“What Is Going On?”
Well, GHers, I am back from my weekend getaway, and tomorrow my hubby goes back to work, and it’s back to reality.
My very thoughtful hubby lovingly made sure the laptop made it to the hotel this weekend, and on Saturday night, I took the time to write out the introduction to our Sunday Drive…only to have the hotel’s internet service tell me it was “buffering” through any video I tried to access. Note to Hilton Hotels: I don’t ask for much. Just that the internet service at your hotels is at least as good as the service on Paris’ phone! Too much to ask?
I hated that we didn’t spend Sunday “together” via our drive…I guess next time my hubby plans a weekend getaway, I will have to put the Drive together before we leave.
“What Is Going On?” over in Port Charles? It seems all hell has broken loose!
While Olivia may never make my list of favorite characters, I don’t enjoy seeing any woman hurt, especially when they are so undeserving of it. Olivia has been really good to Steve Webber. She’s been understanding and supportive, and has made Steve a much more likable person, as I cannot stand him when he acts as though his only purpose in life is to sing the praises of his “kid sister.” Liv totally deserves better than to have Steve and Maggie huddled together all the time, and right under her nose! Liv had every right to ask “What Is Going On?” but damn, I hate that Steve allowed Maggie to tell Olivia that they were having an affair, and even more so since he never got the chance to tell her that it was a lie before madness ensued. Now that it has, Olivia can only focus on her cousin, as she is truly the only person Kate can count on. Steve wanting to clear things up in the midst of this crisis didn’t really earn him any point. JERK.
Like Olivia, I am really starting to wonder about Kate. She is more than a bit off; she is completely hysterical, and it seems to me that she may not be able to account for her every moment during that hysteria. Not the best combination. I was entirely captivated by Kelly Sullivan’s delivery of Kate’s delirium! What a great job she did convincing me that she was on the verge of losing her cotton-picking mind! I was struggling at first to understand her reactions to everything, and to everyone, and was thinking to myself, “What Is Going On?”, but I finally got it. Steve was right about one thing: she did seem to disappear inside herself, and we know it isn’t the first time. I got the feeling that when Kate knelt down and touched that blood stain, she wasn’t sure that she didn’t deal with Sonny herself, but not as herself. Huh. I did not see that one coming!
The other thing I didn’t see coming was Dante’s softening over Sonny. I mean, I am sure that I would find a soft spot for anyone who saved my life, but Dante is different. He has spent a lifetime hardening his heart against Sonny, and that was before Sonny ever took aim at his heart and shot his gun at him. I feel Dante works to strengthen his resolve to not be pulled in by Sonny’s need to make up for his mistakes, and so far, Dante has remained unmovable. Yet, when Dante saw that Sonny basically dragged his bleeding,injured butt to Johnny’s to avenge the attempt on Dante’s life, there was something different in the way he was looking at his father. “What Is Going On?” Is Dante really coming to understand what being a father to Sonny means to him as he said, or was he just being the negotiator he was trained to be at the academy? I guess only the time it takes for Sonny to heal will tell.
Was I the only one who saw the irony in a bleeding Sonny walking through Johnny’s door, only to see Carly come down the steps in a robe? It immediately reminded me of a wonder, bleeding Jason walking in on the very same scene all those years ago at Sonny’s. It boggles my mind sometimes just how lucky Sonny is to be alive after all these years – not in the mob – but after all these years of plain, old stupidity. With all of the men he employs to keep him safe, and do his dirty work, wouldn’t you think Sonny might have called one of them before leaving a trail of blood in the snow to Johnny’s, where he could barely even lift his gun, much less see his target? “What Is Going On?” Will Sonny ever stop to think before making any of his rash, usually costly decisions? For a second, I thought we would see a repeat of Sonny aiming and shooting Carly in the head, instead of his intended target. Thank goodness Dante was able to talk him down – and out of another reckless situation.
I am more and more thankful that Michael doesn’t really share any of Sonny’s DNA. I am finally starting to believe that Michael has shaken off the learned stupidity he picked up from Sonny, and is making his way towards becoming the man Abby (and many of us) always knew he could be. Thank you, writers, and especially Mr. Carlivati, for remembering that Molly would see the wisdom in reaching out to Michael for help when she realized she was in over her head. I absolutely LOVED that Michael didn’t dwell on the question of “What Is Going On?” and immediately responded to Molly’s call for help, and that he was able to get to her before anything more serious could happen. Lord knows, I could not stomach another rape storyline, and I needed this ABC Afterschool Special-type story to teach the lesson that it could have been worse, but because of Molly’s quick thinking and ability to admit she was in over her head, it wasn’t. I was also proud of Michael for ripping into TJ the way I would have loved to! While I did see a glimmer of hope that TJ may have actually learned an important lesson from what happened to Molly, I do not feel sorry for him, and I am going to be pissed at Molly if she cores for his delinquent butt!
You know, we’ve gotta give it to Nancy Lee Grahn on having Alexis react exactly the way any mother shoulda, coulda, woulda, if found in the same situation! From the moment Alexis walked in wanting to know, “What Is Going On?”, I could totally feel her anger and disappointment, and if I were Kate (Nancy’s real-life daughter), I would take note! My beloved Haley Pullos also did a great job with this new material for her character, and I think it’s about time we see Molly be more than a precocious matchmaker, even if she has to make some mistakes along the way. Alexis handled Molly and TJ with the efficiency of an experienced mom, and I am thankful that the writers made it so that Alexis seems to have learned some valuable lessons from her experiences during Kristina’s teen years. I am looking forward to the learning moments ahead – but mostly I am looking forward to more family centric storylines, like this one!
It seems Mr. and Mrs. Morgan can barely share a moment alone without having their world “rocked” and having to ask “What Is Going On?” I guess we faithful will have to wait a bit longer for the precious moments that should accompany this already long-awaited pregnancy. *sigh* I honestly would be happy with The Morgans just being able to spend some time alone at home, but with Jason’s condition being so dangerous, that doesn’t seem very likely either. Add to that the fact that Robin was caught in an explosion, and Jason may never walk out of that hospital again, unless Patrick is able to reach into that pocket of his, and hand Jason the one thing that could save his life – but cost Robin hers. Oh, how I hate that our poor Sam will now have to fight for her husband’s life even as Patrick is mourning the death of his wife. It’s an impossible situation under normal circumstances, but having to take on this fight while pregnant? Unimaginable!
To say that Patrick’s life was blown to pieces would be an understatement. My poor Vanessa walked in and saw Patrick banging on the door, yelling desperately at Robin, and cried, “What Is Going On?” I couldn’t answer, as I myself was staring at the screen; frozen. All I could do was walk over and put my arms around her, as we both watched Robin say good-bye to Patrick, even though he refused to hear it. Wow. That was what I call drama! I am not sure I could have moved away from the TV if the bogey man himself were coming at me! While I may not have liked watching one of the only rootable couples left on daytime meet with such a tragic end, I understood that one half of that couple made the choice to leave the show, and as it played out, I was completely engrossed, even if I was also completely heartbroken.
It’s not often that we get to see Jason Thompson flexing his lesser used acting muscles, such as the ones reserved for emotional material like this, so let me take the opportunity to say that he knocked it out of the park with those scenes. I don’t think I have ever shed tears for Patrick and Robin, but I did watching those scenes, because Jason made me feel the incredible love that Patrick had for Robin, and the heart stopping loss he was facing without her. *applause*
I feel so badly for Mr. Valentini and Mr. Carlivati, because boy, oh boy, are they in the line of fire for all the misplaced fury from longtime Robin and Scrubs fans! I am not sure if people realize that Kimberly McCullough wanted out of her relationship with General Hospital to pursue her dreams, but if they do, I cannot understand why people are directing all of their frustration and anger over her departure from the show at TPTB – and other actors! I rewatched today’s epi on YouTube before sitting down to post, and after reading some of the comments, I thought, “What Is Going On?” What else could have been done to accommodate Miss McCullough’s desire to leave the show? I am endlessly grateful that HIV didn’t claim her life, and having the daughter of Robert and Anna Scorpio leave the canvas in anything less riveting than an explosive, keep-us-guessing, burned-beyond-recognition body under the yellow tarp, would, personally, have felt like a slap in the face to “authentic” longtime fans such as myself. Years ago, at the very height of our beloved soap genre, no one ever really died. Our hearts were never really broken when Reva drove her car off the bridge, or when Victor’s plane crashed, or even when Jesse died onscreen from gunshot wounds – or HELLO! When Lucky “died” in the fire! Perhaps one of the reasons soaps have taken such a hit is because in more recent years, beloved characters were recast, or *horror* they never came back from the dead!
Here, we’ve been given a real possibility (possibly the only possibility) that Robin could someday be reunited with her family, and people are complaining???
Again – “What Is Going On?”
If you happen to cross paths with one of these lunatics complaining over the gift that lifelong GH fans have been given here, tell them to put their big girl panties on, and take a look at the BIG PICTURE! If people keep complaining, and threatening, and bitching, and moaning, it will come as no surprise to any of us that our remaining ABC soap will meet a death even more untimely than Robin’s “presumed” one!