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July 19, 2012

Be Still My Heart

Yesterday was a difficult General Hospital for me to snark on. While I could complain about how we learned that the never-ending cycle of tedium that is the Maxie and Spinelli back-and-forth is in fact still in full swing, with Spinelli once again making sad puppy faces and Maxie deciding to try to make him jealous by using her "dead" cousin's widower because she is such a delight as a human (And it worked!), I just...

But y'all, I can't. I am helpless and hopeless when faced with Todd and Blair. I have other daytime couples I've loved enduringly and irrationally (Duke and Anna! Tina and Cord! Frisco and Felicia!), but Todd and Blair are truly the only ones who render me useless and damn near brain-dead. I mean straight from that entrance...

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They really do know how capitalize on the best way that woman enters the frame!

And I'm thrilled that Scott Sickles was yesterday's scriptwriter because although the rest of the GH dialogue team are certainly capable of throwing together a couple of scenes in a room full of emotional landmines, Sickles did write some of Todd and Blair's greatest episodes of the final year on OLTL and he never fails to capture the depth of their connection. 

Not that it's necessary, of course. You could give Kassie DePaiva and Roger Howarth a few pages of Waiting for Godot and they could stick right to the script and we'd still understand Blair and Todd's history, their longing, and their love for each other that has simultaneously destroyed and uplifted both of their souls. It's not just actor chemistry and a comfort working with each other, it's a real understanding of the nuances of that relationship and damn, damn fine craft right there.

And then...

Blair: Look at you. Todd Manning, wow wow wow. Starr said that you'd really done well for yourself.

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Todd: She said that? She never says anything about you to me.

Oof. KNIFE IN MY ADMITTEDLY OVER-INVESTED HEART.

And sure, sure, she's right to be angry. He "killed" Victor and then framed her boyfriend for it. Oh yeah, and kidnapped him and held him for some time. Bad, bad Todd. He'll never change. But she'll always forgive him. Always has, always will, and will do it eventually whether it's in the context of General Hospital or not (and I don't even need it to be).

And how adorable was he when he was all naively hopeful after her little visit? His "Johnny who?" to Carly while he watched where Blair had just walked down the hallway? His sideways dance when he got on the call to Heather? We all know Blair's not going to tell him she's coming back to him (what with her not being a regular character on this show) and that he'll be crestfallen, but giddy "I'm gonna get my love back!" Todd is certainly something to behold.

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There were also some great just-plain GH moments yesterday that you didn't need to know OLTL history to love. How cute were Anna and Patrick and Emma having a little family moment? And Emma wanting to try on her Aunt Felicia's Aztec jewelry? I'm so glad Emma knows the insanity of Felicia being an Aztec princess! 

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Ridiculously adorable. But not half as adorable as when Patrick tugged Emma away from her hug with Grandma Anna by her braid!

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I die.

And finally, I'll just leave you with all of this awesomeness: 

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Comments

Thanks Kendra. Don't know much about Blair and Todd, but their scenes at the Haunted Star were really chemistry laden.

I have never watched OLTL, but your recaps (& screencaps) make me root for Todd & Blair like crazy. I LOVED the opening shots of her legs.

Todd and Blair would make a great couple and I believe in that. Why can't Todd see Blair that she's the one? As we saw on the past episodes, Todd tried so many relationships but failed. I think he should open his eyes wide so that he can see Blair clearly.

One of the series that I don't dare skip. I watched every epi of this one!

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