Fans of General Hospital’s Elizabeth Are Divided Over Her Haunting Storyline – and Esme’s Got an Axe to Grind But Didn’t Do It at the New Joint in Town
February 28 - March 4
This week felt a bit slow on General Hospital. For Liz fans though, she’s finally in a storyline that had her front and center almost every day of the week. Inconceivable! A new set debuted with the Port Charles’ ax-throwing club, and a new actress took over the role of Jordan. Finally, Esme unleashed her full revenge scheme against Trina and Joss. Let’s get to discussing all that went down on the ABC soap.
The Haunting of Liz Webber
Love it or hate it, and some fans aren’t happy with the direction the story seems to be headed, but Liz is finally involved in a real storyline, and a mystery to boot. It’s got transporting wedding rings, shredded gowns, arson, and Franco’s creepy paintings appearing out of nowhere. Of course, the second Liz thought she had figured out that it was Betsy doing these things to her, the audience immediately knew it wasn’t Betsy at all.
Above: Franco certainly had a style mixing the macabre and beautiful.
I, like many, have theorized Liz is haunting herself. Although many fans are downright opposed to a Dissociative Identity Disorder storyline because they find it insulting to Liz’s character, as well as the trope has been done-to-death by soaps. She could however be doing it in her sleep and not realizing it, especially if she’s on sleep medication.
Another suspect emerged this week and that is not-so-little Jake. Yup, puberty has hit! Between his insanely talented sketch of Franco and feeling his step-dad was being forgotten, he could be in bad-seed mode again? Has someone triggered Helena’s conditioning of the poor boy? I also thought Cam, who seemed to have a little bit of an attitude when Finn stepped in to keep Liz safe, could be the guilty party. But he’s got enough troubles to worry about. I’m enjoying the storyline, but it’s also the type that fans are dissecting to death, so no outcome is likely to be a true surprise for us.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Sonny and Carly gave up on marriage number five quicker than I thought, with both signing the divorce papers. As I noted in last week’s column, this feels like it could be the final CarSon divorce. Of course with these two, there is always hope they’ll reunite. But again, Carly gloating to Ava that she’s survived all of Sonny’s past affairs isn’t exactly something to be proud of when it comes to a relationship. Maybe it is time to give CarSon a rest, at least for a while.
Above: There’s a new joint in town, even if it was established in 2018.
Olivia and Sam taking Carly to the ax-throwing club was a lot of fun, and Olivia bringing the photo of Nina for inspiration was hilarious. Olivia’s sense of humor really needs to be used more. As for Nina, I enjoy the character, and really like that unlike so many others, she has the guts to stand up to Carly and Michael. But her victim mentality gets as old as Carly and Michael’s hypocrisy. I thought Britt calling Nina out on her BS was a smartly written, and much-needed scene. It doesn’t matter what you did or didn’t intend to do Nina, you did become the other woman in the marriage! Even Nina acknowledged it wasn’t what she wanted to hear, but needed to hear it.
As for the popular new hot spot in town, I joked on Twitter about the club and where it’s been this entire time because someone could have easily lured Peter there and axed him accidentally, pun intended. Others noted the show really made the most out of the new set this week because half the town seemed to check it out.
I said okay that GH is certainly getting their moneys worth out of this set 🤣🤣
— Barbara Bair (@BarbaraBair11) March 3, 2022
Anna and Obrecht were among those who decided to chug some beer and throw some axes. Their scenes were brilliantly written and acted, and I’m a huge big fan of the “new” Obrecht. It was a nice touch to have Anna note she wasn’t going to just forgive and forget Obrecht for the hell she put Robin through, but at the same time agreed to forge a path forward, one which as she put it, they weren’t plotting to kill one another constantly. Watch out Ava and Nina, there could be a new pair of frenemies looking to take over your title as the oddest friendship formed!
Not at All Subtle
Nina and Willow went from bonding over troubled childhoods and problematic mothers to at each other’s throats over whether she should be able to visit Wiley. Nina once again threatened to take Willow and Michael to court over visitation rights. It seems obvious that they’re reigniting their animosity just to drop the bomb that Nina is Willow’s mother. Maybe there is another direction this storyline will take that nobody will see coming, but right now, the writers’ intentions seem pretty obvious.
Above: I’m going to sue you, Michael, Carly and everyone else who is being mean to me!
As much as I’ve enjoyed Alexis finding a friend in Harmony, I rolled my eyes hard that Alexis was going to stand by her as she made all the wrong decisions. I mean, sometimes as a friend, you have to let someone blow their lives up if they won’t take friendly advice. The way this is playing out though looks to completely undo Harmony’s redemption, likely end her up back in the slammer and Alexis will be out a friend.
Stella’s Bad Day
With Jordan back in Port Charles, and Curtis and Portia planning to move in together, the show has finally resumed the long-stalled plot that Stella swiped their divorce papers. Though she still doesn’t remember what was in the envelope due to her stroke, she pointed out to Cam that if they were that important then she would have gotten a call about them. So, wouldn’t the same apply to Jordan and Curtis? Have neither wondered why they’ve not been notified that their divorce has been finalized after all this time? I know, I know, there I go being logical again!
Above: Jordan is back, and Portia may have competition for Curtis.
As for the NuJordan, the actress is still getting settled into a role, so it’s too early to judge how she’ll fit in with the cast. However, a lot has been said about her youthful appearance compared to her co-stars. The actress Tanisha Harper is actually older by only a few years than Briana Nicole Henry, but younger than Vinessa Antoine. However, she looks so much younger than either of the previous Jordans. So yeah, it will take some getting used to, and I’d love to know what her skincare routine is.
Spencer is Finally Seeing the Light, But Not Soon Enough
On Friday the show honored the anniversary of Courtney Matthews’ death, even if technically they were a few weeks late. But the show runs on soap time, not real-time. Soap.com’s Curtis Harding already speculated that a visit from Courtney could be what turns Spencer around.
And while Spencer didn’t get a ghostly visit from mom, the day did affect him. He realized he was unable to place flowers on her grave due to the fact that he’s stuck in Spring Ridge because of the choices he’s made. Excuse me? Did I hear correctly? He didn’t blame his father or Ava, but finally seems to be taking responsibility for his own actions? Hallelujah! For weeks I’ve been fed up by his insufferable whining and blaming everyone but himself and his psycho girlfriend. Of course, the only thing Esme took away from the conversation was that Spencer felt Trina would understand what he was going through, so she unleashed the sex tape into the digital world to wreak havoc.
Above: Add brilliant campus computer hacker to Esme’s list of criminal talents.
Sonny and Nikolas’ quarrel at Courtney’s grave was a great bit of dialogue. Nikolas’ dig at Sonny about Courtney always being Spencer’s mother just as Carly would always be the mother of his children was a pretty low blow, but a good one! I had to chuckle though at Sonny’s advice to Nikolas to own up to his past mistakes instead of running from them because the latter only leads to misery. Pot meet kettle, Sonny?
As always, these are only my opinions. Please leave yours in the comments below and join the discussion with fellow General Hospital fans.
Take a look at the evil deeds characters did they’d like to forget in the photo gallery below.
<p>Formal events will always be an issue for Ciara’s husband, given that they inevitably remind him — and everyone within choking distance — that he was once the homicidal maniac who terrorized Salem as the Necktie Killer.</p>
<p>Nowadays, when we think of the straight and narrow, we think of it as the only path that the former WSB operative would ever take. But it ain’t necessarily so. Back in the day, Anna was a double agent working with the nefarious DVX.</p>
<p>Far be it for us to question self-branding, but trying to kill a man not once but twice seems like a poor way to advertise your skills as a psychologist. But we guess there are worse slogans than “If I can fix my own murderous urges, I can fix yours, too!”</p>
<p>Back in the day, Victor was a full-on, mustache twirling villain. How could he <em>not</em> be, right? Just look at that glorious thing. Victor’s got a long list of “greatest hits,” but one of his most dastardly has to be when he locked first wife Julia’s lover Michael Scott up in a cage and fed him rats. Pest control is never pretty, folks.</p>
<p>Alive. She buried Carly <em>alive</em>. Fearful that she’d lose a custody battle with adopted son Nicholas’ biological mother (who’d previously thought the moppet was long dead), Viv, whacked out on medication, attempted to do away with the competition by putting her in an extremely early, extremely cruel grave.</p>
<p>Before we get any deeper into this list, we’d better get daytime’s original sin out of the way: Luke forced himself on Laura. Period. But because the pairing of Anthony Geary and Genie Francis proved to be so popular, the show forged forward with their characters as a couple, anyway, and set them off on decades of adventures as if what had transpired between them had been a rite of courtship, not the sexual assault that it was. And though we’d like to say that this was an isolated daytime incident… Well, as this list goes on, you’ll see firsthand that it was anything but.</p>
<p>What did we tell you? Yeah, there’s a reason no one’s smiling in this photo. Back when Ridge was played by Ronn Moss, he had sex with brother Thorne’s then-wife Caroline while she was medicated to the point that she thought she was sleeping with her spouse. In other words, [see headline].</p>
<p>You would think that as someone who herself was a survivor of sexual assault, Sami would be a little bit more empathetic to others. You would think wrong. In her quest to have crush Austin, she slipped him the date-rape drug and proceeded to do exactly what its name implies.</p>
<p>There was a time we wouldn’t have thought Sheila would have a problem with her history. But now that she’s been trying to be well-behaved — for <em>her</em>, anyway — we’re pretty sure she’d prefer everyone forget about the fact that we could make an entire scrapbook out of her pointing a gun at different people.</p>
<p>Good twin, bad twin, it’s all relative. (Get it? Relative?) After Ryan died the first time, Kevin picked up the evil slack and went a little berserk. He was blacking out, hallucinating and acting erractically — then he kidnapped Felicia! Once they got his childhood trauma sorted out, the shrink’s villainous days were over. But we’ve still got our eye on you, Kevin. </p>
<p>Sexual harassment, attempted murder, kidnapping, attempted rape — back in his earliest days in Genoa City, Michael was a true horror to Christine. And yet he went on to become Genoa City’s D.A. We’d love to be able to say, “Only on a soap,” but…</p>
<p>We have a feeling Belle and Shawn would like to forget about most of Claire’s childhood. The poor tot was kidnapped three times, once by her own parents! To make things worse, someone stole the shirt right off of Shawn’s back! Actually, that made things a little better.</p>
<p>Stephanie may have gone to… er, <em>whichever</em> place she went to, but if she were alive, we’re pretty sure she’d still be feeling bad about killing Morgan’s unborn baby. Twice. Actually, who are we kidding? Feel bad? Stephanie would have made sure Morgan <em>never</em> carried Ridge’s kids no matter how many times it took. </p>
<p>Does Kate regret drugging and trying to kill Sami? We’re going to guess no. The blonde’s blackmailed her, sexually assualted one son and driven the other to drink. But then Kate and Sami worked together to cover up Nick’s non-death, and if nothing else, that’s a real bonding experience.</p>
<p>It’s treated as so many bygones now, but nope, we can’t forget the fact that when first we met Kevin, he was an internet predator who, as if that wasn’t bad enough, gave an underage Lily an STD. What’s more, he locked her pal Colleen in a freezer at Gina’s and set the place on fire!</p>
<p>Ridge apparently has no concept of what consent means. Years after Caroline, the Forrester heir slept with a drugged-up Brooke, who was too out of it to know what was happening. An accident? Maybe, but that at very least, very seriously calls his judgment into question.</p>
<p>Everyone loves to say that Sonny’s a “good” mobster. But his halo wasn’t exactly spotless when he convinced Jagger’s high-school sweetheart Karen to strip at his nightclub, got her hooked on drugs and had sex with her. Those crimes alone should’ve gotten the future “coffee importer” sent down the river for life.</p>
<p>Sami is a true hero who will right <em>any </em>wrong. Like when her mom cheated on Roman with John and gave birth to Belle? That was so horrendous in Sami’s eyes that she stole the baby and tried selling her on the black market to spare Roman’s feelings. OK, wow, way to bring a gun to a knife fight, Sami.</p>
<p>These days, Billy Boy takes the brunt of Victor’s wrath. But for decades, it was Jack against whom he plotted — and <em>at</em> whom he often launched unstable women like onetime girlfriend Kelly, who tied him to a bed, and ex-wife Patty, who secretly switched places with his lookalike fiancée.</p>
<p>Years ago, before he began his “good guy” schtick, Deacon was so ticked that Amber was with Rick instead of him that he wooed a teenage Bridget, married her and made her family listen to him sleeping with her on the phone. We guess that showed Rick? Thank God this was before smart phones, at least. </p>
<p>Does Kate regret — ah, forget it. The question’s not even worth asking. Kate’s been sleeping like a baby ever since trying to murder Chloe and framing Daniel. And we’re pretty sure she slept even better after — yikes — forcing Chloe into prostitution. But that doesn’t mean Kate wants people to keep bringing it up. “I’ve moved on,” she might say. “Why can’t <em>you</em>?”</p>
<p>Maybe therapy isn’t the best vocation for Taylor (then Hunter Tylo). She’s been battling years of guilt ever since she went “A Little Bit Alexis” on Darla and mowed her down while drunkenly rushing to Phoebe’s aid. “Vroom, vroom,” indeed.</p>
<p>Carly’s never pretended to be an angel, nor an Elizabeth fan, but even she can’t help but feel bad about causing the car accident that led to one of Liz’s miscarriages. Especially after Josslyn needed an emergency kidney and Elizabeth was all, “Fine, you can have my dying son’s, I guess.” But then it turned out that Jake didn’t die and Joss got Nelle’s kidney, so… karma?</p>
<p>Bill’s a jerk who’s not above trying to have someone taken out, but he’s not a monster who’d kill his own son in pursuit of his goals… is something we can no longer say. Accident or not, if we were Liam, we’d be milking Bill’s guilt over dropping the Spectra building on us until the day we died.</p>
<p>In the Mob world, we guess shooting the mother of your son is just an occupational hazard. But shooting the mother of your son <em>in the head a</em><em>s she gave birth</em> is on a level all its own. Not only did Sonny fail to kill Lorenzo, he put Carly (Tamara Braun at the time) into a coma! With a birth like that, no wonder Morgan’s life was so traumatic.</p>
<p>OK, now this is something Kate <em>does </em>feel bad about. All she wanted to do was beat Victor to death with a poker and burn his house down around him. She had no idea Lucas was passed out drunk in the mansion! Actually, his drinking was Sami’s fault, anyway, so maybe we can blame it all on her the way Kate would want us to.</p>
<p>Bad decisions don’t get a whole lot worse than Quinn’s to kidnap an amnesiatic Liam and convince him that they were a married couple with sex privileges. After finding his mom, in essence, raping his brother, we’re guessing that Wyatt had to take out a second mortgage to pay for those therapy bills. </p>
<p>A peanut-butter Patty may sound like a delicious treat, but it was more of a trick when Victor’s pawn went rogue. Paul’s unhinged sis gave Summer a peanut-butter-laced kiss, sending the then-tot into an allergic coma and nearly killing The Mustache’s granddaughter. It was even more horrific than putting a mop on Summer’s head and calling her “My little moppet.” Barely.</p>
<p>What is it that Forrester men don’t comprehend about consent? Much like dad Ridge with Caroline <em>and</em> Brooke, Thomas (then Pierson Fodé) had sex with Caroline while she was too doped up to think straight. In retrospect, maybe the mannequin <em>was</em> the safest bet for hi</p>
<p>Brook Lynn has never been great at making good choices. The girl once went on the run to Mexico with Diego, Georgie and Dillon — and one of them was a serial killer! But drugging Dante back when she was played by Adrianne Leon and trying to seduce him to make a quick buck from Carly was definitely a low point. </p>
<p>When Lucas got trapped under a beam, Sami ran off in search of help. Instead, she found EJ (then James Scott). His price for saving a man’s life? Sex. And that is the very definition of <em>not</em> OK. Yet, as with Luke and Laura on <em>General Hospital</em> years earlier, the pairing of Scott and Alison Sweeney was so popular, EJ wasn’t sent to prison but delivered straight to the frontburner.</p>
<p>In his never-ending quest for revenge against Victor, Adam (then Chris Engen) once dressed up as a drag ghost to gaslight Ashley. But then his scheme went too far and Ashley took a tumble down the stairs, miscarrying her and Victor’s kid. Honestly, Ashley, we were just about knocked off our feet, too, when we saw how good Adam looked in Sabrina’s dress. But we digress… and so did the story.</p>
<p>Ruining one woman’s life wasn’t enough for Adam (Michael Muhney here), so he figured he might as well go for a two-fer. After Ashley’s miscarriage, he blackmailed her doc into convincing her she was fine so she’d go into hysterical labor. Adam then stole Sharon’s newborn, told her the kid had died and handed it off to Ashley. It was all part of his scheme to… er, something, something Victor revenge.</p>
<p>Ava wasn’t bad at the whole mobster thing, but she did tend to take it too far — like when she killed Connie. The only thing that saved her from Sonny’s wrath was some steamy tomb sex and a quickie baby with the don. We still half-expect Sonny to finish what he started the next time he remembers that Connie’s dead. Even if he did get to fingerpaint with her one last time…</p>
<p>Sending Kelly after his nemesis wasn’t enough for Victor, so he also hired a lookalike hood named Marco to take Jack’s place while the blonde held him captive. And when we say “take Jack’s place,” we mean everywhere — including in the bed of his wife, Phyllis (at the time Gina Tognoni). Which means that, during that whole period, she was being unknowingly raped by a stranger.</p>
<p>What’s better than sleeping with one of your daughter’s boyfriends? Sleeping with two of them, of course! Intentionally hopping into bed with Bridget’s husband, Deacon, was vintage Brooke, but getting vertical with Oliver was an “accident.” Is it a 20-something guy in a mask or the man you’ve loved for decades? Who can tell? Clearly not Brooke! </p>
<p>A few years back, Tripp tried framing Kayla for medical malpractice because he blamed her for his mom’s death. That didn’t work, so instead he tried killing the doc with the world’s smallest scalpel. Clearly, she wasn’t impressed. The funny part? Ava wasn’t dead, and Kayla hadn’t been the one to fake-kill her. We bet they still laugh and laugh over <em>that</em> whole mix-up.</p>
<p>Anyone else notice how half the acts on this list come from either Victor or Adam (Mark Grossman now)? Like father, like son. Actually, Adam’s never really liked Victor. He certainly didn’t when he tried blowing his dad up! No wonder the junior Newman soon after went on his best behavior. “Bomb? What bomb? Here, let me straighten that picture for you, Dad. Do you want some coffee?”</p>
<p>And the 2019 Father of the Year Award goes to… absolutely anyone but Thomas. <em>Anyone</em>. Emotional manipulation, abuse — if there was a dirty trick to use on Douglas to lure in “new mommy” Hope, Thomas played it. That projector he used to make Douglas think he saw a ghost would be a cute Halloween addition, though.</p>
<p>Yes, it goes along with Thomas’ Hope obsession, but this was just so bizarre, it deserves its own slide. The man was in love with a mannequin. And she was giving him orders! Brain bleed or not, no one wants to remember that. We sure don’t. </p>
<p>Getting hitched to your teenage sweetheart? Delightfully romantic. Marrying your former teenage sweetheart’s <em>dad</em>/former father-in-law? Deliriously horrifying. When Sharon went scorched earth and burned down the Newman ranch, we wanted to do the same thing to this ill-advised union.</p>
<p>Back in the day, Nina (then Michelle Stafford) was so literally baby crazy that she induced labor in Ava and swiped Sonny’s kid to replace the one she’d lost decades ago. But judging by the snogging that went on between the mobster and Nina years later, Sonny’s forgiven her. That, and he probably figured that finding out Nelle was Nina’s real kid was punishment enough.</p>
<p>J.T. was always a good guy. A troublemaker at times, sure, but who isn’t? But then he turned into an abusive, controlling creep. After Victoria and her gal pals put an end to his reign of terror, he claimed the old “The brain tumor made me do it!” defense, so we’re pretty sure if he ever gets out of jail, he’ll also be pleading the “I lost my memories when they cut out the brain tumor!” defense.</p>
<p>We’re pretty sure this is one Lucas is <em>going to be</em> trying to get people to forget for a long, long time. At least once he gets out of prison. Kidnapping and holding a woman hostage for months is not something the law tends to look kindly at, no matter how much you just want her to love you. Actually, who are we kidding? This is Salem. That’s practically a mayoral platform. </p>
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