By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman
What a week! At the height of Hurricane Sandy, the lights went out in our Manhattan apartent and stayed that way for five days. Pas d’eau! Pas de toilettes! Quelle horreur! Thank goodness that on Day Two, Moose, Nigel and I fled to our country hide-away and by Day Three the lights (and warmth!) finally reappeared there. We hope other Thinking Fans in the New York-New Jersey area also found sanctuary and comfort. And our hearts go out to the thousands who are still suffering, and particularly to those who lost loved ones.
General Hospital: As if losing light, food, water, warmth and toilets wasn’t bad enough. Minutes after the power went out, I exclaimed to Moose, “But how am I going to see A.J. now?” This typically Marlena-esque alarm left Moose at a loss for words. Nigel, sensing a crisis, looked worried. With any luck, power would be delivered to the country home’s cable system in time!
On the Friday tag of the show just before the blackout, the supposedly dead Quartermaine brother had made his first (re)appearance in mother Monica’s living room. So exciting! I really wanted to see what Sean Kanan, who played A.J. from 1993-1997, would do with the role now.
As it turned out we didn’t make it in time. But a very dear Thinking Fan tipped me off to the next three episodes of GH on YouTube. Kanan turns out to be a major, major (re)addition to GH, with great leading man prospects. I thought his performances were very striking, warm and realistic. Once a major screw-up (as we were reminded by many people on the canvas who had formerly known him), A.J. has grown. Now the light of a father’s true love truly shown through during his Halloween confrontation with his son Michael. The re-introductory sequences gave Chad Duell and that wonderful old pro Leslie Charleson (Monica) a real chance to shine. I can’t wait to see Carly have the freak-out of her lifetime on Monday.
A word to the GH writers, though: please don’t jump the shark. That’s what All My Children did in its final months, when the creative team brought too many characters back from the dead in such a short time. It spoiled the “reality” of the show to see such characters as of Dixie, Zack and Stuart all come back to life practically at once through Dr. David Hayward’s crazy back-to-life machinations. On GH only two months ago, dead Duke reappeared and now we have alive A.J. It’s rumored there are more resurrections of old dead characters soon to come. I love seeing these old characters, too, but please GH, not too many of them at once! That makes it impossible to buy into the “reality” of the show. Like back from the dead is “real” in the first place, no?
Catching up: Thinking Fans, I really do need your help. I didn’t see any other soap this week because of Sandy and I need you to fill me in. I’ve read show recaps, but what I am really missing is the events of the week as seen through the critical lenses of all my TFs out there. So, drop me a line and tell me what I’ve missed! After all, with no computer and no internet this week, I certainly missed you, too!