General Hospital: Are We Meant To Swoon?
"Calm down or I'll call security!" Griffin yells at Franco, because apparently TWICE IN A ROW is the maximum number you're allowed to violently assault someone in a hospital waiting room while people are screaming at you to stop. Third strike, and they actually call security. Otherwise, eh! No big. (Have I mentioned that said assaulter is an ART THERAPIST FOR CHILDREN IN THAT VERY HOSPITAL?) And to be clear, the storyline about Elizabeth's rapist being freed from prison after all these years is not about Elizabeth, but about Franco's rage. While Elizabeth stands helplessly on the sidelines begging him to stop his violent outburst, after having gotten assurances that he wouldn't ever keep anything from her again or try to talk to Tom Baker. Oh, but instead Franco secretly tracked the man and then attacked him during the first moment Elizabeth has encountered her rapist in 20 years, a moment in which any half-decent human would see she needed support and comfort. While she cried for him to stop it.
Are we swooning yet?
This is how we get convinced that Liz has a man who's finally truly all about her and really cares about her?
Now of course Liz defends him because (a) has she ever met a serial killer she couldn't defend and (b) obviously this man raped Elizabeth behind a bush when she was a child, so she's hardly going to give a crap about him. Nor should she. (And we're getting indications that Tom's going to attack again which, by GH logic, totally absolves Franco for being completely out of control.) (See also: Corinthos, Sonny.)
On the upside, Monica got to remember that Tom Baker extorted her daughter and kick him out of the hospital. And she got to remember that Franco is not exempt from getting kicked out of the hospital for a public assault. (I mean sure, her son has probably killed multiple people in GH, but a bureaucrat must do what a bureaucrat must.) And Liz got to tell Franco flat out that he is scaring her, and HE GOT TO BE OFFENDED BY IT AND FEEL SORRY FOR HIMSELF and she gets to feel guilty.
Now, can we interpolate from Franco's later creepy scenes with his psycho mother that we are meant to find this relationship disturbing and hope Liz gets out of it safely? Sure, that's a possibility. But hey, wouldn't it be nice if Liz could date someone who was both (a) not a serial killer (god, remember Ewen??) and (b) not somebody she is keeping a dramatic secret from that we all know will automatically nullify the relationship when it's revealed (or vice versa)? When was the last time the show even teased a legitimate, decent relationship for her? AJ, sort of? And they squandered that as fast as possible.
Meanwhile, Dillon gives Kiki a lecture that only a person born to extreme wealth would give, about how she shouldn't waitress because that's not her "dream" and how he basically had to settle for being a photographer for a major fashion magazine, a massive career some people work their whole lives toward and never achieve, while he is, what, 27?
I'd actually found it refreshing that some of the young adults on this show had young-adult jobs for once. You know, the kind that help you pay bills while you're pursuing something else or figuring out what you want to do. Oops.
I want to enjoy Lulu and Dante's honeymoon cuteness, but the reminiscing about their first meeting just made me long for the chemistry of the original match-up. This is not to disparage the current actress, but it's just not the same. It's not her fault. (Remember when Dante was Dominic undercover and we all called him Dominante as shorthand? Those were the days.)
But do I love Tracy and Laura drinking wine together and getting along? I do. I do indeed.
In tomorrow's episode, Jason laments to Sam that they are RUNNING OUT OF TIME TO PROVE SONNY'S INNOCENCE! Oh no, you guys! This is urgent! WHAT WILL HAPPEN?
Spoiler alert: nothing, Sonny will be fine.