When Franco was killed off of GENERAL HOSPITAL, fans were shocked and hoped that this was all a fake-out to trap Peter, but very quickly it was revealed that the character was, in fact, dead… but portrayer Roger Howarth was not leaving the soap! After a period of time off, Howarth was set to return in a top-secret role that had viewers speculating he’d be playing anyone from his old ONE LIFE TO LIVE character of Todd Manning to a recast of Drew Cain and everyone in between! But now it can finally be revealed — Howarth made his return to GH in the May 27 episode as a doctor named Austin!
Maxie Jones was desperate to keep her baby safe from Peter August but her plan to give her newborn daughter to Brook Lynn Quartermaine hit a snag when Peter hired a nurse to keep an eye on his babymama. When Nurse Jennings drugged Maxie and abducted her to a cabin to induce labor, Maxie was horrified to discover that Peter had his own plan for their child. Knocking the nurse out, Maxie fled into the woods running through the dark until she could no longer ignore her labor pains.
As she laid down in a pile of leaves to try and deliver her baby, a flashlight beam fell over her, and Maxie feared the worst. She was relieved that it was a shirtless hiker instead of Chloe — or worse, Peter — and the mysterious stranger was relieved she wasn’t a bear. After a bit of banter, he introduced himself as Austin and revealed he was a doctor, offering to help bring her daughter into the world. Maxie worried he might be part of Peter’s plan, but after delivering her baby girl, Austin was knocked out by Chloe so it looks like he’s on the side of right.
It remains to be seen if GH will have anyone mention the resemblance between Austin and Franco — Maxie didn’t mention it, but she was experiencing labor pains, after all! — or if they’re just going to ignore it completely and ask viewers to also go with the flow and pretend Howarth’s two characters don’t look alike. Keep watching GH to learn more about Austin and see what happens next!
Love GH? Be sure to join our We Love General Hospital Facebook group to chat about all the latest storylines and juicy gossip!