General Hospital Weekly Blog!
GH Rundown for March 15 – 19.
Last week was mostly about Kristina getting beat up and how it affected the rest of the canvas. I kind of thought we would just see her crumpled on the floor in the aftermath on Monday, but instead, we saw a good portion of Kiefer actually pummeling her. I gotta say, it was pretty tough to watch, which I guess is the point. In the beginning of the story last year, I was hoping there might be some way to redeem Kiefer, because I like the actor, but after watching it all play out, I don’t think there is any way the viewers would ever be able to forgive and forget. The character will exit the show this spring, so it’s a moot point, but for a while I was optimistic.
I don’t like that Kristina endangered Ethan’s life by accusing him in order to protect Kiefer, especially when she told Kiefer she knew Sonny would have him killed if she told the truth. Why is Ethan so expendable and not Kiefer? However, I like that the story is involving a lot of the cast, as it not only affects Kristina, her family and extended family, but also Ethan’s. Not only do we get to see how the people in Kristina’s life are dealing with it, but we also get the drama and conflict of Lulu and Lucky grappling with their feelings about the brother they barely know and Luke having to face what his new son is accused of and how it will affect his relationship with Sonny. The story is providing some good drama and great performances, but I do wish instead of having Kristina so easily and quickly blame Ethan as a cover for Kiefer that maybe she could have gone into a coma and couldn’t deny it was Ethan when the DNA under her fingernails came back implicating him. Or maybe she could have refused to reveal her attacker making everyone jump to the conclusion that it was Ethan and she would have been too scared or emotionally weak to confess the truth. I think the drama could still be there if she didn’t so recklessly throw Ethan under the bus.
As for how the story will play out, I fear Ethan remaining the accused will go on for longer than I’d like, but I am confident Kiefer will eventually get what’s coming to him. I asked GH scriptwriter Karen Harris about her thoughts on the Ethan issue, citing how upset many of you were about it, and while she couldn’t directly comment on the story, she did say, “I think this is one of those stories that will be remembered as very powerful. I’ve often been upset at story turns in the past, and they’ve turned out to be compelling and frustrating, and ultimately satisfying — which is what makes good drama.” I’m going to subscribe to her way of thinking for now.
As for other elements of the story, the cops don’t seem to be doing a bang up job of investigating Kristina’s claims that Ethan attacked her. Why is Jason the only one to try and establish a timeline, thereby realizing Ethan couldn’t have been kicking the crap out of Kristina while also arguing with Sam? Also, Ethan offered up the fact that his knuckles weren’t bruised, which they more than likely would be after that attack, but Lucky just dismissed it. And why hasn’t anyone thought of Kiefer? He’s her boyfriend and she’s expressed her concern over his behavior towards her to Sam and Dante. Diane has been leery of Kiefer, and I think even Ethan has witnessed his aggressive behavior for himself. Lets put two and two together people. At least Johnny stood up for Ethan with Jason.
I was so happy to finally see Dante share a scene with Kristina and he was perfect with her, as I knew he would be, as he assured her she was still beautiful after her attack. I also enjoyed his scene with Molly. It was too cute as he declared he was happy to have her as his cousin, but I'm still waiting for him to share a moment with his grandfather Mike, especially since he was still living at Kelly's where Mike works. I am glad he finally moved into a real place though, even if it was the quickest move in history and his loft looks suspiciously like the set they used for Franco's place. I'm getting impatient with all Dante and Lulu's interruptions on their way to having sex though and hope they don't play that gag for too much longer.
I was disappointed in Nikolas' involvement, or lack thereof, with Kristina. He's close to his Aunt Alexis and seems to care about his cousin, so why the blasé attitude upon learning she had been seriously beaten up? Presumably by his siblings' half brother? The scene telling us that he had been informed felt like a total after thought and was a bit disappointing.
Speaking of Nikolas, now that Helena has tampered with the paternity results in order to name him as the father of Elizabeth's baby, will Nikolas get the correct results from his independent lab back, or will Helena get her hands on that test too? If Nikolas does get the correct results, will he keep that information to himself, or reveal the truth?
As for Helena, I get her plan to raise a Spencer as a Cassadine so she can turn him/her against his/her own family, and it's not bad, but it's quite a time commitment. I hope she lives long enough to see it come to fruition. Also, did her cryptic message to Steve about everyone having skeletons in their closet mean he has one that she knows about? I hope that's what it meant so Steve gets some sort of storyline.
I truly love Kate and Coleman and was happy to see them together again. However, I like to think of them just as having a torrid affair, not a relationship. Because let's face it, Coleman is a scumbag. A sexy scumbag, but a scumbag nonetheless and Kate deserves better in a boyfriend. But if it's just a dirty, nasty hookup she's looking for here and there, he's perfect. Although, I did love when Sonny saw them together and passed judgment and Kate told him to mind his own business, namely his trial for murder he was walking into.
Last week also saw Maxie's health deteriorating after Spinelli's sad attempt at bolstering his confidence in their relationship. I like them as individual characters and I like them as a couple, but so far I'm not all that invested in this storyline. It feels a little lackluster in comparison to Kristina's arc.
That's all I got this time around. What did you think about last week's events? Are you interested in Maxie's heart issues? Do you think Kristina's storyline will be worth it in the end? Share your thoughts below.
- Lori Wilson