What a Cliffhanger That Was, Huh?
It's not that I'm surprised that Bob Guza ripped off his own acclaimed story by bringing a car bomb into the year 2010, since his entire career consists of coasting on Clink-Boom ("You haven't gotten your walking papers yet? How the hell not?" "Uh, remember Clink-Boom? That was all me?" "...a scene in the mid-90s probably shouldn't guarantee lifelong job security." "It was totally acclaimed".) What I AM surprised about is how surprised I am that it was so poorly done. You'd think I'd know by this barrel has no bottom.
Soap Opera 101 CLEARLY states (or it would clearly state, if it were a real class and I were the instructor) that a Friday episode should end on a shocking note, leading viewers to wish that Monday would hurry up and get there. Now, I'm not saying that there is anything really shocking about this car bomb situation, because it's become routine for Sonny to have a monumentally stupid idea that will have life-threatening consequences for at least one of his children, but really! To go from Johnny and/or Kristina going all explod-ey while Sonny cowered in the garage wondering how the hell he's going to be able to explain this one
to Jason and Dante questioning Woman We've Never Seen Before (AKA Franco's mother AKA James Franco's mother Betsy)* to a cleaned up Franco presenting Maxie with a flower** sort of lessened the impact dramatically.
Maybe General Hospital figured that the tragic consequences of Sonny's bomb had been so clearly telegraphed, what with Sonny growling three times an episode about how no one but Johnny could get hurt, that it wasn't surprising enough to count as a cliffhanger? And, really, I should be grateful that they didn't end the episode on Patrick and Lisa*** making the beast with two sets of seriously lame college stories****, because then I'd have gone blind and spending the holiday weekend blind is no one's idea of fun, so I suppose I should be thankful for the, um, palate cleanser of a car bomb and a serial killer...
*This was hugely dumb, but it did lead to Dueling Duh Faces
**It says a lot about how spectacularly his last stint failed and how little faith I have in this writing staff that even I, admitted James Franco fangirl, reacted to this with, "Oh, pretty. But ugh, this again?". Except I draw the "ugh" and the "again" out for a really long time to best express my disdain because REALLY. And if I, with cartoon hearts flying out of my head and bearing scars from seeing Nights in Rodanthe, am saying this, I can only imagine how everyone else feels.
****Is anyone else surprised that Lisa and Patrick's reminiscing on Friday didn't garner GH a TV-MA rating?! Talking about college kids drinking and having sex. Consider my pearls clutched!