By Lisa Pyatte
Friday’s episode of General Hospital was such a thrill to watch because the show has become more balanced and this episode in particular featured many exciting characters and storylines, which gives the viewer variety and something to enjoy. Romance should be at the heart of soaps and GH nailed this aspect with Mac and Felicia’s wedding. It was great to see the happy couple getting screen time for a change and I loved the fact that Maxie was heavily involved in their wedding, as she should be. The heart-felt talk she and Felicia shared before the wedding had me teary eyed. Even though it took place in what looked like a utility closet (wasn’t this the same place where Connie hit on Magic Milo?), it was wonderful to see Felicia and Maxie reconnect and try to put their differences in the past. Felicia’s regrets about not being a mother to her daughter and Maxie’s willingness to give her a second chance, tugged at my heart strings. Every mother/daughter relationship has the potential to become complicated and GH played this to perfection. Felicia’s emotions were palpable and the actress, Kristina Wagner, did a fabulous job.
Mac and Felicia were finally able to get married (who doesn’t love soap weddings) and Lucy being the one to officiate was an added bonus. The surprise guest appearance of Richard Simmons was something I definitely was not expecting, but thoroughly enjoyed. His over the top character added just the right amount of suspense and humor to balance out the romance and joy of the ceremony. Of course someone was going to walk in when Lucy asked if anyone objected to the union. The shocked faces of the guests, as the camera panned over them, helped build the suspense of his arrival. I thought it was sweet that Richard wanted to apologize to Lucy for the way he acted during the Nurses’ Ball, during which he had tried to sabotage her. Lynn Herring’s Lucy played the emotional beats seamlessly, from shock and disbelief, to anger, and finally understanding and forgiveness.
We were treated to the traditional wedding cake ceremony when the new bride and groom smashed it in each other’s faces. But before we got to see Felicia throw the bouquet, (several candidates could have caught it – Maxie, Sabrina), poor Maxie’s water broke as she looked at Lulu in complete horror. She may not be ready to give birth, but I’m certainly ready to see it happen and can’t wait for the resulting fallout due to Maxie’s deception. How will Maxie get past her attachment to this baby–her baby? Will she finally admit the truth to Dante and Lulu, or more importantly, to Spinelli? I can’t wait for this secret to be aired.
Meanwhile, in another part of Port Charles, the drama went up a notch with Anna confronting Britt and badgering her about her mother’s whereabouts. I loved that Anna refused to let up, and didn’t allow Britt’s pleas of ‘you can’t lock up a pregnant woman’ to faze her one bit. The fabulous Finola Hughes always has me on the edge of my seat; she plays Anna as smart, tough, and single-minded in her efforts to get to the truth about Britt’s mom and what really happened to Duke. I hope Patrick doesn’t bail Britt out of jail, because as the viewer, I want to see her squirm and panic, and wonder if her mother will come to her rescue. Britt deserves to be in jail for all of her lies and manipulations.
Speaking of Britt’s mom, Dr. Obrecht’s scenes with Luke and Holly were stellar. Tony Geary as Luke knocked it out of the park with his acting. Even though Luke was supposed to be dying from radiation poisoning he still managed to snap back an insulting, “It’s decorative, bitch!” to Obrecht, which had me laughing out loud, and I’m still laughing about it days later. I seriously doubt that was in the script, so I have to give a shout out to Tony’s superb skills at ad-libbing. Not to be outdone, while Luke was going to investigate inside a hidden room, Holly unleashed her fury on Obrecht about the attempted murder of Robert in Switzerland. It was informative for newer viewers to get a chance to hear Holly talk about her feelings for Scorpio. Even though much time has passed, it’s obvious she still cares deeply for him. Here is a love triangle for the ages – Luke/Holly/Robert/Anna (and don’t forget Laura). I have a nagging feeling that Laura might be the one in that secret room. After all, it has been some time since she left Port Charles to track down Luke. Don’t you find it odd that they haven’t yet crossed paths with each other?
I hope viewers who have stopped watching GH come back, because they’re missing out on the action. This show has so much drama, history and intrigue, as well as secrets ready to explode and hearts ready to break. Far better than your average daytime television, GH is filled with possibilities and an exciting air of unpredictability. I can’t wait to see what happens next, and, for a soap viewer, that’s priceless.