Let’s talk about the bus crash! The ridiculous physics, bizarre pacing, and weirdly anti-climactic family interactions aside — how could I ever hate a story that’s given so much face time to adorable Cameron Webber?
And maybe it’s just diminished expectations at work, but… it’s nice to have a General Hospital mass tragedy that doesn’t take a month of endless, repetitive flash forwards to unfold. In and out in less that a week! That’s what I like to see!
First things first, however.
Dear General Hospital actors: I know that you all work in California, so maybe you’ve never experienced real cold. But trust me — when most people are actually freezing to death, the very first thing they do is ZIP THEIR DAMN COATS UP ALL THE WAY:
Of course, in a story where we’re asked to believe that a bus went over a cliff and every single passenger managed to get thrown completely clear with almost no injuries, I guess it would be nitpicky to complain about unrealistic fashion choices. And Lord knows we hate to be nitpicky around here.
Speaking of which, I had to laugh when this post about the overuse of Hallelujah covers popped up on my RSS feed yesterday morning. Never let it be said that if a concept has already been beaten to death, General Hospital won’t jump right on and try to keep riding it!
(I also had to laugh when the summary for yesterday’s episode was a coy warning that “someone collapses.” As if anyone who’d ever watched television before had any doubt that Kristina’s Red Shirt friend — with the head injury, tragically stoic attitude, and more dialog in the last two days than she’s gotten in the last four months combined — would be dropping dead before the hour was up. RIP, Krissy’s somewhat annoying friend! Better you than one of the very few characters on this show I actually like.)
Characters I like includes the Davis girls united:
How cute are they? Even annoying Molly, who has really begun to work my last nerve with her overly precocious know it all-ism. (Strangely, the one literary reference — though I hate to use the word “literary” anywhere near Twilight — of hers that I haven’t hated was her telling Michael all about the plot of her vampire books. Maybe because that feels like something a kid her age would actually do.)
Alexis freaking out before the girls were rescued was predictably entertaining. And you know that just about the only time I enjoy Sonny anymore is when he’s calming Alexis down from a major freak out. In fact, Sonny came out of this whole ordeal surprisingly well. He was patient and kind with Alexis and not only didn’t get into a pissing contest with Jax at Morgan’s bedside, but actually went so far as to acknowledge what a good father Jax has been to Sonny’s kids.
(Granted, that’s pretty much the baseline of decent behavior you might expect from a normal human being. But for Sonny, we take what we can get.)
The category of characters I actually like has also surprisingly come to include Michael and Abby. I can’t help it — that happy smile on his face when they finally found each other at the end of the episode warmed the cockles of even my cold, jaded heart:
(Don’t get me wrong. The ‘stripper with a heart of gold’ thing is still clichéd and annoying as hell, and the way they introduced her character was… well, offensively stupid doesn’t really begin to cover it. But they’ve backtracked enough from the prostitute angle for me to tolerate this story, and the two of them have some honestly cute chemistry together. Plus, she makes Carly crazy. And we could never consider that a character flaw around here.)
So go team Abby/Michael 4-Eva! Or… at least until the writers lose interest and/or she’s brutally murdered in the next bit of “shocking” mob violence.
Of course, now that there’s apparently a new non-white surgeon in town, Abby may have a run for her money as “character most likely to be knocked off in senseless fashion during sweeps.” Doctor Lawsuit Waiting to Happen is cute and all, but I’m not going to get too attached, if you know what I’m saying.
I also predict that he and Maya will shortly become embroiled in a lackluster love triangle that will fizzle and be forgotten by the writers within a month. Prove me wrong, writers! I dare you! (Seriously… prove me wrong. Please.)
Speaking of lawsuits, how was Steve allowed anywhere near an operating table after being in a serious accident the same day? Between crazy!Lisa still being on staff, babies being stolen by psychos, doctors who don’t even work there practicing medicine on patients, and now doctors with head wounds operating on patients with head wounds… it is AMAZING to me that Theo is the only one who’s sued lately.
Finally, I was shocked (SHOCKED) when Jason and Elizabeth were not only allowed to make eye contact, but also to actually acknowledge that Jake is Jason’s son. Frankly, I thought the writers had forgotten.
The casting director clearly hasn’t forgotten, because that kid is the spitting image of Steve Burton:
Kudos, as always, casting director! I’m sorry that the writers regularly squander your awesome finds.
Coming up, I look forward to seeing the rest of Dominic Zamprogna’s Emmy reel. But I swear to God, if Olivia dies and they don’t at least give Johnny a decent mourning scene… I may have to cut a bitch.