General Hospital Threw Several Surprises to Viewers as November Sweeps Began, but Peter’s Storyline Remains Predictable in Every Way
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Well, November Sweeps are in full swing, and General Hospital was dropping surprise bombs left and right. However, there is also a fair amount of predictability still with some of the storylines, especially the one that needed to be over with a year ago. Let’s dive into this week’s episodes.
Shocking! But Also No Surprises
Britt accidentally shooting her mother with a harpoon gun was pretty morbid and shocking, and completely unexpected. However, Peter, with a brainwashed Drew’s help, got the upper hand over Jason and the gang. I don’t think anyone was surprised by that development. I recently wrote that I wanted to see anyone but Jason take Peter out, but at that moment, I would have been glad if he had done so. However per my column last week, I’ve given up hope that Peter will ever die. And as for Peter wanting Obrecht to condition Maxie to love him again… Enough! No more brainwashing, memory swapping, and conditioning! And why have the brilliant Anna and Valentin not deduced that’s where Peter is? If Peter IS to die, I could see him falling into that not-so-bottomless pit on the island, which we know he’ll come back from at some point.
That Greedy Busybody Gladys
Like Peter, Gladys is another character I could use a break from. Too bad she wasn’t in that limo with Novak when it blew sky high. Granted she does have her hilarious moments, such as when she told Austin he was no fun and ditched him at the bar. However later when Austin started to realize Gladys had something on BLQ, it was apparent that Austin will quickly begin putting two and two together and likely be integral in accidentally leading Peter to Maxie and Louise. As for Austin and Maxie, I’m enjoying their friendship, but that’s about all I see between the two. The show has been heavily hinting at a romantic pairing between them, but I’m seeing no romantic sparks between the characters or that type of chemistry between the actors. The show made a huge mistake in my opinion killing off Franco and giving us Austin.
What is Victor Up To?
First up, how adorable were Anna and Valentin this week? Especially Valentin referring to Anna as darling several times. Squee! Having gotten that out, I’m really growing to like Charles Shaughnessy as Victor. The fact that he refused to give up Peter without an immunity deal because he has bigger plans gives me hope that he’ll be around for a while. Plus, I love a good mystery, so trying to figure out what Victor’s game plan is should be fun. Often soaps can be so predictable and give away too much ahead of time that when things come to fruition it’s no longer a surprise. That’s likely why I’m enjoying Victor and Esme’s storylines right now because they are still an intriguing mystery.
The Hot-Head Mob Boss Versus Marshall
The fact that Joey Novak made and failed to take over the Novak family, and challenged Sonny and the Corinthos organization for Port Charles, was laughable. Especially seeing that it appears Curtis’ “daddy” Marshall, after overhearing Joey’s plans to take over The Savoy, is likely the one who beat him almost to death and sent him to the hospital. After Sonny forced him to fork over the entire Novak Empire to him, it looks like we may not see much of Joey, but never say never when it comes to a soap character. Once again though, Sonny’s way of dealing with him is another example of Sonny 2.0 and how Nixon Falls has changed him.
As for Marshall, Curtis not recognizing Liz’s masterful sketch of him, but noting something familiar about him, may actually mean he’s not Curtis’ father. Then again, this may be one of those instances where General Hospital is basically giving it all away before making the reveal we all see coming.
Let’s Make a Deal
I was glad to see Spencer confront his father over orchestrating Hayden’s shooting because like Britt, Hayden was the closest thing he had to a mother figure for a while. So he had a right to be upset. Again, with all this talk of Hayden, I hope she returns soon. Not just because I loved the character, but because she has so many connections to various characters on the show.
As for her shooting, Nikolas bought off Shawn’s silence in a game of Let’s Make a Deal, just without the silly costumes and boxes. Shawn used to set up a non-profit to do good things with and asked Alexis to help him run it. This is not exactly the exciting storyline fans of Alexis were hoping for her. However her being pardoned, was a nice surprise. I mean how long can we continue to watch Alexis get visits from her family members? And yes, this stinks of Nikolas’ doing, which won’t go over well with her.
Getting back to Spencer, just when it appeared he was about to give in and suck up to Ava and his father to get his trust fund back, he went and left me flabbergasted by disowning his father, relinquishing his princely title and claim on the Cassadine fortune. Frankly, he may come to regret his actions, because as he said, Esme didn’t sign up to be the girlfriend of a pauper. However, we all know this storyline is really about redeeming Spencer in Trina’s eyes. And hey, if it saves us from hearing Spencer whine about Ava, it’s an added bonus!
A Promise to a Psychopath
Esme started her internship at Spring Ridge, and far too many people already have her number that she’s trouble. In her talk with Harmony about Dawn of Day, for a brief moment, I thought, “Oh no, she’s not somehow related to Shiloh is she?” But it appears to have been just a hint to what we all know already, Esme is dangerous and has a warped way of thinking. Though previously it appeared that even Ryan seemed afraid of Esme, given the way she talked to him about the plan and taking care of everything, I’m now wondering if he’s somehow in cahoots with her? Or is Esme’s plan all of her own doing? These are the type of storylines, the ones that keep us guessing, that make soaps so enjoyable for me. Many viewers still think Esme will turn out to be Ryan’s daughter we never knew about. Other’s feel she’s nothing but a Nelle-knockoff, which I also once feared she could easily become.
— Susan Hoffman (@susanjhoffman) October 29, 2021
She’s just Nelle with brunette hair 🙄
— Stacy Q (@msstacyq) October 29, 2021
The Awkard Virginity Storyline
Esme’s comments to Cam and Joss seem to have them feeling uncomfortable about still being virgins. Now she’s pushing for all of them to take a trip and rent a cabin in the woods to relax and for her to get to know Joss better. Why is she so hell-bent on Joss liking her? It’s not going to happen! However almost nothing ever good occurs on soaps when a cabin is involved, and Cam and Joss’ romance is way too fresh for them to sleep together. It will be a mistake they will likely regret.
I’ve always enjoyed Olivia, until recently. Her refusing to see the truth about Leo has been difficult, and it was nice to see Austin tell Ned that Olivia wouldn’t be the first parent to be in denial about their child. Once she opened up to Robert, there seemed to be a glimmer of hope that she might be seeing what’s been in front of her all along with Leo. Unfortunately, then she went and pulled Robert into a drunken kiss and told Ned their marriage was basically over. Ned and Olivia were one of the few happy couples on this show, and now I feel like they’ve been ruined for good.
These are only my opinions. Please join the conversation below in the comments and let me know your thoughts. And as it is the anniversary of her character’s birth, take a look at our photo gallery of Kirsten Storms as Maxie over the years.
<p>As soon as Frisco and Felicia Jones’ firstborn daughter hit adolescence, adolescence hit back — hard. Maxie (then Robyn Richards) got canned from her waitressing job at Kelly’s, was busted with booze, threw herself at boys in hopes of attaining popularity and nearly got Lulu killed while babysitting Luke and Laura Spencer’s little girl. (Somehow, Lulu then grew up so fast that she and Maxie became BFFs. But that’s a whole <em>other</em> story.) In retrospect, it was probably for the best that the trouble magnet eventually decided to lay low for a while and just advise kid sister Georgie on her relationship with Dillon Quartermaine. Wait, no — what could <em>possibly</em> be worse than Maxie doling out romantic guidance?</p>
<p>After being away from Port Charles for a spell, Maxie (now Kirsten Storms) returned and fell right into the arms of cop Jesse Beaudry. When he was killed in a Mob shootout — must’ve been a Tuesday — she leaned on his partner/her old crush, Lucky Spencer, and before long had convinced herself that Elizabeth Webber’s then-husband was in love with her. Mind you, what he <em>really</em> saw when he looked at Maxie wasn’t a soulmate but someone who could raid General Hospital’s medicine cabinet for pain pills to help him cope with his back injury.</p>
<p>For a while there, if there was a choice to be made, we could rely on Maxie to make the wrong one. For instance, following the Metro Court crisis, she didn’t enter therapy to deal with PTSD, she entered into a relationship with one of Jerry Jacks’ hired guns. As if that weren’t a dubious enough move, she then risked that romance by promising to sleep with his buddy — Scotty Baldwin’s first surprise son, Logan Hayes — if he seduced and then dumped then-nemesis Lulu (who obviously was no longer in need of a babysitter but not yet Maxie’s ride-or-die).</p>
<p>Fashionista Maxie was elated when she was hired as personal assistant to fancypants <em>Crimson</em> editor Kate Howard… until she found out that she’d be sharing the title with Lulu. (What with having a split personality and all, the erstwhile Connie Falconeri needed a <em>lot</em> of assisting.) Still, the future gal pals wouldn’t stop and ponder, “Why can’t we be friends?” In fact, Maxie went so far to stick it to Lulu that she made a…</p>
<p>When Mob moll Claudia Zacchara needed a femme fatale to entice away from Lulu her brother/son Johnny — “It’s complicated” doesn’t even <em>begin</em> to cover it! — Maxie fit the part as perfectly as her feet ever did in a pair of Louboutins. There was just one problem. As attracted as Maxie was to Johnny (played by Storms’ future ex-husband, Brandon Barash, now Jake on <em>Days of Our Lives</em>), she was also drawn to late sister Georgie’s last crush…</p>
<p>In the wake of Georgie’s murder at the hand of the Text-Message Killer — sad-face emoji! — Maxie had grown close to Damian Spinelli — heart emoji! And while neither of them were looking, their friendship blossomed into something much more. She feared that she wasn’t smart enough for him. He worried that he wasn’t handsome enough for her. But let’s be real: They were adorable together. And they might be married today, had he not overheard his fiancée admitting that she was only tying the knot because he wanted to and, in the sweetest way possible, called the whole thing off.</p>
<p>Though Maxie and Spinelli tried to keep their relationship going as non-husband and non-wife… eesh. The road was so bumpy, it might not even have qualified as a road. First, she cheated on him with artist Franco, at the time a psycho and not yet a Baldwin. Then, she tried to cheer Spinelli up after his bro Jason Morgan got himself thrown in the pokey by… Wait, <em>what</em>? Maxie tried to chase away Spinelli’s blues by making him see green over her flirtation with Matt Hunter (played by Storms’ former <em>Days of Our Lives</em> leading man, Jason Cook). Instead of perk up Spinelli, though, Maxie’s scheme only landed her in a dead-end relationship with the cute doc.</p>
<p>After Spinelli rejected Maxie’s next attempt at a reunion in order to stand by new love Ellie Trout, she threw herself into her role as a surrogate for Lulu — now a friend, not a foe — and her husband, Dante Falconeri. It did <em>not</em> go well. In the wake of a miscarriage that she kept to herself, Maxie became pregnant by a momentarily single Spinelli… who subsequently reconciled with Ellie. So Maxie decided to let Lulu and Dante go on believing that she was carrying their baby. When finally the truth came out, there were harsh words, a custody battle and, in the end, tearful goodbyes as Spinelli was awarded sole custody of the newborn that he renamed Georgie.</p>
<p>Following an <em>Eat Pray Love</em> kinda getaway, Maxie returned to Port Charles with a new boyfriend who turned out to be as deadly as he was annoying. He was just an obstacle, though, as it was obvious even before she left that sparks were flying between her and Nathan West, the PCPD detective to whom she sublet her apartment in her absence.</p>
<p>Maxie and Nathan had only just begun their life together when the honeymoon ended for the parents-to-be. Shortly after he learned that his biological father was none other than evil genius Cesar Faison, he was fatally shot by that same evil genius. So instead of baby James being welcomed into the world by his upstanding daddy, Maxie was helped through labor by his surprise half brother, Peter August. Their unexpected romance could’ve been a fresh start for the widow, were it not for the fact that he was…</p>
<p>Oh, Peter put on a good show for Maxie. Heck, for everyone. But the demon spawn of Faison and Alex Devane was a real chip off the ol’ block, leaving in his wake a path of death and destruction. (RIP, Franco.) Once Maxie’s eyes were <em>finally</em> opened to her fiancé’s true nature, she became so desperate to keep from him the baby she was carrying that she took pains to pull off…</p>
<p>Rather than let Peter get anywhere near daughter Louise, Maxie lied that the newborn had been abducted by his accomplice. In reality, however, Maxie had Brook Lynn Quartermaine pass off the tot as the child with whom she’d been pretending to be pregnant (for reasons altogether her own). It was a situation that was destined to blow up in spectacular fashion. The only question was when and… OMG, did Josslyn Jacks just overhear all that?!?</p>
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