Comments through September 5, 2003
(This is how you read a spoiler - lick some salt, suck a lime,
read the spoiler - and you thought it only worked with tequila.)
For the past
couple weeks Iíve been operating in a blue funk. I think itís the let
down from the excitement I lived with over the General Hospital Fan
Event. Adjusting to regular life without the buzz of anticipation
juggling my insides has been tough. Katrina and I were talking about our
lack of adrenaline drive and how it seems to be manifesting itself in a
loss of motivation to clean house. We sympathized with each other and
began to compare messiness. Katrina said her house had to be messier than
mine and I said no way. And so, The Messy House Contest was born. With
the magic of digital cameras guiding our steps, we snapped shots of the
most disgraceful areas in our homes and e-mailed them to each other.
Somewhere during the afternoon, Carolyn decided she wanted to participate
and she also e-mailed photos. Iíll have you know it was neck and neck
between Katrina and I but she won by a garage. I could bring up the
sticky issue of whether garages should be considered part of the house and
does it matter if the garage is attached or not, but I wonít because the
kick in the pants I felt from admitting my mess and embracing it gave me
the stimulus to begin cleaning and straightening. Carolyn was the loser,
which actually makes her the winner, since she hasnít fallen into the
morass of lethargy. My long winded point being that itís time for me to
start counting blessings and looking forward to new adventures, such as
working towards a few interviews and the Fan Event for 2004 and as always,
watching GH. Have I mentioned yet how much I enjoy my little GH vacation
some more this week. Not since Robin broke up with Jason, Lucky died,
Jason gave up Michael, Lukeís tears at Lauraís madness in her torn wedding
dress, and Alexisí hysterical tirade at Kristinaís funeral, have I felt so
tearful. As each person showed up at Emilyís bedside to say goodbye, my
emotions welled up. And then, guess what? She didnít die! Cool deal for
Emily that she experienced a wake and was alive to appreciate it. How
often do you think that happens? Of course, she didnít cross over into
the bright light because in the room next to hers Nickolas slept with his
hand on the magic wall. That would be the magic wall in Miracle Hospital
on the show called General Penthouse. (I think
Sherry of Sherry's Jubilee coined the new
Prince Nik sleeps near the magic
which is built over the magic spring,
which flows under General Hospital,
which Helena drinks out of to stay young and spry.
Call me a
loony tune for romance but the dream that Emily and Nickolas shared was
wonderful. Though I want to say for the record that my sympathy goes to
the ripped-off Zem fans. Like Jason and Liz, Emily and Zander had build
up, build up, build up and then, when pay off seemed imminent, a triangle
was forced upon us. I can go for the hot Nickolas/Emily/Zander triangle,
soaps would be boring without Ďem, but I wish TPTB would realize that
romantic pay off = fan satisfaction and investment. Now, while Emily
bravely wears her I-love-Zander face, the feelings are forever tainted by
her secret longing for Prince Nik. Zem fans should have been granted at
least a few weeks of happiness between Zander and Emily. Stepping down
from my soapbox now.
Nik whispers lovingly, ďThe good
news is youíre not dyiní.
The bad news is we have to keep dressing up and meeting like this.Ē
Emilyís wedding gown, even though it was really a nightgown. Only it was
a nightgown with falsies because she suddenly had a bosom as she lay
weakly in her sick bed.
Loved the romance. Loved the gown.
Wish I had the bosoms.
one who admits that he saw thatÖhas to go deal with it.Ē Edward remarked
regarding Dillonís rendition of ďThatís AmoreĒ for Emily and Zanderís
gondola ride. They may be dysfunctional, but theyíre not stupid as the
whole Q clan fell to planning Emily and Zanderís reception to be held when
Emily recovers, completely ignoring the boat ride paddling past them.
Iíve warned you over and over about
allowing gondola rides in hospital corridors.
have the cupcake for a great moment this week when he welcomed Zander into
the family. Go, Eddy! You definitely have your finer moments. Also,
high on the list was the scene in which Emily asked Jason and A.J. to
acknowledge each other.
Sheís come a
long way, baby! Remember when Gia first appeared in P.C.? Her intro to
P.C. involved attempted blackmail of Emily. Now, sheís with the IN
crowd. Friends with Emily, Liz, Lucky, Zander and even former fiancť Nik,
sheís an open character. I want her to find her real hair again and a
At the risk
of bringing down the wrath of opposing factions, I am going to discuss
Courtney and Liz in the same paragraph. In a touching scene in the
hospital chapel, Jason prayed and Liz sat down next to him as they shared
their grief over Emily. The best part of Jason and Liz was their
friendship and the way they talked over their problems. Well, mostly Liz
talked, Jason listened and occasionally interjected a comment or feeling.
Anyway, I enjoyed seeing a hint of that connection again this week. Not
much understanding filled me as drug crazed Courtney and then psycho,
insecure Ric reacted with unreasonable, irrational jealousy. Itís
friendship, itís comfort Ė itís not passion on the pews.
Courtney and Ric need to get over themselves. Even though I feel
sympathy for Courtney, itís still hard to watch her become unreasonable,
angry, and rationally challenged.
Remember the days when Jason and Liz
Remember when Jason laughed a few times?
that an ugly face that Courtney wore for Liz and then Jason?
My favorite part of the Courtney
unreasonably accuses Liz
of trying to steal her man and orders her out the penthouse
was Jasonís complete lack of control over the situation.
Offering us a
scary new perspective, Sonny and Carly have become counselors for Jason
and Courtney. Itís not the blind leading the blind, more like the
relationship challenged leading the emotionally impaired (referring to
Courtneyís current fondness for numbing her feelings with drugs).
When taking drugs, one must hold the cup with two hands.
Sonny and Alcazar appear in the same scene, itís a good day. These two
players possess a powerful presence that makes me sit up in anticipation.
Go shop for a new color shirt
cause Lorenzo and Sonny are way out of your league.
forget who wears the golden bad guy stars, both Alcazar and Sonny showed
their meany side this week. Alcazar ground it into Courtney, ďYou would
still be pregnant if you hadnít ignored my crewmanís order and jumped into
the water. Iím not going to apologize for holding you as collateral,
thatís a function of my business. You chose to risk your childís life and
you lost it. You brought this pain on yourself.Ē Sonny practiced
ruthless with Ric. ďAre you thinking about the future, Ric? The wire
around your throat? How long itís going to take? One year, three years?
Or maybe Iíll change my mind and make it happen next week. Are you having
trouble sleeping, Ric? You trying to avoid going out at night alone?
Smart move taking precautions, trying to broker a truce, trying to feed me
Alcazar. Ainít going to work. I made you a promise little brother. Iím
gonna keep it.Ē
Would you want to meet either of
them in a dark alley?
I just heard about a million women thinking, ďDuh, yeah. I donít
care where I meet them.Ē
singing and dancing. I know how to redeem Riiiccccc. Oh, IIIII know how
to redeem Riiccccc. But Iím not telliní. Yet.
Snap! It was
a small but distinct sound on Friday as Sonnyís mind took an irrational
turn. Seeing his son on the ultrasound was way too big for Mr. Corinthos
to handle. My compliments to Maurice Benard on his ability to play a
scene within a scene. Carly fell more in love with her baby seeing him
alive on the ultrasound screen while Sonny supported Carly but showed us
his immediate withdrawal and inability to handle the reality of his son.
Sonny confessed to Jason, ďI know it doesnít make any sense but it all
started when I saw him on the monitor. It would destroy Carly if she lost
this baby. But heís my son. And I just canít stop thinkiní that heís
never going to be born.Ē Last time the snap sounded Sonny began skipping
down the breakdown path. Alcazar will have a hand in making Sonny crazy
as he Lily returns to haunt Sonny. Sonnyís in for a rough couple months
until the baby is born.
Sonny seemed afraid to look at his
So Jason, Sonnyís right hand man, had to look for him.
write evil e-mails to me for wishing bad upon an infant but it would make
a good story twist if Carly and Sonnyís baby were born with some type of
handicap, for instance deafness. I would love to see GH deal with an
issue (Emilyís breast cancer doesnít count because it was barely addressed
and itís been years since Stone died of AIDS). Sonny could run around
feeling guilty, blaming himself for cursing his own child while Carly
steps up to the plate to show us how life works with a deaf child. We can
all learn sign language.
Do I even
need to address the ridiculousness of Lucky, Cop-in-Training, ďworkingĒ a
case in which he is personally, passionately invested? If his whole
attitude while he searches for evidence is ďGet StefanĒ instead of ďlearn
the truthĒ or, hereís a good one, ďinnocent-until-proven-guiltyĒ then he
needs to be directing traffic. Oh, good one, Kathy. If he was assigned
traffic duty, then he could witness Lizís body meets car meets pavement
scene. Mac needs to lock Lucky in a small room and force him to watch
back-to-back episodes of Dragnet so he can practice his cop face.
Oh pulleeeease, donít issue Lucky a
want warn or save Elizabeth? Get off the street! Many angry and/or
impaired people are driving about in expensive cars. Since the kidnapping
storyís over leaving Carly and Courtney free to run around town without
guards and Emily has awoken with a whole new attitude and a healthy body,
an invigorating Hit and Run Mystery is just what we need.
I am totally
into a story in which Mr. Stefan Arrogant-Cassadine owes Sonny and Jason.
A spoiler says that Nickolas will be working with Jason. Letís go!
Cassadineís, Corinthosí and Morganís in a storyline sounds good to me.
I truly donít
like Stefanís thick black rim glasses with the tinted lenses. Not my
favorite fashion statement, they make him look evil.
Why is this handsome, compelling man
wearing 50ís style glasses?
He could be a serial killer.
me when the real Alexis shows up. ĎCause meek and bullied isnít workiní
for me. Every time Alexis talks to Stefan I want to be in the scene
fighting for her, holding her up until she finds her backbone and can
throw Stefanís manipulations back in his face.
Did many of
you catch SoapNetís Soap Talk debut on ABC last week? It was a fun way to
promote ABC soaps but I had to laugh at the gasp big reveal spoilers. I
laughed rather smugly because I already knew each and every one of them.
I so love the Ďnet! What I didnít love was the introduction of General
Hospitalís next supercouple, Jax (Ingo) and Samantha (Kelly Monaco).
Excuse me? Supercoupledom is decided by fans, not ABC marketing execs.
So promote all you want ABC, but donít think just because you call them a
supercouple, they are. You tried the shove-Ďem-down-our-throat-promotions
with Courtney and Jason and itís taken me two years to warm up towards
Courtney. Striking also, is Kelly Monacoís resemblance to Brenda Ė
petite, dark haired, feisty. Must they be sooooo obvious?
passionate liaison between Vanessa Marcil and ABC Soaps In Depth bears
mentioning this week. Great actor, interesting person, but now sheís a
prime time player and ex-Brenda. Poor left behind ABC Soaps
In Depth is pining after her so badly that theyíre still making reference
to her in each edition and last week gave her a cover and a six page write
up on her new show LAS VEGAS. Get a clue guys, itís a heartless world in
Soapland and your baby has grown up and moved on. Try to let her go
gracefully and focus on the hundreds of other ABC soap actors needing a
photo op and write up. Theyíre who I expect to read about when I shell
out my $2.99. OK, stepping down and putting away my soapbox again.
In my usual
madcap way on Saturday, I pushed myself away from the computer and dashed
downstairs to find my two children in electronics heaven. In the living
room, my daughter lounged on the sofa singing along with her headset
watching Sponge Bob do his underwater thing while my son lay on the floor
flipping radio stations on the stereo. Informing my son that it was time
to get a haircut he said OK and then in a leisurely 15-year-old manner
picked up his cell phone and grabbed my CD player and headset to take with
him. How and when did we become so electronics dependent? Computers, DVD
players, VCRís, home entertainment systems, video games, PDAís and cell
phones reign. And even though both my children are involved in sports, I
donít think they possess any concept of life without electronic gadgets at
every turn. Now this is not a commentary bemoaning the good ol' simpler
days. Pullease! Like Iíd give up my computer, my VCR that tapes GH every
day, CD player, or cell phone. Itís more of a notation of how far our
society has traveled and how happy I am to live in America where all these
fun gadgets are readily available. Itís a brave new world Little
picnic, go for a swim, swat some flies and get ready! Ready for what, you
ask? Why, autumn, of course! My favorite time of year. Thanks for
As always, my thanks to Terry who works
so hard on her screen caps site.
Like every other American, I will
where I was and what I was doing
September 11, 2001.
I wish you peace and comfort on
September 11, 2003.