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January 13, 2009

Divorced, Beheaded, Died...

Five Observations About Today's Episode Of General Hospital, Made About Five Things That Were Either Legitimately Entertaining And Lured Me Out of My Bored Stupor Or Were So Catastrophically Obnoxious That They Lured Me Out Of My Bored Stupor

1.) During one of Anthony's many* foaming at the mouth rants about something or other, he gave me a flashback to British History class:

Anthony: Retaliate! You have to kill Morgan. It's the code we live by in our business. You cut off Jason's head and leave it on a post to rot.

Zacchara

I first thought that the writers discovered the works of Alison Weir** and are ripping those off instead of their usual ripping off of contemporary movies, but then I remembered that these writers probably don't read and that the more likely explanation is that they have been catching up on The Tudors on Showtime and now I am afraid that Tudor intrigue will make its way to Port Charles. I worry for the women on canvas! If the writers realize that Henry VIII punished his wives for betraying him by putting them to death, this could mean that Sonny's next half dozen wives have a new terrible fate! Beheading instead of his usual combination of verbal abuse/chucking glassware at them!

*I know that Anthony is shouty crackers and, due to said shouty crackerness, is not supposed to make sense, but even less of his yelling made sense than it usually does. I wonder if Bruce Weitz even bothers to read the script or if he just shouts random things like "My son! Shipments! Tramp! Damn Dirty Apes! Corinthos! Slut Daughter! Whore! Soylent Green Is People!"

**Fellow history nerds, if you have not read any of her books, you must.

 2.) Greg Vaughan + Small Children = Cutest Thing Ever In Life

 

Luckycamliz2

 

Lucky

Cam was onscreen today, so I would have been entertained by a portion of today's episode regardless, because his cute factor makes even this terrible mess of a show bearable. And when in conjunction with the unfathomably gorgeous Becky Herbst and the nuclear hot Greg Vaughan? It's just too, too much.

3.)

Carly: It's Sonny and Jason's problem. They're the ones who have to fix it. I have my own life, I have my own priorities. My life used to be about them. Now I'd like it to be about us.

Jax: I know what you said to Jason before was a big deal. And I just wanted you to know that I appreciate that.

Carly: I chose what would bring me happiness. What's important in my life. And that's you.

Dear Jax,

The best time for your wife to choose you over her ex-husband and neckless best friend

Jasonnoneck

is BEFORE you get married, not during the third ride on the "Let's save our relationship" merry-go-round. Only realizing that you should maybe be her priority years later? Not something you need to thank her for. 

XOXO,

GH Viewers Who Want You To Man The Eff Up And Stop Settling

4.) Robin and Patrick's post partum depression story has, thus far, not been a complete disaster, which, honestly, is kind of surprising, considering the talent level of the writing staff and their interest in this couple as a whole. It's been handled pretty sensitively and realistically, which, obviously, makes it stand out against the rest of the GH landscape. At least 85% of the non-suckiness of this story is the great performances Kimberly McCullough and Jason Thompson have been giving. I know that I gush over them a lot, but I keep picturing what this story would be like in the hands of lesser actors and I give a full Sideshow Bob shudder at the very thought. They are reliably excellent, and it's nice to have such consistency in these turbulent times.

5.) Is Sonny, like, seven years old?

Sonny: Unless you're here to say you're sorry or that you're going to let me back into the organization so I can remind you how it should be run, what are you going to say to me? I don't understand.

Sonny

I admire his restraint in not ending with, "So there! Neener neener", but OH EM GEE, he is such a petulant little baby sometimes. Who thought that watching him throw temper tantrums every day would be fun to watch? This is seriously reminiscent of one of the many feuds the titular babysitters of The Babysitters Club had back in the day after one or more of them dramatically quit the club and then had to interact with the others at SMS.

And could Jason BE a bigger martyr?

Jason: Put you in a bad position? You're the one who put yourself in this position by going against your own organization to join the Zaccharas. Unfortunately, the innocent people around us, they don't have a say in this, so let's just -- you know what, let's just be clear right here, right now. As long as this is your choice, I don't owe it to you to protect you anymore.

To quote How I Met Your Mother's hilarious Marshall, would you like a giant cube of sugar for the high horse you're on? You are working with the FBI! You are not dumping Sonny for good because you've finally seen the light. Just...shut it!

This is why I usually fast forward their scenes: because if I wanted to see emotionally stunted people prone to acting out physically without using their words, I would just go to a playground and watch children in the sandbox fight over shovels. And that would be creepy. So I am stuck with this show...

Screencaps Courtesy of LizNJase

Comments

Greg Vaughan in proximity to small children TWO DAYS IN A ROW? I might be in a puddle of drool that I will never EVER recover from.

I actually like watching Sonny/Jason scenes these days...mainly cause i like playing Who's the Biggest Hypocrite in the Room Right This Second. It's way fun and even better as a drinking game.

... Divorced, Beheaded, Survived! :V

KMc and JT are doing a great job at the PPD storyline, and I don't know if they gave the writers some smart pills or something, but u guys are right, so far they are not destroying the storyline and it is dare I say it realistic!! I hope for KMc and JT sakes that they continue to take there smart pills, specially u know who. and man I really love Cam. Greg and Becca look great on screen. although i feel bad for Kelly cause once again they are drawing her back into jason's world. Man jax has got to b the biggest, saddest, whipped, man with no self pride or back bone guy I have ever seen on this show!! He really needs to grow a pair!! Sonny GROW UP!! Jason: STOP BEING A HYPOCRITE!!!

Question of the day.... Where are Jax's balls?

Answer.... Forever lost in the late 90's.

SAD.

God, Greg Vaughan in that second cap, with that dimple in his chin, and his SweetJesusThatManIsGlorious-ness...is just...{melts}.

I can only look at pictures when it comes to this show.

Your recaps once again validate my decision to no longer watch this show. I haven't watched in months and I truly do not miss it. Keep up the heroic viewing!

What is so sad about this show is that the acting talent is there (for the most part) - the complex characters are there - but the writing lets both the talent and the characters down every single day. The core of the show has been so severely compromised over the years by the repetitive, jr. high writing that should ABC finally wise up and want to actually give this show a real writing team (and a head writer that isn't trying to live out his "I'm cool, women are playthings" fantasies on screen) - they would have to basically gloss over half the last few years to give the characters back their integrity ( I mean honestly, what character good or bad hasn't tried to shoot, stab, blackmail, or run over another character - oh silly, that's right, in GH world good is bad, bad is good, EVERYONE is capable of murder and it's okay).

And has anyone noticed that Sonny doesn't make a lot of sense? The other day, during one of his many heated discussions with Claudia, he said something (can't remember exactly what) that made no sense with what he had just said - it's like Maurice had forgotten the point of the conversation and Sarah just kept right on with it, getting it back on track. And it's not the first time I've noticed these little 'what was that?' moments.

Why is it that the instant Greg Vaughan and Becky Herbst have a scene with that adorable child, I remember how glorious they were as a family? They harken back to time on GH where family was reflective of the viewing audience and the long illustrious history of GH.

If Bob Guza has a brain cell, left the recent hints of a reconciliation between this legacy couple will have them back on out screen together post haste!

Viva La Familia!!

I doubt Kelly Monico is concerned about her character being pulled back into Jason's world....it's the only time you get any screen time on this show!

Yesterday's show was.... not completely horrible... It was helped by the appearance of Cam and Lucky, as well as Patrick and Robin. Sonny was his usually jerky self while Spinelli was his usual spastic self.

However, the one thing I could not get past yesterday was Steve Burton's face! Is it just me or is dude looking as puffy as all get out? I hear he likes to pig out during football season - lucky for him the season is ending... I fear it would not be a pretty sight if the season were to go on another 6 months.

What about Spin and Maxie? Their fight last time was awesome, but it was lame today when they're back with their usual thing.

Sonny is never making any sense. Please someone just drown him in a tub.

Oh, GV and BH are beautiful people. And Cameron is just so cute.

What about Spin and Maxie? Their fight last time was awesome, but it was lame today when they're back with their usual thing.

Sonny is never making any sense. Please someone just drown him in a tub.

Oh, GV and BH are beautiful people. And Cameron is just so cute.

Question of the day.... Where are Jax's balls?

Answer.... Forever lost in the late 90's.

SAD.

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So True. LMAO!!!

Wow...Steve Burton is not aging well.

*I know that Anthony is shouty crackers and, due to said shouty crackerness, is not supposed to make sense, but even less of his yelling made sense than it usually does. I wonder if Bruce Weitz even bothers to read the script or if he just shouts random things like "My son! Shipments! Tramp! Damn Dirty Apes! Corinthos! Slut Daughter! Whore! Soylent Green Is People!"

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This made me laugh so hard my sides hurt. I think Bruce Weitz know how ridiculous half of what he's supposed to say is, and so he just goes above and beyond to make it super campy and hilarious. He's mocking TPTB, and that is awesome.

Also, LnL2 family time is awesome. Greg Vaughn is soooo gorgeous, but add a child into the mix and he just becomes this whole new level of good-looking. So does Becky Herbst for that matter. I would like to see more scenes of them as a family.

Haha. I've read a couple of Alison Weir's books. The first thing I thought of when I heard Anthony's line was the row of heads on pikes at the end of the movie Elizabeth, right after Cate Blanchett goes Godfather on some traitors. Maybe the writers have been watching The Tudors, but remember when Kate Howard claimed she re-monikered herself after Henry VIII's wife? Maybe one of the writers is a British history buff after all.

Assuming that at least one GH writer has some semblance of intelligence, it's too bad they only make a smart, cultural reference about once a year -- because they surely don't try to write for an intelligent and savvy audience the rest of the time.

Mike and Beth R. I totally co-sign to your statements above. If Burton will just drink some more "juice" I'm sure he will be back to "normal".Sonny is an Ass and he likes it that way,no real need to change him at this point in the game. Jax does not need his balls right now so until he leaves the show, Carly OWNS THEM.

The performances of Kimberly and Jason can save almost any crapy storyline they are given. I'm still a little hesitant about Guza telling the PPD storyline accurately after how the HIV pregnancy storyline was done.

Wow - GH is still on? Even Youtube with clips of only Patrick and Robin have lost their grab on me.

Serial Drama - on the other hand - I cannot imagine ever boring of you! I have no idea what you are talking about but it's so entertaining - I could care less....

Steve Burton has lost his neck. LOL! I'm still loving Robin and Patrick even in this depressing story. Good to see Jason Cook today. Hopefully, we get more of him and Maxie.

As usual, completely spot on. Lucky/Cam scenes make me melt; and the snappies are perfect.

I thought the skulls on the posts was a reference to Apocalypse Now, when they get to Kurtz's inner sanctum of madness, and cannibalism. Or maybe Bruce Weitz just loves that movie and threw in those lines for fun.

Anthony: Retaliate! You have to kill Morgan. It's the code we live by in our business. You cut off Jason's head and leave it on a post to rot

I didn't watch that episode, so reading that I thought for a moment that he was talking about little Morgan, and the sad thing is, for this show, I wouldn't have been surprised.

this made me laugh so hard my sides hurt.

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