'General Hospital': Sneak a peek at Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo's return

vanessa-marcil-giovinazzo-general-hospital.jpg Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo's much-anticipated "General Hospital" return airs Wednesday (Aug. 11) -- but if you can't wait, we've got a couple of sneak peeks for you right now.

The recently married Giovinazzo is returning to the ABC soap for the first time in seven years -- and as the network has been breathlessly hyping, her character, Brenda Barrett, is bringing a secret with her to Port Charles. Said secret will be revealed over time -- we're loving the fan theories that she's somehow connected to James Franco's Franco, by the way -- but unfortunately the pair of clips below don't help much.

In the first, she talks with Brad Rowe's character, Murphy Sinclair. He's a movie star who's interested in both Brenda and a children's charity in Italy. Which means that Rowe's character may somehow be connected to Suzanne Stanwyck ( Adrienne Barbeau), whom we'll also meet this week. She's a crusader for kids' causes too.

What's that all mean for "GH" and the men Brenda left behind when she departed in 2003? We're not sure. What do you think Brenda will be up to when she returns? Take a look a the clips and sound off in the comments.





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