1981, the arrival of the glamorous Alexandria Quartermaine was met by
enthusiasm from her uncle, Edward, and wariness from Monica. Alexandria hired
Luke to do some investigative work. His mission: to locate Alex's competitors,
the Cassadines, who were thought to be living in Port Charles under assumed
Luke entered his ransacked apartment and came face to face with a man who
held him at gunpoint and demanded information about the Ice Princess. "I've
been waiting for you. Close the door. No sudden moves or I'll blow your head
off," the mystery man threatened. He was suave, cool and spoke his quiet
menacing words in a smooth Australian accent. Luke attempted to disarm him with
a karate chop but wound up unconscious when an accomplice emerged from the
bathroom and knocked him out.
Later, Luke learned that his mystery
man was Robert Scorpio,
an international financier and well-known bon vivant. Wanting answers, Luke
turned the tables on Robert, showing up at Scorpio's apartment with a gun and
then conked him on the head after Robert tried to disarm him.
Scorpio also caught Laura's eye and
soon the two were seen together around town. Assured of Luke's jealousy, Laura
allowed the dashing Aussie to court her. Meanwhile, Laura's mother was seeing a
man named Tony Castle, who was actually Tony Cassadine. He and Robert had a
An odd friendship developed
between Luke and Robert. Learning from Scorpio that the Ice Princess was a statuette, Luke agreed to help
the Quartermaines find it for a price! But Scorpio wanted it too, and he offered
Luke $50,000 to find the statuette, which was actually the world's largest uncut
diamond which Alex had painted black, mounted on a pedestal, and shipped from
Rio De Janeiro to Port Charles. However, when she went to the docks to claim the
crate, Alex was horrified to discover that it had been stolen!
Noticing a cab driver named Charlie
seemed to have a lot of unaccounted money, Luke made friends with his ambitious
wife Emma Lutz and eventually learned she had given the statue to Lila
Quartermaine for the General Hospital benefit auction. Confident he would get
the statue, Luke wined and dined Laura, ending the night with a marriage
proposal. Laura placed ad in Mexican
papers so she could find Scotty and obtain a divorce. Luke only wanted to find
the Ice Princess!
The next day, the eager bidders all
turned up for the auction, each planning to steal the statue. However, the
lights went out briefly and upon their return, Luke and the statue both turned
up missing. A frustrated Robert called his accomplice and agreed that "Luke
Spenser must be silenced if he is found by the Cassadines."
Weeks later, Luke resurfaced and
claimed not to have the statue. He and Robert formed a partnership to find the
statue while, unbeknownst to either, Alexandria had reconciled with her old
flame Tony. Alex explained that the statue held the formula to create synthetic diamonds
but could also be used to make a powerful weapon.
At Scorpio's penthouse, Robert revealed to Luke and Laura that
he was an agent for the World Security Bureau, and it was imperative to locate
the Ice Princess. Laura surprises Edward by informing him that
"Circumstances have arisen that make it impossible for me to
continue working for you!"
When Luke is taken prisoner
on the Cassadine yacht, Robert and O'Reilly come up with a plan for her
blow the power box after Robert signals her with five flickers of his
cigarette lighter. A drugged Luke refuses to talk about the Ice Princess
and Alex suggests they frame Laura to motivate Spenser. "Do you
honestly think you can get through to Luke by using a silly plot like
love?" Cassadine retorts. Robert interrupts and says he can get
Spenser to talk. "By point five you will definately be gone,"
he says and begins flashing his lighter at the window. Unfortunately
Cassadine catches on, grabs the lighter and threatens to kill both
Robert and Luke. Spenser then agrees to go fetch the statue while
Robert's held as collateral. Robert talks Tony into giving him his
lighter, proceeds to give the final flicker and the lights go out. A
relieved Robert and Luke make their getaway.
Back in Robert's control
room, the duo hear Cassadine's men ransacking Robert's apartment.
Dressed as a cleaning woman, O'Riley manages to scare the thugs off with
her threats to call the building manager. She's then able to wheel
Robert and Luke out of the building in trash cans. Meanwhile, Laura's
discovered that Luke's missing and she and Slick go looking for him.
Laura's fears compound upon learning that Alex was with Luke before his
disappearance, but later she's reunited with her love after Slick and
O'Reilly manage to sneak Scorpio and Spenser into Laura's
apartment. The reunion is short as Robert and Luke have to search
Duvall's apartment for the formula. Lesley rebuffs Laura's claims that
Tony's not a nice man.
After knocking out the
formula's creator, Duvall, Alex returned to Tony's yacht with the statue and was met by
Tony and his younger brother, Victor.
Later, in a shootout on the docks, Victor Cassadine recognized
Scorpio's WSB partner, O'Reilly, and gunned her down. In a tearful farewell,
Scorpio held his dying friend, vowing revenge on the evil Cassadines!
Luke joined super-sleuth Scorpio in his plot to sneak aboard the Cassadine
yacht. Laura stowed away too, joining Luke and Robert in this adventure of a
lifetime! Victor Cassadine arrived, with his latest passion, Tiffany Hill, a
B-movie actress. Waiting in an underground command center located under a
tropical island was the mastermind of this scheme- the brilliant but
diabolical Mikkos Cassadine. Mikkos gathered his guests in his spectacular
Crystal Room and revealed his fiendish plans to build a massive weather machine,
capable of producing a substance called carbonic snow, with which he could
freeze the world- starting with Port Charles!
Tiffany was repulsed by Mikkos's
plan and later ran into Scorpio. The duo immediately hit it off. With Tiffany help,
Robert plotted to break into the underground command center and destroy the
Mikkos put his plan into motion and the temperature began to
drop drastically in faraway Port Charles. Lovebirds Luke and Laura were shocked
to discover Robert had left them behind and entered the Cassadine compound. The
couple managed to get inside but were captured as they stumbled into an ice
chamber where they found 4 frozen bodies, two of which were Tony and Alex. Taken
to Mikkos, Luke and Laura were reunited with Robert, who had been captured
Promising to convince the WSB to
give in to Mikkos's demands, Luke was able to talk to the outside world and give
a hint to the location of the Cassadine compound. As he and Mikkos struggled in
a separate chamber, Robert and Laura were able to take over the others and hold
them at gun point.
Luke managed to maneuver Mikkos into an ice chamber where he
was instantaneously frozen to death! With Mikkos
thwarted, Luke anxiously tried to release the lever controlling the weather that
Mikkos had programmed into the "lock" position. After several
unsuccessful attempts to decode the computer, Luke entered the words "Ice
Princess" and the weather machine shut down! The courageous efforts of
Luke, Laura and Scorpio saved the world from disaster!
Back in PC, the grateful people of
Port Charles offered the Mayor's mansion as the site for Luke and Laura's
wedding and the Cassadine yacht, The Haunted Star, as a wedding gift. Laura's
divorce from Scotty was complicated by his stepfather's burning the papers and
Laura was forced to files a last minute "ex-parte" decree. She also
was surprised to receive a minature version of the Haunted
Star on the morning of her wedding day.
beautiful day of November 16th, Luke and Laura became man and wife. Tiffany and
Robert made up part of the wedding party. Hidden in the shadows, Mikkos's bitter
widow, Helena, vowed revenge. "A curse on you, Laura and Luke," she
There was another party crasher- Scotty, who proceeded to get into a
fist fight with Luke. Afterwards, the newlyweds left for their honeymoon which
was later shortened when Helena insisted on meeting Luke. Helena's comparison of
Luke to her former husband gave Luke a weird burning reaction. Robert was
equally weary of Helena's actions, including her gift of 10 million to GH.
Tiffany talked Laura into
accompanying her to New York and the young beauty was offered the contract to be
"Miss Star Eyes" for an international cosmetics line. The Spensers
fought over Laura's accepting the job and Luke later relented. At her screen
test in New York, a skittish Laura felt as though she were being watched.
Unbeknownst to her, a stranger named David Grey was intently observing