General Hospital Week in Review
Maybe it's just because I'm comparing it to what I thought was a terrible second episode of Night Shift, but this week GH seemed pretty good. There were lots of enjoyable scenes, and less focus on Sonny and Jason. Who I'm not hating lately. Before you get enraged, let's start off talking about fashion. Cute clothes make everything better.
I think I might have to disagree with Elle Woods and say that whoever said orange is the new pink might not be seriously disturbed. Somehow several Port Charles women managed to wear orange this week and look fabulous, instead of like jack-o-lanterns as would be the case for most of us mere mortals.
By the way, I think Megan Ward's hair might be able to cure cancer.
Sure, Becky Herbst is probably genetically incapable of looking bad, but she rocked this outfit. It would have looked like a maternity top on most people, and peach?! I didn't think they bothered making clothes in peach anymore, outside of mother-of-the-bride gowns. But the girl can work it.
This looked better in motion; it was adorable, especially compared to some of the wardrobe they've subjected Julie Berman to. (Tracy's hair and makeup was also great. As was Logan shirtless again. Wait, I've gone off-topic...)
Okay, I know what you're thinking on this last one. Bright orange polyester jersey; why is this is a "do" and not a "don't"? Well, it's Carly. This is a huge improvement. And for once, the wardrobe department appears to have dropped its vendetta against Laura Wright, because the cut is also totally flattering.
Plus -- and I'm really reluctant to jinx anything here -- she appears to be wearing a BRA! Hallelujah!
But my joy was short lived, because Carly's next ensemble was a step backwards:
Oh my. Now, I am all for a little Asian-inspired look. I have a black knit kimono top that is among my favorite shirts ever. But this is way too literal. And that belt? With the open midriff? All with white pants? I'm getting a headache.
Even Skye looked good this week.
I don't know what we'll do if GH has re-vamped its wardrobe team,
though. Between this and starting to like Sonny and Jason, I'm going
to have nothing left to blog about.
Yeah, so . . . I'm kind of liking Sonny and Jason now. Or at least, not hating them. For now. Overall, the amount of screentime Sonny and Jason have been getting lately seems less to me -- I'm not sure whether it actually is or the writers just paying enough attention to others that it doesn't seem like the all mobsters, all the time show.
Or maybe it's just that Megan Ward is a miracle worker, because her Kate makes Sonny not only tolerable but even likeable. I didn't even mind them making out!
Kate: You have always had the sexiest mouth. [pause] Did I say that outloud?
. . .
Kate: Can I just give it up for your tailor? I mean, he really knows how to cut a suit to show off your assets.
Hee! Megan Ward's delivery was spot-on. She has really settled into the role and is able to blend but still stand out, if that makes any sense. I must, however, quibble with this stupid
Viagra-makes-you-wasted story. Since when is that a side effect? Are they confusing Viagra with Ecstasy? Could the GH writers please learn to
Factual accuracy aside, during these scenes, Maurice Bernard was almost...hot. I don't know, you guys. Maybe I'm accidentally on Viagra. However, if Kate and Sonny hook up while she's all stoned on whatever phony drug she's on that doesn't actually exist, all my Sonny hate will be back in full force. I will give the writers the benefit of the doubt and assume they won't do something that skeevy. (Yeah, I don't know what's gotten into me, either.)
For his part, Jason's in jail, and now off the merry-go-round of his relationship with Sam, so somehow he's not stirring my hatred much anymore either. They also keep surrounding Jason with characters who are annoying the hell out of me (Carly, Sam, Liz, Spinelli), so he seems better by comparison.
Speaking of Sam, she and Carly may not like each other, but they share similarly messed up ideas about appropriate attire for visiting correctional facilities.
It's as if there was a Project Runway challenge to modernize a 1960s stewardess uniform. And Nina would criticize this entry's "taste level." And black nail polish? We're back to wearing black nail polish at all, let alone in the middle of the summer now? I'm glad I'm not that hip.
So anyway, Sam and Jason broke up. And she was so self-righteous and "I'm such a strong woman and I deserve better" to everyone about it. What the hell? The writers really have no idea how to write an empowered woman while keeping her likeable, do they? Sam's superiority act about Liz is particularly galling.
Amelia: [Jason] clearly adores his little boy, and it’s no secret he thinks his mommy is pretty special.
Sam: Jake’s mommy is a coward. She can’t handle the danger that comes when you live with Jason.
Amelia: Can’t be any less dangerous than being married to a cop.
Sam: Jason thinks so. And besides, she’s got two kids to worry about now. And then there is her prissy reputation. If she admits the truth about Jake then she’d be outed as the lying, cheating slut that she is. So, no, I don’t think she’s going to admit the truth about sleeping with Jason, and I don’t think that Jason is ever going to claim his son because he thinks that he is safer this way.
I can't even rant again about the ridiculous notion that being a detective is just as dangerous as being a mafia hitman, and I'm bummed they had Amelia spout it, but getting past that . . . Living with a hitman doesn't require courage. The guy kills people for a living. Living with him requires either a character flaw or an unhealthy level of denial.
These writers are seriously messed up.
So, just checking . . .
. . . yep, still brutally hot. I hope they let the Logan/Lulu stuff
build for a while before they get together, though. The pacing with
Logan in particular these days is giving me whiplash.
Oh, Liz. You are really trying my patience. Taking photos to your secret babydaddy in prison of the kid whose life you've made him promise you won't be a part of was bad, sure
How . . . "touching," I guess?
But worse yet, you confided in Epiphany! And asked her for advice about your love life! Are you trying to give me a stroke?
One of the enjoyable things about Kimberly McCullough and Jason Thompson's scenes together is that they seem to be on the same page (even if Robin and Patrick are arguing -- which is a lot, in case you're not following Night Shift). This was their reaction to Anna expecting Noah to know who Warren is:
Ha! And it's not just Patrick and Robin
...he's hotly in sync in general.
Patrick being hotly worried about Noah's sobriety was a nice new dimension for the character.
I know it's totally wrong, because the Eli Love storyline is beyond stupid, but I'm enjoying the Anna/Noah interaction in particular. I leave open the possibility that I am being unduly influenced by Finola Hughes' fabulosity. And her wardrobe.
I am cordially inviting this dress to come live in my closet. I have a charming Nicole Miller and a friendly BCBG that I know will make it feel right at home.
Anna is such a fun character, and Finola and Kimberly have fantastic mother/daughter interaction. I loved Anna freaking out over Eli and asking Patrick not to let him know that she has a grown daughter, and I loved Robin freaking out over the possibility of her mom dating her boyfriend's dad. I can ignore the dumb faux-rock-star aspects in exchange for some enjoyable familial interaction, which is usually in short supply on GH.
Nancy Lee Grahn thoroughly entertained me this week. The scenes with Alexis trying to get Christina into the fancy school were very funny (again, even Sonny was enjoyable), and she rose above the crappy material at the end of the week with the conspiring-to-hide-Carly-from-Jerry stuff. And her getting hit on by that Keith-Richards-esque rocker was hilarious. Since Alexis' cancer seems to have magically disappeared, will she be getting another story soon?
Cameron continues to be the most adorable child on GH, and maybe in all of television:
A teenie-tiny fist-pump! I love him.
Back on the "why can't the writers figure out Google" tip, can they also not pay a legal consultant a couple hundred bucks before they embark on these stupid legal stories?
Sonny to Jason: Thanks to Ric’s arrogance, we found out what evidence he has against you.
Those genius manipulative mobsters and their lawyers -- way to go, writers! Uh, actually, Ric would have had to turn that recording over as part of the discovery process. It's like, the law, and stuff. Jeez. Even if they can't use Google or call a lawyer, have none of them ever seen My Cousin Vinnie?
By the way, is the outcome of Jason's trial really in question? Because ABC thinks this is a real edge-of-your-seat moment, according to their weekly email:
Oh ABC email, aren't you precious? Will Jason, the center of this show, the character around whom virtually every story rotates, survive this trial?[!] My poor nails are chewed to the quick just thinking about it! I cannot handle the suspense!