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February 21, 2012

And Now, We Count Some Chickens Before They Hatch

Well, the day finally arrived.


Today's air episode was the first with Ron Carlivati as official Head Writer. And we all know what this means. General Hospital viewers the world over are morally obligated to pass judgment immediately on Carlivati's material and make a snap decision about the future of the show and the predicted quality of everything Port Charles that he touches from this point on. Ready?

Okay, in all seriousness, I'm trying really hard to just chill and take it episode by episode. No one can possibly envy the crapfest he inherited: a beloved character who grew up on the show is being killed off, we're in the middle of yet another "OH MY GAH WILL JASON LIVE?!" storyline of which the audience already knows the outcome, we just got the most predictable "somebody is appalled by Sonny and then he proves what a martyred hero he really is" one-two punch, and... well, and Kate.




(Hey Kate! Is a brain a foot, or is a brain not a foot? I'm just asking.)


I love how Tracy, Anthony, and the bus boy are all just politely watching the floor show. (To be fair, I really would love it if Kate were the one who shot Sonny.)

Speaking of Tracy and Anthony, I sure do wish he weren't evil and horrible and a serial killer (but that's par for the course with romantic leads on this show) and blackmailing her into marriage because the peanut gallery over at that table full of empty champagne glasses was pretty excellent.


I know that's what I'd be doing if I lived in Port Charles and ever left the house.

One stamp that the Valentini/Carlivati line-up left one One Life to Live during their tenure there had to do with the smaller nuances and the minor moments. Broadly the show was a bit sloppier than GH, but we could generally expect to find more nuanced small touches rather than a perfectly polished but too-slick big picture (Carly's wet hair today was so specific and did actual storytelling that wasn't in the dialogue). Were there some awkward moments while Patrick tried to break into the lab? Yes. Did it even make any sense that everyone in the hospital heard an explosion and an alarm was going off and yet he was still by himself in the hallway? No, it didn't. But Patrick got his big moment, and we got ours ("dead" Robin was under a tarp -- not that it even matters, because we can even watch someone choke on their own blood and die right in front of us on screen and that still doesn't mean they're dead on Frank and Ron's watch), and I'm pretty psyched to see the follow-up to today's final moment in which Patrick was about to tell Anna about her daughter's "death." 



Jason Thompson's ugly cry gets me every time, I'm telling you.


And I have a nervous feeling Finola Hughes might kill me tomorrow.

Overly precocious Molly has annoyed me for years and I did not enjoy TJ's introduction, but I have to say I'm enjoying this storyline with them so far. Krys Meyer is shaping up to be quite the competent young actor, bringing much more to the scenes that the generic "teen with an attitude" intro he got lends itself to. I'm cautiously optimistic about where this teen story might go, as long as they can promise me that destination won't involve a musical. (Plus, getting busted for a booze-laden party when one's parents are out is an adolescent rite of passage near and dear to my own heart.)

Alas, in the midst of promising details and material, we had the status quo at its worst:


Do they just use stock footage for these images at this point? They'd have to, right? I'm sure Valentini's thought about it, it'd save some budget.

And of course, as we all knew would happen the second Dante told Sonny that he was dead to him, they're closer than ever now and ain't it so sweet. We were subjected to this eye-roll fodder today...


Dante: I know, uh, you went after Johnny to protect me. 

Sonny: But not the way you wanted to be protected.

Dante: [Smiling. No seriously, smiling.] I see, uh, it sounds like you finally heard me. Maybe we got a chance after all.

Sonny: Does that mean you're gonna let me give you that money, then?

Dante: Hell no! [At this point they're both laughing because, you know, this is hysterical! They're already able to look back and laugh on all the good blood-soaked times.]

Sonny: I didn't think so. 

Dante: But, uh, thank you. For saving my life. 

And then Sonny put his arm around Dante and Dante helped his poor, shot daddy out of the elevator. I think we're supposed to be touched by this? If by "touched," they meant the kind of touched where I need to upchuck my lunch because GH has now erased one of the only pieces of joy I have (Dante's disdain for Sonny and his way of life), then I'm deeply touched. How adorable that Dante is going to cover for Sonny's latest crime.

So in conclusion, Ron Carlivati is unarguably a huge failure as the new Head Writer of GH. I kid, I kid! I'm feeling optimism in some areas and disappointment in others, but of course it's far too soon for either. And admittedly I'm giddy about the new promo because if nothing else, it promises that some new life will be breathed into the show.

Familiar or fond of the visiting OLTL crew or not (and yes, I am clearly on record as fond, though this in no way eases the pain of the loss), we can at least all admit we need something new (not named Cassandra). Here's hoping it works!


Oh -- I was completely unclear! I no longer like Carly. I was less thinking that I wanted them to be friends and more thinking that I want Carly to come up against a woman who is unlikely to be thrown under the bus for her. I mean, I would be okay with them being friends maybe if it distracted Carly from Sonny/Jason propping. But I don't know.

OMG, "a brain is not a foot" reference!!! Stay forever, awesome phrase. Kate doesn't top that (I doubt anything ever will), but oh em gee was she close. The intent was NOT for me to giggle, correct? Oh well, I guess I'll always have my memories of the formerly awesome Kate, with the formerly faboosh hair...

I just simply refuse to discuss Robin's death/"death?" b/c from the idea not being broached about trying to keep the door propped open, to Robin's immediate acceptance that this was it and that she didn't even take her scrub top off to try to soak up the chemical so it wouldn't hit the floor to no one actually going to investigate the explosion to Sam showing and able to get through all the chaos, this was just so stupid.

I will only say Jason Thompson was awesome and Patrick and Anna are going to completely drain my emotions.

Other things I loved: Natasha going IN on that TJ, Michael threatening to beat TJ up (this is probably the first time I could see Michael truly being an intimidating presence; he should just stick to children and not going up against adults b/c that makes me laugh), and Anthony and Tracy watching Kate's fit and Anthony looking all "...the hell???"

I could've done w/out Jason and Spinelli. What is the point of all this crap about Jason's mushed brain AGAIN, when we know he's not going to bite? Move it along, please.

I'm ready for my Mannings and McBain. I loved John threatening to take Sonny down, and I loved seeing Todd and Blair. I'll let the whole Carly thing go. While they are similar, I've always found Blair to be lovable and root-worthy esp. b/c she's been knocked down and lost so many times, while Carly is merely and albatross.

I just don't understand the lab scene. From start to finish.

So, if there is a gas leak in a lab, you get locked in to die? They don't have some kind of phone system or oxygen masks? Your only choice is to die? Really?

Why did it take 2.2 seconds to put out the fire and leave the scene? The firefighters pretty much just walked in and said, "Well, the fire's out, the woman is dead, here's her ring."

After the explosion, would there still not be toxic gas? Shouldn't they be evacuating people? Why would Sam put her unborn baby at risk to peak her head into the door?

If there was a phone next to the door, why didn't Patrick use it instead of running into the hall to get help the episode before?

I think I would have been happier with a car accident, even though we get at least one whodunnit wrecks a year.

Does anyone else see a parallel between the firefighters giving Patrick Robin's rings and when Anna found Duke's wedding ring in the ashes after the warehouse blew up, 25 years ago? (a ring that he left behind to "prove" that he had died in the fire). Do you think this is just a coincidence?

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@soapbaby: Michael Easton is staying on contract as John McBain along with Kristen Alderson (Starr) on GH.Roger Howarth (Todd)and Kassie DePaivia (Blair) are the only ones staying for short stints.

Maybe it's just me, but it seems like if you're going to do a multiple personality storyline, the character has to have one to start with, right?

Thanks guilty pleasure. I didn't realize Easton confirmed a long-term stay. I am all for it, as McBain really made me like him in the show's last year. I wish RH and KDP were staying longer and KA was the short stint. Not sure what RC sees in the character, but I wish whatever it is I could see it too!

Is that Patrick kissing a blonde in the promo?

^^^^ No that's definitely not Patrick. That's two little snippets of Johnny and Carly kissing in that promo.

Y'all. You have to check out Kimberly McCullough's (kimmieabreak) YouTube. These cast interviews are killing me! The Jane Elliot interview is wonderful. And Maurice Benard & Steve Burton are (gasp!) likeable.

@soapbaby I think (think) part of it could be that KDP and RH are still living on the east coast. Kristen Alderson's family planned on moving to California before she was offered to come on GH.

I'm simply going to ignore Dante propping Sonny to say that I think Jason Thompson was amazing in the last two episodes, even though I wish the focus wasn't so central on Jason Morgan.

Also, I'm going to miss KMc. The way she stood up for Lexi when she was fired, and her taking a stand against the asinine AIDs as a weapon storyline (with JT at her side), made me respect her all the more. And the Patrick and Robin scenes were the only scenes I genuinely cared to watch lately.

I wanted Blair to kick Carly's ass........for no reason other than she breathes. <<<<< THIS!!!

I know this is an older post, but I just had to say it somewhere (and God knows that nobody I know IRL cares about GH!) -- I thought today's (Friday's) episode was really good! It's the first time in not-so-recent memory that I didn't FF a single scene. I even liked the Ethan/Cassandra scenes and the Kate/Ewan scenes.

Can I just say the Carly/Blair evil, revenge filled eye lock and alcoholic beverage clink left me afraid...for everyone

Is Mallory still going to be writing recaps for GH? I'm really missing her commentary this week, and especially her comments at how GH handled Robin's death. I agree with those who say it was idiotic and kind of insulting for someone as smart as she is and a legacy character to boot.

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