By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalaqua Hayman
When has a storyline go on too long? This is a question normally leftonly to headwriters who must figure out if an audience is still interested in the outcome of a story. Right now on General Hospital, one storyline that has gone on too long is the secret biological parentage of Maxie’s baby girl, which she supposed bore as a surrogate baby for Dante and Lulu. The baby has been born, yet Maxie still has not confessed the truth. (Although, at least, Spinelli does finally know he is the baby’s biological father.)
This secrecy makes Maxie seem cruel and heartless. Dante and Lulu are being hurt. They now have full possession of “their” little girl (as yet unnamed). How much longer can this go on? Viewers don’t know who to root for. And the situation doesn’t seem to have any resolution that will seem satisfactory. The story and the situation are just too painful for the audience and every character involved. It’s been almost a year since this storyline kicked off. Get the truth of the baby’s parentage out already!
One of the notable additions to a soap opera this year has been Emmy winner Darin Brooks, who has joined The Bold and the Beautiful as Wyatt Spencer. Brooks, who starred as Max Brady on Days of Our Lives, is a very good actor and very charismatic. Yet, the character of Wyatt has remained very undefined. Is he a good guy or a bad guy? On the one hand, he has defended Katie and urged his father Bill not to desert her or their baby as Bill deserted his mother Quinn when Wyatt was a baby. On the other hand, he has taken every opportunity to try and seduce his half-brother Liam’s fiancé Hope. Although the character seems likable right now, it’s really hard for the audience to get a fix on who he is exactly. We hope it’s a problem the writers of B&B have the real Wyatt stand up soon..
A Less Than Grand Finale
Seldom has a soap character had a better send off than the late Katherine Chancellor. (Jeanne Cooper, who played her, died this spring). The two day memorial service on The Young and the Restless last week had it all — a beautiful outdoor setting, and guest characters from the past cast like Danny, Nina and Amber. Yet the capstone of the service — the sudden wedding of Paul Williams and Christine — was in very bad taste and detracted from the solemn grandeur of the observance. Happily, both occasions were presided over by Father Todd Williams, nicely played by Cooper’s real life son Corbin Bernsen. Until now, we didn’t even know Paul had a brother.
A Proper Farewell for Connie?
Speaking of send-offs … Last week we stated that the unfortunately murdered Connie Falconeri had not even been given a funeral on GH. This week, spoilers say she will get one, though a few very pertinent mourners will not be attending. Stay tuned!