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December 18, 2012

In Praise of Escapism

I love that soaps just follow soap logic and we so rarely have to feel like they truly hit too close to home. Sure, they make me cry sometimes and they make me angry sometimes, but it's always just an escape. Sometimes a necessary one. Sometimes a most excellent one.

So let's talk about today's escape...

The continued excellence going on over in Switzerland now involves Anna and Duke working together to save Robert's life!

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I still can't believe this is 2012. And I mean that in the best possible way. Perhaps this is all because the world is allegedly ending on Friday? Eh. I'll take it.

Elizabeth's bitchface, very much directed at the right person!

Britt

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Of course, that nasty piece of work Britt took all of Liz's apt criticism and used it in her favor to manipulate Patrick further. (And using Christina Comes Home for Christmas, no less -- a fun One Life to Live reference.)

I don't really want to get into what Ellie overheard Spinelli saying to Maxie today. Maxie and Spinelli drive me insane as a pairing and are even worse when one is pining for the other and all their scenes are about that. I like them okay as friends, though, but y'all. I LOVE ELLIE. Like a crazy person. I can't even specifically identify why. The actress is very appealing and actually refers to Damien Spinelli as "Damien" and he's had to act like more of a grown-up around Ellie and I appreciate all that, but it's more than that. So my already weary heart broke for her today when she overheard the wrong part of Spinelli explaining to Maxie that he would have loved to jump into her arms and reunite with her when she confessed her feelings to him.

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And of course she walked away before hearing that wanting to be with Ellie was the deciding factor in turning down Maxie. But misunderstandings based on eavesdroppings are classic soap story staples, so we shall see where this goes. ("Eavesdroppings?" Can we do that as a plural like that? It sounds like little poop pellets left by some dude named Eaves.) 'Cause hey, I like stories. If everyone just ran around all happy and healthy and clear on everything, we wouldn't have those. Our stories! And call me crazy, but I got a little optimistic based on today's dialogue that we're not simply meant to see Ellie as a spoiler for Spinelli/Maxie, and that we are being asked to take her seriously as a character in her own right. I DIG.

More of Jason Thompson being wonderful and heartbreaking as Patrick.

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Robin

Seriously, has any soap ever had a character's storyline still focus on mourning a lost spouse almost a year later? I mean I know she's still alive and, sure, there are past examples of people getting clues and going to hunt that loved one down. But I'm talking just a grieving spouse. He has ladies after him (well, maybe I should put "ladies" in quotes), but the point of that has been primarily that he is unable to move on because of Robin. Sabrina's running around trying to help honor Robin's memory and we even have Duke and Lucy popping up to react to Robin's death and speak of her life as well. Again, almost a year later.

They literally had to throw in this external motivator today in which Robin actually sent him a DVD essentially ordering him to open his heart to another woman. (Okay, it was a little ridiculous to have Robin talking on the DVD about having "vetted" Elizabeth as his future wife, but to be fair, this was supposed to be recorded at a time when that was very regrettably Robin's storyline.) So you know, eww.

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The good news? Britt is a paper-thin bitch of a character. I'm not panicked that we're going to get invested in that "relationship!" (But I do really like Kelly Thiebaud.)

But I mean, Jason Thompson is going to get his damn Emmy this year, right? Right?? And if not, are any of you real craftsy-like and can make him a statue and we'll send it to him on behalf of the blog and its readers? Because seriously.

LUCY FRIGGIN' COE. (Complete with flashbacks!)

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Lynn Herring looks fantastic. And Lucy also got the best line of the day, in reference to Sonny Corinthos and his known-by-everyone-and-it's-no-biggie blood money: "In the day, way back, we kind of heard rumors and innuendos but now we just say 'he's a gangster,' everybody knows he's a gangster." YES, MISS COE. MANY OF US HAVE HAD QUESTIONS ABOUT THAT FOR YEARS

And oh yeah! Now Jerry has Robin.

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YOU GUYS OH MY GOD I CAN'T BELIEVE JERRY JACKS IS ALIVE. Okay, that's a lie. We all knew that. But it's nice to start to bring this story back full-circle to his initial involvement.

Man, this episode was just one big fat piece of good will toward men. Well, mostly women. But some men. Happy holidays to us!

Comments

Oh Louise, I wish I could share your enthusiasm about today's episode but I thought it was actively annoying. Liz was used to prop the ridiculous Mousy Nurse v. Bitchy Doctor; Maxie & Spinelli having the same conversation again; that doctor's ridiculous reaction to seeing an incapacitated Robert on the floor. Argh. I loved seeing Lucy Coe and the flashbacks but Sabrina is annoying, one-dimensional and self-serving, so I so cannot root for her. Britt is completely one-dimensional and self-serving as well. I like both actresses but both characters are unnecessary since has been fleshed out in the months onscreen. Also, why wouldn't Liz just tell Patrick what she thinks about Britt? There's no attention the Liz/Patrick frienship to just sell Mousy Nurse v. Bitchy Doctor. I am a disgruntled fan of Rebecca Herbst and can't understand why she is receiving this treatment by these writers. Jason Thompson is excellent but I am becoming fatigued by the lack of movement in Patrick's story and that his proposed options seem to only be Mousy Nurse v. Bitchy Doctor.

The Robert scenes did not feel epic the way they should have.

I do adore Ellie and I felt sad for her today. She is my favorite new character in forever.

I'm still trying to figure out why Anna wasn't happier that real Duke was alive. Maybe she's just numb and jaded, but the love of her life is alive. Not a faux-Duke. Not evil masked-Duke. The real Duke. In bad white jammies, but still. Shouldn't she be happier?

I'm still trying to figure out why Anna wasn't happier that real Duke was alive. Maybe she's just numb and jaded, but the love of her life is alive. Not a 1990 faux-Duke. Not evil masked-Duke. The real Duke. In bad white jammies, but still. Shouldn't she be happier?

sueb, I think you're right that Anna's a bit numb, but also that she's in "action mode." Not to mention this isn't the first time Duke showed his face after 20+ years (since she was already elated to see him when she thought it was him and had barely had a second to feel sadness that it wasn't really him), and there's just a million emergencies all happening at once. We'll probably have to wait for them to get a moment's peace before a satisfying reunion scene!

Every damn day is Christmas! Thank you so much for giving me back my soap, RC. What a great episode this one was. And I do like that the incompetence and indifference of doctors faced with a comatose patient has carried over from OLTL. Along with Christina Comes Home For Christmas.

Sabrina makes me smile. I cannot wait for her make-over. I love Liz having women friends again and that she is still missing Robin.

Maxie and Spin had a great conversation and Ellie overhearing the wrong part was old school soap, which makes me think just maybe Ellie is Spin's endgame after all, at least for awhile.

Duke cheering Robert on to live was also realDuke. Because Duke never doubted his place in Anna's heart.

Wow, just wow. No grinches on this show.

It was terrifying to me that Jerry referenced the last time he kept Robin captive, by using the Metro Court nickname. It had to remind her that he shot her. Jerry was a complete surprise to me, but such a logical choice. And a scary one. He's never been a Robin fan.

And it really cannot be shouted enough. Lucy Coe is back. Lucy Coe is back. Let the fun, let the games, let the drama, let the comedy, let everything good begin all over again.

Yeah, I sometimes think RC had a really, really bad experience with doctors once, because he always has the non-character ones practically shrugging when people are on the edge of death and salivating about the possibility of harvesting their organs.

Anyway, I thought it was a great episode. LUCY COE!!!!!!!!!!!!! With a big picture of Doc and Sigmund on her desk!!!!!!!! And flashbacks!!!!!!!!! I actually loved the "Victor Lord's bastard son" line best. OMG, scenes between Lucy and Todd (and pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease let them happen) are going to be total glee-fests.

If JT doesn't get an Emmy, there really is no justice in this world. And Britt is so going down. No way she survives Liz's Bitchface for long.

I love Ellie. I'm a little nervous RC will have her do something to the embryos out of spite for Maxie, but the way she's been written indicates they actually do want us to sympathize with her, so I'm hoping I'm just being gun shy. Ellie is awfully close to Eli, after all.

Robert's only mostly dead (quick, call Miracle Max!), Jerry having Robin makes a weird sort of sense, but is still a total surprise (not the alive, but the involvement), and Robin is still making an emotional impact long after her "death" (almost like real life, except with air quotes).

Plus, Lucy Freaking Coe. If only her hair were a wee bit lighter in color it would be perfect. But I'm not greedy, I don't need perfect. I'll settle for fan-freaking-tastic.

Big ol' pic of Doc on Lucy's desk! Golden Goose and Quackers levels of sales reps? HA! I am going with a full mindwipe of Port Charles storylines. Only bad thing about that is no Christina Baldwin. But Karen Wexler should be alive! So I can live with this world of no Asshat Ian Thornheart eating PC. No silly vamps, slayers or angels! I do wonder why Lucy wouldn't call Scotty to hit him up for a donation.
LIVE Robert! LIVE! True soap fashion. As for Anna, yeah she was in pure shock and action mode. First Faison, then another Duke and now Robert is near death. No time for sappy reunions now. Especially since she has already been dealing with "Duke's" return.
Britt and Sabrina are both ridiculous. Both are so damn transparent and boring. The sooner Robin returns, the better.
Why is Liz stuck in this silly plot? Nurse's Ball? Yes. Rest lame Sabrina and Britt crap? No. Why isn't Liz guilting Carly, Jax, Monica and even an off screen Nik into donating some moolah?
Hating this Maxie loves Damien junk. Love Ellie and yes, she makes him act more like a real adult.

I have thoughts:

Maxie loves what she can't have. Period. That's why I can't root for her until she truly changes. Love her character in other aspects outside romantic ones. I can't wait for her reunion with Robin (If it happens, I'm unspoiled).

And Damien Spinelli? Meeeeh.

Love Elizabeth's bitchface no matter towards who or in what situation. Love.

LUCY.

What's next? Jason Sweater Loving Quartermaine returning who wants nothing to do with Sonny or Carly? Real!Laura? My cup would runneth over.

Happy Holidays everyone!

There are so many things to love about this show right now. One thing that I really, really liked was when Anna showed up in Duke's room and he was all "I knew you would rescue me, Anna" and he called her "MY HERO". That was all kinds of awesome.

Liz taking up for Sabrina and going after Britt is totally in character, in my opinion. I feel like Sabrina is becoming more dimensional. I want more nuance for Britt. She's too adolescent in her fixation on Patrick for my tastes, and the actress is good enough for me to want more for the character. I like these new additions to the hospital - Ellie, Sabrina, Britt, Felix. Some are more developed than others, but they're all played by engaging actors, so I'm optimistic. And looking forward to what all this new blood will bring to the Nurse's Ball.

Everything was great but I was really hoping for more of a reunion with Duke & Anna. Oh well. I loved seeing Lucy again. LH looked great. But I was underwhelmed by the revelation that Jerry Jax had Robin. I thought it would be a bigger, badder villain like Victor Cassadine. Oh well. The show is still eons better then under the leadership of Phelps and Guza. I'm content.

I don't think I was watching during the original run of Duke and Anna (due to work). I failed to see the magic during the Faison part of the "reunion" but I have to say, thanks to Ian Buchanan's nuances that I now see between how he played both versions, I teared up Monday when the real Duke and Anna met up. He totally had me at My Hero and I could see the magic. Now I get it. Oh and the "My bonnie lass?" with the tears when Anna told him about Robin. *chokes* Now they MUST save Robert (I'm okay with a coma if he was just having a short run) but he can't be dead. Not Robert.

I wasn't watching the last time Lucy was on the show (mostly because I was a toddler) but I've already decided I love her. My favorite line was "They're actually calling me the Bernie Madoff of makeup!" and then Sabrina's horrified gasp in response. Can they bring back Lucy's duck????

I am LOVING the whole switzerland story. Fab. Fab. Fabulous. I think Mr. Craig having Robin leads to all sorts of fun questions, like he must have known her story and family history when he shot her. But why? Robert's got to live and I am happy realDuke is here, bu I admit, the Faison mask thing was clever and fun too. Oh so very glad RV took over when he did so Robin can be alive. Yay! Best storyline she has had since she was a kid. Now, if only we could get her on full time!

"Seriously, has any soap ever had a character's storyline still focus on mourning a lost spouse almost a year later? I mean I know she's still alive and, sure, there are past examples of people getting clues and going to hunt that loved one down. But I'm talking just a grieving spouse. He has ladies after him (well, maybe I should put "ladies" in quotes), but the point of that has been primarily that he is unable to move on because of Robin. Sabrina's running around trying to help honor Robin's memory and we even have Duke and Lucy popping up to react to Robin's death and speak of her life as well. Again, almost a year later."

It should be this way more often. I get why writers are tempted to put people in new pairings so soon but it cheapens the old relationship when they rush past the mourning period. Characters should still remember spouses when they've been dead only a year.

I am loving GH. The attention to detail that's now a part of the stories is great, too. The pictures on Lucy's desk (now if Doc, Serena, & Sigmund would at least briefly pop up w/Lucy at the ball...), Felicia's absence from Maxie explained by Rubella and their talk on the phone...when Duke first came back, he looked a tad alarmingly stiff in the face & rouged, but Real Duke looks better--so apparently that was an early tell that it was a Duke Lavery mask? Anyway, all the loose ends are actually being tied up, which is so great after all the years when Guza would just have funerals w/o any family members and drop whole storylines/characters w/o explanation.

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