If I ever had the slighted worry that the 2013 Nurses’ Ball might not live up to its illustrious predecessors, those doubts have been laid to rest. Because Mr. Marbles aside, day one was pretty damn fabulous. (I mean, really. If you’re expecting much snark from me, then prepare to be disappointed, because that was 36 minutes of pure joy in a can.)
Acrobat nurses! Tributes to past RNs! Duke in a kilt! Alexis’ boobs! Brenda/Carly food fight!
(Also, everything about the red carpet announcer — from his casual background knowledge of every single character to his delightful dead-pan descriptions of Felicia the Aztec princess, Olivia the “prognosticator,” and AJ the “back from the dead ELQ CEO” — was so beautiful to me.)
Speaking of which, can we talk about how adorable AJ and Elizabeth were? Because girlfriend was working even more fantastic hair than usual, and the two of them grinning at each other in delight nearly did me in:
TOO ADORABLE FOR WORDS
I’d like to say everyone looked as amazing — and most of them did. (Laura Wright? Totally KILLING IT with that hair. I want to marry that hair.) And Lucy’s traditional parade of dresses got off to a solid start and peaked with the green/white boa number that was such pure Lucy, I can’t even deal with it.
But I’m sure you all also saw the slow moving fabric blob crawling its way up Brenda’s neck and therefore understand that some unfortunate fashion things were happening on the red carpet. (Not that Sonny cares. That’s true love, right there.)
(What–WHY–she is a tiny woman! Why are you burying her in ill-fitting extra yards of fabric? That dress looks like it’s plotting to EAT her FACE. Ugh.)
Of course, the big fashion transformation of the night was Sabrina finally becoming a swan, and the less said about some of the unfortunate dialog (“I’ve been ready since the day I meet you”? REALLY NOT HELPING ME BELIEVE THIS WOMAN IS AN ADULT, WRITERS) in those scenes, the better. Also, I miss the glasses already and sorry, Felix, but pink glitter eye shadow does not belong on anyone older than fourteen.
But it was still a pretty kiss, so here we go:
Forget the fashion, though — the acts! So ridiculous! And so wonderful! Ellie is the cutest, for real. And nice to hear Bradford Anderson get to show off his cover band singing skills.
Sam’s instant transformation from shy beginner to showboating expert may have been my very favorite of all the typically last-minute and yet still perfectly choreographed numbers. So silly! And yet so awesome! Plus Kelly Monaco and her partner both looked like they were just having so much fun:
Then there was Frisco. Do I even need to say anything at all about this? Oh wait, I think I do–
ALLLLLLL IIIIIII NEEEEEEEED!
Did you just finally get that song out of your head too? Well, too bad. Now it’s back. (You’re welcome.)
But my absolute favorite part of day one has to be a tossup: on the one hand, somewhat ironically, we have the deleted scenes ABC put up, both lovely character moments that really deserved a place in the actual episode:
And on the other hand, we have the lovely tribute to Jesse Brewer and Amy Vining. After that Frank Valentini interview a few months ago where Amy’s name came up, I was hoping we’d get a small mention. But this went way beyond that, and served as a dual overdue memorial for Shell Kepler, who’s loss in real life was never really properly acknowledged by the show:
LUCY: And because tonight is the Nurses’ Ball, there are some amazing RNs from our past that I’d like to acknowledge that continue to inspire us today. The kind, and very generous, Jesse Brewer, who lives on at General Hospital and in our hearts always. And the very sweet — but very sassy often — Miss Amy Vining, who we miss, and we will never, ever forget.
Thanks, Frank! Thanks, Ron! Thanks, interviewer who first brought it up!
And because I’m now getting a little verklempt again, let’s close with some sassy Miss Vining at Nurses’ Balls past:
One day down! And we’ve still got Anna and Duke’s dance and Liz and AJ’s number to come — I SERIOUSLY CANNOT WAIT, YOU GUYS.