So Much Hand Flailing
Dear readers, the past couple of weeks have been crazy. The kind of crazy that perhaps deserves three syllables, really; cuh-razy, or cay-razzy, whichever is your preference. Some of it was the good kind of crazy (vacation!), some of it the bad kind (stress!) and some of it the kind of crazy that comes from having an electric system that goes out immediately as soon as a fair mist starts (whatever they did to fix my week long outage last year during Hurricane Irene seems to have involved little more than a piece of twine and some Elmer's glue judging by how frequently the power goes out, costing me two--two!--live episodes of True Blood this season). Crazy.
Let's pause for a moment and reflect on how little crazy seems to resemble a real word after seeing it repeated that often. SO little.
Anyway, my DVR had a folder full of General Hospital episodes just about ready to burst and I sighed a heavy sigh because watching a huge chunk of General Hospital is normally like having surgery with a Mike's Hard Lemonade as your sole source of anaesthesia. But I caught the last half of today's episode and I found myself wanting to begin a slow clap because this show has finally--finally!--embraced the power of old school soap. The final few minutes were filled with the sort of moments that had me impatiently muttering, out loud because I am crazy, "WHY DO I HAVE TO WAIT 24 HOURS TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? WHY?!"
For example: TODD knows the TRUTH about JOHNNY being responsible for the deaths of Cole and Hope and he is a tightly wound ball of hatred and fury at this point and I cannot wait to see him exact his revenge upon Johnny, with either his words or his fists or, perhaps once he's calmed down, a hilarious roast filled with pithy zingers.
AND: STEVE has a HEAD INJURY. At least, I think he does. He has to, right? Because how could a person in possession of his full mental faculties say, about Heather Webber--Heather Webber whose time in Port Charles has basically been a decades-long spree of craziness and horror. A spree that sees her topping herself in terms of sheer life-ruining and insanity every time she floats back into town--"I can't believe what my mother's done". You can't, Steve? Do you not remember THE ENTIRETY OF THE 80s and EVERYTHING your mother has done, EVER? I look forward to tomorrow's episode in which we see the extent of his brain injury.
AND! AND! Ewen has a personality! It just turns out that his sole personality trait is now EVIL, because it turns out that HE is the one holding Robin captive and torturing her. I mean, I'm sure that he is not the main evildoer here and is merely following orders from someone more evil and powerful than he and it will probably be Jerry, because villainy is almost always connected to Jerry (if it's not Jerry, it's the possibly/probably undead Diego) and because that will get me to stop complaining about how they dropped Ewen's weirdness about the Jacks family and that will all be one hell of a letdown but for now, HOW SOAPY WAS THAT? Especially since the reveal followed a very tense conversation between Heather and Anna, who had Heather at gunpoint and ordered her to confess what she knew about Robin.
Anna: You were mistaken. It was someone that looked like her.
Heather: I saw her. I saw her face, just as clearly as I'm seeing yours now. She was with a nurse, Nurse Fletcher. But there was someone telling that nurse what to do.
Heather: I didn't see his face.
Anna: It was a man? What was his name?
Heather: Fletcher just called him Doctor.
[Immensely pathetic Austin Powers joke REDACTED because I could not live with the shame of having made such a joke in a public forum. Even alluding to such a thing likely caused my street cred to diminish considerably. And it started out as basically nil!]
I think what got me the most excited about all of this was Finola Hughes who, as ever, was excellent in these scenes--she's equal parts angry, confused, vulnerable and just a tiny bit hopeful, and it broke every single piece of my heart, especially since I know that Robin IS alive and is being tortured, and I just want this mother/daughter duo to be reunited because Hughes deserves the opportunity to cry happy tears for once.