Begrudging Props For A Wholly Unexpected Source
In the grammatically tortured words of Paul McCartney, it's an ever changing world in which we live in and, for that reason, I cling to the comfort of things I know I can count on for certain. Most of those things come from General Hospital, since it hasn't changed for the better part of a decade and a half. And yes, that is epically frustrating in its own way, but I have to admit that when life goes topsy turvy and I don't even know which way is up, it's sort of nice to turn on GH and know for sure that things haven't changed. That Sonny will say something self-absorbed and douchey. That the camera will linger on Steve Burton's face as Jason does something heroic and/or selfless. That Abby will blandly offer Michael platitudes and smile wanly. "
And then a day like today comes and everything goes LOCO! Abby, who we've all come to know and abhor as a simple-minded girl with a horrible taste in boys, started thinking for herself and making sense and having a point and LOGIC and my mind is BLOWN!
Abby: I don't want anything to do with the mob. I don't want to be surrounded by the violence. Or the risk of going to prison. I have no doubt in my mind that your dad and Jason are honorable men, but they are exceptions to the rule. Most mobsters are more like Brandon and I ended things with him because I promised a better life for myself.
Michael: Abby, I can give you a better life.
Abby: No, not like this. The danger is over, Michael. I'm practically cleared. I want to get out of this before anything starts back up again. I'm asking you to forget about the mob. For me.
Michael: Look, Abby, please don't do this. Please don't be another person in my life who's telling me what to do.
Abby: I have to be honest with you and to myself. If you work with Johnny, I can't be with you. I'm sorry.
Michael: I can't lose you. I love you.
Abby: You don't have to lose me.
Michael: Trust me, okay? Just trust me that I know what I'm doing.
Abby: If it means you working for Johnny, you need to leave.
Michael: I love you but I can't let you control me.
My first reaction, which I practically shouted out loud to my living room, was...well, it was actually, "Michael, you are a tool". But my second reaction was "You go, girl!" which was surprising to me both because it's a quote best left in the late 90s and also, it was directed at ABBY! Abby, who has displayed the intellectual curiosity of a garden gnome and inspired nothing but eyerolls and vitriol since her second appearance. Abby! She was allowed to take an adamantly anti-mob stance and remind Michael that Jason is a hired killer! She put herself first and didn't immediately capitulate to the demands of her teenage boyfriend. Unexpected high fives all around!
Lest you think that the latest GH era is all about CHANGE, this also happened:
Sonny: Why does everything have to be an ultimatum?
Sonny Corinthos, who gives an ultimatum even when he's ordering a latte, petulantly gripes about the unfairness of ultimatums. Self-absorbed and douchey. The world hasn't entirely turned on its axis.