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For soap opera fans, it’s been a heartening season of homecomings, with a number of popular daytime actors returning to familiar haunts. Anthony Geary is back on General Hospital; Deidre Hall (see story, page 34) and Wayne Northrop have turned up again on Days of Our Lives; James DePaiva is getting a second life on One Life to Live and Joanna Johnson has come back to beautify The Bold and the Beautiful. This week Emma Samms will revive the role of Holly Scorpio on General Hospital. Literal-minded viewers may carp that when Samms defected to Dynasty in 1985, Holly was killed off in a fiery plane crash. But soaps have a way of resolving problems like that as if they were of no more moment than a hangnail.