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SHE KNOWS WHAT SHE KNOWS

Happy Anniversary, GHers!

You aren’t seeing things!

Three years ago today, I posted my first Bella Mafia blog, and met all of you! I have always changed the look of the blog on its anniversary each year, but this time I decided that before I chose a new theme, I would post each of the themes of the past three years for a week each…starting with the one that started it all. In revisiting those themes of the past I hope we take a minute to reminisce and celebrate our journey together as faithful JaSammers. We’ve been through so much together, and our couple has been through so much together, but we made it. We are still here and still holding on! So, Congratulations to us all! *hugs* 

I am hoping to have The Beauty of GH to talk about for a long time to come; hopefully we will see that happen. I just wanted you to know that I never, EVER take for granted the years we have already spent together and the beautiful friendships that started here. I love you guys!

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How about our Samantha Morgan, huh? To say that no matter what comes at her, she always rises from the ashes, would be an understatement. Sam is the very embodiment of The Phoenix. 

Not only has Sam refused to be knocked down by this latest bump in the road for her and Jason, she is going, going, going and refuses to slow down when it comes to proving what she knows in her heart. Today, we saw exactly what we began to fear yesterday after Sam’s visit with her family. People, even those closest to Jason, seem to be accepting that Jason is gone, albeit with a considerable amount of sadness and devastation. But, they are accepting it nonetheless, and Sam has already said she doesn’t want to hear that, and she doesn’t want that negativity around her son. Spin struggled with the possibility that Sam is slipping into a sad case of denial, but in the end, he agreed to do as Sam asked – and investigate. I love that Sam was able to convince Spin because it was clear to him that, no matter what he really thinks based on the facts, She Knows What She Knows. 

I am sure that the one thing fueling her hope when she is left with only her thoughts is that beautiful baby boy of hers. I ADORE SEEING THAT BABY ON MY SCREEN! He has got to be the most mellow TV baby I’ve seen in a very long time, and he looks SO VERY MUCH like Jason Morgan, that he pulls at my heartstrings each time I lay eyes on him! I love the fact that when Sam is holding him, she can’t help but to smile and laugh, because she has her son back, and sure refuses to have sadness and tears surrounding him as he makes the transition into his new life and his new home. I really do love that about Sam! It reminds me that I always knew she would be a great mom, who put her child and his needs first, and that is exactly what she is doing. I also loved Spin’s reaction to seeing Baby Daniel. Spin, almost as much as Molly, knows just how much this baby meant to both Jason and Sam, and I am sure that seeing that blue-eyed baby made his heart contract. Yet, what I really loved was how Sam talked about how much Danny looked like Jason, and Spin mentioned how they share a great deal of DNA, only to have Sam tell him that Jason is Danny’s father in every way that counts. Boom! What can we say? She Knows What She Knows.

Did I mention that Sam is going, going, going? Because she went all the way down to Pier 52 once more to see what she could find out as far as getting some leads regarding her husband. I just knew that a baby wouldn’t stop Sam from being the woman she is! I am so glad and grateful the writers have stayed true to who Sam is. I also think it is a wonderful idea to have Sam and Spin go at this investigation like real investigators – showing up and refusing to let the PCPD shut them down, instead of just slinking around trying to stay under the radar like Duke Lavery is at the moment. *yawn* That’s right, Spin, you guys are licensed investigators, and it took a lot of haggling with an FBI agent to get those licenses! I loved that Anna asked Sam about Bernie and the phone call, because watching Sam really be part of piecing this case together to find Jason and bring him home is as important to me as a viewer as Jason being part of the investigation to bring Baby Danny home. It’s what makes sense, especially given Sam’s background. Once again, the people around Sam seem to be completely floored by her composure and behavior, as Dante shook his head after she left and said, “Wow. She’s in some serious denial.” Anna did a fantastic, experienced job of explaining what Sam is really going through. People will call it denial, while the one going through it calls it hope. Most hopeful to me was when Anna reminded us that sometimes things get turned around and that hope is realized. What Anna was saying, perhaps without even realizing it, is that when it comes to Sam, She Knows What She Knows.

I was thrilled that Todd’s lump-of-coal-heart was somehow miraculously moved, and that he thought having Diane give Sam the paternity test would help Carly, who at the moment, is the only other person that he cares about outside of Starr. I was also thrilled that Diane got right to it, and that she was at the penthouse when Sam arrived with Daniel. We can only hope that we won’t have to wait that much longer for Sam to have that long-awaited and much-needed truth in her hands. Not that it should surprise Sam too much…after all, She Knows What She Knows, and I think that all along, Sam has really known Jason being Daniel’s father to be the truth. This is confirmation of what she knew.

I think that the one thing that should keep us holding on right now is that deep down, WE Know What She Knows… 

Wherever Jason is, he is trying really hard to get back to his wife and son; the two loves of his life. As long as that’s enough for Sam, it will be enough for me.  Is it enough for you?

“Come Back To Me” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzjC6OCAu5A Credit: brandicrowson

Have a great weekend! See you all on Sunday!

Angelique

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WHO SHOULD GET ALL THE CREDIT?

Oh, GHers…what a Fabulous Hump Day!

Our beloved GH was good, classic soap today, and man, oh man, it was a joy to watch!

There was deception, and secrecy, business drama and personal drama. There was a long-awaited  prelude to sweet, emotional lovemaking between a happily married couple, as well as a postlude conversation of raunchy, drunken sex with a girlfriend’s under appreciated prospect.

If I didn’t know any better, I’d think I was watching my grandmother’s telenovela – well, minus the big hair, the super-duper push-up bras, and the outrageous outfits. 🙂

My point is that so many of the things that had been missing from our General Hospital for so long were there for us to enjoy, and The Writers and to be fair, Mr. Valentini, who had been on the job for a few days when Wednesday’s episode was shot, should get all the credit!

We are clearly on the right track to a full-on comeback!

There was something to enjoy in just about every segment (I struggle to include the LIW s/l – sorry!) and that’s what daytime dramas should be all about!

I remember back in the day when soaps would often write in a storyline reminiscent of an “ABC Afterschool Special”, where there was an important lesson for tweens and teens to come away with. I remember the specials being an integral part of my own adolescence, and when soaps tried to make up for the void they left behind when discontinued, I was pleasantly pleased. I am getting the sense that the Molly and TJ friendship is about to lead to one of those “learning opportunities”. Sure, Molly is booksmart, and well-read, but TJ’s street smarts and hard knocks make him the more influential of the duo, and that’s what worries me. Should our sweet, straight-laced Molly become a trouble-making rebel, TJ should get all the credit! (And the ass-kicking!)

So I don’t ever remember Diane claiming to BFF material, so it shouldn’t come as any great surprise to anyone that when the opportunity for seem sexual self-expression presented itself in the form of a drunken, more-adventurous-than-usual Mac Scorpio, she took it…and took him; perhaps repeatedly. Alexis was right about one thing – Diane does seem to have the libido of a 16-year-old. While this is probably something none of us would ever do with a man who was involved, however casually, with a friend, I certainly get why Diane did. And while she may not like what her friends did, Alexis should get all the credit!

I am actually kinda happy for Mac. He’s been a good guy, and he deserves some happiness. While I don’t think Mac and Diane are going to be some happily after after couple, I do think she served an important purpose. And judging by the smile of Mac’s face, and the spring in his step, I would say Mac agrees, and that Diane should get all the credit!

I realized the other day that I rarely write about the Wyndemere Saga or the Lady In White, and I have to admit that there is a reason. I just cannot “connect” to Wyndemere without my forever Prince, Nikolas. While I tune in and watch daily, I guess whatever id going on over on Spoon Island fails to form a memory in my brain. I dunno how that happens, but I will admit that today was a little different. In a scene that may have forever ruined my affinity for my favorite B movie, 9 1/2 weeks, Ethan tried to help Cassandra – or whatever her real name is, find a taste for new things, or recognize a taste for an old thing. *yawn* I cannot wait until this storyline has wrapped up, or at least moved into high gear. I just can’t help it. I guess the one who came up with this storyline should get all the credit for my boredom!

I was so looking forward to Carly’s reaction to finding out that Kate was her new, non-silent partner, and I was not disappointed. If there is one thing Laura Wright does exceptionally well, it’s fierce fury! (And her hair looked absolutely FANTASTIC to boot!) She had Carly all up in Kate’s face, and Kelly Sullivan’s Kate gave as good as she got. My favorite part of their fight was that here were two women on a soap, ready to scratch each other’s eyes out, and it wasn’t over a man! *listening to the sound of angels singing* Finally! Someone got a clue! Smart, empowered women like Carly and Kate should be fighting like mad over business and power, because for women that self-sufficient, fighting over a man would be a huge no-no! I thought it was interesting that Carly would actually think that the fact that she kept Jax’s secret would be enough to call it even between them. Not so fast. Jax did exactly what he knew would drive her the craziest, and Carly herself should get all the credit!

The original argument for who should get all the credit originated, of course, with our newlyweds, who were back at their Cabin That LOVE Built, celebrating the life-changing news that they are expecting an honest-to-God bundle of joy. It’s so good to see Jason and Sam relaxing, smiling, connecting after so many months of tension, sad, tortured expressions and heartbreaking distance!  Please, someone tell me that I am not the only one who smiles like an absolute fool for every second of their scenes! Well, except for when I am blushing like an inexperienced schoolgirl because Jason and Sam NEVER, EVER FAIL to make me feel like I have inadvertently tripped upon a moment of intimacy between a real couple in love! For that, Steve Burton and Kelly Monaco should get all the credit!

I thought that the conversations Jason and Sam had today were sweet and intimate, and so reminiscent of the conversations Jason and Sam used to have when good dialogue was an important part of GH’s success. Jason telling Sam that he was content, and Sam telling Jason that she hadn’t felt that peaceful since the last time they were at the cabin the night of their wedding, spoke to the balance Jason and Sam bring to each other. Jason asking Sam if she knew that she was safe now, and Sam telling Jason that she wanted the same for him, tells us just how much they want to protect each other. Their need to reassure the other about just how “okay” they are shows us that they need to take care of the other. Even their silly banter about the changes this baby is going to bring to their lives (how cute was Sam suggesting she call Jason “master”, and his reaction to it?), and how wonderful those changes will really be, gave us a glimpse of just how much happiness this new little Morgan will bring, even before her arrival. 🙂 For all of those wonderful words, and all that they meant, not just for The Morgans, but for us, the writers should get all the credit!

I am so glad there was more to enjoy at that cabin than just words. 😉 I know it sounds shallow, but this is a soap, after all! I want my LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON, and there’s nothin’ wrong with that! When it comes to romance, no other couple makes it as amazing and heavenly as Jason and Sam! From Sam’s reminders that they spent most of their honeymoon in bed, to Jason’s wanting them to get all the credit, I was feeling a bit hot under the collar! And can we talk about those kissed for a minute? Phew! It seems like forever and a day have gone by since we got some real make-out time, and I am thrilled  that there wasn’t an interruption in sight! I thought Jason was so incredibly sweet to take a moment and ask his wife if she was okay after he carried her to their bed, and I thought Sam was incredibly foresighted to ease any residual worries her husband might have had by assuring him she was “very, very okay.” 😉 For being the reason so many of us tune in every day with such fervor, and for being the catalyst to get us all fighting to save daytime, and for being the absolute BEST COUPLE ON DAYTIME TELEVISION, Jason and Sam should get all the credit!

Jason and Sam are as realistic as a fictional couple could possibly be. From Jason remembering to stock the place with more than beer this time, to Sam “starving”, to talking about what could have been one of her first cravings – chips and spicy salsa, to Sam “getting” sick, but not “being” sick, all make them so relatable to us that we can’t help but be totally invested, even in the details of every day married life! For that, everyone over at General Hospital involved in creating and sustaining this against-all-odds Supercouple should get all the credit!

And our most sincere thanks and appreciation!

Let’s make sure they get it!

From atop Cloud 9,

Angelique

 


BUSTED!

Wow…just like *that*, it’s another opportunity to TGIF, GHers!

This week seemed to fly by for me, but running around tends to make the days go by faster. 😉

Thanks for all the well wishes for Vanessa! It’s very kind of you, and I had her read all the comments and emails and fb comments. They made her smile, and of course, that made me smile. Her fever seems to finally be under control. It’s been hovering around 99 with meds, and that’s pretty good after the first couple of days. She was starting to act a little more like herself today, and I a finally breathing a sigh of relief.

I’ll tell you who’s not breathing a sigh of relief…all those in PC who happened to have one thing in common: they all got BUSTED!

While I do feel for Robin in that no mother should have to plan for her family’s life without her, but there are just some things I will never understand about her behavior. Asking Liz to step in was of course the first thing, but Robin not telling Mac or Maxie when she has told Jason and Matt is just completely wrong! I was so glad that Mac walked right into their conversation and BUSTED Robin for it! Of course, it was all the harder for Mac to hear since he was able to figure out that Robin knew about her viral load even back on the night of the bridge and never said a word. Mac has done right by Robin most of her life, especially in the absence of her parents. There is just no excuse for Robin doing so wrong by Mac.

Why do I have a feeling that Officer Padilla’s husband is about to get BUSTED for something much bigger than not being able to keep a job? The guy may be the first guy on a soap to give me the creeps without ever having laid my eyes on him. It just seems to me that Eddie isn’t the kind of guy his wife can count on. He never seems to have steady work. He never seems to be around to support his wife. And he stood her up in front of his new partner! What a scumbag! If he happens to be the one about to pounce on her in the alley, I am going to need Dante to bust a cap in his butt, like he did for Brenda’s scummy ex!

So, it’s official! Alexis is menopausal! Diane broke it to her with as little finesse and sympathy as possible, and Alexis had no choice but to embrace it; especially when Diane reminded her that it means she now has the freedom to have all the pregnancy-proof sex she wants now! (I’ll have to run that by all my menopausal family members!) Alexis didn’t seem as excited about that as Diane, but that didn’t mean Diane wasn’t going to keep trying to bring her over to the other side! She tried to sell Alexis on the idea of wild, passionate, abandoned SEX just as Mac walked up to them both. BUSTED! (I will admit – I loved the whole convo between those two -especially the reference to Sonny’s “might warriors” and the “Are you on crack?” question! LOL!)

It’s about damned time that Olivia put that some of the Bensonhurst Sass to good use! She has been watching Maggie move in on her turf, and her man for quite some time! I am so glad that she finally called her on it, but I am even happier that she called Steve on it at the end, too! This is not a one-sided game, and  it’s a matter of principle. No one of the opposite sex should be turning to your man for anything – not even a professional opinion, once you have BUSTED her playing tongue hockey with said man. Once that line has been crossed, the possibility of any relationship – professional, platonic, or otherwise gets crossed off the list. Maggie gets on my nerves anyway – I’m kinda glad Olivia stomped her back off her man. It just seems to me that Olivia is going to have to be stomping by the hospital more often. I’m not sure Maggie really got the message all too clearly. Let’s just hope those dizzy spells Olivia has been having don’t keep her from stomping anywhere.

I guess nothing makes a woman feel better about her new man worries than stopping by her former man’s place hoping for a little attention. Unfortunately for Liv, John had his own hockey game going with Carly. BUSTED! Carly might have a much tougher time convincing her employee she misses Jax now. Yet, correct me if I’m wrong, Carly didn’t really seem to care. I think Olivia seemed more bothered by the BUST than anyone else in the room. It must be because she’s a little disappointed to think she isn’t the only cougar whose purr got John’s attention.

Carly may be purring, but Sonny is on the prowl! I just knew Sonny would not be able to control his impulse to find out exactly what Kate was hiding, and I have to hand it to him – he didn’t leave any room for misunderstandings or games this time. Kate was BUSTED! Sonny was right about one thing – he didn’t get where he is today without being the suspicious, slightly paranoid man he is. OF COURSE he would find out where she was, and follow her so he could figure out what she was really up to. I don’t know how Kate thought she would get away with it so soon after a failed attempt. What a newbie! (no pun intended!) I am with Sonny – I had no idea what the hell Kate was talking about when Sonny was trying to get to the bottom of what she was doing in Chicago instead of Palm Beach, and who she was meeting with. All of that stuff about the cigarette in her bra, and wanting to call her mom left me scratching my head…imagine what it was like in Sonny’s head!

Being BUSTED is no fun! Not only is it inconvenient, it’s also sometimes shameful and painful to see what dishonesty does to the people who love you. After one is BUSTED, the long and painful process of picking up and trying to put back together the pieces of the tattered relationships begin. Sometimes, you just can’t find all the pieces, and the relationship is never made whole again.

We’ll just have to see which Port Charles relationships get put back together, and which ones are left shattered – not even worth the trouble of trying to piece it back together.

Either way, this is getting interesting…

Angelique

 


FLASHBACKS

Hola, GHers!

Port Charles sure could use some cheering up – especially before the holidays! Most of you know that I am a HUGE fan of FLASHBACKS, but I do wish all of the FLASHBACKS were a little more about romance and history, and a little less about doom and gloom.

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I wish I could send in a group of carolers to make their way through PC. It just seems that anything would help lighten the dark and melancholy mood everyone is in!

Well, everyone except for Diane Miller, it seems, who was all smiles and giggles as she knocked back a few at Jake’s. I wish I could email Diane some FLASHBACKS in the form of some youtube vids of exactly who her new friend, and boss, really is. Garrett Floyd, current newspaper man, and former PC mayor, and extra-strange bedfellow of her closest friend, Alexis, is a professional worm, if no longer a politician. Did anyone else get the creeps as the former Mayor Floyd was all in the dancers’ Kool-Aid starting when Sam approached them? He then seemed very interested in what Sam was up to, as if he put together that Sam might be investigating the attacks. It may be something to file away for later. I just wonder why Diane would want to get involved  – either professionally or personally, with a creep like him. (I can’t think of anyone more deserving of an ass-kicking by Jason, more than him!)  I doubt the Port Charles Herald is making enough of a profit to keep Diane in Cartullo’s, and yet, she seems to be tickled pink to be working for, and with, him. I lost  a little bit of respect for Diane today… she should know better. Her former boss would be disgusted.

That is if he weren’t completely lost amidst a sea of heart wrenching FLASHBACKS that have driven Sonny’s every decision since he was old enough to make decisions for himself. I must say that Michele Val Jean’s script was so tragic, yet real for so many, that I had to wipe tears. Sonny finally admitted to that image of himself as a little boy all of the things he’s kept too deep inside to face and deal with, but not deep enough that he was able to overcome them. When Sonny shouted at his younger self that he was worthless for not being able to help or defend his mother, and that he didn’t want to see his sad, pathetic little face, my heart broke for Sonny. That is the crux of the problem for Sonny – he hates the boy he was more than anyone else because he blames that boy for not being able to stop the abuse from happening; not to himself, and more devastatingly, not to his mother. Oh, how I wished that when Kate showed up to pull Sonny back from the past and hold him, she was somehow able to put her arms around that little boy, and that Sonny could watch. Maybe then Sonny would have understood that he wasn’t worthless. That he was, in fact, lovable, and more importantly, LOVED by the only woman that mattered back then. His mother. *applause* Ms. Val Jean wrote just AMAZING stuff for Mr. Benard to deliver, and I felt as though another layer to Sonny’s complexity had been peeled back for us to understand him even better. Brilliant! I agree with Sonny’s younger self. Sonny does need him in order to be able to move forward. Burying that part of himself will not be the thing that helps him; it’s understanding that he was not to blame for what Deek did.

Maxie seems to be having a tough time being the Woman Behind The Man she loves at the moment, as she can’t track him down long enough to get behind him. Matt is still M.I.A. and Maxie is beginning to wonder if the worst is possible. To add to her worries, Mac is asking all the questions one would ask of a suspect, and Maxie’s strong suit has never been her ability to feign innocence. I have to wonder if both Mac and Maxie are having FLASHBACKS of how worried Mac was about Maxie’s relationship with Spinelli, because of what he did for a living. Here we are now, and what Matt does for a living has no bearing on what he may have done. Hopefully, there was a very important lesson to be learned here; for both ac and Maxie.

Lulu seems to be giving me FLASHBACKS of things that she said and did like… yesterday. I am so tired of this Lulu and Dante back and forth! She wants him, she doesn’t want him. She doesn’t want to marry him, then she wants to marry and cook for him. Even my son walked by and saw Lulu crying and asked, “What happened now?” And when I told him they broke up again, his answer was an incredulous, “AGAIN???” Great question, Matthew. Maxie asked the same, exact question. I too have seen this same scene play out one too many times. I don’t get why Lulu keeps going back and forth on this when obviously she knows she can’t handle his life. Does she think it’s ever going to be less painful to hurt the man she supposedly loves by walking out on their relationship. Ugh. Perhaps Lulu needs to get a look at Delores’ hair extensions…maybe she’ll be reminded that she’s not the only option Dante has. And Delores seems to understand his job a little better than Lulu, too.

Any sympathy I felt for Dante after watching Lulu hand back that ring she never even wanted to wear in the first place went right out the door, faster than the heat in my living room when the front door is open. Today, I had FLASHBACKS of all the reasons Dante has been on my shit list  for most of his time in PC. Are we supposed to ignore the fact that Dante never moves faster than when it comes to going after Sonny or Jason? And I’m sorry, shouldn’t Garrett Floyd have to go file an official complaint down at the station, since Dante didn’t actually witness Jason’s assault of the worm? And has Dante forgotten just how deadly Franco can be? Or that his one and only obsession is Jason? It made me want to call Lulu and ask her to take the ring back just so that she would throw it at him! What in the world was up with Dante pulling his gun on Jason like that? I agree with Michael! Is Dante out of his freakin’ mind?

Michael has been a good friend to Sam over the past couple of days episodes, and it’s been nice to watch. If there is one thing that’s been missing for far too long in PC, it’s friendship. The other thing that’s been missing is instinct, and Michael showed he did inherit some from Uncle Jason after all. Michael can see or feel that something is off with Sam, and he wants to step right in and help her. Seeing Sam’s reaction, and watching her struggle with her control, gives Michael FLASHBACKS of his own hellish experience. The thing is, Michael cannot even imagine that the nightmare haunting Sam is the very nightmare that’s been haunting him: Franco’s attack. I thought the dialogue today was chilling (Dear God, I am going to miss my beloved Michele Val Jean on GH!) When Michael asked Sam, “Do you think Jason would just stand by and do nothing if he thought someone might hurt you?”  I could feel the pain that question aroused in Sam, because that is exactly what Franco forced Jason to do, and whether it was his fault or not, Sam is the one who paid the price for Jason not being able to protect her.

Which brings me to Sam, and her anguish. Kelly Monaco never fails to take me on whatever ride she takes her character, even when I don’t want to go. Sam breaks my heart in such a way that I wish I could shut off my feelings while I watch her scenes, especially when the plumber is two rooms away, and I have to worry that he’ll think his bill is what made me cry and look all red and puffy. But Kelly has always had that kind of effect on me. I remember back in her early days, when Sam took the pregnancy test and burst into tears. I burst into tears right along with her, and honestly, I wasn’t as invested in Sam while she was with Sonny. Well, not until she dragged me along on her journey of growth with how much she made me feel each time she was onscreen. She’s been my favorite ever since, and she’s the reason the show always seems a little “empty” to me when she’s not on. Well, the show certainly didn’t seem empty today. Sam was full of conflicting emotions, and true to form, I felt each one right along with her. When Michael explained how he’d been trying to forget what Franco did to him, and Sam looked at Michael with tears pooling in her eyes and asked him, “Were you able…to forget that?”  I had tears running down my own cheeks before I could stop them! I think that what is so hard for Sam to reconcile is that while she feels the same pain as Michael, she cannot depend on FLASHBACKS to drive her anger or despair, and that’s why I think Sam is angry with herself. When she told Michael she wished she’d been more “aware”, what I heard was that Sam was blaming herself for being helpless to fight Franco off. Not so much because she was drugged, but because Sam is still telling herself that they were only still in Hawaii, and accessible to Franco because she didn’t want to leave. Oh, Writers! Please, please, please put my Fair Samantha out of her misery and let it be that Franco was just pulling another sick mind game with Jason like he did with Claudia’s body, and with the poor sap he threw off the roof at MOCA! PLEEEEEAAASSSEEE! I cannot bear to see Sam carrying all of this much longer. There’s only so much crying you can do before you get a headache!

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Is it too much to ask that Jason at least gets the MOTHER of all headaches so that he’ll finally get his ass to the hospital to check out his brain? Then at least there will be a reason for all of these uncontrollable outbursts Jason is having. I mean, not that the constant Franco FLASHBACKS Jason is having isn’t reason enough for anyone to feel out of control, but still, there is definitely more to Jason’s symptoms than angry outbursts, such as those strange moments where he seems to be lost when looking into a mirror. I just want Jason and Sam to know exactly what they are dealing so that it’s one less thing Sam has to worry about. Listen, let me make it clear, I am NOT blaming Jason for not getting it taken care of sooner (mostly because I am exactly like Jason in that regard) In  his defense, Jason did show up at the hospital, and Patrick was still in surgery. And more than that, Jason is thinking he cannot be inaccessible to Sam for more than he absolutely needs to be. Jason knows something isn’t right with him, and that makes him afraid that his “checkup” will turn into something more complicated, and worse – something that would keep him in the hospital, and away from being able to protect Sam – again. His love for her is greater than his concern for himself. So, I am willing to support Jason’s order of priorities, as risky as they are, because the fact that Jason “loves Sam as if his life depended on it” is one of the reasons why we love him, and them, so much! The bright spot in Port Charles for me was hearing Jason scream at the invisible Franco, “Do you think I’ll stop loving her because of what you did?” Because obviously, Jason has not stopped loving Sam, not even a heartbeat.

It’s my light at the end of this long, dark tunnel.

I think now, more than ever, it’s important for GH to employ FLASHBACKS, not just to remember story lines, but to remind us of what a huge part of our lives this soap and these fictional characters have been. FLASHBACKS of where we’ve been, and what we’ve learned along the way, are usually a tremendous part of where we end up heading. I hope that turns out to be true for those we love, and love to hate, in Port Charles. I am also hoping against all odds that it also turns out to be true for those taking over at the helm of the show. I am just praying that where GH has been in ratings and in quality in the past will teach the new team something that will have our beloved soap heading in the right direction, and that like Days of Our Lives did a couple of years back, GH saves itself and stays on the air.

A girl can dream.

She can also call, email, and write!

😉

Angelique

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PLACE YOUR BETS…

All clips credited to gh-caps.net (THANKS!)

TGIF, GHers!

Can you believe it’s Friday already? It seems that our looking forward to the next episode of GH makes time FLY!

With each great episode I feel that I am getting reacquainted with old friends…remembering things I’d either forgotten, or finding out things I somehow never knew. It feels like a long reunion weekend. Thanks once again, GH Writers!

I am not a gambler. Never have been. I’m not sure what it is that has never allowed me to see the draw of taking chances on something with really bad odds, but even when I was a kid, I would get nervous when my sister would take a shot at the Claw Crane arcade game down at the Jersey Shore boardwalk. It would literally make my heart contract to know that she was hoping to use that ridiculous claw to try and nab a prize. I never understood why she bothered when obviously the chances of winning weren’t that good! How could they be when no matter what time of day we passed it – it was still chock full of prizes! I need more certainty in life. I need really good odds. It’s probably why I held the same job for most of my life (before the accident) and why I’ve lived in the same waterfront community I did as a kid. I just don’t like to take chances.

Which is why living in Port Charles would have been a real challenge for me. It was certainly all about placing your bets on one side or the other, and in most cases, neither side looked that good.

 

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I never thought I’d say this, but it seems Alexis and I have some things in common. Alexis is a little bit of a chicken when it comes to placing bets, too. Alexis’ mantra is: Why take crazy chances? She would rather know what the facts are and then make an informed decision from there. I can totally relate. 😉 (Which is why my sister calls me a chicken, too!)

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 Diane, however, is the anti-Alexis. She cares a lot less about the facts and seems to ride the wave of what feels right, and good, and “groovy.” Watching Diane play the little red devil (quite literally) on Alexis’ shoulder was a bit comical, especially since there wasn’t anyone at Jake’s to play the good angel on Alexis’ other shoulder. All they had was Coleman, and he wasn’t the little devil.

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He was big ol’ Lucifer himself, pitchfork pool stick and all. Alexis never had a chance. Even though I’m not a gambler, I placed my bets on Diane and Coleman getting the uptight Ms. Davis to play their game – so I guess I have beginner’s luck. Not only did she play, but Alexis literally “beat the pants off” of her playmates. I wonder if that game was legal…being that PC’s police commissioner walked in just as Coleman “dropped them.”

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Had Sonny not framed Jax, it would probably have been safe to place your bet on Jax getting custody. And while Jax has certainly made me question the competence of that could’ve been decision this week, Carly makes me wonder how anyone could have handed full custody to her, even with Jax’s drug charges. Maybe Joss should’ve gone to stay with Grandma Bobbie while Carly and Jax got their crap together. Honestly, I am not sure which of the two has been the worst parent to Joss lately, but I know that at least one of them seems to have put Joss’ needs first – if only for a moment, and that’s Jax. I will admit that I sighed a deep sigh of relief. This was not who I wanted Jax to be. This was not how I wanted him to go down. I know he’s an ass sometimes, but he loves his daughter, and I cannot imagine him taking Joss’ mother from her. Let’s see if Carly can raise him one noble act…for the love of Joss.

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Between Sonny’s Bi-polar Disorder and Shawn’s PTSD, I’d place my bet on Shawn. Sonny is so out of control, and so far gone from reality, that I wouldn’t trust him to pick up Joss’ diaper bag, much less to try and get her back! I don’t often side with Dante, but I silently applauded him when he shoved the truth down Sonny’s throat. This is all about Brenda…and about the fact that Sonny can’t face that Brenda may have loved him, but “he didn’t like him much anymore.” Whoa. That was a hard pill to swallow, so instead of digesting it, Sonny knocked Dante out. So much for improving father-son relations.

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Patrick Drake has enough ego for two men, so having Matt add his own ego to the mix on which way to proceed with Jason was overwhelming even for me. I cannot imagine what it sounded like to Sam and Monica.  Patrick was right – Jason was the reason he came to Port Charles, but Matt is also right – it doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get the victory again. However, I think I was right to place my bets on Patrick’s way winning out. Matt suggested going to Robin and have her take the decision out of both their hands. I really thought Matt was on the right track, as historically, Robin tends to go with the least invasive option, but Patrick knew something Matt hadn’t thought of. Once Robin knew it was Jason they were talking about, she wouldn’t be willing to risk losing him, so she sided with Patrick – because he did save Jason all those years ago when Robin begged him. So Matt had to fold.

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It seemed mother/daughter-in-law relations were about to get off to a rough start for Monica and Sam when Monica pulled her “I’m his mother” card. What a tense moment! I found myself nervously chewing on my lip rather ferociously during their exchange, but let’s be clear: I’d place my bets on Sam each time! I am Team Sam all the way! Please don’t get me wrong, no one is happier that Monica is back in Jason’s life, and that Jason seems more open to embracing The Quartermaines, but let’s be real. Where the hell has Monica been? Not only has she been absent, but admittedly by her choice. Did she really think that one visit over the past couple of years would grant her the rights to make all of his decisions, even decisions that they’ve never discussed? As I said yesterday, I really hoped that Monica would remember that Jason left these decisions to Sam the last time he faced them. More than that, I hoped that Monica would remember that it was because of his faith in Sam – to love him through whatever the outcome – that Jason finally made the decision to risk the surgery that scared him almost literally to death. Jason discussed his fears with Sam, and let her help him to overcome them. More than once. In fact, Monica was there and watched Jason put his life in Sam’s hands time and time again. She should know better!

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I could literally see Sam torn between what she felt in her gut and what Patrick and Matt were arguing about, just as I could see that it hurt her to have to disagree with Monica. This wasn’t easy for her.

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Sure, Sam said she is a gambler, and that she wanted to hear the odds, but maybe what no one else in that room knows is that Sam would never be willing to gamble with Jason’s life. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odTif1xPWF8 It broke my heart that Sam really had no choice but to go with Monica’s decision to take this gamble, because certainly Sam wasn’t all in.

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 Hopefully, her new family will be able to get her through these next few days with their support, and their common love of Jason.

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Angelique

 


Would You Miss It?

Happy Hump Day, GHers!

My two youngest are on Spring Break, so my GH schedule has had to take a back seat to “fun stuff” with my kids, as they’ll be back to school before I can blink, and I’ll be missing them again.

Which got me thinking…

Would You Miss It?

How tough it would be if we were in a situation where we’d have to “miss” GH, and the days of watching our favorite soap. It seems that even when there’s good news about soaps these days, it’s almost always followed up by not-so-good news  – such as hearing that AMC was NOT being cancelled, and that they’d hired a new writer, only to then hear rumors that the writer was hired to write it’s ending.

Soaps have always been a part of my life. I can remember eras in my life based on eras in soaps. I cannot imagine that this pastime wouldn’t be available to me someday as I sit back and enjoy retirement!

I came across this couple of Retweets by my favorite GH writer, Michele Val Jean, and thought I’d share them with you. They were originally tweeted by Tom Casiello, current writer for The Young and the Restless, who has also written in the past for OLTL, DOOL, and ATWT. I think it’s safe to say that he knows soaps.

Here are his Words of Wisdom:

“Piece of unsolicited advice to soap fans: everyone in the industry is as freaked as you guys are. Everything overheard in every office is being leaked, many contradictory. Some will be true, some will not come to pass. Don’t be part of the problem. Take a deep breath, and just try to enjoy what we have, while we have it. It’s a scary time for everyone, fans and employees alike of all soaps, especially since so much is out of our hands. Say a prayer, and remember – we’re all in this together. XO”

“Many are asking me what they can do in the meantime. First of all, remember I am not an ABC employee, nor do I have any more inside info than anybody else. We’re dealing with business decisions far above the usual Powers That Be, and closed-door discussions that were happening long before any of us knew about it. Short of finding two million females between the ages of 18 and 49 with Nielsen boxes, I can only tell you to keep campaigning – with one caveat. This isn’t about one Executive Producer or one Head Writer or a fanbase wanting one couple reunited. We are far beyond that point. Campaigning should be centered on keeping serialized daytime television alive. I know many of you feel you have a solution in one specific character or storyline… but it’s important to look at the big picture here. This isn’t about placing blame, or pushing to have someone fired. This is about keeping continuing daytime drama alive. And keep on fighting – because I know everyone on this side is too!”

Well, if THAT doesn’t say it all, I just don’t know what will, especially since the writing has already  been on the wall for a few years now! Every time we have one of our soaps cancelled, we are one step closer to the end of an era we all love so well!

Why mention this on my decidedly positive blog?

Because these are the very reasons to stay positive in spite of long and tedious storylines and characters we can no longer even muster up the energy even to “love to hate”. While I can deal with walking away during an episode to start a load of laundry or water the porch plants, I cannot deal with the thought of not having the option.

I don’t want General Hospital, or any other soap cancelled.

I don’t want to have to switch off another talk show or game show because that’s what would be on during what should be a soap. So, let’s make sure that we fight harder than ever for our soaps, and let’s make sure that we “tweak” the way we communicate our frustrations, shall we? Let’s be careful about encouraging each other to tune out…instead let’s encourage one another to call, email, and write and let TPTB (especially the higher-ups) know what’s keeping us invested and watching.

Let’s campaign to those all important, but often clueless network execs ONE CLEAR MESSAGE: WE WANT OUR SOAPS ON DAYTIME! That’s “The 1 Thing” we need to be saying to those with the power to make that happen. We should all commit to do that DAILY! This is the time – not when they’ve announced a last episode date!

Let them know that you may not have a Nielsen box, but you are watching, and you are a fan, and you want to help your soap(s) stay on the air for your own kids to enjoy and retreat to! They want the same thing, so let’s forge a sense of partnership, instead of sounding like the infamous fanbases who make so many threats that a network is forced to shut down former lines of communication. Tell them you want our soap(s) to be successful, and share the moments you find to be The Beauty of GH, or OLTL or AMC or Y&R, or whatever your soap(s) of choice are. This isn’t about just one soap- it’s about soaps in general!

I know that’s harder said than done, but not having GH at all will be harder to deal with than it was to not watch on any chosen day! When I see that even the writers are trying to “rally the troops” and get everyone focused on the real issue at hand, it makes me realize that conversations about the future of soaps are no longer about longterm story arcs, but may instead be about “wrapping up loose ends.”

Make your voice heard “up there” TODAY, and every day after that!

More than that, keep calling your show’s hotlines, keep emailing them, and keep writing in with your positive feedback.

This is not a call for all of us to become Pollyannas and pretend everything is just perfect! It’s about finding a way to let them know what we hate by letting them know what we love and want more of instead.

Positive reinforcement.

For instance, after watching today’s episode, I personally might say, email, or write in some of the following comments:

  • I am so thrilled to see that Robin and Patrick are finally realizing what we’ve all known for quite some time: that Lisa does not have to continue to be part of their future just because she was an ugly part of their past. It’s also great to see that though these two made huge mistakes that almost wrecked their marriage for good, they are both finally taking responsibility for their own actions/shortcomings, and working towards getting back on track for Emma, and for themselves.
  • I can see that Brianna Brown’s acting is considered to be an asset to the PC canvas, but I am glad that employing those assets won’t only be about torturing the Scorpios. I think the chemistry between Lisa and Johnny works, even if it is for all the wrong reasons, and playing out their “mutual psychoses” makes for some interesting twists and turns while giving the Scrubs fans a much needed reprieve from the angst surrounding their couple for so long.
  • Hey! Was that Kristina I saw today at Kelly’s? It’s always great to see a Davis Girl! I am just hoping that Kristina doesn’t get dragged into another bad idea just because once again she’s not playing with friends her own age. Speaking of which, how about letting Taylor earns some gas money by working at Kelly’s? This way we wouldn’t constantly wonder who’s behind that counter, but Kristina would also have someone to talk to once in a while.
  • Wow. Someone over at GH apparently got the memo that Michael and Abby got some great positive reaction from the fans! However, I always tell my kids, “Never ruin your love for something or someone by not knowing when enough is enough.” Whether it’s peanut butter chocolate ice cream from the ice cream shop, or hanging out with one person 24-7, chances are that soon “too much” of anything will ruin it for you. I’d be bummed if Michael and Abby’s story turned out to be something I think I’ve had too much of! (For me, readers, it may be too late for this one!) 😉
  • I really appreciate that GH is always trying to keep us “excited” with all the drama and intrigue that takes place in Port Charles, but really, I would just love a few normal weeks in between those occasions where we have to watch Jason aim his gun at someone for someone else when he should be dealing with his own life. Sometimes I feel that there are just one too many crises to deal with in rapid succession. I need some down time in between. Don’t work your writers so hard! Spread the “danger” wealth out some! Let them write some normal conversations, some daily grind stuff for all of our couples, families, and even characters. For Jason and Sam that might be some cooking lessons from a Soap Dishes cookbook, or perhaps a game of dominoes during the next storm, or a reminiscent dance in the rain on the next rainy night. How about you dig out that old set with the sand and palms, so Jason could actually keep one of the 5,783 promises he’s made Sam? One that looks like Hawaii would be ideal, but if budgets are a concern, any beach, cabin, or remote area where no one can come a knockin’ would work just as well! While at home, let them talk about what scares them most about a baby, or what thrills them about the possibility to no end! Let them discuss the mistakes they made and what they learned from them. Let them discuss which apartment they’ll keep, and which one they’ll let Spinelli move into. You know, normal stuff! We love that kind of stuff! It’s how we got to know the characters we know and love so well now! Maybe if we had more of those scenes, even the new non-Nielsen box viewers we are all recruiting and turning on to GH could build their own connections to the characters. It’s hard to get to know someone when they are always running off to kill or threaten someone, or if they are only talking about danger, prison, or unseen threats. (It’s even harder when they keep asking about new characters we don’t even know well enough to explain yet) Let’s hear them TALK again…about feelings, their pasts, the connections they have in PC, the experiences that make them “them”… the way they used to when we first fell in love with them! And hey, while you’re at it, perhaps you could borrow a page from Y&R and B&B and have your tech people show some flashbacks showing some of that FABULOUS GH History more often. (Like the one you showed featuring Luke and Lucky from all those years back! How perfect!) I think all viewers, new and old would appreciate those kinds of flashbacks and montages for all of their favorite couples and family scenes! Or, if you’re feeling really “revolutionary”, and “techy” and would like to get those precious demo fans more involved, how about announcing a weekly (or, okay – even monthly) “challenge” for fans to submit their best “montages” set to songs you provide on ABC.com (to avoid copyright issues), and then choose 2-3 “winners” to use during big storylines for the couple or family units being featured in upcoming storylines? Wouldn’t that get all kinds of buzz going and all kinds of 18-49 year-olds excited about their soaps in a whole new way? Just a thought…
  • Speaking of which, I love that there is so much buzz about The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli, but as I watched today, I realized that you guys had to work in a bunch of different scenes with a bunch of different people just to remind everyone that the book had been released today. I think it would have been SO MUCH fun if there had been a huge book signing at the local PC book store! Then we could have had cameos with all of our Port Charles favorites – like the Quartermaines, who wouldn’t give up the shot to read about Spinelli’s – and therefore, Jason’s lives. Or our little bookworm and Spin groupie, Molly. We could still have seen Sonny and Brenda – at the bookstore as Brenda shopped for Feng Shui books to help her adapt to Sonny’s new house. And of course, we’d see Max – because he just wanted to get his hands on the book his hotsy-totsy lover helped create. Of course Robin would be there, supporting her BFF, and Carly would stop by, just because she needs a book to read while spending long hours at GH…I mean the list goes on and on! I think that scenario would also have generated a lot of buzz for the actual signings Carolyn and Bradford will be doing. *shrugs*
  • The best part of a major book signing would have been that instead of having Jason offscreen presumably dealing with the Michael/Brandon drama, he could have been offscreen while at home – missing the book signing he just wasn’t “up to attending”. I have to say that I have always loved the way that Jason has taken care of Michael, his “little man”. It’s one of those consistencies I’ve always appreciated. The same can be said for Sam, who used to take little Michael to his therapy sessions, helped track him down when he was kidnapped, and forced Jason to keep believing when everyone thought Michael was dead. However, Michael is Mr. Man now. Michael, pardon the bluntness – “is getting laid” now. If he is old enough to understand the importance of discussing HIV statuses, then certainly he is old enough to understand that his actions will always have consequences that he will have to deal with like a man. I think it’s time for Jason to cut the apron strings on Michael now, and I think that’s the general consensus.
  • Speaking of Jason and Sam, what a great history they have, huh? Truly if ever there was a couple in this millennium thus far who deserved Supercouple status, they are it! They have been through it all, endured it all, come through it all, overcome it all, forgiven it all, and still – their love is stronger than ever. Now I think it’s time for them to GET IT ALL! You know – a proposal, a ring, a wedding, and yes – dear God – a baby! From the Q&A session Mr. Guza and Mr. Burton had, I can see how it might be difficult to keep track of everything that’s happened to everyone, but we, the fans, never forget. Jason and Sam had once prepared for a baby together. They planned and altered their lives around a baby girl who never even opened her eyes. Then they readjusted their lives and overcame fears for another baby girl who was taken from them, leaving them heartbroken once again. Then Jason and Sam had countless discussions about all of the pros and cons about having their own baby, and looked forward to making a baby many times, only to be knocked down and beat up by cruel circumstances. Jason and Sam making a baby was the original plan, not an afterthought, as some would like to rewrite history to say. Jason and Sam bringing a baby into this world conceived in love was what they both planned for and wanted more than anything. Life, bad luck, and the worst timing intruded on those dreams, but nothing could erase them. I just want Jason and Sam to finally have some dreams come true. Even if they were to get married and have a baby, Jason and Sam would never fall victim to the curse of the domesticated life of boredom. Between their families, their friends, their jobs, and their enemies – past and present, Jason and Sam would be lucky if they ever got through a quiet evening at home, even as husband and wife. Sure, that may have happened to Jason when he married Courtney, or when he thought of settling down with Liz, but that’s just because Courtney and Liz were  – well, boring, for lack of a better word! They weren’t ever going to know what to do in a crisis, they could never be Jason’s “back up”, and they couldn’t even have a conversation with Jason about anything dangerous without falling to pieces or judging Jason as less than worthy of their goodness. So of course, those domestic relationships were doomed to fail! But not so with Jason and Sam! Jason and Sam are the only couple whose married status would never change the intrigue and excitement of their lives. I think they’d be this decade’s hotter, sexier answer to Luke and Laura, Robert and Ana, Frisco and Felicia. All while giving us the one thing we all want: a love story we can root for, invest in, and believe – because Steve and Kelly have the incredible ability to make us forget they are fictional characters. It’s magic. So go ahead – give them the whole nine yards! They’ll run with it and make it unlike any other Domestic Relationship on Daytime! I just know it!

Well, there you have it…that’s how I would use my “positive reinforcement” techniques without ragging on the writers, TPTB, or anyone else. These are people who wake up every morning and go to work. They deserve our respect, even when we don’t think they’ve earned our love, loyalty or commitment.

Perhaps instead of bashing, threatening, or planning their ruin as others are doing, we here at Bella Mafia could make an iron-clad commitment to share the love for The Beauty of GH with the very people who are responsible for it being on the air for us to enjoy daily. 

That Beauty is there every day…

sometimes in small doses,

sometimes in near overdoses! 

All we have to do is look for it.

I Promise.

Angelique

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If there was EVER a time to make a commitment to keep our couple onscreen and together…it’s NOW!

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THIS DAY IN JASAM HISTORY

April 4

2005: http://bit.ly/gmIn8F So sweet the bond these two share! God, I’d love to help Jason relax!

2006:  http://bit.ly/eVPEor Hmmmmm…….

April 5

2004: http://bit.ly/h9UX9f Not even then could he let her go!

2005: Part 1: http://bit.ly/h9UX9f Part 2: http://bit.ly/gyxib3 Part 3: http://bit.ly/hj13St

April 6

2005: http://bit.ly/erT4ob 

2006: http://bit.ly/hWX7dz If you FF through the JIZ crap, you’ll be fine! *puke*

2010: http://bit.ly/fMigZY My favorite line? Jason: “Ill be right here!”

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CAUGHT RED-HANDED

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GHers, Port Charles is just one of those towns. Stay around long enough and you’re bound to find out that there really are no secrets here, and even if managed one – sooner, rather than later, you’re gonna get caught red-handed!

Poor Jules. I really did get a kick out of Jules. He’s like a more mature, more refined Spinelli, and he even makes my nine-year-old giggle. We’ve gotta love the comedic relief whenever we can get it. and we do get it whenever Jules graces our screen. Too bad that Jules doesn’t have what it takes to work for The Balkan, he’s just too honest, and too decent to be working for one man, while plotting to betray him to another. Poor Jules nearly scalded himself with Mr. Hoffman’s hot, BLACK coffee just at the sound of hs voice. He is jumpier than a two-year-old at church. His second mistake was when he called Theo Mr. Hoffman. I thought it a nice detail of his controlling personality that The Balkan would notice that Jules didn’t call him “Theo” or “Mr. Big”. However, the best moment of their interactions was when Theo asked Jules if he was planning to execute him, and Jukes nervously answered, “Yes.” I chuckled right along with my daughter’s laughter as the entire scenes was really well done. Who is this Jules guy? I really wish he could stay around! He and “The Blade” could team up with Spinelli and maybe come up with a sequel to his first novel. Unfortunately, thanks to Brenda’s BBBIIIIIGGGG MOUTH, our pal Jules was caught red-handed when Theo opened the door and Brenda yelled out, “Are we leaving?” Duh, Brenda! Thanks for spoiling our fun!

Maxie spent way too much time with her ex-non-husband, Spinelli. She has as many hare-brained schemes as he did. Now she and Matt have broken into John’s apartment, and are perfectly poised to hear exactly what Maxie suspected all along.! Yup! John and Lisa have been caught red-handed, and not just about to get busy either! They are going on and on about the fact that John is blackmailing Lisa about the syringe she was going to use on Robin! Talk about busted! Let’s just hope Maxie and Matt can get out of there without John or Lisa making them collateral damage in their twisted game of CRAZY!

Poor Spinelli. No good deed ever goes unpunished! He takes the first break he’s had in weeks, as I have not seen hide nor hair of him, and sits at the bedside of his friend and partner, Sam to entertain her with a reading of his Stone Cold chapter, and he’s caught red-handed by Stone Cold himself! Jason was a bit of a brute with Spinelli today, and Sam had to step in and back him off. I just really wish Jason could use some of that insensitivity for a good cause: like asking Spin to move out!

Perhaps Spin could move into Siobhan’s old room over Kelly’s when she takes Lucky up on his offer to become Mrs. Lucky Spencer (Hey, Steph! I almost typed Lucky Charms! LOL!) GH’s writing team continues to woo me this week with something I will always continue to see as The Beauty Of GH – and that’s when we see our favorite, long-time characters like Alexis Davis and Luke Spencer involved in a story together. This makes sense to me! Luke and Natasha have a deep connection and a great friendship. They also have extraordinary chemistry onscreen! I loved that both Alexis and Luke were there to help Lucky and Siobhan deal with her immigration issues, and attempting to keep Lucky from getting caught red-handed with a fraudulent marriage, in very contrasting ways. It was a classic moment!

(Can I just say that Alexis never looked more like daughter Sam than today, as she rocked that black leather jacket! Nancy Lee Grahn was caught red-handed looking Davis Girl HOT! )

Carly would probably make the List of the Top Ten Most-Busted Chicks in PC, and I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see her claim the top honors. It seems that Carly gets busted a whole lot more often, and a whole lot faster whenever she takes on an underhanded or dirty deed these days. I mean, compared to back in the day when Carly was able to come to town, work at the hospital with the unsuspecting mother who’d given her up for adoption and was about to have her life blown apart as part of Carly’s revenge, lure said mother’s husband away, get pregnant by AJ Quartermaine, pawn the baby bump off on Tony, and then have Jason step in to hold the paternity diaper bag before having her secrets come crashing down on her, today’s Carly is a lightweight! Carly not only helps Tall, Extra Dark and Handsome Shawn Butler, but she puts him up at her house, lets him spend the night, AND wear one of her hubby’s shirts. Problem? Yeah, when she gets caught red-handed by aforementioned hubby, who just happens to have a serious abhorrence to all things mafioso. Really, Carly should have thought that one out a little better. She doesn’t know Shawn from a hole in the wall – and hopefully Shawn still doesn’t know her from a hole in the wall yet either. I want to believe that Carly has learned something – anything from the past few years and what her children have been through. I would like to see her think about this for at least a (half) hot minute! 

Jax is of course, furious! This is after all, still half his house, and Carly’s got some freshly showered, half-dressed dude walking around like he knows the place rather well. It wasn’t a good thing for Josslyn to see, and thank God that Morgan wasn’t there to see it! Carly is a mother! Their mother, and don’t those kids deserve some stability? It’s a scary thing when Jax seems like the most stable person in their lives, but that’s how it looks. Jax, a corporate raider by trade, immediately calls in the legal experts to protect his interests – and both Joss and Morgan are. Too bad that the moment Jax spills the beans of his intentions with Carly, he is caught red-handed by Carly’s ex, and the crux of their problems – Sonny.  Not even Diane can facilitate talks between these two, but really at the bottom of all of this is more than just Carly or her kids. This is a long, legendary battle that stems from their love for another woman – Brenda. I really would have liked to have seen Brenda’s return be more about Sonny and Jax and less about Jason, The Balkan, and Dante. Sonny and Jax still push each others’ buttons, they still make each other seethe whenever she is at the center of their disagreement, and there are lots of long-lost fans who would’ve shown up ring-side for that battle. Oh well, what’s done is done. We’ll just have to see where everyone lands when this is all over.

It seems that Dante The Wonder needs to get Spin a job so that for once he can actually get all of the facts straight on a case before Jason does. I must say, Jason owes Spin an apology. He really did deliver when he showed up at the Penthouse with that picture of Theo and Suzanne back in the day! (If that picture were real, it could totally end up on Ellen’s “Bad Pictures People Pay For”, by the way) I was so damned happy that Spin didn’t blurt it out in front of Dante – I just can’t take Dante being any more heroic than he has already been since his arrival in Port Charles! Really! I mean, the other day even Sonny wa trying to get him out of PC – I think we all need a break! Thank goodness (and Spinelli) that it wasn’t Dante who got to figure out the Mr. and Mrs. Balkan Connection! Just as I mentioned at the beginning of this post – you can’t really keep a secret in Port Charles, so just as PC luck would have it, Suzanne decided to go sniff out some information from Sonny’s camp, and knocks on Jason’s door as he is absorbing the information. She really stepped in it, huh? Jason, who is NOT GOOD at pussyfooting around something like this, lets her know in no uncertain terms that she has just been caught red-handed. Good luck, Suzanne!

Jason would hate this if he read this just as much as he hated knowing he’s a chapter in Spin’s novel, but I’m going to write it anyway: Jason and Sam were caught red-freakin-handed being totally adorable! From the moment Spin left the hospital room and Jason heard he was going to get to take Sam “home”, he went from surly Beast to Prince Bumbling, but still Charming.

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I love the way Jason talks to Sam, I love the way he kinda smiles like he did when he walked over and leaned in for a kiss, and my knees go weak when he looks into her eyes like he did after that kiss. That look is a look of adoration, and I tell you that I feel the intensity from this side of the screen!

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I know that usually I tend to see more into something than what others see, but I just cannot help it when it comes to Jason and Sam. I heard Sam say to Jason at the hospital that he “got to take her home”. Home. If we were to take that sentence literally, Jason would have taken Sam to her own apartment to recover. But, really isn’t home where the heart is? (Right, Jenn and Ro?) And as my pal Becky believes, Sam is Jason’s Heart, and Jason is hers, and so in the very next scene, we see Jason walk Sam into his penthouse. *sigh*

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What a great moment, huh?

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You know the other great realization was finding that the penthouse has finally been stripped of all that horrible pink, along with Brenda’s crap. Hallelujah! I never realized just how much I loved the neutrality of Jason’s place until it was no longer neutral. Suddenly, the penthouse felt like home even to me! What about you?

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Most inspiring about the few stolen moments of alone time we got from Jason and Sam were the ones on the couch. I have to smile as I think about how many times Jason and Sam’s History would have to begin or end a chapter, or even a sentence with those very words…”on the couch…” 

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Yes, Jason and Sam have made some great memories on his couch. Some pivotal points in time happened as they sat there together. Some crucial conversations took place there. Some decisive moments happened while on that couch. There have been big “I love yous”, and bigger promises to stand by each other. There have been many a case figured out there, and many a misunderstanding ironed out there as well. When we look back at their history, whether in our minds or in a spectacular vid made by a friend, so many momentous occasions took place right there.

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Sure, a lot of that has to do with the issue of logistics in the world of soap sets, but more has to do with the fact that Jason and Sam find their most normal moments in each other’s arms when no one else is around. And as we discussed yesterday, Jason and Sam’s most important moments didn’t take place in the bedroom. Unlike other couples, their history doesn’t hinge upon one night or one act. Their love story hinges upon what came from their hearts, over and over again, and throughout the years. Therefore, it seemed perfectly fitting that the first place they’d end up after a near death experience like the one Sam just escaped, would be on that couch, where everything seems most familiar.

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How beautiful was that moment when Sam tried to remind Jason that all she needs to feel better is him? How sweet was it when she reminded him of where his hands need to be, and where his eyes need to be, and where his lips need to be in order for her to feel not just better – but alive?

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That was just a SPLENDID moment in JaSam Time!

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Had you been able to see me, I would have been caught red-handed wiping away a tear.

*quivering lip*

Jason and Sam are LOVE. Pure and simple, huge and all-consuming, loud or completely silent…it’s LOVE!

And I can’t wait to watch it grow… 

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THIS DAY IN JASAM HISTORY

March 9

2004: http://bit.ly/gjWxfR Michael was too damned much! *smh* Jason is so lucky Sam didn’t listen!

2006: http://bit.ly/gE41WF Jason is most amazing when he is standing by his woman!

2009: http://bit.ly/dSLoT6 

2010: http://bit.ly/hNUJBw Love Sam and their airplane scenes!

March 10

2005:  http://bit.ly/epyVgk Where would Jason be without his Sam? This experience may be one Jason may have to draw upon soon.

2006: http://bit.ly/ibNfKn Do you all see how they take turns being there for each other? So incredible! Loved the ending scenes…almost funny! Almost!

2010: http://bit.ly/ejxZBb Do you all remember how happy we were about the spoiler pics for these scenes? And when they actually played out, Twitter was ON FIRE! So were Jason and Sam! LOVED THIS DAY IN THEIR HISTORY!

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