The former is one half of Luke-and-Laura, the supercouple whose wedding was an historic TV event and whose exploits dominated daytime television in the 1970s and ’80s.
The latter is Luke’s portrayer, an eight-time Daytime Emmy winner who in Monday’s episode bid farewell to the soap he called home, off and on, since 1978.
More than half of Geary’s — and Luke’s — final hour in Port Charles was spent down on the docks (of course), waiting for a boat and chatting with Maurice Benard’s Sonny. Their conversation recapped Luke’s recent victory — bringing Elizabeth’s presumed-dead son Jake home (alive!) to his mom — and revisited how Spencer remained tormented by his personal demons.
“I’m leaving Port Charles, Sonny,” Luke said. “For good.”
The men joked about how Frank Smith (a mobster involved in Geary’s first and last story arcs on the show) had brought them together, then Luke gifted Sonny with the gun used to kill the gangster.
“You sure he’s gonna stay dead this time?” Sonny joked.
“I’m gonna guarantee it this time,” Luke said, chuckling.
Later, Luke’s daughter Lulu showed up to see her father off. (The show addressed those wanting a big Luke-Laura adios by having Genie Francis’ Laura tell Lulu, “Your dad and I said goodbye a long time ago.”)
Lulu gave her dad a huge hug and told him he’d been a great dad; he, in turn, promised that she had the wherewithal to handle whatever life threw at her.
Lulu later delivered a letter marked “Angel” from her dad to her surprised mother, and as Luke stepped into a foggy night, he said his farewell:
“Goodbye, Port Charles. Good luck to you.”
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