Posts Tagged ‘Robin Scorpio’
First, let me salute GH’s real fathers and all around great men:
Mac Scorpio, who never asked for more than he gave. In fact, Mac never asked for anything. It was his great joy to raise three “daughters” to whom he had no legal responsibility. He didn’t need it. He was bound by love. Georgie, Maxie, and Robin would have known a very different (colder and crueler) world without him. Remember, Mac is an ‘old school’ reformed bad boy. He only had two things on his mind when he arrived in PC, making money and making mischief – and that usually involved someone’s wife/girlfriend/etc. Not every character has to be a Mac Scorpio, but it sure would be nice if there were more of them.
Jasper Jacks, see Mac. Jax’s ‘crime’? He actually believes that children should grow up in a loving environment with parents they can look up to (or make that SHOULD look up to). What’s wrong with this guy, right? He thinks that children raised in a violent world could, at worst, lose their lives, or at least lose the ability to make good choices toward becoming healthy and loving adults. Our poor Jax wants to give Michael and Morgan the life that neither of their parents is smart enough to want for them. Jax isn’t an angry or preachy guy. He’s just a guy who uses commonsense, but whose statements are treated as if they’re irrational. I don’t want to see Jax changed. I’d rather the writers realized that he should be the agent for change for characters they’ve relegated to the status of one-note harridans…. Carly.
Lucky Spencer, again, see Mac. Lucky is another one of those ‘annoying do-gooders’ GH writers create and then punish. His worst mistake was getting hooked on painkillers, but beyond that Lucky has been a remarkably good guy. He’s loved and forgiven his ‘soul mate’, Elizabeth Webber, for lying and cheating and passing off another man’s child as his while she secretly gave ‘their’ son his biological father’s initials. I know, Lucky cheated with Maxie Jones. Drug addicted Lucky cheated with Maxie – it was the only way she’d give him the pills she’d stolen for him. It doesn’t absolve him of being a complete ass, but when I compare that to sober Liz cheated on Lucky, repeatedly, I’m not so angry at the guy. Through it all, Lucky loved both of Elizabeth’s children as his own and despite the fact that he believes her to be pregnant with his brother’s child, he has not abandoned his children and technically, he hasn’t abandoned her, either.
Dante Falconeri, not much to say, but I’m adding him to the list any way. He has integrity, believes in his life as a law enforcement official, and for now he’s open and honest, and doesn’t cheat. Now that Brenda (Brender, to some of you) is back, my biggest fear is that a father-son-Brenda triangle will begin marking the end of my viewership of this show. I’ll enjoy Dante while I can. As the mother of an adult son, I have to admit that what I love most about him is that he’s a mama’s boy (in the most positive sense of the word).
And then there’s:
Sonny Corinthos That’s it? Sonny takes away Kristina’s credit cards and that’s all it takes to make her behave and forgive her father for abusing women and making her feel worthless? Gorgeous life lesson there! Does this now make Sonny the father of the year? He nearly blows his psychologically fragile daughter to hell and back, lies about it, and all he has to do is make her live a month without credit cards and yell at her to make her feel as if SHE is the problem in their relationship. Tale tucked between her legs, eyes cast downward, (and I think she piddled the floor) Kristina realizes that she is in fact just a naughty girl who has been disrespectful of her loving father.
You take a kid’s credit cards away if they overspend, or if they are a little mouthy. Kristina has now nearly cost two separate young men their lives (Ethan and Johnny) by playing games. She has a habit of falling for older men – whether they want her or not. She’s dated a young man who was horribly abusive to her and she protected him. Shouldn’t she be in therapy – where almost every GH woman has been? Oh, don’t worry, GH males don’t typically need help, they’re good to go. The one person who really does belong on a therapist’s couch won’t have to go… she’s been cured with a little retail therapy. Once she gets her credit cards back, she’ll spend her way into happiness. Besides, in therapy she’ll only learn to blame her father for his anger and aggression toward women and we can’t have that.
Patrick Drake Mancini: Writers, you blew it! Seriously! I’m not just making it up as I go along – I leave that to you! I wanted to feel sorry for the guy, but HOW???? He’s just had sex with his wife… who is HIV positive… after having sex with another woman and not telling her, not giving HER the choice of saying ‘no’ and walking away. He is, after all, the wronged party, right? He shouldn’t have to pay for his infidelity because he was drunk.
Besides, he’s really really sorry, and he loves his life with Robin.. again. I know, because he said so. Of course, that’s in stark contrast to his whining and moaning a couple of weeks ago about having his ‘ex girlfriend’ stolen, that the ex didn’t support him by standing with him against Steve Webber, that his life has changed and he doesn’t know how he became the ‘good guy’ – clearly overstating the case. The fun begins 3:07 in…
Some of you got the Michael Mancini comparison and loved it, others of you thought it was too extreme. Michael Mancini, from what I can piece together of MP history, didn’t become a major d-bag all at once (and my apologies to d-bags which are actually useful, Patrick is not). Michael slowly evolved – primarily putting his own needs first and finding more and more ways to rationalize and justify his betrayals and misdeeds. Was he ever truly sorry for cheating on his wife with her sister? Someone who did watch the show long term can tell me. I wondered about that when watching Patrick and Robin together as Patrick expressed a coded statement of remorse to a clueless Robin. As with Lucky and Liz, Patrick stood by Robin when she was ill, I agree… but she was ill… his asshat behavior is all about who Patrick is at his core (the man who loves his life with Robin, no hates it – he’s too confined, no <sigh> loves it now that he realizes he could lose it). We all know where this is going. It will be ‘that crazy bitch’s’ fault that he cheated, ultimately.
Patrick Drake Mancini will threaten, and shove, and push, and snarl, and whine… and we are to forgive him, because he didn’t mean to fault his wife for running off to save lives in Africa for a few months, after he dared to give up his beautiful life to ‘settle’ for her. It’s not his fault that ‘that crazy bitch’ believed him when he flirted with her about the marvelous sex they once had. It’s not his fault that he hates Steven Webber for ‘stealing his ex-crazy bitch- girlfriend even as he has a loving wife and adorable child at home. On GH, it’s always some ‘crazy bitch’s fault’.
Someone at GH clearly has an English-to-Misogyny-dictionary/playbook and I wish they’d burn that bastard.
Guiding Light: The Bauer 4th of July celebrations. There was always some secret on the verge of being told to the Bauer and friends crowd – which was typically all of Springfield. There were always two characters trying to avoid making eye contact so that no ohine would know they’d been together. Someone hiding behind the covered trellises hiding from or spying on someone in the crowd. There was the salacious part of the 4th celebrations, but even MORE than that, there were the Bauers and the people who loved them. Springfield seemed peaceful, and lovingly ‘normal’, despite the secrets, if only for a day. Fans still miss Maureen, but to have Papa “Doc” Ed, Michelle, Rick, and their respective spouses and children back for this one last July 4th celebration would be wonderful.
As The World Turns: The Memorial Day picnics. See ‘Bauer 4th of July’ celebration and read Lynn Liccardo’s treatment of the topic by clicking HERE
The Bold and the Beautiful: I miss the rival fashion shows. Forrester had a show and Spectra countered. Spectra held a show and Forrester countered. Now? There’s JackieM’s (whose success is in large part due to stolen designs from Forrester) and ????….NOTHING. Rather than a lot of scandalous pseudo-incestuous lovin’ and some great fun thanks to fashion showdowns, we’re stuck with just a lot of pseudo incestuous lovin’.
General Hospital: The Nurses Ball. Given the way the ball started -with Stone’s death and Robin revealing her HIV status, what a wonderful tribute it would be to those who are living with AIDS/HIV to have Robin come back as MC as a symbol of someone with the disease living an enriched life. Hope is NOT lost! Robin was a teen when she contracted the disease. Today, she’s a physician, a loving mother and wife, and a pillar of her community.
I also loved that in the past, the cast came together and the actors we loved were allowed to step out of the comfort zone of the characters they played to give us just a bit of themselves, as well. (Shallow alert: WHAT could top the Lucy Coe costume changes as entertainment? Terrific.)
Days of Our Lives: Sean and Caroline, Marlena and John. I don’t care what the holiday/event is, something seems to be ‘missing’ with DOOL. As long as Sean and Caroline/Marlena and John are gone, it’s not the real DAYS.
For a number of reasons, I haven’t been watching much GH (yeah, even if you set aside the writers destroying Carly and Jax, the continued obsession with Sonny and Jason, the putridness of Jason and Liz – I just haven’t had as much interest in GH. Now… if only I could break the habit of watching even occasionally! ) I’m still wondering how the show managed to trick me into actually liking Robin – a character I’ve disliked for so long! I’m also trying to figure out why Spinelli drives me “less crazy” and why I’m rooting for Spinelli and Maxie. I love them.
I’ve tuned in enough to wonder what General Hospital writers plans are for Laura’s eventual disappearance. It seems too easy to simply send her back into a comatose state. It also seems a bit cruel to do that to fans who love Laura and don’t want to see her go back to that state. I’ve tried to buy into Laura’s desire to not see her sons because she doesn’t want them to get their hopes up that this time she’s ‘cured’ and that she’ll be home for good. Something just feels false about it. Why wouldn’t Laura want Lulu to have her brothers to comfort and support her if/when she (Laura) goes back under? Given Lulu’s own fragile mental health, why would she want her to be alone if things go bad, again?
Does anyone else wonder if Laura being awake is a figment of Lulu’s imagination? Considering the fact that the hospital staff is on Nikolas’ payroll, why wouldn’t anyone contact him to let him know that Laura is awake? Wouldn’t obsessed Scotty make sure the staff notified him of any change? Do the members of the hospital staff actually ‘see’ Laura or pretend to do so, for Lulu’s sake? Is that why Laura conveniently disappears whenever someone the family knows shows up (Nikolas, Tracy Q, etc)? Imaginary Laura would mean that once Lulu is completely well, it won’t be so cruel for her to lose her mother, because she was never truly back. It was the spirit of Laura Spencer that showed up to support Lulu, and that’s something Lulu could handle.
BTW, Genie Francis, no matter how brief her return, makes it evident that GH can never be the same without her. Why TPTB are so content to keep letting her go is a mystery to me. Laura anchors the old GH, the GH fans loved heart and soul, to the new GH. I’d love for the writers to use the option of having Laura decide to go off on her own adventures for a while, maybe with a plan to track down a permanent cure for her illness – with her family’s blessing and her mother at her side. They’d stay in touch with her, monitoring her progress and talking with her daily- in case she needs help. It’s not ideal, I know, but it’s a darned bit better than letting Luke travel the world and finding love again, while Laura remains tied to a chair, staring off into space for years at a time. The thought of Laura ‘out there’, happy, living life, serving some greater purpose is far more meaningful to, and respectful of, the love fans have for maintained for the character and Laura’s portrayer, Genie Francis. When Lulu loses Laura again it will feel as if we’re all losing her.
You REALLY don’t have to work that hard to get the audience to dislike certain characters, daytime writers. Some of you take the line and push it as far as you can take it! You don’t have to do anything at all to get me to dislike ATWT’s Lily Walsh. I haven’t liked her since she was a teenaged girl, with few exceptions.
Heather Rattray wasn’t the most popular recast for the character, but I loved her. Lily had been a whining, sniveling, mewling character before Heather came along – Martha Byrne played her as the spoiled heiress she was. Heather gave adult Lily an edge. She was an unapologetic bitch goddess who REFUSED to feel bad for taking what she wanted. HR gave her the ‘Walsh’ edge. It was the one and only time I could believe that a whiner like Lily was raised by a cutthroat businessperson like Lucy Walsh. Sadly, it didn’t last long after the actress left the role. The writers preferred the ‘spoiled heiress’ approach (and even I missed seeing MB’s face in the role even if I didn’t care for her version of Lily!)
The only other time Lily was even slightly interesting to me was when she married Damian Godofallmen Grimaldi. True to form, the writers ruined that too. Lily cheated on Damian with Holden… cheated in the belltower of a CHURCH, no less. Damian forgave her and Lily and Damian went on to create some of the hottest scenes in ATWT history – during the period of Damian’s recovery. Sex scenes? No, Lily and Damian never needed them. They had a smoldering passion that would have made a sex scene anti-climactic, literally and figuratively. Slight touches and shared glances were enough to communicate more about the passion they felt, than all of the Holden/Lily sex scenes, combined.
So, what have the writers done to reaffirm anti-Lily fans’ beliefs that the character is more often a waste of space than not? They shove Lily back into ‘revenge sex’ mode. That woman has had more ‘revenge sex’ than any other daytime (or prime time) character I know. It’s how she lost her virginity for crying out loud! She slept with Dusty to teach Holden a lesson.
Imagine that. Lily has revenge sex for decades, her son can’t get laid by the man he loves. What a wacked out set of priorities ATWT’s writers have when it comes to telling love stories (Nuke) and lust stories (Holden/Lily/any third partner).
As much as the character has always annoyed me, it annoys me MORE that viewers are put in the position of faulting Lily for being a careless mother in order to have revenge sex with Mike, after believing that Holden was about to get close with Carly, again. Seriously, writers? Incredibly rich women like Lily would have a staff of nannies on call 24/7. She wouldn’t have to run off to meet her lover ‘assuming’ someone would show up to take care of them.
She was so eager to have sex that she was willing to leave a child she nearly lost in the care of a child who’s had a history of emotional difficulties, without knowing that an adult was supervising them until their father arrived? BULL! Ethan falling down a hole is just punishment for Lily’s actions? BULLCRAP! You’re also asking the audience to accept Ethan’s pain as part of Lily’s consequences.
Children are plot devices to YOU, writers, not to the audience – fictional or not. Yes, yes, Lily’s at fault, and this storyline is awful no matter what the outcome is supposed to be. Possible outcomes: A Lilden reunion? Holden fighting for custody? Jack, done with Janet AND Carly, running to Lily’s rescue? Faith going off the deep end? Lucinda fighting her daughter for custody? Mike, leaving town out of a sense of guilt? Whatever the outcome, it wasn’t worth the tactic taken to advance the storyline. Shame on you, writers.. SHAME!
The other character making the top of my ‘most annoying list’? Jack Snyder! The devolution of my feelings for Jack moved from: loving the guy, to feeling sorry for him for always throwing love away to save his pride, to becoming tired of his self-righteous prig attitude, and now I’m at the point of simply despising the man most days. Jack, for all of his talk of honesty and loyalty, has YET to be faithful to any woman he’s loved. He’s cheated on every woman he’s dated or married. With Julia1 it was Carly. With Carly it was Julia2, until he ‘betrayed’ Julia2 and went back to Carly. With Katie it was Carly. With Janet, it’s Carly again. Jack kissing Carly, behind Janet’s back? No skin off my nose, but there he is sandwiched between Janet and Carly, telling Carly that she was right about him all along.
Jack’s life is so charmed. Even when he makes mistakes, good things happen to him. I could only take his position, sitting between the two women, as evidence that soon Carly and Janet would end up in some deathmatch cage – beating the unholy hell out of one another with each believing that SHE was the better woman for Jack. Jack would sit back, smiling on the inside/feigning outrage on the outside – and telling the world that he was ‘torn’ between the two women. He always is. Whenever he cheats, it’s noble. He’s torn between two women he “loves”. Any woman who cheats on him? She’s just loose and/or cheap. It must be nice to be Jack Snyder.
Even still, it’s time for the writers to beat back Jack’s cartoonish nature and make him a real man, again. I can only imagine what a relief it would be to see Jack behave like a romantic lead, once more. If I never hear Jack screaming at a woman, see him scowling at her, watch him tear a woman down into nothingness… it will be too soon.
What’s that, you say? Robin has been home for years now? No, dear readers, only Robin’s body has been showing up on screen every day. The REAL Robin Scorprio is finally back home and she’s now part of ABC’s bid to become the Anti-SoapFather network. OLTL’s Starr Manning has told her ‘baby’s daddy’ that he’s treating her fetus as if it’s HIS family. Now GH’s Robin is actively fighting to take away Patrick’s right to see his child because he was unsure of being a father in the first place, something he told her he wasn’t ready for, long before she became pregnant.
The Robin who’s given Patrick hell over seeing his child? THAT’S the real Robin, as far as I’m concerned. Is Robin treating Patrick’s fears about becoming a father as a personal rejection? Most likely. It’s in Robin’s history, and her nature, to do so. Robin has a sordid history when it comes to infants and their fathers.
Some of you may recall that Robin revealed the truth about Michael Corinthos’ paternity when he was just an infant. Why? According to Robin, it’s because she felt that AJ had the right to know that HE, not his brother Jason, was Michael’s biological father. That would have made sense and not seemed so self-deluding if the scenes just before Robin’s ‘attack of conscience’ weren’t of her and Carly arguing about who should raise Michael. Robin felt that she and Jason were best suited to care for him, since they were a couple and weren’t as ammoral as Carly – yes, despite Jason’s role as a mob hitman.
Carly, being Carly, scoffed at the idea and taunted Robin by telling her that Jason would also be bonded to the two of them (Carly and Michael) and that there was nothing she could do about it. Carly was wrong, Robin’s next move was to call Aj. She effectively made sure that Jason could not and would not be Michael’s father. If she couldn’t have Jason and Michael to herself, there would be no need for Jason to raise that child.
That was the day I began to despise Robin and didn’t care if she ever graced the screen again, until Patrick! For me, Robin hadn’t redeemed herself, Patrick made her tolerable. That poor, dumb, hot-as-hell, bastard! If only he’d known about Robin’s past – or at least known the full story. I know that many GH fans have fond memories of Robin as a child, but she lost her ‘cute quotient’ for me shortly after she began dating Jason. The shrill, self-righteous, moralizing woman some of you see now, as she attempts to cut Patrick out of his child’s life, is the Robin I’ve been annoyed by for years to come.
Believe it or not, I’m glad the issue was resolved without a court ruling, and that Patrick and Robin found their way back to one another. I like Patrick, and not just because he has abs you can eat off of, but because he’s honest -even if you don’t like hearing what he has to say. What a rarity for daytime males. I also like Patrick because he’s not afraid of saying to Robin what others have been either too afraid to say or too reverent and all-worshipping to say to her – she’s a pain in the ass who sits in judgment of others far too often! I like Patrick because as much as I don’t want to, he gives me a reason to want to like Robin again. Well done, Patrick, well done.