"Reunited and it feels so momentarily okay" just doesn't have the same ring to it...
I am still about a week behind on General Hospital, because I spent two weeks hopelessly devoted to the Olympics at the expense of all other television, reading and conversation (I'm still so sad that it's over! I've been trying to dull the pain by following the charming and amazing Jason Brown on Instagram and making sure not to fast forward through the Nyquil commercials featuring Winter Olympian Ted Ligety (TM) but it's not working. Sad Town, Population Me!), but I HAD to watch the past two episodes because RIC! RIC! RIC!
Ric Lansing is back in Port Charles and for the moment, I am loving it. Even though I know with absolute certainty that it's going to go really wrong really quickly--because it always does, right? The writing for Ric has been consistently terrible over the years, usually featuring long periods of time idling on the backburner, followed by long periods of time being dastardly and villainous (neither of which I have a problem with in theory, but it's the cartoon levels of villainy that make me roll my eyes). Both periods of time include lots of talking about Sonny. Pretty ew, you know? And yet I still mostly adore him, based solely on the charm and talents of Rick Hearst, whose name I always type as "Rick Hearts", which is a super creepy Freudian slip of mine. He's probably one of my favorite GH characters and I don't think I've liked any of his stories in the past decade!
So I know it is coming. I know the rivalry with Sonny will be renewed in, like, 24 hours. But his reintroduction has been pretty fantastic: making snide faces at Rafe? Who among us hasn't been there? Expertly making Alexis crazy by undermining her in front of Molly and sneering that she's the "sex police" to get brownie points with his daughter? Total jerk move, but I'm weirdly okay with that! I think my standards have become so low that I have no standards...
Ava: Unfortunately, Olivia isn't here to take this bullet for you.
Connie: Okay. You know what? We don't have to do this. You don't want me talking about Julian Jerome? Fine, it never happened. Ava--Ava, you don't have to shoot me.
*We all knew, in August. Just like we all know that we're going to be sitting through a Who Killed Ava Jerome?! murder mystery in coming months.
I will say that I am pleasantly surprised that there wasn't a scuffle or a fight over the gun--no, Ava just shot her point blank. After delightedly talking about how she shot Olivia! Am I a victim of my disappearing standards again or was that basically awesome? I was so afraid that they were going to completely whitewash her that I was completely caught off guard by how terrible and badass that was and even MORE caught off guard by how much she and Carlos enjoyed their trip down murderous memory lame and then caught off guard AGAIN at being on the record as liking either character. There was a lot of dramatic gasping, basically.
All right, my GH catchup marathon continues. Is there anything I should be on the lookout for or is it safe to just half pay attention while I sing to myself "Ric's back, Ric's back"?