By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a Connie Passalacqua Hayman
General Hospital: Confluence, according to the dictionary, means when three things meet at a certain point (rivers, for example). And that’s exactly what happened on General Hospital early this week – confluence in Tuesday and Wednesday’s episodes when three great storylines in which one couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next. This was stunning because, although soaps usually run three major storylines simultaneously, ordinarily only one is great and two you are tempted to fast forward through.
First, Sonny was left agape as Connie confessed she was married to Johnny, right at the beginning of the Sonny-“Kate” wedding ceremony. Second, Liz confessed to Jason she had changed the DNA lab test reports, confirming that Tea’s baby son was biologically really Sam’s. Third, oily Joe held Kristina at gun point, threatening to kill his rival Sonny’s daughter.
What truly exciting soap opera! And rare, too! I can’t remember a confluence of great stories in a few episodes like these since Guiding Light’s blackout story in the 90s. Becky Herbst was Emmy-terrific as Liz. Kelly Sullivan stole the show, as bride Connie called groom Sonny a pig and a bully. (How true!) GH even had some nice humor, as lab assistant Ellie, attending the wedding with Spinelli, couldn’t be dragged away from combined craziness (everyone was slapping and punching each other) exclaiming, “This is a great first date!”
The Tuesday and Wednesday episodes and all of this week’s GH action had few downsides, although those that were, were biggies. One was Lindsey Morgan, who really showed what a wanting (okay, terrible) actress she is, all superficial sophomoric excess, as her Kristina wailed and wept as Joe’s hostage. Exactly why Joe held her hostage at all was kind of unclear — supposedly so that he and her husband Trey could inherit dead Kristina’s money. (Huh?) And leading up to the wedding, no one (especially Sonny) suspected that the demonstratively manic woman they thought was Kate was actually Connie. A little more clear logic, please.
But I could tolerate these flaws, the Tuesday and Wednesday shows were just so completely entertaining! Strangely engineered soap opera may rouse many negative soap board comments, but I’ll settle for all-encompassing, cleverly written, great soap opera any time. Marlena, who normally bitches a lot about lack of logic in stories, this time chose to believe it all — and in so doing, ended up loving the great GH storyline confluence of 2012.
The Young and the Restless: Speaking of lack of logic this week, Phyllis slept with Ronan (again.) So what if she was about to go on trial for attempted murder! Also, with little logic, two months ago that normally straight arrow cop Ronan lied that he had slept with Phyllis the night of Dr. Tim’s death to provide an alibi for her. The show’s writing seemed to contend: who cares? Aren’t Phyllis and Ronan hot together?
Even if they are — and they are — these two instances were a bit mind-boggling for viewers. They just prove what has become so disturbing about the Phyllis character in the last year or so. She seems to have lost her brain. Hopefully, the new writing regime at Y&R can restore it somehow. If a soap couple is hot, who needs logic? But why can’t we have both?
Are you able to suspend belief with all that is illogical in soap storylines? I’m very torn after watching GH and Y&R this week. Oh well, that’s soaps, darlings!