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.

Character assassination.

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.