Finola Hughes Returns to General Hospital for Robin's Exit Storyline

Finola Hughes is returning once more to General Hospital.

The reappearance of international jet-setter Anna Devane is set to take place during February sweeps, TV Guide Magazine reports, and will coincide with the exit of Kimberly McCullough, who plays Hughes’ onscreen daughter, Dr. Robin Scorpio-Drake.

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A spokesperson for the ABC soap tells the mag that Anna will be “very involved with Robin and Patrick” during her time back in Port Charles.

While it’s always nice to see a familiar face, Hughes’ return as the doting mother further fuels rumors that Robin — who is HIV-positive and just this week revealed that her treatments are no longer effective — will be killed off the show is tragic fashion. To that, the GH rep would only say, “The writers are still working that out. Everyone is very aware of Robin’s history of living with HIV and wants to do the right thing. I will leave it at that.”

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McCullough last month announced plans to exit her longtime GH role to pursue her dream of directing full-time. She is currently slated to depart “as storyline dictates” sometime in early 2012, though obviously no sooner than February.