The Doctor’s Order – GH

gourmez3By Becca

You know those dead-weight characters? The ones you’re 90% sure are around only to be eye candy and never to play a central role in a storyline? Well, I was convinced Jordan Ashford was one of those characters. My disinterest in her quickly shifted to outright loathing once she took on overseeing the drug shipments for the Jeromes. Another mobster? Please, like we need one of those. So when the twist that Jordan is a DEA agent was revealed, well, a smile broke out on my face, wide and happy.

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Way to make my interest in a character skyrocket, Powers that Be! Dealing with TJ’s disappointment in her takes on an entirely new layer of meaning now. It makes the angst sharper and gives me someone to root for in the end—on this show, I always root for the cops and I’m sure as hell rooting for Jordan over Shawn. I love that it’s a woman operating undercover, too, as we don’t see too many of them in law enforcement, although General Hospital has a history of interesting policewomen in the far, far past. Remember Venus Ardonawski? Frisco’s old partner at the academy, Samantha? And of course, Anna’s been an amazing woman of the law on and off for decades. It excites my inner feminist to see her and Jordan working together on bringing down the Jeromes’ operation, even if they could pick a more secure way to exchange information than sitting on a park bench. I also appreciated Anna’s tough love approach to forcing Dante to take the hit for getting Jordan released.

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Dante’s a great cop, and I liked that the show took the time to talk about the mark it would put on his record and that Anna felt she owed him the truth after demanding his compliance. The callback to his own undercover stint back when he was introduced on the show was great as well. Three law enforcement agents are now secretly working on Jordan’s mission, and thus, the plot has my full support.

I’ve been enjoying how integrated the current storylines feel; any ripple in one of them is having an effect on the others. Shoot Lucas, and you have his romantic suitors concerned, Julian’s hand forced back into the mob and thus drawing in Ric and Liz, Alexis nearly being duped into facilitating EviLuke’s attempted murder of Lucas, and the happy new Davis/Jerome family being shattered. Sadly, Patrick’s storylines still exist in a vortex, as they always have. As the hospital’s main character, he’s long been isolated from the rest of Port Charles, and I wish that weren’t the case. My unexpected fondness for his and Sabrina’s closeness in the face of tragedy remained as they dealt with Gabriel’s approaching death. Patrick’s mostly shown quiet acceptance—he’s lost loved ones before—while Sabrina at least momentarily showed some spark.

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Fighting for Gabriel’s life put a little bit of fire in her soul, fire I’ve only seen before when she’s angry with Carlos. Killing the kid off is a good call in terms of story (yes, I may be going to Hell for thinking that), because a second child would weigh Patrick down once Robin returns. He can now make any additional choice between Sabrina and Robin without needing to think about Gabriel. But that doesn’t make the child’s death any less traumatic. Yet I doubt we’ll even get Mac and Felicia coming to give the distraught parents’ comfort. Why does it continue to be so hard for the hospital storylines to intertwine with the rest of the plots? The hospital-based character pool has increased in the last two years, adding Britta, Felix, Brad, and Sabrina, but for the most part, it still feels so far removed from the major action. Right now, that’s the Jerome/Luke/Corinthos storyline.

Paying my ticket to Hell outright, I’ll go ahead and admit I begged Sonny to shoot Ava in the stomach as soon as she said she was pregnant.

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Ava’s particular brand of crazy is entertaining, but a pregnancy that saves the mother’s life, especially from Sonny, has been done far too many times. Not only does it mean I’ll have to listen to Sonny calling her a bitch, slut, whore for months, it means Sonny might have another child. I don’t want to live in a fictional world where that might happen. Sonny’s shot pregnant women before, and he doesn’t even love this one. I don’t think it’s was too much to hope he’d do it again. Sure, it’d upset Morgan, but it’s not like Sonny cares about that son, anyhow. Morgan’s fears of being the lesser son have proven well founded. Sonny was so concerned with how Michael would react to his killing AJ, yet he slept with Morgan’s girlfriend sparing barely a thought for his son, and he was going to kill her outright. Morgan can deal, I guess. Maybe he’s expected to trust his father’s swift arm of justice whereas Sonny knows Michael no longer does?

In other Port Charles news, we thankfully have Spencer’s pining for Emma on a lighter rotation for screentime. But apparently that’s so his father’s pining can take central stage. Nikolas deserves an award for easiest recovery from a broken engagement ever, while his former fiancée and her brother continue to garner ones for showing the least reaction to a maternity reveal and not-dead coma sister-cousin that I’ve ever seen.

We’re siblings and our cousin’s alive? Whatevs. Our mom wore the police commissioner’s face a few months ago.

We’re siblings and our cousin’s alive? Whatevs. Our mom wore the police commissioner’s face a few months ago.

It’s as though the portrayals mirror my own investment in those characters. I do like Britt for the occasional humorous line, but I don’t feel bad for her and never have. Nathan, um, seems like a good cop and a nice guy? I’m not interested in his burgeoning romantic triangle with Maxie, either. I don’t know what would attract her to him beyond a sparkling smile and that previously mentioned niceness. I don’t recall them building up a strong friendship before she left on her trip. Of course, anyone would look appealing next to over-the-top Levi. It’s sad that Maxie’s journey toward better mental and spiritual health has not resulted in her thinking she could be a good parent to little Georgie.

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Which makes me wonder what it did for her at all beyond giving her a long list of “don’ts” and a hippie wardrobe that I covet. I’m glad she’s going to try and be involved in Georgie’s life regardless of Levi’s opinion that she should move on. I just hope she realizes there’s no test for parent-worthiness, either.

Prescription for Better Soap: Jordan best be instrumental in bringing down EviLuke, or I’m going to be rather disappointed. And don’t take the easy route repairing her relationship with TJ down the road—she’s still left him for years for her work. That said, she’s my girl. Please, please do a better job of making Patrick, and thus the hospital, an integral part of the storylines. You’ve done great with the rest of them—I believe in you, Powers that Be! You can do this too! And as a recent resident of Hell, I assure you there’s plenty of room for a pregnant-woman-shooting Sonny down here.

Becca

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7 Responses to The Doctor’s Order – GH

  1. Julie says:

    You are not alone. I was wishing Sonny would shoot her too. I felt guilty for a minute and then I remembered it’s a fictional baby so we’re off the hook ;)

    • The Gourmez says:

      I even enjoying watching Ava, but I just really wanted Sonny to shoot her. She’s like a weasel, slipping her way out of every situation.

  2. ACarol says:

    I will start with Ava and say that she is not a nice person but does she deserve to die more than Sonny? Sonny killed AJ and let’s not forget all the other people he and Jason accumulated during the years they have been central to the GH story lines.
    Now, I would like to address the Nina issue since she has dominated about 50% of onscreen time the past week. I wish they had not found it necessary to have this character alive in the first place. We all know that she is going to throw a major wrench in the Sam/Silas love story. We also know that Jason is due back soon. What I hate is that now we have less time with the original characters we enjoy and it just seems like they are putting people on screen that we have no history with. It is boring. Watching Nina and Silas is like watching paint dry. And there are those who are speculating that Kiki is really Nina’s daughter. Or perhaps Nathan is her son (despite the fact that they have history as brother and sister). I would much rather have more story with him and Britt becoming close as siblings. They should have a scene with them comparing notes as to how dysfunctional their lives have been.
    And now poor Rafe is a drug addict who may be the person responsible for the car accident that led to the death of baby Gabriel. We were led to believe that either Faux Luke or Ava was responsible for that. But Rafe sure looked alarmed when Sam told him the baby had died and she was looking for the culprit.
    We are all longing for the disclosure of whomever is really Faux Luke. Hopefully that will come soon; but can you imagine how creeped out Tracie will be when she finds out?
    I look forward to GH everyday but I really miss some of the people who have been pushed aside for the newbies on the show. Where oh where is Monica? And wasn’t it nice to have Ned on there? He still looks hot. (I know he is on another soap but wouldn’t it be nice to have a few of the Q’s back?)
    Well, I will stop but I do enjoy when you put something on here. I check this site frequently for your insights on GH so keep them coming.

    • The Gourmez says:

      I am dreading Tracy finding out she’s been played for months. She may make me cry–I imagine a silent sort of shame this time around for her.

      Nina actually doesn’t bother me yet–she makes me more interested in Silas than I usually am! I think she’s so obviously manipulative and hiding her true motives, that I’m entertained by it. There’s no way a woman who supposedly just learned she was cheated on would be trying that pathetically to convince Silas of their true love.

      I too continue to hope for me Ned. A returned Dillon would be nice, but I know Scott Clifton is busy, and I’m not sure I’d want a recast for that character.

  3. MissyLady says:

    I love Ava and hope she takes Sonny down. Sonny has ruled this show for too long and has gotten away with way too much to not end up in jail for killing AJ in cold blood, and a host of other stuff that I’m too lazy to write..lol.

    We all knew Nina was coming sooner or later. However, why couldn’t “Nina” have really been Julia Barrett, Annie Logan or another GH character from days gone by?

    A lot of the newer characters could have easily come on as recast roles (Dr. Steven Lars Webber, Dr. Sarah Webber, Serena, Dillon, etccc)…

    • The Gourmez says:

      Oh yes, Sonny deserves an epic fall. I’m hoping the loss of his children’s love will stick. I’m fervently hoping Ava doesn’t end up falling for Sonny like Carly did with time.

      I think it’s nice to have old characters reprised in place of new ones…but I don’t think I’d want that many recasts! Maybe for characters we’ve never really seen grown up like Dr. Tom Hardy Jr. or Serena.

  4. MissyLady says:

    It would be amusing if Morgan was the father of Ava’s baby, and Sonny made sure that the tests came out in his favor in order to remove Ava’s hold on his son, only for Sonny to fall for Ava who still had the hots for Morgan!

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