I tend to mention Ron Carlivati a lot when I’m giving out credit for how much the show has improved in the last year, but trust me, I’m very aware that Frank Valentini has also had a lot to do with it. And if this interview doesn’t make you fall a little in love with him too, then I really don’t know what to say. (DO YOU HATE JOY?)
Let’s see, besides name dropping Bobbie, Audrey, Frisco, Alan, Epiphany, Lucky, Ethan, Nikolas and Lesley (!!!) as characters they’re in negotiations to bring back for at least a visit, not nixing the possibility of Georgie and Scott Baldwin making future returns, and easing my mind about the whole vampire thing… well, I’ll just share some choice quotes:
“For a long time the moral compass of the show was off a little bit, and I think now we’re back to where it needs to be. And the people like Luke and Sonny, who may do the wrong thing, are still good guys in their hearts.”
On recasting Jason:
“Not at this point because Jason’s absence opens up a lot of fun possibilities for Sam.”
On the story for Laura’s return:
“We will explore where she’s been, what she’s been doing, why she’s been away and she’ll come back with a big secret.”
On mentioning whatever happened to Amy Vining:
“That’s a good idea. Let me text Ron. We should.”
Simple as that! (If we actually get an Amy shout out, I’ll have to remember to include that interviewer among the people getting thanks for everything wonderful in Port Charles.) You guys, I’m still not exactly sure how to react to our show being in the hands of people who seem to love it as much as we do. I’m being overwhelmed by emotions. Hold me?
Oh, and hey — speaking of warm fuzzy feels in the cockles of our soapy little souls, raise your hand if you, too, had to pause the episode so you could squeal a little with happiness at Lucy and Mac’s reunion yesterday:
LUCY: I loved the Outback! You bite your tongue. I have a lot of fond memories of that place. Not to mention, I still miss living in that little apartment upstairs.
I ALSO HAVE LOTS OF FOND MEMORIES OF THE OUTBACK. LET US DISCUSS THEM FURTHER, LUCY.
I cannot wait to see Kevin and Mac interacting — or Felicia and Lucy! Their foursome friendship back in the day was one of my favorites, particularly because Felicia always seemed so hilariously confused about how she became Lucy’s BFF. (Although it seems like Kristina Wagner’s availability may be limited, judging by the creative excuses they keep coming up with to have her off screen. Which is fine! Much better than sending her back to be a deadbeat in Texas. I’ll work with it. Just curious when we’ll see her again.)
Of course, the squeals over the above were nothing compared to what happened when I saw this:
AJ: Look, in true Quartermaine fashion, I’m sure my mother has decided to round me up a social life. I’m embarrassed.
ELIZABETH: I think she just wants to make sure you have someone to talk to. Like all moms want for their sons.
AJ: In any event, I’m sorry. I mean, she had no right to impose on you.
ELIZABETH: It’s okay. The truth is, I could always use a friend.
There is literally no possible reaction to the faces they made at each other during that exchange other than this:
Happy Friday, y’all! I feel like it might be a good one.