Things are feeling right over at General Hospital these days. And in some cases, it's simply because it's just so wrong.
Normally I'd just throw out a "the less said about the Kate/Connie fiasco, the better." But I could not help but chuckle when I realized Sonny had Connie kidnapped and tied up against her will so that he could "get through" to Kate.
I also had to chuckle when we were subjected to a completely sincere Sonny asking Connie why she doesn't like him. And then I had to chuckle again when Connie answered the question as if we hadn't been hearing the answer for several months (Sonny's a selfish asshole and got Kate shot on their wedding day, for starters). And then I had to chuckle yet again when it turns out the answer is something totally different -- that Connie blames Sonny for Kate's rape by Joe Scully, Jr., since Sonny should have protected her. So just kidding about one of Connie's only good qualities -- appropriately hating Sonny for things he should absolutely be hated for -- and hinging this whole headache on some sort of "damsel in distress" syndrome where if Sonny actually could do the job of a man and properly protect the helpless lady person, all can be forgiven! Oh, Advil ain't gonna help this one.
I won't waste too much more blog space on this as I'm certain it is no one'sfavorite storyline, but I'd be remiss if I did not mention a few things: these scenes yesterday were not bad. They weren't badly acted or badly written. In fact, Maurice Benard and Kelly Sullivan are terrific scene partners -- I don't think they have a shred of romantic chemistry and I also think the way her Kate is written is blander than dirt, but the two of them are good acting partners and obviously enjoy working with one another. And I appreciate that we're being shown that, unlike most of the Port Charles townsfolk, Sonny remembers that Kate is in there and so it's pointless to just stand around being verbally abusive to a symptom of a mental illness. This is supposed to be some evidence of his great love. But you know what? They could have done these exact same scenes in a therapy session. Thatwould have gone an awfully long way toward convincing me that Sonny actually loves this woman and is even acting out of something other than pure selfishness. But this OLTL carryover notion seems to always be that audiences just get such a hoot out of watching those darn slutty alters forced into submission. Kidnapping, binding, and gagging a woman who has a mental disorder due to rape trauma isn't funny to me. We've seen this ridiculous business with alters enough that I can't feel any actual moral outrage over it anymore. I'm just bored. Sonny is an ass even when he's not being an ass. There's some weird comfort in that. At least I don't feel the need to pay much attention to his scenes anymore.
Thankfully there was some self-awareness on this front from yesterday's script, considering they were juxtaposing these scenes with AJ reminding Michael that Sonny uses coercion and brute force when someone disagrees with him. While I'd love for AJ to be all saintly and tell Michael that he'll respect his relationship with Carly and Sonny but he hopes to build one with him as well, AJ is not a saint and never will be. Of course he's going to try to turn Michael against his mother and Sonny. I can accept that. And I seriously cannot get enoughof these scenes between Michael and AJ. Even the direction is playing it to the hilt -- the way the scenes are shot, the way Michael and AJ mirror a lot of each others movements.
It's fantastic stuff and Sean Kanan and Chad Duell are just nailing it. Admittedly I've gone back and forth between openly loathing or just being bored to tears by Duell's Michael for most of his tenure, and now I find myself actually looking forward to his scenes.
I was also delighted yesterday to enjoy a Carly catfight! It's been a while, since lately they've all been with Connie and I just don't care and their animosity feels forced to me. But Skye? First of all, that's an even "bitch with a litany of past sins" playing field right there. And Carly is the beast that I love to hate, so when she gets in a catfight I don't have that feeling of disappointment that I do when a character I love sinks that low. Skye, on the other hand, is a beast that I just plain love -- but this is perfectly in character for her.
And it was a great scene arc for the episode since it started with claws bared and blows exchanged and ended with a mutual shock over the image of one Lorenzo Alcazar, alive and well and callin' himself Delgado one state over.
And speaking of Skye, how awesome was it that we got a Pine Valley mention? Obviously since we have Llanviewites on canvas we get a regular sprinkling of One Life to Live, but it was refreshing to get an All My Childrenshoutout as well (the only other one I can remember from lately is Anna talking about having been married to David Hayward). More than that, I was just talking to friends the other day about how egregious we'd always found it that they'd basically cut all of Skye's Chandler ties completely once it became clear they weren't biologically connected, and it just made absolutely no sense. But hooray! She talked about Stuart and even called him Uncle Stuart!
Finally, y'all know I couldn't post today without mentioning what a great treat yesterday was for anyone who's got an unashamedly Blair-and-Todd-lovin' heart like me. Todd flipped out to learn that Blair and Tomas's wedding is this weekend, and then even agreed to consider publishing Molly's book (ugh) after Molly described it as a romance that is much like his history with Blair, which made him go all angsty.
The best part was his starry eyes after that when he begged her to tell him if the couple in the novel end up together and threw in a, "Please tell me they end up together!" like the lovesick puppy he is.
Because I am not a person who completely fails to understand what creates good drama, I get why just lifting a happy Blair and Todd out of Llanview and transplanting them in Port Charles to stay together forever happily on screen is not an option. But for now I feel like I'm in good hands in terms of the balance of the worlds -- the need for Todd to have story on General Hospital and in its context, as well as the need to respect the bottom line about this long-time character's heart. Blair will always own his heart even if he rents it out elsewhere, and that's okay with me for now. (Notwithstanding my oft-mentioned and still-standing caveats about how carefully any Todd-related intimacy must be handled.)
I have not let my eyes meet one single spoiler regarding this whole Lorenzo/Luis/Tomas/Whoever situation, so please be super-cautious in the comments about accidentally spilling anything! I know nothing but what we saw yesterday so if you know something, keep it quiet! (Non-spoiler-based speculation is always welcome, however.)
Oh my god, y'all, I just love Ellie. So freaking much. I love how she's substantial and she's funny and she's smart and she'll stand up for herself and she's so pretty with her adorable little flannels. So much.
We're almost done with sweeps, oh no! Here's hoping GH keeps the fire going anyway....