“Being In A Rich, Rewarding Relationship Means”…
It’s Hump Day, GHers!
Who else needs help making it over that hump? 🙂
Forgive me for being MIA yesterday, I was just not feeling well at all. I’m still draggin’ a bit, but the closer we get to the weekend, and my family being home, the better I can convince myself I feel.
Wow. I could barely wait to start typing just because I could not wait to say that Jane Elliot is SOAP ROYALTY! Let me tell you something about what Ms. Elliot can do. When Tracy does something awful and mean-spirited and dragon-ladyish (like when she dug up Sam’s past and blackmailed her), I wish I could climb right through the TV and kick her ass myself. She can get on my very last nerve sometimes! Yet, when her scary facade slips, and she is vulnerable and believe it or not, sensitive, she makes me wish I could crawl through the sam TV, put my arms around her, and congratulate her for being human. The only explanation for why I could feel so passionately on both ends of the spectrum for the same character, is because her portrayer can convince me on either end to feel passionately – whether with love or hate – I feel it, and feel it all the way! That’s what acting is all about, and I am so glad that they’ve finally stopped boxing her into one side of that spectrum, because she is oh-so-worthy of both!
It was actually Tracy’s scenes that got me thinking the most today. (Without our JaSam, I had to look elsewhere 😦 ) There is a strength in Tracy that I admire, even when I don’t agree with her. She’s a classic broad who has had to fight like hell – and even dirty, just to keep her seat on this business machine driven by the men in her family. Hearing about how Tracy buried her stolen Solito treasure within ELQ completely made sense. Watching her be confronted about it by Anthony? That was just good TV! Tracy barely even changed her tone of voice, but she knew she was busted. If you listened to Anthony’s description of the ideal “godmother” to Solito’s godfather, Tracy fit it perfectly, and you have to love the banter between the two of them. It wasn’t long before Tracy realized that Skye was the snitch, and I’ve gotta agree with Anthony. Tracy really outta be nicer to people, or it can come back and bite you in the butt. Perhaps Tracy should take her own advice. “Being in a rich, rewarding relationship means”… that in order for Skye to not have been this willing to sell Tracy down the river this fast…Tracy would have had to treat Skye with some semblance of respect or decency. Instead, Tracy made Skye’s life HELL. My mom always said that you get as well as you give in life…here’s the proof. Edward did say that Tracy prides herself on being able to disentangle herself from the entanglements she ends up in. I am anxious to see how Tracy weasels her way out of this one.
Lulu is officially the biggest hypocrite of the week! (This is Port Charles, afterall! That will change.) Ummm…she is really harping on this “total honesty” thing when it comes to her relationships, isn’t she? But I wonder where all of that honesty crap was when she nearly decimated her “relationships” with Carly, Michael, Jason, Sonny, and everyone else she kept the truth about Dominic being Dante, the undercover cop, from. Weren’t those relationships rich or meaningful? I am so glad that Lulu walked herself into Tracy’s office to get some truth clobbered into her. You all know that I am not a Lante fan, but Lulu is just being ridiculous here! I am with Tracy. “Lulu, get over yourself!” Tracy was preaching the Bottom Line Gospel for sure when she said, “Being in a rich, rewarding relationship means… being willing to put in the work. It means you trying when you don’t wanna try! Forgiving when it’s the last thing in the world you want to do!” To which Lulu answers with a question. “What if I can’t do that?” Thankfully, Tracy, smacked her with more truth, and told her exactly what the alternative is. She told her all about having “done alone”, about “making her life about work”, about having “money and stuff”, but also “a hole that gets deeper and deeper.” And then she told Lulu that in the end, she’ll have NOTHING. That dialogue was exceptional! By the time Tracy was done, I found myself with a lump in my throat, and my eyes were mysteriously misty. Well done, GH Writers! Well done!
The writers also did something else that was all kinds of right. I was really happy to see that Patrick and Robin not only talked, but were honest. “Being in a rich, rewarding relationship means”… you have to be able to communicate honestly, even when it’s not easy. Robin doesn’t always know when she needs to make the first move, and even if she did, that doesn’t mean she would. Yet, I think that Robin is aware that her marriage needs to be further up the priority list than her career, and she took a definitive step in going to Patrick to try to address any hard feelings. Good for Robin! Pride is always the first hurdle. I think Patrick immediately rewarded Robin’s first move by being honest and admitting that he had no business doing Kristina’s surgery, and that he was tired and just trying to over perform. This marriage has dealt with some angst lately, but thankfully, it’s come from real life situations – and not a third-party. The writers get even more points for that! I am sure that Scrubs fans enjoyed the playfulness – the cute reference Patrick made to “Scrubs”, and the romantic time they enjoyed. More than that, I bet they are really enjoying the fact that their couple is dealing with things together – even if it takes a time-out or two from one of these strong personalities with a competitive streak. 😉
Perhaps after Patrick and Robin go home and get some sleep, they can sit Maxie down and have a nice talk with her…a la Tracy. Maxie is so all over the place that she can’t really apply herself to anything she’s doing. She’s skimping her attention on Matt, skimping her attention on Spinelli, and most importantly to me, she’s skimping on the attention that Jason and Sam’s wedding, and engagement ring deserve. Maxie should know that “Being in a rich, rewarding relationship of any kind – romantic, formerly non-spousal, or even friendship, means”… that those in the relationships with her need to know that she is invested in what they share. Right now, Maxie is fluttering all over town, trying to fix everything she’s messed up, and not really succeeding at anything. It seemed kinda fitting that Maxie would end up in a dumpster at the end of her search, because most of her relationships right now are “in the dumps.”
And just when Maxie’s day couldn’t get any worse…she comes face to face with the mess Liz has gotten herself into. Hmmm. Maybe the dumpster wasn’t as bad as it can get after all.
From down in the dumps to the feeling that you’re on top of the world looking down, we move on to Johnny dangling from his penthouse terrace, thanks to Sonny’s latest manic episode. Sonny is so far out the realm of normalcy that I am still trying to wrap my brain around the fact that he has not been forcefully entered into Rose Lawn…because Shady Brook can barely keep track of its catatonic patients, forget about keeping track of someone who is bouncing off the walls! How many homes will Sonny bust into, waving a gun, spewing hate and throwing threats around before it’s enough? Or worse, one too many? Johnny really is a good guy, I don’t care what anyone says. If Johnny were anyone else, he would have waited ‘til Sonny turned his back, and thrown him off the balcony. Certainly, Sonny has messed with Johnny enough, no? How much more will Johnny have to put up with before he finally pays Sonny back for some of what he’s gotten? Incredibly, it wasn’t Johnny who got Sonny to back down, but Olivia. I know…what the heck was she even doing there? Someone outta tell Olivia that “Being in a rich, rewarding relationship means”… that you appreciate being in a caring relationship with someone other than both your mobster exes. Olivia should probably stay out of their business – especially their business about… The Business. I doubt Dr. Steve Webber would take too kindly to having to patch up his lovely lover because she got caught in the crossfire – or her own misfire, whichever the case may be.
You know, I think Tracy’s advice can be extended to all of us. With all of the speculation over the wedding or weddings, the black tees vs. the white dress, and the Chinese restaurant vs. the church, some seem to be determined to hang out with Maxie…down in the dumps.
I would urge anyone who is having a tough time trying to “fly above” on a cloud of JaSam Love and Positivity to remind themselves just for a moment that there was a time we wished Sam had married Jason:
- In the dress Sonny bought her, even after Carly opened her big, fat mouth
- On the island where she met her evil twin, and Jason said he wanted to find the perfect place to get married
- In Hawaii any of the couple of times they went as a couple
- Or the time that Jason asked her to run off and get married before they found her mother
Why would I ask anyone to remind themselves of any of those times?
Because when Jason and Sam were torn apart, any one of us would have given anything if they had more than a living arrangement to consider when they walked away from each other.
I know that at any point from the time Sam got shot in May 2006, to the moment Sam left the penthouse with her little box in August 2007, I lamented over the lost opportunities they had time and time again. Sam was the Love of Jason’s Life. More than anyone, she deserved to have been Mrs. Jason Morgan.
I will tell you that if they went down to the justice of the peace in pajamas, I’d be happy.
If they went out on the boat, and had the marina owner officiate, I’d be happy.
If they got married while sky-diving, or wind-surfing, or on the mound at Fenway Park, I’d be happy! (And I am a die-hard Yankee fan!)
My point, my dear, dear friends, is that we are getting what we have always wanted!
“Being in a rich, rewarding relationship means”… in our case, that Jason and Sam are finally taking that next step! They are going to be Mr. & Mrs. Morgan! They are making it official! That’s the best possible case scenario! Can’t we find a way to be officially happy, and officially stop obsessing about the details?
Did you know there are those who are HOPING that JaSam fans won’t watch either, so that BOTH sides will be boycotting?
Boycotting, what for us, is the WEDDING OF A LIFETIME?
I just cannot imagine that any of the JaSam fans I know and love is willing to be part of THAT. . .
Please don’t prove me wrong…send in your RSVP via the comment line, the studio’s snail mail, Twitter, or email. Let TPTB know that you will be at the wedding, or at the weddings! Let them know that what matters most is that Jason and Sam are finally getting the Love Story we knew they deserved!
Then, clear your calendar, invite some friends over, plan on ordering some Chinese food, and let’s practice the Electric Slide and The Macarena!
We are going to party because OUR Couple if Tying The Knot!
I’ll see you at THE WEDDINGS!
Take a moment and let TPTB know just how EXCITED you are about September 23, and why! Stay positive!
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