If you’d told me a few years ago that one day Spinelli would be leaving the show and I wouldn’t be throwing a parade to celebrate, I might not have believed you.
This is a character who’s variously annoyed and enraged me almost nonstop for the last seven years — from his insulting cliche of socially maladjusted nerdery to his hypocritical moral self-righteousness while working for the effing mafia to his Nice Guy (TM) entitlement when it came to romance.
NOT TO MENTION THE HAIR
But over the last year, he’s finally become the real boy I always knew he could be. Quirky, but now mature. Nerdy, but capable of stringing a coherent sentence together. Able to use people’s real names. And in a romantic relationship with a partner and not an object of worship. Finally, we have a Spinelli I can live with!
So, of course, he’s leaving.
All of which is to say: even though it included a montage in which the phrase “essential person” was uttered, I found myself honestly enjoying yesterday’s goodbye scenes with Maxie and baby Georgie. And that’s a real accomplishment.
MAXIE: Our friendship changed my life. Even when I was at my worst, you saw the best in me. Sometimes I think you were the only person to ever see any good in me. That’s because you knew how to bring out my best for the world to see.
SPINELLI: You do the same for me. If I’m any kind of man today, it’s because of you.
All right, you two. I give in. Your relationship drove me nuts half the time you were actually together. But that goodbye was nicely done. I wouldn’t even be opposed to a romantic revisit if Bradford Anderson ever changes his mind. (Although I hope he doesn’t, because he deserves to go onto great things that utilize his talents well.)
I’ll also honestly miss Ellie, who was such a breath of fresh air. Sure, her inability to stop using the word “intercourse” occasionally made me want to murder her. But she was soap character who — for the most part — didn’t act like one. And she loved SCIENCE! I’m glad she escaped the Port Charles alive, at least.
(You know if this was Guza’s GH, she would have been gunned down in a hail of bullets instead.) (Oh, who are we kidding? On Guza’s GH, she never would have existed in the first place.)
Speaking of bullets, I’m having a hard time focusing on any scenes involving Sonny gassing on about mob business when it’s been what — three days now in show time? — since Robin revealed herself and we STILL haven’t gotten a reunion or even a reaction scene.
Since this is the same writing team who made the time to showcase his grief over “death,” I find this lapse extra baffling.
Hey, this may be crazy talk, but did we really need a dozen scenes of Sony and Shawn plotting Carlos’ death over the last two weeks? Could maybe just one of those have been replaced by a minute about one of the most important people in Sonny’s history coming back from the dead?
It’s especially odd when you consider they took the time to throw in that boxing scene with Spencer and Leslie. Which was lovely! Finding out “Uncle Sonny” has been building an off screen relationship with his nephew all these years is one of those little character details that this writing team can be so good at! But the fact that that was deemed necessary and not a Robin reunion…
WHAT ARE YOU DOING, CARLIVATI?