By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman
Isn’t it amazing that we all seem to love General Hospitaldespite the fact that it’s scored three strikes within that many weeks? The end of the vampire story was a real disaster, violent and oh so ridiculous. Speaking of ridiculous, isn’t Sonny romancing — and sleeping with — both alters, Connie and Kate, that, and kind of disgusting as well? Kind of beating up the mentally ill with a club, no?
But worst of all is the entirely unexpected simplistic writing of the renewed Luke/Laura/Scotty triangle. Who ever would have thought they’d so waste the talents of Geary/Francis/Shriner? The only thing enjoyable about that for which we waited decades is Tracy’s jealous (and quite humorous) reaction to it all. Jane Elliot has the only character here that’s being given the least bit of sophisticated dialogue and she’s been delivering it with aplomb, so deliciously Tracy style.
But now I’m going to say something I know so many viewers don’t agree with. I love Sabrina, and have from the very start. Teresa Castillo gives her an innocence and youthful idealism that makes her a breath of fresh air on the show. She’s smart, independent and not in the least easily destructible like so many young heroines Bob Guza used to write. (Remember the murdered Emily and Georgie?) By that I mean Sabrina’s not going to jump into bed with Sonny or suddenly get brutally killed. And her on-going motivation, her crush on the very attractive widower Patrick, is something we can all relate to. Which one of us has not suffered from a secret unrequited love? I adore Sabrina’s combination of strength and vulnerability. (Yes, I know she whines, but so do I.)
Although propped up in the past by Elizabeth and the divine Felix, this week the usually shy Sabrina mightily stood up to Epiphany — of all people!! — when the head nurse wanted her to clear out of the hospital, because she “mysteriously” failed the final exam needed to graduate nursing school. She made Epiphany (the always superb Sonia Eddy) give her the test again — that supreme bitch Britt must have had something to do with the unjust failure. As Sabrina’s nemesis and past rival for Patrick’s love, Kelly Thiebaud has really grown on me. Britt’s bitchiness is a bit one dimensional yet still old fashion soap fun. Remember the classic scenes in which Britt made little Emma cry? (“I don’t like you either!”) I’m betting Britt may be the Quartermaine heir, or she may be given a new love interest.
One day soon — before Robin, as rumored, returns from the dead at the Nurse’s Ball — Sabrina will straighten her hair and take off her glasses and emerge as beautiful young lady, Cinderella-style. We’ve all been waiting for that! But I think Sabrina has been beautiful all along — at least in Port Charles, where young girls in the last decade and a half or so have been nothing but fodder for victimization or violence. Thank goodness for a lead character like Sabrina. Such routine misogyny is now very much in the past.
P.S. Bobbie is coming back soon. Recently Sabrina talked about wanting to be a nurse, because her mother was a dedicated and talented nurse. Do you think they’re somehow related?
Attention General Hospital fans: Are you a GH fan who lives or grew up in the Pocono Mountains region in Pennsylvania? If so, Marlena will be grateful for your help on a special project on the occasion of GH’s upcoming 50th anniversary. If and when the project comes to fruition, Marlena will tell all. Send moi your email address at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will contact you.