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Not Ready To Give Up Yet, Either

Good morning, GHers.

My house is so quiet and solitary now that I actually had some time to myself, so I pulled out the laptop and decided to post about today’s GH (Yesterday’s by the time you guys read it).

What a great episode! No fake masked people, or onslaughts of newbies…just good ol’ fashioned beloved GH characters all on the same page over the devastating loss of Edward Quartermaine. As it should be. Even Trey and Starr were on today because of Edward, albeit indirectly. I just love it when my GH feels, looks and sounds familiar.

For the record, Ron Carlivati’s name is always listed as the headwriter, but the credit for each episode goes to the script writer whose name is listed with editor, Elizabeth Korte’s. Today’s script writer, therefore, was Scott Sickles, and considering he is new to the GH writing team, added after the clean sweep of longtime GH personnel, the episode struck a chord with me.

I thought everything about the episode seemed “right”. From the drama and turmoil at the Quartermaine Mansion, to the heartbreak Sam’s sisters are feeling over Sam’s situation, I watched and understood every scene because it made sense. And that is something that needs to be a little more consistent on GH. There are days that I watch and think, “Who are these people?” because the characters that I both love and love to hate are acting completely “off”. If only the feel of today’s show was one that became the norm, I would feel a whole lot more connected to my beloved soap.

Yet, though that consistency is lacking, Monday’s touching episode pointed out one thing for me. Like Sam, I am not ready to give up yet, either. Not on Jason coming home, not on my soap coming out of this alive and kicking, and not on GH in general.

How could I not feel that way after seeing that Quartermaine house filled with…genuine Quartermaines! Not long-lost relations that we feel no connection to, or ghosts of the people we loved, but real, in-the-flesh Quartermaines! Fighting and back-biting and arguing as though they never stopped! I really had forgotten how much I missed Ned, and even Skye doesn’t bug me as much when she’s part of the hullabaloo. And as much as I have detested A.J. ever since he slammed Jason into the tree, it’s nice to have some life back in that mansion again after all these years! I will take Quartermaines over Mannings on any calendar day of the year!

Having Edward’s will read was a classic moment, as we would expect nothing less from Tracy. I loved the bickering back and forth, and Tracy’s true-to-form bitchiness, even in the sacredness of the moment. I did like that Diane, a bitch in her own right, was the attorney to deliver the blow, because she was not going to cower to Tracy…or anyone for that matter. I thought that gave it a little extra. What I am confused about, and what is niggling around in my brain, is what change Heather could possibly have made to Edward’s will, or what it was that “she knew that the Quartermaines didn’t.” I don’t like loose ends. I don’t like inconsistencies, and I guess that is my main bone of contention with GH right now. I need that settled, and sooner, rather than later, please.

I have never been a Lulu fan, but I thought her talking to Sam about wanting to have a baby was something that would happen, and I enjoyed that. I also liked that her scenes with Maxie, mostly because I love that Maxie is the one trying to deal with heartache instead of Spinelli. While I a may not be crazy about the idea, I also thought it was very clever how they walked Maxie right into that corner where she felt her idea of becoming Lulu’s surrogate was a great idea. Personally, I would rather see Maxie getting back to work somewhere – anywhere, but I am just happy to have her back, so I guess I’ll take it. 🙂

I must say I also really, really loved the whole Davis Girls scenes…I hated that Sam and her family left things the way they did. I loved that her sisters made the move and asked Sam to come over for dinner, and I loved that they focused on their nephew, because any aunt would be willing to jump through hoops, even the one they think is denial, in order to be able to enjoy their nephew or niece. Trust me. I speak from experience.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that the writers are using all of Molly’s romantic tendencies to give her something constructive and smart to do! Having her write a novel was BRILLIANT! I wrote a novel when I was Molly’s age, and like Molly, I did it just for the satisfaction, but chickened out of submitting it anywhere out of fear, so I thought that would resonate with a lot of girls like Molly…and me. It made total sense that she would be afraid of rejection, because unless you have a friend like Starr, who has a dad in the publishing business, it just seems like a huge, lofty dream to have a novel published. Way to go on that, writers! I will take Molly churning out romance novels over hooking up before she’s ready every single time! Molly is jut too smart to make the same old mistakes; especially when the Molly I know and love would have learned from the mistakes of the women in her life.

Finally, Sam’s scenes just touched my heart and made me sad; but in a productive kind of way. Sad, because Sam and Danny are trying to go on with their lives, and Sam is trying desperately to be stable and calm and even happy for their son, but all of that is happening without the benefit of Jason’s presence and love in their loves. *sigh* Just like the rest of us are trying without his presence onscreen. It can’t be anything but sad when we think about how much Jason and Sam love each other, or how much they went through on their way to having everything they wanted, before it was all stolen from them before they could even enjoy it all together. It’s just sad.

I also said it was productive because it reminded me that this is the season of “Believing”. It’s the season on miracles and magic. It made me want to remind you all to take a page from Sam’s book, and in the face of even the best of friends, like Spinelli, refuse to stop believing that Jason is out there and coming back to the loves of his life! Sam’s resolve gave me strength to square my shoulders, tip my chin up, and declare that “I Am Not Ready To Give Up Yet, Either!”

What about you?

Do you still believe that in the end, “Love will win out and that it always does?”

I sure hope so…that is The Beauty of GH.

Angelique

A Heather GEM to inspire your Belief: “I Believe In You & Me” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCJ71VznMvw Credit: aproditebeauty

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“Let’s Do It!”

Morning, GHers.

I have to admit that I am at a loss. For words, thoughts, understanding.

I have stared at the screen for about twenty minutes, not even knowing where to start. As I type now, I pray that at least the words don’t remain at a loss.

I have a confession I didn’t think I’d have to make any time soon. For the very first time since Ron Carlivati moved in to the writing room at GH, I found myself truly enjoying the first glimpses of the JaSam I know and will always love. I watched live, and then had to run out for a couple of appointments, and the whole time I was out, I was still smiling every time I thought about the scenes in my head. There was so much to give us hope, regardless of what plays out next.

Jason wanted Sam to know that he was concerned about her, and he wasn’t backing down from that. And though Sam may have questioned it, she stopped fighting his concern pretty quickly when she saw just how genuine it was. They actually exchanged enough words to qualify as a conversation, and both mentioned each other’s indiscretion, and still moved past it.

And when those reminders caused Sam to ask why he still cares, Jason reminded Sam that she is “still his wife”, and that to me, was huge, because I thought it at least let Sam know that perhaps he hasn’t “given up on her” as she told Spinelli yesterday.

Most importantly, I thought the biggest thing for us as fans was the fact that for the first time since the big changes, it felt as though the writers knew who they were writing for. Jason and Sam were both doing something they hadn’t done in ages, and that was working out the puzzle that is Todd Manning together. It was as if they needed each other as a sounding board to try and connect all of the scattered dots, and if nothing else for right now, it at least reminded them that they work best together. I wish we could have enjoyed that more together!

The writers showed a Jason that knew his wife better than he knows himself, and only needed her to confirm what he already knew in his gut. When was the last time that happened?

The writers also showed a Sam, who in spite of everything that has happened, finds herself trusting her husband like it’s second nature. It was almost as if Sam could not NOT tell Jason the truth about investigating Todd. Couldn’t that be a sign that at some point these two can’t NOT keep resisting the urge to go back home again – to each other?

Why couldn’t the smiles that seemed to have the power to melt the layers of ice covering JaSam-loving hearts all over the world melt away our worries about next week or next month? Why couldn’t we, like Jason and Sam, and the electric Steve and Kelly, BE IN THE MOMENT of the smiles and what led up to them?  They were caught up in the magic, and the draw, and the rightness of the moment they were sharing. The thing that makes both of them feel alive – the danger, the excitement, the adventure, was literally crackling between them, and they FELT it. I thought Steve and Kelly did SUCH an INCREDIBLE job of making us FEEL that, and I truly did – right down to my toes! I was smiling and giddy and excited about the fact that Jason and Sam can still make each other feel that!

They were in sync, even though they weren’t “together” for the rest of the scene. The way Sam got right to work, and the way Jason guarded her, and Oh, My! When Sam cracks the code and calls out to Jason that she got it, the moment was so them. I took it to mean to all of us that the writers DO GET IT. Jason and Sam are each other’s missing piece. They can still click into place and fit like they were never apart in spite of all that has happened. Sure, it won’t be as easy as that – especially with someone as romantically challenged as you know who at the head of the writing table, but I thought those scenes were meant as a lifeline.

I guess I just don’t get why so many are throwing it back, seemingly unwanted.

Listen, I started this blog when Jason and Sam were still denying that they were even in a relationship again. I thought it would be a place to come and celebrate those magical moments we found as fans. I don’t think I have deviated from that. I know that those moments have been few and far between, but between Monday and Tuesday, I thought we were back in business, even if temporarily. Yet, the celebration felt short-lived to me; almost like there wasn’t enough wind to uncurl the noisemakers.

GH is what it is now. All we can do is try to fight for it to be what it once was. Both Steve and Kelly have talked about letting their bosses know what feels right and what doesn’t. Vicki Dummer took an interview with Michael Fairman, which she didn’t have to do, and said she is fighting for GH, and staying on top of the direction of story lines. (She really said that!) And let’s not forget that she was very excited about the panel that represented GH, which both Steve and Kelly were part of. That tells me that she is not unfamiliar with the magic of Jason and Sam. Call me crazy…

I get that we don’t have to believe Ms. Dummer, or Steve, or Kelly. I get that we don’t have to believe that Jason and Sam can overcome whatever has happened, or whatever will happen, and find their way back to each other. I even get that we don’t have to believe GH will ever be worth our time again.

What I don’t get, is if we have stopped believing already, what in the world are we even doing here?

I was hoping all day that I could come on here and quote JaSam in some rah-rah moment that got everyone excited about fighting for our couple, and their Love Story, and their family, and their legacy. I thought “Let’s Do It!” would be the tag line of everything we said for the next week! I imagined it would trend, inspire t-shirts, stationary for writing into TPTB, and a Baby JJ clothing line.

Instead, I am sadly quoting JaSam with a heavy heart to say, whatever we’ve decided, let’s stop talking it to death. “Let’s Do It.”

If giving up is the choice, then Do It. Why torture yourself any longer? You’ve given it your all, fought the good fight, and deserve to not be miserable during the hour you give up each day to watch GH. If it is making you feel badly, you should let it go. I’ll miss you terribly, as I think of all of you as part of this family, but I sincerely understand.

But, if fighting for Jason and Sam until there is nothing left to fight for is “votre choix”, “LET’S DO IT!” 

Buckle up, hold on, know where the barf bags and emergency exits are located, and get ready for the worst of the turbulence. It’s for sure going to be a hell of a ride, and there will be times I am sure none of us will be able to look out our “windows” at what’s coming.

Still, in my 41 years, I have yet to reach a long-awaited and highly anticipated destination, only to NOT be able to enjoy it because I can’t get past the turbulence I experienced on the journey.

But that’s just me. 

“LET’S DO IT!” and do it like we mean it, whatever IT is!

Love you all!

~Angelique

Daily Inspiration: “I Won’t Let Go” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSaZ0aqpccc Credit: jasamloverxo

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This Day In JaSam History

August 1

2005: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhloiu_umbQ Credit: luckiBelle

2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2CK9F-fStQ Credit: PartyGirls04

 


FOUND: The Beauty Of GH

Good morning, GHers!

I hope everyone is well, and feeling a little bit more upbeat about our General Hospital. I don’t know, maybe it’s me, but while watching live on Monday afternoon, just the THOUGHT that Jason was going to see Sam made me feel better! And though it didn’t happen until the last possible moment, it was worth it – and it gave me something to look forward to!

🙂

I was a little lost watching yesterday, since I honestly didn’t even have an interest in catching up on the two weeks I’d missed, but I think I am caught up enough to know that everyone else missed one thing also: The fact that Johnny knows about the baby switch!

You know, on Bold and The Beautiful, they use flashbacks a whole lot. The difference is that on B&B, they usually use flashbacks to remind viewers of how people fell in love, how much history they’ve shared, or why they are the root for couple. NOT to remind us that we have seen the same flashbacks of the our least favorite story lines OVER and OVER AGAIN. Oh, how I wish they’d get a clue on how to use flashbacks to their advantage! *sigh*

So, apparently, and according to the flashbacks, Johnny has “men” who were tailing his grandfather’s dead body, which led to the tailing of Heather Webber, which led to the witnessing of Sam’s baby being switched for Tea’s dead baby. *rolling my freakin’ eyes back into my head*

I have to tell you that the thing that bothered me most about this storyline is not even the ridiculousness of this new “development”. It’s the fact that yet one more unforgivable thing is being chalked up to Johnny. I really did love Johnny once. As myopic as Guza’s writing was at times, I always loved that Johnny had been written as a genuine “good guy” with an unfortunate family and an even more unfortunate life path. Johnny’s behavior as of late (since RC) has been anything but that of a “good guy”. In fact, he’s being written as… as…OMG. As another Todd Manning. Someone who does disgusting things that shouldn’t ever be forgiven. I hate it! To think that on top of everything that Johnny has recently done, he is now party to keeping Sam’s baby from her, even though Johnny is still struggling to deal with having grown up without knowing his own real mom! How are we supposed to believe that? I can’t stand it!

Are we also supposed to believe that Todd hasn’t figured out yet that this is possibly the worst kept secret ever, and that he should just confess, ESPECIALLY since he knows that hit man Jason Morgan is actually the baby’s father? Come on! Camp may have been tolerated well on OLTL (or not, as it was canceled) but this is not what GH viewers are used to! I want things to make sense. I want people to use their noodles. I want this terrible storyline to be over!

If only I could believe that Carly might actually hear what the two clowns in her life are talking about! If only Sam could have stumbled upon the hidden camera while Todd was there, and before Johnny found it. If only, if only, if only Baby JJ could count on having his parents come find him sooner, rather than later. *sending subliminal messages to Vicki Dummer* Ha Ha! If only, indeed! 🙂

I know that the Joe, Jr. and Joe, Jr. Jr. storyline was on, but I don’t really know who expects me to have ANY interest in them AT ALL, especially by themselves! These people mean absolutely nothing to me! I paid attention to the Kate and Sonny scenes because he’s Sonny, for goodness sake! I just want Kate to find out the truth about her son just so that it can play out and he can be off…out of town and off my screen! 🙂

For me, The Beauty of GH came magnificently in the moments where Jason reminded Carly and all of us that he still knows his Fair Samantha better than anyone. There was no fooling him on Sam wanting a new start and leaving her PI Business behind! I loved that moment of recognition on Jason’s face, and I loved that we can all see that Jason is worried about Sam being involved with Todd Manning (as he should be).

I only wish that Jason and Sam would put as much energy into talking to each other as they have into talking about each other to others! My goodness! I just want to scream at how much time and effort they are wasting when they could be using both to get themselves back on track, and back together, so that they can go after their baby boy together, even if they didn’t know Jason was the father right away! Is this too much to ask?

All of this partner swapping and bed hopping that was the norm on OLTL is the laziest possible approach to keeping GH on air! Give us the stuff that soap history is made of! Love, Romance and Adventure shared by a couple with a once-in-a-lifetime kind of love!

I cannot stand when people say that happily married and starting a family has to mean the end for a couple on a soap. Just recently in her Michael Fairman interview, Vicki Dummer talked about growing up on GH and being a huge fan! But guess who she said she scheduled her life around? Luke and Laura. You know that couple who got married in 1981, and then went on to have an AMAZING run as Daytime’s First Authentic Supercouple! I wish Ms. Dummer would order her EP and HW to get busy writing the kind of story that should come next for a Love Story as huge and as EPIC as Jason and Sam’s!

To say that happy is boring to a soap couple is the same as saying creativity is hard work on a soap! It’s LAME and just Does. Not. Make. Sense. Luke and Laura got twenty years of story as Mr. & Mrs. Sure, it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows, but it was all togetherness, and because of it, they have an eternal place in SOAP HISTORY, and even though they haven’t been together on show in a decade, Luke and Laura are still the couple that keeps on giving to storyline and to the future of Port Charles through their children, and their connections, and their History.

I want the new team to recognize that they don’t seem to know General Hospital as well as they say they do. If they did, Jason and Sam would be gearing up to hit the road TOGETHER, in spite of their hurts and heartaches, in search of their baby boy, and giving us LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON along the way as they faced every danger and adventure as a team!

GET IT TOGETHER, MISTERS CARLIVATI AND VALENTINI!

You won’t be sorry!

I am counting on you guys to help get the message across…Let’s strike while the memories of Classic Love in The Afternoon are fresh on TPTB’s minds!

Angelique

Your Daily Inspiration: Jason & Sam Make Love 9/29/11 (Because this ALWAYS inspires me!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAYv-KN09K0   Credit: ashleycramni

If any couple could possibly match the magic found with Luke and Laura, JaSam IS IT!

THIS DAY IN JASAM HISTORY

July 30

2004: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EIR8MjFxpk Credit: luckiBelle (I have always loved Sam and Monica scenes!)

2009: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urLP8fVWi94 Credit: kjewel13

2010: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zt0ip59vl-0 Credit: AddictiveSoapCouples

July 31

2006: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bUIGvWid60 jasam4everbaby

2009: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkBgYG3NCHE Credit: daysfann

 


THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE

Good morning, GHers?

Or is it? *cringes*

After going through the comments here last night, I’ve gotta be honest. I did not even have the heart to watch GH on YT. Reading Steve’s interview had a two-fold effect for me. I hate to sound like Ron Carlivati on ANYTHING, but “there was an immediate effect, and a long-term effect.” 

For me , obviously, the immediate effect was that I closed my computer and went to bed without watching yesterday’s episode and feeling kind of deflated. The longer-term effect was that I thought about it over and over (the joys of insomnia). I realized two things: 1) Steve was trying to communicate to his fans as honestly as he could, and 2) Though it has been hard, we have been on the right track as to the only way to deal with this crap on our screens.

In case you haven’t read Steve’s interview with Michael Fairman, please do so. Here is the link: (Thanks, LT4Bama)http://michaelfairmansoaps.com/news/ghs-steve-burton-chats-on-jasons-complicated-life-with-sam-elizabeth-and-franco/2012/07/17/ I think Steve Burton did such a good job of trying to get his honest feelings across to the fans without landing himself in the hotseat with his new bosses.

I always get a little hot under the collar when I see people tweeting Steve, or Kelly, or really any actor about “Speaking out” about what their characters are doing onscreen. I just don’t think everyone truly understands how it works when you are a character being written in story lines. As most of you know, I am an avid and longtime FRIENDS fan. I always remember the episode where Joey, then working on Days of Our Lives, made some comments in a Soap Opera Digest article about how he so often changed his dialogue from what the writers had written. What followed once the writers got wind of his comments was hilarious, unless you were a real Drake Romoray fan, because the writers retaliated by writing Joey off the show and having him fall down an elevator shaft! And the only doctor that could have fixed his brain injury was him! *tears of laughter*

While certainly I believe Steve and Kelly are big enough stars that no writer could write them “falling down an elevator shaft” without major network approval, I still hope everyone understands the untenable situation they would be in if they decided to speak out in a negative light about their new bosses any time the fans asked them to. It just isn’t done.

However, what is done, and what was done, and rather expertly, I might add – was Steve’s very honest and carefully worded interview! *applause*

If you read between the lines, I think we can all agree that the transition has not been easy. Not for Jason Morgan, and not for Steve Burton. More importantly, what I got from the interview (after I’d gone to bed) was that Steve was letting his fans know what it is that gets TPTB’s attention, and what doesn’t. Listen to, more than see, what Steve is saying here: “I think it’s been good for the fans. Whether they like it or not, you want them to have an opinion. IF THEY HAVE NO OPINION, than we suck!” *laughs*

How often have we talked about here NOT reacting to scenes that we don’t want to see more of? How many times did we talk about not tweeting Ron or Frank with reactionary tweets, and emotions based on things we hated? This is why?

I remember last week when the kisses happened, someone mentioned on Twitter that Ron was checking #GH tweets to gage reaction. Oh, how I wanted to scream any time I saw someone on #TeamJaSam reacting to either kiss! THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO LET THEM KNOW HOW MUCH WE HATE WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO OUR SOAP, AND OUR FAVORITE CHARACTERS, IS TO GIVE THEM THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE!

When things that make us turn off out TVs happen, we must do so in silence. At the moment. I’ve said before that the saddest thing about the Jizzers was the number of times they would go on Twitter and the boards to let TPTB know that because “Jason did or said this or that”, they were no longer watching! Jeez, they did it so often, and right after Jason had done or said it, that it was laughable! It was laughable because if you weren’t watching, you wouldn’t have been able to react to it. 

I do not want us to take pages, or even chapters, out of the Road To Nowhere book, friends. If you’re not watching, you are doing what is best for you and your power as a viewer. But if you are telling TPTB that you’re not watching in the moment, you are doing what is the best thing for them, because as Steve said, “whether they like it or not, you want them to have AN OPINION. If they don’t have an opinion, then we suck!” 

Am I saying to abandon all communication with them? Absolutely not. Steve says he tries to let them know how Jason would normally react in certain situations. Imagine if he didn’t have our heartfelt letters letting him know that it’s been nearly impossible to watch what has happened to Jason Morgan and Jason and Sam under the new regime! Imagine if TPTB weren’t hearing from us “offline” and via direct snail mail to let them know why we miss our General Hospital, and do not recognize or have any interest in this rebooted version of OLTL’s “messy soap.” (Thanks for the perfect term , user123)

This is NOT the General Hospital we fell in love with and were committed to, and they need to know that. Just not as a reaction, because our feelings are more than that.

Steve said that he and Kelly both wanted to have their baby, and to be a family, because they worked so hard to get there! ISN’T THAT EXACTLY HOW WE FEEL? If so, put your stamps where your mouth is and send off a letter to Steve, to Kelly, to Ron, to Frank, saying just that, to anyone who has a say! Tell them you have ZERO INTEREST in what is onscreen now. Tell them what you want to see more of, and not just with Jason and Sam, but all over the canvas! Also, let them know what you don’t want to see: Todd and Heather every damned day, another rape storyline, all the things we’ve ranted about here.

STEVE AND KELLY NEED, AND DESERVE, OUR UNDYING SUPPORT MORE THAN EVERRRRRR!!! THEY DIDN’T NEED IT AS MUCH WHEN THEY WERE IN THE MIDDLE OF GOOD STORY AS THEY DO NOW. NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO GIVE UP ON THEM, OR WHAT THEY ARE TRYING TO GIVE US. LET’S SHOW THEM THAT THEIR FANS ARE *RIDE OR DIE* CHICKS! 

I am asking, and EXPECT, every single JaSam fan out there to heed the words of Steve’s interview and lend them our support by taking the time to write out a respectful, but honest letter, about why we have lost interest and love for these versions of Jason, Samantha, and General Hospital. Tell them you are hoping they can turn things around, and give us back the soap and the characters we have loved so long and SO WELL, for so many years.

The one thing I did not hear Steve say is that it was hopeless for JaSam fans, or that Jizzers had any reason to party! He said it was drama, and that’s what you had to do on a soap. (Or so he’s apparently been told lately) I think what he said, without saying it, was that they are going to be gaging reaction at every single beat, and that will determine what keeps coming.

So, as far as social media (Twitter, FB, boards) goes, give them the only thing they really listen and give weight to: THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE. 

I believe there will be reason to take to Twitter again for our cause, but this is not the time. REMEMBER, we always said that our voices on Twitter, and all other forms of social media should be POSITIVE. If not, then it’s better they be SILENT.

Start typing and digging out those envelopes and stamps!

Please let me know how you do!

FIGHTING IN THE NAME OF LOVE, 

Angelique

Your Daily Inspiration (and especially for Ro): “That’s Worth Fighting For” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNlWmYHPU5g Credit: HarperAnIdiot

SNAIL MAIL: (Thanks to Dominoes and Tequila, who always keeps us updated)
Kelly Monaco
General Hospital
c/o ABC-TV
4151 Prospect Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90027

Steve Burton
General Hospital
c/o ABC-TV
4151 Prospect Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90027

Ron Carlivati, Headwriter
General Hospital
c/o ABC-TV
4151 Prospect Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90027

Anne Sweeney,
President, ABC Television Network
500 South Buena Vista Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91521

Frank Valentini, 
Exec. Producer, General Hospital
c/o ABC-TV
4151 Prospect Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90027

LET’S DO THIS!

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AND THIS IS WHY WE MUST: 

THIS DAY IN JASAM HISTORY

July 18

2005: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzuikiI6Dog Credit: kjewel13

 


“The Truth Shall Set You Free”…

Hola, GHers!

By now, I hope you’ve all gone over to Facebook to tell them who your favorite GH couple us and why. If not, here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/generalhospital/posts/10150930992478731 There are several Jizzers who post every couple of pages…so sad. *shakes head*

The saying “The Truth Shall Set You Free” is something we’ve all heard throughout our lives. My grandpa always said that there was never a circumstance where the truth wasn’t better than a lie, even if you can’t see it at the time. There have been times in life when I’ve seen people crushed by a truth and questioned that certainty, as in some of those times, the truth has ripped someone’s heart out, or was cruel, or at least I thought, was unnecessary. However, I would have to agree with my grandpa that is does set you free…whether you want it to or not.

For Kate and even Connie, the truth is the only thing that shall set her free from the terrible guilt she is carrying for thinking she murdered Cole and Hope, and yet the one person who can give her that truth is Johnny. Oh, how I struggle with loving Johnny one minute and wanting to whack him myself the very next! Until Kate can remember that Johnny asked Connie to take the blame for shooting out Anthony’s tires, the blame and the guilt will be her burden to carry. And Johnny knows this. *sigh* I know that Johnny thinks he has truly learned his lesson about being consumed with trying to hurt Sonny and the collateral damage it causes, but while that’s a step int he right direction, it’s not enough! Kate has been through so much – and just found out that she went through so much more she didn’t even recall. She is dealing with so many things she feels so guilty about! Johnny owes it to Kate to sit her down and say, “The Truth Shall Set You Free”, and then give her the truth she needs.

Perhaps then Johnny will stop being haunted by all of the  people whose lives he took because of hatred and anger. While he thinks that giving Carly his very best from here on out, and while he is working so hard to give Starr A life back now that he’ stolen the one she had and loved, he still feels imprisoned by his oh-so-guilty about the things he’s done. It’s why he cannot shake the hauntings from Anthony and Hope! Johnny needs to realize that his only hope for any real peace is that “The Truth Shall Set You Free”. 

Sonny continues to move heaven and earth to protect Kate. Too bad he has cried “Wolf!” one too many times when it comes to Johnny being responsible for something terrible, especially since this time Johnny really is the wolf. The Big, Bad One. Dante is riding Sonny about coming clean about Kate, but I have to say, that I am not sure I would trust Dante either if I were Sonny. Last time Sonny trusted him with the truth about Michael’s guilt, he found out that  “The Truth Shall Set You Free” isn’t always…TRUE.

I have always liked Luke and Tracy. Honestly, I have always liked the Tracy part of Luke & Tracy more, and never thought he deserved her love and devotion, but she loves the big lug! I really wish Luke didn’t find it so easy to break Tracy’s heart. In fact, it’s the one thing I have always resented most about Luke – his ability to hurt people so easily. I know that Luke was on his way to tell Tracy the truth about him and Anna, but dammit! He could not have honestly believed that the whole “The Truth Shall Set You Free” thing would have applied here! I am actually thinking that Luke deserved that little “time out” with crazy ass Heather! I hope that whatever “Hot Stuff” she has planned with him will make him realize that his life is full of MISERY without his Spanky Buns!

There were so many times I winced at Tracy’s self-assuredness about Luke while going head to head with Anna. Every time she told Anna that Luke was “not that into her”, I cringed! But I think the worst moment had to be when Tracy remembered that she found Anna in Luke’s bed that morning, and the whole truth of the situation began to dawn on her, bit by awful bit. I thought even Anna regretted taking it upon herself to try to convince Tracy that “The Truth Shall Set You Free”. Too bad it was too late. 😦

When I think of “The Truth Shall Set You Free”, I cannot help but think of our beloved Jason and Sam. That saying could not possibly apply more, could it? So many of the things that are tearing and keeping them apart are things based in lies and untruths! Each little lie that Jason and Sam believed has pushed them further and further apart, from Baby JJ’s paternity to the belief that he died that stormy night, and every other lie in between! I am committed to letting TPTB know that I am barely hanging on here. I tell them all of the things I am missing between the BEST COUPLE on Daytime, and I also let them know that this storyline has completely bored me to tears!

I am hoping that this time, “The Truth Shall Set Us ALL Free!”

Hanging in because of all of you,

Angelique


ROOTS

Good Morning, GHers!

Thanks to all of you who left words of encouragement for our Sweet Sarah! I hope she feels surrounded by all of us, even if only in spirit!

We Love You, Sarah!

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Todd Manning is looking to put down ROOTS in Port Charles, but that only means that a whole lot of weeds for PC’s residents! Todd has nothing good or noble to add to the landscape of our favorite fictional town! I mean, he was only passing through, and look at all the damage and heartache he’s caused already! 😦 I wish he would take his newspaper, his abs, and his daughter and hightail it back to Llanview! Like yesterday!

Heather is pure evil, but other than Olivia, the viewers must be the only ones who see it! Is Steven really this clueless about his crazy mother? I don’t even get it! There is no reason that Steven would feel the kind of bond with Heather that might make him show this much faith in her. I just don’t get it! The only ROOTS Heather has ever cultivated in PC are those of insanity and danger. Why is it so hard for people who know this about her to imagine that she might go off the rails again?

Let’s just hope this time, Olivia isn’t her next victim. Liv is getting dangerously close to to ending up like Maggie – especially with words like “nut job” flying around! Luckily for Liv, Spin seems to have returned to his PI ROOTS with a renewed sense of urgency, and hopefully, he will turn up more than whatever root-less things Heather has “planted” out there on the country road.

So Luke and Anna completely eschewed both of their romantic ROOTS in order to hook up like it was 1979! They were barely even awkward around each other the morning after, as Luke was sitting there watching her sleep, and then making mention of their “dirty deed” without either of them blushing! I know there are those who think Anna and Luke are just wrong because of Robert and Laura, but you know what? I disagree. Robert and Laura are their past, not their present, or their future (based on all current indicators!) AND…If there must be a triangle, I am so glad it includes these three, and not a currently married couple!

Although I will say that I feel badly that Tracy is going to be hurt once more because of her love for Luke. 😦 Tracy has proven herself to be more than Luke deserves, as she loves him unconditionally, no matter what she says! It makes me sad to see that Tracy really only has Luke – and well, apparently now Alice, to lean on. The Quartermaines used to have the strongest, most widespread ROOTS of any family in Port Charles, now this once great family has withered way to almost nothing. I wish the writers would come up with a way to turn that around!

I guess the best way to turn that around and to keep the Quartermaine Family ROOTS growing is to add to the Family Tree. The writers did that by making sure that Jason, Jr. is alive, even if they had to tear his poor mother’s heart out in the process. Poor Sam, having to endure another loss, another service to say goodbye to her child, another funeral, another attempt to pick up the pieces of her shattered heart. (I must say that not only do I believe the writers see Sam as a strong woman, I think they see Kelly as the strong actress she is. As much as we all hate this storyline, it has given Kelly opportunity after opportunity to show off her incredible talent. She had me tearing up from the moment she walked into the cemetery, and it only got worse from there! Kelly is an outstanding actress, and I am so proud to be her fan!) 

I have to admit that there is something I must give the writers props on, and that is that we got to see, throughout the entire episode, that Sam has put down and cultivated her own set of ROOTS in Port Charles. I love that the writers allowed Sam to be supported by so many, and not just her family – even though I adore Davis Girls scenes. Sam has lived and worked in this town for almost ten years! It would only make sense that there would be people who get her loss, and wanted to be there to support her! I thought the scenes between Spin and Sam were heartwarming and sweet. Spin telling Sam that he loved her and was sorry felt perfectly right, and made sense. Having Michael want to be there for Sam, and telling her that she would have been a great mother were touching and warm, and really reminded us that Michael would know, as Sam has been such a presence in Michael’s life. The scenes with Carly caught me completely off guard, and left me weeping! While Carly and Sam have never been BFF’s, I am glad the writers chose to show us that no matter what, they do share a connection. Sam needed all the support she could get, and deserved all the support she got, and more.

Because of his family and friends, Jason Morgan has among the strongest and far-reaching ROOTS of anyone in PC. He is connected in some way to just about every family, and everyone. However, as we heard him talking about those connections with Michael yesterday, one thing was quite clear: Jason has no deeper ROOTS than the ones connecting his heart to Sam’s. I will be the first to say what an ass Jason has been throughout this outrageous storyline, but I cannot ignore that Jason seems to be unable to thrive without his wife. I was so thankful for his conversation with Michael, because it was good for me to hear that Jason understands why Sam cannot let him back into her heart right now. It was also good to hear Michael being the voice of reason, and telling Jason what all of us would have been screaming at the TV had he not. Michael telling Jason that what Sam said, was not necessarily what she needed, was something I’ll be grateful to Michael for, for a long time! Perhaps hearing it from the first child Jason ever held was the secret to Jason finally putting his fears and his feelings aside for the woman whose heart is breaking over the child she believes she will never hold again. I am so glad that Jason finally got out of his own way and showed up for Sam. Had Jason let that opportunity pass him by, he would have regretted it forever. No matter how it turns out tomorrow, and no matter what Sam says out of her unimaginable pain and loss, it was crucial to the nurturing of their ROOTS as a couple that he be there during Sam’s darkest moments. She will never forget that he was present. No matter what.

I think it is part of the MAGIC that Steve and Kelly have not only created, but perfected, that Jason and Sam didn’t saw a single word to each other, and barely shared 10 seconds onscreen, and yet, so many of us were so deeply affected by what they did share! In those couple of screenshots, I read so much into what they were feeling: Love, Concern, Need, Fear of Losing Each Other, and again – LOVE. I know that there are still some hard to watch moments and several weeks of tough stuff that will try our patience and loyalty, but it was like a shot in the arm to be reminded by Sam and Jason themselves that they are deeply and totally in love! Thanks for the crumbs, Mr. Carlivati and Writing Team! I will take it!

You know, our love for Jason and Sam has served as the ROOTS of the wonderful relationships formed and nurtured here! It’s so important that we not turn our backs on the thing that brought us all together, and helped so many friendships BLOOM! Keep supporting our couple and their Love Story, even when things seem bleakest. Keep fighting to keep their Love Story going, because this chapter will finally give way to another – hopefully more blissful one. Just think of all the chapters we’ve already experienced together over the years! There have been some we hated along the way, but we must remember that we are working towards a Happily Ever After, and that rarely happens without conflict and angst along the way!

Hang In There – for JaSam and for GH!

Hopefully this will serve as inspiration: “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yV7qhyJuepw Credit: jasamlova1028

We can do this! Together, we can do just about anything!

Love you all,

Angelique


ENOUGH WITH THE DOOM AND GLOOM!

Good morning, GHers!

It is pouring rain here in Jersey as I type this, and has been all day. It was a gloomy day here, just as it was in PC – where the sun was shining. Go figure!

May I just say that you guys were on FIRE today! I love it when everyone shares their thoughts on what’s happening onscreen, and I especially love it when everyone is so respectful of what everyone else is feeling! I agree with everyone who said that we are like a big family – I’ve been telling you guys that you are my family for years! Glad everyone is starting to understand exactly what I was talking about! 😉

I am with Tracy! I wish GH would get how all of us feel: Enough With The Doom and Gloom! I only wonder if the writers actually read what they wrote, because the doom and gloom is not only surrounding Luke and Tracy! Enough already!

Luke and Tracy should be enjoying the fact that they are finally rid of the crazy Anthony Z! They should be enjoying each other openly, instead of worrying about how it would “look” for the Zacchara widow to have moved on! Instead, Anthony is still hovering over them like the black cloud he was. Yet, in spite of that,  I caught myself smiling at Tracy’s overzealousness when it came to getting the barbecue sauce off of Luke’s face. If only we could have more moments like those..with light and laughter, for more people on the canvas! Luke and Tracy have been the only people to actually kiss on our favorite soap all week, I believe! And they aren’t even a couple! That’s gotta change and soon! So, yes, Mr. Carlivati, ENOUGH WITH THE DOOM AND GLOOM!

I am still trying to figure out why Starr Manning has decided to remain in Port Charles, a town she was just passing through, when her life was changed so drastically and negatively, forever. I would think (and hope) that Starr would want to leave PC and be back in Llanview, where she can be surrounded and supported by her friends and family, and perhaps not feel so alone. Yet, for whatever reason, she’s still here, and still crying when Michael very literally runs into her on the pier. Starr goes on to tell Michael about finding out that Connie was the one who shot out the tires and caused the accident that killed her family, and Michael was incredibly supportive of her. I guess we will be seeing much more of Michael and Starr, but I would think if sexy summer romance is what they are going to try to sell for these two, then ENOUGH WITH THE DOOM AND GLOOM!

I have never really been a Lante fan, but I will admit that it worries me that now even Lulu is lying to her husband again, even after all those two have learned about honesty. Why must everyone in PC now be a liar? Lulu told her dad that she took a day off to avoid lying to her husband. Do they not live together anymore? Or if they do, do they not speak to each other? And now, adding to the lie is the fact that Lulu just shook on a deal to go into business with her ex-whose still a mobster-lover, without discussing it with her still-kinda-new-cop-husband? Come on! This is going to translate into more trouble for more people, and another marriage on the outs. *sigh* ENOUGH WITH THE DOOM AND GLOOM!

Wow. Kate has the exact opposite reaction to being late for her period as me! I always react as though I got away with something, whereas Kate reacted as though a tragedy had happened on June 12th! Vanessa even asked me, “Was that the date she was shot?” *giggles* Talk about doom and gloom! WIth everything that Kate has been through, because of everything that Connie has done, the date nearly brought Kate to her knees because she is late. Listen, Kate, Sonny just counseled Jason on how to get through the woman he loves being pregnant with his archenemy’s baby growing inside of her. If these new writers have gotten so freakin’ lazy already that they are going to recycle a story they JUST did, there will be plenty of material to get you and Sonny through it. Don’t you worry. But as for the rest of us, I think we have totally had our fill of unplanned rape pregnancies and paternity bingo. Kate has enough going on, why add even more? Ugh. ENOUGH WITH THE DOOM AND GLOOM!

Honest to God, Jason really needs to get it together. I know that he is feeling guilty, and lost, and hurting for Sam, but this is just not productive. I wish we could sit Jason down and make him watch a YT vid of when Sam was shot, nearly had a hysterectomy, woke up to Alexis knowing she was her mother, had a brain bleed, had brain surgery, all while crying rivers between each surgery, only to wake up to have Jason leave her for her own good. If anyone had a reason to mope around aimlessly, it was Sam. Instead, she picked up her tiny battered, bruised and stitched-up self and gave Jason the fight of his life for their relationship! Sam barely raised her voice at Jason and threw some truth at him, and he is ready to throw in the towel and crawl into a hole. And this, right after he told Sam he wasn’t going to give up on her. *sigh* And people think women are the weaker sex. -_______- Listen, I am still not ready to make nice with Carly after what she did to Sam when Robin died, but I had to thank the good Lord that she was the one to come on over and shout at the top of her lungs, ENOUGH WITH THE DOOM AND GLOOM! Carly was right. If Sam didn’t want to hear anything Jason had to say, then he needs to keep on telling her, until she does, because that’s what Sam did for him when the roles were reversed! That’s what you do when you’re in love and not willing to let the other persona just walk away from everything you’ve built together! While it still gets on my nerves that Carly is coddling Jason as though he was the one who was raped, got pregnant, and lost the baby, Carly sees it as her job as his BFF to catch Jason before he falls onto reality. She is trying to be supportive, and she is trying to get him to stop wallowing in self-pity and actually fight for his marriage and for the love of  his life. For that reason alone, I won;t say anything negative about Carly. At least nor tonight. *zips lips, and slips key into pocket for easy access later* I was glad to see that something Carly said to lug head  Jason sunk in, because at least we got to see him looking for Sam, even though she threw his ass out last time he was there. I guess we should be thankful he remembered that he’s a god-damned hit man, and should not scare that easily. *rolling eyes* Unfortunately, he missed Sam, who would rather sign herself out than listen to any more of what St. Liz was spewing, and came face to face with more contrived bullshit. I mean Liz. *innocent look* 

Sam cannot even mourn in peace, can she? There she was, holding onto her dragon, trying to do some thinking, when in floats Nurse Unprofessional. There’s a Puerto Rican saying that when people who are not your friends start visiting you in the hospital, they are really only there to estimate how long they’ll have to wait for your hand-me-downs. I am almost sure that the saying is referring to clothes, or shoes, or maybe even property, but the saying still applied today. IF (a very big IF that is) Liz truly was the only nurse who could have been assigned to deliver those flowers to Sam’s room, she should have tiptoed in, placed them next to her bed, whispered her condolences, and tiptoed right out. But no. She not only had to try and tell Sam what losing a child is like, (even though Sam knows all too well for herself) she had to let her know that she saw Jason and that he was destroyed. How about that Liz, huh? Not only did she please Jason’s case to Sam, but she actually wanted Sam to know that he was sincere, and that he was a mess, and that he wanted to mourn with her. I had to fight the urge to use alliteration to describe Liz – using the letter F. The comment that pissed me off the most was when Liz said, “I believe him.” She said that as if she always believes the best about Jason, that she is able to see the good in him when no one else can. Well, Liz, where the $%@#  was all that belief and understanding in Jason when he was destroyed over losing his son – the son you still refused to see as his, even as he lay kept alive only by a ventilator and you never even thought to call him? Didn’t you think Jason would have wanted to mourn with you and Lucky? And where was all of that belief in Jason’s good intentions and noble character when you slapped the crap out of him, and then accused him of abandoning Jake and you, as if that was the reason Jake died? Unlike in Sam’s situation, Jason had nothing to do with the circumstances surrounding Jake’s death, and Liz not only shut him out, she shut him down.How dare she stand there, trying to make Sam feel guilty because Jason is “a mess right now”. Hey, Liz! ENOUGH WITH THE DOOM AND GLOOM when it comes to Jason, when you don’t even know what is going on! You know who’s also a mess right now? Sam. The person whom all this has happened to physically, and not just emotionally! How dare this clueless bitch even comment on this very personal situation between husband and wife? Talk about waiting for hand-me-downs! I was so incredibly proud of Sam for seeing right through Liz and her concern. I could not have said it better myself than when Sam said, “Well then go! Go Elizabeth! Dry his tears, put your arms around him, and make sure that everything is going to be okay.” And when Liz ever-so-weakly murmured, “That’s not going to help,” Sam said, “No, I’m serious. It’s over. He’s all yours.”

I DARE the haters to comment on how weak and needy Sam is when it comes to Jason. She looked Liz in the eye, and didn’t for a moment see her as a threat, even though Sam could see where this will lead for Liz. Sam knows that Liz is not the issue. Sam was thinking like a JaSammer should be thinking.

Sam may be exhausted and grieving and not thinking clearly, but she finally understands her worth. She deserved better from the man she loves, and she needed more from the man who promised that she’s have him, every day for the rest of his life. I am not giving up that she will get that man back, and deep down Sam doesn’t want to give up either. That is why she is so afraid, and so hurt.

*wipes tears* 

I will say it again. I am a full-fledged, unwavering JaSam Fan, who refuses to jump ship, switch teams, or wave the flag of defeat. I fight for JaSam every day, and will continue to do so, even through THE DOOM AND GLOOM. But, like Sam, I think we deserve the Jason she fell in love with. We deserve for Jason to fully understand that Sam deserves to be loved at least as well as she has loved Jason, and that kind of love requires action, not mere words. Jason has got to do the one thing he has never done before for a woman he loved: FIGHT. I think Jason has gotten a bit too comfortable in the easiness of loving Sam, while for her, it has been anything but easy with all of the responsibilities and priorities he has. Jason is going to have to show Sam just how badly he wants her and their marriage.

It’s the only way for The Dragon to be reunited with His Phoenix. 

And we already know they are indestructible…so hang in there.

Thinking like a JaSammer, no matter what I see onscreen,

Angelique