GH Rundown Weekly Blog
The queen of mean is back. (ABC)
The GH Rant from February 23 – 27:
Things heated up this week with a fire at Spencer’s party that left the Cassadine heir badly burned. The story was the focal point of the week and brought out exceptional acting all around. Elsewhere in Port Charles Michael’s hatred for Sonny caused Morgan to boil over. Let’s discuss what happened on “General Hospital.”
The love lives of 10 year olds.
In last week’s GH rant I discussed how ridiculously age inappropriate the love triangles for the kids on this show are. These stories continued this week with Cameron dumping Emma for Joss who “gets him.” Cameron later went home and told his mother how love and relationships are hard. Oh brother! Does the show think its viewers really want to watch this? Just make it all stop. It seems I’m not the only one who thinks this is over the top, as even the characters of Patrick and Lucas chimed in on these children’s ridiculous love lives. At least the writers are able to poke fun at themselves, but it would be better if they just dropped these stories.
This party’s on fire!
The acting from Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) and Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma) in the wake of the fire at Spencer’s party and his resulting injuries was absolutely fantastic. Something tragic like this should have an effect on both father and son, but what it will be remains to be seen. It would be nice to see Nikolas re-evaluate his actions and secret keeping as of late. It was revealed that Nikolas knows Victor is not Nathan’s father, which begs the question who is? This is one of those annoyingly dropped ignored storylines that I would like to see them resolve. As for Spencer, perhaps this will tone down some of his over-the-top antics. Though we wouldn’t want him to change too much, but perhaps a little humility would do him good.
The hunt for Patricia Spencer continued, but nobody seems to know where Pat is. All we know is she disappeared shortly after Luke and Bobbie’s mother died and they went to live with their Aunt Ruby. Possible sexual abuse from their father seems to be a possibility given how horrible he was, but I think this is just too predictable. All I know is every time they talk about Patricia I picture Julia Sweeney dressed up as her “SNL” character Pat. Maybe that’s just me though.
Jake’s empty head.
Jake pulled through the surgery, only to predictably still have no memories of who he is. Fortunately Sam is on the case and has promised to find out who he really is. If Jake told her that he had memories about being shot on a pier I still don’t think Sam would be able to solve this case. By the end of the week Jake began having some fuzzy memories of saving Liz once, but yet again nobody seems to have the brains to connect all the pieces and identify Jake. Meanwhile Sonny’s jealousy over Carly’s friendship with Jake could lead to Sonny making another egregious blunder. There have been not-so-subtle hints that he could potentially make a move to get Jake out of Carly’s life for good. This situation is exactly why Carly and Sonny as a couple drive me bonkers. Neither is good for one another or anyone close to them.
Nobody can play with Michael's toys.
Michael continued to prove what a pompous arse he was by pushing forward with his plan to gain custody of Avery. It seems clear to everyone that this is about making Sonny pay, but it doesn’t seem he will stop there. When he told Kiki that she wouldn’t be able to see her sister, let’s just say I wish Silas hadn’t stopped Morgan from pummeling him. It’s clear he is still angry with Morgan and Kiki for keeping the truth from him, so he’s going to punish them as well. The only person Michael is punishing is Avery though, as she’s nothing but a tool for him. I'm not a fan of Ric, but for once I hope he gives Michael hell on the stand. What are your opinions on Michael’s actions? Vote in Soaps.com’s General Hospital Poll: Michael’s motives for taking Avery?
Pizza time with Franco and Nina.
Roger Howarth really brought it this week as Franco. His thinking Nina was Phyllis from "The Young and the Restless" and that Olivia was Mama Celeste from the freezer aisle was hysterical. However he unknowingly gave Nina the idea to act crazy so she’d have to stay with him in Shadybrook. I have had my suspicions that Franco was faking his LSD induced insanity and Friday's show revealed that to be the case. With Nina's hearing only being postponed, if Franco can convince everyone he is not the man he once was thanks to having no memory, then both of these two might have a shot of getting out of Shadybrook and being together.
The return of the Jeromes.
Julian refused to roll over and give up his organization to Duke and Sonny, though it would have been a nice change of pace. The mob storylines are getting to be a bit much. With the downfall of Luke and Sonny having to stay out of the business for legal reasons, it would have been great to see the character of Julian taken in another direction.
Hayley Erin debuted as the new Kiki Jerome this week, and I found myself very impressed by her so far. She seems to have quickly adjusted to the role and her fellow cast members quite well. She also is a great choice, as she looks so much like her on-screen mother Ava, who returned this week. Viewers all expected this, and it's great that the show didn't drag it out for months. Silas has been hiding Ava and helping her recuperate. I've never been the biggest fan of Silas, however his scenes with Ava lately have been wonderful. Exploring their past and their feelings for one another would be a great story, though it might really push Nina over the edge. I still can't help but wonder if Kiki actually is Nina's though given Madeline's scheming.
Best lines of the week:
Julian to Alexis, "I just did things for the last hour that would make Caligula blush, and now you're telling me that you're thinking about Ned?"
Sonny to Alexis, "Alexis your clients have gone downhill since I fired you."
Franco to Olivia, "Oh Mama Celeste you are pregnant, congratulations! Who is the father? Is it Papa John? Is it Chef Boyardee?"
That's it for this week. Remember that these are just my opinions and we encourage you to share yours as well in the comments.
All screen shots courtesy of ABC.
- Dustin Cushman