I realize, now, that I was far too dismissive of the big disaster episodes on General Hospital. While I’m still not crazy about the special effects, or about GH writers ripping themselves off from prior disaster storyline, for as much as scenes like THIS annoyed me:
there were actually quite a few things to like about General Hospital over the last week or two. When you wipe away the special effects, the mobsters being misplaced, and take a look at the human interactions, some pretty significant stuff happened. (What’s wrong with the above scene? Sonny, standing in the middle of a group of women, all of whom he’s either slept with or impregnated? Plenty! I imagine a GH in which two or more women can stand in a room and NEITHER/NONE of them has slept with Sonny -or Jason, for that matter. Eh! Another time. That’s not the point of this blog entry).
The good stuff… RECONCILIATION, of sorts:
1. Tracy and Edward Quartermaine. I can only guess that their scenes were especially gratifying to veteran GH viewers. Why? Edward Quartermaine isn’t exactly what you’d call a warm and loving father. In fact, he’s not exactly the sort of man you’d call ‘father’, if you could help it. He may be Tracy, Alan, deceased Bradley Ward, and Jimmy Lee Holt’s biological father, but that’s been about his only claim to his family. His children and grandchildren have always been property to him, pawns. They were a sign of his great empire, shaped to carry on his legacy, but not ncessarily people he was capable of showing any sort of measurable love and affection toward. Even more?
Tracy’s conflicts with Edward have been even more difficult than most father-daughter relationships in daytime. A father may deny the paternity of his child, in daytime. He may even live his life without knowing he’s had children. Daughter’s may grow up calling the wrong man papa, but rarely do they attemp to kill their fathers, biological or otherwise. Tracy has. She allowed Edward to suffer a heart attack, and as he lay dying – begging her to get his medication, she ignored his pleas. Luckily, Edward faked the heart attack and was just testing Tracy. Unlucky for her, she failed.
Sure, they’ve have warm moments since that time:
but nothing comes close to the scenes between the two we’ve witnessed this past week. Tracy is Edward’s last livng link to his beloved Lila. Despite everything they’ve been through, they are the last of the Q family in many ways. Lila is long gone. Granddaughter Emily passed away shortly after his son, Alan. Bradley is deceased. Jimmy Lee Holt has moved on. Grandsons Ned and Dillon are off in the winds, making their fortunes, and living non-Q lives. What remains is Edward, Tracy, and daughter-in-law Monica. It’s good to know that when push comes to shove, Edward will stand by his children, and his grandchildren, and all those he loves. It was touching scene to watch, Edward wanting the daughter who was willing to take his life to survive.
2. Edward and Carly being civil… another set of touching scenes and quite poignant when you think about their history.
Carly was always certain that the Qs, Edward most especially, were a threat to her son Michael. She spent every waking moment thinking of how to keep Michael safe from Edward’s clutches and to prevent him from being turned into a Q/Eddie clone as his biological father AJ had willingingly become.
It’s ironic when you think about it. Even if he was an Eddie Q clone, he wouldn’t be in a coma, right now, most likely. He would be safe. Carly first embraced Edward and welcomed his presence at Michael’s fundraiser. She later showed him sympathy and concern as he worried and waited to learn the fate of his daughter and his daughter-in-law.
You have to wonder if the writers will ever allow Carly to spend time openly reflecting on how much better off Michael would have been had he been raised by the Qs. Could she ever become part of their family again? If AJ returned, in the midst of the hell Carly’s life has become dealing with Sonny and Jason and the dark drama that follows them both, would she be happy to see him? Is there some part of her that would feel guilty that she hadn’t let him be a bigger part of Michael’s life? It makes you wonder her unspoken regrets are the reason she’s been so determined to stay with Jax and to have Jax be Morgan’s father/father figure.
3. Liz and Lucky. While Liz and Lucky aren’t officially together, surely they’ll realize that no matter how much has happened between them, they have far too much history to be able to love anyone else as much as they love one another. What’s always been true about this couple appears to be true, once again They’ve always been able to rely on one another more than they could anyone else – prior to Lucky’s addiction.
For the record, I’ve always liked Lucky and Sam. She gave him back his dignity, to some degree. Sam was able to see him in a way that Liz couldn’t after she’d talked herself into believing that Jason was the immoral (uh moral) majority and a good man who would never harm anyone, herself included, as Lucky had hurt her. She’s right, Jason is not the unfaithful kind, just murderous and unrepentant – but that’s another story. If Lucky and Sam were built on something more than rebounding, I’d want them together for a very long time. Lucky did as much for Sam as she’s done for him. They were both able to see the good in one another that their respective partners wrote off.
Each has sought forgiveness for their betrayals of others. Each has been horribly judged by those who have no right to judge them (something about glass houses, being without sin, casting first stones, and all that jazz). Knowing that about Sam and Lucky makes me wonder why I even want Lucky and Liz to get back together – other than the fact that the heart wants what it wants, and my heart wants the love and history that comes with this couple. They make me remember a GH I use to enjoy, and it would be great to have a couple together without the mob worship that takes place on this show far too often. Liz and Lucky are ‘family’. They always have been.
Now, if the writers would only do something about Jake’s paternity. That kid just CAN’T be Jason’s… Let’s reconcile THAT issue, next.
4. Luke with his past. Something about Ethan tells me that Luke will have to face what kind of man he is, and was in his youth, yet again. At least I hope that’s true, and this time I want it to be an eye opening day of reckoning. Ethan is a slick operator, as Luke once was. I have to wonder how much longer Luke will find Ethan’s antics funny. Ethan is clearly a liar, manipulator and user. Like Edward Q, Luke has become a father in name only – which saddens me when you think of the life Luke and Laura created for Lulu and the ‘cowboy’.
Luke seems to be gravitating toward the young man who reminds him far too much of himself in his younger days. I would have added his youner and more ‘reckless days’, but he’s still living the reckless part. While his children were back in PC dealing with the toxic gas scare, where was Luke? Having only just met Ethan, Luke has already found another reason to ignore the children who needed him, as well as not being there for Tracy.
There’s a part of me that wants Luke to learn the hard way what it’s like to love and trust a man like the self-indulgent Luke Spencer. I want him to open his heart to his new “son” (symbolic? actual?) only to find himself being tossed aside, used, lied to, and generally ignored. It would finally give him some idea of the lives his children and the women who’ve loved him have led.