This Is The Best Good to Bad Ratio This Show Has Had In Quite Some Time
Helped, perhaps, by the fact that the show didn't feature Sonny and Claudia having sex, or Robin and Patrick (do you know how heartbreaking it is to automatically like an episode because Scrubs aren't in it? CURSE YOU, GUZA! WHAT HATH YOU WROUGHT?), today's show was somewhat entertaining. It feels weird to be complimentary of General Hospital, but there were a few good moments today, right? Unless I have Soap Opera Stockholm Syndrome and am so desperate for something to like that I am attaching the "good" label to things that don't really deserve it...
GOOD: Julie Marie Berman
JMB was better in today's episode than she has seriously been in months. This is either because she does her best work in dramatic scenes and/or scenes with Kirsten Storms and Jane Elliot, and got both of those today, or I just get a chuckle out of seeing Lulu miserable.
Because I am in a good mood, I am leaning towards the former (but I secretly think it's the latter).
She managed to get me invested in her breakup with Johnny, which I thought was impossible because A)I did not care one whit about her relationship with Johnny and I could not honestly care less if she and Johnny ever shared a scene again (an opinion I feel Brandon Barash shares because he has been mentally checked out of scenes with Lulu since last summer) and B) the writing for Johnny, Maxie, Lulu and Spinelli has been written and rewritten and changed and screwed up so many times that character motivation winds up changing mid-scene.
Good: Brandon Barash's Facial Expression Just Before Johnny Kissed Maxie
That is the most charisma he's shown in scenes opposite anybody but Sarah Brown. I finally understood what the fuss was about!
...which I promptly forgot when he and Maxie had the most uncomfortable looking kiss ever. It called to mind middle school socials and not knowing where to put your hands during slow dances.
...which made Spinelli a sad panda.
Mopey Spinelli is my least favorite Spinelli, so I am already worried about Monday's show.
Good: Tracy Doing What Tracy Does Best
Tracy: This is the best you can come up with?
Spinelli: I did exactly what the abrasive one asked of me.
Tracy: I expect a little more than the address where Ethan is staying -- you're the Jackass.
Spinelli: (Meekly)The Jackal...
Tracy: Oh, please, snap out of it. Get up off the couch and prove you're a Spencer.
How do we go about nominating Tracy Q as a National Treasure? The fact that she is fictional may cause controversy at first, but with quips like that, we can win over nay-sayers pretty quickly.
Good: Olivia's WTF? Face
Carly: I fainted a couple of times during both of my pregnancies, but lying about your baby's father could that to you. And being chained to a wall doesn't help things either.
Hee! Bet she's re-thinking her (bizarre, unexplained and plot-driven) choice to relocate to Port Charles...
Good: Ric Gleefully Telling Jason He Was Wrong
Actually, let me revise that statement, because it wasn't good; it was AMAZING. Remind me again why the powers-that-be think it's okay to cut Rick Hearst down to recurring instead of utilizing him and his handsome amazingness and amazing handsomeness? An answer besides "Because they suck at life", I mean.
Ric: Oh, this is great. Finally, the great Jason Morgan gets one really, really big one completely wrong.
It was made even more glorious by Jason and Sonny's response.
"What does completely mean?"
Ric spilling the beans about Claudia's involvement in Michael's shooting could also lead to some good moments, but I know better than to get my hopes up.
To prove that I am not going soft, there were also things that I disliked about today's show.
I hate him.
And his attitude when Lulu found him at his top secret fortress of solitude?
Ethan: How the hell did you find me?
Listen, douche, the real question is "How the hell did you book a contract role on a television show?"
Bad: The Adventures of Rebecca and Nikolas
Yawn City, Population 2
I feel like I am supposed to care about the results of Rebecca's biopsy, and I am supposed to care about Nikolas, and whatever, but all I can think during their scenes together are "Enough with the eye makeup! Eyeshadow does not equal character development" and "zzzz...."
Bad: Claudia's Jacket Which Looks Like It Was Made During a Particularly Heinous Project Runway Challenge From Bubble Wrap and Printer Toner
Bad: Claudia Continuing To Be a LUNATIC With Her Obsession Over Getting Pregnant To The Point Where She Argues With Rational People and Scientific Fact