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Call Me CRAZY, But…

Good morning, GHers!

Or at least I am sure it will be morning by the time I actually get though posting this. Karina and I are both sick as dogs…coughing, sneezing, fever, chills, body aches. It started with a sore throat and progressed quickly, so we both spent the day bundling up one minute and needing the fan blowing the next. The silver lining to this cold from hell is that I fall asleep everywhere without warning. One minute I was lying down watching Y&R and the next minute, I had missed all of B&B, and that dreadful The Talk was on my screen! It actually took me six different tries to get through GH on YouTube, so let’s see how many times I will doze off while typing. (Trust me – I welcome any sleep that comes my way, even accompanied by this!)

So Sonny finally gets to hear Kate’s whole sordid tale about two women, and he accuses her of lying? After all of the crossover moments Sonny has witnessed himself, after all of the head-scratching scenarios Sonny has tried to make sense of, he can’t take a second to think this through and show some compassion for someone dealing with mental illness? To leave Kate there, handcuffed to a chair, screaming after him, helpless? Come on! Call Me CRAZY, But…that’s just messed up! Sonny has teetered on two different versions of himself for years as he has struggled with Pi-polar Disorder! Are we supposed to believe now that Sonny cannot fathom this scenario for Kate, even after Jason (who has hardly spent any time with her) told him that it seemed that Kate was sick? Truly, I am not only just not buying it, I am also not liking it one little bit. Someone asked recently why it is that GH no longer does PSAs after shows dealing with tough stuff, like rape, mental illness, etc. Here is your answer: They make every victim a victim over and over again! The only thing they would be able to say is, “THIS IS HOW NOT TO TREAT A VICTIM…OF ANYTHING!”  So sad…

Call Me CRAZY, But…I actually liked seeing a couple in Port Charles act as thought they were in love, even if they were The Falconeris. What a concept! I have never been a huge fan of Dante and Lulu, but damn, we sure did need some kind of reminder that at least one couple exists in this new, seemingly haunted Port Charles. I thought it was sweet that at least Dante was with his wife after such a harrowing experience like being kidnapped, held at gunpoint, threatened, and shot at by a lunatic! (Even if Liz was all up in the Kool-Aid, trying to get deets on Sam and McBain!) *shakes head*

Call Me CRAZY, But…I thought it was great that Luke is finally acting like a father to his only daughter, and that he wasn’t afraid to show some fatherly emotion. They’ve done enough to prove to us that Luke is anything but Daddy Knows Best material, but reminding all of us that he does have a heart under all of that self-inflicted scar tissue is always nice. Even in his scenes with Anna, whom he is basically lying to (although a lie of omission), Luke’s heart didn’t seem so rusted over and useless. Perhaps there is hope for him yet.

I am really trying to understand Michael’s reaction to, and consequent actions over, Starr’s attempted murder of his father. While I think it shows really bad appreciation on her part for Michael’s northeastern hospitality, I can’t really say that Michael should be all that shocked over Starr’s “snapping” and going after Sonny! Didn’t Michael do exactly the same thing when Abby was murdered? Lash out and get reckless, especially with those he felt were most responsible? Starr has never wavered from her position that Sonny is the sole party responsible for losing her daughter and boyfriend. She has made no secret of wanting Sonny “to pay”. In fact, Michael sat with Starr at Sonny’s trial, because he understood where all that pain and anger was coming from. Call Me CRAZY, But…I would think Michael would show at least enough understanding to not show up with the cops to pick her up. Wanting Starr to be arrested and charged for what she did seems just a bit hypocritical on Michael’s part, doesn’t it?

Ron Carlivati’s writing had me going for about ten seconds when it came to our JaSam scenes. Jason looking completely crushed that Sam and her baby  had another hero while Jason was off playing hero to Sonny and Kate was about it. Everything that happened after that was just completely wrong to me. Perhaps someone could explain to me why Jason raced across town to get to his wife in the first place, only to not take his wife in his arms! And while I get the whole “Stay away from my wife” crap, how about Jason just realize that if he were around more, John wouldn’t have the chance to be around Sam so much? I hated the facet that Jason didn’t ask Sam about the baby, and I hated even more that he didn’t go with her to the hospital. The Jason Morgan I cam to know and love would have accompanied Sam, and then found and threatened John McBain later! Call Me CRAZY, But…that was just a WTF moment if I ever saw one!

So of course, Sam would get the one nurse who shouldn’t be anywhere near her to come check her vitals. *sigh* I thought Sam handled Liz just perfectly. She was calm, controlled, and very clear when she told Liz she didn’t need to bother running to Jason, because he already knew. It wasn’t too much or too little; it wast just enough to let Liz know that she knew what’s been going on. I thought Liz’s reaction to Sam was way over the top. (Though to be very honest, I am not sure it was written that way. I just think that the actress has always had a bit of a struggle with “range”. I have always thought she goes from sugary sweet to super snark in 0-60, with really nothing in between. One minute she was calm and understanding, and the next she was talking to Sam like a homegirl: “No, what you need…” she said to Sam. Whaaaat??? All that was missing was two circles and a snap!) Here we have a pregnant woman, coming in to get her vitals checked after nearly being killed, and her nurse is going to start getting nasty with her? Call Me CRAZY, But…if I were Sam, I would have had my chief-of-staff mother-in-law paged to let her know just how upset that episode really made me! And after that, I would be filling out that hospital questionnaire and attaching a page or two of comments! Liz has  got to be the worst nurse at GH! She has absolutely no boundaries when it comes to boundaries with patients!

You know, I am really starting to wonder if Ron Carlivati cares at all about whether or not viewers recognize their favorite characters, or even their favorite soap. He is writing One Life To Live’s plots, pace, and people all over our General Hospital plots, pace, and people! It just doesn’t make sense! As far as I am concerned, you can write as many Jason and Liz scenes as you want. They have never threatened me. What I have a problem with, and what I find to be incredibly disrespectful to the viewers, is when you completely rewrite who a character is. Jason would never just take off to the cemetery when he hasn’t even checked up on his wife after what happened! Come on! Call Me CRAZY, But…if I didn’t know any better, I would think Ron doesn’t like Steve. That’s the only possible explanation for why he is being written to be such a heartless, clueless ass!

Call Me CRAZY, But… the show we are all watching in the 3:00 pm EST slot is no longer General Hospital. I know the credits say General Hospital, and the TV Guide reads it as General Hospital, but it’s just not. That’s not okay. Had they just brought over their OLTL peeps – even if they wrote them to have these crazy connections to our GH peeps, I would have been okay with it. But when you turn MY soap into what YOUR soap used to be that’s just wrong. And you can be damned sure you’re going to hear it from me. 

Will they hear it from you? I sure hope so! It’s now or never! 

Angelique

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28 responses

  1. Amen to being outraged at the way these new writers continue to push their OLTL agenda on OUR show. If I’d wanted OLTL, I would have watched it and if it was the better show it would still be on INSTEAD of GH. It’s not only disrespectful to faithful viewers of General Hospital it is also irresponsible handling of our show at a time when it needs the utmost care to not only retain but attract new viewers.

    Not to mention the incredibly irresponsible way they’re handling Sam and Kate’s rape stories (Yes, Kate was a victim of RAPE. She would have said NO had she had the chance and Johnny knew it. THAT makes him a RAPIST. -sorry it’s a heated issue for me) and have handled past victims as well. As someone who takes the issue of rape very personally, it sickens me to watch. I said it today in a tweet, people wonder why Kelly Monaco isn’t on at the end of the show doing a PSA for rape crisis. Well, look at how irresponsibly that story line is written. What non-profit would support that message? I work very closely with male and female sexual assault victims of all ages and I love my couple, but watching the morally reprehensible way RC is treating not only Sam who is a victim but Jason too, truly makes my heart hurt and not in the way a good drama should but in the way that I am embarrassed for the poor actors who have to portray such a horrible depiction of a rape story.

    When a show takes on these more serious issues like HIV and rape, it goes beyond their regular responsibility to provide good entertainment. They have a moral and ethical obligation to handle those topics with respect. Soaps used to do that and somewhere along the way these daytime serial drama writers have become to complacent to do right not only by the REAL GH, but by the REAL victims as well. It’s like they’ve forgotten, or never learned, how to give viewers what they really crave, a well-told story with heart from start, middle and end. It is a sad sad day when a fan fic writer can do more justice to a rape storyline for Jason and Sam than a so-called professional, but TreasuredLove did that in spades with her series For The Love of Samantha. Sorry to plug a fanfic, but if you want to see how a rape s/l for our couple SHOULD be handled, check it out at Dominoes & Tequila or TrustedHearts.

    Angelique, I am sorry to hear you and yours are not feeling well. Thank you for always coming through with thought provoking material on our show. I may not always agree with everything you write, but I respect and appreciate that you make me THINK and see things from another perspective. I don’t comment as often as I should, but I always look forward to my email notifications that you’ve posted another entry. Thank you!

    May 9, 2012 at 1:36 am

    • Beatrice

      GH, is showing woman they are to be blamed for bad things that happen to them,I am so grossed out by the crap we are getting right now.

      May 9, 2012 at 7:04 am

    • jerron

      I practically nodded my head to EVERYTHING you wrote. EVERYTHING! I have been telling everyone who will listen in regards to GH, about the subjugation of women. And it’s used as a plot point for Heaven’s sake on this show. Yesterday was one of the worse I have seen in a long time. It makes me ill to see Jason treating her like this. One mental patient rejecting another, the husband of a rape victim turning his back on her, and young Micheal sending Starr (whom I loathe) to jail. It was a horrible day on GH for women.

      Additonally Jason would never ever treat Sam like this! Never! Now he does place Sonny, Carly and the kids above her but are you kidding me? He would never EVER let her travel alone, go stay at a cheap motel, and not accompany her to the hospital. Seriously they want to captivate people to keep them watching? Is this how they expect GH to stay on the air?

      May 9, 2012 at 11:23 am

      • Thank you and I agree with what you said as well. Heck, if you had a twitter ID I’d def give you a follow. lol It’s so hard to watch victims be villainized. Guza did the same thing to Kristina during her teen domestic abuse story, yet Michael’s rape story allowed him to be the victim and only Carter and Franco were the villains not Michael. How sexist is that? I apologize for the negativity, but truly my words are meant to speak out and hope it makes a difference. I always do my best to address everyone respectfully (though admittedly some of my #GH tweets can be a little rude at times when I’m angered and feeling at the end of my rope they aren’t addressed to anyone), but if we don’t use our voice to speak out when we see something wrong then we only have ourselves to blame for what we get. Which very well could be a cancelled show in another year. I love GH and I love JaSam and that is why I continue to watch live every day even though it has become like torture. I want the show to stick around long enough to actually become what I know it can be. I don’t know. Maybe that sounds delusional, but I just feel like if those of us that truly love the show can’t keep the faith and hold tight during the worst of it then what hope is there for its future? But it’s not just good enough to hope for the best. We have to fight for what we want and the best weapon we have is our voice, so I’m using mine and if I ever get out of line I’m counting on my fellow GH and JaSam tweeps to give me a kick in the pants. Everyone needs one now and again. lol Hang in there guys. I have faith JaSam WILL prevail. It’s just a shame we have to endure this mess in the meantime.

        May 9, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      • Hope you sent your comments to TIIC…they have no idea who Sam and Jason are.

        May 9, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      • jerron

        I followed you on twitter….I don’t post much.

        I, too love GH! But watching this hot mess is bothersome. And don’t get me wrong I can take my faves breaking up. I want it to be natural. Make sense. Go with the ebb and flow of life. I can freely accept that. But this?!?! Nope! I am not picking up what they are putting down!

        May 9, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      • Beatrice

        I so agree with you,I can take a fav couple breaking up,but not when they have to go above and beyond,to do it…they again have to change everything about the characters to make the break up happen that is just ridiculous.

        May 9, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      • Beatrice

        It’s looking like they don’t mind losing fans…

        May 9, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      • Thanks jerron. I followed back and I agree with wanting a storyline that isn’t disjointed and unnatural feeling like what we’re getting now. Though I’d be heartbroken if our couple were torn apart again. I started watching GH because I got hooked on TB’s CarSon, but I fell in love with GH because of JaSam. I still watched GH during their breakup years, but I think it was more out of habit than having any love for it at the time. Plus, I just had to stay tuned in and keep the faith they would work their way back to one another. Now they finally get some happiness after 8 years of one crisis after another and it’s over in a hot second for more contrived plot points. It’s disheartening, but I’m in it for the long haul. I’ll be watching GH until the bitter end which I truly hope isn’t until I’m old and gray. Oh, and I sure did Sarah. I’ve sent comments to RC & FV and call the hotline all the time. Maybe it’s crazy to care this much about a tv show, but it is the only television show I watch without fail and it’s my favorite way to escape from real life. Okay. I’ll hush up now before Angelique gives me the boot. Eek. I’d be lost without her positivity to help remind me to have some of my own.

        May 9, 2012 at 10:30 pm

  2. OH, and YES. You bet TPTB at GH have and will continue to hear my issues with them until they are resolved.

    May 9, 2012 at 1:37 am

  3. Lissa

    Call Me CRAZY, But… The only possible explanation for why Ron is writing Jason like such a heartless, clueless ass is because our favorite PC hero has been REPLACED by the new hero in town John McBain! IMO trashing Jason is the only way to get GH viewers to buy it! Sadly it seems to be working as the Jason hate is over the top right now! And YES I’m bitter about it! Love you, love your blog. Feel better!

    May 9, 2012 at 2:35 am

    • Beatrice

      I wonder if SB (Jason) is planning to leave the show or is it really cause of ME(John) this is happening,it SUCKS…I AM so disappointed,with the disrespect,the JaSam fan base is being shown.

      May 9, 2012 at 12:35 pm

  4. Lissa

    LOL just thought of something else! How CAN it feel like GH when its EP, HW, scriptwriters, lead actors, hair, makeup, wardrobe and music all come from OLTL? Know what you have? OLTL I guess it is what it is right?

    May 9, 2012 at 2:43 am

  5. Kathy Glagowski

    Oh yes!!!! Jason would never act like that. He showed the actors in the show concern for Sam but I thought at least he would take her in his arms!!!! But maybe he was afraid he’d actually feel the baby then. He’d rather go off to the cemetery with Lz to visit a dead child than look at his future child!!! The only thing I like is that RC uses a lot of the actors in the show that we used to call GH

    May 9, 2012 at 4:47 am

  6. alwaysaromantic

    Hi Jasammers, Angelique i hope you ane your daughter feel better!
    You right about how RC is writing for GH especially Jason and Sam! WE know them always have always will! They are both saying and doing things that have us dumbfounded! When this happened before it was the same thing WE had to suffer through “idiot” writing! Why! WE ALWAYS KNEW BETTER!They can portray Liz anyway they choose the issues I have with htis character goes FAR! TPTB are playing with 3 fan bases JASAMMERS,Liason, and OLTL. GH was showing signs of some balance but the Hostage crap and the rescue was not even believable to me I was so disappointed!
    I too agree Sam handled herself way best line was Sam to Liz “friends….right” thats my girl! Best moment was Jason still having and holding the Sonogram picture of the baby! Luke has been showing signs of having actual compassion for his daughter and Anna! Lulu ands Dante are not favorite couple by any means but they both showed GENUINE concern for Sam,the baby and Jason! Dante was the one who wanted to include Jason in all of this recogonzing it was Jason wife and baby ay risk! Lulu wanted Ronnie to let Sam go 1st! BUT NO arrogant ass is calling all the shots! Even though it was “Y” moment I am glad Jason at least stepped to McBain! Even though he should have again made Sam his 1st priorities and not his ego! Liz is being written as Robins replacement full wisdom and concern………………really! Liz and Jason I will not even bother! If RC was concerened even a little about History he would show Jason at the cememtery visiting Jake(which i understand) but Jason should also visit Baby Lila too!
    As always Jasammers still pissed but still holding On! Who would have ever thought what Jason,Sam and all of us had waited for for 8years would be written like this! Such a waste of a good s/l,such a wate of Love in the afternoon! One more thing I felt Annas and Kates pain today!

    May 9, 2012 at 6:31 am

    • Beatrice

      I so agree what s waste of a good story…this is not the time to be losing fans,but it seems as if that is what they are doing and not caring.

      May 9, 2012 at 7:10 am

  7. Beatrice

    Once Jason did not mention or act like he cared about the baby I was so disapointed,letting Sam go to the hospital by herself,horrible,got to hospital,and leaves with Liz,just DISGUSTING,…by the end all I could say was WOW,I can’t believe the crap that is being written for our couple…I don’t even know who this Jason is anymore,it is just SAD….I am so over having Liz and John showing up everywhere….the writers are slowly actually quickly ripping JaSam up,and doing a great job.

    May 9, 2012 at 6:51 am

  8. lt4bama

    Noooo! Angelique, I was looking to you. You were supposed to be the one to SOMEHOW show me that Jason was not a complete D!@# yesterday. Or highlight the significance of his action to show the greater picture, like you did the other day when he threw a hissy fit on balcony of the MC.

    I can’t believe Jason didn’t hug his wife nor go to the hospital to make sure that they (Sam and the baby) were alright. In fact he didn’t give a damn about Sam’s baby. I wish Sam had said more when Liz jumped on her high horse and knocked her bony ass down a few more pegs but that’s just me.

    I am glad Sam didn’t wait around the hospital for that block head of a husband. But for him to run off with Liz to see the dead son’s grave she denied him when he was alive was so wrong. Not that it was bad for him to go at all, but he should have first checked on his wife. Yeah Liz said her vitals were OK but he didn’t think that Sam was going through some emotional stress. He lost all the points he gained when he rushed to the HS with this random ass non Jason Morgan behavior.

    Bottom line is I want my girl happy and right now it seems he doing everything in his power to do the opposite. It’s getting really hard to stomach. Sam deserves so much better after all she’s been through but I guess the writers don’t agree. I’m really trying to ride it out ‘til the wheels fall off but my grip gets weaker…..feels like I’m about to fall off. I’m turning to all the Jasammers for reassurance.

    Lastly, I hope you and Karina have a speedy recovery!!

    May 9, 2012 at 7:14 am

  9. samjase

    Hope you and Karina are feeling better today!
    I wanted to post my feelings about the Liason tribute to Jake yesterday.
    Honestly, I think we Jasam fans are in for some VERY touching scenes coming up with the birth of “Sam’s” baby. I think Jason will realize that he can love this baby WAY before he finds out that the baby is his. I think the writers are SOFTENING the blow to the Liason fans by showing Jason did love his son.

    May 9, 2012 at 7:15 am

    • Traveler

      I like the way you think!! 🙂

      May 9, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    • Beatrice

      That makes sense,I can accept that…

      May 9, 2012 at 10:14 pm

  10. Shelley Rafuse

    Angelique, I am a new member here, but I have been reading your blogs for quite some time and they are so inspirational. I wish you were the head writer for GH. I can’t stand what is happening with JASAM. It breaks my heart to see our favourite couple turn into an unrecognizable couple. I can only hope that in the next few weeks things get better for them as baby morgan will be coming soon. I miss the funloving couple so much and I am hoping we get to see them again soon.
    I hope you and Karina get better soon!

    May 9, 2012 at 7:54 am

  11. alwaysaromantic

    Hi Jasammers, Good Blogs Ladies! I off today I came bacl inh just to follow up and WOW! You know what I reaaly wish is that for once Sam especially, plus Jason would not always have to be sacraficed by the TPTB at GH! I realize being Happy is not always the “in” thing on soaps BUT COME ON! Haven’t Sam and Jason especially Sam been kicked around enough! Why couldn’t there Marriage and HM been spared Franco? Why couldn’t this pregnancy been filled with a JOY that only these 2 could allow us to be apart of even if it is fictional?! Sam and ALL her body has been through Mentally and Physically because of her love for this man!Her pregnancy should have been handled as high risk hand down! There were so many,many ways to write all of their truimphs than to sacrafice Sam and Jason once again! I really believe they were chosen YET AGAIN because of their fanbase! We are so dedicated to this remarkable couple we just hold on! Remember those dark years?! I do!!!!

    May 9, 2012 at 9:12 am

  12. jerron

    Well I guess if there was a bright side to this cluster-f, Sam got her dragon back, and Jason is still carrying around that baby picture. Surely that is a good sign.

    May 9, 2012 at 11:58 am

    • Beatrice

      That is true….at least he has not gotten rid of the baby pic,yet at least.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:28 pm

  13. First of all, feel better! And hope nobody else in the family comes down with the bug…Two is two too many!
    Thanks for voicing our concerns. You can bet they did hear from me today, by phone, by email and I’m not done. Today was just as bad and I am sick and tired of feeling worse when the show goes off than I did before. Actually lost sleep last night,and that is ridiculous. How can they keep saying they care, when they write this crap? Kelly and Steve deserve so much more than the 2 characters they are showing now.
    Don’t give up, please, anyone! We are all we have!LOL! If they are “siblings”, then why all the touchy feely stuff, etc, etc? Hate it, hate this s/l, and it needs to stop………..asap. Blessings Friend, feel better soon, and hang in there. You are the best.

    May 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm

  14. Traveler

    Wishing you and Karina a Speedy Recovery!!

    As far has GH and JaSam. *Sighs*
    Right now.. Im just trying to take it day by day. Im hoping things will start to get better for our Couple!! I miss them being happy!! I can deal with Angst!! I just dont think we should have to go this long without some happy “Pay-Off” moments!! 😦

    Whats really starting to break my heart is… Seing the JaSam Fans starting to take sides… Jason vs Sam. 😦 I want all JaSam Fans to stick together and pull for our couple. No matter who is at fault…

    Thanks for another Wonderful Blog!! xoxoxo

    May 9, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    • Beatrice

      It is very hard right now to not hate or dislike Jason,so far I am still voting for my JaSam,but as I said it is very hard.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:19 pm

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