October 17, 2003
(Spoilers: I read ‘em, but I only spoke one of ‘em)
Can you see the bubbles
beginning to rise to the top of the pan? The water should be about to
boil. I’m enjoying my GH right now as the set ups continue for November
In a breathy voice, Emily
told Nik in the GH elevator maybe an hour after Zander dumped her
I’m-so-honest-and-I-love-stringing-you-along butt, “I don’t want to cut
corners or step into our marriage like a couple of thieves. When I marry
you, I want it to be for all the right reasons.” When I marry you?
When? Oh my young, insensitive nymphet let me count the ways of your
1. Any normal person would
allow at least a few hours mourning the death of a marriage before
assuming the other guy wants to marry her.
2. You used your cancer as a
reason for bad behavior, claiming honesty but really basking in the
persistent attraction of two extremely hot guys.
3. You were offered
opportunities to end gracefully, caringly the relationship with Zander yet
you chose not to.
4. While married, you could
have just said no when desires stirred within you for Nikolas. You
could have used a concept that the rest of the world practices called
Emily and Nik struggle for self control as they
realize that they can’t have sex in the elevator
because of the security cameras.
I was prepared to walk
through emotional fire with Emily as she dealt with breast cancer.
However, the cancer has been reduced to light background music to the
Zander/Emily/Nikolas triangle. Do the writers realize how badly they’ve
presented Emily, a character that generally resides in the goodness and
light category? Maybe that’s why her behavior now is so difficult to
swallow. I expected better from her. She told Cameron, “It was Zander’s
decision Dr. Lewis and I have to respect it.” Yeah, but you don’t have to
throw a passion party in the elevator ten minutes after breaking Zander’s
“See, Dr. Lewis? This is my I’m-so-honest face.
I practiced for hours in front of a mirror until
“Hi Zander. Look, this is my new I’m so honest
What do you mean it looks like my other honest
Technically, Nikolas is as
guilty as Emily when it comes to cheating on his spouse, though he never
proclaimed love to Lydia. I felt bad for Lydia when Nikolas turned down
her offer of assistance in planning Stefan’s burial service, but then he
lovingly kissed and hugged Emily right in front of her. Tacky, Niko.
The scene was about Niko kissing Em
but I wanted to know if Lydia was wearing white
She reminded me of footage I saw decades ago when
Nancy Sinatra sang “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’”
I didn’t want Stefan dead,
but at least he showed us a really good die. Gasp, accuse Luke, gasp,
call Nik’s name, gasp, shudder, die. Good one. Did anyone else expect
Stefan to turn skeletal, shrivel up and blow away as dust like bodies do
in horror flicks? I’m not sold on Stefan’s death, spoilers
notwithstanding. The best part of Stefan’s death was Luke’s unabashed
delight as he disrespectfully sat on deadSteffy’s coffin though I thought
beating him up with the shovel a bit over the top. As soon as I saw the
guy dragging the shovel at deadSteffy’s memorial service, I knew it was
Luke. Anyone have any doubts?
I predict that Luke will visit Stefan’s grave to
talk over life like
Sonny airs his woes to Lily’s headstone.
Don’t you love a woman who
can spread degradation and cruelty with rapier charm? Whoever writes
dialogue for Helena and Luke deserves an extra helping ice cream with
whipped cream. Constance Towers and Anthony Geary deliver their lines
smoothly, cruelly, somehow making me love hating them or hate loving
them. As soon as Helena walked into the memorial service I was
anticipating the face off between Luke and her and I wasn’t disappointed.
I loved Luke’s bow as he left the cemetery and savored Helena’s secretive
smile. Oh yes, there could be tons more to the story if the writers
choose so pursue it.
Skye spoke my favorite line
this week. Luke said, referring to Skye as a hostage, “You could come in
handy.” To which Skye responded by informing him, “Yeah, well forget it.
I’m nobody’s hostage.” Good for you, Skye! Why haven’t Luke and Skye
connected before? I can’t wait for more scenes with these two. I can’t
see Skye tolerating Luke’s shenanigans without thinking up a few of her
“Look doll, women all over the world have told me
the braids are sexy.”
“Did they say that before or after you paid them?”
Why isn’t Lucky wearing a
uniform and working shifts like a regular rookie? I still say it’s a
scary thought that Lucky’s been issued a gun. Lucky informed Scotty that
he was off duty because he had to attend deadSteffy’s funeral. Why then,
did he show up in uniform at the service?
Lucky wears his uniform off duty and jeans on duty.
I’m so confused.
Let’s just throw in the towel
and disband the Port Charles Police Department. They can’t solve a
crime. And if they do happen to cuff someone, they can’t even get him to
the police station and keep him there while they process paperwork. After
Stefan swan dived off the cliff, no wonder Luke laughed as he was lead
away in cuffs. He knew when he said he wasn’t going to prison for killing
Stefan, he really wasn’t.
“Jason, you may kiss your bride.” Sigh. OK.
Way to mess up a honeymoon
Lorenzo! No pecs, no intense love scenes before you trashed the honeymoon
ambience with your plane sabotage stunt. Topping off the destruction of
romance was Sonny waiting as Jason carried Courtney over the threshold. I
feel cheated! I would even have put up with the requisite 77 candles for
a good love scene. Oh well, maybe we’ll be offered one during sweeps. A
girl can hope.
There’s romance, and then there’s Sonny. On the
phone. In the way.
So much for romance.
“Jason, I need you to go to work. Since I can’t be
with Carly, I figure
you won’t want to be with Courtney either.”
Courtney nailed GH’s
philosophy when she told Jason, “We just got married and everything’s
already about Sonny and Carly. I love them. I do. But it’s like we
automatically give them a free pass and they get to say and do whatever
they want, even if it means compromising our time together.” Nothing like
hitting the nail on the head and realizing right off the bat that Jason
and Courtney’s marriage is about providing background for Sonny and
Carly’s dramas. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy Sonny and Carly. But I wish,
like so many other fans, for a better balance of stories. On the other
hand, really, what’s Courtney complaining about? It’s not like she has a
life of her own, a job, ambition, a hobby, a like or dislike other than
the occasional round of kickboxing, a reason for being other than
babysitting and kissing Jason. Well, kissing Jason might be a
reason for being. We all know that Jason’s life revolves around Sonny and
The Business. It’s pretty much a lock, Sonny and Carly get a free pass to
encroach upon Jason and Courtney’s newlywed needs.
“Carly, get a clue. We want to have sex.”
“Feel free Jason. I’ll just wait down here in your
munching on chips.”
The ping barely sounded above
a whisper but it clinked into Sonny’s consciousness. Ping.
Marcella made a fatal mistake when she said she remembered how happy she
was when Sonny told her he loved her. Ping. Sonny never told Lily
he loved her. Ping. Maybe Lily’s ghost really isn’t Lily’s
ghost. Ping. Maybe someone’s messing with his mind. Ping.
So, does Sonny run home and inform Carly that he’s found his sanity
again? Does he phone Jason and tell him to put The Plan into motion? No,
of course not. We’re talkin’ about Sonny here. Self absorbed, don’t have
to explain nothin’ to nobody Sonny. In my imagination I dream of Sonny
informing Jason that he knows Lily’s ghost is a fake and Jason saying,
“Duh, Sonny, I told you so.” Cause Jason’s been right about 863 times in
the past and no one listens to him. It’s an immature thought, I know, but
sometimes immaturity can be satisfying.
Marcella made points for
showing up at the penthouse and knocking on the door. Poor girl doesn’t
have a clue what she’d be in for if Carly had spotted her.
Don’t do it Marcella. Don’t knock. You’re pretty
but you’re no match for Carly.
Go Carly! She was stellar
the whole week. Even though I knew Sonny and Carly weren’t going to die
in the plane crash, tears welled as they spoke with Courtney and Jason and
then Michael. I loved when she fought with Sonny and didn’t back down
because he’s a strong character and it takes a tough cookie to not only
put up with him but go toe to toe. On Friday, I appreciated her humor
with Jason and Courtney as they tried to nicely usher her out of their
penthouse and later, her willingness to let Sonny go. I’d say the playing
field is about equal when it comes to Sonny and Carly alternately pushing
each other away and pulling together. The beauty in this couple lies in
their dysfunction. They can stay married and make it play because the
drama appears through their problems and insecurities and the marriage is
Physical death, emotional death – Sonny and Carly
play it all.
A giant HUH rolled through me
when Sonny and Carly survived the plane crash and then Sonny left his
exceedingly pregnant, just-been-traumatized-by-a-plane-wreck wife alone on
the tarmac to make her own way home while he drove off in the limo. HUH?
Oh well, Lorenzo showed up, maybe Carly hitched a ride home with him.
Let’s see….Sonny takes off with the limo,
so a girl’s gotta do what’s necessary to find a ride
It’s been driving me crazy
that for all Sonny’s supposed fear for his family, bodyguards are rarely
spotted guarding the penthouse door. However, after this week I know it’s
because they are off doing other things, like riffling through boxes of
Lily’s personal effects. Even knowing it was coming, I experienced a
surprisingly strong feeling of disappointment when Johnny betrayed Sonny
to Alcazar. Bye-bye Johnny. I wish Scott Egan well.
Hopefully, he’ll soon reappear on another soap with
more significant role.
Spoiler Quote from this
week’s Soap Opera Digest by Executive Producer Jill Farren Phelps: “Sonny
and Carly’s storyline will have major repercussions for Jason and Courtney
and their relationship. They will have to face a challenge that they are
not prepared for. And a mysterious new man will come into Courtney’s
life.” A new character? “Sort of.”
I have no clue who the
mysterious new man could be but I have to say I immediately thought of
Zander. Since Zander’s supposed to hitch his wagon to Liz for at least
one more night of passion, his next stop should be Courtney if the writers
continue with the trend that Courtney gets all Liz’s guys. Then I
thought, what kind of crazy woman would walk away from Jason? I tell ya,
I just can’t fathom the thought! Yeah, I know, it’s my own private
personal little bias, which I try hard to keep hold of when I write this
My GH Positives For
1. Skye and Luke my new
favorite verbal sparring partners.
2. Alexis looking fine in
leather pants and matching leather jacket.
3. Luke and Helena trading
taunts and threats.
4. Nikolas crying over
Stefan as he sat by his dead body at the cliffs. My heart broke with his
and he’s definitely the best guy crier I ever saw.
Doncha want to hand him a tissue and wrap your arms
5. Sam has the prettiest,
6. Jason effortlessly swept
up Courtney and carried her to the bed. I love that he can do that.
7. Skye declared her
independence and moved back into the cottage.
8. After Michael came to
Carly’s defense, Carly and Sonny sat on the couch with Michael and
explained that they were not handling their anger well and they needed to
find a better way to address their problems.
9. Alexis didn’t blow off
Stefan’s death. She mourned the brother she loved.
10. Helena. Helena.
It was an off week for me.
Weaning myself off caffeine was harder than I anticipated and I only
succeeded four days out of three. One step forward, three quarters of a
step back. My moods swung from fine and dandy to mind bendingly annoyed.
Since I don’t do annoyed on a regular basis, I didn’t like myself much on
that day. Why am I putting myself through this? Oh yeah, health and long
life. So let’s all cheer, pat ourselves on the back while we do a few sit
ups and push ups. Gee, I’m feeling healthier by the moment. How ‘bout
you? (Feel free to roll your eyes here.) Thanks for the supportive
e-mails, it’s nice to know I am not alone in my Diet Coke frenzy. I am
humbled and filled with warm fuzzies each week from your responses as I
ramble about GH and life in general. Think of yourselves as therapy.
Thanks for reading.
Where would I be without screen caps? Thanks, Terry.
Got a cool dress.
Got an urge to dance.