Of course the funniest feeling I had while watching yesterday's episode of General Hospital was actually not a feeling at all, but rather a lack of feeling. When I looked at Michael's face, I did not feel the need to punch it. It's not that he did anything special (or much of anything at all) but it was noteworthy nonetheless in that he did nothing infuriating. Like even a little bit. It's been a while. A long while. Possibly never? (I'd say he didn't infuriate me when he was a baby but, alas, I'd be lying. Does that make me a bad person? Finding a fictional baby infuriating?)
There were other funny feelings, too. Spinelli had some "wacky" scenes, and Mac acted exasperated by him -- par for the course kind of stuff, right? Well, normally such scenes make my eyes roll so far back in my head that I can see the nape of my own neck, but this time I was actually a little amused. The first reason I was amused was that it's fun to see a soapy catfight between men instead of women for once.
The second reason I was amused is that Matt is just freakin' hilarious. I reallylove Jason Cook in comedy mode (yay, Drunk Lamp-Admiring Matt!), and the way Matt kept saying, "Seriously?" to Spinelli made me a happy camper. An easily-pleased camper, but a happy one nonetheless.
Another funny feeling I had was not feeling the urge to take a giant sponge full of makeup remover to Maxie's face.
What's this? A woman who's been sleeping in a jail cell and her makeup isn't perfect and intact? What's next, a hospital patient without a perfect manicure? Jason waking up from surgery without a black t-shirt? (I kid, that's clearly asking too much!)
On the other hand, I do feel the need to put her in a different outfit. The fake jewel detailing on the top of that dress would totally be confiscated in jail anyway -- that's like thirty-five weapons right there!
Another funny feeling arose in me when Sam actually made a stellar point about how good it would be for her and Jason and their child if Sonny were in prison.
"We'd be free." You would! So would we all! Sam, you have so much dirt on him, go ahead and turn him in! Okay, I know she can't do that without implicating Jason (and alienating him as well, but who cares, he's Jason), but it's a nice little fantasy. Is she actually starting to see the light? Might she realize that raising a baby in the mob is, you know, like a bad idea? As evidenced by every single thing that has ever happened to Sonny's children ever?
I also really enjoyed her line to John: "When I tell you to stay clear of Jason, I'm lookin' out for you too." Half veiled threat, half actual concern. I'm loving the scenes between Sam and John and hope that this somehow evolves into an unlikely alliance, despite the fact that he's positioned as an enemy of her husband.
Her husband who, by the way, is currently showing Sonny a photo of Natalie and Liam (OH EM GEE LIAM AND NAT!!!), explaining that they are John's vulnerable spot and the best leverage they can use against him. Oh, such honorable mobsters, aren't our heroes? What's their plan, threaten a police officer's wife(?) and baby? Charming. That Jason, he's a keeper. Let's all have a big fight on the internet about which woman should be lucky enough to stay with him forever and ever! (Oh, we've been doing that for a decade already? My bad.)
Another funny feeling I keep having is happinesswhen John McBain is on my screen. He irked me no end on OLTL (though he had his moments, and I definitely came around during the last few months of the show in a big way), but I just adore him here. Maybe it's because he's positioned as an adversary for Sonny and Jason without being written as a one-note court jester about it (I'm lookin' at you, Ronnie).
I'm not, however, having any funny feelings about Starr. This is the mode I least enjoy her in, and I can't say I'm happy to see her back in Port Charles at her most haughty and indignant.
Why is she sneering at John? Oh, because he suggested she should be with her family right now. This really pissed her off, and she grimaced and snarled something about Cole and Hope being dead and did John think she could forget that? Can I answer her question? Uh, no? Because that's what he was just talking about, Starr?
I feel traitorous complaining about a OLTL character when I'm still mourning its loss but I always enjoyed her more in a role of support than this type of featured heroine-on-a-mission business. I have a feeling I'm going to have a Starr Visage on my face during much of her time on GH. Then again if she makes me hate Michael less, she does win some points.
But all is well from my viewing perspective anyway, still. And why? Because Anna!