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Double Take: GH

It has been a year of look-alikes on General Hospital, from Sarah Joy Brown (ex-Carly) finishing her run as Claudia, to Natalia Livingston (ex-Emily) being cast as Rebecca. There was even an episode that featured Luke and Ethan look-alikes in the form of Link and Evan, replacements hired by Tracy who she jokingly referred to as re-casts. With all these doubles, one might assume that General Hospital would avoid doppelgangers for a while, but one would be wrong. Obviously the show could not let the year slip by without the inclusion of yet another counterpart, and Rebecca's exit provided the perfect opportunity for that.

It is not that I dislike the way Rebecca was written off the show, in fact I think bringing Chad Brannon (ex-Zander) back was an excellent way to facilitate this exit. However, I think this would have been a bit more entertaining and would have seemed more clever if Brannon wasn't the third actor in recent history to return to the show as a different character. It seems that General Hospital has taken what used to be a traditional soap staple,"the double" and turned it into a running joke with the audience. And like all jokes this one does not benefit from repetition.

Carly meets Claudia in 2008
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Nikolas mistakes Rebecca for Emily
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Tracy hires replacements for Luke and Ethan
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Rebecca meets Zander's double
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  1. I thought the scene at the end with Chad Brannon was very charming and the dialogue excellent. Rather than saying he reminded her of someone else, he pointed out her eyes. In essence, Rebecca finally became her own identity.

    I was disappointed that Rebecca didn't spill the beans mainly because I just want the Liz/Lucky/Nicholas storyline to end (she certainly did give Liz a hard look before she left, though).

    I read on a GHH spoiler that Liz is supposed to have a breakdown, so I guess things are only calm for now.

    Paula Q

  2. Hi Paula,

    I did like the fact that Rebecca was able to leave town as her own person because at least now it seems the character is going to be happy. One thing missing from her departure was that she never told Ethan she was leaving town and I think that might have been more interesting than seeing her have it out with Liz at the hospital yet again. I think everyone knew that wasn't going to amount to much because obviously Lucky isn't going to find out about the affair anytime in the near future. Like you, a part of me does wish that Rebecca had told Lucky about Liz's affair because I am so ready for him to find out. On the other hand, I think by her not being the one to tell Liz's secret it allowed her to leave town as the bigger person. As for Liz having a breakdown I think that is very likely. She already seems on the verge of losing her mind at this point anyway, but I have to say I am not ready to feel sorry for this character. And I hope that they are not trying to make the viewers sympathize with her right now. If that was their goal on Friday's episode it didn't work, at least not on me because after seeing her and Rebecca at the hospital yesterday it is obvious that Liz is shameless when it comes to protecting her secret.


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