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January 23, 2013

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!)


SaneN85, every time Ellie uses the word "intercourse" it's like someone reached into my SOUL and scratched their nails down the longest chalkboard in the world. She has so much potential but they really need to stop acting like she's never spoken to a normal human being before. Dear writers: I work with nerds and computer programmers and medical researchers! Guess what? They watch tv and have friends and use slang, just like you! < /rant >

That said, to anyone who doesn't see what Spinelli did as a betrayal of Ellie, I ask you to try and imagine how you would feel if your significant other had sex with (and declared his love for) an ex-girlfriend you both know is still in love with him roughly five minutes after declaring that he only has you in his heart. Even if we accept the "on a break" excuse for the physical betrayal, he was emotionally cheating on her. I hope she kicks him the curb and doesn't look back.

(And yes, I would love at least one line explaining where her family is in all this.)

Love your commentary, especially on the Luke/Anna/Duke fiasco yesterday. However, I'm sorry I'm just not feeling this Anna/Duke connection at all. They used to have it back in the day, but not seeing it now at all. The less said about the Luke/Anna thing the better. I felt more way more chemistry between Robert and Anna in the few short scenes they have shared this year. I say Anna forget the 2 'ukes and go bring Robert back.

Loved Duke & Anna. Swoon. And I am so over Luke Spencer. Frankly, Laura cannot get here soon enough. She has a big job in trying to make Luke likable again.

At least Ellie didn't call it "making love", Elizabeth. That makes me cringe everytime soaps call it that. In real life, I doubt if a stressed and enraged Ellie would've said "intercourse". A much harsher and shorter four letter word most likely would've been used. And completely appropriate in my mind. But it is network tv. I just wish Ellie had someone else in her life.

First I am also over Uke.TG doesn't even seem to be there. he can take his vacation and I won't miss him. I was never a duke fan,But like all the others.I loved him saying he would always love Anna. he was so sweet..I would rather have Anna wth Robert,but I know I never want Anna with Luke.
ellie is fine. She is sweet,and she doesn't seem to have a evil bone in her body. She can forgive Spin for sleeping with Maxie but he needs to suffer first. having an actual child with maxie should do that!.He was feeling sorry for himself,but they have both watched the movie? She needed to not forgive him to quickly.
Emma is a joy to watch.She isn't afraid to say whats on her mind.She doesn't like Britt. Who does? Every soap needs a Britt. Patrick I love but he is dense. just look at what Lisa did so we shouldn't be surprised.
I like Sabrina but I am sick to death of her whinning. Grow up girl and look in the mirror.

I'm just happy that finally two men are fighting over Anna (a woman of a certain age, as gorgeous as she is) as they should be!! Finola Hughes <3 <3

I am hoping . . . HOPING . . . that the return of Laura means a turn in direction for Luke back to somebody I don't immediately want off of my screen whenever he shows up on it. Clearly, the writers and producers have floundered in regard to what to do with Luke-minus-Laura, and since Geary seems so happy with the darkification/ickification of Luke, maybe they just went with that to keep him happy in a vacuum of real story ideas, and maybe Laura's return will provide a focus and a coherence and put him back on the right path. I doubt I'll be able to forget (as in put out of my mind totally) all the hate-inducing things he's done and said in the last three years or so, and I suspect TPTB will find that too much damage has been done all around to recapture the Luke and Laura magic (thanks so much, JFP and Guza--I hold you primarily responsible for aforementioned irreparable damage to both characters), but if they can just make Luke BEARABLE again, even that would be something.

So glad to see that I am not the only one who doesn't like Duke (or Luke) and Anna together. Give me Robert any time. Ian B is good at good and evil though, I'll give him that.

Sabrina may be a middle-schooler, but Britt is still a high-schooler. She is one of those girls who are too good for the rest of us to hang out with and likes to flaunt her position. Sabrina needs a COMPLETE make-over. External AND internal. That doesn't really happen in real life unless she's only 'acting' like a rag doll. Patrick can move on but he needs someone with a personality now not just a quick lay now and then. He should have learned that with Robin. Sigh, dumb...

I hope Ellie stays and meets up with Patrick. That is one I could accept.

For those who don't see the Duke and Anna chemistry...I understand, given the material they've had since the Faison reveal, especially if you didn't watch in their heyday. The writers need to give them more scenes together when they actually try to connect...then I think the chemistry will pop again. I saw a glimpse of it when he told her he'd always love her. He always knew how to woo the hell out of that woman.

I thought I was the only one he saw the Patrick and Ellie possibility. Thanks, TekBuneE

I think Ellie would make a much better match with Patrick than both Sabrina and Britt.

She has personality, a backbone and is not afraid of confrontation. She's also very intelligent.

I'm afraid that Sabrina will be a doormat for Patrick to walk all over. She's not really in love with him, she idolizes him and I hope someone points that out to her soon. And if a makeover is what she needs for him to see her as a woman, she deserves more.

I saw Tony Geary on a Patridge Family rerun the other day. So fresh-faced and earnest, and now......?!! I was never a big Duke fan, he was OK, but as some others have stated if we're not going to have Anna and Robert then I'd like to see Anna and Duke. I loved when he called her his "hero"! And at least the more "mature" performers on the show have a front-and-center romantic story and aren't shuffled into a closet!

I want to add by "fresh-faced" I wasn't commenting on his appearance, I meant he was so energetic and earnest as a performer.

I must have waken up in the Twilight Zone because a woman shows some backbone on General Hospital. Ellie, you're second only to AJ for my adoration on the show. I find her more interesting than any new character introduced on the show in the last five years.

well all the propping of sabrina is trying to mask the fact that sabrina's reasons for putting on the NB is to get into patrick's pants. she worse than britt b/c she's pretty much using his "dead" wife's memory and his kid to do it. at least britt is open about what she wants. why can't patrick just have a casual fling.

don't even get me started on luke who drunkenly ran over a 3yr old, didn't even get questioned by the police then went around town saying that it liberated him. laura needs to come to town just to b*tchslap that *sshole, then walk away from him and run off w/scotty. luke needs to die alone, in a ditch after someone runs him over, there that could be a good mystery, sort of like "Who shot JR".

Agreed. I honestly don't care about Britt or Sabrina for all the reasons you mentioned above. Luke is a d*ck pure and simple and Anna needs to run, not walk straight back into real Duke's arms. But what I am most p*ssed about is how Lante's sweet, sad, heartwarming, funny quest for a baby has been hijacked by this awful Spixie/Ellie triangle story. Maxie pregnant by Spin right after miscarrying the Lante baby and then lying about it to their faces. And calling Lulu a control freak. I hope Lulu kicks her to the curb when the truth comes out. They have made me hate Maxie with a passion right now. And it is too bad, I was really enjoying their friendship and her friendship with Dante too ( poor guy he doesn't have any friends either) they all had such sweet surrogacy scenes. I hate the way Maxie manipulates Spin and calls it love. He needs to grovel on the ground until Ellie takes him back. Maxie needs to end up alone, but I doubt that will happen.

Let me think I can choose between Duke (with those eyes and that voice) or Luke ... no contest...

I am soooo over Luke Spencer...

Duke and Anna had chemistry during the FaisonDuke scenes. Since finding RealDuke and realizing she'd be suckered, Anna is so freaked out that she can't bear to be around RealDuke, even though she was totally into FaisonDuke. I think zero chemistry is the only way she could play that and they're doing a great job given how romantic they were acting it a few weeks ago. I hope the swoony moment was the beginning of the end of her creeped out attitude. He's a thousand times better with her than Luke.

I say all of this having never seen Duke and Anna together before GH.

Jenius, funny you say that because I've been thinking...Ellie & AJ. Yep. That's right. She needs to get with someone hot and it would do an awesome job of giving Spinelli a coronary as she'd be copulating not just with another man, but with the anti-Jason.

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