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!
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