Thursday was not a good day for Jason Morgan, which you may have noticed based on his stone-faced, dead-eyed stare of sadness (it's a totally different look than his stone-faced, dead-eyed stare of anger and his stone-faced, dead-eyed stare of confusion).
First, he was on the receiving end of a cruel, cold, truthful rant by a suicidal Luke Spencer.
Luke: You're always so quick to sit in judgment, aren't you, Morgan? At least I know what I am.
You hide behind masks. The soulful gangster, the cold executioner, the grieving papa...except you weren't really a papa, were you? You left that job to Lucky, because you couldn't be bothered.
Luke: I've appointed myself, since no one else in this crappy town will call you out on your jaw-dropping hypocrisy, the guy to do it. Let me ask you something: what was Jake's favorite color? What was his favorite bedtime story? Did he like cereal in the morning or pancakes? You don't know. You don't have a clue because you were just a glorified sperm donor.
Either Awesome Writer was allowed to play or the writing staff opted to plagiarize Serial Drama commenters instead of their own scripts, because SERIOUSLY.
Then! Alexis, speaking for the entire General Hospital audience, questioned his decision-making skills.
Alexis: You were realistic about what those dangers are and you chose not to expose your child to them.
Jason: I gave up Jake to protect him and he died because he got hit by a car. All I did was miss out on Jake's life.
Alexis: I know it probably seems that way in hindsight, but the way I see it, you did what was best for him. You put him first.
Jason: If you're leading somewhere, Alexis, just get there.
Alexis: It just occurred to me that if Sam's surgery is successful and you two have the option of being parents...how are you going to assess those risks? I mean, if your life was too dangerous for Jake, wouldn't it be dangerous for any child?
WOULDN'T IT, JASON?! Thank you, Alexis, for pointing out the myriad flaws in this thought process and this storyline.
Yes, Friday's episode will pick up with a moment of self doubt on Jason's part before the rest of Port Charles rushes to the penthouse to assure him that he's the best ever and that nobody has ever made a better decision than him, but I enjoyed these moments all the same.
(Uh, what I didn't enjoy? Johnny Zacchara. "Kristina let herself get beat up by some preppy punk"? Are you kidding me? This is why I hate this show)