Ain't Too Proud To Beg (For An Emmy)
Luke: You couldn't confront me one on one?
Tracy: Some of us have tried. All of us are concerned.
Luke: All of us? Does that include a perfect stranger? Who is this clown?
Calvin: I'm Calvin Blaine, an interventionist. Your family asked me to help.
Luke: Well, Calvin Blaine, they have wasted your time. I ain't going to be interventioned.
If soap opera episodes had titles, today's General Hospital would surely be titled "The One That's Going To Win Us The Outstanding Daytime Drama Emmy" and the DVR description may well have read "Anthony Geary, Jonathan Jackson, Julie Marie Berman and Jane Elliot pad their Emmy reels". Well, not exactly--the GH powers-that-be would never let Jane Elliot wind up in contention for an Emmy on account of, you know...the olds.
Luke's intervention was, to be sure, an elaborately choreographed bid for at least four Emmys. You could practically hear the producers staging it. "Voice breaks, anger, someone gets choked up, bloodshot eyes...anguish! Tears! Tears! TEARS! Fade out. And the Emmy goes to...US. Boom! Roasted!". But even if they had ulterior motives, I can't deny that it was a pretty fantastic 60 minutes of television. The performances were outstanding, the writing was shockingly good and there were flashbacks. An intervention with flashbacks--some from a golden era!--is right up my alley, so I have no...very few...only a handful of complaints!
- I really enjoyed the way the episode was set up and how, when each participant was confronting Luke, it was shot with just the two of them. Although it could have been hilarious to see the reaction shots from the rest of the group. Like, Sonny? You know he'd be zoning out with boredom at some point and Carly would be filing her nails.
- Speaking of, why was Carly there?!
- Also, WHERE WAS BOBBIE?! I should not be surprised by her absence, because they never mention her and didn't bother to include her when her granddaughter had cancer for four minutes and her nephew's son was killed, but STILL.
- Also also, LAURA.
- While I am asking for absurd things, where was Liz? Or at least an explanation for why she wasn't there.
- I really did love all of the flashbacks.
I wish we could have seen more of them, especially the aftermath of Nikolas's shooting.
- I love when Julie Marie Berman gets a chance to remind us that she can do more than screech, or moon after Dante--she was amazing today, I thought.
"You were more than self-destructive, you were suicidal. That scares me. You're not my dad. You've been replaced by a man who doesn't care about me, or anybody else. Least of all himself." It had me sniffling.
- George Stephanopolous and his news brief about the horrible destruction in the south interrupted Ethan's part of the intervention and I have to be honest: I kind of didn't mind.
- It was so hilariously in character that Sonny interrupted with a (very polite) "I'm sorry, I know I'm supposed to wait my turn..."
- And it was so hilariously/sadly Port Charles that the start to Nikolas's anecdote ("Remember when I got shot in the neck?") isn't at all unique.
- Carly was the intervention's designated Tough Love participant (and she also told Luke later that if he didn't get help, he was no longer welcome at the Metro Court, so maybe she wasn't totally pointless).
She began her statement with "I'm going to give it to you straight", which always makes me think of Parks and Recreation (lots of things make me think of Parks and Recreation) when Nick Newport, Sr. confronted Tom: "Tell it to me straight: are you a Chinese?"
- Jane Elliot is so, so good. And it makes me so, so angry that the show doesn't give her anything to do.
- Jonathan Jackson is just...I know, okay?
That I gush and that I am a borderline (?? It's still borderline, right?) hysterical fangirl, so obviously we all knew this was coming, but: !!!!! He was so, so good. When he started crying in earnest and said "I don't want a fake, diminished version of you! I want you! I want my dad. I don't want to walk through this nightmare without that man", I just...to say I teared up is an understatement.
- Sometimes, I like to imagine how things would be different if Greg Vaughan were still playing Lucky. I think it's safe to say that he would not have been a part of the intervention at all. Or if he was, Calvin Blaine would have needed to interpret the big words for him.
- When the group started to make their ultimatums with Luke, telling him what would happen if he didn't stop drinking, I could not stop laughing at his reaction to Nikolas.
Nikolas: If you don't get help, my doors are closed to you.
Luke: Ouch. That hurts.
- I can't believe that they didn't find a way to include Jason, or mentions of his mercy and wonder. You're slipping, Gooze!