By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman
Last week we condemned an Eric and Quinn romance on The Bold and the Beautiful because of the thirty- plus-years age difference. But this week I’m going to be a tremendous hypocrite and give a compliment to the fact that forty-something Ava slept with 19 year old Morgan on General Hospital this week. It was good soap opera because it was entirely unexpected.
As you may recall, Ava jumped into bed with Morgan after being dejected that the man she loves – Silas, the biological father of her daughter Kiki — doesn’t care for her and is instead interested in Sam. But what really kicked off the liaison was when Sonny blurted out that he knew that Morgan knew Kiki wasn’t related to Michael before he married her. It effectively broke up the marriage of Morgan and Kiki, finally sending Kiki into Michael’s arms.
We can’t remember a case of the Mrs. Robinson syndrome happening on a soap before. Mrs. Robinson, of course, was the older woman who slept with college grad Benjamin in The Graduate. Having Ava sleep with Morgan was a very daring step for a soap.
The scenes made for some good drama. GH being a soap, the liaison didn’t stay a secret for long. Hotel owner Carly let herself into Ava’s hotel room with a pass key and was livid when she found her son in bed with the older woman. (Never mind that Carly would probably do a similar thing if it fit her agenda.) But what really was entertaining was when Michael and Kiki later discovered Ava in bed with Morgan. “I hit the sheets with your mother,” jeered spiteful Morganl, who almost danced with glee at the opportunity to get back at his emotionally unfaithful wife. Kiki’s eyes bulged with anger.
The sequence’s content also strengthened the acting of two of the cast’s weaker actors, Bryan Craig, who plays Morgan, and Kristen Alderson, who plays Kiki. Neither have been very convincing in their roles. Yet Craig played Morgan’s obnoxiousness and immaturity quite well here.
The situation also proved overall that Ava is turning out to be the most valuable player in GH’s cast. Sleeping with her daughter’s husband is only the latest “accomplishment” of this character who defines the word unpredictable. As you may recall, she has lied repeatedly, she shot Olivia, she withheld her knowledge of the identity of Kiki’s father from Kiki, Michael and Franco, and she may even have shot Connie. (The initials “A.J,” as in Ava Jerome, was found written in blood next to Connie’s body). It helps that Ava is played by Maura West who is hands down this year’s best new actress in a role. We can’t wait to see what Ava, er, Mrs. Robinson will do next.
Lyrics from “Mrs. Robinson” by Simon and Garfunkel