Comments through October 03, 2003
(Spoilers R Us)
Sometimes I watch GH and my
attention fully engages, so scenes grab and pull at my emotions. Other
times, I watch and it’s like a comedy where details and plot twists filter
through my mind like a tickle I can’t stop. Either way, I usually enjoy
myself. This week was a tickle.
On a poor, poor pitiful me
scale, Sonny may have reached the pinnacle this week. I like tortured
Sonny, enjoy his drama, but he needs to admit that his mind has a few
kinks different from those around him. Hint to Sonny – When you are
breaking glass to make yourself bleed profusely, this is not normal. When
you regularly see a ghost – not normal. Bossing your ghost – “You need to
pray for me, Lily. Can you ask God to help me?” – not normal. But I
wasn’t rolling my eyes at mind crazed Sonny until the people around him
began seeing Lily and he couldn’t grasp, didn’t even try to grasp,
the fact that he wasn’t seeing a ghost if everyone else was seeing the
same lady in a floaty pink dress. Faith, well yeah, I can see him
doubting her word. But Michael and Jason? C’mon Sonny, pay attention,
you’re being played and usually about this time you’re making The Plan
with Jason. Remember The Plan? It’s always the same. Play the player,
wait for him to make a mistake.
Remember the Sonny and Brenda song
called Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls?
“You bleed just to know you’re alive.”
Isn’t trying to kill a ghost redundant?
A big eewwww went through me
when Sonny asked the graveyard guy to open Lily’s coffin. After seven
years, it wouldn’t be a pretty sight in there! I liked the ground fog
swirling around Sonny’s feet and the bottom of the coffin though.
I hate to be morbidly grotesque here, but Lily
WAS BLOWN TO BITS!
What the heck is Sonny lookin’ at?
Carly deserved a whole basket
of sympathy with expensive bath beads and lotions included for putting up
with Sonny. Granted, she shouldn’t have strolled through the back alley
where Jason was on a murder Alcazar mission. But sheesh! After she saved
Lorenzo, she went straight home and did what Sonny’s always nagging her to
do. She told THE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH per Sonny’s law. And
what did she receive for her troubles? Pfft! More tortured, it’s alll
about me, Sonny! “I’ll tell you what scares me. Someday, I am not going
to be able to get over this. You know, I mean, maybe this time when the
anger burns out, I’m not going to have anything left. You ever think of
that when you pull this crap?” You ever think that you’ll push Carly’s
buttons so hard she won’t care what you do and don’t get over, Sonny?
Most people couldn’t walk away from an injured or dead person without
making some effort to help. If Carly had walked away from Alcazar lying
unconscious in an alley, I bet Sonny would have had the same
my-way-or-the-highway tantrum at Carly because she went to alley in the
first place. I say Carly’s pregnancy outweighs Sonny’s ghost angst. Get
over yourself, Sonny.
I will not leave unconscious men in alleyways
without rendering assistance.
And furthermore, I’ll eat ice cream whenever I want!
You go, Carly! Lay down the law to Sonny for a
Question of the week – How
did Lily know that Carly and Sonny’s baby has a heart problem if the
doctor didn’t know it?
In what has been a long time
coming Jason showed impatience at Sonny’s drinking. “Sonny, you know fear
wears people down. Tires them out. Makes them lose their judgment. Fear
does something different to you. It makes you blame yourself. You get
trapped in this dark place. You know drinkin’ is not gonna help.” It
needed to be said. Too bad Sonny, trapped in his private hell of
self-destruction, won’t listen or heed advice, not even Jason’s. One of
my favorite lines this week was Jason telling Sonny regarding Lily’s
ghost, “I think you saw your own fear.” It was so, so…wise. Good one,
Is this the beginning of tough love?
Is there a ten step program in Sonny’s future?
Can we picture Sonny, A.J. and Skye bonding in an AA
OK, so I admired Courtney’s
guts in apologizing to Liz for what she thinks she did. Admitting
to running down a pedestrian and facing them takes a strong person. I
also liked that Liz clarified her feelings for Jason as a friend, thereby
opening the door a few more inches to more interaction between Jason and
Liz. Ric’s zealous defense of Liz and judgmental condemnation of Courtney
made my hackles rise. Since he’s avoided punishment for heinous crimes, I
dislike any time he opens his mouth and speaks condemning words to
others. He’s not forgiven in my book of soapy bad guys and saying his
punishment is that he ends up alone doesn’t reek of justice by a long
“How many times do I have to tell you women?
I AM A GOOD GUY!” Ric says stomping his foot.
Talk about a bad week, Stefan
didn’t fare well in any arena. Tried to kill Lorenzo - failed. Thought
Nik took his side against Jason, but no The Prince expected him to turn
himself in and go to jail. Capelli, the new assassin in Port Charles,
almost snuffed him on the docks. Then Luke put him on trial. Poor
Stefan, who hasn’t been nice since he returned to the Port of Cheerless
Chuck, made a cry face on Tuesday at Nickolas that pulled my heartstrings
and another as he defended himself against the charges which seemed out of
place considering his superior demeanor the rest of the time.
Good Cry Face Bad Cry Face
I bought Stefan’s hurt over Nik’s rejection.
Stefan bursting into tears on television didn’t fool
He’s playing Luke, playing the audience.
Ric and Stefan, lawyer and
client - now that’s an appropriate character pairing. If Mr. Cassadine
were sticking around, I’d have loved to see plotting between those two.
Equally twisted and self absorbed they could make major mayhem. Oh well,
there’s always Helena. Maybe she’ll resurface and Ric can be her boy
Doncha love Luke and a plan?
I don’t know what it is about Luke but whenever he’s in a scene, I’m glued
to the TV. And no matter how over the top his story, I’ll buy into it,
just because it’s Luke. Like pirating the airwaves of Port Chuck with a
video camera in a warehouse. If Luke’s doing it, I’ll accept it. Maybe
it’s Luke’s demeanor and delivery of clever dialogue that grabs me.
After successfully trading barbs with Stefan at the
Luke sets up his own private playground for his
friends and enemy.
Luke to Stefan at the PCPD:
In fact, my condolences. Karma’s a snaggle tooth bitch and she’s about to
take a big nasty bite out of you.
Luke to Stefan at the PCPD:
Vlad, lemme tell ya somthin’. On the great karmic wheel of life, you’re
about to become road kill.
Lucky spoke one of soap’s
classic lines this week. When Luke called him a Spencer traitor for
becoming a cop, Lucky replied, “Don’t you get it, Dad? I’m doing this
for you.” I don’t think Luke bought it though.
Did you notice that all the
minorities were represented in the rookie cop graduating class? I
laughed. I can see it now. The next time comments are made regarding GH
being the whitest soap on television TPTB at GH will point to that ONE
scene and deny the allegation.
Couldn’t find a better picture.
A white man, a black man, an oriental woman, and
No way it’s a random ethnic mix.
Isn’t it amazing how stuff
happens wherever Dillon and Georgie happen to be? These two remind me of
a romantic adventure movie. Dead bodies, smoke alarms, kidnappings,
overhearing vital conversations they’re everywhere at the right or wrong
Adventures in Young Wonderland
A.J.’s interest in the
Deadman’s Hand is certainly understandable. The phrase, “If it weren’t
for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all,” was probably coined for him. In
A.J.’s mind, I bet he sees owning the famous lucky cards as insurance
while running ELQ. That way, if he decides to buy another sea crane,
which every one seems to have made fun of at one time or another, the
lucky hand will insure that his business decisions work out in his favor.
Hope no one tells Edward that A.J.’s not at the office, he’s running
around the world chasing old playing cards.
A.J.’s playin’ hooky. Think Edward will give him an
How stupid was it of Emily to
sit in front of a two-way baby monitor and ramble on about her dream to
wow Nickolas? Even though she qualified it later saying it was silly and
she wanted to be with Zander, the thoughtless cruelty of her words
astounded me. The conversation with Skye while Zander listened and hurt
had the affect of filling Zander’s sympathy glass. Then, when Zander
called the attending adults connected to Kristina to task for not placing
her needs before their vendettas and desires, I applauded. He’s just an
all around great guy this week. When he asked Emily straight out as they
sat on the porch, “Am I the man you want to be with?” my heart ached for
Emily. Zander gets all the sympathy right now.
Jax and Sam…what to say…don’t
care yet. With Jax, I have a difficult time moving past the arrogant jerk
who treated Skye like dirt for another woman and then humiliated Brenda at
the altar because he couldn’t forgive her for kissing Sonny. In her two
days on screen, Sam comes across as another character for Jax to rescue
then dump. Sorry, Jax, I didn’t miss you while you were gone, and I’m not
anticipating any scenes you have now. Hopefully, we’ll be treated to some
intriguing storytelling and I’ll change my mind.
Why Sam, what large ta-ta’s you have.
And we know that because they’re all over the ‘Net.
Spoilers say that Jason and
Courtney tie the knot on October 13 followed by a romantic honeymoon in
Paris. Wonder if they’ll run into Robin? Wouldn’t that be awkward.
Following the 6-month rule, we haven’t glimpsed Jason’s chest (the 2
seconds when Jason and Courtney were at the island don’t count) since
early March. He’s due for a few love scenes that involve more than a hug
or quick kiss on Courtney’s cheek. Whether you like or dislike the
character, pecs is pecs. Hope springs eternal in my romantic heart.
A wedding in Paris
GHH2 has some intriguing and funny spoilers
this week. I love spoilers. They’re so much fun!
“Something Alky did not
Marcella ("Lily") begins to develop empathy for Sonny's anguish.”
Duh. Like we couldn’t see
this one comin’ from the moment Lilly Melgar signed on the dotted line.
My guess is that when the writer’s experiment with Carly and Alcazar, even
if they only dip their toes in the water of a relationship, Sonny will
have Lily’s shoulder to cry on. ‘Cause we certainly can’t have Sonny
hangin’ around without a woman now can we?
“Carly gets ordered
home by Sonny.”
I wish this spoiler read,
“Carly gets ordered home by Sonny. Carly tells Sonny where to stick his
“Emily is shocked.”
Ooh! And I bet she reacts
with her usual expression.
“Bobbie Spencer to
Bobbi sees some action! This
will be a good day!
shatters Nikolas, who collapses in Emily's arms.”
Emily, because she is so
compassionate, resuscitates Prince Nik by kissing him, which leads to sex
in front of a fireplace, etc., etc., etc. Oh, and sex with a prince cures
her cancer which has been treated lately like a bad dream in a previous
believe having a balance where actors of all ages are represented. We
just don't want to put up a show for people who are watching for 20 years
and exclude everyone else, and we just don't want to put on a show just
with newbies and exclude those who have been loyal fans...
On a strategic basis, we're working to balance these shows out. I
think GH is a good example. You balance your canvas using Sonny, Monica
and Alan, Edward, Ned and Alexis, but at the same time build up Dillon,
Georgie and Courtney. We hold onto our tradition, but start to expand into
the next generation. That was our number one goal and I think, to put it
in baseball terms, that we've had a great draft year.
Brian Frons, ABC DayTime President
Carolyn and I talked about
this quote and I used some uncomplimentary words describing Mr. Frons like
dense and living in an alternate universe (and maybe a couple others that
I don’t really want to admit to). After some thought, I believe I’ve
figured out the strategy he’s employing. Many moons ago he talked about
supercouple Jason and Courtney and then proceeded to ram them down our
throats. Only a few weeks ago, he was quoted as saying that they see now
that a minority might be for Jason and Liz (Hello? Full page ads in soap
mags sound like a major minority) so they were going to bring back their
friendship. Now he’s saying that they’ve expanded the canvas to balance
and encompass generations of players. In each case, he quoted an idea
like it had already happened and then proceeded to make it so. It’s a
form of reverse psychology. That we’re too smart to jump on his
bandwagons just because he’s willing to be quoted on a subject is beside
the point. I think we, the fans, create the bandwagons and when he
finally catches a whiff of the horse doo-doo as the wagon circles past for
the 85th time, he jumps on board and makes a statement sounding
like he’s been holding the reins all along. Delusional he may be but as
long as the ball hits him on the head and an idea forms, perhaps issues
will be addressed. I like to think of him in this way so I don’t have to
be completely disgusted every time the man speaks.
I know because of the e-mails
I received that many of you noticed the change in the opening credits.
They kept the updated pictures of characters but returned to the action
sequence of Luke jumping off the boat. Good for them. Much as I enjoy
the Fab Four, overkill is overkill.
This week I have been
thinking about the unfairness of being a man on a soap. Sure there’s
pressure on a woman to be thin and shapely but it seems to me that times
they are a’changin’. Meaning it seems to be more acceptable for a woman
to not have the perfect, wand thin figure. Women in commercials
are not always model perfect anymore and Just My Size products as well as
a few others glamorize woman of all sizes which is a good healthy trend.
Times do not seem to be changing for the men. Can you picture a men’s
underwear commercial for an overweight man? I can’t. I don’t want to
try. If Sonny, Jason, or Jax gained 20 pounds over the next few months
and became pudgy, would they still hold the same leading man appeal? I
think not. And I am right in there with the sexist judgments. I
appreciate the romance on my soap and when I see a love scene I want,
expect to see a manly guy with muscles rippling. I don’t know how to
change the unfair standard or if I even want to since for so many years
it’s been the other way around and pressure for women to have the perfect
body was excruciating. I should know, I’ve lived with the pressure of
striving to attain the perfect body since birth and I know it’ll haunt me
til death. So, while I’m not jumping on a soapbox over the unfairness, I
can offer a small helping of sympathy. Sorry guys, life’s not fair, now
drop and gimme another 20 push ups.
I hope you have the
opportunity to stand outside and soak in some cool autumn air. If you
hear singing, it’s probably me, I’m currently experiencing a light hearted
mood. Thanks for allowing me to air my thoughts. Thanks for reading.
Where would I be without screen caps? Thanks, Terry.
…and then the prince and the princess lived happily
The Adult Version:
And they rode off into the sunset on a beautiful
with the princess nestled comfortably against the
manly naked chest.