Sonny, Ava & Morgan
So…I thought Michael (Chad Duell) was going to find out that Sonny (Maurice Bernard) shot AJ, hate his guts and then Morgan (Bryan Craig) would have a shot at really being part of the family, but instead, Sonny’s relationships with all of his sons were shot to hell. I’m not totally mad about it either, in a twist. In a well-scripted, intense and beautifully performed scene, Sonny and Ava discussed their shared, mob-head burden of guilt, lies, loss and blood-shed and it emotionally peaked into sex. Tomb sex. After AJ’s funeral. “Well, that’s it; Sonny has officially screwed the Quartermaines,” a fan hilariously tweeted. Sonny had sex with Ava (Maura West) in front of Emily (whom he used to date) and Jason’s buried bodies. That’s not creepy at all, haha. Anyway, that scene got a standing ovation from me: Ava calling herself pathetic for being jealous of Kiki, smacking her head at the haunting thoughts stirring in her mind, her stone-wall defense mechanisms coming down- West is queen!! Although they were dressed when Morgan found them, he still realized what happened; he was angry, betrayed and heartbroken once again. 1st his brother Michael steals his girlfriend, and then his father sleeps with his new one. Sonny tried to keep his indiscretion from his current love, Olivia (Lisa LoCicero), but she got wind anyhow and was shattered; their son Dante (Dominic Zampronga) was naturally furious with his papa. I found it so annoying that Olivia wasn’t mature enough to just leave Dante out of it, knowing that he already has fickle relationship with Sonny. This leaves Michael, who again, will undoubtedly be enraged when he learns how his biological father, AJ, died. A son-less Sonny (which is an interesting concept) presents another great opportunity to bring back his only daughter, Kristina, but hey, I guess I’m asleep.
Morgan once again underestimated the nerve of mobsters and told Julian (William Devry) that Ava was working as an informant for Sonny. Sonny whisked Ava away to his private island to escape threat and told her she could come home once Julian was arrested and his organization was taken down by collaborating with the PCPD for a drug bust (more on this in a moment). Little does Ava know it will be far from safe to come home, as Julian’s boss, presumably Luke Spencer (he may be being impersonated), is still at large and Carly and Franco have evidence that she killed Connie, Sonny’s former fiancé`. For the last few editions of LIPC, I have wondered what’s going to become of Ava with all of her resources rapidly running out. I love the character and definitely adore the actress, so I hope Ava Jerome isn’t leaving Port Charles anytime soon. As for Morgan, the other character I’ve been rooting for, there is still no justice. Sure, he’s had plenty of camera time and been a part of major storylines, but none of them were really centralized on him and established him as an eminent figure. Since his aged return (AKA SORAS) last year, Morgan has been used chiefly as a plot device and propelling stool for other characters. Additionally, there’s been no legitimate recompense for the wrongs done against him, unlike for other characters. Without earning it, Michael received Morgan’s forgiveness and Kiki, his confidence and physical protection. Despite this, Kiki (Kristen Alderson) denied Morgan somewhere to stay when he moved out of Ava’s home (5/6), and when he was reluctant to keep the tomb-sex news from Michael, she still had the nerve to say “He [Michael] takes care of you all the time…for once…take care of your brother.” What?! As if Morgan owes Michael anything! Also, last time I checked, stealing your brother’s girlfriend is not taking care of him. Outside the motive of turning the holy son against his father, I don’t see why Morgan sought to move in with Michael and Kiki in the 1st place. The lesser evil would the large and frequently abandoned home of his mother Carly (Laura Wright), or at best, his 1st-cousin Molly’s house, but I guess I’m in a deep sleep. Like Sam was a few months ago, Carly’s too busy running around with her ill-matched beau, Franco (Roger Howarth), to be written into her family affairs (more on that in a moment too).
Nurses Ball 2014
The glitz! The glamour! The fun! The guaranteed storyline punch! I love the Nurses Ball! I’m convinced the guy that does the red carpet interviews is the one impersonating Luke: he’s seems to have an uncanny knowledge of everything that intimately happens in Port Charles and is always throwing shade at Sonny. I’m kidding; I don’t really think it’s him. The opening (5/8) was one of the best ever! Dr. Obrecht (Kathleen Gati) slayed! She gave me sex, she gave me Broadway and she gave me “Cabaret!” It was delightful! I felt sorry for her during “You Were Always on My Mind” (5/13) when she was pleading to her kids, Britta and Nathan, who recently discovered they were siblings after nearly sleeping together. How cute and endearing was the scene where Nathan tells Britt she was his sister? The way Britt walked away was priceless. I know this is for the sake of the story, but Nathan (Ryan Paevey) having so much hated for Obrecht doesn’t all the way connect. Should he be horrified and apprehensive to be near her? Yes, that would make sense, but he hates her as if she did something personally awful to him. I was stunned to see Britt (Kelly Theibaud) give her mother such a sudden cold shoulder, given all the bonding they were doing a short time ago. Bi-polar writing there. I love the new BFF-ness between Britt and Brad (Parry Shen). The scenes where they, along with Nikolas and Spencer, took turns consoling each other when seeing their respective loved ones partying at the ball were really sweet and funny. I also enjoyed Britt telling Felix and Lucas what for about forgiving Brad (5/9). Oh, and Victor Cassadine might be Nathan’s dad (5/1). Yeah, mm-hmm. The plot thickens. Back to Obrecht’s 2nd performance, I cackled when Obrecht was introduced as “Adele Dazeem,” the Oscar-flubbed John Travolta translation of actress Idina Menzel’s name.
My favorite performance, besides the opening, was hands down Magic Milo and the Magic Wands, haha. Decent man-candy has been kind of slim on GH in recent years, but Nathan, Lucas, Milo and Felix worked it out. I know TJ (Tequan Richmond) is supposed to be a high-school senior and maybe 18, but I still thought it was misplaced and inappropriate that he was up there stripping. Have they even had graduation yet? It was also super awkward to see him dancing around Molly (Haley Pullos), who was sitting directly next to her mother and his. The funniest thing was Molly yelling “Take it off!” and the mothers and Molly’s older sister giving her a look of hell. Out of all the guys, I was most excited about Nathan. Now, next year, get Morgan, Shawn and Nikolas up there with em’ and you’ve got a really great visual! The Haunted Starlets performance would’ve been a favorite if it didn’t function so strangely. You had 5 women (including some of PC’s feistiest-Lulu, Maxie, Sam, Kiki and Molly) singing a group song (Icona Pop’s “I Don’t Care), but the focus was on Sam, who didn’t know the words besides “I don’t care, I love it!” The number should’ve been more balanced and without a lead, but if they were going to have one, the lead should’ve known the lyrics. Blackie Parrish could’ve been the cherry on top, but the writers decided to sike us out and use the name-drop throw shade at John Stamos, who reportedly didn’t appear for the ball/50th anniversary last year over a miscommunication. The event closed with “You’re Not Alone” and several guests rallying around a distressed Patrick and Sabrina, who were absent because their child was born prematurely and in NICU (I don’t get enough of hearing Teresa Castillo sing-she has chords!). It was especially touching. My last ball comment: the wardrobe department did an extra bang up job this year; all the costumes and gowns were beautiful. Best dressed goes to Felicia!
Julian, Sam & Silas
Ok, so Julian decided to quit the mob, but we all know you can’t quit without consequence when you work for someone, so Luke “sent a message” by having Lucas (Ryan Carnes) shot at a family dinner. Are you familiar with the CinemaSins account on Youtube? They point out all the errors in a film or something that could make the film a bad one. I’m going to do my own breakdown of the shooting scene; it was so badly choreographed. A hit-man pretending to be a waiter reveals his gun for about 3 seconds. Most people might jump or gasp as soon as they see a weapon, but this bunch (which included Julian, Alexis, Lucas, Felix, Sam and Silas) waited until Lucas was shot to react. Lucas visibly bleeds, while everyone remains kind of quiet and moves at a less-than-fast pace. No ducking under the table for fear that there will be more shots, no screams or yelps of terror. The gunman stays present for additional 5 seconds and gets run off, not by the mob-boss (Julian) or gun-toting PI (Sam), but by a weapon-less doctor who just held his arms up. It was hilarious! Not to mention Silas’ got-to should’ve been the bleeding man. In a moment I was hoping for, Sam (Kelly Monaco) pulls her gun and goes after the man (yes for Mighty Mouse!), but not before adding a few seconds to his lead by stopping and taking time to say “I’m gonna go get the bastard who did this to my brother!” Alexis delays in calling the cops to try to stop Sam, and Julian?! Julian, who knows this was a move of retaliation, does nothing to go after the hit-man (where was his gun?). Instead he hovers over Lucas, who has a nurse and doctor already tending to him. Julian is such a coward. He bartered with an infant’s life to save his own behind from Sonny (when did he and Sam become cordial, again?), did nothing “to get the bastard who did this” and lets Luke shove him around, among other things. He was going to kill his own sister just because Luke said so; he didn’t have the guts or smarts to fake her death or try to get out of it (much less figure how to outwit Luke). He is truly the definition of a paper gangster; his sister is more bad-Michael Jackson than he is. Hell, so is his daughter. I would’ve lived for a father-daughter chase and shoot-out. I even pictured Sam shooting the hit-man from her chair, but no such luck with the cowardly lion.
On the note of how bad-butt Sam is, the memo isn’t sinking in for Silas (Michael Easton) and she’s failing to realize it. Before she went after the gunman at dinner, Silas tried to stop her and later said that her actions “scared the hell out of” him. Sam had to remind him again who she is, saying “Please, I used to be married to a hit-man; killing one is hardly a big thing (5/22).” After making sure that Lucas had a good prognosis, Sam was ready to dash out and investigate the shooting. “If you think I’m just going to let you run off after some hit-man, then you’ve really lost it,” Silas averred. I’m sorry, what? As the parody Twitter account for Baby Danny (Sam’s son) posted: “No one ‘lets’ my mom do anything. She's a growwwwwwn woman. She can do whatever she wants,” referencing the sassy Beyonce` tune, “Grown Woman.” Sam mildly countered, but quickly resigned to staying put when Silas pulled the “You’re the only family member Lucas has here” card. One minute she acts like herself and the next minute she doesn’t. She was even dumbfounded about the obvious motive to shoot Lucas. The former con-woman and private investigator was confused as to why someone would shoot her brother, the son of a ‘”recently-freed” mob boss? Is Sam being impersonated (sarcastic question)? Maybe the real Sam is wherever the real Carly is. Someone find them both, please.
Nina, the wife that Silas thought was dead, is very much alive (5/1) and sending him flowers. “Young and The Restless” star Michelle Stafford has been cast in the role and is scheduled to make her big appearance June 3rd. Optimistically, exciting things are to come.
This is getting good! As it’s been unveiled thus far, Jordan (Vinessa Antione) sent TJ to live with Shawn (Sean Blakemore) because she was arrested for selling drugs. Now in Port Charles, she took a job at Julian and Ava’s gallery. Shawn assumed that she intended to be a drug launderer and threatened to tell TJ about her past if she didn’t quit. Her own bargaining chip was exposing the real way TJ’s father died by Shawn’s hand; it apparently wasn’t military friendly-fire like we all thought. TJ was shocked and angry to learn of his mother’s background when she got accosted for intercepting a shipment for Jerome. He was equally livid with Shawn, accusing him of not doing enough to protect Jordan from a life of crime. She may have been guilty as charged before, but now, Jordan is clean and an undercover DEA agent sent to find out who Julian is working for (5/22). Of course, Jordan can’t reveal her status to Shawn or TJ. Thirsty for revenge, Duke (Ian Buchannan) took up with Sonny to make Julian pay, against the wishes of lifetime-love, Anna, who’s the police commissioner. He offered Anna information about the drug shipment to get Julian behind bars so he can finally end his partnership with Sonny. Knowing that Jordan would get caught in the cross-fire, Shawn chewed Duke out for having selfish motives (seriously?) and risked ruining the operation by trying to give Jordan a heads up. I was so upset and irritated. Shawn didn’t make sense. From the moment he suspected Jordan was with the Jeromes, he knew she could go down with them, but he didn’t want to stop tracking the family until then (much less stop being on Sonny’s team)? Let me make sure I understand: you’d rather leave a murderous enemy and his minions at large and forsake your boss, who could kill you for such a betrayal, for someone you didn’t want around TJ to begin with? The logic is so clear. Shawn should be fired; he doesn’t his job well anyhow.
Patrick, Sabrina & Carlos
Luke plotted to kill Emma to keep Spencer’s silence (he knew of Luke’s plans against Sonny) and because a pregnant Sabrina (Castillo) was in the car with her (Patrick was driving), they all were in a car accident. Sabrina went into premature labor and baby ‘Patrina’ has since been hanging onto life. Now that the little man is here, I don’t want the child to die. Let’s not be baby-killers, writers; we had enough of that with the last staff. Britt came on the scene, delivered the baby and saved the say, but not surprisingly, she was ridiculously pegged as a suspect by Anna (Finola Hughes). Why? She had no motive at all. She’s long been over Patrick and murder isn’t on her rap-sheet; yet. Fortunately, Britt was quickly cleared. I was so worried that the writers would carry-on with that; I thought “Oh, come on, is Britt going to get blamed for road pot-holes and rainy days now, too?” Meanwhile, Britt’s friendship with Sabrina is building and I love it! They’ve delivered each other’s children; it’s a done deal. Britt comforting Sabrina in the NICU sent my feels in overdrive.
The PCPD discerned that Carlos (Jeffery Vincent Parise) performed the initial hit on AJ and that Ava was likely the one who ordered it (AJ pieced together that Ava killed Connie and not him). To prevent Carlos from providing the police with answers, Ava implies that she’d hurt Sabrina (I like Ava a lot, but leaving the ever-loyal Carlos hanging and turning on him was loathsome). Carlos takes the wrap for AJ’s murder. He’s riddled with anxiety and fury when he hears that Sabrina was admitted to the hospital (thinking Ava set up the car wreck). When Sabrina’s released, she visits Carlos to question his involvement in the homicide and is disgusted because he previously swore on her baby’s life that he didn’t kill AJ. Pain swells in Carlos’ eyes as he has to lie to her and she dismisses him. Parise played it so well; I just wanted to throw my arms around and comfort him! I really think Parise is an asset to the cast and I hope his role is expanded. Per Victor Cassadine (Thaao Penghlis), Patrick (Jason Thompson) got a chance to speak with Robin over the phone. He begs for her physical support while his son is in NICU. She reports that she’s at a crucial point in her research to save Jason and it’s too much of a risk for her to leave. Thompson proves himself worthy of an Emmy again as he has the most convincing, emotional candor with an inanimate object ever seen on television. Sam shows up at the wrong time and sort of gets her head torn off by Patrick (5/2), although he tries to protect her feelings by not divulging that Jason may still be alive (I love their friendship dynamic). No one touch or speak to Patrick right now; he’s not in the mood for any rainbows and butterflies talk.
Nonsensical Things Happening
One writing peeve I have is when nonsensical things happen to create a scene; particularly when there are more reasonable options. For example, it was illogical that Michael would ask Sonny to be present at AJ’s funeral for moral support, especially since Morgan and Carly were already going. The reason Michael barely knew AJ as a father was because Sonny put AJ on meat-hook and intimidated him into relinquishing his parental rights, not to mention Sonny’s presence would upset Grandma Monica. As usual, Ava’s in the house because of Kiki, who’s only there to support Michael herself. This was the umpteenth time Ava was senselessly placed in a scene and Kiki was senselessly the reason. This was all written in the script to lead up to the crypt sex. Sonny could’ve used meeting Michael directly after the service as a cover to confront AJ’s grave and stop his hallucinations. Ava could’ve shown up in the last minutes as well to see firsthand what Morgan ran off to check on Kiki about (Luke attempted to rape her). Simple.
ruin and she saved it with her own funds. General Hospital was in monetary peril with the Quartermaines and Prince Nikolas on the board? How could the writers pen something so conspicuously inconsistent and inaccurate? All they had to do was write that since Obrecht was cleared of her charges, the board had no grounds to fire her. No need to rewrite or ignore GH history for that small detail.
Spinelli, Carly & Franco: Carly and Franco sought out Spinelli’s help (so good to see Bradford Anderson!) to decipher a scrambled recording on AJ’s phone (5/20). For some reason, the writers found it necessary that the duo would be weirdly turned on by it and constantly engage in sex or making out. Maybe it was to take up airtime, but in any case, seeing them suck face and join the mile-high club does nothing to sell them as a couple. Just give up already.
Ric, Elizabeth & Nikolas: A few weeks ago, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) was pining so much for Nikolas (Tyler Christopher), that she confessed her love to him shortly before his engagement party with Britt. Ric (Rick Hearst) took her down memory lane a few times, and now she’s so invested in rekindling that fire, she could care less about getting back with Nikolas. She even accused Nikolas of making her the rebound girl since he didn’t call off his engagement and only returned to her after Britt deceived him. Huh? Didn’t she choose AJ over Nikolas and didn’t make a try for his heart until he moved on? Both of them are guilty of rebound-itis if you ask me, but I’ve never liked the concept of ‘Niz’ anyway. Liz did tell some straight-up truths about her “roller-coaster” with Nikolas, though. What’s aggravating me is what’s always aggravated me about how Liz is written: she’s still falling in and out of love hard with everyone. Can we diversify her storylines, please?
Spencer, Emma & Cameron: Age Josslyn Jacks and shake this lover’s quarrel up! I wonder how Emma (Brook-Lynn Silzer) would feel if Spencer (Nicolas Bechtel) had eyes for someone else.
Luke & Lulu: The only thing I have to say about Luke is that I find it interesting his rape of Laura is being brought back up. Granted, when all that went down my parents hadn’t even met yet, but I’ve always found it disturbing that the pair is so worshiped when that’s how their story started. Talk about rape myths and rape culture, right? As it pertains to Lulu (Emme Rylan), I was looking for a big, powerful scene where it registers to her that she’s finally a parent. We watched her emotionally destroy herself trying to have a child and it didn’t seem like there was much confetti when she actually got one (there was more confetti when Dante discovered he was Ben’s father). It was odd hearing Dante and Lulu fleetingly plan for a 2nd child when Ben, the product of multiple disasters, complications and storylines, has been in their care for only a few months.
Hey, I know the breaks between our last 2 lunch dates have been longer than normal; please don’t throw your food at me. *Nicki Minaj voice* I still love you!