You know, I wanted to like Officer Rookie. I really did! I’m not a curmudgeon by nature. I gave her a pass when she left Shawn alone at a crime scene in his boss’ warehouse, because no cop is allowed to be smart in Port Charles and that’s not her fault. And I tried to be forgiving when she immediately leapt at Dante’s throat with no provocation, because this show’s idea of subtlety is smacking you with the narrative equivalent of a two by four.
But the grace period is over! When even Ronnie (Ronnie!) starts looking competent and reasonable in comparison, you know something’s taken a wrong turn:
PADILLA: There’s a whole lot of people here looking uneasy.
RONNIE: There was a psycho on the boat with them.
PADILLA: So, she’s not here now. What are they so nervous about?
Yeah, it’d been like half an hour since they were terrorized and nearly murdered! What could they possibly have still been upset about?
(Side note: can we talk for a moment about how Lisa is a known psychopath who stalked Robin for months, murdered a nurse, shot up the hospital, killed the captain, threw a passenger overboard, and knocked out out three more… so if any of them did kill her, there is absolutely NO REASON to cover it up instead of just claiming self-defense, and this whole whodunit is even more pointless and stupid than usual?)
(Also, I’m guessing both Patrick and Steve somehow believe* they killed her, but for some reason think lying about it while making smug, super suspicious pronouncements about knowing she’s “gone forever” is a great idea. Why are these guys considered smart enough to operate on people again?)
(*Because she’s clearly that fucking clown that’s going to give me nightmares for the REST OF MY LIFE. No, really. Thanks for that, writers.)
But seriously, Padilla is terrible. She’s wooden, needlessly combative with everyone, appears to have all the understanding of normal human emotion as a robot, and has shown nothing but complete professional incompetence since her arrival.
Before today, I would have said paranoid suspicion was her only setting. But it appears two more have been programed into her system: inexplicable apathy and whiplash anger.
DANTE: I think it’s safe to say I walked in on something I wasn’t supposed to see.
PADILLA: It would appear that way, yeah.
DANTE: I think it’s pretty certain.
PADILLA: [emotionless] Okay.
DANTE: In your investigation, you’ve come up with nothing so far, right?
PADILLA: [clearly bored] No. Unfortunately, no.
DANTE: Okay I’m just saying I was shot in the lung and the bullet took a piece of my lung with it as a little souvenir. So, I think I deserve to know why I lost that vital body part.
PADILLA: [suddenly enraged] Hey! Your father’s warehouse. Ask him!
Stupid gunshot victims, expecting her to investigate their shootings while they’re in the hospital! Who do they think they are?
Is there anyone that Padilla likes? Because she certainly doesn’t appear to care for her either her fellow officers or any of the citizens she’s supposed to be serving and protecting. And since the rumor is that we’re to expect a triangle with her, Dante, and Lulu, it would be nice if even a shred of charisma, chemistry, or non-robot personality was in evidence.
You know, just a thought.