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March 17, 2014

The One With All The Heartfelt Talks

Last week, my computer abruptly died (right when I was in the middle of a long overdue post about General Hospital that, in the interest of full disclosure, was not a very interesting one and was mostly a list of things that had bored me about that day's episode, which I think was basically everything about it except for my mild curiosity about what Luke's deal is) and after I had a mini-meltdown ("I have so many FILES on there! I have so many PICTURES on there! I have so many PERFECT GIFS TO USE IN RESPONSE TO PEOPLE SAYING SASSY THINGS TO ME on there!" (Have hilarious television .gifs ruined the art of in-person discussion for anyone else? I answered someone's "What did you do this weekend?" question with a long discussion of a book I just finished and a rambling recap of my quest to find the perfect turquoise ottoman at Homegoods, and I wish I could have punctuated it with Stuart Smalley's "I am fun to be with" but alas), I asked my father if he could take a look at it, because he is a fixer of many things. And he did take a look at it and did fix it and sent me a text to let me know: "I got it running and will test it more tonight. I did some bloggering for you. Some general GH musing. I hate that Sonny!"

I laughed, mostly at the use of "bloggering" but also at how my relentless dislike of Sonny has even made an impression on my father, who tunes out most of my pop culture blathering. Either that or the general awfulness of Sonny Corinthos has even made its way to sports radio shows, which is entirely possible...I mean, he IS pretty bad.

That is a long explanation for why I have been MIA. I DID try to figure out a way to do it on my phone, but I say so many things and my phone's screen is too small for that and there came a point on Monday night (like fifteen minutes after the computer died) that I was reasonably sure I was going blind.

But I am not blind, which means that I got to watch today's show and listen to all of the heart-to-heart conversations people in Port Charles are having and I...have questions.

  • Like the entire planet guessed the very minute he showed up in Port Charles trying to solve a crime from two decades ago, Nathan does have a connection to Nina: he's her baby brother. And Donna Mills is his mother. And his real name is James Reeves. And he's trying super hard to find out who tried to kill his sister, who loved him so much. I...okay. I feel like his vendetta would have had a little more oomph to it if he were Nina's son (could he still be Nina's son, except that he doesn't know it and the woman he thinks is his mother is actually his grandmother? The way they kept saying that Nina lit up around him makes me raise an eyebrow. I mean, I have much younger brothers and when they were the age Nathan was before Nina went into her coma, I sort of avoided them and cringed at the sight of them. There was no lighting up), although it IS kind of darkly amusing to think of this child at Nina's bedside vowing revenge while he takes a break from reading Sideways Stories from Wayside School.
  • What is the backstory with TJ's mother? Do we know and I've merely forgotten it, which is entirely possible? Otherwise, we are left to speculate on how many awful life choices she made in the past that had a hitman-henchman lecturing her on "the life [she] lived" and the hole she crawled out of. Something worse than murder and supporting Sonny? Chilling.
  • Poor Michael. Not only does he bear the great burden of choosing medical care for his father, but he OBVIOUSLY chose wrong in giving Patrick the go-ahead to perform a risky surgery. Did he not notice the depression beard, the dead eyes and the way that seemingly every syllable he enunciated was harsh and edgy?


This is only going to end one way, Michael, and that's with AJ in a persistent vegetative state, at best (especially since Sean Kanan is exiting). Good luck with grappling with your feelings of guilt and horror!

Although horror isn't exactly a new emotion for him. He IS Sonny's son, and Sonny is the kind of man who will rant angrily at the unconscious man he tried to kill.

Sonny: Damn you, AJ, for what you did to my son. Damn us both straight to hell! I hate that I broke my word to my son, you sorry bastard! Pulling the trigger felt right. I did what you did to Connie, but she died, you didn't. Where is the justice? Now you make Michael take responsibility for your miserable life? You're at the crossroads between life and death. I hope for Michael's sake you live, even if it means taking me down, but let me tell you something, you scum: I want you to die. Michael deserves a better father. You took Connie away! What more do you want? Die so I can keep my son.

I mean, yes, it is completely in character for Sonny to do this and I hardly expect him to keep AJ company and say, like, nice and calming things or even just sit in awkward silence. But it was still SO awful and it went on for SO long (and also, I'm sorry: I am still not buying that Sonny loved Connie that much. I'm just not. He was thinking about breaking up with her before she died, he hopped into bed with her cousins minutes later and sometimes when they say her name, even Ihave to seriously try to remember who the hell Connie was and I am quite a lot smarter than Sonny is!) and he is just the worst (non Franco division, of course).


The last time AJ was in the hospital, waiting to be suffocated, and Sonny had his shoot out with the pcpd, to be told the cops were at fault they pushed scummy the mobster to do it so he was let go. I shut the show off. I never found out or cared who did kill AJ. I saw Michael under the bed with a pillow ,so I just shut it off for ten years. I also returned to see JJ. loved him with Siobhan,, then waited to see Robin. I was delighted to see SK and Chad on screen together.>Not only did Frank turn into Frons and Ron into Guza and we get what I shut the show off to NOT see the mobster hero saint who LOVES his kids????? They also wrote AJ out .We saw so little of him. This show is now back to the way it was before the unholy three left. I don't care what they do. SK I wish the best. TR left, GF is gone, now to add insult to injury I hear they have Luke hitting on a child. The man is a case. Talk about no class. Wanted to be the drunk driver who killed Jake now an idiot.TIIC make themselves look so bad between Twitter, and barring anyone who disagrees with him.Which right now is most of the free world.I am done.Even Anna has been turned into a joke.I cannot bring myself to watch.The dvr ,can't make myself;f watch that either.

I am very disappointed in what this show has become. I agree with everyone about how horrible it is. I was very confused about the RC's tweet as there was not one classless thing about SK's interview. Ousted actors have interviews all of the time. While soon as quite fake in faking the people that fired them for giving them an opportunity, you also get people like SK who tell the truth. It was not as pretty as the show's PR want it to be. As many of you have said, this isn't the first time this has happened in this year. From GF to JW we are hearing the same thing over and over about how RC is nothing but a hack that likes to create stunts in order to inorganically drive up ratings. It has failed. Y&R has beat GH and even had the best ratings since 2008. This is Y&R that we are talking about, a sad shadow of its former self.

RC is pretty much the same as Guza in my book. I now see almost no difference between them. The mob is great. Sonny worship is at an all time high. Hitmen are the moral centers of this show. The Quartermaine's are an endangered species. Jason Morgan is considered great and the best. I can go on but I don't want my blood pressure to rise too high.

The false promises are comparable to a deadbeat dad at this moment.

I always enjoy your take on GH-- I gave up on GH last year for good after 38 years .. damn I am getting old... I wasn't thrill with the Robin exit storyline 1st go around...then got excited with the return on AJ--and SK-- thought AJ and Liz had great potential but wasted on what --relish-- SK was spot on with his interview-- hated Franco when James Franco played him -- really hated the recast or whatever that was... so done-- didn't even watch the return on Robin (who was my fav).....

I'm late to the party here but totally agree w/everyone. RC has turned into Bob Guza, Jr., Jr. He did an old bait & switch with us. Said he wanted to honor the history of the show. Made promises and brought characters back for poorly written stunts. Front burners his pets to the point where I'm totally sick of seeing Ava on my screen every day (I know she has a lot of fans, just personally cannot stand the character). Newbies who can't act so they must be shirtless to distract us from that fact. Only featuring the Q's so he could make faux Q's out of Kiki and Franco. When that didn't work, good-bye Q's. The focus is back on the mob, Jason is allegedly on ice somewhere, A.J. will always be the scum of the earth who killed Connie and Sonny and his ilk will always win. Fine if you want to make your bad guys both good AND bad, but then don't make the good guys never win. RC dumbs down the good people to sacrifice them at the altar of the mob, just like Guza. I've been watching GH since probably the late 1960's-early 1970's when I was in grade school. Yeah I go back that far and I've never stopped watching the show once they invented VCR's! But I am seriously asking myself if I want to watch the Ava and Sonny Show anymore. I'm only hanging in there for a small number of stories. I know a show has to create new characters. At one time my absolute favorites Anna, Robert, Frisco, Felicia, etc. were all new. The difference I guess was I liked those characters. Now the show is filled with new-ish characters I just don't care about and they are all front and center day after day.

Janet B. you said it!! I could not agree more . RC did pull a bait and switch. I remember what he said about honoring history, and all we got were sweeps stunt return of favorites then they got dumped once the ratings were good. I hate what he did to Laura...GF deserves so much better story and writing than they gave her, and where is she when Lulu needs her. AJ, another huge disappointment, and got dumped on as well. Ava is on every freakin day, and Sabrina, so boring, one dimensional and not a match for Patrick. Yet they both have eaten up so much air time, away from the core families. And there are no good couples except Dante and Lulu. dont like Silas either and am not interested in his current storyline. And where is Lucky? I know JJ left, but a recast has happened before and it would make more sense than him becoming another deadbeat dad who abandons his sons. A good soap has newbies,but weaves them into the existing core families and characters, not kicks the vets aside to favor them. I have been watching GH since 1963, when I was in grade school, so yes I go back really far! Great post!

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