Don't Look Back In Anger
I have practically made a career out of criticizing General Hospital and how epically it fails in nearly every conceivable way, but I can almost always be counted on to compliment (sometimes genuinely and effusively, sometimes half-heartedly, sometimes soaked with gallons of faint praise) the show's actors, or the majority of the show's actors, at any rate. They're almost always so good, and it's especially noticeable since the show's writing, editing and production values bring new meaning to the phrase, "OMFG, what the hell is this?"
Then there are days like today where everyone decided, "Enough of this. Why let my subtly expressive eyes have all the fun?! Come on, throbbing neck veins, let's show them how it's done!"
It was weird, how rage-y everyone was, although the image of Bruce Weitz watching this somewhere*, with a tear in his eye, saying, "You did good, kids. You did good" makes me want to shrug my shoulders and just roll with the camp.
Why was everyone so furious, you wonder? Most of them were mad that Dante exists because, according to the town's murderers and mob molls, he is literally the worst human being to ever walk the planet.
Lulu: I'm respecting what Michael wants.
Carly: No, you are trying to rationalize. You're telling yourself anything to justify choosing Dante over your family. Michael needed you and you threw him under the bus.
Lulu: Yeah, I believe in Dante. I am on his side and I am not apologizing for that.
Carly: Then you're a selfish bitch.
Sonny: You didn't step up. YOU DIDN'T STEP UP. You turned him into the cops! Don't act like you did a good thing here!
Carly: Every time you wanted to talk about Johnny, or wanted to talk about Dante, or wanted to talk about YOUR MOTHER, I was there for you. And the one time I need you, you turn your back.
I can't even do justice to the acid in Carly's voice when she mentioned Laura.
And Lucky was mad at Jason, which (a) was awesome and (b) basically just confirms that he's going to hell or will at least be on the receiving end of some sort of humiliating storyline twist because Bob Guza just can't have that.
Jason: Does anyone know that you found Michael?
Lucky: I can't just act like Dante didn't tell the court that Michael did it. You understand what I'm saying?
Jason: Lucky, please.
Lucky: Stop living his life for him! It's over!!!
Luckily, Jason has no hard feelings. The only feeling he has for Lucky are positive ones, and the "i" in positive is dotted with a heart.
Jason: Lucky pulled a gun on me and I swear to you, if it was anyone else I'd have taken them out. But I don't want to hurt Lucky.
That's adorable, disturbing and sad all at once. Adorable, because holy mancrush, Batman! Disturbing, because he's way too open about the fact that he's willing to kill cops (and to say that in a police station, of all places!). Sad, because Sonny's been dumped and he doesn't even know it.
*Not to slander Bruce Weitz by implying he has nothing better to do with his time than watch GH, or anything...
Hating Dante for his betrayal, and hating Lulu for her betrayal of not hating Dante took up the bulk of today's episode, but there were a couple of notable moments.
First, Carly had an epiphany that, maybe, she was partly responsible for Michael's life turning out the way it has.
Carly: I'm responsible for how Michael grew up. For putting him a world where things like this could happen. Hell, he wasn't even supposed to be at that stupid party that night, Jax.
Carly: He wanted to be just like Sonny, and now he is. Except Sonny never gets caught.
What an important realization to have, Carly! If only someone had pointed these things out to you earlier. Someone like, say, Jax, or the entire viewing audience or, you know, Carly Circa April 2008 which is when you last had this same exact moment of clarity.
Then, Lucky and the world's most spectacularly inept judge had a very long conversation about Michael and Lucky's fondness for him, which was all completely new information. I never imagined Lucky giving Michael a second thought (okay, okay, insert joke about the mental capacity of Greg Vaughan's Lucky here), but it turns out that he likes him a lot.
Judge Carroll: You seem to care for him very much.
Lucky: I have no reason not to, sir. Michael's my cousin, and we're not close. We don't spend that much time together, but of course, of course I care for him. On the surface, it might look like he's had a pretty easy life. He's always had plenty of money. He grew up being driven around in limos, surrounded by bodyguards, but Michael has suffered more in his short life than almost anyone I know, and if anyone deserves mercy from this court, it's him.
Which is good to know, I guess!
I feel like the show is moving towards a much more outwardly sympathetic Michael. We're hearing all about his hard life, and his brain damage and, in the form of Chad Duell, he looked like a terrified little boy on the witness stand.
Someone needs a hug!
It's entirely possible that this was the biggest reason for the recast. If Michael were to go to prison for Claudia's murder--I am not spoiled, but...he's going to, right? Because nobody in this town goes to prison for crimes committed with malice, so naturally a teenager is going to be jailed for killing in self-defense--he needs to look really vulnerable and, massive height aside, Chad Duell is. You sort of got the feeling with Drew Garrett that he could take care of himself in prison, because he's scrappy and had a tendency to be such a brat that nobody would want to start anything with him.