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“Please…No More!”

TGIF, GHers!

I hope you are all looking forward to a weekend full of R&R, especially from the drama surrounding our beloved, hanging-by-a-fingernail soap. ūüôā

Before I begin, two things:

  1. I am asking everyone to please say a prayer and send positive thoughts to our very own Sarah. She is going through a difficult time and needs all of our support. Please, please, please keep her in your thoughts and prayers!
  2. Thank you all for your amazing comments and incredible thoughts on yesterday’s blog post! I read every single one, and want to thank all of our new readers! I hope you’ll find Bella Mafia to be your family, too!

Now, I have to tell you all that I was incredibly disturbed by yesterday’s episode of GH. I don’t want to overlook Kelly Sullivan’s performance, because she is acting the crap out of a storyline I can only imagine is terribly difficult to do.

However, I just could not believe the writers decided to go with another rape, especially when Kate/Connie was just in the same kind of situation with Johnny, sans the violence she obviously endured as a teenager.

Thank the Good Lord that I had a sneaking suspicion about where they were going with this, and told my kids they could not watch yesterday. Yet, as a mother and as a teacher, I literally had a knot in my stomach just thinking about the fact that kids somewhere watched those scenes, and there was no Public Service Announcement telling them what they should do if ever in a situation like Connie’s, or where to get help or counseling, or checked for STD’s, physical trauma, or help with the emotional devastation. There wasn’t even contact information for RAINN or The Rape Crisis Center for women, children, and men.

I am sorry, but that is not just mind-boggling, it’s downright unacceptable!¬†It’s shamefully irresponsible on GH’s and ABC’s behalf to continue to write this overused and insensitively told storyline for the sake of getting “story”, especially when it’s almost always story for everyone but the victim her or himself.

Believe it or not, I was actually lucky enough to get a couple of responses from Laura Wright during her #AskGH¬†tweetfest yesterday. At one point, I couldn’t just ignore anymore that we were watching a very detailed and apparently violent reenactment of what happened to Kate as a teen, and I tweeted Laura, asking if she could please let her bosses know that I didn’t know a woman who enjoyed watching rape story lines. Laura, whom I was sure was sitting with someone from the show whose job it was to guide her responses, answered me, saying, “It’s not supposed to be pretty.”

Many thoughts went through my head about that response and what it meant, but I soon decided that I didn’t care what it meant. My statement to Laura was¬† honest, clearly not unique, ¬†and out of concern for the viewers who may be watching, and without some kind of message, and without the proper treatment or care for victims, may think it’s okay for victims of rape to carry the shame and pain for years without getting help or therapy. Or they may think that it’s okay for rape, or victims of any kind of violence, to walk around apologizing to those around them for “putting them through it.”¬† They may not realize that therapy is a crucial step to survival and recovery, or that it’s probably a good idea for spouses or other close family members to seek professional help as well, for guidance on how to help their loved one heal.

*tears of frustration*

Rape, sexual abuse, and violence of any kind, against anyone, is something that I feel very strongly about, and am almost positive that each of you feels very strongly about. I am sure that like me, it hits a nerve, close to home, or right at the heart. That’s why I couldn’t stop thinking about it, and that’s why I almost feel as though I cannot turn on GH again without taking some kind of stand, or sending some kind of message that it’s NOT OKAY for rape, abuse, or violence of any kind against anyone, to be used as a stunt story. It’s also NOT OKAY for GH to be irresponsible about sending the viewing public the right information about the social issue at hand needed to make the right choices for themselves, or loved ones, ¬†if the worst should ever happen.¬†

That is why, today, instead of talking about, writing about, or reading about the happenings in Port Charles as we always do, I am asking that we take a stand for every viewer who ever was, or ever will be, victimized in any way.

I am asking that you use your voice today to¬†let GH and ABC know how you feel about this issue. Please do not make empty threats or vulgarity. Instead, let’s do something they have failed to do repeatedly: let’s show some sensitivity, decency, and¬†intelligence when conveying our message, but let’s not fail to let them know how these storylines made us feel (angry, hurt, demoralized, re-victimized – whatever feelings are appropriate for your view).

If every single one of us does this, they will hear the message loudly and clearly!

Please take a minute today to do each of these:

Call: 323-671-4583, and 212-456-7777

Email: http://abc.go.com.site/contact-us

Facebook: http://facebook.com/#!/generalhospital

Twitter: @carlivatiron, @valentinifrank, @generalhospital (I am sure there will be some kind of trending goal today regarding this issue, please pay attention)

Snail Mail: ABC TV General Hospital, ATTN: Frank Valentini, EP/Ron Carlivati, Headwriter, 4151 Prospect Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90027

I know that together, we can make a difference! For today, let that be The Beauty of GH!

Please say you will!

Pretty please, with sugar on top?

Angelique

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A Tale Of Two Women

Good morning, GHers!

I hope you all had a restful weekend, and for all of the moms – I hope you were spoiled rotten on our special day!

I actually got in a nap during GH today, as I found it to be a bit boring, but I did manage to catch up, and realized that for just about all the men in Port Charles, the story trying to be sold was A Tale Of Two Women. 

For Todd it was a double whammy. First, he overheard the tortured confession of Kate Howard her attorney, stating that she thought Connie might have been the one to shoot out Anthony’s ¬†tires that night, in effect being the reason for Cole and Hope’s deaths. I must interject here and say that it would be rude of me not to mention once again what an outstanding job that Kelly Sullivan is doing with this storyline! I mean, wow! I am now entirely pulling for Kate here, because how could I not? The woman had no control over Connie’s actions, and Kate is so convincingly remorseful that I honestly feel for her! Somehow, Ms. Sullivan has even managed to get me to feel for Connie, who was only manifesting in order to “save” Kate from a fate known as death. Todd heard enough that he now knows there is A Tale Of Two Women, but he didn’t really know what, or who, the hell Kate was talking about, but I have a feeling that Carly is going to be all too happy to fill him in! Which bring me to the next Tale of Two Women surrounding Todd (because God forbid that an OLTL character not have more story than a GH character)¬†Carly finally met the other former Mrs. Todd Manning, T√©a Delgado. I may not be a huge fan of all the OLTLers taking up so much screen time without even giving the GH viewers a chance to warm up to them, but I will say this: T√©a is one character GH could use more of. She is strong, independent, and smart as hell. I love that she immediately gee Carly a run for her money at bitchiness, and I love that Alexis will have another smart woman to spar with. Carly thinks she likes Blair more; I’d bet it had a little something to do with the fact that T√©a told Carly exactly how things are, instead of pulling up a chair at the MC bar to toast crappy exes. T√©a would much rather do something about a crappy ex, than just get drunk and commiserate over him. Wouldn’t it be interesting if T√©a’s brother Tomas really does turn out to be the man formerly known as Lorenzo Alcazar, as rumors suggest? I don’t think she and Carly would be bonding as in-laws any time soon.

Also not bonding as possible future in-laws are Liv and the crazy-ass Heather in Steve Webber’s unfortunate Tale Of Two Women. Both women claim to love him, but one woman is dangerous to the health of any other woman around him, and always has been. Why Steve can’t seem to piece together that his mother’s arrival in his life almost completely coincided with Maggie’s mysterious confession and suicide is beyond me, especially when Olivia, who by her own admission is not really that familiar with mental illness, seems to have the whole thing under suspicion, if not figured out just yet. If nothing else, I would think Heather’s ill-timed suggestion for a “celebration” over a BLT would have set off an alarm bell for Steve…but apparently not. And to think that Steve was once a specialist in forensic medicine. Pffft…shouldn’t he at least investigate Maggie’s death?

Speaking of Heather, she is quickly becoming the other woman in A Tale Of Two Women in Luke’s life, besides Anna. You’ve gotta hand it to Robin Matheson, she can play SOAP crazy with the best of them! Her phone call to Luke was comical, if not indicative as to how seriously deranged Heather really is. I thought it was cute that Luke, who plays cat and mouse with the sinister Helena Cassadine and thinks nothing of it, immediately had his number changed just to keep Heather from being able to reach him. She freaks him out like no other loon can, and even Anna thinks that is hilarious! I must admit that I am liking the Luke and Anna bonding more than I thought I would. I thought that moment where Luke realized he was kinda mesmerized by her smile was sweet, and the shock Anna registered was equally so. Even nicer were the scenes where Anna and Luke were bonding with their grandchildren – something that might never have happened under Guza. I think I might like where this is going…

It appears that Ron Carlivati is trying to convince viewers that there is A Tale Of Two Women in Jason’s life. And while there may be two women crossing paths with him, it is quite obvious that there is only one woman in Jason’s heart. I think I may have said once (or twice) before that it never ceases to amaze me that so much of Jason’s “relationship” with Liz must involve a child. For years, it was Jake, and how he served as a connection for them. *sigh* This time, it was Emma, Robin’s daughter, who served as the thing that created something for them to seemingly connect over, though I am not sure the connection had anything to do with them, but Jason’s past relationship with Robin. Either way, Liz seemed more than thrilled to have a reason to talk to Jason, even though once again, even she could not deny the obvious: that Jason loves Sam. Jason was dangerously close to making this into A Tale Of Three Women, as he is (to quote Jason himself) “acting like a little bitch!” I don’t know if it’s Liz’s effect, but he has gotten so freakin’ whiny! Whaa, whaa, whaa! Sam wants to be closer to McBain. Whaa! Sam doesn’t need me! Whaa! I can’t stop think ing about Franco! Oh, please! Jason, get a freakin’ grip! I still swear that Jason is the one experiencing “sympathy” hormones for his wife, because he is a hot mess! He is so afraid of saying the wrong thing, or doing the wrong thing where Sam is concerned, that he doesn’t even know what to do anymore. To be fair, this is all fairly new to Jason. Sam has been the only woman he has ever fought to keep, as every other woman he has just watched walk away. And it’s been so long since he had to fight, I think he is a little rusty…or even a little chicken…or maybe a little of both. Maybe Jason really does believe that Sam wants to be with McBain because he fears that he is not being what she needs him to be right now. Maybe he does worry that Sam doesn’t need him anymore. The problem is that unless he overcomes the fear that he just may be right, he may lose her by default! One thing was crystal clear: for Jason, it’s A Tale Of One Woman.¬†The minute he left Kelly’s, (right after Liz told him she would be thinking about him), it was clear to everyone that Jason was thinking about one woman. His wife, Samantha Morgan. So, without really stopping to think about it, he rushes over to the motel, just to wish her a “Happy Birthday”. He didn’t need to be reminded that it was Sam’s birthday, and he didn’t really know what else to say, but he needed her to know that he remembered. That was a step in the right direction.

From what I understand, it will be a long road before us JaSam fans are back to feeling the love we were feeling under Garin Wolf, or even Guza for that matter. Ron Carlivati has a sad, twisted idea of what we want to see onscreen. Other than reminding him every day via every available mode of communication, and logging out of our Nielsen boxes when we are getting something we don’t want to see, I am not sure there is anything else we can do but wait as patiently as possible.

However, I will tell you again, that losing by default is not an option! There will be no giving in, giving up, or giving them any thing without a fight!

It’s more important than ever that for TPTB, we don’t each become¬†A Tale Of Two Women,¬†where one minute we are #TeamJaSam, and the next minute we are jumping ship, and choosing one or the other. This is the time to be rock-solid supporters of our couple, even if we detest the way they are being written!

Let’s hang in there, JaSammers!

Love you all, 
Angelique 

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Call: GH Comment Lines: 818-460-7477, Press 1, then 2, then 3, then 464, GH LA: 323-671-4583

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Email: http://abc.go.com/site/contact-us

Snail Mail:¬†Ron Carlivati,¬†Headwriter /¬†Frank Valentini,¬†Executive Producer/Kelly Monaco/Steve Burton…(or any other actor)
c/o ABC-TV General Hospital, 4151 Prospect Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90027


DO YOU HEAR YOURSELF?

Good morning, GHers!

That question actually did not start out as rhetorical…we (The Sicks is what we are calling ourselves these days) were just talking about how when your fever is spiking, you can hear yourself “double”. LOL.

But, the conversation stuck in my head, and when I went back to rewatch the show, I found that I was asking the question,DO YOU HEAR YOURSELF?¬†of many of our Port Charlesians, and not just the feverish kind. ūüôā

Like…

~ Todd Oh, how it bugs me that I even have to write about this, because I actually couldn’t watch OLTL when RH because the “real” Todd again. I thought it was a slap in the face to TSJ, and to fans, who had to be convinced that TSJ was the real Todd in the first place. The fact that he is now on my GH, and that he will inevitably be part of this blog gets on my nerves. ūüėõ But really, Todd, DO YOU HEAR YOURSELF?¬†How does any father think they are helping their daughter by trying to convince her that the attempted murder charges hanging over her blonde little head are just going to go away? DOes Todd not see what being his daughter has already cost Starr? Does he not see the influence he has had on her life choices has been toxic? Ugh.

~ Olivia This disappoints me, because if Liv ever had a saving grace, it was her sense of family, and her loyalty to hers. Watching her treat a clearly distressed, depressed, and damnified Kate like some leper was not what I expected. I thought where Liv comes from, family sticks together, even through thick, thin, and handcuffs. It’s gotta take a seriously stiff upper lip to see your own flesh and blood in that condition,a nd not feel a morsel of sympathy. Olivia was just plain cruel, which didn’t really register with me. Liv, DO YOU HEAR YOURSELF? ¬†Liv is doing a better job of sticking by Steve, who she’s known about 10 minutes, and knows for a fact that he really did kill someone! *shakes head* Liv went on to make a really big deal about how Kate tried to leave Connie behind – as if that’s the unpardonable sin, but really Liv better take a closer look at the glass house she lives in. Liv left a whole lot of secrets buried in Bensonhurst once, too. I know she hasn’t forgotten that her son was shot by a man who didn’t know he was about to murder his son! And I don’t know, but if a doctor called me to talk about my cousin, who is freakin’ handcuffed to a hospital bed, you can bet your bottom dollar (sorry for the dollar bill reference again, Kate) that D.I.D. would be a helluva a lot more than a “fancy medical term” to me. Liv owed it to Kate to try to find out exactly what she is dealing with, and how she can be helped. Eh, yeah I know she gave in and hugged her in the end, but it still left me cold. Liv is going to have to earn some points back with me in the family department. She shot whatever points she had straight to hell!

Something definitely NOT leaving me cold? Kelly Sullivan’s portrayal of the tortured, terrified, and truly repentant Kate! I hated that RC was gonna write this s/l again so soon after leaving behind Viki/Niki and Jess/Tess/Bess, but Ms. Sullivan completely changed my mind! She had somehow managed to make me feel sympathetic towards Kate, and yet still make me giggle at Connie sometimes. I hope she knows what an extraordinary job she is doing! *applause*

~Sonny What was it I said yesterday about Sonny’s abandoning Kate? Make that a double after Wednesday’s episode! Sonny is completely in denial about the fact that mental illness exists outside of his own mind, and that other people may actually have bigger, deeper struggles with this disorder. In his narcissistic ¬†little head, he must think that he can be the only one with a legitimate excuse for behaving completely out of character, and for being so out of control that others need to take over parts of his life for him. Hey Sonny,¬†DO YOU HEAR YOURSELF? Because we all did, and considering that Jason’s right in that what Kate is suffering from is worse than what you’re dealing with, you really did sound like an ass!

(I feel I need to preface this with a disclaimer. I am, and will always be, #TeamJaSam. That will never change. When I can find an insight I feel I can share regarding Jason’s less than swoon-worthy behavior, I will gladly do so! However, my loves, there are times, that even I cannot find rhyme nor reason to what is going on inside his head – or in this case – his dialogue sheet. That is why I didn’t even try with yesterday’s post as far as my thoughts on Jason. Simply put – I felt it was lack of integrity of the character, and I could only place that on the writers’ shoulders. Either way, Jason is sometimes going to be on the receiving end of a few choice words from me. He should consider himself lucky – I wouldn’t bother if I didn’t care so much about him. ūüôā That being said, I am not giving up, giving in, or giving them anything but my full love and support! I Promise! *curved pinky* )

Moving right along to my list of people I ask the question of…

~Jason Well, lucky for Sonny, no one sounded like a bigger ass today than Jason! I’ll let you in on a little secret about me. I actually twitch in church when I hear someone preaching about something he has no business preaching about because he is the worst offender of them all. *getting heated just thinking about it*¬†Jason made me twitch so bad, I do believe I threw something at his head, but it could have been a hallucination from the fever. I’m just not sure. What I am sure of is that there was no one who made me ask this question more loudly or more incredulously than Mr. Morgan himself! UUUMMM…JASON...DO YOU FREAKIN’ HEAR YOURSELF? In case Jason, or anyone else missed it, these were Jason’s exact words to Sonny, after Sonny reminded Jason that Kate’s not bi-polar: “No she’s not, what she has is worse. Kate’s in a lot of trouble. Her life is a mess, and it’s nothing she chose! I understand that you’re angry. Can you try to understand that she’s sick?”¬†*twitch, twitch* Oh, Lord, someone hand me a fan, because I feel like I’m at church! I must ask again: Jason Morgan,¬†DO. YOU. HEAR . YOURSELF?

Better yet, ¬†could Jason just stand in front of the mirror, and have that same conversation with himself, inserting Sam’s name in the appropriate places? Here, I will help:

Jason, no Sam’s not Franco’s sister, what Sam is, is worse. She’s his real victim.

Sam’s in a lot of trouble – she’s facing this without your help, and because of this, she is always tripping over McPain. Not only is she in trouble, but her heart is troubled. She thinks you can’t love this baby, and because she is a mother first (Don’t know how you forgot that about her when you watched it happen with Sonny over Baby Lila), Sam will put her baby first. (We are so proud of our girl!) She thinks she cannot be with you if you can’t love “her” baby. Hmmm. Come to think of it, Jason, maybe you’re the one in trouble, because we all know that if you lose her, you yourself are lost.

Sam’s life is a mess – your wife is pregnant. Pregnant! This is a time she should be enjoying moment by precious moment! This is the miracle she dreamed of for the entire time you’ve known and loved her! Instead of enjoying it, she has been stressed, tormented, teased into a false sense of security, feared losing you to death, feared losing you to your jack-ass-ity, teased once more into thinking everything was okay, had her mind blown, felt abandoned, made to feel like it ¬†was her fault, and now fearing the future of her marriage for the sake of her baby. While staying at a motel. Alone. *smacks forehead*¬†Jason! (Or maybe it’s your evil alter ego we’ll call “Ronnie”)¬†Whatever happened to, “You have me, everyday, for the rest of my life.” ?????¬†Do you even remember trying to convince to trust in marriage with you? Meanwhile, you are solving Sonny’s problems, being Kate’s defense attorney, visiting the grave of the son you could never visit at home, and having a pissing contest with McBain over Sonny. GET A FREAKIN’ CLUE, YOU BIG LUG!¬†(Oh, don’t even get me started on the lug nut and what lug was supposed to symbolize!) *sobbing*

And finally…most devastatingly true:

It’s nothing she chose – Hey, ass! Sam didn’t choose to be Franco’s victim. She didn’t choose to “get raped”. She didn’t choose to “get pregnant by him”. She didn’t even choose to be in McBain’s orbit. She chose to be your wife. To stand by you. To love you, no matter what. How you could think it’s okay for Sam to be worrying about anything other than you counting her calories, or her servings of calcium or folic acid, is beyond any of us! Sam deserves to be loved and cared for now, more than ever, for still caring about your wellbeing when any other woman you’ve known would have blamed you for everything that happened to her because of your “life” and your “enemies”. Why can’t you see that?

We get that you’re angry – Be angry! At Franco. At what he did. At how you failed Sam…yada, yada, yada. Be angry at the fact that McBain has been there for your wife, and that she trusts him and turns to him in confidence. Be angry that he saved her and “her” baby because you were too busy solving Sonny’s problems. ¬†Yes, be angry. But first, FIRST be angry at your damned self! Be angry that you keep making the same mistakes with the woman who’s made you happier than anyone, who has loved you unconditionally, and forgiven more than you deserved. Be angry that John McBain could only fill up not just the space, but the ROLE, ¬†you left, and keep leaving, wide open for him. Be angry that you are pushing Sam to turn to him, instead of putting on your big boy underwear and ¬†pleading with her to turn to you, even though you’ve failed her miserably so far. Once you’ve done that, please move on to your own final step:

Can you try to understand that she is sick…and tired – Of Fighting: To stay strong. To seem brave. To deal with what happened. To keep you from going over the edge. To keep you, period? Can you see that Sam’s heart is as sick as Kate’s? That it’s hurting because you are hurting? Because your marriage is hurting? Because your friendship is hurting? Because she fears her a baby will grow up hurting? Can you try to understand what Sam has already been though, so that maybe you’ll stop putting her through so much more?

All of your advice to Sonny was really good stuff. The question remains: DO YOU HEAR YOURSELF?

If not, trust me, you will hear all of us…

Angelique

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Call: GH Comment Lines: 818-460-7477, Press 1, then 2, then 3, then 464, GH LA: 323-671-4583

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/generalhospital

Email: http://abc.go.com/site/contact-us

Snail Mail:¬†Ron Carlivati,¬†Headwriter /¬†Frank Valentini,¬†Executive Producer/Kelly Monaco/Steve Burton…(or any other actor)
c/o ABC-TV General Hospital, 4151 Prospect Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90027


THE AVENGERS

Hola, GHers!

I hope your day is off to a great start!

So The Avengers came to town, huh? Hey, anything that gives me the chance to lay my eyes on that adorable Cameron is just cool beans! But I will let you in on a little secret. I love the word, AVENGER. In fact, I love the meaning of the word AVENGER.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines it like this:
1: one who takes vengeance for or on behalf of
2: one who exacts satisfaction for (a wrong) by punishing the wrongdoer

I love the word so much that when I was little, I would dream of growing up to be an AVENGER. Not the kind in the comic book series, though I am sure they are exciting and awesome and everything a comic ¬†series should be. But the kind of AVENGER I wanted to be was different. I got bullied by our neighbors for the first few years of my life, and believe it or not, my chubba-wubba, tom-boy, rough n’ tumble little sister (I am not proud) would come out and do some crazy hulk thing, and chase all my tormentors away. At night, as I would lie in bed, my scrawny butt shaking for fear of what the next day would bring, I dreamed of growing up into a scary, strong, AVENGER with a death stare that would make all neighborhood bullies pee in their pants.

I got my wish, except for the strong part – the¬†gym and I never really got along. ūüėČ Somewhere along the way, I realized that fear is in the eye of the beholder, and I never let anyone see fear in me again – unless it was their own. Even now, when my kids’ friends are in trouble, or being bullied by anyone, my kids come home to the AVENGER (NON)MANSION, and tell me all about it. I once cornered their school principal on the front lawn of the school, and ripped him a new one for teasing a student about his “skips”. I let him know in no uncertain terms that I would make sure he never made a child feel embarrassed again. When I noticed a commotion from the corner of my eye, I glanced towards the school to see the boy I was defending and his entire class standing on the benches in the hall, pasted against the plate glass windows, cheering and pumping their fists…and that was long before Jersey Shore. LOL.

It feels good to know that you are defending those who can’t do it for themselves; to be an AVENGER. Those of you who’ve been an avenger know what I am talking about, and I imagine many of you have been, just because I feel a connection with so many. I can hear it in your comments, and I can see it in your reactions to the story lines we’ve experienced together over the years we’ve been taking this journey via this vehicle. It makes me proud, and gives me hope for our soap, even when ¬†it looks like it does right now.

More on that later, though.

For now, let me just point out that THE AVENGERS weren’t only on the big screen in Port Charles. They were everywhere; avenging someone who needed avenging.

Awww, Spinelli! As undeserving as Maxie has been of his love and loyalty, he is still spending his every waking moment trying to be THE AVENGER who comes to her rescue, gets her cleared of all charges, and gives her her life back! You’ve gotta love Spinelli’s willingness to hang in there when all Maxie wants to do is hang herself, and Matt is at the movies with Liz’s son. Spin is already the superhero to me!

Dante and Olivia obviously need to learn that “crazy bitch” doesn’t just mean that someone is acting like one of their crazy Falconeri Clan. In Heather’s case, “crazy bitch” means she’ll rip your world apart, and you’ll be lucky to find yourself still standing when she’s done, a la Jeff Webber, Diana Taylor, Edward Quartermaine, and lest we forget, Luke Spencer. Why Dante and Olivia are having that big, old, all-important conversation about Steve’s secrets within her earshot is beyond me, but I know one thing: Heather will be preparing to take on the role of THE AVENGER. Whom she will be avenging, or against who she will be seeking her vengeance, remains to be seen. But don’t take your eyes off her, or you may miss it.

It’s too bad these two Falconeris are embroiled in Steve Webber’s case, because there is one crazy Falconeri who could really use their help. Connie. Or is it Kate? Or Konnie? Frankly, I am having trouble keeping track, but the one thing I will tell you is that the only thing even keeping my eyes on that screen for this hot MESS of a JESS/TESS/BESS retelling is the fact that Kelly Sullivan has found a way to make me feel, if not sorry, for Kate, at least empathetic towards Connie for doing anything and everything she could to protect the refined, yet wimpy, Kate from becoming a victim of Sonny’s love again. I get why Connie needed to be THE AVENGER for Kate, I really do! Not that I agree with this newest sex scandal to hit Port Charles, but I get why Connie felt so desperate to sever all ties between Kate and Sonny permanently. She didn’t trust Kate to get it done. I give Ms. Sullivan props for being able to switch so much more seamlessly from when this story began between crass, cold-blooded, Connie, to the terrified, repentant Kate, in an instant. It’s pretty cool to watch – if not the story, at least her portrayal of both personalities.

I really HATE the fact that Johnny crossed the line he himself had drawn in the sand, and went against his very instincts. All that to take on the role of THE AVENGER, only to feel good about it for less time than it took to undress. Here, too, I totally get why John would need to avenge his sister’s-I mean mother’s – death, and even the hell Sonny gave her; I do. I just wish that we didn’t have to deal with one more time where a woman is victimized sexually only in an attempt to feed storyline. Why am I saying that she was victimized sexually when Connie nearly raped John herself? Because all you needed to do was take one look at John’s face when he had to break the news to the hysterical Kate that they had slept together, to know that John himself saw her as a victim. And if he sees her as the victim, it’s only natural that he (and thousands of others) will see him as the…

It makes me wonder if Frank Valentini didn’t tweet that Brandon Barash wasn’t going anywhere because he knew that in a few days, there may be those who cannot separate character from actor, who are demanding he be fired. (We’ve all seen that before) I really do hate how this went down, and it left a knot in the pit of my stomach that John, who really is a decent person, would have any part of this.

In contrast, I really LOVE that Carly was the collateral damage in this train wreck, only because for years, we have watched everyone else be the collateral damage of her own train wrecks, while she walks away unscathed. It did not surprise me one little bit that Carly made her way over to Sonny’s to play THE AVENGER for…herself. She is such a selfish bitch – it didn’t even occur to her to give Sonny some time to mourn getting another year older AND finding his girlfriend in bed with his worst enemy all on the same night. It makes me wish Sonny would roll Carly around on the floor towards the blazing fire that’s eating up his memories of Kate. Maybe her hairspray would catch on fire! ūüėČ

Allow me to preface my next paragraph with this one true statement: I DETEST THE WAY JASAM’S STORY HAS BEEN WRITTEN SINCE THE LAST TIME THEY WERE AT THEIR CABIN, BONDING OVER THEIR THEN BABY BUMP. I think the writers gave up a golden opportunity to actually write a phenomenal, original – and therefore unrivaled, Baby storyline here. I honestly think that had they written this Baby Morgan without all the same, played-out Who’s The Daddy crap all over again, viewers might have fallen in love with the idea of a husband and a wife sharing the love, the natural ¬†and spontaneous issues that come with every pregnancy, the roller-coasters of hormones and emotions, and the magic that comes from this once-in-a-lifetime experience. More than that, having Jason and Sam actually enjoy this pregnancy without all of this darkness surrounding it, would have been the one thing soaps fail to do 99% of the time, and would have made GH the trailblazer once again! *smdh* I cannot even remember the last time I enjoyed a soap baby’s arrival with the only cliffhanger being whether it would be a boy or a girl. What a missed opportunity!

That being said, I have to admit that I saw something in Wednesday’s scenes and heard something in the dialogue that gave me a rare moment of pause. I had to share it with you, and see what you all think. It occurred to me that maybe, just maybe, in his own, dark, twisted way, Ron Carlivati wrote himself as THE AVENGER in this story. Hear (read) me out before you think I am the crazy one here. When I think of all the times Jason and Liz have spoken over the past couple of years, I felt that there was always a play on words that would pacify one fanbase while infuriating another. While I still don’t think both fanbases were thrilled about Jason confiding in Liz, I did see a marked difference in these scenes. Liz wasn’t making references to their “connection”, or trying to tell Jason something covert without saying the words. Mostly, she was listening and telling him the only thing she could tell him, which was to talk to his wife, because OBVIOUSLY Jason is heartbroken and completely falling apart at the very thought that Sam is confiding in another man. Yes, you read that correctly. Jason, the one who should hang a freakin’ shingle outside his door identifying himself as a women’s therapist as he counsels every past lover he’s ever had, is upset because his wife is talking to A man. Singular. As I watched Jason coming apart as though he were the hormonal, pregnant one, and jumping to all kinds of conclusions about Sam not wanting him at her appt. with Kelly Lee, I realized that our Stone Cold – or shall I say this time – IRON MAN Jason Morgan, is terrified that he is losing his wife! Of course Liz had to lock down her whoremones! Even she could see that Jason is about a day away from crying like a girl over the thought of Sam turning to someone else to be her Captain America and save the world! I mean, go back and watch the scenes. Take note of how many times Jason, who deals in black and white, is stumbling blindly into gray areas of “What Ifs” regarding his fears about what Sam’s connection to John might really be. “She wasn’t alone. She was with him.”¬†“If I hadn’t shown up at GH for that checkup, Sam might have had McBain beside her for the DNA test.” ¬†And my personal favorite, “Sam and I should be talking about this together, working it out together, but she’s confiding in McBain, and that’s the problem.” ¬†Fear is a funny thing – it makes Jason suddenly want to be a talker, when just earlier that day, he was telling Sam “talking wouldn’t change anything.” ¬†And perhaps Jason forgets that until a couple of weeks ago, he was morphing into The Hulk every time anyone said or did anything to him that he couldn’t control. Maybe Sam just needed to let it all out without a fear of killing him or turning him into some creature with bulging veins! Jason couldn’t even see that he is upset at Sam for turning to someone for a listening ear, when he stormed off onto the roof and did the exact, same thing – with yet another one of his past lovers. If I wasn’t sure that he would survive because of his super-longevity like Thor, I might push him off the roof myself, Big Baby! ¬†Perhaps Mr. Carlivati is avenging all of the times that Sam had to wait around, and walk away, and leave the room, while Jason “was there” for Carly or Robin or Courtney or Liz or Brenda. Perhaps the only way to do that was to give Jason a taste of his own nasty ass medicine!

It doesn’t mean he – or we – will like it, but who really likes medicine? Besides, if it’s being forced down our throats, there’s not much we can do, except make a whole lotta noise about how AWFUL it is, the way our kids do!

I also think that the writers are so intent on avenging Sam’s heartaches and hurts over the years, that they have also cast McBain to serve as THE AVENGER onscreen, a.k.a. Plot Point. Listening carefully to the dialogue of this story that sometimes makes me want to beg for mercy, I hear John McPain saying all of the things that, try as we might, we cannot ignore or deny. When Sam told John that Jason was furious that she opened up to him at the church, John answered, “Good, next time he won’t leave you there, crying.” For a minute, I thought I was in church, and cried, “Amen!” as if he had just preached gospel! We can’t shut off the truth in the fact that Jason has failed Sam here. This nightmare isn’t her fault. Franco is not on her. Being raped was not her choice. But loving Jason¬†has always been her choice, and putting him first has always been her choice. So, if Jason has to be brought down by fear and insecurities in order to make him see just how piss poor he has filled the role of husband during this latest test, so be it. If Jason feels that he has to fight like hell for his wife, or lose her to someone who’s listening to, supporting and understanding her, then avenge away, McPain In My Butt!¬†

I just want to remind us all of something. In the past, there have been many times we have wished for Sam to have her own Carly to turn to, just so that Jason could get a feel for it. There were times where we ranted at the TV, angry that Jason lent an ear, or a shoulder, or the regrettably pink room, to one of his former concubines, while Sam was left to learn to live with it. The shoe is finally on the other foot, and class is in session for Jason! If we can enjoy NOTHING ELSE about Funeral Hospital these days, let THAT be it: The fact that Jason will finally have to be the one on the outside looking in. I hope that time on the outside chills him right down to his balls, and that he is paralyzed with fear at the thought of losing THE. BEST. THING. THAT. HAS. EVER. HAPPENED. TO. HIM. 

I still believe that even the our new fearless (of losing viewers) leaders know that the love story Jason and Sam share is so much of THE BEAUTY OF GH.¬†Jason and Sam will triumph.¬†They may tinkle and toy with them, but they’re not stupid.¬†

Why risk having to face the wrath of all of us?  THE AVENGERS OF TRUE LOVE!

Don’t wait to let them know exactly how this storyline, and all of the other tragedies happening in Port Charles make you feel! Let them know that you are fighting to keep GH alive, but there’s nothing we can do if they are intent on killing the very heart of the show!

SO, AVENGERS ASSEMBLE! And let them know we are #TeamJaSam!

“And there came a day, a day unlike any other, when Earth’s mightiest (SOAP) heroes were united against a common threat – CANCELLATION! On that day The Avengers were born ‚ÄĒ to fight foes no single hero could withstand!”

I believe in you, guys! And I can’t wait to bask with you all in the glow of being THE AVENGERS!

Fight fearlessly,

Angelique


“Why Don’t You Go Bother Someone Else?”

Happy Hump Day, GHers! 

Thanks for all the checking up…my grandma had surgery on Tuesday morning, but I am happy to report that she is doing okay. (Thank the good Lord!)

I thought that after not sleeping for the past couple of days, I would sleep through until tomorrow afternoon, but no such luck, so I got back out of bed, grabbed the laptop, and here I am, plunking away.

It’s a good thing that insomnia struck tonight, because there is so much to talk about!¬†¬†(NOTE: Not even insomnia could win over my exhaustion¬†–¬†my hubby was pulling the laptop off my lap at 4:15 a.m. because I fell asleep typing, So here I am again, trying this bright and sunny Wednesday morning to finish this post ;))

What about Johnny and Connie, huh? Wow. In walks Sonny as Johnny is doing his girlfriend, and Johnny’s reaction was like, “Why don’t you go bother someone else?” He didn’t even blink. That’s hatred, folks. For a minute, I thought Kate would decide to come back and make Johnny look like he was in this all alone, but I guess Connie was a lot more determined than Kate was, because she hung in there – and made it count! What a blow to Sonny’s ego, heart, LIFE! Johnny was gloating like a champ, and Connie did a banging job (no pun intended) of convincing Sonny that Kate knew exactly what she was doing, and “was right where she wanted to be.”¬†I know that Johnny compared the night to the one where Sonny used a party at the Metro Court to blow Johnny’s life apart, but I saw a deeper correlation. In fact, one of my very first posts ever on Bella Mafia was about Claudia’s party, and how Sonny had turned her birthday party into quite the spectacle. It seems Karma is even meaner than Konnie. One birthday party catastrophe deserves another, I guess, and Sonny was right back to calling the woman in his life “a faithless whore.” *sigh* It’s so weird that new writers don’t always mean new derogatory terms for women in Port Charles.

Someone somewhere called Carly the devil in a blue dress, and I could not agree more. What a miserable bitch she can be sometimes! I want to throw her off the Metro Court roof whenever she rides Sam the way she did, but more than that, I want Jason to catch her and throw her out of his life!¬†The writer that finally has Jason see Carly for the selfish, manipulative pain in the ass she is, and has that relationship change will have my eternal gratitude! No one has lied more, or kept more secrets from Jason, than Carly. When will her free pass expire? I was so glad when Sam finally dismissed her by asking,“Why don’t you go bother someone else?”¬†But I was ¬†when Carly made the choice to go bother Johnny…and Connie. I isn’t feel an ounce of sympathy for Carly when she walked in and found her brand new lover in bed with Connie, because Carly didn’t show a gram of empathy for Sam when she walked in and told Jason about Robin in an attempt to tear Jason and Sam apart. I hope Carly cries double the tears Sam cried, and I hope she realizes that in life, it always, all, comes back to you. ¬†She deserves nothing less.

Poor Max.“Why don’t you go bother someone else?”¬†could’ve¬†been his greeting at the door all day. Every newbie in town decided to exasperate and annoy Max , but I’ve gotta say that no one has overstayed their welcome in town already more than John McBain. The guy is everywhere, and he’s in everything, and it’s only a matter of time before Jason finds he is involved too much concerning his wife. Uh oh.

Alexis may be facilitating that realization for Jason, but she certainly isn’t doing her daughter any favors! When Alexis asked Jason if they could talk, I heard myself groan aloud, and shout,¬†“Alexis, why don’t you go bother someone else?” I absolutely knew that conversation was not going to be ¬†very productive, unless Alexis’ intention was to “produce” more tension between her daughter and son-in-law., and then in that case, fait accompli! I get that Alexis is Sam’s mother and that she’s trying to figure out how to help Sam get through this stage of marriage, but she should leave this to the experts…like Molly. ūüėČ

I have to admit that when I watch the scenes between Jason and Sam, the first thought that comes to mind is, “Ron Carlivati, Why Don’t You Go Bother Someone Else?” I mean, how many things will he force these two to say and do that is completely out of the realm of possibility for who Jason and Sam are? And being the attorney that he is, I am sure Mr. Carlivati will understand that as far as I am concerned, his only possible defense (that he didn’t really know who Jason and Sam are), just flew out the window. Why? The clip he chose for the flashback (Finally, they heard us on using Jason and Sam’s beautiful history!) wasn’t just some random clip! When Jason was talking about the peace he feels with Sam, and when Sam said she wouldn’t trade any part of her life with Jason, THAT¬†right there is what their relationship is all about! And what they are doing, and how they are acting right now is so contrary, and let’s face it – ass-backward, to what their relationship is all about! Jason certainly is not basking in the¬†“peace” his wife brings him, and Sam isn’t behaving as though she wouldn’t trade her life with Jason, in fact, she keeps trading it for conversation with John McBain! It’s SO STUPID and WRONG! *slams fist!*¬†

That being said, I still think that the conversation Sam had¬†with her baby on the terrace, and the clip I just mentioned, were absolutely, hands down THE BEAUTY OF GH! If every episode were filled with moments of love and history…and even some romance, I just know that the ratings would reflect the viewers’ appreciation and approval!

I am hoping against hope that the writers will take a moment and realize that the constant knocking down or¬†taking apart of every ingle couple on the show only leads to viewer depression! ūüė¶ That can never be good for increased ratings, or even for keeping the viewers they have! Not only are all of the couples seemingly falling part, Jason and Sam, their strongest, most popular couple, seem lost to us! They don’t seem to know what they are doing or where they are going. And if they don’t know that, how can viewers be expected to want to take the journey with them?

I wished that the scene of Sam talking to her baby and reminiscing about hers and Jason’s love story hadn’t ended with John being the sigh that everything would be okay! I think the entire neighborhood heard me shout, “OMG! McBain, Why Don’t You Go Bother Someone Else!”

Now if I could only get the writers to hear me…

Let’s see what today brings, beloved.

Be sure to call, email, tweet, fb, and write just how thrilled you were with the gorgeous JaSam Flashbacks! More, please!

Love you all,

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. ūüôā

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. ūüôā 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. ūüėČ 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.”¬†ūüėČ 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

 


How The Grinch ALMOST Stole Christmas

There are only 4 Shopping Days ‘Til Christmas, GHers!

Not that we’d know it by the goings on in Port Charles.

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I did check the credits to make sure that Dr. Seuss didn’t write today’s show, as I felt like it was the night that the Grinch made its way through Port Charles, stealing everyone’s gifts and happiness before he (hopefully) gives it all back on Christmas morning.

Thank goodness that like in Whoville, there is still time in Port Charles to save Christmas. I will be watching and hoping that the spirit of Christmas saves the day!

Maxie was trying with everything she had to bring some Holiday Cheer to Matt, who was acting an awful lot like a grinch! It bugs me so much that Matt is this bummed over Liz’s scheme to win back Lucky! He pounced on Dr. Ewan like a guard dog and accused him of ¬†“sniffing around Elizabeth.” Ummm, who wants to tell Matt that the real sniffer here is MATT?!? He seemed to completely forget that Maxie, not Liz, is his girlfriend. That was enough to make Maxie realize that even though she was understanding How The Grinch ALMOST Stole Her Christmas, she wasn’t giving it up without a fight. GO MAXIE!

Lucky seems to have done what he does best once again: gotten played by Liz. It bothers me that people are angry because they think that Lucky is the one who played Liz, because that’s not what happened at all. Lucky was all about spending Christmas together, to give the boys some normalcy and happiness, and to help Elizabeth “get better” from her fake breakdown. Lucky had even told Liz he would spend the night when she asked him if he would stay with her, as if she had just been through some traumatic event. And Liz saw the tangled web she had made, and was proud of herself. Did you guys catch that self-satisfied smirk as Lucky went upstairs? Ugh. It made me see red – and I’m not talking about decorations! Until along came Maxie, armed with her web-snipping truth. What a shock it was to Liz to realize that Maxie knew exactly what she had pulled, and why! But unfortunately, it was an even bigger shock for Lucky to realize that he had been played for her fool once again. Seeing Lucky with those bags of Christmas presents, knowing that Liz has purposely and knowingly taken a risk that her kids wouldn’t have a Merry Christmas, made me want to strangle her with curling ribbon. Do you see How The Grinch ALMOST Stole Christmas? How far will this chick go to get who she wants for the month? Is the happiness of her children something that is completely worth trading? Until Lucky came to rescue her from Shady Brook, Liz was totally willing to stay there until he felt sorry enough. As a mom, I would have to be unconscious and near death before I let my kids go without the happiest memories on Christmas! I just do not understand. I know the poor boys are egging to be crushed again, but dammit, I am so freakin’ happy that Lucky finally called her out on faking her breakdown. When he asked Maxie to leave, I feared for a second that he didn’t believe her accusations. Thankfully, he did. I loved when Lucky asked Liz, “What the hell kind of love is this, that makes us lie?”¬†That’s not a healthy love, that’s for sure. I know that Lucky and Liz have done this dance a thousand times, but I cannot blame Lucky for not staying. Would you have stayed?

I was really getting into the¬†“Christmas in Bensonhurst”¬†story surrounding Sonny and Kate. I thought my favorite thing about Sonny were his dimples, but today he reminded me that my real favorite thing about Sonny is the way he cam romance the pants off just about anyone when he puts his mind, and his lips, to it. Wow. Now don’t get me wrong. I hate when Sonny is roaming around town acting like a dog, I really do. This is not that kind of situation. While Kelly Sullivan may be new to the role, Kate is not new to Sonny, and the story behind their romantic history is just about as familiar as it gets. This is truly a romancing going on here. Sonny is trying to convince Kate that he’s worth taking a chance on again, and he almost had it in the proverbial bag until he got the call about the shooting. Sonny’s real world came crashing down on Kate once more, and in that moment, it didn’t matter if she was “Connie from the ‘hood”, or “Uptown Kate”, because in that moment, she was reminded that the violence that makes up Sonny’s world nearly took both Connie and Kate out…for good. Sonny’s jets were immediately cooled, and Kate’ engine was left running, and that’s¬†How The Grinch ALMOST Stole Christmas in Bensonhurst.¬†Let’s just hope that for Sonny’s sake, his relationship with Kate doesn’t become another ghost of Christmas Past.

There is no doubt about it. The Grinch Has Stolen Christmas from Michael. Abby’s death has probably ruined the thought of holiday trimmings and special memories for the guy who loved her so much. I guess the tragedy that Abby met with is more realistic than we realize. Just today,GH was preempted in my area when a plane carrying a NJ banker, his family, and their family dog to Georgia for the holidays had a freak accident and dropped out of the sky onto a NJ highway. Of all the planes in the sky today, they were on the wrong one at the wrong time. So it isn’t unheard of for Abby to have been in the wrong place at the wrong time, even days before Christmas. That isn’t a consolation to Michael, or to Sam, or to anyone who cares about either one of them. Everyone hopes for the holidays to be a time of peace and joy…certainly not tragedy and death. If given the choice, I’m sure Michael would have opted for coal in his stocking for all of the Christmases he has left, rather than losing his first love. Unfortunately, we don’t get a choice in these situations.

I was downright merry when Jason finally walked into the room where Sam and Michael had been talking about how hard it is for Sam to turn to Jason, and put his arms around his wife. If i needed it, I can only imagine just how much Sam needed it. After experiencing Abby’s loss, and Michael’s reaction to it, I would bet that for the first time in a long time, Sam needed the contact with the man she loves more than anything. A loss like that makes you realize that no loss is greater than the loss of the person you love…permanently. I was so touched by the oh-so-freakin-maddeningly-brief moments that Jason and Sam had together…how long had it been? A week – our time? I love that they are always so worried about each other. I love that Sam admitted that she was more worried than she let on about Jason being in lockup. I love that Jason admitted that he knew. I love that Jason asked Sam how she was, and I love that he held her in his arms again. I half expected snowflakes to start falling, right there in that hospital room, because that scene of them in each other’s arms was about as magical as it gets! But…we all know How The Grinch ALMOST Stole Christmas again – not just from Jason and Sam, but from us as well. Carly called and told Jason he had to leave her son and get back right away. It made me want to hit Carly over the head with a stocking filled with coal. Just like that, Jason was off, leaving not just Michael, but Sam behind…with the one person he heard her say she can talk to about her “rape.” Jason cannot trust himself to try and help Sam through this right now. He knows he’s out of control just like Sam said, but he doesn’t know why, and he doesn’t know that to do about ¬†it. I am hoping that like the infamous green guy in the movie, Jason’s heart grows two sizes and he finally has the bravery he needs to face this head on, even if that means doing the unthinkable and getting medical attention. I want our Sam to have something to smile about this Christmas, because she finally had the strength to believe that marriage wouldn’t destroy their love, and that belief should be rewarded.

Just as ours should be…don’t ‘cha think?

Stay positive, stay joyful – Christmas is coming! I just know it!

Angelique

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Well, #TeamPositive: Be passionate, be sincere, but always BE POSITIVE and RESPECTFUL! ūüėČ

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Snail Mail: Ron Carlivati, Headwriter, General Hospital; Frank Valentini, Executive Producer, General Hospital; Kelly Monaco, or Steve Burton, c/o General Hospital, ABC-TV 4151 Prospect Avenue Hollywood, California 90027

(You can also use that address and General Hospital heading for any actor/actress, or for your favorite writer.)

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