“I Can Handle It; Even If You Can’t”
Good morning, GHers!
Ugh, still no laptop, but even with my stiff back from all of this nonstop rain, there was no way I could turn in without “talking” about today with all of you. This is one of those times I wish we had a mega-conference call to really hash this out together! I guess I will just have to wait to get all of your comments…
I know a lot happened in Port Charles, and I know some it was important, but nothin’ was more important than what went down between The Morgans!
So, I will just say that:
- I am proud of Sonny for actually stepping up and standing by the woman he loves, and who loves him, even when it’s “hard”. Good for Sonny for finally showing some growth!
- I am also proud of Michael for not running from Starr even after he turned her in. I think Michael has always shown more growth than his father, and I am proud that he picked up on the good side of Jason while it was still there. -________-
- Poor Emma. What confusion she must be feeling at all of the loss and transition she has faced in such a short period of time. (I just wanna eat up that Brooklyn Rae Silzer! She is just too adorable!) The fact that use is so confused is the only reason I am not insisting that Patrick bring her to GH in the morning for intensive therapy for even thinking that Liz could be her new mom! Heaven forbid, Emma! You’d be abandoned in day care until all hours of the night, just like Cam and Aiden, while “new mommy” was out seeking her new bed buddy! Good for Patrick for letting Emma know that it would take a village to help raise her with Robin gone, and him adjusting. We want that awful image out of Emma’s pretty little head STAT!
- Carly left me a bit unconvinced on her threat to Todd about having to go through her before messing with Michael. It appears he has already gotten through her, via some laughs and fries. In case no one remembers, she and Johnny once shared a bag of fries, and look where that eventually landed them.
- Speaking of Johnny, Ron Carlivati has managed to give just about everyone i care about in Port Charles undiagnosed DID. Yu guys know that I always believed that Johnny was “a good guy” deep down, and that when faced with the tough choices, he would at least almost always do the right thing. Mr. Carlivati blew that theory straight to hell! Wow. If the fact that Johnny could shoot his grandfather in the heart at point-blank range several times didn’t shock you, how about the fact that Johnny is the one responsible for the deaths of Cole and Hope, and is letting Crazy Connie take the fall for it? You know, as if he didn’t take enough advantage of a mentally ill woman. I am sorry. I just don’t buy that John would ever treat a woman, especially one “not all there”, so much like Claudia, so cruelly and callously. I am just disgusted in this character assassination! Johnny deserved better, and so did Brandon Barash!
Well, friends, I think we can all agree that no character’s assassination has been more drastic than that of Jason Morgan. Holy crap! Jason is just being destroyed by his own dialogue, and as a longtime viewer of the show, and a self-proclaimed expert on the characters of Jason and Samantha Morgan, I can very confidently declare that Jason Morgan would never, ever act or speak this way.
I think it’s important to make that clear before we discuss Tuesday’s scenes, because so much of our anger is being misdirected at the wrong person(s)! The real jerk here is the genius who decided that this would be a great way to get people talking and tuning in to Sweeps! I believe that distinguished honor belongs to the headwriter. Not Steve Burton. Not Jason Morgan. If we are going to expend any energy on being upset with what’s playing out onscreen, let’s expend that energy wisely – by laying the blame where it belongs, and letting them know exactly how it makes us feel to hear Jason “Father To All Except His Own” Morgan suggesting to his wife, who has waited almost eight years (right along with us) to have a baby of her own, that there are alternatives to raising this baby together! Call, email, tweet, write to your heart’s content, and do it with class – no threats, insults, or nastiness! BUT! The wrong thing to do would be to throw in the towel on the couple that both Steve and Kelly have worked so hard to make a raging success, and so damned believable – for all of us!
Think about the number of interviews they’ve both given, the JaSam Event, the way they try to show us fans that Jason and Sam are still deeply in love in every scene, no matter what’s going on story wise. Think about the number of ways both Steve and Kelly have worked so hard to bring smiles to our faces and tears to our eyes over the years, especially most recently! Aren’t they worth the frustration and the urge to reach through the screen and choke someone? Aren’t they worth holding on to, in spite of the DID storyline they are trying to survive? I will be honest – to me they SO ARE WORTH IT! I am a survivor of the Summer of Sleaze and the Destruction of Sam McCall. Why would I suddenly be taken out by the Assasination of Jason Morgan? I loved them through the absurdity and indistinguishability of those story lines, and loved my Soap Supercouple through it, and guess what? My steadfast loyalty was rewarded! Jason and Sam have made watching GH a true-blue joy ride! There have been ups and downs, but because of their Love Story, my afternoons of watching them provided me with a pocket of distraction and escapism unlike any other. My only regret would have been if I had given up on them in 2006, 0r 2007, 0r 2008. Imagine all of the magic I would have missed out on! Imagine all of the friendships we would have missed out on if none of us kept the JaSam Love alive long enough to bring us all together!
*trying to swallow the lump in my throat*
No matter where Jason and Sam have been over the years, no matter what they’ve said or done to make us scratch our heads in wonder – or hurl things at our televisions in anger, it only takes Steve and Kelly nanoseconds to remind us of why we hold on so tightly to Jason and Sam.
That’s how I know that even when Jason is spewing crap like what he said to Sam at the hospital, I can look any doubter straight in the eye and say, without reservation, “I Can Handle It, Even If You Can’t.”
I am just hoping we can all handle it!
When we look back at their scenes, there is so much being tossed at us in the form of lifelines, but unless we decide to grab them and hold on, we’ll drown in all of this doom and gloom surrounding our favorite couple!
This is what I saw when I calmed down long enough to rewatch:
That hug Sam and Molly stumbled off the elevator upon was the first lifeline. Liz initiated that hug, and obviously thought much more of it than Jason did. The minute Jason turned around and saw Sam, he forgot all about Liz. In fact, it was Liz who guiltily had to explain what she was doing with both her arms around Sam’s husband. I loved that Sam immediately held Jason responsible for that, and didn’t engage Liz, by asking Jason if he just happened to be there for the celebration! (But I have to admit that I adored the stare down Molly was giving Liz! LOL!) Immediately, Jason took a huge step towards his wife, and away from Liz, as if she was no longer there. (Lifeline!) Once his eyes were on his wife, everything else seemed to fall away, and you could see the love in his eyes as he explained that he had been there for a followup.
Even while Molly was applying the pressure, he was looking at Sam as though he wanted, or maybe even needed, Sam to ask him to go with her herself. All he could see and hear was Sam, (Lifeline!) and that still pierced my JaSam loving heart! When Liz refused to go on about her own business, and butted in once more to tell Molly that it was something Jason and Sam should decide (did she hear herself?), the sound of her voice seemed to grate on Sam’s ears, but Jason didn’t even react. A hovering gnat might have garnered more attention from Jason! (Lifeline!) I loved that. Jason is not confused about how much he loves his wife, and amidst of all this madness, I really needed that to be crystal clear.
When Sam asked to speak to him alone, Liz seemed to struggle with them being out of earshot and alone. Jason seemed to struggle with Molly knowing that someone else knows how he failed to protect his wife. Still, Jason seemed sincere that he was glad Sam wasn’t alone in this, and maybe even a little relieved that she was turning to her family, and not McBain. No matter what was said, Jason seemed truly torn. He is lost without Sam, but he cannot seem to deal with the reminder of what (he thinks) he allowed Franco to do. That’s what Jason is struggling with, even though he refers to it as the baby. I know that so many were upset about everything Jason said, but he was right about one thing: they didn’t talk about the baby, and still haven’t. They both share some responsibility in that failure, but I still don’t think it’s too late, except for the fact that they are in the middle of a hospital and Sam is almost late for Lamaze. I think the pressure of saying as much as he could, as quickly as he could, may have worked against Jason in this instance. While I know that it sounded downright sinful for Jason to even suggest an alternative, to which Sam clarified that he meant they give the baby up for adoption, there was more to that than what we all walked away with.
If you listen carefully, Sam says she allowed herself the same thought for a second. To be fair, while Jason and Sam were unsure of the paternity the first time around, Sam did say to Jason that she couldn’t imagine having Franco’s baby. She struggled with the very thoughts Jason is having. Yet, she explained to him that when she saw that sonogram, and felt her baby move, she realized that the baby was a part of her, and when Ronnie held that gun at her side, it became real. Other than the sonogram, which we know still has a hold on his heart, those other things she mentioned Jason did not experience with her. I am not blaming Sam or absolving Jason! I am merely stating a fact. Jason was hearing those revelations from Sam for the first time! Jason was hearing what this baby has come to mean for Sam for himself at that moment! I do not think Jason was trying to be cold or cruel when he talked to her about alternatives. I want to believe that Jason was letting her know that he still desperately wants to be together, (Lifeline!) and that he was genuinely offering his love and support on what would be tough decisions for her to make, but based on what he believed her struggles were.
When Sam said, “I love this baby. I want this baby. And “I Can Handle It; Even If You Can’t”, several things happened at once. Jason understood that Sam is already a mother, and because of that, she is already in love with her baby, and that baby is first and foremost. He also realized that he may be the big, scary, mob enforcer, and she “this little thing that likes to fight people twice her size”; but she is still the bravest woman he knows. And with that, Jason realized that for the love of her baby, Sam is even going to be willing to brave life without him; something that terrifies him to paralysis.
Do I wish that they’d had the foresight and courage to have this conversation somewhere and some time other than right there? Hell yes. But they did have it right there, and when Molly came over to remind Sam that class would start any minute, Sam didn’t allow Molly to pressure Jason any longer. She did something way more effective and sensible, perhaps without even realizing she was doing it. She showed Jason she wasn’t afraid to take this on by herself by walking away, not once, but twice. Now Jason will have to face his own fears, and decide what he can and cannot take on without Sam.
Lifeline! Lifeline! Lifeline!
Did it hurt to watch?
Did it break my heart to see Jason and Sam still so in love, and yet so far apart, even though they were within a breath of each other?
Did it make me be the one to walk away from the most amazing couple of TV, and The Beauty of GH?
HELL TO THE NO.
I Can Handle It…because they are oh so worth it!
I know you can handle it, too!
We’ll get each other through this… *holding out my hand*
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