By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman
I’ve said some negative things about General Hospital headwriter Ron Carlivati (particularly when he was writing One Life to Live) but in the last few months he has proven he knows well how to write soap opera. As discussed last week in my rave over the “Fluke” storyline, he knows how to interweave plots and has been a master of creating suspense. Let’s examine how Carlivati has used or is using the element of suspense in other plots.
Sonny, Julian, Ava and Franco were all in jail: Sonny for the murder of A.J., Ava for the murder of Connie, Julian hiding out in jail from Fluke falsely confessing to the murder of Anthony Zaccara, and Franco for the kidnapping of Avery, Ava’s newborn baby. Would they break out? They did and got into a car accident. Will they live or die? Fluke sent Carlos and Johnny to kill them. Will they succeed? Johnny didn’t succeed in shooting Sonny and shot and got shot by Julian. Will Johnny survive his gun shot? Johnny was injured and wandered off. Where was he going? And will he return to the show?
Carlos was sent to shoot Ava and shot her in the arm. She fell off a bridge but lost her grip, at first hanging on a handrail but fell when Sonny tried to save her. Will she be found? Will she live or die? Also, is Maura West, the best actress on the show (and arguably one of the best in daytime history, having played Carly on As the World Turns) coming back or leaving the show, as rumored? I hope she stays because her performances are always excellent and Ava is a fascinating character.
Nathan and Michael stopped a bomb planted in a party on the Haunted Star by Jake on Fluke’s order just in time before it went off. An escaped Sonny grabbed the bomb from Michael and dove into the water and it went off. Is Sonny alive and will he be found? Will this act of heroism exonerate him for his murder and will he stay out of jail? There’s not much to GH when major star Maurice Benard’s master criminal Sonny is yet again behind bars!
Amnesiac Jake, who is really Jason but dosen’t know it, realized he is under the mind control of Helena Cassidine, who forced him to hold Sam hostage, but failed in trying to murder her and planted the bomb on the Haunted Star. Would he remember doing all this? He did remember Sam stealing a Chinese figurine Jason had given her which was found on Jason’s body. Will Jake get his full memory back and realize he is Jason? Will Sam figure out Jake is Jason, and what will this do to her? How will this affect her new romance with Patrick?
Franco, who had a gun, also escaped the car crash but headed over to Shadybrook mental institution where his mother Heather was about to inject Franco’s friend and lady love Nina with a syringe full of LSD. Can Franco stop Heather and rescue Nina? He did, but for some reason injected himself with the LSD. Will Franco survive his LSD trip? Franco and Nina kissed. Will they have a big romance?
Questions, questions, questions! Finding the answers compels moi to keep tuning in for fun, and not just duty. GH has certainly been divine when it comes to suspense lately!