On Ambiguity and Apprehension
Remember last year when General Hospital seriously implied, but did not state outright, that Michael was raped in prison and we were all speechless with shock and horror? "They wouldn't," we thought. "They couldn't. They could not possibly think that this offensive, festering pit of a show is the proper place to tell such a sensitive story."
And remember how the show then began to only allude to what it had only hinted at in the first place and, instead of taking the opportunity to rail at GH for once again dropping a story before it limped to a (barely) satisfying conclusion, we were all secretly relieved and made jokes about having dodged a potentially horrifying bullet in a way that would make Jason Morgan proud?
Michael: She won't see me because of the things that happened to me in prison.
Jason: What things?
Michael: Carter. You know, what he did to me?
Jason: Abby won't see you because of what happened with Carter?
Michael: Abby understands what it's like. Not exactly, and I think she was in a relationship with a guy who used to hit her. She knows what it's like to feel trapped. It really messes with your head. You ever think I'm going to be normal?
Jason: I'm the wrong person to ask that question.
Michael: Do you think I'll ever be able to act like I wasn't in prison?
Jason: i think that you're always going to carry it with you and I wish you didn't have to. I wish it was like when you were a little kid and I could just sit you down and read you a story about Africa and you'd wake up the next morning and barely remember. That's just not how it works. But you've shown so much courage, Michael.
Michael: Not always. Not with Carter. It's like I'm still fighting him the way I couldn't fight when I was in my cell against Carter.
Jason: You did fight him. Every day you live your life, you fight him every choice you make and you follow through, you fight him. Don't let him take your soul.
I was going to make this into a poll titled "Is there any chance that General Hospital won't screw this up in legendary fashion?" but the only poll choices I could come up with were "Hell No!", "HELL NO!", and "Please don't make Profound Thoughts With Jason a recurring segment of this show", which didn't seem like much of a poll...
(Also, I seriously don't remember anything else that happened in today's episode. I know there was some awesome acting from Julie Marie Berman and some...um, attempted emotion from Andrea Bogart, and Dante trotted out that horrible soap line "It wasn't my secret to tell!" but most of it made nary an impression on me. And I JUST finished watching it a few minutes ago. This does not bode well, you guys. Deadly dull PLUS offensive? The next few weeks will be painful, although we'll soon get a break in the form of Sonny and Brenda's wedding which will eat the majority of the show for most of February, so at least there's that.)