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May 23, 2012

It's A Mixed Bag (of Nuts and Berries)

I'll take an up-and-down episode over one that's all down any day of the week. Today was a bit of a back-and-forth roller coaster, so it's time for a Serial Drama list....

NUTS: Sonny gets to be right about Johnny. And he gets to learn that after "giving him some credit" today and revising his opinion. Damn.

BERRIES: Tracy is actually in a real storyline, not just a stupid comic subplot.

Tracy

NUTS: They still haven't pointed out how easy it should be to convince a court that killing Lisa was completely justified. Sure, Felicia pointed out that Matt's attorney could argue extenuating circumstances, but that this is the first time it's been mentioned just illustrates the insanity of this storyline from its first moment.

BERRIES: They're not letting people just forget about Robin's "death" just because we've moved on to new storylines. Anna sobbing over shampoo that smells like Robin was a lovely realistic touch.

Annasniff

I might've sniffled a bit myself. Might've.

NUTS: Oh crap. Daytime's 3,984th "we keep the actor on to be a kooky and wacky ghost" story!

Dumbghostanthony

Can't freaking wait.

BERRIES: Felicia actually got a morsel or two of decent dialogue today!

Feliciaspeaks

NUTS: Is anyone buying Carly's newfound never-ending deep well of empathy? Please. She also blames Connie for "destroying" her and Johnny? Hilarious. 

BERRIES: Jason, the man who is considering ending his marriage because his wife is having a child that's the product of her having been raped, wasn't on today's episode being heinous and hypocritical.

NUTS: They're doing a prison story?

Prisonstuff

I had hope that we'd be spared this cartoon. Guess not. Maxie's now been attacked in prison... by makeup.

Makeupmaxie

Kill me now. 

BERRIES: Jan! The mayor! I rather love her.

Jan!

Plus she's hot in a bad-ass sort of way. And isn't the least bit cringeworthy on her first day, so I'm guessing she can act. And best of all? She wants Anna to run the PCPD again! Oh hell, yes!

NUTS: These were the funniest moments of the day for me because they were really good jokes, but I just mean "nuts" because of what it took to say them: Dante, with a straight face, claimed that he's never used his badge to protect Sonny and -- this is the best one! -- that the PCPD has one of the best percentages of closed cases in the state of New York! 

Dante

Dante's a comedian! I love it.

BERRIES: It was finally a new day in Port Charles, so Tea and Carly weren't in those unhappy dresses anymore!

(Before anyone yells at me: I'm a big fan of almonds and cashews. And not so hot on blackberries because they get stuck in my teeth. It was just a metaphor! Leave me alone, y'all!)

Comments

HeeHee, Louise. you rock. I might've sniffled a bit with Anna, and was pleased to see Felicia with something interesting to say (despite HOW she says it). Though not so much impressed with the Luke Anna shipping.

Clown Maxie was . . . just too much. That's what gets her to sign those papers...not getting beaten up, but clown makeup? Perhaps she's afraid of the promised TAT?? sigh.

and let me just say I LOVE that Tracey has a - wait for it - STORY!!! Plus her hair looked terrific today. . . women in show biz, take a look at Jane Elliot if you wanna see how to age gracefully WITHOUT messing up your face with plastic surgery. she's just beautiful.

(note: not all plastic surgery messes up people's looks but some does and we've seen evidence of it in our shows, is all I'm sayin')

They should also look at Lindsay Wagner, another actress who's aging gracefully and I don't think she's had work done. IF she has, it's not been much, and she's still a gorgeous woman. But...I digress.

That whole prison scene was just...disturbing. And I've always wondered...seriously? Prisons allow tattoo artists to come in? Because I'm always hearing about prison "tats".

Anna made my heart ache. But yay, she's the police commisionar again. But where does this leave poor Mac on the canvas?

On a side note...I kind of liked Carly's "bandage" dress from the past few days. Was Tea on today? I don't remember seeing her, LOL.

Good Felicia day!

And I too am digging Mayor Jan. She sorta reminds me of OLTL's awesome Dr. Buhari, which means she'll probably be viciously murdered sooner than later.

I loved this breakdown!! I love both nuts AND berries, lol.

The Anna moment with the shampoo was beautiful!

Anna can sob over shampoo but she dumps her granddaughter for months to "give her space."

===Anna can sob over shampoo but she dumps her granddaughter for months to "give her space."===

I thought Anna explained that very well. She said that Emma wasn't Robin, that Emma's life was full of playdates, after-school activities, her father, that Emma's young life was being lived the way Robin's was. And I think that's a truth most of us can recognize, that childhood has changed. That children are "busier" than they used to be. That Emma isn't going to be available the way Anna thought she was.

I know we don't see every imagined moment in any fictional drama, but I'm astounded that there is a perception that Anna has dumped Emma to give her space. I never heard it that way and I've certainly not seen it that way.

Some people appear to watch a show that isn't actually on. It must save money not having to need a TV to see the stories in your head which appear to be so much better than what the actual show is.

So, do me a favor-watch that head show and let me enjoy this one, because Anna is awesome and FH is rocking the place.

Loved the column, Louise.

"I thought Anna explained that very well. She said that Emma wasn't Robin, that Emma's life was full of playdates, after-school activities, her father, that Emma's young life was being lived the way Robin's was. And I think that's a truth most of us can recognize, that childhood has changed. That children are "busier" than they used to be. That Emma isn't going to be available the way Anna thought she was."

I don't see how childhood has changed enough to not spend time with a girl who has just lost her mother, whose father is in the midst of a nervous breakdown, and whose other relatives are working night and day to help Maxie with her endless problems. It was almost immediately after Robin's death that Anna moved out to "give space." How busy would Emma have been at that time? Busy enough so that Anna could spend most of her time with Luke and John?

I think it's incredibly selfish to say your granddaughter "needs space" in these circumstances. No amount of play dates will change coming home to find no mother and a father who struggles to even find a coherent thought.

"Some people appear to watch a show that isn't actually on. It must save money not having to need a TV to see the stories in your head which appear to be so much better than what the actual show is. "

If that's the show where Anna actually cared about her granddaughter, please tell me the channel and time.

I do agree that the stories in our heads are likely better than anything onscreen.

"So, do me a favor-watch that head show and let me enjoy this one,"

If you're enjoying the show then comments on this board won't change that. I'm glad you're enjoying it.

Actually Carl, the stories in your head are way too negative for me. I'm loving this show right now, because it's so damn SOAPY!

And points of view are everywhere-whether I agree or not with the character. At least characters finally have voices.

I tend to watch soaps as soaps not documentaries, so REAL LIFE standards rarely apply. Would I like Todd in real life. No, but I love him on soaps. Because he's so soapy.

But Tea needs a better pregnancy pad and a longer skirt. And more foot rubs from John.

I'm not sure why Anna has to live in the same house as Emma to show she cares about her. And as someone who *does* need a certain amount of space in my private life to stay sane, I think her staying in town but not in their faces 24/7 is a much more practical and sensitive long term solution than forcibly inserting herself into a house already in turmoil.

Especially considering that Anna really hasn't spent much concentrated time alone with Emma or Patrick before; your mother-in-law who you've met a handful of times moving in with you is a decidedly different proposition than someone you're really close with or a member of your own family.

Anna also went to the house and knocked on the door-as Patrick ignored her. I don't think we're supposed to believe that was an isolated incident.

"Actually Carl, the stories in your head are way too negative for me. I'm loving this show right now, because it's so damn SOAPY! "

A mentally ill woman who lives her life for a mobster was raped by another mobster who traffics human organs and just killed his father. Another character is terrorized in prison because she confessed to a murder she didn't commit. A young woman is in prison because of a mental breakdown suffered from the death of her boyfriend and toddler.

The story in my head mostly involves people like Lucy Coe or Tiffany or Lesley Webber. Not realistic, but not as negative as what is onscreen.

But again, I'm glad you're enjoying the show, and I can promise you that this will be my last post on GH.

"I'm not sure why Anna has to live in the same house as Emma to show she cares about her. And as someone who *does* need a certain amount of space in my private life to stay sane, I think her staying in town but not in their faces 24/7 is a much more practical and sensitive long term solution than forcibly inserting herself into a house already in turmoil. "

I think that Anna should have been with Emma in the weeks after Robin died. I don't believe Patrick was in the right mind to be a full time parent and Elizabeth, Mac, and Matt had very busy lives and careers of their own. In time, yes, Anna should have moved out, but not so soon after this loss, not to sit around talking with John about his long dead, never mentioned sister, or to sit around talking with Luke about what he's going to name a restaurant.

They just ignored the grieving with Anna and now it's back and I'm supposed to react, when I saw none of this for most of the aftermath of Robin's death. It seems forced to me.

Anyway, I don't want to spoil marz's enjoyment of GH so I am going to just say I hope you enjoy GH and I hope it's on for a long time to come.

Can we go back to the clown for a minute? Because a)clowns are awesome, b)makeup? not acid, not a knife, but makeup? Between that and the thought that Johnny might possibly be keeping Anthony on his floor as a very stinky sounding board, it was crazy day!

Right? Maxie should have NO problems warding off the thugs in prison now because she's an awesome terrifying CLOWN! (But I suppose we were supposed to be so scared for her? Our hearts bleeding and broken? Oops.)

I think I agree with whoever said that Anna's leaving the house was more due to the fact that Robin wasn't there. I have to admit, living with my mil, even during a difficult time, without my hubby there as a buffer. . .I'd be screaming for some space.

I don't think Anna was thinking of giving them space in the sense of private time to do what they wanted, but rather space as in breathing room, in a difficult time.

She has said how she's been worried about them, and that knock on the door was, I believe, supposed to be indicative of her trying to access patrick and emma to help.

How boring would the show be if they spent screen time constantly showing Anna knocking on Patrick and Emma's door?

However, that being said, a few more mentions of her having been over to Patrick's and him not being home might not have gone amiss.

Just to throw this out there... Since tattooing in prison is illegal[2] in the United States, the inmates do not have the proper equipment necessary for the practice. This forces inmates to find ways to create their own tattooing devices out of their belongings. Improvised tattooing equipment has been assembled from materials such as mechanical pencils, magnets, radio transistors, staples, paper clips or guitar string. The ink used also needs to be improvised, either taken from pens or made using melted plastic, soot mixed with shampoo, or melted Styrofoam

Um. Since when is Noxzema considered clown makeup? Seriously, that's what I thought it was when I looked at the screencap. Makeup dept. on a budget or WHAT?

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Brooke is gorgeous, Hope is gorgeous, the location is gorgeous. Rapist and Liam ruin the scene though. Poor Hope will only suffer with Lame :-(

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