GH to feature time warp story for anniversary

Posted Wednesday, March 18, 2015 11:32:32 AM
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GH to feature time warp story for anniversary

Soap opera time travel stories are usually pretty cheesy, but GH's upcoming blast to the past pays homage to the show in a way it's never done before.

Forget about a flux capacitor -- all you have you to do to travel back in time is check out General Hospital's upcoming 52nd anniversary storyline, which will take viewers all the way back to 1963.

According to TV Insider, the soap will be celebrating its big birthday on Wednesday, April 1, with a cosmic episode that has Jason Thompson (Patrick Drake), Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber), and Ryan Carnes (Lucas Jones) appearing in flashbacks as three of GH's original characters, all of whom were part of the iconic medical team that kicked off the show. Thompson will be taking on Steve Hardy, the virtuous doctor originally played by John Beradino. Herbst will be stepping into the shoes of Jessie Brewer, the spurned nurse originally played by Emily McLaughlin. And Carnes takes on the role of Jessie's husband, Phil, the sexy intern made popular by Roy Thinnes.

"It was a real honor to play tribute to the cast that launched our show," says Thompson. "Let's face it: if they hadn't done their jobs extremely well -- if they hadn't grabbed the attention of the audience right off the bat -- none of us would be here today."

In order to make the scenes authentic, the trio studied the debut episode, a Twilight Zone-feeling half hour that centered on a teen whose face was disfigured in a car accident. "It's really captivating," Carnes says. "The aesthetic, the music, the mystery -- everything draws you in. It's easy to see why viewers would get into it and want to come back tomorrow."

Of course, that's not the only thing that will have today's audience glued to their television sets (or other entertainment devices). The very same anniversary episode will feature the reveal of what caused Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary) to develop dissociative identity disorder, which caused him to try to kill half the residents in Port Charles. Needless to say, it's an episode that no GH fan should miss.

For more on GH's 52nd anniversary plans, check out TV Insider's full article here.

What do you think about GH's plans to time travel back to 1963? And how excited are you to find out what caused Luke's personality to split? Do you have any theories as to why he developed DID? We want to hear from you -- and there are many ways you can share your thoughts.

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