Holly received shocking news early in 1983: Luke had died in an avalanche! Luke’s friends gathered to share their respects, unaware that the man they revered was alive, but not so well, in a remote mountain hospital suffering from a broken back. Holly was pregnant and without a green card, she would have to leave the country within days. To save her from deportation, Robert married her. Holly was plagued with the notion that her marriage of convenience was a terrible betrayal of her love for Luke. She lost the baby and helped Robert solve the mysterious murder of Susan Moore. The killer was an elderly man named Crane Tolliver, who was once Lila Quartermaine’s husband.
With the aid of his physical therapist, Natalie Dearborn, Luke made a miraculous recovery and returned to Port Charles only to make the shocking discovery that Robert and Holly were together. Realizing that the woman he loved had married his best friend, a humiliated Luke rushed out the door before Holly could explain.
Longtime lovers Bryan Phillips and Claudia Johnston got married while Luke poured his energies into several new causes. To get his mind off Holly, Luke began dating the blond and beautiful WSB agent, Constance Townley, opened a gambling casino, and ran for Mayor.
Two years after she disappeared from the Port Charles waterfront, Laura Spencer returned as mysteriously as she had left. The force which separated Luke and Laura was not the Cassadine curse, but another Cassadine, Stavros! He abducted Laura (with Helena’s approval) to avenge the destruction of his family at the Spencer hand. For nearly two years, Laura had been held captive on a remote island off the coast of Greece. Helena allowed Laura to escape. Stavros was consumed with getting her back. After his inauguration as Mayor, Luke walked out onto the balcony and noticed Laura in the yard. They were joyously reunited. Stavros prepared to rape Laura at knife point as Luke, his hands tied to the bedpost, watched in horror. Luke used the bedpost to hit Stavros over the head. A groggy Stavros fell down the stairs and died. Luke and Laura departed Port Charles in pursuit of new adventures.