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July 21, 2009

Anatomy of a Convoluted "Storyline"

Even though "so a pregnant mess, pregnant harridan, brain-damaged teenager with poor impulse control, and tightly-wound heartbroken teenager converge on a winding road at night" sounds like the setup for a sick joke, it is, instead, the setup for the latest shocking Port Charles event that will change EVERYTHING which...yeah, is pretty close to being a sick joke, actually.

In fairness to the writers, I'm sure it must be difficult to think of new and exciting stories that conform to the rigid standards required by the GH powers-that-be, namely that all major storylines include

  • Sonny, Jason, Carly, Claudia and the show's flavor(s) of the month in prominent roles
  • violence against women OR a pregnant woman in peril
  • People acting in completely irrational ways so as to best involve themselves in said storyline

but hell's bells, this latest "storyline" is ridiculously contrived.

First, there's Carly. She has a high-risk pregnancy, as you may have heard (you certainly would have heard if you pay attention to all of Jax's dialogue. Although the writing for Jax this decade has been so poor that I wouldn't blame you for not paying attention to any of his dialogue), and she's under a lot of stress, what with her eldest son being a complete monster who ruins everything, including audience goodwill.

So her adorable younger son calls her and says that he lost his St. Christopher medal, a gift from Sonny, somewhere in the woods. She, for some reason, interprets "somewhere in the woods" as "the side of the road" and heads out to look for the tiny trinket with the aid of a flashlight. Because she couldn't very well tell Morgan, the more mature and rational of her sons, that looking for the medal couldn't wait until the morning? What the hell? I can see not wanting to tell Michael that, because he'd fly off the handle and, like, try to kill someone (both iterations of Michael would have that spoiled reaction), but Morgan is calm and adorable. Of course, logic has no place here. How else would Carly get herself involved in this story?! And don't say anything like "Well, maybe the writers should have organically built her into this plot" because that is just downright lunacy.


Naturally, Claudia + Fetus + Confirmation That Sonny Is The Father + Anything Besides 24/7 Bedrest = Miscarriage. We all knew that a miscarriage was coming, since this show can't help themselves when it comes to causing female characters pain, and since Carly, Claudia and their babies survived the trip down the stairs at General Hospital, it was only a matter of time before one (or, regrettably, both) had an accident that led to a miscarriage.

And you know that the writers were completely loving the juxtaposition of Claudia's glee over telling Ric that he is not the father of her child with the eventual pain she will feel.

I think my biggest "I'm so sure" moment for Claudia in this story is that she wouldn't immediately call Sonny and tell him the news. I know she said she wanted to do it in person, but please. Desperation oozes out of this woman's pores. She'd call.

Or would give up on the idea of driving and just run, literally, to Sonny telling him about the paternity test results. Or, actually, running to Olivia's first to rub it in her face, either in person or with a skywriter and THEN sprinting over to Sonny's to fill him in, while texting Ric "sux 2 b u! ur not the dad. ps: diaf".


Then we have Michael (Flavor Of The Month #1) and his temporary driver's license, who is speeding over to, I guess, help Carly look for Morgan's ridiculous medal. Even though Michael left the Quartermaine's BEFORE Carly while she stuck around, calmed down and had a water, he still didn't make it to the woods before she did, which is weird. I guess he took the long way and then got stuck in traffic on Buy These Asses A Dictionary So They Can Look Up Continuity Lane.

And then he was unfortunate enough to have a jerk tailgating him, which set off his rage! This poor child cannot catch a break, can he? The world knows he has a terrible temper, and yet he keeps being taunted with SUVs tailgating him, and people referring to him as Coma Boy (worst insult ever, by the way. "Haha, you were in a coma!"). Naturally, he'd maybe cause an accident. Luckily for him, he has Jason, who is willing to do whatever it takes to cover up his possible crime. And he also has Edward, who takes "over indulgent" to a new level. So at least things are working out for him, if not the audience.


Lastly, we have Kristina who, despite being Alexis's daughter, has been given a good amount of screentime (thereby making her Flavor Of The Month #2, which is shocking. I didn't think that any non-Sam person related to Alexis in any way would play a big part in a frontburner storyline). She is also being given the latest in a long string of terrible Very Special Issue storylines. Oh, I can't wait to see how GH handles a domestic violence situation. No, seriously, I can't wait to see how the show explains that Kiefer is abusive but Sonny is a romantic hero when both of them try to pressure uncomfortable women into having sex with them.

Kiefer, who gave Michael the clever Coma Boy nickname, hit Kristina for being a tease; he then apologized, but immediately tried to pressure her into having sex, and when she said no, he got angry and then stormed off into the arms of a random blonde who accompanied him to a party. That rings false to me; shouldn't we have Kiefer begging for forgiveness? It's like these writers have never even seen a Lifetime movie or Party of Five before. Anyway, the party-going with the random blonde caused Kristina to flip out and get behind the wheel of her nanny's hybrid in tears, possibly causing Claudia's accident.

(Hilarious how Sonny's spawn could possibly be responsible for the death of Sonny's spawn, isn't it?!?!Almost as amazing as the time Sonny's spawn held Sonny's spawn at gunpoint. Kill me now, seriously).

Kristina then called Kiefer to help her get out of this sticky situation, and now she is living with a big secret that causes her to walk around with an obvious look of guilt plastered across her face and to jump ten full feet in the air at the very mention of the word car. Because she has the gift of sight, Sam realizes that something is up (she's not a PI/Everyday Hero/Grifter for nothing!). Alexis, however, is clueless. SIGH. Don't you love stories where Alexis looks like a complete fool?


Sometimes I wish that they would just stop pretending that this is even a soap opera and just have the actors narrate the exposition necessary to get their characters in certain situations. Like, just have Laura Wright say, "I'm going to hang out by the side of the road because I am contractually obligated to be involved in everything on this show". Or have Drew Garrett say, "I'm going to drive now because I have been onscreen every day for the past two months and we don't want to ruin that streak now, do we?" Lame and un-soapy? Yes. But no more so than what we are stuck with.


Sarah, you're right -- I think all I meant about the Faith/Claudia thing was that ultimately they were asking for the audience to sympathize with Faith to SOME degree (i.e. her relationship with Justus), but still asking us to cheer for our "heroes" Sonny and Jason when they did things like hold a gun to her head and call her a whore, or sit there sharpening knives after laying out a tarp on which to kill her.

Oh how I always wanted Faith to succeed and just off Sonny.

Amiejayne, no, Sonny and Olivia didn't have sex (but oh they will). And that was disgusting how he forced that kiss on her. Equally disgusting that she was all "moved" by it.

"I guess he took the long way and then got stuck in traffic on Buy These Asses A Dictionary So They Can Look Up Continuity Lane"

"I guess he took the long way and then got stuck in traffic on Buy These Asses A Dictionary So They Can Look Up Continuity Lane"

LOL - "spin the penis", I can'! Too funny. God this show sucks. The only thing it's good for is read everybody's rants about it.

Louise you have great recall. I was not a regular viewer from 1999-2005, and I totally blocked out that wacky "relationship" between Faith and Justus. That was one of Guza's classic character assassinations. And I think that was when Guza and Pratt were writing together to really ramp up the awful.

I mean Justus, a once noble and flawed beloved character, had a crisis of conscience and left PC to live in a monastery or something like that. I think he let Laura stand trial for a crime he committed or something like that, the details are a fuzzy mess to me now. A few years later Sonny & Jason need their lawyer back so Jason ropes him into coming back to PC. Then a while later we find out while he was MIA offscreen he hooked up w/ Faith? A powerful crazy mobster's wife/widow. It made zero sense. I never gave that "relationship" any weight as it put the final nail in Justus Ward's coffin long before he died because of Jason.

I used to wish Faith would kill Sonny too :-) !! I just loathe him completely now. When I see old youtube clips I am shocked that it's not only the same character but the same actor. The Sonny during the Stone, Brenda, Robin, and Lois days is a faint memory. If the Sonny who was so evil and pathetic to Karen a la Paradise Lounge could be resurrected way back then into such a huge success why don't the writer's want to even try to humanize and make Sonny more than the waste of life he is now?

Tragic, this show blows toxic balls, glurg. But thanks for the memories Louise. And I am looking into getting some anti nausea meds for the upcoming slimey sex between Olivialoser and Mumbles. I don't think FF will be enough to keep me from vomiting.

I love Justus and Faith together because I will thought that they could of have a child that came back to PC to get the Quartermaine fortune and kill sonny for us!!!

the only time the ever show anyone in or near a car on GH...someone gets hurt or dies....

Claudia disgusts me!! This storyline( if you can call it that) is Complete BULL!!!!


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