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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. ūüôā

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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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! ūüėČ

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

 


ANOTHER Series Of Unfortunate Events

Good morning, GHers. 

After watching GH, I actually had to go back to YouTube to watch the opening credits again, as for a minute, I thought Lemony Snicket must have written today’s show, as Port Charles was inundated with ANOTHER Series of Unfortunate Events after the other. hmmmppphhh…

I could sure use some happiness, much like I could sure use some sun after days of nonstop rain. After a while, the darkness starts to get to you. I wonder if Mr. Carlivati dwells in Eternal Sunshine within that Spotless Mind of his, and maybe that’s why he hasn’t noticed just how dark and cloudy GH has gotten lately. Either way, it was not Lemony Snicket who penned today’s show, it was actually Katherine Schock (whoever the hell she is – though I think she hails from Llanview), and she kept the misfortune coming!

As if Kate Howard hasn’t been through enough already, she had to face yet ANOTHER Series Of Unfortunate Events¬†while in lockup! Kate should be on suicide watch, as she is now being forced to face her deepest fear, and her taunting guilt over what she thinks really happened the night that Cole and Hope were killed because she has to listen to Starr as she rehashes the whole thing over and over. To be honest, I would think that having to listen to Starr at all would be torture enough, but having to listen to her cry over losing her family just has to be more than poor Kate can handle. Who is in charge of these things at city lock-up anyway? This is just horrible! It’s no wonder Kate and Connie haven’t split into another personality (I was being sarcastic, as knowing Ron Carlivati the way I do from OLTL, I am totally expecting it).¬†

Alexis Davis really can’t catch a break when it comes to mothering! Molly was, from everything we could see til now, the “good one”. She ¬†knew enough about what Kristina put Alexis through that she should want to keep from putting her mother through anything else. besides, I really thought Molly had learned a valuable lesson from the last time she went behind her mother’s back to know better. Apparently not. It looks as though Molly, and by extension, Alexis, are about to be faced with ANOTHER Series Of Unfortunate Events,¬†¬†because like Kristina, Molly is about to lose her head over her first “love”, TJ. Poor Alexis, who wants to show her younger daughters that she trusts them enough to prove themselves worthy. They so aren’t worthy. Molly absolutely defied Alexis by not only continuing to see TJ, but by having him over the house when Alexis isn’t there. What worries me most about Molly is that all of that ill-fated, forbidden, tragic couple gibberish she’s been talking about for years may seem even more endearing to her now. While I am glad Michael got there in time to stop Molly and TJ from going further, I wish Michael hadn’t promised not to tell their parents. Hasn’t Michael had enough guilt to deal with lately?

I am not gonna lie. I have always had a soft spot for Johnny. I really did always pull for him to be happy, in spite of which family he was born into, and is spite of which family he was destined to share so much of his life with. After some serious near hits and total misses for Johnny, it seemed to me that he was nearing some semblance of contentment with Carly. Until that series of unfortunate events involving Kate and Connie happened. It was a bad move. Poor judgment. a disgusting thing he did. Yet, Johnny, as always, tried to make amends where he could. He apologized to Carly, to Kate, and today – even to Sonny! I was touched by the fact that Johnny was enough of a good listener to Carly during their “time” together that he knew exactly which gift would yank at her heartstrings, even if she refused to admit it to him. But, as has become the norm for Johnny,¬†ANOTHER Series Of Unfortunate Events¬†kept him from the desired result. Todd is an unfortunate event in and of himself! Why he is butting into Carly’s relationship, and talking to Johnny about how stupid it would be to hurt a good woman, when that is the absolute worst case of the pot calling the kettle black, is beyond me! I would much rather have listened to Johnny and Carly hash it out on their own. Even anger,¬†delivered passionately would have been more than what we’ve gotten in PC in much too long!

Spinelli has finally gotten his hands on the proof needed to free Maxie. The problem is that Maxie doesn’t want to be free – at least of her guilt. She thinks Matt has more to offer the works than she does, being the selfish, self-centered person she is. (Her words, not mine) So, though her one true hero may have what it takes to save her, she is refusing to be saved, and therefore, we should all expect that Spin’s mission will have to overcome¬†ANOTHER Series Of Unfortunate Events¬†before he and Maxie are enjoying any quality time outside of Pentonville, because even if he gets her released, it will be at the cost of Maxie possibly never forgiving him for letting Matt take the fall for a crime he actually committed. *sigh*¬†

Well, I planned to take the time to watch Mulan and Kung-Fu Panda just to see what we are supposed to do to help The Dragon Get His Groove Back. *shrugs* No where in any of the explanations of the chinese symbolism behind The Dragon and The Phoenix was I able to find anything that might help either. Hmmm… I just don’t think the Dragon is ever supposed to get all mopey and whimpy, but maybe none of the new writers checked with Garin Wolf, who could not have picked better symbols for Jason and Sam – THEN. I must admit, Jason was acting a lot like most of us act after watching GH-when we stare tearfully at the reminders of our couple’s greatness, or when we basically crumple against any surface that will hold us up. We get it Jason, this sucks! I wish I could tell you that I feel badly for Jason, but I cannot. I LOVE WATCHING HIM SUFFER WITHOUT SAM! He deserves to be miserable and sad and forlorn, because his life should NOT make sense without Sam! I hope he can’t eat or sleep until she is back home! I will give the writers *this much* credit for at least writing this shared misery between Mr. & Mrs. Morgan, because if they can’t be together and happy, then this is the only thing that would make sense! I guess we can say that this was another (tiny) step in the right direction.What I most definitely do NOT love is watching Sam suffer. When will it be enough? Unfortunately, the deeply depressed writing team could not even let us enjoy the fact that Jason seemed even more lost than Sam without hinting at yet¬†ANOTHER Series Of Unfortunate Events about to befall our beleaguered and¬†despairing couple.¬†*pops a couple valium* Most babies in Port Charles have survived their mothers falling down flights of stairs, falling in the snow to freeze, being shot in the forehead, and other such outrageous what-not-to-expect-when-you’re-expecting happenings. Not Sam’s babies. Nope. Sam’s first baby was happy, healthy, and waving at Sam and Jason just hours before being detached from her placenta and dying in her mother’s womb before coming into the world. Now this baby, who has already been through more than most of the supporting characters onscreen, hasn’t even gotten into position yet, and is already facing a serious condition. *puts valium away for fear of needing more* Now do you see why I thought this epi was written by Lemony Snicket? I mean, all that was missing was that unfortunate warning at the beginning of the film, “The (soap) you are about to see is extremely unpleasant.”¬†My goodness! We couldn’t even take joy in their misery over missing each other before we were left wondering how this “disorder” would affect their next chance at happiness – which is the birth of the most wanted, wished-for, desired, prayed-for baby in the history of soaps! Does Mr. Carlivati get some kind of kick out of knowing that thousands flocked to their computers to look up this dreaded Cassadine Curse like I did?¬†http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001613/¬†Our poor Baby Morgan!

I guess we must take our solace in knowing that Mr. Carlivati believes that Supercouples must prove themselves worth their salt by overcoming obstacle after obstacle, which seems to always translate into ANOTHER Series Of Unfortunate Events. That being said, Jason and Sam are in a Supercouple League ALL THEIR OWN. 

The real test for TPTB will be whether or not their loyal fans are worth their salt by overcoming with them.

Only we can decide that, dear friends! 

We’ve come this far…we can’t turn back now.

Angelique

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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 Me CRAZY, But…

Good morning, GHers!

Or at least I am sure it will be morning by the time I actually get though posting this. Karina and I are both sick as dogs…coughing, sneezing, fever, chills, body aches. It started with a sore throat and progressed quickly, so we both spent the day bundling up one minute and needing the fan blowing the next. The silver lining to this cold from hell is that I fall asleep everywhere without warning. One minute I was lying down watching Y&R and the next minute, I had missed all of B&B, and that dreadful The Talk was on my screen! It actually took me six different tries to get through GH on YouTube, so let’s see how many times I will doze off while typing. (Trust me – I welcome any sleep that comes my way, even accompanied by this!)

So Sonny finally gets to hear Kate’s whole sordid tale about two women, and he accuses her of lying? After all of the crossover moments Sonny has witnessed himself, after all of the head-scratching scenarios Sonny has tried to make sense of, he can’t take a second to think this through and show some compassion for someone dealing with mental illness? To leave Kate there, handcuffed to a chair, screaming after him, helpless? Come on!¬†Call Me CRAZY, But…that’s just messed up! Sonny has teetered on two different versions of himself for years as he has struggled with Pi-polar Disorder! Are we supposed to believe now that Sonny cannot fathom this scenario for Kate, even after Jason (who has hardly spent any time with her) told him that it seemed that Kate was¬†sick?¬†Truly, I am not only just not buying it, I am also not liking it one little bit. Someone asked recently why it is that GH no longer does PSAs after shows dealing with tough stuff, like rape, mental illness, etc. Here is your answer: They make every victim a victim over and over again! The only thing they would be able to say is,¬†“THIS IS HOW NOT TO TREAT A VICTIM…OF ANYTHING!”¬†¬†So sad…

Call Me CRAZY, But…I actually liked seeing a couple in Port Charles act as thought they were in love, even if they were The Falconeris. What a concept! I have never been a huge fan of Dante and Lulu, but damn, we sure did need some kind of reminder that at least one couple exists in this new, seemingly haunted Port Charles. I thought it was sweet that at least Dante was with his wife after such a harrowing experience like being kidnapped, held at gunpoint, threatened, and shot at by a lunatic!¬†(Even if Liz was all up in the Kool-Aid, trying to get deets on Sam and McBain!)¬†*shakes head*

Call Me CRAZY, But…I thought it was great that Luke is finally acting like a father to his only daughter, and that he wasn’t afraid to show some fatherly emotion. They’ve done enough to prove to us that Luke is anything but Daddy Knows Best material, but reminding all of us that he does have a heart under all of that self-inflicted scar tissue is always nice. Even in his scenes with Anna, whom he is basically lying to¬†(although a lie of omission), Luke’s heart didn’t seem so rusted over and useless. Perhaps there is hope for him yet.

I am really trying to understand Michael’s reaction to, and consequent actions over, Starr’s attempted murder of his father. While I think it shows really bad appreciation on her part for Michael’s northeastern hospitality, I can’t really say that Michael should be all that shocked over Starr’s¬†“snapping”¬†and going after Sonny! Didn’t Michael do exactly the same thing when Abby was murdered? Lash out and get reckless, especially with those he felt were most responsible? Starr has never wavered from her position that Sonny is the sole party responsible for losing her daughter and boyfriend. She has made no secret of wanting Sonny¬†“to pay”. In fact, Michael sat with Starr at Sonny’s trial, because he understood where all that pain and anger was coming from.¬†Call Me CRAZY, But…I would think Michael would show at least enough understanding to not show up with the cops to pick her up. Wanting Starr to be arrested and charged for what she did seems just a bit hypocritical on Michael’s part, doesn’t it?

Ron Carlivati’s writing had me going for about ten seconds when it came to our JaSam scenes. Jason looking completely crushed that Sam and her baby ¬†had another hero while Jason was off playing hero to Sonny and Kate was about it. Everything that happened after that was just completely wrong to me. Perhaps someone could explain to me why Jason raced across town to get to his wife in the first place, only to not take his wife in his arms! And while I get the whole “Stay away from my wife” crap, how about Jason just realize that if he were around more, John wouldn’t have the chance to be around Sam so much? I hated the facet that Jason didn’t ask Sam about the baby, and I hated even more that he didn’t go with her to the hospital. The Jason Morgan I cam to know and love would have accompanied Sam, and then found and threatened John McBain later!¬†Call Me CRAZY, But…that was just a WTF moment if I ever saw one!

So of course, Sam would get the one nurse who shouldn’t be anywhere near her to come check her vitals. *sigh* I thought Sam handled Liz just perfectly. She was calm, controlled, and very clear when she told Liz she didn’t need to bother running to Jason, because he already knew. It wasn’t too much or too little; it wast just enough to let Liz know that she knew what’s been going on. I thought Liz’s reaction to Sam was way over the top.¬†(Though to be very honest, I am not sure it was written that way. I just think that the actress has always had a bit of a struggle with “range”. I have always thought she goes from sugary sweet to super snark in 0-60, with really nothing in between. One minute she was calm and understanding, and the next she was talking to Sam like a homegirl:¬†“No, what you need…” she said to Sam.¬†Whaaaat???¬†All that was missing was two circles and a snap!)¬†Here we have a pregnant woman, coming in to get her vitals checked after nearly being killed, and her nurse is going to start getting nasty with her?¬†Call Me CRAZY, But…if I were Sam, I would have had my chief-of-staff mother-in-law paged to let her know just how upset that episode really made me! And after that, I would be filling out that hospital questionnaire and attaching a page or two of comments! Liz has ¬†got to be the worst nurse at GH! She has absolutely no boundaries when it comes to boundaries with patients!

You know, I am really starting to wonder if Ron Carlivati cares at all about whether or not viewers recognize their favorite characters, or even their favorite soap. He is writing One Life To Live’s plots, pace, and people all over our General Hospital plots, pace, and people! It just doesn’t make sense! As far as I am concerned, you can write as many Jason and Liz scenes as you want. They have never threatened me. What I have a problem with, and what I find to be incredibly disrespectful to the viewers, is when you completely rewrite who a character is. Jason would never just take off to the cemetery when he hasn’t even checked up on his wife after what happened! Come on!¬†Call Me CRAZY, But…if I didn’t know any better, I would think Ron doesn’t like Steve. That’s the only possible explanation for why he is being written to be such a heartless, clueless ass!

Call Me CRAZY, But…¬†the show we are all watching in the 3:00 pm EST slot is no longer General Hospital. I know the credits say General Hospital, and the TV Guide reads it as General Hospital, but it’s just not. That’s not okay. Had they just brought over their OLTL peeps – even if they wrote them to have these crazy connections to our GH peeps, I would have been okay with it. But when you turn MY soap into what YOUR soap used to be that’s just wrong. And you can be damned sure you’re going to hear it from me.¬†

Will they hear it from you? I sure hope so! It’s now or never!¬†

Angelique

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THE MAD GIRLS CLUB

TGIF, GHers!

So they say that once you’ve hung around the same women for a while, you all start to PMS at the same time. It could make for a dangerous situation for the male population…or at least that’s what my son and husband tell me. Come to think of it, I think it was the most repeated phrase of the lone male teacher (the gym teacher) at the very first school where I worked. LOL.

It’s like The Mad Girls Club.

It seems that’s the case for the women in Port Charles, as well. All the women we saw today were pissed off at someone or something, and it made for a different, if not exactly interesting, hour of daytime television. *sigh* I don’t watch The Bad Girls Club, but I stayed tuned in for Thursday’s Mad Girls Club, because I am hoping (and praying) that all of this anger and frustration will lead to some story lines we can truly get invested in again. I am keeping tmy fingers crossed that the warmer weather will make for some hot story lines and some steamy scenes soon, because honestly, I can’t even remember tow people on GH even made out, much less made love! You’d think GH was airing on the Gospel Channel. -_______-

The first of our Mad Girls, is really the maddest of them all, in more ways than one. Carly is always walking around half-cocked, and after she walked in and kneed Johnny, she apparently wants him walking around half-cocked, too! (Though a little more literally, *cough, cough*)¬†Carly wanted to hear from Johnny after all. She needed to hear from him how he could hurt her that way. How he could be so careless with her emotions. Carly needed answers, but I can guarantee you that the answers she got were not the answers she would have ever expected! Carly thought Johnny was trying to BS his way out of what he did, until she heard the letters D.I.D. That positively stopped her in her tracks, and gave us all a rare moment of silence. I loved that Carly was completely stumped by what Johnny was telling her, because it totally took apart all the reasons she thinks she has for hating Kate Howard. What Carly will do with that information remains to be seen, but I can’t really imagine Carly searching for compassion among all of those feelings she’s got going on. She is, after all, my vote for President of The Mad Girls Club.

Starr Manning should not be back in Port Charles. Why her family back in Llanview didn’t do more to keep her there is beyond me. Starr is grieving, out of control, and acting stupidly. Yes, all of the prerequisites for being part of The Mad Girls Club. I am not sure if Max and Milo and all of the other paid bodyguards Jason and Sonny are always referring to were at an Organized Crime Convention, or if they all get the same hour off for dinner, but it just makes no sense to me that someone with a gun would be able to walk into “Sonny’s Su Casa” (as Sam so adorably called it during her Dominoes and Tequila party in ’05) , and then walk out with Sonny being held at gunpoint. And I’m sorry, I know Sonny has issues with men who hit women, but are you telling me that in all of the years Sonny has been the head of a crime family, and after being raised in rough and tumble Bensonhurst, Sonny wouldn’t know how to get that gun out of Starr’s shaky grip, being that he thinks she’s just a “little girl”. Now something tells me that Starr is about to take Sonny on A Drive Down Memory Lane. Someone should tell her that we usually do that on Sundays around here.

To be fair, if Carly gets my vote for President of The Mad Girls Club, Delores certainly gets my vote for vice-president. Since her arrival on the PC scene, she has been carrying around a chip on her shoulder, and has had more than enough attitude to go around. Mad Girl, indeed. Now Delores turned all of that anger on Dante, who kinda deserved it. Dante let his file clerk wife convince him that Padilla was the one who deleted the evidence pics off of his computer, and basically gave Ronnie exactly what he needed to set up her husband. Now that Ronnie turned the tables on Dante, Dante was in need of Delores’ help, because let’s face it – not one of those cops looked very willing to help Dante. I guess Delores’ desperation to clear her husband’s name overpowered her resentment towards Dante, because she finally gave in and let him out. Mad as she is, Delores seems to be just a little misunderstood…and well deserving of a few heartfelt apologies.

Lulu earns her place in The Mad Girls Club for finally being mad enough to make some noise, but damn it, I am not convinced that she has earned her way into the PI Club AT ALL.¬† I mean, why wasn’t Lulu making all that ruckus while Ronnie was over at the PCPD and she was there alone? Or while McBain had his head halfway in the motel room? She may not have known he was a cop, but he was a human being with enough balls to give Ronnie a hard time. Surely it had to occur to her that if she made noise while he had the door open, it might have worked to her advantage, no? Now poor Sam will be dragged into this mess, which McBain has already been dragged into, and that makes me eligible to be part of The Mad Girls Club!

Our Sam surely didn’t start out as a member of The Mad Girls Club. In fact, she was really quite the opposite. I thought Sam was feeling very reflective about what had just happened between her and Jason, and in true Sam McCall-Morgan form, she took full responsibility for her role in what’s going on between her and Jason. She admitted that she should have turned to him, even if it was hard, and she did the one thing I have always loved and respected her for most: she refused to play the victim. If I must endure these all-too-often run-ins with John, I am grateful for one thing: Their scenes, so far, have not felt romantic in nature to me, and I really do appreciate that. It doesn’t mean that there isn’t a chemistry between them, because obviously, there is an ease and a trust between Kelly and Michael as actors that comes through. In fact, their dialog felt so respectful of the fact that they each love other people, that I found myself relaxing a bit as I saw Sam enjoying something that the writers haven’t given her enough of, in my opinion. That’s friendship. A friendship that’s all hers. John is Sam’s (insta)friend, whether it seems impossible to wrap our brains around or not. He is for Sam, he defends her, he takes her side first, and cares about her feelings only. Just like Carly, Robin, Liz, Sonny, and Spin do for Jason.¬†It was high time Sam got just a little of the same! Sam has a lot going on, and she has a lot to think about and process. I was glad for her that she actually had a few moments of lightness and laughter in between. I hate to admit it, but I even thought the cheese snacks thing was cute. Unfortunately, those were probably the last smiles to grace Sam’s face for a while, as her impatience for Ronnie’s handling of what might be a “situation” in that room placed her and her baby in harm’s way.

Ronnie better pray that John puts him out of his misery quickly. I happen to remember Jason shoving his big, shiny gun in Ronnie’s face over Sam’s safety once already. That’s something you don’t ever want to force Jason to do twice. Especially when it comes to The Love of His Life!

Have a great weekend!

‘Til Sunday…
Angelique

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“It Couldn’t Happen To A Nicer Guy”

Good morning, GHers!

Forgive me for being MIA on Wednesday. We had a friend in crisis, and that took me away from my computer, and from all of you. But know that I missed you all.

It was a long night followed by a long day, but when I returned, I found confirmation in the mail (though I’d been told over the phone a week or so ago) that I am now officially RETIRED, with full benefits (and about 25 years before I ever thought I would be).¬†Now, I can explore the other passions God has given me, (maybe I’ll finally write a book!) without worrying about helping to provide for my family. I am overwhelmed at how blessed I feel right now!

I am telling all of you before I even post it on Facebook for a reason. Having my accident was devastating. The surgeries that followed were a nightmare. The constant battle to try to get to a place where I could go back to teaching, my life’s passion, was disappointing and depressing. Through it all, while friends and family were back at work, doing their thing, not even realizing that I was losing myself and any sense of purpose, YOU GUYS WERE THERE.

I would not have made it to this day of celebration without you. It’s not just something sweet I want to say to all of you. It’s not something that I think. It is absolutely something that I know, and am certain of. Hearing back from you guys in those first days of this blog made me feel “connected” to the outside world again. It gave me something to look forward to. A real feeling of purpose in two years. From that, the friendships that we formed, and the love that I have come to feel for so many of you is The. One. Thing. That. Saved. Me. You will never really understand just how deep and heartfelt that sentiment is, but that’s okay. I just had to say it, and I just had to celebrate with you guys.

Thanks for the years of well wishes, prayers, finger crossing, kind words, encouragement, understanding, and support. I love you all so much, and I thank God for you every single day. I mean that from the bottom of my heart.

xoxox

Moving right along… ūüėČ

That McBain is quite the sneaky cop, isn’t he? He’s got Sonny’s place bugged, and he’s getting more than he bargained for as Sonny pours his broken heart out to anyone who walks through the door. I was kinda hoping that Sonny would not dump that whole messy truth about finding Kate and Johnny in bed together (complete with sound effects) on Michael, bit who am I kidding. Sonny is nothing if not clueless about what’s appropriate to lay on your children. He’s been telling Michael way too much since he was about 5 years old! While Michael was lamenting the unfortunate end of his father’s birthday, John was reveling in the fact that Sonny was finally getting some of what he thinks Sonny deserves. In fact, it was John who said, “It Couldn’t Happen To A Nicer Guy.”¬†I try to feel badly for Sonny here, but honestly, he went after Johnny in every way that hurt for a really long time, even after John showed some real kindness and restraint – especially concerning Sonny’s kids. Karma, apparently, is a blonde.

Carly and Connie have been simmering for weeks! It was only a matter of time before they totally forgot that they are supposed to be grown women, and more importantly – women, period. They went at each other like two guys brawling in a back alley. That was one crazy fight, and I shudder to think what it meant for business at the Metro Court when both of its owners are rolling around on the lobby floor, ripping each other’s hair out. Honestly, I couldn’t even pick a side. They both deserved an ass whooping – so¬†“It Couldn’t Happen To Nicer Guys.”

Liz and Liv should really have left the sleuthing to the professionals. *yawn* It took them way too long to jump to conclusions, make assumptions, and basically waste each other’s and our time, only to end up calling the police anyway. Neither one of these two is someone I would want trying to save my ass if I was Steve, that’s for damn sure. And considering Liz’s track record, the same goes for Ewan. If Liz doesn’t get herself fired for breaking confidentiality laws by going through Ewan’s patient files, she and Liv may just get themselves killed for getting themselves stuck between A Psycho and A Double Crazy. Actually, now that I think of it,“It Couldn’t Happen To Nicer Girls.”

Johnny is on a collision course with disaster! No matter what he does, it seems to lead to trouble! Even when trying to be there for Starr, the young woman who just lost her family, he can’t help but say all the wrong things, or do all of the wrong things – like putting away his gun where desperation could reach it. *shakes head* John is dealing with a whole load of problems – from his decimated relationship with Carly, to trying to stay a step ahead of a murderous Sonny, to an illegal operation dealing with human organs. Add to that the fact that Starr has now gone after Sonny with Johnny’s gun, and John may as well turn himself in. I can think of a few people who might think¬†“It Couldn’t Happen To A Nicer Guy.”

While some may have had a tough time with Jason and Sam having yet one more argument, I was actually okay with it. First and foremost, they were finally in the same space together. Second, and most importantly, they actually did more than just argue. Jason and Sam, though tough for us to watch, finally got some of the tough stuff said. Jason had to stop hiding behind his ¬†jealousy and had to face the cold, hard truth out loud that (they think) Sam is carrying Franco’s baby. Sure, it’s hard for Jason to hear, but guess what, dammit? It’s even harder for Sam to say to herself every single day! ¬†I was so proud of Sam for not apologizing anymore, not even for John McBain! She told Jason he couldn’t blame her for any of that, because he just kept showing up – and she had no control over any of it! *applause*

FINALLY! Sam has nothing to apologize for, and furthermore, she pointed out to Jason just how hypocritical he was being in that he was angry at Sam for talking to someone she barely knows, but he was talking to someone he has a history with. The look on Jason’s face when he heard it for himself was pretty damned satisfying. But, you know what was even more satisfying? Watching Sam point it out, and then hearing her move on to the fact that neither Liz nor John are the problem for her and Jason! *Shouting hallelujah!*¬†I hope the haters lined up to have their butts handed to them, because for all of their talk about how insecure Sam is, I didn’t hear a shred of insecurity in her statement! Sam used Liz to make a point about how clueless Jason was about the double standards he was placing on Sam. That’s it. Sam was all about her and Jason and the issue they are facing – which is whether or not Jason can love the baby, and obviously he is struggling with the thought of it right now.

I give Jason (a smidgen) of credit for telling Sam that it’s not her fault, because even though she knows it, she needed to hear it from her husband. However, I really think Jason needs an (over)dose of reality. And his reality, as we already know, is that Jason “knows what his life is like without Sam, and he wants her in it.” ¬†I think we saw that in the shock that caused him to let Sam’s hands drop when she said she was moving out. Those scenes reminded me so much of their painful conversation after their second kiss on December 9, 2004, where Sam was leaving because she felt she had no choice, and Jason just didn’t know how to ask her to stay. Back then, it was the unknown that made Jason feel he had no right to fight for Sam, and I felt that same uncertainty in him today. Jason would never want to purposely hurt Sam, and he sees that it hurts her when he can’t make her any promises about the baby, as hard as that is to believe. Just like back then, he thinks the least selfish thing to do is to not ask her to stay through the uncertainty, and while I HATE it, I have been a fan long enough to understand how he could slip back to being that kind of emotional chicken. There were other reminders of that first time Sam left as well. His not knowing what to do when she came down with her bag, his trying to come up with a different solution, it was all so familiar to me. When Sam walked over and picked up the dragon, and told him she still believed that they were stronger together, I felt a lump immediately form in my throat. When Jason asked, “Why leave?”, my lips trembled, because I know what it cost for him to ask that, when he thinks he is doing the right thing for Sam. But when Sam answered she was leaving because she needed him to believe that, the tears came. Believing is the key, and unless he can do that, she knows there’s no use in staying. (Just like in ’04 *tears*) I have to admit that the little things that went into this scene really did strike a tender chord with me: The fact that Sam took the dragon with her, and not the phoenix, was beautiful and meaningful. It shows that she still believes in Jason’s ability to be the protection she told Jason the baby needed. That says so much to us about her love and her faith in him, even when he has no faith in himself.

My JaSam-Loving heart heard all of the unspoken stuff loud and clear. Like when Sam walked past him to take her suitcase, and Jason put his hand on the handle, fighting the need to wrestle her for it. (Anyone remember Jason taking Sam’s hand off the elevator button?)¬†Back in 2004, Jason let Sam go, even though it tore his heart out, and even though it made us want to throw him down the elevator shaft. Jason let her go today, too. The best parallel I see in all of this is that it didn’t take Jason long at all to realize the mistake he’d made. Not then; not today. Jason was left to suffer silently as he cried and held only the tiny phoenix in his hand, and reminisced about the sweet moments where they exchanged the perfect gifts. Those memories made Jason realize that Sam was, in fact, the one to “turn bad luck into good.”¬†The pain in his eyes made me terribly sad as he stared at Sam’s (lovely) picture. But I had to admit that¬†“It Couldn’t Happen To A Nicer Guy.” This hurt is exactly what Jason needs right now to help him see what was right in front of him all along: Together, he and Sam, the phoenix and the dragon, bring double happiness.¬†

Hang in there, beloved!

BELIEVE!

Angelique

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