through September 20, 2002
“I’m gonna die
seeing Brenda’s face.” That’s
what Sonny stated so prophetically years ago and that’s what he delivered.
Monday’s episode reminded me why I love General Hospital.
I was expecting good. I
was expecting excitement. Talk
about drama! Monday’s eppy packed a punch better than the movies.
I can list on one hand the GH moments that have strongly affected me
but the fact is those moments keep me faithful and involved.
No matter how much flack and downplay primetime sends toward daytime
television those few scenes or episodes make daytime soaps kick butt TV.
The whole Monday show
played well from beginning to end. Carly
and Sonny saying good-bye knowing that he would be stepping into a dangerous
situation. Brenda explaining her
motives to Father Dave for returning to Port Charles.
Jason and Liz talking and hugging (goodness knows a kiss at this point
would just be more than fans could handle).
Sonny and Jason arguing about how to handle security for the church
situation and then bringing it back to their friendship.
Roy creeping around like the hired thug he’s supposed to be.
Carly and Liz bonding over yellow peppers.
I don’t know what they were making because that was a whole lot of
cut up peppers for a two person salad.
And then the shooting.
Is there an Emmy available for music montage? There should be. I
love “Amazing Grace” at any time but this was inspired. Characters in place. Brenda
striding confidently towards the doors, as though she’d decided to move on.
Sonny hesitant and looking for danger while Jason impatiently glances
at his watch and then exits the limo. Thunder
clap, wine glass dropping, church doors open and Sonny and Brenda spot each
other. I loved that Brenda smiled
at Sonny and Sonny’s wide-eyed astonishment.
I guess you don’t need a play by play, but I really enjoyed it.
I wonder if the symbolism was on purpose?
Flames from candles that Carly lit and at the church, rain and water,
red wine like blood - pain, washing clean, violence – it all blends.
Do TPTB think of this stuff or am I reading way too much into it?
Who cleans up all that
water when it rains in a scene?
I bet the set people really hate indoor thunderstorms.
Brenda and Jason fight
like they haven’t been apart for four years.
OK, I’m going to say
it. I don’t want to, it might
hurt, but here goes. Carly was good on Monday and all week. I even (man I hate to say this) liked her.
She told Liz to decide whether or not she can handle Jason’s life and
to not lead him on. Any advice
that prods Liz into making a decision bodes well in my book.
Weeping over Sonny’s inert, wet body I assume Carly kept feeling his
neck for a pulse. I also enjoyed
her in your face attitude when she tore up Tagliati’s check.
Go girl! That’s all I am
going to say. I reserve the right
to bash Carly next week should I feel a need.
Since Brenda was willing
to blow up a whole yacht to get away from Alcazar and she isn’t voluntarily
staying in the safe house, don’t you think candles are a bad décor choice?
Hello, she blew up a yacht, what’s a little fire?
Of course, that wasn’t any dumber than not locking the window.
Sonny’s guards earn their bad rap since she just hopped out and ran
away. Knuckle rapping at dawn.
Taggert’s role as good
guy cop with a tough guy bad attitude towards Sonny went a little overboard
this week. Granted he sympathized
with Carly in the rain, but sweeping the flowers off the casket to look inside
was beyond crass. I can’t wait
to see his expression when Sonny returns from the death zone. Also, Taggert said that he and Sonny had hated each other
since they were kids in Brooklyn. I
thought Taggert’s grudge stemmed from his belief that Sonny killed his
stepfather Deke who happened to be rookie cop Taggert’s mentor.
Sonny didn’t know Taggert’s agenda until he showed up in PC and
began harassing him. If I’m
missing something, please, somebody send an e-mail and set me straight.
The whole funeral bit was odd. Jason
signed out Sonny’s body from the morgue the next day?
Apparently no official paperwork or death certificate necessary.
I am feeling sorry for
Bobbi. She’s comforting her daughter over the death of her not
really dead husband and she had to say good-bye to Luke. She should know better than to REALLY believe in Sonny’s
death. No one actually kicks the
bucket in PC and if Popsicle Stavros can return, anyone’s fair game.
She just dishes out the sympathy and support and doesn’t get in on
any of the good secrets. You’d
think after Roy’s return she’d get over that loved-one-is-dead-because-I-
Can Felicia become any
shallower? “Oh, Roy, you killed
for me and my girls, let me just kiss you all over your face.
And now I’m running away from you, you bad man because you scare
me.” And later, “Oh Roy,
I’m so sorry I was mean to you. I
have the hots for you so I can’t really leave.
Who cares about those girls, anyway.”
Enough said. I wish
she’d do something redeemable so I could quit rolling my eyes whenever she
appears on screen.
Luke’s lame escape
provided some entertainment with his Jack Nicholson impersonation.
Luke led Scotty down the anger path by jabbing at his ego in a monotone
like Jack Nicholson does. Or
maybe Clint Eastwood. I’ve seen
both of them use that tough guy monotone in movies.
Maybe Anthony Geary has been watching “The Good, The Bad, and The
Ugly” and decided to go that steely-eyed monotone route. So Scotty, the ego impaired, ambitious DA completely falls
under Luke’s spell and has to stop the prison van, remove the hand and leg
cuffs, and beat the you know what out of Luke.
Nicholas appears out of nowhere on a country road and knocks Scotty
unconscious. Oh, and the prison
guards conveniently took a hike or took a leak, who knows, so they’re
completely out of the prisoner transportation loop.
The best part for me happened when, back at the PCPD, Scotty ranted on
about catching Luke, and Taggert oh so gently points out that Scotty could
single handedly save the world of PC from MOB influence if he finds Sonny’s
killer. Little stars appear in
Scotty’s eyes and a light bulb turns on over his head as he grasps the idea
of actually solving a crime.
Well since Billy’s off
to make his Baywatch movie he gets one last shot to create havoc before taking
off to the beach, oh I mean Washington, to fight RICO charges.
I always expect to dislike AJ but he keeps surprising me by rising to
the occasion of Courtney. He
called the attorney about custody of Michael.
He played let’s make a deal with Edward.
But then he ‘fessed up to Courtney in front of the Q’s.
AJ – Are you evil or
are you not?
You told me once, but I forgot.
He’s one of those
characters who switch from bad to good, which confuses me but also sparks my
admiration for his acting abilities.
Coleman needs a first
name. I thought Jake Coleman would be nice but since he bought
Jake’s bar that might not work. My
other suggestions are Jericho Coleman or Shad Coleman. I don’t care if you laugh; those are my two favorite names.
I propose a Name Coleman Game. E-mail
your top three choices and I’ll keep track.
Next week I’ll send the top three choices to GH.
Not that they’ll listen or care but I’ll do it anyway.
I promise not to just send my choices, even though I’ve never been
able to name anyone or anything my favorite names because my husband and
family outvoted me. Next puppy is
mine to name and by golly, male or female, it’s Jericho.
And now for the mundane
Don’t you wonder to
whom Father Coates was talking on the phone after Taggert interrupted
Sonny’s funeral service?
I hope some wardrobe
person gets busy shopping for Alexis because her maternity wear so far stinks.
Has Carly always had
such skinny eyebrows or is that one of those oops we overplucked problems?
Who has been watching
Maxie and Georgie while Mommy played hostage with Alcazar?
Brenda’s body double
had shoulder length hair. Maybe
the water made it grow because suddenly Brenda’s sporting about three extra
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