September 26, 2003
As usual, the week sped by on
a mega-busy, bugs-in-my-teeth time flight. If it weren’t for GH, I’d have
no down time at all. Sometimes my friends tease me about GH and this
column telling me to “get a life”. I laugh at them because I must have
way too much life if I can’t spend 38 minutes a day relaxing with one TV
show. You know the adage, “Don’t judge a man unless you’ve walked a mile
in his shoes”? That applies here. Have you heard the one that goes,
“Don’t shoot the pilot unless you can fly the plane”? It doesn’t have
anything to do with GH, but I like that one too.
Now that every person in Port
Chuck has seen Nickolas and Emily almost making love in front of the fire,
I guess the pictures should hit the ‘Net next. Lydia received the photos
in the mail and she promptly showed them to Stefan, Nik, Emily and
Zander. Capelli obviously saw them since he was spying and snapping when
the almost sex occurred. Next Jason and Alcazar looked them over. I say
the next time Emily and Nik try to check each other’s tonsils just do it
on a bench on the docks thereby saving time.
Hmm, good positioning, soft lighting, clear focus.
Yep, it’s definitely Emily and Nickolas horizontal
Zander’s heart received a
stompin’ from seeing the pictures and I was glad he let loose on Emily.
“OK, since we’re debating what ifs…. What if I can’t stay married to a
woman who keeps another man in her heart?” Emily has been a busy girl
what with trying to keep her lust for Nik in check while proclaiming
unwavering love to Zander. I get that she’s torn. I understand that
she’s made a commitment to Zander, but I hope she makes the internal
decision to stay married to Zander because Nik arrogantly informed Jason
that he loves Emily and wants to marry her as soon as the Alcazar mess is
over. Hello, Nik? Zander doesn’t count as a connected-to-Emily human
If I’ve asked you once, I’ve asked you a thousand
“Do you love me?” (Noowww that IIII can daannnce.)
Sorry, the song popped into my head.
I liked that the hurt didn’t
instantly go away once Emily and Zander returned to the most popular
rental property in Port Charles, the cottage. Emily asked Zander if he
could get past what happened between Nik and her and Zander honestly
answered, “I don’t know. But it won’t be tonight.” Emotional hurts that
break trust take time to heal so I appreciated that they didn’t light
candles and play kissy face to make the problem all better.
Oh, woe is me…
My hopes rose for Lydia last
week when she decided to fight for her marriage, but I lost faith again
when she confessed to Nickolas that she’s fallen in love with him. The
guy has treated her like dirt since day one bar one night of sex and a few
polite conversations. It doesn’t compute that she’s in love with him,
plus she hasn’t had enough screen time to make me look past the valley
girl Betty Boop image and care.
Keeping Lorenzo’s murder on
the up and up, Jason couldn’t shoot him from the cabinet unless Lorenzo
pulled a gun first making it self-defense. Good thing for Nik that Jason
knows the rules in the “MOB Code for Murder Handbook”. Cause even though
Jason was hiding in a cupboard with a gun, apparently the proposed murder
victim must be standing in plain sight and draw his weapon first.
Stealing doesn’t break rules though, because, like a petty thief, Lorenzo
swiped a statue off Nik’s desk.
Jason knows it’s not polite to shoot a guy from a
cupboard unless the proposed murder victim
draws a gun first. It’s The Rule.
In a satisfying scene Nik
so-there’d Stefan when he informed him that the Cassadine’s weren’t
indebted to a Russian financier, but Lorenzo Alcazar. Stefan didn’t react
well to the news that he was wallowing in the dark realm of debt to
Alcazar and by the way, Nik planned to borrow money from Jason to make
payments. I thought it appropriate and in character, that Stefan went to
Sonny to cancel the deal and didn’t seem to grasp the fact that the deal
was between Nik and Jason, not Nik and Sonny, dba the MOB. When arrogance
and superiority didn’t work on Sonny and Jason, Stefan donned a black mask
and tried to strangle Lorenzo to cancel the debt and save Nickolas;
thereby saving Jason from committing visible, cold-blooded murder, which
would be hard to watch even though he’s supposed to be the deadliest of
tough guys. Lorenzo’s alley experienced high foot traffic on Friday as
Lorenzo stood in it for no apparent reason, Stefan tried to strangle him
before running through it, Jason hid in it, and Carly happened to be
strolling through it.
Cottage Command Central when Emily’s in danger from
Zander realizes, “Jason’s got a phone. Nik’s got a
phone. Hey, I want a phone.
C’mon guys, I wanna talk, gimme a phone.”
Busiest alley in P.C.
Sonny may be crazy, but he’s
brave. Instead of running screaming from the penthouse when he glimpsed
disfigured Lily on the terrace, he walked forward and opened the doors.
Didn’t you wonder where the heck Marcella went? We know she entered the
penthouse through the front door, but how’d she leave and where was she
hiding when Sonny stepped out onto the terrace? Inquiring minds want to
know. Though Sonny’s mind is playing tricks on him, this time he’s
behaving differently. He’s facing reality regarding his mind visiting
unreal places. Matter of factly, he told Jason that he’s seeing things.
I’m definitely not an expert but aren’t visions like seeing Carly’s name
on Lily’s gravestone symptoms of schizophrenia?
I see dead people. And they don’t even know they’re
Did anyone else wonder if the
doctor who changed Marcella’s face had purposely disfigured it when we
kept seeing shots of her back? I wondered how Ms. Marcella managed to
apply the heavy eye make up that I saw as she looked into Faith’s little
compact mirror if she hadn’t checked out her new/same face yet. I bet
Maurice Benard and Lilly Melgar are having a fun time with their scenes as
Lilly plays Marcella, playing Lily, impersonating herself.
once was a woman named Lily,
liked to dress pink and frilly.
went to Luke’s bar,
went boom in a car.
Now she’s back to haunt
I’m thinking this will be
Sonny’s last child, unless many moons from now Lily becomes pregnant and
hides it from him like Alexis did. The stress alone of another woman
pregnant with his child would kill him. Wouldn’t it be interesting if
Lily DID conceive a child with Sonny and birthed it in secret? In ten
years or so, Sonny’s illegitimate kids could become the A-list
You know when you feel the weight of sadness.
You may feel exhausted, hopeless, and anxious.
Whatever you do, you feel lonely and don’t enjoy the
things you once loved.
Things just don’t feel like they used to.
P.C. residents most in need of a Zoloft
Don’t you love the little tear drop?
He makes me want to be depressed so I can take
Using the theory that
relationships, even if they involve dead haunting people, endear a
character, Lorenzo mused to Faith that he knew Sonny would react to Lily’s
ghost because he carries a ghost of his own. Since I like Alcazar,
hearing how the death of his lost love affected him played well. But I
kept thinking, “Don’t tell Faith of all people. She’ll use it to
blackmail or kill you later.” Lorenzo is going to a lot of trouble and
expense to haunt Sonny and break the little hamster wheel in his mind,
thus freeing Carly for himself. Parallels between Luis Alcazar, obsessed
with Brenda to the point of making her believe she was sick so she
wouldn’t leave, compare with Lorenzo’s obsession with Carly. Luis and
Lorenzo are becoming the same character, playing the same tune, different
Faith tries to understand Lorenzo.
She can’t figure out how the emotion thing works.
She thought she had a real emotion with Ric,
obviously that didn’t pan out.
Hey Mac, when you left the
hotel room, didn’t you forget something? LIKE YOUR UNDERAGE TEENAGE
DAUGHTER? What Dad would do that? I know you’ll make the right
choice, Georgie so I’ll go ahead and leave you here with your boyfriend
that I don’t like with a bed and temptation. Pfft! I’ll trust my
daughter to make right decisions too, but she’ll be coming home with me
while she makes them. And don’t even ask my husband to behave
reasonably if he had to fetch his little girl from a hotel room. Pfft!
The words sounded good, Mac but you forgot to
leave with your kid.
“That’s the key to parental
manipulation. They know everything about you,” Dillon sagely informed
Georgie like it’s a bad thing. Even though I thought Mac should have
broken up the lounge of lust, I liked the conversations between the Dillon
and Georgie. Funniest scene of the week, no contest, occurred when Dillon
told the hotel concierge that he likes to “get in touch with his feminine
side” by wearing high heels when he’s alone.
Dillon explains the soapy rule that states, no sex
w/o multiple candles.
“Be honest, do these shoes go with my outfit?”
Yeah! Helena’s coming!
Helena’s coming! And now I believe it because Stefan said the “H” word to
I read a couple of fun
spoilers this week at
Ric Lansing becomes
Scott Baldwin's right hand guy at the D. A.'s office,
Does he have to start wearing
fruity colored shirts?
The murder charges
against Stefan are dismissed.
This doesn’t strike me as a
spoiler since all murder charges in P.C. are dropped.
Zander realizes that Emily does not love him.
I totally hate this spoiler
and plan to be angry when Zander gets hurt.
Sonny clashes with
Trouble in paradise with the
REAL GH supercouple. Didn’t they play these scenes during May sweeps?
Johnny boy, we hardly knew ya...
If this is true, all Scott
Egan’s character marketing by the pool at the GH weekend was for naught.
Lately, it appears that the
storylines are alllll about the guys. Carly’s pregnancy bounces off
Sonny’s inability to cope. Courtney’s current upset revolves around
Jason’s work. Skye’s main focus is aimed at helping Ned clear his name
and regain custody of Kristina. Emily’s cancer seems to have disappeared
and the story has veered into Nik’s financial distress with Alcazar.
Dillon and Georgie exist in a separate universe, but at least they are a
team, leaving Alexis as the only independent female. However, she may be
in jeopardy too since Cameron has custody of Kristina so Alexis must bow
before his foster parenting authority. I know Sage has stated many times
that GH is a man soap but it hit home with me this week. Guys are about
action, women deal in emotions. Currently, GH revolves around action and
guys, women wander through scenes supporting guys and their actions. I
miss smart tough Alexis. Carly should be running her club. Liz maintains
her art and independence but since Ric made waves in her life, most scenes
revolve around him and his heinous acts. Give the girl her art show.
Emily should attempt to take college classes. Courtney has never stated
any goals or ambitions so she can legitimately continue to hang around and
babysit various family members. Perhaps Courtney and Lydia can become
pals since neither of them seems to do anything all day. Gimme some kick
butt women, and I’m not referring to Tae Bo!
Carolyn both inspired and
challenged me this week. For the past few weeks, she hasn’t been enjoying
GH and she vehemently said so in her last column. In reply to her
comments, she received almost 200 e-mails agreeing with her
opinions. “Darn,” I thought sitting in my little corner, “someone sent
out the WE HATE GH memo again and forgot to put it on my desk.” I hate
when I am left out of the information loop. Carolyn, with no sympathy
whatsoever, challenged me to write a negative column so I could receive a
ton of e-mails too but I am not good at writing that way. Besides, I do
NOT hate GH right now even though I agree with some of Carolyn’s
observations. So here’s what I’m gonna do. The following are lists of
things that annoy me (just to prove that while I am easily entertained, I
am also easily annoyed, though it usually only lasts a few minutes) lest
readers think I am unable to see the dark side.
Did you receive the memo? I didn’t.
It was probably sent by a jealous rival network who
don’t have a Fab Four or any other great actors on
What I propose is a
positivity response. I’ll write a few behaviors that annoy me, if you’ll
write a few that either make you laugh or set your teeth on edge. And if
me, could you please send a copy to
Carolyn. I don’t want her to fall too far down in the dumps.
Besides, I told her I was going to solicit as many people as possible to
send her positive comments so she’ll know I am not the only Pollyanna
enjoying my GH vacation each day. She said, “Don’t you dare.” So, of
course, dare I must!
Things That Bug Me About
- The messed up legal system
in which major criminal activity goes unpunished while small time gaffes
are enthusiastically prosecuted.
- Scotty’s shirts.
- Characters that disappear
for long periods with little or no explanation, like Lucas, Felicia,
Elton, Reginald, Bobbi, Coleman to name a few.
- The miraculous recoveries
that take place minutes after patients arrive at the hospital. I’m a slow
adjuster, gimme time for drama.
- Judge Farmer.
- Different music and opening
sequence between ABC GH and SoapNet GH.
- Not acknowledging or
blatantly rewriting history.
- Spaghetti straps in winter
and leather jackets in summer.
- Plastic plants.
- Love scenes with 40
- Dropped storylines (can we
say breast cancer?)
What I Like - this list
could go on forever
- Tortured Sonny
- Carly’s devotion to Sonny
and her family.
- Jason’s tenderness and
- Honesty, even when it’s
painful, between Jason and Courtney, or any other couple for that matter.
- Emily’s efforts to do the
right thing even if she’s not always successful.
- Sexy men with no shirts.
- Zander’s intensity.
- Good dialogue.
- Luke in any scene.
- Georgie and Dillon deciding
to wait to have sex.
- Q family arguments.
- Big Alice.
This is fun, guess I’ll take
it a bit further.
What Instantly Annoys Me
in Real Life
- People who speak English
but pretend they don’t. (If they have a driver’s license and a job, I’m
not buying the stupid act, they understand some English.)
- Websites that don’t show
pertinent info like address and telephone number.
- Companies with telephone
voice menus that make me press more than one number.
- People who won’t bend at
the waist to pick up an item if they knocked it over at a store.
- People who don’t use their
turn signal or turn from the turn lane.
- My husband muttering.
- Office workers at a counter
who don’t acknowledge my existence because they are too busy with
paperwork and self-importance to be polite.
- Underwire bras that move
around and don’t fit correctly.
- Tight waistbands.
- News reporters who MAKE a
story when there isn’t one just to bag air time because they so love the
sound of their own voices.
- Cold, wet feet. I truly
despise cold, wet feet.
- Anyone sitting in my
vicinity smacking their food or chewing with their mouth open. Hey, don’t
practice common courtesy on my account, but I’ll be moving to a different
What Makes My Day
- A cool breeze.
- The wind rustling the
leaves in the trees.
- Fresh vegetables.
- A spontaneous hug,
especially from my children.
- An unexpected compliment.
- Writing a good paragraph.
- The smell of freshly mowed
- A clean house (pfft! That
one doesn’t happen often)
- The first instant of
silence after I turn off my bus off in the afternoon.
- Stepping on the scale and
being pleasantly surprised that I haven’t gained weight.
- An old song on the radio
that I know all the words to.
- The first sip of caffeine
from a cold Diet Coke in the morning.
- E-mails dishing about
General Hospital. (All right, so it’s a blatant bid for attention)
I have a great life and much
for which I am thankful. Hopefully, you have tons to be thankful for
also. If you have a minute, I’d love
an e-mail about what makes your day, either on GH or in real life.
Oh, and don’t forget to pass on the good stuff to
Carolyn who’ll forgive me eventually for the positive vs. negative
challenge. I hope.
I hope you have plenty of
time to stop and smell the roses no matter how trite the phrase may
sound. Thanks for spending a few minutes with me.
Where would I be without screen caps? Thanks, Terry.
I refuse to be rushed this week.
I refuse to let others determine my schedule.
Except for showing up for my bus route on time.