Okay, I'm sometimes prone to hyperbole with my post titles. But today's General Hospital had three hugely noteworthy setpieces that merit a little attention, however brief.
1.) The strangest, most unlikely alliance ever turned out to be incredibly fascinating and even a little touching. When yesterday's preview's hinted we were getting some serious Connie and Tracy scenes today, I was all, "Eh? What do you mean, Connie and Tracy?"
What started as more anti-A.J. machinations on Tracy's part turned into a very unlikely but lovely bonding scene, where they did more than just connect as overt bad girls with terrible instincts and lousy taste in men, but the writers even remembered why there actually is something for them to talk about -- considering the Trey/Joe history.
Color me surprised! And really, if this was just a one-off I'd still think it was nice but at this point I'd be bummed. Both of these woman are ostensible mega-bitches who are really just insecure little girls inside; this would be a compelling female friendship moving forward. Sure, they could scheme together. But they could also be the rare person to see the other one's best side and fight for it. (I'm being naively optimistic here, I know. But I liked it, dammit!)
2.) You know how sometimes the dialogue for and about Sonny on this show is so off-the-wall and offensive that you want to throw things at the screen for how tone-deaf these people are, and other times the dialogue for and about Sonny is so off-the-wall and offensive that you're 1000% positive that these people know exactly what they're doing and exactly what a hypocritical mess Sonny really is? Today, for me, fell squarely into the latter category.
Kristina: There is no Kate, Dad. It's just Connie. And she's horrible and you refused to stop her so I had to do it myself! [SHE's horrible, Kristina? Oooooh boy. --L.]
Alexis: No, no, you don't get to do that. No matter how terrible you feel or how wronged you think you are, you don't get to take the law into your own hands.
Kristina: But Dad does it all the time!
Sonny: Forget what I do!
Sonny: You don't get to grab a baseball bat and try to hurt someone. You don't do that!
Oh my god, y'all. It was just too rich. Sometimes he just makes me laugh so hard that I want to just pinch his little cheeks and pat him on the head (although I don't want my hands to get too oily, despite how dried-out they've been lately). Priceless, this guy.
3.) Anna and Duke. I've made a lot of noise about my love for them, but if they don't deliver and the material doesn't deliver, there's not much reason to make noise. But after Anna's crisis today (she and Mac about killed me and I'm so glad they were involved in the one-day storyline of Emma being missing), she ran into Duke and they had the sweetest, simplest scene. She filled him in on what happened with Emma (DUKE NEEDS TO MEET EMMA!) and he filled her in on his job interview and his brand-new employed self. She congratulated him.
Duke: Thank you very much! We should celebrate sometime.
Anna: Yeah. That would be nice.
Duke: Well. I'd better get going. I'm relieved everything's all right. It was nice seeing you. Good night.
Anna: Good night.
And then she just watched him walk away.
In lesser hands, that could be the most simplistic, banal scene in the world, but Ian Buchanan and Finola Hughes imbued it with a lifetime of subtext. It was at moments nostalgic, at moments wistful, at moments frightening, at moments glorious and alternately heartbreaking. It felt like the early parts of a courtship, or that first polite meeting after a devastating parting. I'm still on board, and pretty soon I'm going to volunteer to drive this ship.