Need a refresher course on Jennifer Smith, the woman who showed up on GENERAL HOSPITAL to make life complicated for Luke and Laura? Well, read on…
It all began back in 1980, when Luke was working for the Port Charles godfather at the time, Frank Smith. Having set his sights on taking control of Smith’s legit businesses in town, Luke correctly assumed that the man’s young, beautiful and pampered daughter, Jennifer, held the key. Although Luke’s heart belonged to Laura, he and Jennifer decided to get married… aboard Smith’s yacht, no less.
As the ceremony got underway, Scott boarded the boat and, having just learned that Luke raped Laura a year previous, punched the groom in the face! Luke fell into the water and was presumed dead. But in reality, he and Laura had fled Port Charles in an effort to not only stay alive, but find evidence which could bring down Frank Smith’s criminal empire!
Fast forward to 1994. Luke and Laura went in search of Jennifer and eventually caught up with her in Atlantic City with her then husband, Billy “Baggs” Boggs (played by Rosanne and Tom Arnold). Jennifer still had the hots for Luke and, to make things even more uncomfortable, Baggs was itching for a wild time with Laura, too! Luke and Laura were finally able to escape the couple’s attempt at “swinging” by threatening to expose them as crooks.
Eight years later, Jennifer (this time played by Sally Struthers) kidnapped Luke and Laura. Jennifer wanted to finally make Luke her lawfully wedded husband, and warned that if he refused, Laura was as good as dead! Seeing no way out of the literal shotgun marriage, Luke agreed… but arranged for his pay Roy Di Lucca to pose as the minister, thus invalidating the union. Once again defeated in her attempts to claim Luke’s heart, Jennifer exited and hasn’t been heard from since… until now (and this time portrayed by ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Cassie, Holly Gagnier)!