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Played by Rick Hearst
Written by Taryn
Ric Lansing is a ruthless
lawyer who would stop at nothing to see his brother go down. He was
filled with emotional problems that stem from his childhood. He
constantly blamed his brother, Sonny, for ruining his
life and killing his mother, even though his fondest wish would have been
for Sonny to love and accept him as his brother (alas, Sonny figured out
quickly that Ric was not trustworthy). He also had huge resentment of his
evil father, Trevor, who didn't treat him very
well growing up; and for Jason, who Sonny treats
more like a brother than Ric could ever be.
Ric Lansing first appeared on General Hospital in a Venezuelan prison
cell next to Jason and
Carly. A few weeks later, he arrived in
Port Charles, around the time Luis Alcazar was murdered. He
immediately tried to get a job working for Sonny Corinthos, but Sonny
turned him down, even though he needed a lawyer, because Ric was too
eager for the job. Later, Sonny decided to hire Ric for small jobs which
involved the Alcazar murder trial. While on the job, Ric tried to become
friends with Sonny's wife Carly, and eventually, she hired him as
business manager for her new club. It eventually came out that he used
to work for Luis Alcazar and was present the day that Alcazar was
killed. Ric admitted that he saw Alcazar's body and then tried to get
rid of anything that would connect him to the mobster. Ric had nothing to do
with the murder because the killer turned out to be Alexis. As he was
working for Carly, he continued to pressure Sonny to give him a real
job. Again, Sonny turned him down.
Ric was also a blackmailer. On the night of Carly's club opening, she saw
Sonny kissing Brenda, so she ran off and got drunk. One of Faith's men
tried to hit on Carly at the bar, and he slipped something into her
drink. Ric rescued her by getting rid of the guy and taking her to a
motel room. When the two awoke, Carly was naked and assumed that they
had sex. Ric did not correct her mistake and used this night to
blackmail Carly into making Sonny give him a job.
One day a hit man shot up Carly's club, and Ric took a bullet for
Sonny. Sonny and Carly believed it was an accident that he got shot, but
Ric believed that the bullet he took proved his loyalty to Sonny. Sonny,
seeing Ric for the weasel he was, still refused to let Ric work for him.
Angry, Ric formed a silent partnership with Faith. He wanted to destroy
Sonny from the inside out. This was the beginning of his devious
plotting. When he was on the verge of being exposed, Ric tried to
cover his tracks by shooting his partner Faith and threatening to kill
her if she revealed that they were working together.
Around the same time, Carly found out that she was pregnant and was
worried that Ric, not Sonny, was the father. Eventually ,she got a
paternity test done, and it was revealed that Sonny was the father. Carly confessed to Sonny that she was drugged and woke up next to Ric.
Sonny took Ric hostage and asked him why he wanted to ruin his life, but
Ric escaped and kidnapped Sonny's sister Courtney. He stashed her
somewhere and then fled to Martha's Vineyard. Sonny tracked him down, so Ric finally told Sonny who he really was: his half-brother, his mother's
Ric blamed Sonny for their mother choosing to live a life with Sonny
instead of living with him and his father. Ric's father Trevor and
Sonny's mother broke up after an accident in which his mother fell down
the stairs while pregnant with Ric. Trevor blamed Sonny for what
happened and said she had to give up Sonny or stay with him, so she
chose to leave with Sonny. After that, Trevor became a cold and
miserable man and never showed Ric any love. This twisted Ric into
the horrible person he is today, bent on revenge against Sonny, with no
room in his heart for anything else.
Sonny chose not to shoot Ric because he was his brother, which may
have been a big mistake, given all the pain he has caused Sonny. Ric eventually fell in love with
Elizabeth Webber, who found out that Ric had a huge vendetta against Sonny. She rejected Ric but then found
out that she was pregnant with Ric's child. Before she could have an
abortion, Ric showed up and begged her to forgive him. She told him that she was
pregnant, so Ric became ecstatic. He believed that they could be
happy together. The two got married and tried to start a family. At this
time, he called a truce with Sonny. It seemed that he wanted to get his
life on the right track.
After having a meeting with Sonny, pregnant Elizabeth was pushed down
a flight of icy stairs, from behind, by Faith, who was in love with Ric.
When Elizabeth became conscious, the last thing she could remember was
Sonny. This caused rage in Ric, who now believed that Sonny was the one
who pushed Elizabeth down the steps.
Ric pretended to maintain the truce with Sonny, while planning to
steal Sonny and Carly's baby to replace his child. Ric bought a house
with a secret panic room in it. He kidnapped Carly in front of her son
Michael and kept her in the room, chained to a wall. Sonny didn't
believe that Ric had Carly, but Jason did after Michael said that he saw Ric kidnap Carly.
At the same time, Elizabeth wanted to have another baby, but Ric had
become so obsessed that he prevented that from happening: he paid off a
doctor to tell Elizabeth that she couldn't conceive. Elizabeth got a
second opinion that said she could have a baby. So to truly prevent her
from having a baby, he put birth control pills in her food.
One day, Elizabeth discovered the button that opened the door to the
panic room, and she was stunned to see Carly inside. Before Elizabeth
could get help, she passed out. Ric discovered what happened, put
Carly back into the room, and took Elizabeth to the hospital. The pills
he gave her caused a blood clot that nearly killed her. Ric nearly
smothered Elizabeth with a pillow to keep her from telling the cops
about Carly, but at the last minute he had feelings of remorse and
decided to let Carly go instead. Elizabeth woke up and remembered seeing
Carly. She called the cops and turned Ric in. Before Sonny was able to
come get Carly, Lorenzo's men knocked out Ric and kidnapped Carly.
Ric did not get put in jail because Scott Baldwin was D.A. He was
corrupt and hated Sonny, so he said that there was no evidence to
prosecute Ric. Eventually, he made Ric his assistant D.A. When Scott
left town, Ric took over, continuing the corruption and the vendetta
Ric got his life back with Elizabeth and seemed to clean up his act
when he became assistant D.A. Elizabeth became pregnant again, but this
time the baby's father was Zander Smith, whom she’d had a one-night
stand with when she and Ric had broken up. Ric and Elizabeth had decided
to raise the baby as their own, but she realized that Ric still wanted
revenge against Sonny, so she broke up with him and left town to have
Ric was still after Sonny. He never seemed to learn his lesson and
continued on his self-destructive path. Revenge is sweet, but Ric is
not! Ric attacked Sonny's family to try to get to him.
Ric later married
Alexis, and she had his child, Molly. At first they married so that Alexis
could keep Kristina away from Sonny, but they ended up falling in love.
Things turned sour between them, and he slept with Sam, one of her other
daughters. Alexis had cancer, so this just made things worse.
signs of being a real person and having sympathy, but he is always doing the
wrong thing and being self-destructive, ruining his own life.
his childhood home to try to deal with his past with his father and with
Sonny. He met and fell for Marianna, but she turned out to be hired by his
father. He made some deals to work with
Anthony against Sonny,
but it never really worked out the way he planned. The writers took Ric to the point of no return when they had him rape
Claudia in April, 2009. He left town in July, trying to start a new life.
Ric was a despicable character with very few redeeming qualities. His
portrayer Rick Hearst's charm and good looks are the only things that made
us like Ric at all. He was mostly a weasel.
Proofread by Laura 1/12/11
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