Things Happened In Port Charles And I Loved All Of Them
I can't explain exactly what made Friday's episode of General Hospital such a delight--the big returns? The great performances? The fairy wings? The noticeable absence of Carly?--but I do think I bore more than a passing resemblance to Nelson Muntz when he watched Andy Williams perform, all adoring and blissful.
I mean, NIKOLAS! For the past few years, I was uninterested in Nik at best and disgusted and horrified by him at worst (I'm doing a kind thing for all of us and NOT going through the archives to find the grossest and most upsetting Nikolas/Elizabeth link to use as proof of said disgust. You're welcome!), but the second he appeared at the end of the show, all of my fond memories came rushing back and I'm pretty sure that I started clapping. Nostalgia is a crazy thing.
Cop played by Rick Springfied's real life son, which I guess was the most important thing on his resume and landed him this gig because oh my gosh, is he not good at acting: There's someone here to see you.
Luke: Well, let him in.
Laura: Nikolas. Son. Thank you.
- Bobbie also came back, and it's nice that there are SOME family events she considers important enough to fly in for. Kidnappings are a bigger deal than the rather routine births, deaths or marriages, I guess.
She also had her lips done for the occasion, which...well, once again, I am NOT going through the archives to find a comparison picture, so just take my word for it: this is actually a lot better than I thought it would be! Plus, she nicely played the voice of reason with Luke and his obsessive Scotty hatred (Although this go-round, I am also kind of hating Scotty. It's not fault of Kin Shriner's that he gets terrible, terrible writing. But this angry, possessive Scotty? No, thank you). Good things all around.
- As much as it saddens me that Julie Marie Berman left (and it does--I adore her! I am interested in seeing how Emme Rylan works in the role, but I will probably miss JMB for a long time, because I don't like change), I am enjoying her exit storyline. I think it's terrible that she won't be around for the eventual Spinelli-baby confrontation with Maxie, because it's going to fall a little short with a new actress in the role, but if they had to write her off, a mystery isn't a bad way to do it. And after a hilariously over-the-top performance on Thursday (Dante's hatred of that damn bear makes me laugh every time I think about it. "If it wasn't for that STUPID bear!" He was so angry!), Dominic Zamprogna just KILLED me on Friday. He was SO, SO good. His anger with Scott was well-played, breaking the news to Maxie was fantastic and then the voicemail he left Lulu and his voice broke? It just killed me dead. "Hey, it's me again. I wish -- wish you could tell me where you are. I love you so much. Just know that I'm coming to get you."
- Emma is just too cute. Felix is right to celebrate her as a budding fashionista.
- Sabrina graduated from nursing school and has a pretty stellar set of Post-It notes, which is the most/only interesting thing I've learned about her so far.
- The truth about Britt's role in framing Sabrina was revealed in pretty predictable fashion--Patrick paid for an investigation, which is going to make Sabrina's heart sing and Epiphany was all sorts of angry. The good doctor didn't take the news all that well and made lots of threats and venomous faces.
All of which run in the family, because it turns out that she is the daughter of the nefarious Dr. Obrecht, who spent a few dazzling moments terrifying the crap out of Lucy with her coldness and her weirdly philosophical view of evil (Lucy's "Uhhh. All right, then" tickled me).
This is a twist that was either meticulously plotted from the word go or pulled out of nowhere at the last second, but I feel confident in saying that I like it. Or maybe I'm just blinded by the fierceness of Dr. O's hat.