Last week was a short one due to the holiday, but of course Christmas was the backdrop for a lot of good stuff.
Patrick was so fantastic with Robin last week running to her defense when he thought Steve had a problem with her HIV status. I was happy that Steve was immediately cool about it, but it was also nice to hear Lisa ask questions about it too. I think most people would react the way she did by being curious and maybe a little bit concerned. It seems like a natural response. What I liked best about it though, was that Robin didn't feel the need to apologize or go into great detail about her condition. She apologized for not telling them about it, but didn't act ashamed or embarrassed. It's just a fact of her life and she moved on like it was no big deal. I respected her for that.
I thought it was funny Dante told Lulu she wouldn't be seeing him until after he took Franco down, but the next day he was at her door to spend the holiday with her. If I’m not mistaken, Franco is still roaming the streets of Port Charles Detective Falconeri.
How cute was Sonny with Josslyn? I kind of felt like they were testing Carly and Sonny's chemistry again in that scene where he held her baby, but I don't really think they're going back there right now. Regardless, Sonny's dimples were pretty precious as he smiled at the little one no matter what the point of it was.
Speaking of Sonny, I enjoyed his dinner with Dante and Olivia and how uncomfortable mother and son were when the conversation hit too close to home for each of them. Of course Sonny was oblivious to it all, but wouldn't Dante at some point question Olivia about her time with Sonny and if he could possibly be his father? I would think the Bensonhurst exes' constant walks down memory lane would make him do the math at some point.
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I was pretty happy that Rebecca left town last week, but why didn't we see her say goodbye to Ethan? He was a pretty big part of her storyline, so why no goodbye? It was nice to see Chad Brannon again, who just so happened to be sitting next to her on her plane to Paris, but not as Zander's long lost brother or as a ghost or some other soap cliché, just as some random guy. However, since he looks just like Emily's ex, it's kind of sad for Rebecca to go out of town still sort of in her sister's shadow, whether she knows it or not.
The Christmas episode was really good as it's fun to watch happy and harmonious families every once in awhile. Yes there needs to be conflict for story, but it's also great to see couples together with their kids (and step kids) enjoying their time together.
The Drakes were super sweet just wanting to spend time with each other and Emma. I could have done without Lisa stopping by, but Matt is family, so it was appropriate for him to be there. Of course, little Emma is a total doll and it's always good to see her.
Even though they made Maxie look at least ten years older with that hairdo and matronly sweater, her scene with Spinelli was touching. While I don't like the way Mac treats Spinelli, I loved that he jumped to Maxie's defense when he saw how upset she was. Of course he didn't know she was upset because she cheated on Spinelli, but Mac's fierce devotion to his girls is part of who he is and why we love him. But poor Spinelli. No one does devastation like him and when he told Maxie his heart was broken, I wanted to give him a hug. However, he was willing to put his hurt aside for the holiday so they could celebrate their love. I thought that was a really great scene between Maxie and Spinelli and well done by the actors.
I don't know why Jason doesn't spend the holidays with Sam, as he wasn't at Thanksgiving or Christmas, but it's always a good day when the Davis women get together. Since she's now basically an honorary Davis, Diane was there as well, as was her man Max, but I didn't quite get Alexis' references to the girls bribing Diane to come over and Max bringing over presents as 'payola'. I think I missed something. Mac came over too and gave Alexis a windshield scraper as a gift, which was pretty funny, but they will never hold a candle to Diane and Max.
Then there was the Spencer shindig. Luke and Lucky's scene at the Haunted Star was perfect, as you could feel their bond, as well as their estrangement, but why was Ethan reading the kids a story at the house? I really think they need to flesh him out more and delve into who exactly he is because he keeps doing these things that seem like something he would never do.
Well, that's it for me this week. I hope you all have a safe and happy New Year and I'll be back with more of my thoughts in 2010!
- Lori Wilson