General Hospital Weekly Blog
What have they done to you Jax? (Soaps.com)
“General Hospital” weekly rundown for July 11 – 15:
As I bemoaned last week, there isn’t much capturing my attention (in a good way) on “General Hospital” lately. Most of the storylines need to wrap up so the characters can go in new and more interesting directions. Despite my downer of an attitude about one of my favorite soaps, I’ve tried to find some good in there as well, so let’s break it all down.
A familiar face.
I’ll start off my blog on a positive note: Monica made an appearance! In what was probably the best moment of the week, Tracy let it slip during an argument with Monica that Jake was Jason’s son. Not only was it great to watch the old rivals go at it, but Monica’s devastation over being kept in the dark, as well as feeling the loss of yet another family member, was palpable. I can only hope the presumed follow up scenes between Jason and Monica will be as powerful as I imagine.
In regards to Jax leaving, poster dafyduc commented under the article about Ingo Rademacher’s exit from General Hospital: “Just started watching a few months ago, and as far as I am concerned ‘don’t let the door hit you on the way out’. I can’t stand his character.” I get why new viewers wouldn’t care if Jax left. He’s been portrayed as a boorish bully for the past several months. There hasn’t been much likeable about him lately, but that wasn’t always the case. He was the white knight to Sonny’s dark anti-hero for a long time. And Jax and Carly were a great couple for years, but for some unimaginable reason, the writers decided to turn him into an unlikable jerk. Despite what they did to his character, Ingo Rademacher really brought it last week. My heart broke for Jax as he screamed out to Grace, wondering why she was making it look like he had attacked her. Then he cried as he pleaded with her at the police station not to help Sonny take Josslyn away from him. It was perhaps the best acting of Ingo’s time in Port Charles.
Sonny has done a lot of despicable things during his two decades on "General Hospital." He's killed people, been inexplicably mean to the undeserving (namely Spinelli) and even shot a cop (who turned out to be his own son) unprovoked. However, I've never actually hated him, until now. Watching Jax break down in the above mentioned scenes because of what Sonny has done was the last straw. There was no reason for Sonny to go to such extremes. I'm tired of his brutish behavior and even his sweet scenes planning a trip to New York with his daughter Kristina couldn't erase it. What do you think? Vote in our General Hospital Poll: Has Sonny Gone Too Far?
It was revealed that Asher, who is seemingly threatened by Michael's presence at ELQ, is working there as a mole for Anthony. I'm a little disappointed in that development. I was hoping Michael's new storyline would be mob free.
More annoying than cute.
Meddling Molly enlisted Morgan in her plan to make peace between Jax and Carly by 'kidnapping' Josslyn. Why she is so invested in the Jacks' custody suit is beyond me. I'm over Molly's precociousness, so the only good thing I can say about this plot point is that I'm glad they wrote Jason and Carly smart enough to know that Anthony didn't send the ransom note Molly childishly crafted. For as intelligent as Molly is supposed to be, doesn’t she know she could have ignited another mob war over this?
The next step.
Maxie's desire to have Jason and Sam get married is becoming a reality. I'm not sure why the girl who fears marriage is so obsessed with seeing them get hitched, but it's actually a bright spot in Port Charles these days. I know Liason fans will disagree, but Jason and Sam have amazing chemistry and despite the wrongs Sam has done to Jason concerning Jake in the past, you can really feel the love between them. While I enjoy JaSam as a couple and look forward to the actual proposal, I don’t necessarily feel the need to see them pronounced husband and wife. It wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world to have one couple secure in their relationship, yet not legally bound to each other.
Since there's no new way to express my disdain over Lulu and Dante's bordello debacle, that's all I got this time around. What did you think of last week's "General Hospital?" Feel free to share your thoughts below.
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- Lori Wilson