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January 25, 2010

Shot Through The Heart

I'm not going to pretend like it's rare for me to say things like, "I had to keep looking away during that episode" or "I honestly felt like I was intruding on the worst moment of a person's life" after I watch General Hospital. It's a distressingly frequent occurrence, actually! But I'm usually saying them in the "I had to keep looking away during that episode, on account of how horrendously written it was" or "I honestly felt like I was intruding on the worst moment of a person's life...oh, wait, that happened and that person was actually me. Never mind" kind of ways.

Today, though, was like a punch in the throat. I had been so eagerly anticipating Lucky's smackdown of Liz and Nik for their crimes against humanity, but I wasn't expecting it to be so...raw. And painful. And nearly impossible to watch.

(I DID expect lots of slut-calling, so at least I wasn't totally caught off guard by Lucky's tirades. I mean, seriously, men on this show are not allowed to express even mild annoyance without denigrating a woman for being a whore).

Jonathan Jackson was even better than he has been in recent days, and since he has been pretty damn great of late, well...I know that I compliment him so often that anything I say about him can easily be interpreted as mindless gushing, and maybe that's a little bit right, but still, he was good.

Lucky

As was Becky Herbst, who hit every single note of pure devastation.

Liz

And Tyler Christopher managed to shed a single tear after spending most of the episode stone-faced*.

Singletear

But I am too caught up in the soapiness to even make a "Maybe he's born with it, maybe it's glycerin" crack.

*He was good when Liz kicked him out at the end, though. Credit where credit is due and all that. I feel like I am growing as a person!

I was originally going to do a "The Day's Most GASP! DID THAT JUST HAPPEN? Dialogue" entry after today, but pretty much every line Lucky said was in the running. Like, everything about this exchange was [insert hyperbolic expression of greatness here] and [and also here]:

Elizabeth: I'm sorry. I'm sorry.

Lucky: So you've said.

Elizabeth: I have no excuse.

Lucky: Something we agree on.

Nikolas: Look, I don't know what else to say. We didn't plan for this to happen, Lucky. It just happened, ok?

Lucky: I don't even know what that means.

But wait! There's more!

Lucky: Who cares?! Who cares if I'm drunk?! Drunk! Sober! Sober! Drunk! I can still smell every lie that comes out of your mouth. But look, I'll own my part in this. Ok? I couldn't see what was right in front of me. You're too edgy when Nikolas is around. You cry for no reason. You push me away and then say it has nothing to do with me. I should have known after everything that Elizabeth has done that she was a faithless tramp. But never, ever in my wildest dreams did i ever imagine this betrayal from my own brother. 

***

Lucky: You're the big surprise, Nikolas. All those years learning to trust each other, believing you when you said you loved me, that we were both our mother's sons. I got news for you. You are a Cassadine right down to the bottom of your rotten soul. Yeah, i guess i had to see it for myself, but you two make a hell of a pair.

***

Elizabeth: You know, what you saw, it was the end of it.

Lucky: End of it? Oh, it helps to know that wasn't the only time. When did this affair start exactly, huh? Well, you know what? I don't wanna know.

I loved, loved, LOVED when Carly stopped by. Liz's complete terror at Carly "The Mouth" Jacks learning her secret and Lucky's "Oh, it's already been broughten" look as he went to let Carly in were awesome.

Carly: Elizabeth, it's Carly. Are you home?

Elizabeth: Please don't.

Lucky: Pardon me. Hey, cuz. Come on in.

Carly: Ok, obviously you guys are in the middle of something.  I just wanted to invite you to Josslyn's christening. It's on January 29, so--

Lucky: I'll be there, wouldn't miss it. Nikolas and Elizabeth, I don't think they're gonna be able to make it, though, because they'll be too busy rutting like farm animals.

RUTTING LIKE FARM ANIMALS! I am torn between asking "Who says that?" and "Why doesn't everybody in the world say that every single day?".

The entire painful, nasty episode took the ugliest turn yet when Elizabeth alluded to the two greatest children in all of soapdom. After hearing those two words, Lucky completely lost it in the most vicious way.

Elizabeth: I know you want to punish me, but think about the boys.

Lucky: Shut your lying mouth! You can whore yourself out to anyone you want, but don't you ever, ever try to use Cam and Jake to manipulate me again, you bitch.

Elizabeth: You can attack me all you want, but i have never used Cam and Jake to manipulate you.

Lucky: You always have. You knew the problems I had with my dad from day one. You held Cam and Jake out as my chance to be a better father, to have a stable family, but what you really wanted was for me to be your fail-safe. You wanted me to play papa while you were out tramping around. Those boys have no idea--

Nikolas: Lucky, you're understandably upset, but you're taking this thing too far.

Lucky: Like hell I am! You heard her. She doesn't want the world to know what you two did, for the boys' sake. She thinks that by throwin' them in my face, she'll get what she wants like always. Well, not this time! You cheated, he lied, and you handed yourself out like candy.

AH! I couldn't watch, but I also couldn't not watch.

And then Lulu brought it all home. Dare I have high hopes that tomorrow will be another day of amazing smackdowns?

Nikolas: I have. Elizabeth and I both spoke to him. Well, I'm-- "listened" would be more accurate, I guess.

Lulu: Did he say why he started drinking again?

Nikolas: He knows the truth. Elizabeth and I have been sleeping together for months now.

Lulu: You liar. You selfish pig. How could you do this to your brother?

Pretty fab, no? And that's not even getting into Michael telling Sonny that Dante is a cop, or the sheer WTFery of Carly suggesting that Jason get custody of Jake because Liz had an affair with Nikolas! The whole episode made my head spin, but mostly in the good way, which is just weird!

Comments

ATTEMPT #2 AT THIS COMMENT - hope it doesn't disappear again!)

I don't know, horselover, I think no name calling would have been distracting as well. I can't imagine being that angry and betrayed and not wanting to lash out at the other person to make them feel as bad as you do - especially since Lucky was drunk. I think the fact that the behavior was so anti-Lucky just hammers home how broken he is over this betrayal. And, as someone pointed out, at least he acknowledged to Luke later that he had said some things he never thought he'd say.

Sonny, on the other hand, thinks you call women a slut for breaking a plate, and he NEVER feels bad about it. THAT is Guza's grotesque misogyny at work.

I don't want to ruin a deliciously soapy day by getting into a JJ vs. GV debate. I will say this though in my opinion Greg was never in the league of a Rick Hearst, a Jason Thompson or a Jonathan Jackson and I've never argued otherwise. However, they never gave GV a chance! They consciously wrote GV's Lucky into the ground and when they weren't writing him into the ground they were ignoring him entirely. That is what pisses me off not just because I am a Lucky fan and a GV fan but also because as a person who watches this show I find it offensive that they would so openly show such distaste for one character and show so much love for that same character played by another actor. If they don't give a crap why the hell should I?

As for THE scenes, Lucky was on point and I'm so glad he finally got his say. JJ made me cracking up one minute and had my heart aching the next. Rebecca had her moments and she definitely was present, but she's never been the strongest actress. As for Tyler, I think I'm one of the only people who chooses to believe (or at least hope) that it's an acting choice to play Nikolas so detached and aloof (maybe an attempt to channel his Cassidine roots?). Regardless, there are so many drama queens and kings running around PC it is okay for me to have a few characters not always so hysterical. Personally, I don't think Nikolas is feeling all that guilty anyway. He wanted Liz and he made no bones about it. The only reason he never said anything was because that's what Liz wanted not him.

CKN, you have an interesting point about Tyler and I will try and look at it from that angle for a while anyway! I do, however, think Becky is a top notch actress and was in the moment as she always seems to be. I admit, I did not watch GH when that one guy took Lucky's place in 2000 (I think it was then) and came back during GV's time as Lucky. I always thought they kind of wrote him as a dumb ass and wondered what in the heck they did to that character over the years when I was not watching so, I see what you mean too about the difference in performances. Well, onward and upward!

My feeling on the GV front (and this is entirely my opinion) was that they DID give him the "addicted Lucky" storyline, and that was a pretty big one. Sleeping with Maxie, trying to hide his addiction, stealing pills, etc. - and I'm sorry, I thought he bombed miserably. I think they realized at that point that GV wasn't a strong enough actor to pull off a major storyline, so they just kept back-burnering him. Then I think think they felt maybe being the beautiful man that he is (and I've never argued THAT point! LOL!), they'd try the "steamy scenes for Lucky" with the Sam relationship...and that was just awkward and weird. Fail.

Now I agree that their treatment of GV was HORRID. They should have just wrote him leaving the country or going undercover or, for God's sake, going on an extended vacation to Bora Bora - ANYTHING but let him languish the way he did for so long - clearly waiting for JJ to have an opening to fill the Lucky spot. I think it would have made everything better. GV wouldn't have been humiliated, we would have had time to assimilate to a GH without any Lucky at all, which would have made JJ coming back easier, etc. etc. etc.

Sadly, I don't think the treatment of GV even scratched the surface of the back-stabbing business of Hollywood. If the Conan vs. Jay debacle doesn't prove that Hollywood really let's you know they don't owe you a damn thing, nothing does.

Renee...while everyone is entitled to their opinion...and to each their own when it comes to actors, i do feel the need to point out that writers still affliated with this show have gone on record as being told the drug addiction storyline was being written to and here I quote "de-ball Lucky Spencer". It was acutally not written to give Greg a chance to show what he can do. They wrote it to tank the character.

Wow, Beth, I'd love to see that in print - they actually said it was to "tank" the charcter of Lucky?? Or by de-ball, did they mean the story was meant to bring the character down a notch - or ten - from the high horse that Lucky was on there for quite some time? I can't imagine them admitting in public that it was to ruin a character, but I certainly won't argue the point as I wouldn't put anything past the Hollywood machine.

The whole Lucky-confrontation scenario was phenomenal. EXCEPT...I agree with the Bourgeouis Nerd's comment...Lucky's comment about only being in love with Liz after her rape made me sick. Obviously a line written by a mentally ill man and disturbing even more that no one cut it out.

I guess I'm one of the few people who still objects to people calling women "slut" and "whore". Liz is a cheater, and I hate this whole stupid triangle storyline, but I can't stand people calling each other those names. And Lucky AND Lulu were slinging that crap.

Liz certainly was unfaithful, and she can reasonably be called a cheater and liar, but she's hardly a slut or a whore, if you want to get technical. Nikolas was with Rebecca and Liz at the same time, and I don't hear anyone calling him a whore or a slut.

Not to excuse anything Liz did, because again, I hate what the character has done and even more so that it's being framed as somehow mostly Nik's fault, but why are the names people call women in these situations aimed at denigrating them based on their sexuality, whereas the names men are called have to do with their character? Sleeping with three men in several years doesn't make a woman a slut, even if it involves cheating on a significant other.

And just for the record, I've never cheated on anyone, AND I have a really dim view of people who aren't faithful. I just hate the misogyny on this show! And I'm sad when I see posts made mostly be women who excuse people using these words as somehow justified.

Well now, Guza must be totally laughing behind his coffee cup. Even Monica is calling people whore. I don't care that it was only a delusion, it's just wrong. Is there anyone who hasn't slung the "sluts" and "whores" around on this show?

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