I thought that yesterday’s script writer, Michele Val Jean, did a great job of reminding us all of that after what seemed like a very long year towards the end there.
Since VMG’s return, it seems that Port Charles had become extremely Breda-centric and it was hard for us to connect with our favorites…favorite characters, favorite couples, favorite traditions. Yet, in one fell swoop, MVJ managed to write an episode that did it all. That’s What’s Important – having a writer who knows our characters well enough to write them in a way that would bring us all back to happier times.
I have to say, that I was worried about Luke and Tracy’s wedding. Certainly they are no Luke and Laura, and certainly, their love story is not as obvious or as storied as Luke and Laura’s, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not What’s Important to Luke in this stage of his life. I mean, if not for Tracy’s love and support, Luke may have very well drunk himself to death years ago. If not for the challenge she presents to him, Luke may have met his demise much sooner by chasing a high-stakes scam somewhere and feeling he had nothing to come home to. I was worried that because of the fact that Luke and Tracy are not Luke and Laura, that their wedding would seem less significant to the history of General Hospital. Yet, with Ms. Val Jean at the desk, my worries were unnecessary. I thought the entire wedding story, from Luke with his sons, to Tracy with Lulu and Maya, was sweet and so very true to the characters. That too is What’s Important. Sure Luke is a scoundrel and Tracy is an Ice Queen, but together, they work. Their vows were beautiful and sweet, while still a bit comical, and truly – I got a little teary.
The other thing Port Charles’ wedding of they year managed to do was to bring many of our favorite characters together in one room. I love group scenes. Of course, the one “miss” for me was that Monica was not there to be her cynical self, but other than that, it was nice to have so many together. Connections in Port Charles are What’s Important to so many of us, and I hope for many other occasions that give us the opportunity to enjoy them more often.
Family is also What’s Important, and I am so glad that Robin seems to be coming around to that realization. I am thrilled that she is allowing Patrick to come home for Christmas, even if he must sleep in the guest room. Emma will have both her parents, who love her and each other, together in one room, and that’s wonderful. I’m a strong believer that once parents stop loving or at least liking each other, they should spare their children the awkward moments and tense conversations, but that’s not the case with Robin and Patrick. They do love each other and being together on Christmas will help create another beautiful set of memories for their precious Emma. That’s definitely What’s Important to that little one.
I love that Stone Cold Jason Morgan seems to be clearer and clearer on What’s Important to him. In his very own words, that to Jason, is Sam McCall. Jason has been all over the place as of late. He’s consumed by his need to play protector to everyone and he is committed to doing his job well. That’s definitely What’s Expected of Jason, but the beauty of his relationship with Sam has always been that she has always propelled him past what’s expected, required, and needed from him and shown him What’s Important. You know – love, joy, happiness. More than that, Sam showed Jason that acceptance was always something much more important to Jason than he dared to admit. I know Jason has used this phrase more than we care to hear, but Sam did change Jason’s life. She taught him that he is enough, and even more. Sam led Jason to believe that he was everything she ever wanted, and she hasn’t stopped doing that. That moment when Jason whispered, “Whatever you want,” and Sam grabbed him and said, “I’ve got what I want,” and kissed him, was a classic JaSam moment, and it made my heart grow two sizes! When you believe that you are everything someone else wants out of life, it puts a spring in your step and a smile in your heart, and it makes you realize What’s Important in Life. Thank you, oh Fairest Samantha!
I love that in one scene we have Brenda barking about family to Jason, and in the next scene, we see Sam walking in after Jason called her. MY BFF Ro and I were on the phone for a couple of hours last night, and we were gushing about that scene for quite some time. You know you’ve got yourself a Supercouple when a less-than-2-minute scene can spark long conversations and make you think about things far deeper than what we saw onscreen. Jason called Sam because the word family makes him think of Sam.
More than that, Jason’s wanting to get a tree was about far more than doing something fun. It was about making traditions with the one person who has been more of a family to Jason than anyone. Sam has loved Jason unconditionally, and believe me, when you’ve lived and loved based on nothing but conditions in the past, That Unconditional Love Sam offers, my friends, is What’s Important!
I hope you are all ready for the holidays…
I’m getting there.
THIS DAY IN JASAM HISTORY
2005: http://bit.ly/hIYvVD There were so many things to love about this episode!
2006: http://bit.ly/e7Wd6J One of my favorite JaSam Christmases EVER! (Maybe this year’s will become my new favorite!)
2008: http://bit.ly/gqvtdI This was a Christmas Miracle in itself!
2009: http://bit.ly/eCLxyg I love these “I Love Yous” And damn! How I loved Franco’s ornaments!
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