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January 11, 2012

Three.

No real shocks today on the episode, and let's face it, we've all been reeling from a certain news item today so it's hard to concentrate. And sometimes I feel like I'm just sapped emotionally. It's been so intense for so long now, I'm just exhausted. So I'll be brief(ish).

Gigi had applied on Shane's behalf to an art institute in London (named after Phil Jimenez -- very cool!), and he was accepted. Looks like the Gigi, Rex, and Shane departure story is going to be a move to London so Shane can delve into creating comic books! Sweet as can be, and a good exit story for three people who were not slated to continue online. 

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But poor Roxy! Of course she'll be happy for her grandson, but she'll be so lonely!

In other "cleaning up shop for those not continuing online" news, Shaun (Sean Ringgold was going online) broke up with Vivian (Kearran Giovanni was not) because she won't marry him, and Starr and James called it quits because she'll never be in love with him the way she was in love with Cole. (In that case, neither Alderson nor Rodriguez were going online, but I'd wager that they split them up to keep Kristen Alderson available to bring her back into a major story if it became an option.) And Starr got her own exit story later in the episode when Rick made a pitch to her that will be a major advance to her pop music career (Snooze.).

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But it's always fun to see Rick, who was thrilled by her recent tragedy and how marketable it makes her!

Neela apologized to Jack for turning over his confession tape to Shane and then admitted she'd been falling for him. These scenes seemed more like laying groundwork for a longer arc had the show continued on, so they didn't exactly have me on the edge of my seat. I also understand that Andrew Trischitta (Jack) has an adoring teen girl fanbase, so you know, you gotta give 'em some crumbs and show the boy with the purty hair!

Man, I'm really running out of steam here, y'all! The emotional rollercoaster is taking it right out of me.

Matthew came back to town to check in on Bo and Nora after their ordeal and told Destiny he feels bad for the way he treated her, but that he's still not ready for fatherhood. Sounds about right. I'm sure we'll be treated to an awkward, over-the-top birthing scene in some unusual location that changes Matthew's mind or something (we've all seen soaps before), but on the other hand? Shenell Edmonds was going online and Eddie Alderson was not. So who's to say? I still don't like the repeat of the teen parents storyline here, but I do care about what happens to Destiny and Matthew (and their families) so I admit I'm still curious. Nervous, but curious.

The big story today, though, was of course John and Natalie finally having their big talk. I mean... I was rooting for it because they've been dangling it for so freaking long, but I have to admit it was a better payoff than I'd thought. 

First of all, Liam!

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And then... 

Natalie: I was at my worst, I was full of pride. I was stubborn, scared. I lied to you. And even if, at the time, I thought it was for all the right reasons, I was willing to marry you with that lie between us and that is something that I never wanted to do. And I am ashamed of that. I didn't -- I didn't trust you enough to tell you the truth. But I didn't want to lose you. So I guess you can add "coward" to that list, too.

John: Are you done?

Natalie: Well, that depends! Can you forgive me?

John: You're gonna let me talk. I was angry. I don't like to be lied to, especially by someone that means this much to me. 

Natalie: I'm so sorry. (Long pause.) I mean, does that mean that we can't get past this?

John: You made a serious mistake. But I could have handled it better. I drank too much too often, I slept with someone else, and I did all that to hurt you. I couldn't handle thinking that Liam wasn't mine. I look back at myself... and I see someone I don't even recognize and I am ashamed of that. I took a bad situation and made it worse. I failed you, and I failed Liam, and I failed myself. You want to know if I can -- if I can forgive you? The real question is, can you forgive me?

And of course, we know the answer. Wow! I've gotten so frustrated with this storyline these past several months but I have to give credit: this is exactly what they both needed to say to each other. And he talked instead of grunting, he smiled instead of brooding! This was a damn fine reunion scene. Color me impressed. (I'm just choosing to forget his little "then get those lips over here" line. It makes it all better.) 

And then they finally got it on! And they were excited and it was awkward and full of nervous laughter, which I loved. Often those "handily rip each other's clothes off with total confidence" sex scenes look so forced to me, and this felt very human and real and, frankly, like they were dying for it.

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And the pillow talk was just awesome. They talked about how this great moment doesn't mean everything's going to be perfect and they shouldn't expect that. And he was about to tell her he loved her and she tried to stop him since, you know, poor, haunted, brooding John has trouble saying "I love you" and she didn't want him to have to go through that traumatic ordeal, but he wouldn't let her stop him! He told her, and she said it was worth the wait. Very nice.

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And oh yeah, he smiled.

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Well done, writers and Melissa Archer and Michael Easton. Very, very sweet scenes for a couple I'd not always been able to really get behind. Pretty perfect.

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So let's bask in this afterglow while we can. Both Archer and Easton were slated to move to the online version, so this was a complete reunion that was going to propel their relationship forward. Now with that off the table and Easton heading to General Hospital as John, who knows what's next (it's certainly possible that he's going to Port Charles on assignment and will check in back home, or that Archer will be headed west herself at some point, but who knows for now, it's all speculation). We have a while to bask in this being how Natalie and John's story was meant to be on One Life to Live. And somehow I find myself a believer!

So again, comment guidelines: be gentle with each other, and please leave us alone if you think the show sucks and deserves cancellation!

And again I ask: how's everyone holding up? And did today's big GH casting announcement ease the pain or stress you out? Or are you still just not sure? Is everyone crazy-psyched to see Agnes Nixon on tomorrow's episode? I know it'll make me cry in a nano-second.

Comments

I have stopped watching GH several times but quit for good when everyone let Sonny off the hook for shooting a cop because he "didn't know he was my son!" I am very very very nervous about this move. I like John more than I was expecting and I don't want to see him sacrificed at the alter of St. Jasus like every other PCPD cop not heir to Sonny. And I just don't want GH's toxic on Blair and Todd.
The facts are these: GH will never again be a good show until until Jason is taken off his pedestal (less hero, more anti-hero...or more Quartermaine) and more than 10% of the Port Charles population recognize that Sonny is not misunderstood -- he is a flat-out villain.
So that was off topic. I thought that the John and Natalie reunion was very well done. I love smiley John! The Morasco-Balsams were sweet and I thought it was a nice exit for them. I was indifferent about the rest of the show -- it would have been good if not the third from the end. I, like others, was antsy for Viki and Todd and Blair, but I understand that they have to address ALL the stories.

If Starr Manning ends up w/Michael Corinthos, I may break my TV. But hopefully Blair beats Carly down! And if John & Todd could some how align to take down Sonny & Jason? All would be right w/the world!

@Kerry -- That never occurred to me and now I have to bleach my brain. Ugh ugh ugh.

I loved Blair on OLTL, but not sure about her going to GH. I'm a rare Carly fan and do NOT need to see her being bashed by another self-righteous self-proclaimed bitch.

If it were Trevor coming as Todd rather than Roger, I might be OK with it, but I really never liked Roger and am not happy that he's crossing over.

As for Starr, who needs her? She was annoying on OLTL and I assume she will be annoying on GH.

I have no opinion on John/Michael yet. I do think ME should be playing a new character since there could be no explanation for him being there without his girlfriend and child.

of course it means a bunch of firings at gh. how could it not? how are they going to pay for these "new actors". they had no money for nik or for jax but they do for oltl actors. gmab. nik should be there for he helena storyline, jax should be there for his daughter that fans waited years for him to have. gh fans are upset that they arent going to get characters back they want because rc and fv want oltl to continue at the expense of gh fans. i never wanted gh or any soap cancelled but now i dont care. i wont watch gh characters i love sacrificed for oltl actors.

Frankly, if this means a mass firing of all the Blonde Bots (NuKate, Cassandra, Maggie, Ewen) and the PCPD's not-at-all-finest (Ronnie and Padilla), then I think we're ahead of the game.

"I'm a rare Carly fan and do NOT need to see her being bashed by another self-righteous self-proclaimed bitch."

Blair is many things, including a self-proclaimed bitch, but self-righteousness really isn't a vice she's ever indulged much in. And which of Carlys adversaries are self-proclaimed bitches? Most of her antagonists don't self-identify as bitches, even when they are.

Well, Tristan Rogers is coming back and Finola Hughes is coming back. Scorpios?

" I think this has cemented my opinion that RC/FV's loyalty and priority is OLTL. I've long wondered why RC keeps tweeting about OLTL daily and I do think that they believe that GH is a means to an end but they want to save OLTL in some shape or fashion. I wouldn't be surprised if FV is trying to get some version of OLTL resurrected somewhere somehow."

Or he's aware of the fact that OLTL has two more shows and that the GH stuff airing now is not his work. Just a thought.

I think this has cemented my opinion that RC/FV's loyalty and priority is OLTL. I've long wondered why RC keeps tweeting about OLTL daily and I do think that they believe that GH is a means to an end but they want to save OLTL in some shape or fashion. I wouldn't be surprised if FV is trying to get some version of OLTL resurrected somewhere somehow.

I'm not why RC tweeting about OLTL would be considered in any way mysterious or in need of explanation. He started daily tweeting in between the time when his OLTL duties ended and his GH duties began when he had more time. And now they're in the last week, so of course he's feeling as sad and excited and invested as the rest of us. He's also *just* started at GH and his material won't be airing for a month or two. What do people honestly expect him to talk about? Personally, I *want* to hear his thoughts about the last days of OLTL. There will be time enough for GH soon. As in next week.

That said, I'm sure he'd be over the moon if there was any way OLTL could still be saved. (As would I!) But that ship has sailed. The idea that he's only pretending to be interested in GH as part of some OLTL resurrection conspiracy based on the fact that he's excited to tweet about the material that's actually airing right now strikes me as... a reach.

" A reach?" It's a trip to the moon via the coast of Bolivia.

Well said, Elizabeth.

I am so heart-broken/loving-the-awesomeness/heat-broken-again about OLTL. Thanks, Louise, your blogs have been therapeutic for managing all these emotions!

About the casting... I've watched GH and OLTL since I was a little kid. And I had to turn my back on GH a few years ago. As a strong, successful woman, I couldn't support such misogyny. So I'm a bit torn about some characters crossing over. I'd love to see them live on and make some OLTL-style improvements to GH. But I think I would just have to spit and hope for the cancellation of GH if (omg, when?) Starr gets impregnated with Sonny's magically potent sperm. Yuck, and probs Blair at the same freaking time or some ess. They wouldn't do that to a Cramer woman, right? Right???

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