“I’m Here For You”…
Laptop is back, but now I can’t find my glasses, so let’s hope and pray this makes sense when I am done! Ha Ha!
It feels good to actually sit down to post without taking a huge sigh of disappointment first!
I think we are turning the proverbial corner on all things DOOM as far as our GH is concerned. I saw real signs of Hope, which for me, is a very good thing, because I need for General Hospital to stay around for a very long time! I think it has a really good chance of doing that, because I do believe they are finally listening to all of our calls, emails, letters, postcards, FB posts, and tweets. I am really, really proud of you guys.
And…wait for it: I am really proud of Misters Valentini and Carlivati for a couple of reasons. *takes cover*
Hold on, let me explain. You know that I will call them out on crap when that is what we are getting, and I have, believe me. In fact, the last time I lost my phone last week (it happens at least twice per week, thanks to years of pain meds) my daughter checked online to see if my phone had been used. As I stood there waiting for the news, she very solemnly told me that, oh yes, someone had stolen it and had gone on a calling spree to two places: New York and Los Angeles. She said, “It’s like a pattern. There are two calls in the morning, two in the afternoon, and two at night.”
I had a mini heart attack and then quickly realized that I had actually had my phone longer than I realized, and that it hadn’t been used by anyone but me – to call GH Feedback on both coasts. 🙂
But I digress. Back to why I am kinda proud of the new GH Honchos. There are a couple of reasons. First, other than the short-term memory loss the writers seem to be suffering from, their long-term history continues to ROCK! GH has not had this much of a blast from the past since the last time there was a big anniversary, and they played some montages! Seeing Anna and Felicia reconnecting, and hearing Felicia talk about having been involved with Luke way back when was just GENIUS! It helps the younger and newer viewers to do something they never could before: RELATE to and UNDERSTAND the connections in Port Charles. Moments like that continue daily, and it is really something that I enjoy as a longtime viewer! The other thing I am really enjoying is the fact that there are more than 15 people living in Port Charles again! Kelly’s has hungry diners, the PCPD has cops walking around, and the Metro Court actually has guests looking to fill the many guest rooms available! It seems like an insignificant thing, but it feels right! It makes the stories move and make some sense, and I really do give them props on that!
As for Thursday’s episode, what can I say? It was really, really good soap. I know! I can hardly believe I am saying it myself, and I am half terrified that tomorrow’s show will have me eating my words, but the truth is the truth. It was a great episode!
Nothing warms the heart of a die-hard soap fan more than when the characters we love to watch are there for each other in their times of need. GH was nothing, if not full of those moments throughout Thursday’s episode.
I remember watching Weekend At Bernie’s years ago and laughing my butt off! Don’t ask me what it was about it that had me in stitches, but I do remember enjoying it. I was reminded of it, of course, by the inappropriately funny scenes of Luke and Tracy trying to deal with a very dead Anthony Z! Oh, those two (three, actually) did a great job of bringing some much-needed sunshine (literally!) to the perpetually dreary PC! (Another thing the new team gets points for – DAYLIGHT SCENES!) How funny were the scenes of Luke and Tracy moving the body all over the Quartermaine Property, only to be followed by the scenes of Anthony being “Bernified” on the lounge chair! It feels good to giggle over a death in PC for once – as wrong as that sounds. 🙂 I loved that both Luke and Tracy thought the other had jumped the gun on killing Anthony before realizing that neither of them was guilty of getting the deed done. Most of all, I loved that Luke, in spite of his previous dastardly deeds as a husband to Tracy, showed up when needed, and said to his wife, “I’m Here For You”, with more than just words!
Sidenote: I thought it was a neat twist to have Tracy hear the news about Franco and that entire ordeal in a way that kept Jason from having to hear any inappropriate or hurtful comments from his aunt. Tracy eavesdropping was a smart way to have her informed without having to have her involved. Let’s see how long Tracy can actually sit with that news before doing something hurtful.
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. For me, Olivia’s greatest redeeming quality has always been how fierce she is about family. Therefore, it was good to see that Liv has researched exactly what it is that is “ailing” her cousin Connie, and showed up to lend her ear and shoulder when they’re needed most. Having Liv say, “I’m Here For You” during such a dark time in her life is just the right medicine all around. It was also good to see that Liv left all of her Bensonhurst smart-assness at home, because it was the last thing Kate needed. What she does need right now are people who TRULY love her and know her, and people who have her best interests at heart. Maybe when all of those rings come together, someone will be able to help Kate figure out that Johnny set Connie up to take the rap for his crime. I think Kate has been through more than enough, don’t you?
Sonny loves power.
Todd loves power.
The quandary begins when both men want to have more power than the other, and to make it even more complicated: when they want more power OVER the other. That little showdown over at Pozzulo’s was only missing two cowboys coming out of saloons on opposite sides of the town! Each of them came to that table wanting to let the other know, ““I’m Here For You”, as in “to take of you once and for all”. I thought it was genius to have both Todd and Sonny resort to what they both do best: For Todd it’s blackmail, and for Sonny, it’s a death threat. Even more genius? To have the non-violent power play be the one to come out on top! I am a strong believer in the school of thought that the brain is the greatest weapon, and I loved to see that theory tested and proven! Sonny totally underestimated Todd, and didn’t realize that he’s as clever as the devil. So waving that gun in Todd’s face as he pompously refused to take either of Todd’s alternatives seemed a bit foolish once Todd was done waving around his ingenuity. I couldn’t help but smile at how effective Todd was at shutting Sonny up, and I can’t even stand Todd! LOL!
If Johnny thought he was tripping before Carly came knocking on his door, he must have really thought he was losing it when Carly let him know that she was there to say, “I’m Here For You”. Who can blame Johnny for his confusion? That was one hell of a turnaround for Carly, who kneed Johnny’s family jewels last time she came by! I have to admit that Johnny still had the power to make me feel for him, even after all he has finally admitted to doing. Johnny was tormented by his guilt over everything, as apparently he felt no guilt for any of it at all over all these weeks. I guess it all caught up to him at once, and now it seems to be more than he can deal with. I thought Brandon Barash did a really incredible job of showing his heartache and vulnerability, and I thought Johnny did a great job of showing those same things to Carly. Who wouldn’t want to take him into their arms and offer him comfort, and what he needs most – forgiveness. Carly didn’t realize that in offering Johnny the possibility of that forgiveness, she may be saving him from the sense that he is now completely beyond it for all he’s done. How the writers can redeem Johnny after all of this, including trying to frame Tracy for Anthony’s murder, I don’t know. But I hope they figure it out fast! I am not ready to say good-bye to Johnny!
We’ve gotta give Ron Carlivati props for something else. *shrugs* Family obviously means something to him, because he has done a superb job of reminding us all that no one is an island in Port Charles, and that everyone has family to turn to. What a special moment when we get to see Jason turning to his mother to tell her the details of his life, especially when he’s never really done that before. Sam urged Jason to tell his family the truth about the baby, even though Jason didn’t want to, because she knows what family means to the Quartermaines. It is the complete opposite of when Jason wanted to tell Monica about Jake, and Liz didn’t want him to. I was glad for Monica, that she finally had an opportunity to dispense more than prescriptions for medication. She was finally able to dispense some of that wisdom and experience she has collected over the years, and she was able to give it to Jason, the only family child she’s got left. It was a beautiful moment, even under such sad circumstances. I will tell you that when Jason told Monica that Sam was raped, I cried. Why? Because I have waited since November for someone to have that horrified reaction to the news that Sam was raped on her honeymoon! Thank you, Leslie Charleson, for knowing exactly what we fans needed from you! Monica reacted as a mother, as a grandmother-to-be, and as a woman, and I really connected with that. I was so proud of Monica for also knowing that Jason needed more than just a listening ear. He also needed guidance and advice, even if he didn’t know it. I know that so many of us longtime viewers had been hoping that Monica would share her initial resentment over Jason with him, because I think it forced Jason to consider what we have all known all along. He can love this baby they think isn’t his, because he loves Sam, and how could he not love her child? Monica’s counsel to Jason was perfect. It was honest, wise, and even hard-to-hear, but that’s why it was exactly what he needed. It gave me great joy to hear Monica being able to tell her son,“I’m Here For You”. Jason may finally believe it, and may actually take her up on her offer.
I began to feel hope thumping through my veins when Jason walked in to Kelly’s and found Sam. I nearly melted into a puddle on the floor when Sam asked Jason if he was there for a bite, and Jason answered, “I’m Here For You”.
It was soooo good to see hints of the Jason Morgan I have loved for so long! I know Jason told Sam that he was there because he wanted her to know that he had told Monica everything, but the fact that he had to get Molly to tell him where to find her tells me that Jason left Monica and really thought about what she’d said. Jason loves Sam more than anything,the way that Monica described loving Alan, and he may finally be coming to understand that the love he has for her can and will extend to the baby, who is growing inside of her, and who will be a part of her. He may not be able to grasp that fully for himself just yet, but as Steve Burton always says, “Blame it on the brain damage!”
All kidding aside, it was so sweet to see Jason being awkward and unsure in front of his wife, because not only does it bring back memories of their beginning, but it shows that he is trying desperately to stay close enough to not lose her, even if he feels a little lost himself. As for Sam, she needs to know that Jason can love this baby, and she needs to know it soon. I think a little piece of her heart breaks off every time Jason tells her he cannot be sure he can love the baby. While it was great to know that he was at Kelly’s for her, she needs more. Sam needs to know that Jason is truly there. For her. Now. And for whatever comes next.
Moments like those they shared at Kelly’s remind me so much of when Jason and Sam were trying to deal with falling in love with each other without giving too much away…because of fear. Both Jason and Sam are afraid of losing what they have – yes – have, not had, because all of the love is still there. They are so scared of losing the one thing they both promised to never lose again, but seem to be completely at a loss as to how to hold on to it.
I am hoping that their Love will serve as the Shooting Star that lights their way.
As the Compass that helps them find their way back to each other.
As the Polynesian Flower that symbolizes new life and new beginnings.
Maybe then, they’ll not only remember, but believe, in the power of the Fertility Necklace Jason put around Sam’s neck, which was safely put away during that awful time I cannot bring myself to mention again.
Besides, Double Happiness cannot happen without the both of them…
Jason and Sam may have trouble believing they will get there right now, so we will just have to believe enough for the both of them.
Who’s with me?
Have a great holiday weekend! I promise I will make time between barbecues and family to take a Drive with you all on Sunday!
Love you all…