The Fog Begins To Lift (or Metric Tons Of Gumption)
After that adorable awkward moment the other day when A.J. showed up at Elizabeth's door with flowers that she mistakenly thought he'd brought her, I knew those earlier scenes between the two weren't just accidental and irrelevant chemistry. No indeed.
Today, we got a phone call between the two implying at least one of the major topics of conversation from their impromptu spaghetti dinner -- PickleLila and A.J.'s strategies for dealing with Tracy and saving ELQ. And A.J. talked about how much fun he had playing with the boys and both of them said how good a time they had and it was super-cute. And!
A.J. really did end up sending her flowers!
And his handwriting doesn't look like an eight-year-old's like Michael's did the other day!
And she was all bashful when Steve was prodding her about it. I love when the two of them are actually siblings and act like it, but far too rare (I might still be a little grumpy about that time he basically accused her of trying to kill Siobhan). And Liz gave her big brother her patented Liz look when she 'fessed up to who her admirer is.
Sibling rapport! If I didn't know better, I'd think they were giving us this cute brother/sister stuff to up the drama because something's going to happen to one of them soon. I KNOW! I'M REALLY GOING OUT ON A LIMB HERE, Y'ALL! Sherlock Weezie here.
Anyhoozle, Liz promised Steve that she's sure A.J.'s attempts to be a better man and a better father are sincere. Meanwhile, A.J. had another panic attack and begged for Tracy to call Liz. He needs his Florence Nightingale!
Liz calmed him down over the phone and then after Tracy dropped him off at GH, they continued their sweet little flirtation.
I love it. LOVE IT.
Now, if you're sitting there thinking, "Uh, Louise, we all watched the same episode. You basically just explained what we all watched," well... I can't argue with you. I JUST WANTED TO RE-LIVE IT, ALL RIGHT?!
Otherwise, not an especially action-packed episode. I mean there was a jailbreak and all, but we pretty much knew that was going to happen. And there won't be any consequences because on soaps, it's totally legal to break out of jail and set fire to police stations as long as once you've escaped you can prove your innocence or save the town or... something. Then it's a pat on the back and a key to the city. No problem-o!
However, the pre-jailbreak scenes did give us this gem from John McBain:
John: Since Manning's with his lawyer, we might be able to have a conversation without the laugh track.
From your lips to God's ears, McBain!
Otherwise we did get one of those hysterical post-D.I.D.-emergence episodes where the host identity comes back after several months away and has to be filled in on all the soapy chaos she missed. (It cracks me up that an episode like that is now so standard in soaps that it's officially a TV Trope.) I can't say I felt bad for Kate (as I sometimes did for Viki over on OLTL when such episodes unfolded) because Kate bores me to tears (if we have to have this character around, I'd much prefer the softened-down non-nympho version of Connie we were starting to see, so here's hoping there's an actual integration so we never have to go back to either extreme). Don't get me wrong, Kelly Sullivan is one hell of a fearless performer and that's sometimes fascinating to watch, but I've just never cared one iota about her Kate. Not one. But the domino effect of tragic and terrifying news that she got as today's episode progressed was kind of awesome. Was I supposed to find it awesomely funny? Well, I did.
I sure hope someone taped her bachelorette party with a smartphone or something. She has to see what she missed!