Disturbing and, Um, Disturbing...er
Oh, Serial Drama readers, I have a feeling that you know EXACTLY what two scenes I am referring to when I hysterically exclaim, "I just watched Friday's episode of General Hospital and am SO SERIOUSLY DISTURBED by two bits of dialogue!"
The first was Spinelli--who, quick recap,is a good guy. So good, in fact, that Maxie is having all sorts of relationship turmoil over his lack of bad boy appeal--finally discussing how he sat by and did nothing when he knew that Jason and Sonny were planning Dante's murder.
Spinelli: Yeah. It is the quagmire that keeps on giving. You know, I remember the day of Josslyn's christening. And I was aware that Stone Cold and Mr. Sir were planning Dante's demise, and there was Lulu, so worried about Dante. And yet I said nothing.
Maxie: Do you regret that?
Spinelli: No1. I'm of the belief that what's set in motion has to take its due course without outside interference2. And when the stakes are higher for others than they could ever be for you, sometimes the most prudent choice is just to do nothing3.
Only in Port Charles is a babbling man child who calmly recounts his participation in the attempted murder of an unarmed cop considered TOO NICE.
The fact that Spinelli's involvement in Dante's shooting was ignored for so long was a source of irritation, sure, but if this is the rationalization we are going to get, I'd rather it continue to be ignored! Because "No, I don't regret being involved in the attempted murder of an innocent cop. I mean, it was just cop killing. It's not like I did something really heinous, like willingly associate with the Quartermaines" is just profoundly gross.
Now, to be fair to the show, it's entirely possible that Spinelli followed that up with, "Wow, saying those words out loud is kind of upsetting. What has happened to my life?", or a sentence with a similar sentiment but also more nicknames and strange word choices, but that I didn't hear it because it was drowned out by the sound of Bradford Anderson pounding on his keyboard with such force that it made some of Maurice Benard's stemware flinging tantrums seem downright lackadaisical.
The second exchange was just...disgusting.
Skye: At first it was like a bottomless well. I didn't even realize more was coming out than going in, I mean, why would I? Lorenzo's portfolio was like the gift that kept on giving. Honestly, Luke, I didn't watch the news. I didn't even know there was an economic downturn. Till it came to bite me on the butt.
Luke: Lucky economic downturn.
Although, I do have to say that these two moments of...well, horror, did make me pay attention to the episode. For all the wrong reasons, yes, but even though I was transfixed in disgust, it still counts as being transfixed, which I can't say for the rest of the show which I am pretty sure was just actors reciting lines from one of the three same scripts that they have been using since February. I know we always say that Tony Geary and his endless vacations have the best gig in daytime, but seriously, Ingo Rademacher has only had to learn one line of dialogue since October--say it with me: "I'm trying to protect my family!"--which is equally sweet, if not sweeter.