All Hail The Queen
Well, I started to take notes on today's General Hospital to find things to make light of in an effort to get my mind off of what's been happening in Oklahoma (I hope all of you in the area are okay) and, you know, there were definitely a few things I was gearing up to get all snarky about but then someone yanked the rug right out from under me and I found myself engaged in earnest and weeping. Not for fun-soapy-weepy reasons, but for being legitimately moved and heartbroken by some terribly painful and authentic scenes courtesy of the phenomenal Jane Elliott.
It really felt like a sucker punch. But in a good way! I expected more relish chat (and dreaded it, to be honest) and then they just turned right on around and hit me straight in the gut. Seriously, if you're in "watching only sporadically" mode right now, do not miss today's second half.
After Luke heinously kissed Tracy and tried to convince her to just sit and wait around for him while he goes off gallavanting, she stood up for herself in a way that garnered a standing ovation. (And lest we forget that had she not been given good material we would not have gotten this goodie, for today's episode I give mad respect and appreciation to Kate Hall, Jean Passanante, and Ron Carlivati.)
Luke: Why isn't it to our mutual benefit to keep going the way we're going, and in the end have each other?
Tracy: Because I don't want to keep going the way we're going! I see how it all works out for you. You get to make Scott Baldwin wrong, yippee! You get to travel the world and nobody ever says you're alone or you're doddering because you've got me waiting for you. And what do I get.
Tracy: When? When? In a decade? I want more than that! I want a soulmate!
Luke: Since when?
Tracy: Since always. What you and Laura had -- god knows how -- I ain't never had that!
Luke: And that's what you want?
Tracy: Clearly you find that surprising by my demeanor. But yes. I want -- I dream -- what every single woman dreams of. True love.
Luke: Well, I'll be damned.
Tracy: And guess what? I'm not going to give up on that dream until my last dying breath. So don't you dare come in here and kiss me and feed me scraps. I am sick to death of making a meal out of crumbs. I want the whole meal. And I am not giving up until I get it.
SLOW CLAP. You tell him, Tracy! Is this the same soap that spent years telling us true love is bullshit and damaging and not even real? With these lines being delivered by quite possibly this show's most cynical character? SO GREAT, you guys. Great writing, spectacular acting, just... moments like this are the damn point of watching soaps. Watching characters who never, ever, ever give up. Watching people who have dreams me might find corny or naive but the hope of it all is just contagious enough for us to get swept up the way we do.
Just massive kudos to everyone involved.
(Okay, no wait. One quick other thing -- Liz's disgusted "Really?" at AJ and Nik when they both tried to be the "hero" by bringing her cake? AWESOME.)