A Reason To Be Thankful: Awesome Writer, Being Awesome
Through charm or ingenuity or trickery or "Hey, Steve Burton, nice new leather jacket. Oh! Bob Guza. Wow, sorry for my mistake. Looking very Stone-Colidsh!", Awesome Writer was given the task of writing General Hospital's Thanksgiving episode this year and will no doubt face harsh repercussions for the quality of the episode that aired at 3 PM today. Not only were there Quartermaines, Davises, Scorpios and Drakes doing things like "bantering" and "expressing love for their family and friends", but not one of them--not one!--had an overwrought soliloquy detailing the great greatness of Jason Morgan! Awesome Writer, you may soon find yourself on the unemployment line, but you can at least feel proud that you went out on a high, soapy note.
Today's GH--I have tried to type the following sentence three times and my brain keeps registering it as a typo--made me so happy. How could it not, really, when it included large doses of the following:
I almost titled this entry "Things Edward Quartermaine Said That I Loved", because John Ingle spent his surprisingly ample screentime delivering some great lines adorably (he also got to miss Lila, as pictured above, which was utterly sweet).
On the Spencer Men, who he referred to as "scallywags" and "the worst kind of freeloaders": I think it's a damn shame for two smart, beautiful women to be wasting themselves on a couple of good for nothing Spencer men.
On Dante: Dante is the son of that reprobate Sonny Corinthos. Violence and misery follow him around like cheap cologne.
To Dante: As long as Michael says so, I guess you're welcome. As long as you don't revert to type, get someone shot or throw Lulu off for another woman. Because if you do, Alice is going to put you into a double chicken wing and throw you out.
He was enchanted by Siobhan and overjoyed to see Michael. Beyond overjoyed.
And I was kind of with him! Michael spending Thanksgiving with the Quartermaines was something that I forgotten that I wanted, since I had written it off so long ago as a complete impossibility (and how cute, if sad, was it that he couldn't go to the Macy's parade and didn't want his family to stay with him because it wouldn't be fair to Morgan and Fat-Headed Joss?! The boy needs the biggest of hugs. Also sad was this episode's lack of Joss). But he was adorably great-grandfatherly, asking how school is ("better than prison") and telling Michael he never needs an excuse to visit. I hope Michael takes him up on that!
Tracy and Luke's engagement
Most of Tracy and Luke's stories of the past few years have been a series of shenanigans poorly written and hammily acted, which does a disservice to Tony Geary and Jane Elliot who are, you know, legends in this field and everything. But today, when Luke presented Tracy with the ring he bought (!) in Amsterdam? So good.
Luke: It fits.
Tracy: Lucky guess.
Luke: Luck had nothing to do with it.
Tracy: If this is real, I'd say you're doing pretty good.
Luke: It is real! What do you say? Will you take that leap into the unknown with me? Be my bride. Let me love you forever.
Tracy, getting choked up: Give me that (Examines the ring, starts to cry). It's real.
I have absolutely no faith in the rest of the writing staff and assume that these brief moments will be the highlight of their reunion, but it's only fair for me to give them well-deserved, if fleeting, kudos.
Emma's jeans and her artistic talents.
How damn cute is she?
Since the moments involving the GH babies are the only scenes that reliably entertain me, I LOVED the moment at the start of the episode, where Sam came to ask Robin for help in the great quest to make Mac and Alexis happen and Robin, wearing another hideous and ruffly robe, proudly showed Sam the picture Emma drew.
Robin: My daughter's a genius!
Yeah, it's a good looking...hand.
Emma's parents were also pretty adorable.
Patrick: Is it okay if I stay for a second?
Robin: Yeah. I mean, I don't know what's going to happen tomorrow or next week, but right now this feels good. Our family, together.
I should mention that Patrick was there at great peril, since Mac threatened to break his kneecaps for going anywhere near Robin. Foreshadowing of what's to come for Awesome Writer? I hope not!
Kristina's enviable collection of sweaters
I...have a serious cardigan problem.
It's not that I'm even interested in Mac and Alexis as a couple, which is probably the first and only opinion I share with the GH writers. There's no possible way that these two will ever get a real storyline together...or, um, separately, now that I think of it. But it's cute to see their daughters (minus Molly which, I am ashamed to say, was sort of a relief, because she annoys me SO MUCH. And it was nice to hear that she's visiting her father in LA! I like being reminded that Ric is still out there, probably mentioning his utter loathing of Jason in his Thanksgiving prayer) try so hard to set them up, and it's also cute to see Mac change into a blue sweater after hearing that "Alexis likes [him] in blue".
Lulu's complete lack of self-awareness
Lulu, to Dante: It's not like we're joined at the hip.
IT IS EXACTLY LIKE THAT, YOU CO-DEPENDENT WEIRDO.
Okay, maybe that didn't technically make me happy. It did make me laugh, though. The unhinged laughter of a person in complete disbelief, but laughter nonetheless.
I laughed that same laughter when I saw her outfit. Presumably, the Quartermaine mansion has a nightclub wing where lingerie is an appropriate clothing choice.
It's a Thanksgiving miracle!
(Although, I have to say, I actually wouldn't have minded Brenda being part of the Quartermaine Thanksgiving celebration, because they love each other like family, but a break is a break, and I think we were all in need of a Brenda break)