Heart Of Stone
I can only imagine the kind of bargaining Awesome Writer had to resort to for the chance to write the scenes with Robin and Stone stuck in a well--for all we know, Awesome Writer might right now be moderating a Jason Morgan/Bob Guza fan board, or sewing new additions for Jason's already extensive black t-shirt collection (I like to think that Awesome Writer is great at sewing. And also at Scrabble). And it may sound selfish of me to say that, but Awesome Writer's sacrifice was totally worth it for these scenes because: love.
When Wednesday's episode of General Hospital came to a close, I sat dabbing my eyes with a tissue in a most dignified manner...or, rather, sat amongst dozens of mascara-stained tissues as I struggled valiantly to curb the annoying squeaky sounds I may when I cry.
This stunt had potential to be bad; really bad. We all know what happens when modern day GH grabs hold of things that we all held dear. Like, say, Brenda and Jax. Remember what happened there? What happened there was Bob Guza setting dousing my memories in gasoline, lighting them on fire, filming all of it and playing it for me in slow motion. So for Stone and Robin to reunite after fifteen years and several writing regime changes, and for this emotionally charged reunion to take place in an effing well...I was nervous.
But I needn't have been.
What I loved about this, besides everything, is how effortlessly wonderful Michael Sutton and Kimberly McCullough still are after all this time and that the writing touched on pretty much everything I had hoped it would, and when was the last time I have typed that sentence in a GH post?
Stone: Robin. Do you wish you died when I did?
Robin: No. No, never. I...I love my life. I love my career. I love my friends. And my family. I have a daughter. Emma. The daughter that I never thought I could have. I almost named her Anna Karen like you and I had talked about, but...Emma's not some child that I dreamed up. She's real. She's my daughter with Patrick. I can't let her grow up without me. She needs me, so...I have to get home to her.
Stone: Then you will.
Robin: I'll always love you, Stone.
Stone: I know. That is why I'm here, because I'm part of you. I love you, Robin.
That sound you hear is me sniffling, AKA sobbing, AKA taking a break from writing in order to compose myself.
They also discussed Patrick and his (according to Stone, reasonable) feelings about Stone.
Stone: Come on, there's a place in your heart that's permanently out of Patrick's reach.
Whether you think Patrick's inferiority complex when it comes to Stone is reasonable (because, truly, it's very easy to be insecure about your partner's ex/exes, especially if the ex died, since there would always be a sense of "What could have been...?) or totally foul (his petulant attitude whenever he discussed it with Robin did not do him any favors because REALLY), I think we can all agree on two things:
1. Using a classic storyline from fifteen years ago to kick start an infidelity story/Fatal Attraction knockoff, is pretty much the hackiest of hack moves.
2. We have seen Robin and Patrick, multiple times, come to terms with their relationship and the presence of Stone in their life. We have! I know that Guza and Co would never acknowledge Sri Rao's masterful work on Night Shift season two, but take this, for example:
Patrick: That could be us someday.
Robin: You don't want this. Trust me. I was with Stone the day he died, and I don't think I could go through that again.
Patrick: (Crying) I'm never going to have what you and Stone had, am I? I'm never going to have you the way he did.
Robin: That doesn't matter. You're the one that's with me now, and I wouldn't trade that for anything. Listen-I need you to be healthy. If anything were to happen to me, you have to take care of our daughter.
Patrick: Nothing is going to happen to you. Our lovely little girl is going to have two healthy parents. Because our love is strong enough to make that happen. I promise you.
Robin: I love you.
Patrick: I love you, too.
Peace made, right? And then again at their wedding, and so on, so this is a bit irksome, but that's par for the course with this show.
Also: are we all just going to pretend that Jason and Robin's relationship never happened? Because talk about moving on from Stone; he helped her heal! And if we ARE supposed to forget their romance, then what's Robin's excuse for being a professional excuse-maker for Jason? Not that anyone in this town really needs one, but you know what I mean.
Robin: There was this one surgery. Patrick had blood on blood contact with an AIDS patient, and he had to do the drug therapy to prevent infection. We talked a lot in those days, and I got to see this side of Patrick, you know, this vulnerable side that he didn't show the rest of the world. Then he got to see me, you know, someone that faces her fears, and, I don't know, when it was all said and done, I was able to see Patrick for this kind, vulnerable man that I wanted to marry.
Stone: Then you got everything I wished for you.
Overall, it was so well done, and my middle school happy memories can remain intact! It's nice that this story has managed to give us some high quality soap amidst the (to be fair, GLORIOUS) camp that is Lisa's descent into crazy.
Speaking of glorious--yes, there was something else that made me clap my hands in delight! Two things on one episode! Yesterday was breaking all sorts of records--Sam hit Carly with a whole lot of knowledge.
Sam: Oh, Carly, you are the one that has her panties in a twist over this. And I can see why, actually. Because you and Brenda actually fill a very similar place in Jason's life. You're both very high-maintenance women that he feels obligated to help.
Carly: You know what? Don't even think about comparing Jason's misguided whatever that he has with Brenda to what Jason and I have.
Sam: You're absolutely right, Carly. There are many differences. I mean, you, of course, are much closer to Jason than Brenda is. So if you're feeling so threatened and insecure, by all means hop on a plane to Rome and go stake your claim.
What was going on yesterday?! Some good writing, Sam getting to show some sass...are things taking a turn for the awesome?
Spinelli: The betrayer's cavalier attitude is indeed repugnant.
Carly: That's right. And you know Dante's history as well as I do. He's lied over and over again. He gets people to trust him and he stabs them in the back.
Spinelli: That indeed has been his odious pattern.
Carly: And Jason could be next. Dante got Jason to drop his guard with the whole Franco mess. Jason won't see it coming.
Spinelli: The Jackal will protect his master by any means necessary.
Carly: Good. But we have to be careful, okay? Nothing can happen to Dante while he's still responsible for Michael. Once Michael's parole is lifted... we rip his life apart.
Spinelli: No barrier shall impede the Jackal.
Carly: You can set the whole thing up. And once you take care of everything, we just sit back and watch the karmic hammer fall.
Oh. Never mind.