General Hospital Weekly Blog
Abby puts Michael at ease. (Soaps.com)
“General Hospital” weekly rundown for March 28 – April 1:
Port Charles continued to grieve the loss of Jake, as Luke continued to deny he had a drinking problem. Last week gave us more intense performances as this story played out, but I took issue with a few things as well. Let’s break it all down.
If you watched the show last week, you know how amazing the scenes between Lucky and Luke were, as Lucky confronted Luke about killing his son after having too much to drink. If nothing else, this storyline has given us some compelling stuff. I also really loved the scene between Luke and Tracy. She assured him she would stick by his side, as his devoted, loving wife, but she wouldn’t let him slide on the alcohol issue. After years of being a functional drunk, Luke has to truly face his demons on this one, but he refuses to even consider he might have a problem. I find it all pretty interesting that the story of Jake’s death is turning into a story about Luke and his denial. I’m anxious to see where it will go from here.
There was one person who didn’t blame Luke though, as Elizabeth assumed the blame herself for not paying close enough attention to Jake. I agree she shouldn’t have let him play by the open front door, but I would have expected a grieving mother to lash out at the person responsible for running over her 4-year-old son, not immediately absolve him of any responsibility. Maybe she’s in denial too.
The episode of Jake's so called memorial service was really weird. First, Patrick and Steve's interaction at the hospital seemed too flip and casual. It was the day of Steve's nephew's funeral. Patrick offered him a ride to the service like they were going for a bite to eat. Then, Sonny and Brenda were still basking in the afterglow despite Sonny's closest friend's child dying. They were a little too happy for my taste. And for Sonny not to go to the memorial service just proved how self centered he is. Jason does everything for that man and Sonny can't leave his bride for two seconds to support him? It didn't matter anyway because Jason didn't end up going either. Not to mention, Lucky, the dead boy's father, wasn't even seen in the episode. Of course, it didn’t even matter because we never even saw the service. It all happened in between a commercial break. Not showing any of the funeral felt like just one more way they dropped the ball and skipped a few beats in this story.
Sealing the deal.
Michael and Abby finally consummated their relationship in a couple of really sweet scenes. I loved that Michael's eyes grew wide when Abby took off her top and that he fumbled around trying to unhook Abby's bra. They were small, but realistic details for a kid who has never been with a girl before. Sadly, their happiness was short lived, as Brandon returned to beat the crap out of Abby. This of course set Michael off, as he pulled a gun Brandon, putting an end to Mabby's short-lived happiness.
A dark tone.
If you don't want to know what happens to Brandon I suggest you stop reading. If you do want to know…Brandon turns up dead next week. This will set off a new murder mystery, which does not thrill me. We are still suffering through the death of Jake, why throw a new murder into the mix? We also saw Suzanne slit Theo's throat, although it was off-screen so he could technically still be alive. I actually liked Suzanne getting bad ass like that, but enough with the darkness already. Instead of another death, why can't we launch into a fun, lighthearted story arc? This is where something like the Nurses Ball would come in handy. The people of Port Charles could focus on something positive and upbeat, while dealing with their grief over Jake and we, the audience, could get a break from all the gloom and doom for awhile.
Aside from really, really wanting Lisa to let her obsession with Patrick go, that's all I got this time around. What did you think? Feel free to share your thoughts below and vote in our General Hospital Poll: The Next Big Storyline.
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- Lori Wilson