What Just Happened, and How Do I Feel About It?
- I was once told that I am so blinded by Rebecca Herbst's hair that I am unable to see the character of Liz for what she really is, and that I give her a pass on everything she does. I don't know if this is true, exactly, because I spent the entirety of the Jason/Jake paternity lie story doing a "back-burner" dance in hopes that it would end the story and lessen Liz's airtime
- I was informed by Simone and Mala's blogthat part of today's GH was rage-inducing, and I started to wonder if I should, like, "accidentally" delete the episode from my DVR, and make myself unavailable during the SOAPNet GH marathon, and block YouTube on my computer so that I'd never have to see it.
But I braved it and watched the full episode, and, dear readers, I am CONFLICTED.
However, there is one thing that I am not at all conflicted about, and it is the moment that Liz turned around and snapped at Rebecca "Why don't you shut the hell up, I'm not even talking to you!" and then she and Lucky made these faces.
The only reason to feel conflicted about that moment is being torn about whether to giggle with glee or cackle with delight.
Okay, so, back to my inner turmoil: Rebecca knows the truth about Liz and Nikolas and is planning to tell Lucky, and then Liz and Nikolas (who made a single douchey expression for the entire episode and I wanted to kick him in the face) interrupted and Rebecca made a smartass remark about Liz and Lucky's fairytale love, and shit got real, because Liz explained that their love started when she got raped.
Rebecca: Spare me, Lucky. I know all about the Four Musketeers. Emily's schoolgirl crush on Nikolas that turned into the love story for the ages. The magic of Elizabeth and Lucky.
Elizabeth: You know nothing. You want to know how all the magic got started? I was raped.
Did Elizabeth use her rape to shut Rebecca up, and did General Hospital use Elizabeth's rape in order to make her actions now more sympathetic? Or was it an appropriate response? This is why I need to have a point/counterpoint: "Uh, that was totally wrong" / "Liz was completely in the right (and also has shiny hair, which has nothing to do with her rightness in this situation".
Team Totally Wrong: Liz DESPERATELY wants to keep Rebecca's mouth shut about the fact that she's a brother fucker, as evidenced by the fact that she SPRINTED into Jake's to interrupt Lucky and Rebecca's conversation and spoke in a high-pitched, nervous "What, am I being weird? I'm not being weird! Ha! Ha ha! Is anyone else hot? Hey, look over there, a diversion!" manner, and told her a story almost guaranteed to get Rebecca's sympathy.
Team Completely Right: Really, the snide way that Rebecca mentioned "the magic of Elizabeth and Lucky" irked me to no end, and I don't really blame Liz for going the "Are you serious, you ignorant grifter bitch?" route, because really, as soon as she sneered that line, my head immediately jerked to my calendar to see how close we were to the end of Rebecca's time on this show.
Team Totally Wrong: I understand the desire to school Rebecca in every which way, but seriously, who the hell has this kind of conversation standing in the middle of a dive bar?! That is GROSS.
Team Completely Right: All of what Liz said IS true. This IS how their relationship started
Elizabeth: I was fifteen. It was the night of Valentine's Day. I was already falling in love with Lucky, but he was all about my [charisma free and horrid--Ed.] sister Sarah, who was all about Nik at the time. There was a dance at school and Lucky wanted to take Sarah, but she was already going with Nikolas, so he had to settle for me...anyway, Nik backed out at the very last minute, so Lucky broke his date with me and took Sarah. Believe me, I ask myself all the time why I couldn't just let it end there, and I guess it was because I just didn't want to disappoint my Gram. She bought me this amazing red dress with these matching shoes. She even let me wear the bracelet my grandfather gave her. She was so excited for me. So I told her I was meeting Lucky, and I left. I went to the movies. To this day, I can't remember what I saw, and after, I went for a walk in the park and I sat on a bench just to pass the time. It was cold, there was snow everywhere. I remembe exactly what happened right before. Being struck by the stillness of everything, which confuses me, why couldn't I hear him coming? All of a sudden, there he was. He grabbed me, I went flying back. Then he raped me.
Lucky: Elizabeth, you don't need to do this.
Elizabeth: You found me, crawling in the bushes, desperately searching for my grandmother's bracelet.
Lucky: I couldn't believe what I was seeing. Your dress was ripped. Your arms were bruised, your face was bleeding.
Elizabeth: You took care of me that night, and you never stopped.
Becky Herbst and Jonathan Jackson were amazing in these scenes. I know, I know, I'm an embarrassing fangirl, blah blah, but it's true--they were so, so good. I still have goosebumps.
Team Completely Wrong: She could have just said, "You don't know what the hell you're talking about, and I am not going to continue this conversation. I am instead going to go home to the most adorable boys in the history of creation" and not launched into that painful story at that moment. The scene can definitely be interpreted as...grossness. And it makes me seriously uncomfortable when GH uses past storylines and twists them on a whim to fit whatever slop they are trying to sell.
Team What the Hell Seriously, He Shouldn't Be Allowed to Draw a Paycheck Unless Nikolas is SUPPOSED to Be Coming Across As The Worst Person To Ever Be The Worst: Is Nikolas supposed to be a smug, terrible mess? If so, Tyler Christopher should put this on an Emmy reel because it completely fits the bill:
His supposed great love is opening up about her painful rape (granted, in a completely inappropriate setting) and he is glaring like he has somewhere better to be.