Maxie, Spinelli, Dante & Lulu/Brad
It’s been a daunting month for these characters. After Maxie (Kirsten Storms) gave birth and Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) discovered that the child she bore was biologically his, the two struggled with keeping the secret that the baby wasn’t Dante and Lulu’s (Dominic Zampronga, Emme Rylan) embryo as planned to avoid breaking their close friends’ hearts. They didn’t have to struggle for too long; Brad (Parry Shen) outed them at the baby’s christening, with the goal of “doing the right thing” to impress Felix (Marc Samuel). Another long-awaited reveal done all wrong. Like a Grade-A steak presented on a garbage can lid (“Cosby Show” reference), the writers have a horrible habit of ruining whatever great plot-lines they’ve developed with poor and cheap execution. A life-changing secret like this should’ve been exposed by someone closer to the situation to provide both logic and emotional poignancy to the scene. The paternity secret was just blurted out with no context. If Brad really wanted to impress Felix, he should’ve outed Britt (Kelly Thiebaud), or at minimum, that he wasn’t the father of Britt’s child (she’s been telling gradual truths, so why not?). Why it would matter to Felix if Brad told something he overheard about people Felix has no affiliation with? How would Brad appear to be a do-gooder if he’s still telling lies himself? It was fast-food execution. An outsider swept in, dropped a bomb without significant or logical cause, and exited. I was also dissatisfied with how Lulu’s reaction was written.
Considering her relationship histories with Maxie and Spinelli, Lulu’s response should’ve been a balance of anger, confusion and brokenness, but it was excessively venomous instead. Verbally throwing dagger after dagger, Lulu slapped Maxie and called her a selfish, cruel human being and accused her of being devoid of love. Even if Lulu’s retort was deemed realistic and fair to the story, the fact that she has yet to ponder Maxie’s reasoning isn’t. When people feel betrayed, they often try to decipher what drove someone to their choice. Maxie almost died on the birthing table, and even after that, she was willing to let go of a child that was biologically hers. There has to be more to Maxie’s choice than just being cruel. I’m not saying Lulu should be ready to forgive (if ever), but this black-and-white approach to what should be an emotionally complicated tale is mismatched and isn’t believable. Believable was further out of reach when Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) called Maxie and Spinelli every name in the book upon seeing them in the Metro Court in the most childish of manners. Yes, Olivia would be heated on behalf of her son, Dante`, but being an older and wiser person whose kept a paternity secret herself, I expected her to be more motherly: chastise them and then ask why they did what they did. It was annoying. Lastly on this point, I so desired that on 10/22, when Lulu pressed Spinelli on why he was with Maxie on having their child back, he would’ve passionately said something to the effect of “I found out I have a child. I’m a father. She’s my daughter. How can I just walk away from that?” and emphasize how he was in the dark too. Anything to try to soften Lulu to him and get her thinking. It’s one thing for her to want to keep the baby from Maxie, but Spinelli? He is a victim of Maxie’s lies too and Lulu hasn’t realized that she’s denying parentage of a child he has just learned of.
Patrick & Sabrina
Robin (Kimberly McCullough) is on her way back! Yay! With multiple-character plots converging (Luke’s polonium poisoning, Jerry holding Robin hostage with Anna & Robert on the way to save her, Britt & Nikolas on the hunt for Ben from Cesar & Dr. Obrecht) on Cassadine Island, this exciting storyline is my favorite to watch right now. Just in case you missed it, Luke (Anthony Geary) was poisoned by Helena Cassadine, and on the hunt for a cure, he stumbled upon the villainous Jerry Jax, who was in the same condition. Jerry (Sebastian Roche) teamed up with Cesar Faison (Anders Hove) sometime ago to fake Robin’s death and capture her so she could work on a sustaining cure on Cassadine Island. Luke stole all of the working formula Robin concocted, leaving Jerry with nothing. Dr. Obrecht (Kathleen Gati) kidnapped her and Cesar’s “grandson” from Britt, and Nikolas (Tyler Christopher) figured out that they took the infant to the island. Robert (Tristan Rogers) came out of his coma, told Anna (Finola Hughes) Robin was alive and the duo eventually pieced together where to find their daughter. After a little dragging out, everything started to bubble, but simmered down quite a bit when Jerry locked Anna and Robert in the lab, pulled a baby Metro Court Crisis redux in the living room and demanded everyone return to Port Charles, abduct Luke and bring him back so Jerry can do a blood transfusion and heal himself. Sidebar: let me just say, if Anna and Robert were written authentically, they would’ve never turned their backs long enough to be locked in a small room with one way out. This reminded me of how Jason, the best hitman in town, got shot in the back of all places. Now back to our regularly scheduled program…
Now that everyone’s back in PC, we must sit through more ducking, dodging and near-encounters, as Robin glances in on the hospital family who still thinks she’s dead. Hopefully things won’t lag. The comical banter between and zingers of Obrecht and Faison will keep us entertained only for so long. There could’ve been a tear-jerking moment when Robin found out directly from his killer, that Jason (her old flame and close friend; she “died” trying to save him) was murdered, but it was somewhat swept past. The writers have Patrick (Jason Thompson) proposing to Sabrina (Teresa Castillo) to increase tension, but it’s more of unnecessary irritant. Patrick currently being in a relationship is drama enough. We all know (if things unfold as they should) that Patrick and Robin will reunite, whether or not Patrick’s wedding happens successfully, so get on with it (it’s been over a year!!). It’s already disappointing that Patrick will likely have no role in saving Robin, so don’t make us watch A) Patrick ripping Sabrina’s heart out by divorcing her the moment he realizes Robin’s alive, or B) Robin gracefully sitting back and trying to be Patrick’s “friend” while “Patrina” disintegrates at a painfully slow rate. Don’t let Patrina have a wedding day at all and make their split amicable. I know that isn’t a juicy soap idea, but again, your wife coming back from the dead when you have a new girlfriend has its own sufficient juice.
Am I the only one who’s gone from being cool with Sabrina to completely aggravated by her? She’s been so wishy-washy in regards to Patrick’s grief; one minute she’s supportive of him holding Robin close to his spirit, and the next the minute, she practically forbids or resents any reminiscing. There was some line where she was whining about Robin always coming first in Patrick’s heart. I think it would be idiotic and irrational to think it would be any other way. Robin is the mother of his child and love of his life. I don’t get how all of the sudden, she feels so emotionally short-changed by Patrick. Where did this come from? Maybe it’s because I know Robin is alive, but I cannot stand to hear Robin be talked about like an inconvenience and obstacle. It just downplays the magnitude of her existence. Patrina has to have a reason to break up though, so…
Morgan (Bryan Craig) found out that Ava and Julian (Maura West, William Devry) are a part of the Jerome crime family and are plotting against his father, Sonny (Maurice Bernard). Despite his anger towards his father for publicly divulging a lie that resulted in Kiki (Kristen Alderson) leaving him, Morgan opted to let Sonny in on the Jerome’s scheme. However, he changed his mind once he heard that his favored older brother, Michael (Chad Duelly) was being offered a job in Sonny’s restaurant; an opportunity the Corinthos boys were originally barred from. Morgan was apprehended by Julian’s hitman and in trying to save his own life, Morgan offered to support the Jerome’s takedown. While this concept has enticing potential, I hate that it will probably solidify Morgan’s place as the family black sheep and have him semi-permanently viewed as a traitor or failure, ala AJ Quartermaine. The writers have already begun to shape his valid notions of preferential treatment and disloyalty to come off as adolescent, delusional whimpers. Morgan deserves some sort of triumph and/or revenge, but once he’s turned into a “bad guy,” no one will want to root for him or care how he’s been burned. It will be made okay for him to be shafted or dismissed.
Oh, and if I hear Morgan get one more pep-talk from someone about how he should forgive, forget and stay close to his family when Michael hasn’t thus far received a stern talking to, I’m going to lose it!!
As I said in the previous “Lunch in PC” post (I believe), if the writers want “MiKi (Michael & Kiki)” to eventually be accepted, the two of them are going to have to suffer repercussions for their affair and really own up to their deceit with remorse and guilt. Every time Kiki begins to grow some ovaries, she back-tracks and pretends to be innocent. I about threw my remote on 10/15 when she told Silas (Michael Easton) that she and Morgan were no more because he was sleeping with Ava and she decided to move-in with her “brother-in-law.” WHAT?! EXCUSE ME!?? What a way to skew history. You fell in love with your brother-in-law, who is now your boyfriend--then, your husband smashed your mom.
Sam & Silas
I don’t have much to say here except for these guys hadn’t even had a proper date yet and they attempted to have sex on 10/9. I know Sam (Kelly Monaco) freely gave up the cookie back in the day, but dang; at least let him actually take you out first. I so wish that Sam’s grieving period was more similar to Patrick’s. Check out my thoughts on Sam’s widowing period here.
I've got to use the bathroom; tell the waiter I just want water.