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Will 'General Hospital' reunite Jax and Brenda?

Ingo Rademacher and Vanessa Marcil come home for soap's 50th anniversary

By TVDeeva Deanna Barnert Mar 5, 2013 8:31PM

"General Hospital" has been gearing up for its 50th anniversary by bringing back old-school favorites like Genie Francis, Kin Shriner and Rick Springfield. Now, fans can add Vanessa Marcil and "Dancing With the Stars" contender Ingo Rademacher to the list. Brenda and Jax will be back in Port Charles by the show's April 1 birthday, and word is their extended stay will reignite the Jax-Brenda-Sonny love triangle. 


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That historic triangle goes back to the '90s, but the last time Marcil returned to "General Hospital," it was all about Sonny. 


"To be able to bring these two characters back together is the reason I came back," Marcil told MSN TV in 2010. "Working with Maurice [Benard] is like dancing to music. It's joyful, spontaneous and gets down into every part of your body like a good song does."


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Sonny and Brenda finally tied the knot during that run, but their marriage didn't survive the discovery that Brenda's stillborn son Alec was actually alive. Brenda was worried about raising her son in the mob world and there was also tension over the couple's relationships with Jax and Carly. Brenda ultimately split town when she learned Sonny had set up Jax and after Jax flew her and Alec to Rome, Sonny received divorce papers.


Jax is also a recent divorcee. He left Port Charles in 2011 after his marriage to Carly fell apart, but was seen in town twice last year. The first time, he tried to kill Sonny. The second, he had to help save everyone from his devious brother. Once Jerry was handled, Jax and Carly finalized their divorce and he returned to Australia. 


EW first broke the story of Jax and Brenda's return and from the report, it sounds like the pair will either come home together or come together once they get back to town. Rademacher will be playing double duty as a contender on "Dancing With the Stars," and it's not clear where Sonny and Kate/Connie fit into things, but Marcil would likely enjoy seeing Brenda/Jax reunite romantically. 


"When you look at the Brenda/Jax scenes from years ago, they were pure joy," she told MSN TV.


She's staying mum on what's in store for her character this time around, though she has spoken out on her return. Apparently, it didn't take much to talk her into coming home. 


"I've always respected that the show is the star," Marcil told Soap Opera Digest. "I like Frank [Valentini, executive producer] a lot and I think he is amazing. I'm up for doing anything, because as an actor, it's always exciting. I'm so honored that they've let me come in and come out; I just really respect what they think is best for the show. So if Brenda fits into that somewhere, of course, I'm always really excited about that." 


"General Hospital" airs weekdays on ABC.

17Comments
Apr 7, 2013 9:52PM
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Laura belongs with Stefan,he's the only man that ever really cherished/loved her and encouraged her to be a strong woman on her own. Luke is way too old for her and looks more like her grandfather besides the fact he was always jealous of Nikolas and treated Laura and her son like garbage for years always walking out on her whenever things didn't go his way. Laura's weak and naive when it comes to Luke and always grovels or whines after him which is humiliating for the character and actress. Genie Francis and Stephen Nichols chemistry is magical,bring back Stefan Cassadine and have him save Laura from old man Luke and whiny Scotty once and for all!
Mar 7, 2013 4:39PM
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So excited to have my girl Brenda back! And to have her reunite with Jax is the cherry on top
Mar 7, 2013 10:56AM
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They sure do need to bring back ROBIN!  And I hope so much to see Dr. Noah Drake in a lot of scenes with his family - Robin's return, helping Patrick until she does, singing lullabyes to Emma (who he officially has met but never on screen).  Love the Scotty/ Laura angle- hope it's for love not for Scotty being a jerk.  Looking forward to great shows ahead - hoping Leslie (Laura's mom) comes back too...
Mar 7, 2013 9:33AM
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If they are bringing everyone back for the 50th, they have got to bring back Robin !!!!

Mar 7, 2013 9:31AM
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I personally hated the last Carly-Jax-Brenda-Sonny storyline. Or maybe it was meant to show how these characters bring out the worst in each other.  And  every time "Brenda" comes to town, there's at least one dead person  and a swath of broken marriages left in her wake (Jax and Carly, Jax and Sky, Sonny and Carly). It gets a little old. While I love these actors and they do a great job with the material, I've never been a big fan of this triangle.
Mar 7, 2013 9:26AM
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blech....please finally kill off the Brenda character!  she was cute for about 5 seconds 15 years ago!! 
Mar 7, 2013 9:25AM
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I like Brenda and Jax together, but I really hope Luke and Laura do not unite. From the very beginning, I viewed that couple as a misalliance. It made Laura a pathetic character to have her marry her rapist. She was always weak when with Luke. The only time she was a strong, attractive woman was when she was with Stefan Cassadine. I wish those two could get back together. Luck should go back to Tracy.
Mar 7, 2013 9:09AM
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I hope Felicia stays with Mac.  They are great together.  Jax and Brenda are a great couple also much better then Sonny & Brenda.  He is too old for her.  Connie or Kate are great with Sonny.  Luke and Laura would be wonderful but I do love the chemistry of Tracy and Luke...
Mar 7, 2013 9:08AM
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well after years of not watching i had to turn it back on because laura was back on for the whole luke and Laura story....now duke is back in town with Anna and Frisco is back in town too.....keep it going bring the fgood old cast back from the 80 and 90 I may start watching all over again
Mar 7, 2013 8:21AM
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Jax and Brenda? What about Luke and Laura? They were the REAL supercouple...perhaps the first on daytime TV.
Mar 7, 2013 6:10AM
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General Hospital is one of the best shows on TV right now..daytime or nightime.....I LOVE seeing all of the old players... again and they all look great... Frisco is a true delight to watch again.. I hope he stays and it is always good to see Laura and Scotty ineract with Luke!  Great work GH!!!
Mar 7, 2013 5:36AM
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I can't wait it will be nice to see them all together again and yes give brenda the fire back she once had (they gave it too sam) remember she was the brenda replacement for sonny.

Its been nice seeing all of the returning fav's I like Frisco being just bad enough to help maxi and can't wait for scotty and lucy too share some screen time together .........but please stop the vampire story its just over it was when port charles got canceled so please let it go

Mar 6, 2013 2:58PM
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Cant wait, however, I do have one request....Please make Brenda stronger! The wispy, cry all the time, sullen character that showed up last time was not a joy to watch. Brenda had fire in her personality in the 90's, we need to see her return.
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