The End of an Era (And a Hair-a. Gosh, I Hate Myself)
We have spilled much virtual ink over the years going on and on about the mystical and magical powers that Megan Ward possesses, so much so that we seriously contemplated amending our tagline to read "We mock soaps out of love. And hate. But mostly love. And OMFG, Megan Ward is awesome". Because REALLY: that hair! That perfect ability to toss off a bitchy one-liner with the perfect amount of withering condescension! The as-yet-unreplicated gift of making Sonny not just tolerable, but likable!
Remember? Remember the fabulous?
Because she possessed such qualities, the General Hospital powers-that-be regarded her with almost total revulsion after a certain point, siphoning her stories over to Olivia and Claudia and bumping her down to recurring and then basically forgetting that she even existed unless Maxie and Lulu needed to make allusions to Kate's legendary (and off-screen) bitchiness. In a world where Abby is a thing! It's offensive, no?
But I thought, "Hey, she wasn't gruesomely murdered--although it wasn't for a lack of trying, because she was shot multiple times. I mean, since she was okay with it, I should probably be over it by now, but I'M NOT--so there's a chance that one day someone will say 'Holy crap, you guys, we wasted the talents of Megan Ward for this long?! What is wrong with us?! Let's bring her back for a frontburner story, like, now!"
Well, probably to help ease Sonny's heartbreak (I mean, she was his first love. Until history was rewritten and then she wasn't), Kate is coming back. Just...not with Megan Ward.
Digest has learned that daytime newcomer Kelly Sullivan joins GENERAL HOSPITAL in the recast role of Sonny's ex, fashion maven Kate Howard. She replaces Megan Ward, who originated Kate in 2007 and played her until 2010. The role is contract, and Sullivan is expected to start airing in early fall.
Um, what?! Why on earth did they not ask Megan Ward back? Are they intimidated by her awesomeness? That must be it. It's the only reason that they would so something so staggeringly BONEHEADED.
(Well, that and...staggeringly boneheaded is the only way they know how to be)
I am not pleased. Not that that means anything, because GH has not been concerned with pleasing its viewers since 1998, but I just wanted to go on the record with this. I'm about to start chanting "Megan Forever! Recast Never!"
"Why does Sonny need his heartbreak eased?", you might ask (but probably not, since many of you have quit this show). Well, dear readers, Brenda left him, which he was sad about. And she left town with JAX, which he is ENRAGED about.
Sonny: Brenda and Alec left with Jax? On his plane? All right. Do me a favor: get my plane ready. I'm leaving.
I wouldn't want to be a piece of stemware within arm's reach right about now!
And yeah, rewind: Brenda (and Alec) left on Jax's plane.
Brenda: Guess what? In Rome, because you know I used to live there for a very long time, I used to throw coins in the Trevi Fountain every single day. So if we dive in the fountain and we find all the coins I threw in there...we could be incredibly rich. (Ear-splitting cackle)
Jax: Hey, do me a favor--when you're in there, toss a coin in for me.
Brenda: Or you could just stay long enough to toss one in yourself.
Maybe I'm reading into things here, but between the lines I'm seeing "Stay with me! Wish for us to get married and live happily ever after and your wish will come true and I love you and Mallory will cry tears of joy at the very thought!"