
by 1991 neither Anna or Robert had in fact divorced their spouses, Duke and
Holly. Both were suppose to be dead- Duke by being shot and Holly in a plane
"Make no mistake,
Robert Scorpio and Anna Lavery have been around the block. They married and divorced,
then married and divorced other people before getting back together thirteen years
later. How refreshing that this second attempt at love is being written for
adults. Two intelligent, obstinate smart alecks who know just the right buttons to
push either to infuriate or turn each other on.
At first, it was the
former. Anna and Robert took turns hurling barbed insults, which culminated in her
pretending to seduce him, then tying him up to get his attention. It did. The
experience forged a new understanding and signaled the beginning of a courtship that was
surprisingly tender and innocent for two veterans. With a bit of awkward hesitation,
he asked her for a date. While they were dining, she made a flirtatious remark, then
immediately berated herself for acting so obvious. These encounters were both sexy and
The tone changed
drastically when Scorpio was injured in an explosion and hovered between life and death.
Anna's realistic actions during the hospital vigil clearly demonstrated the depth of her
feelings as well as her commitment to him. When it was time for his recuperation,
however, it was back to comedy, since Scorpio was a horrid patient. Anna became his
nurse, though she was no Florence Nightingale. To prevent him from leaving his
apartment, she slept with the elevator key around her neck. When he tried to steal
it, she sent him to bed- by pointing a gun in his direction.
This storyline is a
wonderful showcase for actors Finola Hughes and Tristan Rogers. Tristan looks more
alive than he has in years; Finola's finally being given a chance to do comedy as well as
the melodrama at which she excels." (SOD 1991)