I'm Trying to Restrain Myself From Making Numerous "Lucky" Puns
Nothing can sum up my complicated feelings on Jonathan Jackson's return as Lucky better than this image:
On the one hand: Jonathan Jackson! Exclamation point, exclamation point, exclamation point!
On the other hand: Written by Bob Guza. Like, "...oh. Right. Well, this will be a debacle by the end of the episode."
And on a third, mutant hand: the scruff. I didn't get to watch yesterday's episode live (which was super disappointing!) (Please reflect for a moment on the fact that I was sad to not get the chance to watch General Hospital live and send all of your pity my way. Thank you in advance.), but Becca warned me about how hilarious it was. And oh, is it ever hilarious.
After I did watch yesterday's show, I agreed with B's assessment: underwhelming! And I was disappointed to feel that way, not least because I could almost feel myself circa 1997 giving present me an ice cold "Bitch, please" look. But it's true: after the initial "Eeee!!!" or seven, I started to worry that maybe this would be a complete clusterfuck.
And while it's possible that it may, indeed, become a clusterfuck in the near future--and since this is the Guza/Phelps era of GH we are talking about, it's less "possible" and more "probable"--I loved the Lucky scenes from today's episode without reservation. They put me in such a good mood that during the mob scenes, even though I was praying for death, I was doing it with a smile on my face!
It wasn't solely Jonathan Jackson; he was probably responsible for a third of the awesomeness. Awesome Writer gets credit for a third, and I grudgingly give Tyler Christopher and Tony Geary credit for that last third (for not sleepwalking or hamming through their scenes, respectively).
I don't know why Greg Vaughan's Lucky was never given writing like this (I have a complex conspiracy theory that involves most of the GH writing staff having an allergy to hotness. See also: Backburnering of Patrick, The). It was so novel to watch a Lucky scene and actually see him have a point of view. Imagine that!
Lucky and Luke had their best scene together in, oh, a decade.
Lucky: I don't have any doubts about remarrying Elizabeth, Dad. It's best for both of us and the kids.
Luke: So the fact that she had an affair with Jason and had jake and tried to pass him off as your son doesn't bother you, you don't have any residual disappointments or anger, you don't have any--
Lucky: Is this really a conversation you want to have, given Ethan's unexpected arrival into our lives?
Luke: Don't do that. Don't take this off track. This is not about me 20 years and change ago. This is about you and Elizabeth today, now. Are you being honest with each other? Just to declare that you trust her and ignore any instinct that you have to the contrary is setting both of you up for failure.
Lucky: That's what trust is, Dad. It's trust. There's no way around it. And I trust Elizabeth, ok? She just doesn't trust herself because of what happened with Jake. She's judging herself, just like you're doing.
Luke: Do the two of you even want the same things?
Lucky: What does that even mean, huh? We want a family, Dad. A family. And just so you know, it's fine by me that Cam and Jake don't share my DNA. It's not always something to brag about. Those boys are my sons. And they're perfect just the way they are.
Yes, Cam and Jake ARE perfect. And "It's not always something to brag about"? Someone just got told!
Lucky's scenes with Nikolas were less enjoyable because I kept getting distracted by my peskily loud internal monologue going something like, "Nikolas is ew. Ugh. Gross", but they were still good.
Nikolas: Listen, if you're having second thoughts about marrying her, maybe--maybe you should look into that.
Lucky: Have you been talking to my dad?
Lucky: Did the two of you get drunk together last night? I'm not having second thoughts, Nikolas. I'm just saying i need to be patient. I just need to give Elizabeth the time she needs to trust herself.
Nikolas: Well, I know that she loves you, Lucky, and it would kill her to hurt you again. Well, do you think there's some things that she may not be telling you?
"Like the fact that she's embroiled in a chemistry-free affair with me, your hulking, sweaty older brother? Has has she mentioned that at all?"
And then there were his scenes with Liz. Holy moly!
*There are times when I feel like I am mentally seventeen and others when I feel seventy. This is one of those times.
Lucky: He said you love me.And that it would kill you to hurt me again. And...I keep hearing your voice in my head, and you've said the same thing over and over. I know you're scared, Elizabeth. But you're... You're carrying something that isn't yours to carry. It's like you feel responsible for us breaking up because you lied about Jake. So, somehow, you're responsible for this working this time. I mean, you have to repair my relationship with my dad and praise me as a father. And last night, we were gonna make love. I don't want perfection. I want you, Elizabeth. I want your confusion and your fears and your anger. I want it all. That's perfection to me.
Elizabeth: Why are you so wonderful to me?
Lucky: Why can't you believe how wonderful you are. Look, I understand that this is messy, and it's complicated. You know, I mean, we're trudging through a lot of history here for us to get back together. But you're gonna have to find way, somehow, to forgive yourself. Just...Just take your time. Ok? All right.
I can't pretend for a minute to be unbiased. I was completely unlike myself: unjaded, giddy and eagerly replaying scenes. It was...unsettling.
Fortunately, the rest of the show elicited a few dozen eyerolls, so I haven't completely gone over to the dark side. A few random musings:
- Anthony Zacchara is the mentally ill wind beneath my wings. The man cracks me up.
Anthony: I can't talk long. The library's closing soon. If I don't turn my book in, they're gonna charge me with a fee.
Thank you for being a friend, Bruce Weitz.
- Gee, do you think something bad is going to happen to Carly?
Jax: You think i care about the money? I care about Carly's life and our little girl's. And if anything happens to them because of your selfishness or your psychotic wife, I will do what I should have done years ago.
First of all, Jax and his empty threats are ADORABLE.
And secondly, OMFG we get it! Carly + Pregnancy + Living in Port Charles, AKA Upstate New York's Den of Sin = MORTAL PERIL. Enough.
- Steve Burton made a facial expression, which was surprising enough, but even better, said expression (directed at Carly) was hilarious.
- Lisa LoCicero has so much hair (Becca and I exchanged numerous emails this weekend marveling over the sheer volume and we both agree that it's most likely all hers, with no extensions).
I find myself imagining ways that she could wield her hair as a weapon and use it to murder Claudia. Would you judge her? Because Claudia, despite Sarah Brown's best efforts, is repugnant on nearly every level and I forget all of my complaints about how violent this show is, and I just want her gone, any way St. Jason deems fit.
But I think that that wish will be granted soon, since now Sonny finally knows the truth behind Michael's shooting. He reacted as anyone would:
Like he spent all morning looking for his glasses only to find that they were on top of his head the whole time! "Well I'll be damned! " he is obviously thinking to himself. "Don't I feel foolish?" I'm sure we'll get a volcanic, over-the-top reaction tomorrow, but it made me giggle.
Screencaps courtesy of LaurieLuvsLiason!