Warning signs? What are those? It’s like a switch. One moment you’re perfectly sane, the next you’re erratic, suicidal, and need to be committed. Just ask Elizabeth.
(Unless sleeping with Nikolas was a symptom of mental illness all along. That… would explain a lot, actually.)
When this moment comes, people who have no legal connection to you will discuss your medical status and make the decision to put you in a long-term facility. It doesn’t matter that you’re an adult, or that legally you can’t be committed against your will unless you’re an immediate danger to yourself or others. And if you refuse to go, every person you have ever interacted with will be told about your confidential illness so they can then successfully guilt you into committing yourself. That’s the way it is and there’s no way around it!
Well, unless you’re a man.
Those female emotions are out of control, people! As Tenillypo would say, extreme measures are needed to get their fragile, little lady brains straightened out!
Sonny has the most serious mental health diagnosis on the show and has never been in Shadybrook. And even if he only remembers that he’s bipolar when it’s convenient to the story line, he has sage advice to give Luke about mental health issues:
SONNY: You know, I’m not going to speak for Shadybrook, but I do know, as you know, something about being mentally ill. And, uh, the shame and the denial. Now, I’m not excusing Elizabeth cheating on Lucky because that’s wrong and I’m not sure if she’s bipolar or anything, but I’m sure she probably feels if she were stronger or smarter or a better person, none of this would have happened. Anyway, I take my medication everyday, therapy has helped. Uh, my life’s not perfect, I’m not cured, but you know what? I’m running the illness, the illness is not running me.
So, to recap: mental illness is not a valid excuse for cheating, but it is an excuse for raging out at your family and killing for a living. And obviously, Sonny isn’t really being impacted by mental health issues at this point in his life. Nope, not one bit.
The worst part of this speech is that most of the sentiments are actually good messages about mental illness. Too bad they have to be delivered by the character who least deserves to give them.
I started this post while still watching this episode and I have to say, the end enrages me on a whole other level. Mostly because I like the idea of Helena chasing after Liz because she thinks she will provide a Cassadine heir. I don’t think they’ve adequately explained why Helena doesn’t give a rat’s ass about Spencer, or why she suddenly thinks Liz is worthy of mothering the next Cassadine, but I don’t even care. I love Helena as a villain and don’t require them to makes sense of these things when it comes to bringing her into a story. Ultimately, it’s frustrating that I actually like where this all ended up, despite being furious about the way they got there.
Damn this show.
In other news, the Scrubs merry-go-round continues, but at least we’re getting more and more of this:
They can keep that coming.
And while they’re at it, I’m glad to see they’ve figured out that this works:
Let’s just hope they don’t screw it up.