The Quartermaines have been the first family of Port Charles for over 30 years. The family has been involved in some of the most memorable moments and apart of some of the more classic storylines in the 50-year history of daytime’s longest running American soap. But over the last 15 to 20 years, the family has declined and now the mansion on 66 Harborview Road is basically empty. But Wednesday’s episode of ‘General Hospital’ revealed two long lost Quartermaines.
Roger Howarth’s mysterious character is no other than Franco which means he’s the twin brother of Jason Morgan which mean’s Howarth is playing a Quartermaine. For fans of both GH and Howarth this is a dream scenario except he is playing the wrong Quartermaine if Franco is even a Quartermaine at all. With baby switching Heather Webber involved, there is a possibility Susan Moore never really had twins. But for now, Franco is a Quartermaine whether viewers, Monica or A.J. like it or not. The plus side of all of this is the interactions Howarth’s Franco will have with Tracy Quartermaine (Jane Elliot). Howarth and Jane Elliot will play off of each other and present some classic scenes. Both actors are scene stealers and having them share scenes and perhaps battle over the Quartermaine fortune can only be positive for viewers, that’s if they can adjust and accept Howarth’s new role and a character that seemed irredeemable.
Franco’s path to redemption got underway in Wednesday’s episode as it was revealed that Franco did not really rape Sam. It was all just a mind game, a very damaging mind game. Sam (Kelly Monaco) has been living with the fear that she was violated. Because she was passed out, she didn’t know what happened, except for the video Franco provided which indicated that he did take advantage of her. But as another video clarified, Franco actually didn’t touch Sam and ultimately won the game he was playing because the indication that he raped Sam sent Jason into a rage that led to the “death” of Franco. Even if he didn’t touch Sam, having a woman believe you did is still disgusting and something a real Quartermaine would never do. But the Quartermaine’s have historically been a family that bent the law, have lied, cheated and even stole to gain and maintain power. They also have loyalty, heart, moments of kindness and even small doses of compassion. The real challenge of head writer Ron Carlivati is to transform Howarth’s version of Franco into all that embodies a real Quartermaine.
Another reveal on Wednesday’s episode was Kiki Jerome (Kristen Alderson) finding out that she is Franco’s daughter and a long lost Quartermaine. This is a reveal that will link Howarth and Alderson in roles that have them playing father and daughter. Is this a smart move? Possibly not, but only time will tell and this storyline will have to play out for us to see if Howarth and Alderson can pull off separating their previous father/daughter tandem from their new one. Viewers know nothing about Kiki except that she looks exactly like Starr Manning and no one is acknowledging it. There are legal reasons for that, but it will take a lot more than dyed hair and a bad girl attitude to convince fans. The writers will have to come up with something that will establish Kiki the character and separate her from Starr. It will be tough to do but having her as a part of the Quartermaine clan should help some as she will be interacting with some different characters. She will have scenes with Tracy, hopefully Monica (Leslie Charleson) and potentially Luke (Anthony Geary).
Speaking of Tracy, she showed tenderness as she waited for Luke’s diagnosis. She also showed fear for a man she has loved and a man who has hurt her. Tracy’s concern for Luke is genuine and although she is battling her own nephew from control of the family company, her love for her family is also genuine. She just has a tough way of showing it. Tracy Quartermaine is the ultimate Quartermaine. She has defined every aspect of what the family is. She is cutthroat like Edward and has moments of tenderness that she got from Lila. Tracy wants power and will do anything to get it but she also has the strength to show her tears like she is doing by being by Luke’s side. Tracy has everything it takes to be a Quartermaine and both Franco and Kiki will be challenged by her to see if they have what it takes.
How do you feel about Franco and Kiki being Quartermaines?