You Take the Good, You Take the Bad...
Of course, in this case, the good is rare and happens almost entirely offscreen, and the bad is blatant and setting on fire something you grew to love but whatever, you take them both and then you have an amalgamation of confusion, pain and fleeting happiness known by its more common name General Hospital.
The Bad: Kate Howard
There once was a time that I never thought I'd use "Kate" and "bad" in the same sentence unless I was saying something like, "It's too bad that GH completely squanders Megan Ward's potential" or something unforgivably dorky like, "I've got it bad for Kate".
When she and her condescending attitude and haircut that launched a thousand Google searches came to Port Charles, she was like a breath of fresh air, with her awesomeness and her uncanny ability to make Sonny Corinthos not only tolerable, but watchable. And then she got shot twice and didn't have the sense to get the hell out of dodge, and that was confusing...and then her wardrobe became way less It Girl than it was Golden Girl, which was unbecoming for a fashion editor in the 21st century, unless hugely padded shoulders and clothes made out of aluminum came back and no one told me...and then all of a sudden the writers got shiny new toys named Sarah Brown and Lisa LoCicero and were pretty much like, "What the hell's a kate? Actually, don't even explain it to me because I don't care", which led to months of out-of-character moping and hysterical scenes hiding the DVD about Claudia's role in Michael's shooting for no real reason and then the news that Megan Ward was bumped down to recurring because who'd want to watch an entertaining character when we could watch a dangerous lunatic and a camera-phone picture taken of a scanned copy of a Xeroxed picture of Lois Cerullo, am I right?
And now we're stuck watching Kate steal layouts from her own magazine before she will, in all likelihood, be written off of the show completely.
This show hurts my feelings, is what I'm saying. I have no doubt that Megan Ward and her pretty hair will rebound nicely, but still!
The Good: Nancy Lee Grahn
There are no adjectives to fully describe the awesomeness of Nancy Lee Grahn. Awesome is an understatement, and fantastic doesn't quite do it justice. In case you need further proof of this, check out her interview with TV Guide*, which is filled with hilarious quips and truth-telling. I can't even pick my favorite part of the interview, but, as we all know, I'm partial to people mocking the sainted hitman
Nu-Kristina is going to be obsessed with Jason Morgan. Discuss.
Quel surprise. There’s a long line of women with that problem. I don’t think he’s going to take advantage of the situation, though weirder things have happened on our show. I can see it now. Jason Morgan: Mobster-slash-Hero-slash-Savior-slash-Pervert.
I need some sort of ornate I ♥ NLG banner with sparkles and text that glows and plays "The Wind Beneath My Wings" to truly convey how much I adore her.
*Thank you to Beth R., my official soap news source, for the heads up!