Daytime vet Jessica Tuck was excited to return to soaps as the evil Casandra Pierce on GENERAL HOSPITAL, and her story may not be done yet! The actress made her debut back on Sept. 20 2017, and told Soaps In Depth at the time how excited she was to be back in daytime. “Soaps are where I started,” she confided, “so it always feels like coming home. Especially in this case because executive producer Frank Valentini and I basically started together. On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, he was a production assistant when I was first starting. Coming back and being able to work with Frank, it’s a privilege. It’s so much fun.”
Cassandra was a hypochondriac from whom Anna wanted information about Valentin Cassadine, and she used Finn to act as her doctor to run tests and keep her busy while she investigated. However, Cassandra was more dangerous than they had anticipated, and the drug kingpin attempted to take out Sonny to control the market in Port Charles, tried to silence Valentin forever, and get recovering addict Finn to fall off the wagon! However, Finn fought back and left Cassandra clinging to life following their struggle over a loaded syringe. Anna considered switching off the villain's life support, but instead had the WSB take Cassandra into custody.
While Tuck's original GH run came to an end in January of 2018, Cassandra has since resurfaced in August as a twist to Anna's kidnapping storyline. Working with Robert, Finn located his love, and it turns out Anna was just the bait for the villains to lure the doc into their clutches to bring Cassandra out of her coma. Finn lied that Cassandra had a deadly communicable disease and then secretly woke her up so he and Anna could convince her to work with them to figure out who was behind this mad scheme. She reluctantly agreed, but after Finn and Anna escaped to safety, leaving her behind, she found herself in a car abducted by someone wearing a ring bearing the Cassadine crest!
Tuck is best known to daytime fans for her role as OLTL’s ill-fated Megan, who tragically died of Lupus. She played the character from 1988 until 1992, then continued to make occasional appearances as Megan’s ghost right up until the soap’s final episodes on ABC. And Tuck’s return to daytime has not only reunited her with Valentini, but James DePaiva (Dr. Bensch), who played Llanview's Max Holden! “He was one of my big love interests on OLTL and I literally have not seen him since the ‘90s!” Tuck confessed. “That was really fun.”
In daytime, Tuck has also appeared as Diane on SUNSET BEACH and Madeline on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. She might also be familiar to audiences from her primetime roles on shows like MURDER ONE, JUDGING AMY, SAVING GRACE, and TRUE BLOOD.
Stay tuned to see what happens next to Cassandra and how the Cassadines are involved, and for more GH news, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!
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