“…She’s Not Sam.”
Hey there, GHers!
I was finally able to enjoy General Hospital today from the comfort of my own home, and I have to admit that I felt a little excited about the fact that our GH seems to have more than just a snowball’s chance in hell of surviving!
I’m not sure about you, but I listened very closely for signs of what the future might hold for all of our favorite Port Charlesians, and I think I picked up on a few things. You’ll have to tell me what you thought about today’s episode.
It’s been a while since we enjoyed a man-to-man conversation between Jason and Sonny where the entire conversation wasn’t about the Mob, It’s Violence, and How Both Affect Michael. *sigh*
It was a nice change. More than that, I thought it was a very important conversation on many levels. I have to thank our friend, Sonny for making something extremely clear: Brenda Is Not Sam.
Oh, Sonny. No. She. Is. Not.
That’s really the reason that I love Sam. And I think, based on the exchanges I’ve had with so many of you over the past almost couple of years, it’s the reason you all love Sam, as well. Hell, it’s definitely the reason that our Jason loves Sam, and the reason that the couple they are together is so unique. Strong. Rootable.
Sam is one of a kind. Unlike anyone else in Jason’s life, or in Port Charles. Maybe even in daytime, as I’ve never felt such a connection with a character as the one I’ve felt with Sam all along.
It made me happy to know that Sonny recognizes Sam’s singularity, and almost sounded as though he wished he had himself a woman with half of the solidity that Sam has. Sonny was once a doubter, and it delights me to no end to see those doubts no longer exist in his mind. But you know what’s even better than knowing that there are no longer any doubts? Knowing that Sam didn’t set out to prove who she was with words or actions, it’s because of the person she has remained, and by the partner she has really always been to Jason, which was always an advantage to Sonny’s family. I cannot really think of a crisis Jason ever helped Sonny or his children through without Sam’s help or support, so of course Sonny would appreciate her value in Jason’s life, and therefore their shared world, and even why he would crave the same kind of stability that Sam offers Jason in such an unstable business.
I love that the entire time Jason and Sonny were talking the best friend in Jason was offended for Sonny that Brenda is “changing the rules” of the game she chose to suit up for and play. Not only did Jason see that Brenda made the decision to marry Sonny and spend her life with his against everyone’s advice, but I think he saw something else in Brenda’s flip-flop behavior: I think he saw exactly what Liz did.
See, from the beginning, Jason tried to explain to Liz that she wouldn’t be able to handle his life. He warned her that she couldn’t really be able to accept who he really was when he wasn’t being intimate. He tried to tell her that his life came with risks that she hadn’t really weighed against her fears or expectations of life. During Friday’s conversation with Sonny about Brenda not being able to deal with “The Life”, Jason was asked if he would have done anything differently now that he is living with all of this regret over losing Jake. While Jason said he would always regret the time he lost with his son, Jason acknowledged that Liz never wanted that life. What I heard him saying is that he knew that having made the choice to be together would really not have a difference in the end. Jason knows that while Liz always liked the idea of being together, and of being with the bad boy, she really couldn’t live with the reality of all that meant. Today, I heard Jason say that if Sonny was going to decide that Brenda couldn’t handle his life, or that maybe he couldn’t live with the challenges of keeping her and her son safe, he shouldn’t make that decision alone. That’s what Jason did to Sam once – he made the decision that his life was too dangerous for her, and he made the decision alone. It was a mistake that started a series of unfortunate events that changed them forever. Jason insisted that Sonny and Brenda had to make that decision together – the way he did with Liz. That way, they both took responsibility for the fact that they couldn’t make it work. They both walked away with a clear understanding that it was as far as they could go. It was the end of the road…or as the Jiz fans themselves like to call it: “THE ROAD TO NOWHERE!”
Finally, I heard Jason admit to himself once more before admitting it to Sonny that he is not feeling pressured to do something he’s not ready for. Perhaps Jason’s guilt, pain, and regrets make him feel as though he can’t, or even shouldn’t, admit that he would want another chance to be a father, but if you listen carefully to what Jason says to Sonny, that’s what he was saying. He wants to stop worrying about it, and just do it.
And why wouldn’t he? He’s got Sam to get him through it, the way he’ll get her through her own fears. Thank you, Sonny for reminding him.
Unfortunately, that admission won’t go far in helping Sonny with his current situation. How can Sony really know what the next step in their relationship should be when Brenda herself doesn’t know what her own next step should be? As much growing up as Brenda has done while living on her own and away from Sonny, I am not really sure she ever really came to understand the reality of what living in Sonny’s world would be like. Let’s face it, Brenda may have grown older, but she certainly hasn’t matured. She is still so much like the girl at the prom, wanting to be the Prom Queen to Sonny’s Mob King, without a real thought as to what would happen the morning after the prom. It infuriates me that Brenda has insinuated herself into Sonny’s life and family – that she has made promises to his children about a future that she hasn’t even allowed herself to really face herself. Now she has brought her son into Sonny’s home and life and extended family (Carly), and she isn’t even sure that she can co-exist herself. I want her to stop ruining people’s lives in the selfish pursuit of her passing fancies! For once, I would like to see Brenda put someone else first, but I doubt it’s gonna happen. After all, she’s not Sam.
In other Port Charles happenings, the Doctors Drake seem to have finally caught a break in their own drama with Dr. McCrazy. In a retelling that resembled a detective’s breakdown on Law and Order, Robin and Patrick broke down for us how they put the pieces together in the puzzle known as Lisa…OFFSCREEN. Identity theft affects everyone, even wealthy doctors, as a hard-earned buck is still a hard-earned buck, even when you have much more than the average John Doe, and Patrick wouldn’t just let it go. He investigated the charges on his card, and was able to trip upon Lisa’s plan. Then it seems that our Kristina may be worthy of having been wait-listed at Yale after all, as she finally got smart and told the Drakes about Lisa’s visits while they were out. From there, Robin must have called one of her super spy parents, and figured out that there are ways to sneak around and gather evidence, and that’s exactly what they did. I am glad the nightmare for them is finally winding down, but I have to admit, the busting of Lisa Niles felt a little anti-climactic to me. I would have liked to see Robin at least punch Lisa in the face once to let her know to never mess with her again. But hey, she’s not Sam.
You know, there are days when I love Carly, and then there are days that I wish she and Jax would fall back in love and take a really long vacation together in Australia. Sometimes she just knocks on Jason’s door one too many times in one week, or one day, or one night, and I wish I had the power of Samantha Stevens to just wiggle my nose and banish Carly to the other side of the world. Carly has so much going on in her life! What if she spent some time planning some quality time with her children? Has Morgan even seen Carly since his sister’s illness and surgery? Has she even checked in on Michael to make sure he’s wearing clean underwear, since Olivia is doing Dante’s laundry? And wouldn’t Joss feel better if Jax and Carly spent some together time with her before Carly just picked her up and out of Daddy’s new home? It’s a tough moment when I find myself almost agreeing with Jax about the fact that Carly is not ready to put her children first. Carly told Jason that sharing custody with Jax would give her some breathing room, and that she “would have more time to make sure he’s okay.” Umm, who wants to tell Carly? Jason said Sam is the only thing getting him through this. And she’s not Sam.
The one thing I did hear and could appreciate during Jason’s conversation with Carly was the sound of a 180. When Carly told Jason that she feared that fighting for Josslyn might “get ugly”, Jason unequivocally told her to fight anyway. That was the major fear that kept Jason from fighting to be in Jake’s life. If there is one fear Jason Morgan has it’s the fear of a custody fight. Or perhaps it’s a fear he HAD…past tense. Jason now seems to think that children need their parents more than they need quiet custody agreements where everyone agrees.
That made me think of a conversation Jason had with Sam on the docks back in January of 2008. Sam called it like she saw it, and warned Jason that Liz was cutting Jake out of Jason’s life right under his nose, and that in the end it would be Jake who missed out. She also warned that Liz didn’t understand Jason, and never would be able to stand by him for the man he was. Even with all the anger that was supposedly between them at that point, Jason couldn’t even argue with her on any of it. He knew Sam was right about Liz, even if he couldn’t admit it to himself. So did we. She’s not Sam.
All of my thoughts are pretty well backed up by that JaSam scene which was so hard to watch once, but now I watch it with a sense of triumph. Now I see just how right Sam always was. Take a look: http://bit.ly/eA1X3n
By the way, that was a scene written by GH’s new headwriter, Mr. Garin Wolf, while he was active headwriter during the Writer’s Strike. I don’t know about you, but I think those were some of Sam’s best lines of that year!
Have you let him know how excited you are about the direction he will take our favorites in…Jason and Sam, whom he knows so well, the Quartermaines, the Spencers, the Cassadines? The list goes on and on.
Now is the time…because we never really know how much time our favorite harbor town has left.