Um, is something exciting happening on General Hospital tomorrow? I ask because ABC Daytime's advertisements for Friday's show have been so subtle and nuanced that I'm not sure if something earth-shattering is going to happen!
(I think an actual spoiler alert is probably unnecessary because the only way that this could be missed is if you own a Ted Mosby sensory deprivation gadget, or have no head, but just in case!)
In a showdown that we've all been anticipating since Dante was revealed to be an undercover cop, Sonny (the good mobster, the leading man, the romantic hero, the good father) shoots him. I know this for many reasons, the first being that I've watched this show before and understand that the only plot twists GH can come up with are heavily telegraphed ones, but also because:
A promo explicitly spelled out the progression of this entire story days before any of it actually unfolded
This promo, by the way, is inescapable. It airs on every single channel, during every commercial break, multiple times a day, just in case you happened to miss the first 521 airings. Do you know what happens to someone who watches an awful lot of television? That someone sees that commercial IN HER DREAMS.
And, during today's episode, a graphic at the bottom of the screen helpfully reminded us what's going to happen next!
What the hell ever happened to shocking soap moments?! Did the powers-that-be finally learn that many of us conspire to "accidentally delete GH from our DVR" and schedule things like dentist appointments at 3 PM and realize that the only way to get us to tune in was to tell us exactly what happens? Or did the Supreme Court finally bar them from using the line "The episode you won't want to miss!" because of their flagrant abuse of that phrase in previous promos? I don't get it, which is a sentence I often say while talking about this show...
If you want to see the actual scene in question, watch The Godfather. Oh, sorry, I meant watch this clip at Entertainment Weekly.
OH. And what does Bob Guza have to say about this twist? According to the most recent Soap Opera Digest Insider email, he considers it
"the penultimate, the cosmic guffaw."
When Becca emailed me about it this morning (with the subject line !!!! hate !!!!), I was seriously speechless for at least five full minutes, and must have looked hilariously dim, since my eyes were bugged and my mouth was hanging open. I have so many questions and no faith that they will ever get answered!