General Hospital Weekly Blog!
GH Rundown for the week of January 4!
Of course other things happened as well, but most of last week revolved around the Franco storyline coming to a head and I for one enjoyed it!
Just when I was starting to like Franco, it’s time for him to go. I don’t know if the dialogue got better, if the actor got more comfortable being on a soap, or if he just finally started to tone it down, but he was pretty funny and believably threatening last week. Maybe it’s best he’s going though, since crazy can really only be taken in small doses and if it’s dragged on for too long, it would just become lame, cartoonish and too boring to watch, which I don’t think it has been thus far. Even though I haven’t loved James Franco’s portrayal, I’ve always thought the story was interesting and liked how unraveled Jason became because of him.
I was really happy Carly was pretty much immediately rescued after Franco grabbed her. I mean, how many times can Carly be placed in peril? I know Sam is often in the same predicament, but Carly was just taken captive by Claudia not too long ago, it was too soon for it to happen again. It’s been longer since Jerry grabbed Sam, so I was okay with that. She had more time to bounce back.
Franco’s scenes with Jason were pretty intense, as he got Jason to open up about his past and why he killed people. I liked that Franco became enraged because Jason didn’t love killing like he did and only viewed it as a job. He relented in the end though and gave Jason Sam and Lulu’s locations, but told him he only had a few minutes before they would blow up, which meant he could only save one of them. It wasn’t much of a choice though, as Jason obviously chose the woman he loved. And why didn’t Franco realize Jason would call someone else to rescue Lulu? That person was Dante and I can’t wait to see him and Lulu have ‘Thank God I’m alive’ sex, but I digress. I’m loving all the torment Jason has been going though, but will it lead to any real epiphanies or change in his lifestyle? They constantly toy with this theme, but nothing ever changes. I don’t necessary want him to go back to med school or become one big happy family with the Quartermaines, but maybe he could legitimately work with Johnny at the shop or do something else to truly change his ways.
The best part about Franco last week though, was his scene with Sonny. He was totally spot on when he called Sonny a coward because he hid behind his bodyguards while Jason did all the dirty work. So true! And how funny was it when the two of them mused over each other’s real feelings for Jason? Hysterical. Of course, Sonny let him leave his office even though he knew Franco had evidence against Michael and then yelled at Jason to take care of him. Why didn’t Sonny just take him out himself when he had the chance? Oh yeah, because he’s a coward.
I have to say, Lucky and Alexis were pretty non-pulsed upon first learning Franco took Lulu and Sam respectively. I know neither woman is a stranger to sticky situations, but come on! A little emotion over learning a person you love has been taken by a mad man would be nice. Lucky did redeem himself on Monday though.
I'm not exactly sure I buy Lucky helping Jason go after Franco. Lucky is still a cop and he and Jason aren't exactly BFFs, so to potentially put his job on the line by 'arresting' Jason and then letting him go seemed a little farfetched. He reasoned that Sam knows the life Jason lives and would want him to save her, but I'm pretty sure Sam wouldn't care who saved her from blowing up in a million pieces.
While I’m on the subject of Lucky, he overheard Nikolas admit his love for Elizabeth, but in true soap fashion, he left before hearing Elizabeth confess that they were having an affair. The ole, leaving the door ajar device will get you every time. ***Spoiler Alert*** Fortunately, Lucky will find out the whole truth later this week and I can't wait because A) This storyline needs to wrap up and B) Watching Lucky turn on Nikolas and Elizabeth should be great fun to watch.
In other Franco related news, I hated that Robin defended Jason when he put a gun to Ronnie's head to get information on the demented artist. Ronnie was a patient and Jason threatened to kill him. Isn't her job as a doctor to protect Ronnie (not to mention, fellow doctor Lisa), not the man trying to do him bodily harm? As much as I like Jason and have no problem with the mob element on the show, his actions should not be so blindly defended. Having said that, I loved that Patrick just shrugged his shoulders when Lisa questioned him about this and basically told her it's just the way things are with his wife. Until Lisa tried to create doubt in his mind, Patrick was pretty cool about it and accepted it just because it was Robin. I loved it. I did not love that Steve a.k.a. the Chief of Staff, so easily let it go.
The Powers That Be previously stated Lisa would not come between the Drakes, but I wonder now that the character has been recast, to 'go in a new direction', if that will still hold true. I certainly hope so because Patrick and Robin are one of my favorite soap couples, but if Lisa does cause problems, will Steve be there to comfort Robin? Is that what their bonding scene was all about?
It was nice to see Michael have a breakthrough with Carly. He finally opened up and admitted he's haunted by Claudia's death and is not as okay with killing her as he pretended to be. What a great scene between Laura Wright (Carly) and Drew Garrett (Michael). Even though I thought Sonny was a tool for most of last week, I was glad to hear him take responsibility for setting the events of Claudia's death in motion, when Michael opened up to him afterwards. Now if only they would get the boy some real help.
That's all I got this time around. What did you think about last week's events? Share your thoughts below!
- Lori Wilson