This week marks the end of an era on General Hospital. As many in the soap world know, John Ingle (who played Edward Quartermaine since 1993) passed away in September. Just weeks prior to his death, he requested the chance to play the patriarch one last time and the wish was granted. His final scenes didn't disappoint as Edward unselfishly demanded the virus antidote go to little Emma Drake. It was a touching moment in the history of the show, and the episode ended with Jane Elliott's fond words to usher out the legendary actor. When news hit that John Ingle died, fans wondered what the powers that be would do. Would they simply recast the role or retire it completely? Executive Producer Frank Valentini and Head Writer Ron Carlivati elected to do the latter. This week, as families gather for Thanksgiving, the Quartermaine's reunite to pay their respects to Edward.
Tuesday's episode was tough to watch as it was clear to Monica that Tracy was in denial, having a difficult time coming to terms with the fact her father's death was imminent. Jane Elliot gave an Emmy-worthy performance, bringing the audience to tears as Tracy cried out in anguish! Michael, Sam, and new addition to the family little Danny, all had the chance to say goodbye. The most precious moment was when Edward weakly reached out and allowed Danny to wrap his little fingers around his own. Appropriately, his last word was "Lila." Though AJ wanted to see his grandfather to apologize for his misgivings, he was robbed of the closure due to Tracy's interference.
Today fans took to twitter to express their sadness, as well as love for the Quartermaines. The episode featured Ned and Skye arriving, with Lila Rae in tow. Tears flowed during flashbacks of Edward's dispensed wisdom to each, but the scene that I loved was the very last one. We saw Edward and Lila standing in the Q living room as Tracy remembered, "First we sing, then we eat." They slowly made their way towards the stairs. Edward to Lila: "What would you say if I asked you to remake our committment to one another?" "Of course I do," Lila answered. Then they headed upstairs together. It was priceless and a moment that will certainly be forever remembered.