By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman
I certainly ran the full gamut of emotions while watching General Hospital this week. Tell me you didn’t also have tears in your eyes when Luke and Laura were reunited and Luke flashed back onto an earlier reunion when Laura came back from her Cassadine kidnapping in 1983. I was surprised that I was so thrilled to see veteran actors return. Kin Shriner’s always obstinate and self-righteous Scotty is older but otherwise hasn’t changed. Didn’t you love when Luke took some jibes at his decades-long rival, referring to Scotty’s “increasingly heightening hairline” and “troll” hair? I actually screamed out loud when former spouses Laura and Scotty told Luke they were engaged. As you may recall, in 1979-80 Luke raped Laura, then stole her away from Scotty to create “the greatest love of all,” thus launching the golden age of GH, brought to us by its executive producer, the late great Gloria Monty.
What is it about the memories of the Luke-Laura-Scotty triangle, the very center of GH’s prime years, that brings back such an intense wave of nostalgia and strong emotion? GH became a nationwide phenomenon. I was in my first job, as editor of Afternoon TV magazine. What a truly great time to be a part of the soap opera world! Mon readers, were you watching GH then, too?
But let’s stop crying for the old days. Back to this week’s GHand my gamut of emotions. I laughed a lot this week, too, and I don’t mean in a good, funny way. You had to snicker at the fact that Sonny was able to boff Connie back into Kate. What a guy! When Johnny first made love to the mentally ill Connie, many felt it was rape. Now that Sonny’s similarly serviced her, it’s being treated as a world-shattering miracle!
And there was a sequence in the Port Charles jail this week in which inmates Todd, John and Rafe discussed the realization that Caleb, the serial murderous “vampire,” was John’s double. Soon Todd was talking about his own “double,” his twin brother Victor and the fact that there were so many doubles walking around Port Charles in its recent history, including Connie/Kate and Duke/Faison. All two personalities are/were played by the same actor, and all the storylines going on at the same time. Tell me the writers weren’t sitting around in the writers’ room chuckling at pulling off such an old soap gambit on such a large scale with a straight face.
And lastly, something else on GH this week actually made me very angry. It happened when John, Lucy and Rafe escaped from jail due to a conveniently set fire. Another escape. How many jailbreaks and escapes from Ferncliff have there been in the last few months? And where did all these escapees wind up? In the murdered professor’s office where, with the use of a computer, they finally concluded that Caleb was not a real vampire at all, but really a mental patient/serial murderer — a mortal — named Stephen Clay. This is the upshot of the weeks of storylines we’ve had to sit through after we were led to believe Caleb was a true vampire? What a letdown!
Well, okay, the writers were having some fun with those of us who remember what life was like back in the day in Port Charles. Despite the unreality and silly soap devices, I actually l felt very, very entertained by GH. Go figure … perhaps this Thinking Fan … just thinks too much!
The Bold and the Beautiful: So this week, Steffy finally told Liam she’s pregnant — right in the middle the impromptu wedding, pushy momma Brooke threw for her daughter Hope and that indecisive, empty-headed schmuck! A wedding stopped dead in its tracks – one of the oldest soap tricks in the book. I had to ask myself, why am I still watching a storyline that’s insulting to the intelligence of women? Why would mature, intelligent young women (plus their mothers Brooke and Taylor) spend their entire lives playing tug of war over Liam? I mean, he’s not even an especially dazzling, show-stopping guy like George Clooney or Derek Jeter or Hugh Jackman! He’s more like Perry Como, without the intelligence and talent. As I complained here last summer, this all-encompassing Steffy-Liam-Hope business has succeeded in eating up the entire show! Even so, somebody must be enjoying it, because B&B’s ratings are still relatively good! (By the way, I once interviewed late Perry Como, and he was an amazingly nice guy …)