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GH Rundown for the week of June 28 – July 2:
Even though no one celebrated the Fourth of July in Port Charles last week, there were still tons of fireworks, as Franco returned, Patrick cheated on Robin, and Johnny’s car blew up.
I wasn’t completely won over by James Franco’s first turn as Franco, but I’m pretty excited to see what happens this time around due to the actor’s off-screen actions. I appreciate that he’s doing press for GH this time around (read James Franco Talks to Soaps.com About General Hospital) and that he has spoken highly of working in Daytime since his last appearance. He even credited getting a movie role due to his time in the fast paced world of soaps. In addition, GH taped a live episode on location at the MOCA in Los Angeles, which I can’t wait to see, because of this story arc and he will eventually be putting up his own exhibit of his time on GH at the same museum. All of this, plus his real life mother has joined the cast for a brief period and the mere fact that he returned for another arc, signals that he enjoyed it the first go around. Of course, I would like to see his stints result in higher ratings as well, but regardless, I plan to just go along for the ride this time and enjoy it for what it is – whether it’s performance art or just plain old acting. Basically, I respect James for respecting soaps and shining the spotlight on the medium.
Repeating the Past.
It wasn’t all about Franco last week though, as Sonny ignored warnings that he would be repeating his past with Lily and her father by planting a bomb in Johnny’s car. (Even Milo pointed that out.) Low and behold, Kristina happened to be near the car when it exploded. Her fate as of today is still unknown and I’m not sure if Sonny will ever learn, but maybe this will be a wakeup call for him. Probably not though. I have to give kudos to Maurice Benard, as his expression when Sonny learned Kristina had gone to Johnny’s as the bomb was about to go off was a perfect mix of terror and panic.
While the Cat's Away.
Patrick finally gave into Lisa and presumably slept with her on Friday. As much as I love Robin and Patrick, I don't hate this. If Patrick and Lisa had slept together right after she showed up in Port Charles last year I would have been more upset, but Lisa's presence has taken it's toll over time, chipping away at Patrick's ego and reminding him of his love for his crazy, single heyday. I do think the writing has been a little scattered with this story, but I buy their hook up because there's been a build up over time and people do cheat on their spouses - even those in seemingly happy relationships. Given the ups and downs he and Robin have faced, it's not too farfetched to believe Patrick would do this. I do wish he and Matt could have some scenes together discussing it though. Patrick has no other friends besides Coleman so it would be nice to see him confide in his brother, as well as give Matt something else to do. At least we get to see more of Matt with Maxie. I guess I'll take what I can get. What do you think about Patrick straying? Vote in our poll about Patrick and Lisa.
What was the point of Kate and Olivia's fight at Jake's? It was pretty pathetic and since there was no follow up, pretty pointless. Kate is a compelling, strong character and it would be far more interesting to watch Olivia and Kate bond together and be supportive friends, instead of putting her in a bar fight with her cousin over her sleazy, albeit amusing, boyfriend Coleman.
I'm kind of glad Luke has taken off yet again. Aside from a few poignant scenes with his sons and, once in awhile, Sonny, he has turned into a buffoon and he is a horrible fake husband to Tracy. Since he does leave every few months, it's hard to even get invested in him, so it wouldn't be the worst thing in my book if he didn't return from his latest adventure.
That's all I got this time around. What did you think of last week's GH? What do you think of Franco (the character and the actor)? Are you outraged or understanding of Patrick's affair? Share your thoughts below.
- Lori Wilson