… well, no, not really. (Like, seriously, Siobhan? What. The. Hell.)
But hey, it was better than it has been. Because yesterday on General Hospital? Bob Guza was not in charge. Here’s how you can tell:
1) The Cassadines are making a comeback!
And it looks like the show might remember Alexis is actually one of them! And it was goofy and kind of awesome!
2) Something nice was said about Laura Spencer! And Stefan got name checked! Twice!
HELENA: You are trying so hard to be like your mother but you’re not. No, your mother… your mother was the queen of adventure. You’re trying to be Laura Spencer because you have no idea who Lulu Spencer really is.
(Is it wrong that I was kind of hoping she would actually stab Lulu? Not kill her, just… wound her a little, maybe. I mean, I love Lulu, but she has been super annoying lately. Also, it’s past time Helena actually did something evil rather than just bluster menacingly.)
3) Scrubs got naked! Adorably and sexily and non-condescendingly!
(Also, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Epiphany came back! And I realized I had actually missed her!)
4) Monica was on screen! And criticizing Jason! And making funny jokes about all the non-stop medical conventions she’s been attending for the last five years!
JASON: [Tracy] shouldn’t have said anything at all.
MONICA: She shouldn’t have had to.
5) Elizabeth showed some humility, self-awareness and grace! And Sam was actually pretty awesome and non-crazy! Plus, we got a Elizabeth/Jason/Sam scene that managed to be respectful to the fanbases of both couples!
(And to the smaller but no less devoted third fanbase that may or may not consist entirely of me, who kind of want Sam and Liz to make out all the time, because damn… that pep talk was kind of hot. Just sayin’.)
ELIZABETH: I really need to stop leaning on all the men in my past, all my kids’ fathers. That sounds really bad, doesn’t it?
SAM & JASON’S FACES: *awwwwwwwkward*
SAM: Elizabeth, please don’t let other people define who you are and label and judge you, because then it happens so much you start judging yourself. I mean, I know. We’ve all done things we’d like to go back and redo in a different way. We just, we can’t. We’ve got to take responsibility when the responsibility is ours to take, and from what I know and what Jason believes, you are not responsible for Jake’s death. And yes, we lean on places that we know will hold us up and that’s why you’re hear. And I understand that.
ELIZABETH: I don’t know why, but that really…
JASON: Really helped?
JASON: We have a connection. That’s just the way it is.
ELIZABETH: It was so much more than that.
That’ll tide me over for a while. Thanks, Wolf.
Then… there was this:
SIOBHAN: Unless you think the more you unravel, the more of a chance there is that Lucky is going to come run to your rescue. Or maybe you want to sink so far down that there is no getting up.
ELIZABETH: Why would I do that to myself?
SIOBHAN: Maybe you think that if you can’t hold onto Lucky’s heart when you’re alive, you’ll haunt it when you’re dead.
I… what? So now, in the world according to suddenly BATSHIT Siobhan, Elizabeth is a cold blooded murderer, unrepentant baby killer, and so desperate for Lucky’s love that she’s basically suicidal? I’m still so baffled by this characterization turn, I don’t even really know what to think. FIX IT, GARIN WOLF. FIX IT NOW.
Otherwise I think we’re off to a good start. Gratuitous nakedness (hi, Johnny!), campy foreshadowing, conversations that are long overdue, lots of history mentions and a few returning vets. Best of all? No Sonny, Carly, or effing Jackal, PI.
A girl could do much worse, you know?