Daytime vet Jessica Tuck was excited to return to soaps as the evil Casandra Pierce on GENERAL HOSPITAL back in September of 2017, and the villainess has continued to pop up again and again like a bad penny! “Soaps are where I started,” she confided to Soaps In Depth when she joined the cast of GH, “so it always feels like coming home. Especially in this case because executive producer Frank Valentini and I basically started together. On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, he was a production assistant when I was first starting. Coming back and being able to work with Frank, it’s a privilege. It’s so much fun.”
Cassandra was a hypochondriac from whom Anna Devane wanted information about Valentin Cassadine, and she used Finn to act as her doctor to run tests and keep her busy while she investigated. However, Cassandra was more dangerous than they had anticipated, and the drug kingpin attempted to take out Sonny to control the market in Port Charles, tried to silence Valentin forever, and get recovering addict Finn to fall off the wagon! However, Finn fought back and left Cassandra clinging to life following their struggle over a loaded syringe. Anna considered switching off the villain’s life support but instead had the WSB take Cassandra into custody.
When Anna disappeared, Finn worked with Robert Scorpio, and it turned out Anna was just the bait for the villains to lure the doc into their clutches to bring Cassandra out of her coma. Finn lied that Cassandra had a deadly communicable disease and then secretly woke her up so he and Anna could convince her to work with them to figure out who was behind this mad scheme. She reluctantly agreed, but after Finn and Anna escaped to safety, leaving her behind, she found herself in a car abducted by someone wearing a ring bearing the Cassadine crest!
At the very end of July 2019, Cassandra resurfaced in Puerto Rico when she ran into Michael and Sasha on vacation. She recognized the Corinthos name but didn’t give out her own, calling herself Sandy Lance. Inviting the pair to breakfast, Cassandra injected something into a grapefruit that Sasha ate. And after returning to Port Charles, Sasha was rushed to the hospital with a serious contagious disease! Then, while looking for clues to Helena’s will, Curtis and Laura stumbled across Cassandra lurking on the Haunted Star. She threatened them with a gun, but Curtis got the drop on her and she was again arrested. Cassandra tried to offer up information that could take down Valentin in exchange for her release, but Laura didn’t have that power.
Tuck is best known to daytime fans for her role as OLTL’s ill-fated Megan, who tragically died of Lupus. She played the character from 1988 until 1992, then continued to make occasional appearances as Megan’s ghost right up until the soap’s final episodes on ABC. And Tuck’s return to daytime has not only reunited her with Valentini, but James DePaiva (Dr. Bensch), who played Llanview’s Max Holden! “He was one of my big love interests on OLTL and I literally have not seen him since the ‘90s!” Tuck confessed. “That was really fun.”
In daytime, Tuck has also appeared as Diane on SUNSET BEACH and Madeline on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. She might also be familiar to audiences from her primetime roles on shows like MURDER ONE, JUDGING AMY, SAVING GRACE, and TRUE BLOOD.
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