The Doctor’s Order – GH

gourmez3 By Becca

So we’re in a mob war on General Hospital. Did I miss 2014 and end up back in 2011, the last time there was a mob war in town? It was the Balkan then, and if you don’t remember him, then, well, you’re blessed enough to probably have forgotten most of Brenda Barrett’s last stay in town. I wish I had your memory, though I’ve discovered my own selective one is becoming quite handy these days. For instance, there’s something familiar about Scotty being scorned by his old friend and lover, Lucy Coe, in favor of her one true love, something about the same thing happening to him with another old love just this summer…maybe someone he was married to? It’s all very fuzzy, but it’s sure easier to enjoy the show that way.

I also can’t seem to recall what’s happening with the teenage love triangle between Molly, Rafe, and TJ. Is Taylor even around? Rafe’s been complaining about pretending to be her boyfriend, but I haven’t seen her anywhere. Maybe he’s pretending to have an imaginary girlfriend? That worked for Georgie and “Elvis” once upon a time. Wow. I’m impressed I remembered fake Elvis at all. My interest in the teenage storyline is nil, but for what it’s worth, Molly rocks for standing her ground with Rafe, refusing to be flattered by his continued obsession and making it obvious that if he continues it, he’s going to lose her friendship. Way to be clear, fair, and honest, Molly!

Much clearer than my screencap, at least.

Much clearer than my screencap, at least.

That’s the sort of girl I’d expect Alexis to raise. And because Kristina has fallen off the face of the planet (Did she move with Trey to LA? Don’t answer that; I don’t really want to know.). I can easily pretend Molly’s the only child Alexis has raised. Selective memory is my friend! But I can’t express how much more interested I would be in watching Rafe bond with Silas than I am in Rafe nursing an unrequited crush like Sabrina did all last year. It doesn’t do the character any favors, despite his adorable cherub face.

Good start.

This was a good start.

Speaking of Silas, I’m impressed I remember there was drama hinted at between him and Ava beyond being torrid former lovers. With the new cop in town–

And welcome, good-lookin’.

And welcome, good-lookin’.

–it appears that teased-at history is finally going to be explored, featuring a comatose wife after a botched attempt to take her life. I officially theorize that the wife actually made herself comatose, intending the poison, or whatever it was, for Ava. In standard soap style, of course, this all comes out right after Silas and Sam have taken the next step in their relationship. I’ve been enjoying the soap’s love scenes far more than I usually do (no, I don’t plan to explore what that says about me), and Sam and Silas’s was no exception.

sam silas sexThere was palpable longing between the two, and I can see how Sam’s drawn out his playful side, unlike say, Carly with Franco. Sam’s taking a risk with her heart for only the second time since Jason, and I’m surprised she was as open to Silas’s explanations as she was. I’m cheering that relationship on throughout the months of mess sure to come for them from this revelation. But I’m not cheering on their other endeavor: Silas for Chief of Staff.

monica cosMonica is obviously the best person for the job—and yes, I’m invoking my selective memory to cover anything related to her prescription pill or alcohol abuse in recent years. It’s Monica! I may not favor legacy in my real-life politics, but I sure do for my soap opera ones. She’s been backburnered for a decade and a half; the least she deserves is that position at the hospital. Not some Jerome clinger-on.

Which brings me to my only real disappointment at the moment: Julian Jerome.

julian morganGranted, he’s the most well-developed and well-connected foe we’ve had for Sonny in ages–there’s a reason it’s so easy to forget the Balkan. But since Julian’s reveal, he’s done little more than act like a typical mob boss. And guess what? That basically makes him Sonny. We’ve already got one of those. I was interested in Julian as a publishing magnate, not as someone who threatens the young, confused adult sleeping with his sister. I was interested in him as a man discovering he had a whole family he never knew about, not as someone bullying those same new relatives into getting more details about Lucas. I wanted him to fall for Alexis and the child and grandchild they share, but I’ve lost that desire now. I wanted him to get to know Sam, but with his tactics for gathering information, I don’t blame her for her reticence. Before the reveal, Julian was sympathetic due to his growing awareness of how much he didn’t know he’d lost. Now he acts like those relationships are owed to him rather than something he should earn, and that doesn’t engender good feelings from me. Being as I never thought it was wrong of Olivia to hide Dante from Sonny all those years due to the life Sonny lives, I can’t hold that impulse against any of Julian’s relatives either.

Prescription for Better Soap: Remind me why I enjoyed Julian at first, and resist the impulse to make him into Sonny 2.0. Give me genuine romance between Silas and Sam so I’ll be invested in seeing them still together at the other side of the comatose wife mystery. Give Rafe something more interesting to do than mope after Molly, and by all means, give Silas a better goal than taking away the Chief of Staff position from a legacy character who deserves it.

Thanks for reading! See you in two weeks for the next one, I hope.

Becca

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5 Responses to The Doctor’s Order – GH

  1. MissyLady says:

    I want the COS to be a Hardy/Webber or Quartermaine, so that the show can maintain some type of nod toward the Dr. Steve Hardy and Dr. Alan Quartermaine.

    Sonny was never suppose to be a lead on this show, but his pairing with Brenda pushed up his popularity to the point where I think writers are scared to either put the character on the backburner or kill him off.

    I am not a Rafe fan and consider the character along with nuTaylor to be dead weight.

    Where is Liz?

  2. Julie says:

    When Felix came back from North Carolina after Christmas, he said that Taylor got stuck there with their parents. I hope she stays there. I find her character pointless and a waste of air time.

    You said don’t answer it, but … Trey’s dead. Did Kristina go back to college? That’s where I assumed she went.

    Monica is the only person acceptable as Chief of Staff. It was ridiculous for them to take that from her like they did, but at least it gave her a storyline. They need to re-instate her pronto.

    I completely agree with you about Julian. I liked him so much as just a publishing guy. He had power then too, just not mob power. He had money and connections power, and it was sexy as hell. Now he’s just another mobster who kills and threatens people. How long can he last? Port Charles isn’t big enough for Sonny and Julian and we all know that Sonny isn’t going anywhere. I can only hope they write Julian out of this somehow. People keep hinting that he’s not the boss and he’s working for someone, so if that’s true, maybe that person will take all the heat and Julian can go back to living the life of Derek Wells and he can sweep Alexis off her feet. She needs it and they are hot together.

  3. The Gourmez says:

    I missed Felix’s line about Taylor still being with their parents–thanks! That would have made for an overcrowded apartment to have her there with Carlos, too. And I’m fine with her never coming back. I liked her original portrayer, but it seemed like her purpose had run out already. Rafe is okay with me to stick around, as long as they flesh him out beyond his interminable crush on Molly.

    Trey! RIP. I remember now–wasn’t he about to go to LA when he ended up brain dead? It seemed so pointless to kill him off when the character was already supposed to be leaving town.

    Glad I’m not the only one sad about Julian’s present storyline. I like the character and the actor; I just don’t like that he’s taken a turn more toward the mob-centric side.

  4. Philly Diva says:

    I was hoping that Julian would be redeemed so he could have a relationship with Alexis and his children Sam & Lucas. Like him or loath him, Sonny never threatened children like Julian did with Morgan. All the sheltering they did with Morgan did not make him smart, he should have told his father immediately when Julian threatened to kill Carly, Joss or Michael. I want Morgan to stop calling Michael Mickie, for Sam and Silas to become a super couple, for Carlos and Sabrina to go away, for people to realize that Jerry is still out there and a threat to Robin and for Donte to get his son back. I don’t care about new LuLu and I’m fine for them to be separated.

    What happened to the enemies that forced Julian into witness protection and a new face?

  5. ACarol says:

    Having watched all this past week’s episodes, I must comment about a couple of things that annoy me: Sonny & Olivia. How childish is Sonny in his attempts to one-up Julian? And how about gun-moll Olivia? All the scenes with them Friday were so juvenile. First Sonny’s takeover of Julian’s office then Olivia’s coming in and announcing that his lease was invalid. I cannot stand her or Sonny. And while Ava and Julian aren’t my favorites, I at least find them much less cliche than Sonny and Olivia. Ava is bound to be the killer of Connie and AJ seems to be remembering someone coming up in the elevator. And I find Michael behaving too much like his dad lately. I know he is concerned about his mother but he is too focused on blaming Franco.
    I was excited to see that Carly was still in the boathouse when Luke got down there to rid it of the vermin. I figured that Heather would have already moved her. And what kind of mental hospital doesn’t check up on the patients? I think they need to rid the show of Heather once and for all. And is that boathouse heated? Carly is lying around in there in a sleeveless top; she must be freezing.
    By the way, how about Lulu not even telling Nathan that Dante is her husband? I thought that was interesting. Is she keeping her options open now that she has left Dante?
    I hope they don’t bring Taylor back either. The second actress who was playing the role looked too old to fit in the teen angst story line.
    Oh, well, we will see what they have in store for us in the weeks to come.

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