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    Goodbyes And New Beginnings.

    Thursday, July 21 2011
    Brenda and Jax leave town, while Jason proposes to Sam.

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    Posted by lily hunter at Thursday, July 21 2011 05:52 PM

    Let's not forget the chilled champagne for the cyber toasts.

    Posted by mamajj at Thursday, July 21 2011 05:58 PM

    We will all have a champagne buzz in the middle of the day. Our husband/SO's won't know what to think of us. LOL

    Posted by Ringleader at Thursday, July 21 2011 06:11 PM

    Off topic --

    mamajj - the finger is almost all better, except for the still visible puncture wound! Wise idea to bury the little sucker - or stinger - whatever.

    Okay - back on topic:
    Personally, I love that Brenda and Jax left with each other. They are much better matches for each other, just like Carly and Sonny are better matches for each other. For everyone who is so down on Jax right now, blame Guza, not Jax. He didn't write his own stuff. This was character assassination by Guza on Jax, just like he's done so many times before to a long term actor who certainly deserved better (like Brenda/VMG, Claudia/SJB, Kate/MW, Luke/AG, etc., etc., - sadly, the list could go on and on). Although Jax has (apparently) been behaving very badly lately (though bribing a mediator is straight out of Sonny's book and he seems to just be worshipped for it), I won't hold that against him because I don't believe it's true to the character. It's very poor, very lazy, very unoriginal writing because Guza ALWAYS takes the easy way out. Just like many of Sonny's fans are able to separate his violent, narcissistic, criminal lifestyle from what they would condone or accept in "real-life," I choose to separate the crappy writing of Bob Guza for characters that I like, that I have watched for a long time, from what I believe to be the character's true behavior or nature. I believe that's a phenomenon called "cognitive dissonance" and I'm okay with that.

    4myJylli - I did see SJB, TB and LW all as Carly (the short tenure of Jennifer Bransford in the role was a total disaster - I'm sure she's a good actress, but she was just NOT RIGHT for Carly). As I said, I think they each brought their own unique approach to the role. I will agree that LW is great as Carly, even though I can't stand the character right now - which has more to do with the writing than with LW's portrayal.

    But TB was great as well, especially in her interactions with Jason - and in one of Brenda's previous returns, where Sonny actually chooses Carly over Brenda (which I thought he should have, seeing as he was married to Carly at the time) after visiting Lily's grave and remembering how his obsession with Brenda ended up costing Lily and their unborn child their lives. Sonny (when he had the ability to think of someone other than himself) realized that he needed to live is real life with Carly and Michael (I don't think Morgan was born yet) than some fantasy with Brenda - which would have worked out then just how it did now.

    And SJB originated the role. I actually couldn't stand the character when she first showed up in Port Charles. The thing that SJB's Carly (and TB's Carly, for that matter) had that LW's doesn't is writing that makes Carly have to truly feel the consequences of her bad acts. I know that many of you feel that Carly has "paid" (and continues to pay) for the bad things she's done, but having seen Carly deal with the previous repercussions of her acts, there's a really big difference between her "consequences" now versus then. When Carly slept with Tony Jones - her mother's husband - she had to deal with being socially ostracized for quite a while. She had to deal with the aftermath of the whole AJ debacle. She most certainly had to deal with the fallout of getting together with Sonny, which ended up taking Jason's "family" (Carly and Michael) away from him and giving them to Sonny -- although, I never really understood that logic because Carly and Jason weren't actually a couple, even though they were raising Jason together. Let's be honest here, if Jason was actually with Carly truly as a couple, she never would have looked twice at Sonny.

    Anyway, I don't need or want to see LW out as Carly. I'd like to see her written better - just like every other female character on GH - or, frankly, EVERY OTHER CHARACTER on GH at this point.

    *****************Casting news/rumor talk - my ideas only, not based on any spoilers (other than naming the actor who is supposedly returning)**************

    Maybe if they bring TB back, they'll eventually make her be the "real Claudia" -- not the one who got whacked in the head with an axe by Michael, but actually Claudia. We will find out that SJB's Claudia wasn't really Claudia Zacchara, but an imposter (maybe Uncle Rudy's daughter, maybe someone completely unrelated, who knows). TB replaced SJB as Carly before, and during TB's first stint on DOOL (Days of Our Lives), she played Ava Vitali, a mafia princess! Here's some "Useful Information" about Ava from the website about Ava Vitali (let me know if it sounds familiar):
    * Has some mental health issues.
    * Family is involved in organized crime.
    * Used to run the family business.
    * Kidnapped Hope,... (CZ kidnapped Carly)
    * Wants 'Patch' back from Kayla (CZ wanted Sonny away from Kate and/or Carly).
    * Father is Martino Vitali (CZ - Anthony Zacchara)
    * Has a short fling with John Black (CZ - Ric Lansing) before she leaves Salem (CZ - Port Charles)

    Personally, if we can't have SJB back to get a second shot at Claudia to be written the way she should have been the first time, having Claudia back in the form of TB would be at least worth a try (assuming the writing is better).

    Oooh, I just had another idea, anyone else remember Chloe Morgan? She was played by Tava Smiley and was involved with Jax and then "killed off" by Stavros Cassadine (but you know those Cassadines - there's no guarantee Chloe's actually dead). Maybe TB will return as a re-cast for Chloe (that would tie her to the Q's, as she was Lila's great niece or something like that).

    Posted by lily hunter at Thursday, July 21 2011 06:12 PM

    mamajj - Those types of situations usually work out well for my SO, so I doubt he'll mind. Glad it's on a Monday, so I can take a day off to make a long weekend.

    Posted by Risa at Thursday, July 21 2011 06:15 PM

    I'm truly sad that Vanessa Is leaving. the writers wrote her stroryline terribly!! sonny & Brendas marriage barely got started before they ripped it apart! I do hope that someday that Ingo & Vanessa do come back & the writer treat them with respect ( their characters):) with respect. I will miss her. they should of not wrote them leaving together if they empowered brendas character at the end they should of had her go off alone with her son.... G.H will be boring from now on sorry but so true the heart has left the show

    Posted by carol49601 at Thursday, July 21 2011 06:23 PM

    Did I miss it, wasnt brenda brought back with jason for protection, Was that cleared up?

    Posted by 4myJylli at Thursday, July 21 2011 06:27 PM

    Ring, thanks for the history of SJB and TB's Carly. I really wished I was watching GH during their era, especially during SJB tenure. I think I would have enjoyed the whole Q's, AJ, Jason and Michael s/ls.

    I also agree with you on the character assassination of Jax. Granted I've never liked him (character not the actor), but they really destroyed him in the last couple months.

    lily, you naughty girl you, but I totally understand.

    Posted by 4myJylli at Thursday, July 21 2011 06:32 PM


    JaSammers fans, apparently the wedding starts on 9/23/2011 which is that Friday and may continue on 9/26/2011 Monday. Looks like we'll have a three day celebration.

    Posted by 4myJylli at Thursday, July 21 2011 06:33 PM

    Well it's time for me to nighty nite.

    Good night All and happy posting.

    Posted by enad19 at Thursday, July 21 2011 06:34 PM

    Sorry mamajj, but I'm glad you guys understand what I was saying about Alexis. However, I must give her props for not discouraging Sam in regards to marrying Jason, dare we hope that Alexis has learnt her lesson about interfering with other people's relationship? Now if only Molly could learn this valuable lesson as well.
    Did anyone notice how subdued Robin was? She should feel guilty because although Brenda has made the decision to leave Sonny all on her own, it's was Mrs. Buttinsky aka Robin who pushed those together. Today I wanted her to feel such remorse and guilt that it would strike her dumb, but somehow Robin found the nerve to say that Sonny is always justifying his actions. When is she going to admit that she made a monumental mistake by putting her nose in places where it does not belong.

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