Bad: Hair, Decisions, Writing
I was so, so excited for new soaps today. SO excited. And not just because I was looking forward to follow-up on the whole "Michael and Jason stopped by to wish Edward a Merry Christmas and it was like a cup of peppermint hot chocolate for the soul" thing (although that was a big part of it), but also: I spent yesterday snowed in watching Lifetime's "A Perfect Sunday" marathon, filled with movies with "Perfect" in their titles (The Perfect Nanny, The Perfect Teacher, The Perfect Marriage) and even ABC Daytime, with its myriad problems, started to look positively stellar in comparison.
All My Children was pre-empted for snow coverage and a Mayor Bloomberg press conference, so I pinned all of my entertainment hopes and dreams on General Hospital and General Hospital, as ever, was just not up for the task, because there was a GLARING problem. Actually, there were many GLARING problems but one problem GLARED more than the others and I think we all know exactly what problem I am talking about.
I knew, when I was watching Sonny and Brenda's engagement scenes, that I should be annoyed. At how effing rushed this whole engagement is, since Brenda hasn't been back in Port Charles for long and spent the first few weeks back in town moaning about how she shouldn't be allowed to go near Sonny. At the, let's just say it, BIZARRE acting choices Maurice Benard and Vanessa Marcil employed.
Sonny: I've been married, but I've never been able to....[Looks down at the ground in hopes that a kindly production assistant used berries to spell out the next part of the line] [Sees that there is no such line spelled out on the ground] [Thinks "This is awkward"] [More silence]...I've never really been able to let you go and there's been a lot of times that I wanted to reach out to you.
Brenda: I'm afraid of so many things. I'm afraid you'll leave me. I'm afraid that the second I count on you, you'll be gone. I'm afraid I'm not good enough. [Awkward peal of laughter]
Sonny: You're absolutely good enough. And I'm not going to leave you at the altar again.
Brenda: [DEAFENING CACKLE]
But I couldn't even focus on my annoyance, because I was so distracted by THIS.
So, yes, Brenda and Sonny got engaged. At Tracy and Luke's wedding. And then strolled back in to announce their happy news to everybody gathered there for Tracy and Luke's wedding. It was tacky as hell and every person in the room reacted to the news with horror, rage, or a combination of the two.
TRACY: Anger and disgust ("I think it's kind of rude" "Your manners haven't improved over time")EDWARD: Abject horror
JAX and DANTE and SPINELLI: Suicidal thoughts.
SPEAKING of Dante, he and Lulu went home after the wedding and as she was talking, he fell asleep and started to dream about/flash back to a moment three years ago when he professed his love to Brenda. Dick move, Falconeri.
I am so, so over the Dante/Brenda story. And it hasn't even really started! Can you imagine what air-hogging, poorly written drama 2011 will bring?! But MAN, watching Lulu gaze at Dante while he stares at Brenda, love etched across his face, is driving me BATTY and doing his character no favors. I just don't understand torpedoing a sweet and popular (? I actually have no idea if the Dante/Lulu pairing is popular, but let's just go with it) couple just because Bob Guza woke up one morning and though "OMG! What if I put my new favorite toy with my old favorite toy and created a mega toy?! OMG!"
Spinelli dropped the bomb that Dante paid money to sever ties with the child "he" and Brenda had and Carly responded to the news that isn't really the news she thinks it is pretty calmly. Yes, she was gleeful and you could see her mind racing as she imagined the best and most destructive way to share the news with everyone in Port Charles, but she didn't immediately let out an Olive Hoover scream of ecstasy or engage in celebratory arson, setting the Quartermaine mansion on fire. That's pretty impressive!
All she did was allude to an official scale of Liars...
Carly: Brenda and Dante are the worst kind of liars. Not only did he cover up a murder, he signed away his kid and Brenda is selling herself to Sonny as some shining angel, when she's the mother of his grandchild.
(What part of that makes them the WORST kind of liars?! I want to see the official ranking system.)
and then haul ass to Sonny's to screech at him a little, under the guise of "protecting him from Brenda". I am sure that this is the first of MANY times she will have this conversation with Sonny, alluding to a secret or protecting him because she cares. Because there is no way this secret gets out quickly. For one, it's not sweeps yet. And for another, this is CARLY. There is no way she's going to tell this secret to Sonny, in private. I think we all know she'll do it with a megaphone, in a public, in front of a crowd.
Also in Port Charles...
- Mac and Alexis interacted. It was poorly written and, shockingly, poorly acted.
- Theo grilled Diane about Jason and Sonny. Diane listed some of Sonny's positive attributes (including his willingness to do anything for his children. Except, you know, go to jail for them) and it came up that Morgan's last name is now Jacks. Did we know that the adoption went through? That's the kind of thing I'd like to see on-screen, but I guess they couldn't work Dante into it...
- Nik hearts Brook Lynn.
- Tracy burned the pre-nup.
- Something something about Edward and Maya and Ethan and heirs.
It's another short week, by the way: an episode tomorrow, a DRAMATIC BUS ACCIDENT on Wednesday (do you think when the bush crash story starts, the commercials for it will stop airing on every single network I watch? I sure hope so because that Interstate 55 sign is starting to haunt my dreams) and repeats Thursday and Friday.