December 2, 2005
Rick Springfield returns as Dr. Noah Drake after a 23 year absence.
Tony Jones tells Robin Scorpio "he's one of the best neurosurgeons in the country, maybe the world. His file is full of one success story after another. He operates on high risk patients that most won't touch and he performs miracles.
Robins says: "so if anyone can save Jason, he can."
Tony: "I warn you, if you go with him, you're going to have your work cut out for you."
Robin goes to 154 Butler looking for Dr. Noah Drake and finds him passed out at a table. So she pours water on him.
Noah: "Geez, what the hell's your problem?"
Robin: "You're Noah Drake, the neurosurgeon, right?"
Noah: "What?! That guy's dead. He checked out a long time ago. Why don't you let him rest in peace."
Robin has somewhat of a confused/startled look. (not impressed with what she has found - or maybe she's just wondering what that black stuff is on his hands <water soluble paint from the chair, we heard from Rick>).
And so ends the first day of Noah Drake's return to General Hospital
[approximately 26 seconds of Noah content]
According to US
This was such a small, sweet tease of a scene. After much anticipation the first glimpse we see of Dr. Drake "after all these years" is the top of his head. In a conversation I once had with someone, the topic centered around whether or not I could pick out the back of Rick's head across a crowded room. My answer was yes. I think not even knowing Rick was returning to GH this day - I would've known it was his head on the table. Never mind it was released early and clips of it were all over the internet. To actually see it air in it's appropriate spot was thrilling. It's almost as if it's the start of a new era.
|To be quite honest, I think I'm still in shock that Noah Drake is back. This is a day I really never thought I'd see. I think it took this first
episode for me to get use to the idea. Twenty-three years is a long time. We've all changed, Noah has changed, Rick has changed, I have
changed. It's really hard to wrap up 23 years of expectations in a 60 second clip. I think because of that and because we had already seen
that clip on numerous interviews and websites, this day was a bit of a let down. Thankfully, there's still a lot of possibility ahead and I
cannot wait to see what else is coming. When watching that first scene, I'm seeing Rick Springfield acting, and I'm
not really feeling Noah Drake yet. Not sure if that's him or me, or if we just
don't have enough to go by or what. rlh
Robin and Tony are discussing their options. Tony says he is thinking of a doctor who is the "best neurosurgeon in the country, perhaps the world AND he performs miracles!" Then he tells Robin "But I warn you, if you go with him you'll have your work cut out for
you". OK so this neurosurgeon is SO good yet Robin would never have heard about him? And does Tony know about the drinking issue? Or is his warning more about the ego? And, why had Tony waited until NOW to bring this idea
Thank goodness Rick was there, even it was for the last 5 minutes of the show! Scared me for a sec, I thought maybe Noah really wasn't coming back to Port Charles ¦that it was all a dream. Rick always did say he'd never return to GH, but here he is as a drunk and a failure (and dressed in flannel!) At the 1st viewing of Rick's return to GH, I thought he looked pretty rough the way he was made up to look. It appears Noah has had a rough go since the 80's. I must still have the Dr. McSmoothie image burned in my brain, because Noah's appearance startled me! But now as I play back this performance, I actually like that "rough around the edges" look.
I love how Rick stumbles up and back after Robin Scorpio throws water on him It was perfect.
What a "sweet teaser!"
I am thrilled to see him return to his Noah role. He shined in that role before, and he will again. - Kelley Pearson
I knew we wouldn’t see Noah until the very end of the show on his first day back. I have watched soaps for too many years not to be expecting that! I actually felt sorry for him, being doused with water like that in his first scene. He really played out that part wonderfully! - Amy L.