So, I have actually stopped watching the majority of Elizabeth’s scenes because it’s just too painful. (True facts: Sometimes I feel like this whole story is some weird karmic punishment for all the years of complaining about her being backburnered. “You wanted a story?” the soap gods cackle, “OH, WE’LL GIVE YOU A STORY.”)
But every now and then I do tune in, and she is just flat out, balls to the wall insane now, right? Because I don’t know how else to explain dialog like this:
JASON: You can’t see why Sam would think her husband is alive after all you’ve been through?
ELIZABETH: What do you mean?
JASON: Honey, your son turned out to be alive long after you’d accepted his death.
ELIZABETH: Yeah, and that was a miracle. The chance that it could happen again is…
“…is extremely likely, since my ex-husband came back from the dead. Also my last two boyfriends before you. And also LITERALLY EVERY OTHER PERSON WHO HAS EVER DIED IN THIS TOWN.” That’s what she was going to say there, right? Because the idea that anyone in this town would be surprised to see anyone show up alive at this point should be taken as a clear sign that they are insane.
(Except for the fact that the show had Anna and Sam have the exact same insane conversation with Emma… about Duke. Who himself also already came back from the dead once. So insanity is apparently contagious.)
But, hey! If Liz’s romantic life is a shambling horror story, at least she’s been getting some meaty material with her son’s miraculous resurrection. All those scenes exploring what his life has been like these past four years and his reaction to returning to a home and family he doesn’t remember! All those heart-rending nightmares and therapy sessions! Her emotional talk with Cam and Aiden, telling them their brother was alive!
OH WAIT. None of that has happened and this whole story has ended up exactly as I feared it would: a mostly forgotten footnote that was more about shining Luke’s halo on his way out the door than it was ever about Liz, Lucky, Jason, or Jake himself.
WHOSE DAMN KIDNEY DOES JOSSLYN HAVE, SHOW? WHY DOES NO ONE CARE ABOUT THAT?
But not to fear: Laura’s home! And is apparently the one person in Port Charles who actually has the slightest interest in delving into this logical emotional beats of this story. So after two freaking months, we finally got this:
LAURA: How is he coping otherwise?
ELIZABETH: What do you mean?
LAURA: He was on that island for four years. None of us really knows what happened to him there.
ELIZABETH: Don’t you think I asked myself all of that?
Um, no, Liz. I don’t. Because this show has devoted precisely ZERO SCENES to showing you thinking about these questions or interacting with your previously dead son in any meaningful way other than as a crutch for your other terrible life decisions.
But I guess better late than never, right?