Longtime fans are always excited when Tristan Rogers returns to GENERAL HOSPITAL as Robert Scorpio. He made his debut in December of 1980 and played the popular character until 1992, making various returns in the years since. Every time this super spy shows up on GH, he brings the action and the drama, and now it looks like he’ll be around for a while!
Robert first appeared in Port Charles tracking Luke Spencer and Alexandra Quartermaine in search of the Ice Princess, which was really a large uncut diamond containing the secret to carbonic snow. Although Luke and Robert initially thought they were enemies, when they realized they were on the same side, they teamed up to stop the Cassadines from freezing the world. Following the adventure, Robert resigned from the World Security Bureau because they disagreed about destroying the Ice Princess and its formula. He briefly dated Tiffany Hill, who he’d met during the caper, but their romance fizzled.
Next, Robert found himself drawn to reporter Jackie Templeton, who was searching for her missing sister, Laura, a model who resembled Laura Spencer. Robert was already helping Luke track down his missing wife, and they discovered David Gray had arranged for Laura Spencer’s disappearance. After Luke killed David in a sword fight, they were led to believe Laura had drowned at sea, and Robert consoled his grieving friend.
After he and Luke were caught up in an oil scam orchestrated by Holly Sutton’s family, Robert ended up marrying the Brit. See, she was pregnant with Luke’s baby and since he was presumed dead at the time, Robert made her his wife so she wouldn’t be deported. Sadly, she miscarried the child, but Holly and Robert eventually found love.
When Mac Scorpio first came to town, Robert had a rocky relationship with his brother because he blamed him for the death of their parents. Thankfully they were able to bury the hatchet before Robert and his wife, Anna Devane, were presumed dead in 1992, leaving their teenage daughter, Robin, to be raised by Mac.
Robert resurfaced in 2006, five years after Anna, to reveal that he was forced to go into hiding by the WBS and couldn’t tell anyone where he was. He was tracking down a lethal strain of encephalitis from the South Pacific which menaced Port Charles. Later, Robert was diagnosed with colon cancer, and after slipping into a coma, he recovered and went to Europe for further treatment.
After Robin was presumed dead in an explosion, Robert returned to Port Charles in 2012 and even contemplated taking his own life out of grief over not being able to protect his daughter. Thankfully, Luke was able to talk his friend down. Later, Luke brought Robert back to town to investigate the return of Duke Lavery who they soon discovered to be Cesar Faison in disguise. After locating the real Duke, Robert saw Robin alive, but was put into a coma by Dr. Liesl Obrecht to keep him quiet. When he finally awoke, Robert managed to convince Anna their daughter was alive and after an adventure that found them held prisoner temporarily by Jerry Jax, they were reunited with Robin.
Robert helped keep Anna from taking revenge by killing Faison, and later also helped her deal with her rage towards Carlos after he’d killed Duke. In the spring of 2018, the spy appeared in Switzerland to offer Anna help in tracking down her son, Henrik Faison. As he was getting too close to the truth, Valentin drugged and imprisoned Robert, but the truth couldn’t be kept hidden for long!
Robert reappeared in Port Charles to take Peter/Henrik into custody but he cut a deal to stay out of prison. He also enlisted Finn’s help to find a missing Anna, and when it turned out she was just bait to abduct Finn, Robert had to help them both escape their kidnappers. He then helped Anna track down Alex so she could get to the bottom of the mysterious virus that temporarily took away her eyesight. Of course, the spy was also a thorn in Finn’s side as he prepared to propose to Anna, but nobody’s perfect! Robert also aided Sonny in his search for Dante, journeying with him to Turkey to bring the guy home. Unfortunately, Dante had to leave again to undergo treatment for his PTSD and Robert was forced into retirement by the WSB.
After Margaux Dawson resigned, Robert was hired as Port Charles’ newest district attorney, since he apparently attended law school before being recruited by the WSB. Stay tuned to see how Scorpio’s story continues and for more GH news, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!
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