Confessions and Connections, Missed and Otherwise
Line of the day -
Spinelli: There was no "scampering."
First of all, I'm on record as loving Ellie. Loving. It's ridiculous. She's just adorable. And "adorable" is not usually high on my list of reasons to like a new character, so I don't even know what's up with it. And she had every right in the world to be furious at Spinelli for sleeping with Maxie (and even giving him the boot for the rest of ever) and every right in the world to assume that Maxie was pretty pleased with that development. But now she thinks Maxie sabotaged her car? It hasn't even been two years since the last time we had a new character who quickly became a romantic rival for an established female character and decided that the established female character was probably some sort of killer. This was said new character's beginning-of-the-end, as we know that such groundless accusations are generally designed to make us turn on someone initially likable. Especially when it's someone who has brown eyes and red hair. You know, like someone else we know.
Plus, she got a little screechy today for my tastes. This does not bode well, particularly because she does not have a single solitary friend or connection on the show other than Spinelli (poor thing). I worry very much for her future. Because she's silly and nice and sweet and smart and stands up for herself and is all those things but is still a convincing adult. Young adult, sure, but adult.
Ahem. Which brings me to...
I'm well aware this is a controversial storyline and that those who hate it, hate it like it was designed to torture them and their loved ones for all time. Admittedly I'm not a member of that hate patrol (shall I duck?) -- I rather like that Patrick's current "love interest" is such a nasty piece of work that we know we're not meant to take her seriously as a match for him. I do wish Britt were written as a soap bitch with a little nuance (and it looked like they almost might at first, but they've reversed course completely), especially because I think Kelly Thibeaud is a good addition to the cast and I'm all for expanding the hospital posse (and would like to see her have to nurse Johnny Zacchara back to health from some gunshot or another -- you know, just for funsies), but I'm hoping if the character sticks around she'll be kicked to the curb by Patrick and maybe then start to grow that heart. Because of Frisco's love? Or something. We can handle more than one note. (Hell, I'm softening toward Connie. Anything can happen.)
But then there's Sabrina. Teresa Castillo is another actress I like, and I've always wanted them to beef up the former revolving door of nursing students at GH to cause drama and scandal. And it's okay by me that she's innocent and naive, and I dig that she's all mousy and awkward because it's fun to think about her inevitable transformation (I mean, girlfriend is H-O-T). See? Open mind, open heart. But COME ON.
This is what she was up to in a public place while overhearing her crush talk about the lady he's dating. This is not what adults do. This is what eighth-graders do on a bad day. (And uh, what some of us grownups do on a lousy day but FOR CRAP'S SAKE WE DO IT ON THE INSIDE.) And the other day when she literally ran out of a meeting AT WORK because of this same crush? AT HER JOB. Seriously. There's a way to present a guileless, innocent character with unrequited feelings but who also is emotionally mature enough to handle a PG-13 movie.
Also, no need to sit in Kelly's crying over spilt milk. She could just tell Patrick the crap that Britt has pulled, but nervous middle-schoolers might be too insecure to do that. Perhaps she's too focused on how she'll do at cheerleading tryouts.
I hope we're not meant to be seeing this as a triangle. Britt being awful is no reason to want Patrick to get together with someone so wildly mismatched to him, so I certainly hope that's not the road we're going down. Now that it's off my chest, I'll try not to complain about something that hasn't even happened yet and just hope for the best (wish me luck). And I'm going to focus on the most excellent upside of this whole storyline:
It means tons of little Emma!!! That always makes everything better.
So uh... Luke can go straight to hell. This isn't just about my love for Duke and Anna, it's about the fact that Luke has never even met Duke before, Luke and Anna were not together when Duke turned back up, and Duke quite sincerely thanked Luke for how his suspicions of FaisonDuke helped save his life. Boy, if you're trying to court a ladyperson, there's a perfect opportunity to show a little grace. What does Luke do?
Luke: Sorry, I've never been one to shake hands and be a gentleman. [Well yes, douche, it always is good to spell out your own subtext, that's for sure. --L.]
Duke: Well, at the very least you can accept my thanks for saving your life.
Luke: It never entered my mind. You were never part of my equation.
Anna: What are you doing, what are you doing, he hasn't done anything wrong.
Luke: No? Are you still in love with her?
Duke: I most certainly am still in love with her. The thought of Anna kept me alive.
Luke: Well, you're not the only one. [Really? My eyes, my eyes! They hurt from the rolling. --L.]
Gross. Jackass. Then he gave Anna some speech about how he's in love with her and that he and Duke are now officially adversaries. Both Duke and Anna gave him multiple chances to show an ounce of class and he couldn't muster up a bit of it. (Although Duke got in some stellar snark later when he suggested he and Luke give Anna some space and Luke pulled a "Speak for yourself, friend" bit of condescension, and Duke whipped right back with "Should I be grateful also that I've been upgraded from adversary to friend?" Oh, I'm glad that slick Scotsman is back where he belongs!)
Spectacularly, once Duke had a moment alone with Anna he quite proved himself to be the better man, telling her he understood that it had been ages and she'd had other relationships and a whole life since then and he wasn't going to pressure her or force into any decisions, or even explanations. And then, right before leaving...
Duke: However, I will always love you.
Oh, my heart. (Anna, this ain't exactly Dylan McKay and Brandon Walsh here. Some choices are easy!)
The less said about Maxie being impregnated with Spinelli's spawn and the fact that the dog really did mean "Jackal," as so many of us feared, the better. Obviously the single solitary silver lining there is that there's still a puppy on set.
Puppy! (Or maybe Ellie will get angry at Maxie near the stairwell causing a mistairriage and Maxie will totally make herself feel better by getting a puppy that looks just like this and will find a new romance at the dog park? Look at me grasping, look at me go!)