Okay, listen. I love Liesl Obrecht. Love her! She’s campy, she wears fierce hats like a boss. She’s really good with hand puppets! Kathleen Gati is a gift who deserves better material than she often gets. But I can love Obrecht, because she’s a fun villain who I know is not real.
The good people of Port Charles do not know that. So they should not have a drop of tolerance or sympathy for her. Which is why all the collective amnesia floating around is a little weird:
NATHAN: We both know what my mother did to you is wrong. She falsified tests, she tried to sabotage your career. She deserves to face the consequences of her actions. I just don’t know that prison is the right way to go.
Really, Nathan? You don’t think prison is the way to go for the woman who has managed to get away with literal murder, kidnapping and mayhem on multiple occasions with pretty much zero consequences due to this show’s allergy to logical follow through? REALLY?
Meanwhile, over at Crazytown, Population Elizabeth:
ELIZABETH: Did Dr. Obrecht really get arrested for tampering with Finn’s drug test?
HAYDEN: Well, I’m not at liberty to say, but… [nods]
ELIZABETH: [dejected] Oh, I was afraid of that.
HAYDEN: Really? I’m surprised that you care.
ELIZABETH: I don’t, but Franco will. […] I know he’ll be upset about Obrecht. Even though I couldn’t stand her, I guess she was a good friend to him.
Of course Franco would be devastated if anything happened to a woman who only likes him because she admires his work as a serial killer! And naturally, Liz cares more about his feelings than about seeing the woman brought to justice who shot her, kidnapped her sister-in-law’s baby, and held her best friend captive for years. Because Liz is a pod person these days and it makes me super sad.
Anyway, this is all probably lead up to some horrible thing happening to Hayden and the baby to facilitate Rebecca Budig’s exit. I’m extra sad about it because Hayden and Liz have developed a slightly unearned but TOTALLY ADORABLE sibling chemistry that is one of the few things I legitimately enjoy on this show right now.
ANDRE: Didn’t I hear through the grape vine that you two are sisters?
ELIZABETH: Half-sisters. When we first found out, things were not really good between us. Things are better now. And tonight…
ANDRE: Tonight what?
ELIZABETH: Let’s just say I’m excited about becoming an auntie.
I, too, am excited about you becoming an auntie! And having actual family on the canvas again! Why can’t we have nice things, show? WHY?