By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman
Wasn’t it ugly? Incredibly, the denouement of General Hospital‘s Maxie admitting she is the biological mother of Connie plot was even worse than could have been predicted. The fact that Maxie – who supposedly mothered the baby as a surrogate for Lulu and Dante — is the baby’s biological mother was disclosed by a complete stranger, namely lab tech Brad, right after Connie was christened. At first Maxie and Spinelli, the true biological father, denied the truth and tried to hastily to exit the church, but detective Dante kept riding the two until they fessed up. And it wasn’t pretty!
What made this ugly sequence memorable at all was the acting. Dominic Zamprogna’s Dante was fierce and Emme Rylan’s Lulu practically breathed fire as she found out how her best friend Maxie had betrayed her by passing off her biological daughter as Lulu and Dante’s own. But the most winning of all — as has been so this entire dreadful plot — was the acting of Bradford Anderson as Spinelli. The loss and pain of the situation have been continuously written on Anderson’s face and in his tears. As you recall, Spinelli didn’t find out that he was a father until after the baby was born. Anderson has given this horrible situation all the humanity it lacks in plotting.
We hope that Anderson, who has been nominated in the past, may finally win a Daytime Emmy for this transcendent performance. If he does, it will be the only good thing to come from a storyline in which no one won, and everyone lost, especially poor baby Connie. Will Dante and Lulu now fight for custody of the baby that isn’t really theirs? Does anyone out there know the legalities of surrogacy in New York State?
Speaking of GH … isn’t it great to see Robert Scorpio and Robin Scorpio Drake back on the show this week? Tristan Rogers had denied several times to assorted news outlets that he was coming back and it’s been almost two years since Kimberly McCullough left GH for her directing career. Does McCullough look a bit different or is it us? Robin’s renewed life will certainly break the heart of nurse Sabrina, who is in love with Robin’s “widower”’ Patrick. At least Sabrina will have the arms of her first love Carlos to fall back into. Speaking of which, the casting of talented, charismatic and sexy Jeffrey Vincent Parise as Carlos is one of GH’s best choices this year. Kudos to super GH casting director Mark Teschner for finding and casting this intriguing new actor.