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Trapped MirrorKate! That was some of the funniest shit I have ever seen. I am just so happy right now.
Posted by Louise on April 19, 2012 at 09:15 AM in General Hospital | Permalink
i find this entire story unwatchable and i am not enjoying kelly s. performance at all. i want it over but i'm sure ron will have it go on and on while ratings keep declining. didnt we see this story complete with mirror on oltl? or is my alternate personality dreaming it?
April 19, 2012 at 09:29 AM
I was laughing so hard I woke the cats...
April 19, 2012 at 09:40 AM
I didn't like the storyline at first, but now I find it to be both UCG and not really so far-fetched. I preferred MW as Kate, but I think Kelly's rocking the current material, lol. She looks totally mortified and strung-out as Kate fighting Konnie ... in that hilarious kind of way. I giggle every time she transforms and paints her lips up like a chicken's butt.
April 19, 2012 at 09:45 AM
There are no words to describe what I felt like watching that last night. The best I can do is a series of eyebrow raises, strange faces, and inchoate gaspings. The sound effect for Kate "pounding" on the mirror was a-mazing. This is some high soap camp right here, folks!
Bourgeois Nerd |
April 19, 2012 at 09:47 AM
I do enjoy me some Crazy Connie, that's for sure!
My favorites are when she rolls her eyes when she has to embrace him, and how nauseated she is after he kisses her.
Connie might be crazy, but the girl ain't nuts.
Mirror, Mirror, on the wall.....
I don't remember any mirror scenes like this on OLTL, but on AMC when Janet went crazy, she often spoke to her "evil" self in a mirror.
April 19, 2012 at 10:29 AM
Total second hand embarassment, ya'll.
Were these Kate/Connie scenes supposed to be parodies of Jess/Tess? Can't RC be bothered to shake up the execution of this DID storyline just a little?
April 19, 2012 at 10:29 AM
I do enjoy me some Crazy Connie, that's for sure!
I don't remember any mirror stuff like this on OLTL, but on AMC, Janet Dillon often spoke and argued with her "evil" side in a mirror.
April 19, 2012 at 10:30 AM
boes, they pretty routinely did D.I.D. mirror scenes on OLTL with Jess/Tess/Bess (and once or twice with Viki/Niki/Jean) but they were never anywhere near this awesome. I never enjoyed the mirror stuff on OLTL because it was just sort of banal-cheesy but they played that stuff on GH yesterday like it was a friggin' horror movie. LOVED it. So much fun, and you know they had one hell of a blast doing it!
April 19, 2012 at 10:32 AM
This gives new meaning to "laughed my ass off". Seriously I laughed so hard it gave my abs a workout. This show could be good for my waistline if the krazy-kate-konnie-kookiness keeps up!
April 19, 2012 at 10:36 AM
Thanks, Louise! I think I might have missed a lot of the mirror scenes with Jess/Tess/Bess because I kept my eyes closed a LOT during Jess' last D.I.D storyline.
I so agree - yesterday was so much fun, and they must have had a blast doing it. When Connie was embracing Sonny with that "oh please" look on her face, and Kate in the mirror was looking on horror-stricken, it was gold.
I was never too crazy about Jess' alter Tess, but Connie!?!?! LOVE her!
April 19, 2012 at 11:29 AM
I just don't find mental illness funny, if this is fun, if this was so amazing and entertaining I know understand why viewers are dropping soaps like a bad habit
April 19, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Ya well. This is fiction. Meant to entertain. Sometimes to pull at our heartstrings. Sometimes to anger us at the injustice of it all. Sometimes to inform. Sometimes, gasp, to make us laugh. But always to entertain.
If I can't laugh at Konnie/Kate then I can't laugh at Heather, or Viki, or Todd, or Sonny's glassware hatred, or Anthony. . .they're all mentally ill in some way.
By that reasoning you can't laugh at the slapstick comedy of a drunk or the insanity of a teen who is losing it over some boy/girl, I mean what could you laugh at?
Sometimes life's just funny. I think seeing her trapped in the mirror was effin' funny.
If I ran into someone who suffered from this DID for real, and they were having a breakdown like this, irl, then I'd likely be horrified, terrified for them and me, and so saddened. Sometimes I felt like that watching Viki's storyline (I can't comment on the Jess/Tess thing cuz I mostly wasn't watching then). I occasionally felt like this watching Robin's depression (mostly because of the actress)
Maybe sometime in the future it will tug at my heartstrings or make me feel more bad for Kate than joyous at Connie, or make me horrified, and saddened as Viki occasionally did. Yesterday I laughed. . .a lot. . . so kill me.
April 19, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Nope, I laughed too. I have not liked the Kate recast or retcon, but I have to hand it to Kelly Sullivan, who's committed to this completely, and yesterday's mirror scenes were classic soap camp. Sometimes soaps want us to take something completely seriously - Robin's original HIV diagnosis, BJ's heart, etc; but more often they play fast and loose with reality in order to entertain. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. But I don't think anyone behind the scenes thinks this is a realistic depiction of mental illness. Which doesn't mean the actors aren't taking it seriously - just that I don't think it's fair to imply that anyone who found those scenes funny thinks mental illness in general is hilarious.
April 19, 2012 at 02:15 PM
It would have been so hard to give Kelly Sullivan a piece of glass to stand behind so she didn't have to resort to horrible mime?
Although I've generally enjoyed the OTT campiness of this entire thing -- because honestly, what else can you do? -- yesterday just made me roll my eyes.
Mary Beth |
April 19, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Dag nabbit! I missed yesterday's episode. The recap I read on another site did not do that screencap justice!
April 19, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Of course in real life mental illness isn't funny. But neither is killing babies, rape, or murder. When it comes to a soap you have to suspend reality and just take it for what it is.
April 19, 2012 at 06:18 PM
"If I can't laugh at Konnie/Kate then I can't laugh at Heather, or Viki, or Todd, or Sonny's glassware hatred, or Anthony. . .they're all mentally ill in some way."
Most of Heather's scenes are played straight. If Heather were going around beating on glass mirrors and screwing up her face every two seconds then I'm not sure anyone could stomach her.
Aside from Anthony, who is unwatchable most of the time, everything you listed is something which was, for a long time, treated seriously by the writers and producers of GH/OLTL.
Connie is something which was apparently created for no reason other than to laugh. Whether it's laughing at the thought of her killing a toddler, laughing at the thought of her being raped by the many men Connie hits on, or laughing at the plight of a broken woman who exists solely to bathe Sonny's feet, that seems to be the only goal of the show.
Once we get beyond pointing and laughing at the crazy lady, what else is there to this story? Day after day after day of the hilarious headcase. No apparent goal, or point, beyond filling out airtime.
Maybe if I hadn't already seen years of Ron Carlivati telling how hilarious it is for a woman to almost be raped by her father or to be raped when she thinks she's 15 or 16 years old, I might enjoy this latest guffawfest more.
April 19, 2012 at 06:52 PM
"Which doesn't mean the actors aren't taking it seriously - just that I don't think it's fair to imply that anyone who found those scenes funny thinks mental illness in general is hilarious."
I don't think Maurice Benard is taking it seriously (I don't think he has cared about this show in many years). I hope Kelli Sullivan isn't taking it seriously, as it would mean she really can't act.
I don't think people who laugh at these scenes think that mental illness is hilarious, but I do question whether Ron Carlivati feels this way. He's never told a story with a female character where mental illness is anything but a cheap laugh. He's done about a dozen stories like this and they are always the same. When he has this many stories about mentally ill women which always seem to revolve around how funny and pathetic they are, then I wonder when it stops being humor and starts being some agenda.
April 19, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Can't Connie just, I don't know, break up with Sonny? Why is that not possible?
April 19, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Just a question, if you hate Ron Carlivati's story lines so much and feel he has an agenda against women, why do you continue watching the shows? If you don't find them funny, entertaining or watchable, then why watch? He is the head writer and we should expect more of the same.
I think he's the best thing to happen to GH in years.
April 19, 2012 at 08:25 PM
"Just a question, if you hate Ron Carlivati's story lines so much and feel he has an agenda against women, why do you continue watching the shows? "
I watched them before he took over. I kept watching because of a handful of characters. My memories of the characters are enough to me that I can put up with the rictus grins that were passed off as OLTL's and now GH's last years.
It's not like GH was a great beacon of quality before he took over - the show has been awful for a long time. I want to see Jane Elliot, Robin Mattson, NLG, and a few others. I just hate the idea that GH is somehow suddenly a fantastic quality show because he took over and repeated the same poorly paced, pointless stories he peddled over and over when he was writing OLTL. So I always disagree with that. It doesn't mean I will stop watching.
April 19, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Ah, diversity of opinion, there's nothing quite like it, is there?
I haven't always liked Ron C.'s storylines, or found them in good taste. Jessica's reversion to the age of 15 or so, and the whole Ford thing really sucked. But IMO he doesn't have an anti-woman agenda, and I think he loves the genre. The arguments why this isn't a diss on mental illness have already been stated very eloquently, no need for me to repeat what has already been said.
But I will say that IMO, Ron C. was the best thing to happen to OLTL in a long time, and ditto for GH. I only wish AMC had been blessed to have someone like him at the helm during the interminable years that Frons and his horrid, handpicked writers mutilated the show and the characters virtually beyond recognition.
April 19, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Heather's played straight? Not from where I'm sitting. She's hilariously campy and over the top, and bless her for it.
April 19, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Kate/Connie could just as easily switch out Sonny's meds and call it a day.
April 20, 2012 at 12:46 AM
"Heather's played straight? Not from where I'm sitting. She's hilariously campy and over the top, and bless her for it."
I'd say Mattson plays her straight. What would some of Heather's scenes been like with Sullivan in the role?
Mattson (standing in front of Olivia, cold and dangerous, smirking a little): Tea?
Sullivan (popping eyes, gasping, mouth flapping open 50 times, twitching): T-T-Tea? OHMYGOD, TEA? TEA?
April 20, 2012 at 05:46 AM
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