Every episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL is pretty much appointment TV at this point, but you’re definitely not going to want to miss today’s episode, because Ian Buchanan is back as Duke Lavery!
Longtime fans were stunned when it was revealed that Duke was the one behind Robin’s kidnapping, and part of that surprise was that the character’s return was kept a secret something that’s increasingly difficult to do in this day of the Internet. “I’ve come to the conclusion that’s why nobody can use a cell phone in the studio,” Buchanan jokes. “That’s the way they keep secrets. I didn’t even tell Finola [Hughes, Anna] I was going to be there. Secrecy still exists.”
Of course, those same longtime fans are curious why Duke has his original face and not the one he had the last time he was on, when the role was played by Greg Beecroft. “That comes up very quickly,” Buchanan says of the explanation. “That’s almost the first conversation he has with Anna… after Anna picks herself up off the floor! The Jonathan Paget question is answered many times in the first couple of days.”
Of course, Anna’s got a few shockers of her own! “They try to get back to where they left off immediately,” the actor previews, “but then he has to hear about her history, which I think some of it is a surprise. Like she was involved with Robert and then married to somebody in Pine Valley. Then of course, there is the Luke question!”
So tune in to find out the truth behind Duke’s shocking return to Port Charles, and whether or not he can win back Anna’s love!