Focusing On The Things That Keep Us Watching

LET’S FOCUS ON THE GOOD NEWS…

CONGRATULATIONS, GHers!

Our Beloved soap has gotten a much prayed-for reprieve from the chopping block!

That not only means that they will be on the air for their 50th anniversary, it also means that our favorite people get to hold on to their jobs, and support their families. It’s a fantastic day for General Hospital and those who love it…isn’t that US???

I know that things on the show at the moment have us feeling frustrated and disappointed, and even in need of anti-depressants, but I still must insist that The Beauty of GH is – at the moment – that there is still a GH to watch! As for the rest, we still have a fight ahead of us, but better a fight than a funeral.

No?

My thoughts as I watched Wednesday’s show were a bit different, because I watched BEFORE I knew the good news that GH stayed and The Revolution didn’t. So I watched believing that the writers and producers were all still in SAVE THE SHOW mode, and tried really, really hard to understand what the hell it is that they were thinking.

So, Let’s Focus On The Good News!

The Bad News for Spinelli is that he isn’t quite the sleuth he thinks himself. What a mess he’s in trying to fight the good fight of faith for his Maximista, but it’s just not looking good. I assume that the writers are writing this (again – crazy) storyline to prove that while Maxie currently has two men fighting for her, only one can be her true soulmate. The Good News? I think Spin has always proven that he is the one who has truly always seen the best in Maxie first, and hopefully that will show Maxie who does, and doesn’t, deserve her heart.

The Bad News for Ewen is that he has one bat-$#!+ crazy patient in Konnie. One minute she’s begging for his help, and the next minute she’s barking orders at him as if he had taken over for Maxie at Crimson. I wish he was a little more diligent about his paperwork, as perhaps Konnie could already be on her way to Shady Brook if he had ever finished her commitment papers. (Men are so bad at multi-tasking). The Good News? Just hinting to Liz that she may be interested in “how the sex with Ewan was” made Liz think that perhaps Kate Howard might be as turned on by Dr. Keenan as she is, and THAT will work to Ewan’s advantage! Just the thought that he may not be as available as she originally suspected will make her all hot and bothered for him. Maybe that will keep her from slinking through the halls, spying on people, and then running her big, fat mouth. (Bitch.)

The Bad News for Michael is that he is lying to everyone he loves for the one chick who wants to see his daddy go down for good. Once again, it goes against everything Michael knows about loyalty and family, and that is just not cool. I don’t think Sonny, Carly, or Jason are going to take it very well when they find out that Starr has been shacked up at his (Abby’s) place, while she waits for the big day of reckoning for Sonny; especially considering that they have all warned Michael about the importance of staying away from Starr. The Good News? Maybe Starr being there will prompt Michael to finally pack up more of Abby’s stuff, because it really creeps me out to see the letters of her name still spelled out on the mantle.

Speaking of Sonny, The Bad News for him just keeps piling up. He has finally met a cop with more balls, and even more hair, that his cop son, Dante. McBain was about to breathe fire down his nose at Sonny, and he was not afraid to get in his face. I think the viewers who have always complained that the PCPD is no better than (somewhat) better-looking, and more outspoken Keystone Kops, are about to get their wish. McBain seems to be no joke, and his need to one-up Sonny right down to the last poorly veiled threat may be the one thing that throws Sonny and Jason off their game. The Good News? Anything that threatens Sonny enough to get Max and Milo onscreen is a good thing in and of itself.

The Bad News for Kate Howard is that she is about to blow her own world apart because she, like so many others around the world, are scared to death of the stigma that comes with mental illness. So much that she is afraid to tell the man who supposedly loves her, and has survived the end of his marriage to Brenda because of the support Kate has given him, about her D.I.D. How sad. I do worry about the message that GH is sending about mental illness and the importance of getting the right kind of mental health treatment in order to avoid dangerous situations, but I will hope that they do better this time around than they did with Jess/Tess/Bess. Unfortunately, the fact that like Tess, Kate’s alter, Connie is also driven by her need for sex, kinda depletes my bubble of hope. The Good News? That if Connie must sleep around, I am glad that it will be Johnny – as I am more than ready for him to “wipe that smug look off Sonny’s face.” 

The Bad News for Jason is that in spite of the fact that he says he doesn’t want to miss a thing with his and Sam’s baby, he is missing the very thing that is just about smacking him upside the head. Something is terribly wrong with his wife. She is desperately trying to run around fixing everything that could blow their world apart, and he is still too interested in Sonny’s life first to put the pieces together. Sure, Jason notices that something is “off”, but only because he’s not paying as close attention as he should. The minute Spin came in blabbing about Jason’s “Person of Interest”, Jason allowed his attention to be split, and that allowed Sam her chance to run off and try to handle this mess on her own. How can a guy who is usually so perceptive be so damned stupid? As frustrating as this entire storyline is, I think I may see a possibility for this series of unfortunate events, twisted as it may be. It feels eerily familiar to have Sam trying to keep Jason from hearing devastating news about his dreams of fatherhood, just as he is gushing to her about the possibilities.

Oh wait… *rolls eyes*

We know why it feels so familiar. Because now the shoe is on the other foot. Now it is Jason seemingly clueless while Sam is the one not having the heart to talk to Jason about the scary possibility that their baby dreams may not come true…so she turns to someone else, as Jason once did. *sigh* 

Because the past writers did a god-awful job of having Jason and Sam deal with all of that garbage from the Dark Ages of GH (2007), and did an even worse job of having them talk about it when they got back together in 2009,so that they were dealing with a truly clean slate, I can only assume that Mr. Carlivati saw an opportunity to actually throw something at Jason that actually resembles consequences.

I have never been a big believer in payback, but I am a strong believer in karma. No matter how long it takes, eventually, whatever you have put out there, comes back to you. Jason lied like a big, stink in’, bear rug all because a professional liar asked him to. Not once, or twice, but repeatedly, and for months!

The nagging issue that I have with this is that Sam did not cheat on Jason. She was raped – arguably because of Jason. I think it is unfair that Sam is being perceived as keeping a secret, and taking so much heat for it.

However, I guess the case could be made by the writers that the one thing Jason never did was acknowledge just how much pain he caused Sam with his lies. Sam apologized to everyone and anyone who would listen, and she apologized more than once. We never got the satisfaction of seeing Jason grovel. Perhaps, this is the writers’ attempt to bring Jason to his knees, when it finally becomes crystal clear just how much it hurts when the person you love more than anything, and are dreaming of a life with, is turning to someone else for support, or a listening ear, or a shared secret, every time you turn around. That’s exactly what Jason did once.

The Good News? (Dare I hope?) Maybe, just maybe, Jason will finally be forced to understand just how much it hurts to be on the other side of that, and more importantly, Jason will finally and fully appreciate what it cost Sam not only to forgive Jason, but to trust him enough to hand her heart over to his keeping once again. If the enormity of that doesn’t make Jason see just how boundless and immeasurable Sam’s love really is, then Ron Carlivati wouldn’t be the writer I believe he could be.

It’s that simple.

Spoilers? Don’t care.

Rumors? Don’t know.

Bullshit? Refuse to waste a second of my precious time on it.

Reality? The Love Story of Jason and Samantha Morgan is Incomparable, especially in this soap era. (Their honeymoon vid from just under 7 months ago is nearing 2 million views!) 

Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati get paid big bucks to figure out what works, and what doesn’t. (The last time I remember seeing 2.0’s in the ratings involved The Morgans.) In finding out that GH still has some life left, they have just taken their first real deep breath in months and months. If you think they are going to risk their rather ambiguous livelihoods NOW, (especially with all of us telling them in no uncertain terms that is not a risk worth taking) you’d better call Dr. Keenan, STAT! 

You have officially lost your mind!

:)

Don’t worry – we’ll help you find it!

Love you all, and am so proud of the kick-ass fight you guys put up for our GH!

Now let’s put all of that energy into fighting for the hottest reason we tune in!

Angelique

7 responses

  1. Karlene

    I love your positivity, Angelique :) I also am hoping upon hopes that what you said about Jason finally understanding what Sam went through in the Dark Ages will come true. He still has yet to apologize for threatening her life and I’m sure that is something she still hasn’t forgotten. I know I haven’t. I’m going to try and ignore what the spoilers keep saying b/c I don’t want to get my hopes up or shattered, whichever way they may go. I’m very grateful that the show is going on for another year, don’t get me wrong. I just wish that TIIC would notice that whenever Jason and Sam Morgan are TOGETHER AND HAPPY, the ratings go up. When Jason and the STALKER are on together, they go down. Just look at the ratings from the episodes when he was talking to her on the bridge:
    Monday: 1.7/2,157,000(Jason yelling at Sam after talking w/ Carly)
    Tuesday: 1.6/2,098,000(Jason yelling at Sam and Jason w/ Stalker and Sam w/ McSpamalot)
    Wednesday: 1.7/2,264,000(Jason w/ Stalker and Sam w/ McSpamalot)
    Thursday: 1.8/2,411,000(Jason made up w/ Sam)
    Friday: 1.7/2,312,000(Jason talking w/ Sonny and Sam talking w/ Spinelli)
    Here are the ratings for the week of the wedding of the century:
    Monday: 1.9/2,630,000(Jason and Sam not on)
    Tuesday: 1.9/2,399,000(still in the hospital and Franco’s return)
    Wednesday: 1.8/2,386,000(getting the rings from Monica and Edward)
    Thursday: 2.0/2,607,000(actual ceremony)
    Friday: 2.0/2,689,000(reception)
    I really don’t want anything like 2007 to happen again but I do want Jason to know what it felt like for Sam and why she started acting so OOC. Sorry to chew your ear off. Thought I would share some facts and a few opinions. LOVE YOU!!!
    JASAM Love Always,
    Karlene
    PS. Why did Ewen ever have to fish the Stalker out in the first place?!?!?! Why couldn’t he leave her there?!?!?! I have to say that she is the only character that has bugged the living crap out of me since she started on the show. I normally don’t get that bugged out by any of them but her… whole other ballgame. GO YANKEES!!!

    April 12, 2012 at 2:37 am

  2. Hoping once again that your post is sent on to the writing team. They need it for reference on “what makes GH successful”. I so agree that Jason needs a wake up call, and a short walk in Sam’s shoes. BTW, he was on that bridge,after shouting at his pg wife, having a “moment” with the liar of the century…And that really ticked me off. He can, she can’t? I don’t think so!!! He truly can be clueless sometimes, and it’s long overdue for him to realize how loyal,devoted and faithful Sam has always been,even during the darkest days, when her heart was broken into little shreds. She made mistakes,bad ones, but as she said to him in Mexico, she never wished anything bad to happen to him. (and Lord knows he deserved it back then!) Time for our boy to wise up, and appreciate his soulmate for the prize she is.
    Thank you, as always, and hope things are good with you all. Much love.

    April 12, 2012 at 11:03 am

    • Dawn

      I agree that Jason bad-mouthed Sam to Liz and to Sonny, and he was not all that nice when he was talking to Carly about Sam either. On the flip side, Sam handles all this tragedy-time and time again–ALONE! I cannot forget that Jason decided to go to prison without consulting Sam, and Jason lied for Brenda, or at least kept her secrets, and told Sam he was doing so! He has really treated her badly and never really made up for it by acting completly supportive and understanding. During their wedding and honeymoon I thought he finally sees what a miracle he has in Sam; even during the Franco rape storyline there were some moments, like when they were sitting on their bed and he was crying saying ” I wish I could take the pain for you” and she responded that ” She wished he could also”. Those were real heartfelt moments, but then they were gone so quickly that they are almost forgotten. More time was spent on the Robin fiasco and Jason throwing a temper tantrum over that situation.

      I try to have faith, but sometimes it is very hard. Remember the days when couples would stay married for years because that was a sign of the times, well now they have people bouncing around and I feel like there is not a safe couple on the canvas. Especially with Liz lurking around all the time blurting out whatever she feels like saying.

      April 13, 2012 at 7:25 am

  3. I loved how to analyze what is going on. While I don’t like to compare what is going on to 07 I do wonder if Jason will realize everything Sam went through and is going through. Sam feels out of control, she was raped and she is trying to make everything ok. They need to talk and lay everything out on the table and I hope if/when they do Jason makes Sam a priority. She has gone through so much.

    April 12, 2012 at 11:22 am

  4. Traveler

    Thanks for today’s “Positive Blog”. Keeping positive is the way to go!!
    I will try and remember that thru all the hard times. Im going to make sure to savor all the good times!! :)

    April 12, 2012 at 7:01 pm

  5. alwaysaromantic

    Hi Jasammers,
    Great Blog and Great Responses!

    April 12, 2012 at 9:37 pm

  6. Beatrice

    I want the writers to stop pushing the JaSam fans away….if this is to make them stronger great,but if this is to pimp new realationships, it is dumb and bad timing,why have her pregnant,to bring in a new man for her.

    May 1, 2012 at 11:43 am

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