How's The View From That High Horse, Luke?
First things first: Luke is--and I take no great pleasure in typing the following words, because it is exactly what Tony Geary, Garin Wolf, Bob Guza and all of the other people employed by General Hospital who are operating under the erroneous notion that "flawed, layered character" is the same as "amoral piece of human garbage" want us to think, because we are ignorant fools who need to be challenged--an absolutely loathsome person, on basically every single level.
Secondly: did anybody else feel a very real urge to stand up and applaud every time Rebecca Herbst was onscreen today? She was amazing. She was furious and she was gutted and the way her face lit up when Lucky said he got a message from Jake? I could not take my eyes off of her and if the Daytime Emmys mattered, even a little, I'd start campaining for a supporting actress nod for her.
Thirdly: this has nothing to do with the following post, but I wanted to mention it because there is a chance that I will never spend another second on this blog talking about Ethan and the lady living in the Wyndemere attic because it is ABSURD and HORRIBLE and also? BORING. Whoever thought it would be entertaining to watch Nathan Parsons slur some charming (I think that's what they were going for, anyway), marble-mouthed garbage at a woman with literally no facial expression should probably have their brain donated to science.
Anyway, Luke. Being terrible, horrible, no good, very bad.
It was SO profoundly cathartic to watch Elizabeth--portrayed by the abovementioned amahzing Rebecca Herbst--lay into Luke for his various crimes against her family and for being pretty horrendous on a human level, but...what's the word I'm looking for? Oh, right: the most hate of any hate, ever.
Elizabeth: Family's never been high on your priority list has it, Luke? So why, all of a sudden, did you come over and see Aiden? Hoping to find absolution? Taking comfort in knowing you didn't kill Lucky's real son?
Lucky: Jake was my son as much as Aiden.
Elizabeth: Jake wasn't your blood and neither is Cameron. Pretty much explains why your father's never taken an interest in them, but Aiden's different. He's got your smile and your mother's eyes. God help us when we find out what he inherited from your dad.
Lucky: This is not helping, okay?
Luke: No, this is good. Let her speak. The last time we talked, you were blaming yourself. You were asking my forgiveness because you didn't keep a closer eye on Jake. It turned my stomach, Elizabeth, to hear that misplaced forgiveness. This is better. This is healthy.
Lucky: Dad, this is not the time for your twisted philosophical dissertations.
Luke: I don't want or deserve your forgiveness, Elizabeth. I will never ask anything of you. I don't expect anything. I don't want anything. But it's very good that you've finally taken the bullseye off your own back and put it here where it belongs.
SERIOUSLY? What sanctimonious bullshit this is. What a man Luke is--so centered and at peace with himself. It's so nice that he is allowing Elizabeth to be angry with him. I am sure she is just THRILLED that Luke is PROUD of her rage!
Elizabeth: Am I supposed to be impressed that nothing can break through that wall you've built around you? Not guilt, not regret, certainly not the death of my son.
Luke: If that's what you need to believe.
Holy condescending hell, can you believe that he said that? Elizabeth should be able to say whatever she wants to say to him--as loudly and as often as she wants to--and he should just take it. He should just sit there silently and listen to her. He should stare at her smugly and throw around cocky, above-it-all phrases like "If that's what you need to believe" and "we'll be able to get past this". No, really, he said that. Did your head explode? Is there brain matter on your ceiling?
Elizabeth: Damn you, Luke! Just take responsibility!
Luke: I don't know what you expect me to do that I demonstrate the I take full responsibility for Jake's death. I do! I never denied it. I've never tried to escape culpability, but you don't see it that way. And I take no pleasure in arguing with you. I just hope that someday we'll be able to get past this.
Elizabeth: And then what? You want me to just welcome you back into Aiden's life? Well, I promise you that is never going to happen.
"SOMEDAY WE'LL BE ABLE TO GET PAST THIS", HE SAID, AND HE ACTUALLY MEANT IT AND I'M SORRY FOR THE CAPS LOCK OF RAGE BUT OH MY GOD, WOULDN'T MOST NORMAL PEOPLE SWALLOW THEIR OWN TONGUE--LITERALLY!--BEFORE SAYING SOMETHING LIKE THAT?
Luke: My point is that I'm sober. Let's move forward.
Lucky: Is this your idea of moving forward, Dad? Elizabeth almost drowned. Aiden's been sick. Jake is still on her mind all the time. She's on emotion overload. All you did here was push her past her breaking point.
Luke: And you were there to catch her.
Lucky: Would you have liked it better if I just let her fall?
Luke: You keep doing this, Lucky, she's going to rely on you. She's going to depend on you again. She's going to expect you to be there. Because you're the man you are, you will be there and before you know it, you'll be playing house all over again. Don't make the mistake I made with your mother. You're too smart for that.
Lucky: What was the mistake, Dad? Was it falling in love or letting it go?
He is TERRIBLE.