Angel, to Sonny: "My love for my father died when I found out he
was going after you (or something to that effect - I think a "final
straw" might have been mentioned)", umm.........bet Lonnie
or Donnie or whatever Mr. Ellis's name was, would be thrilled to hear that
his untimely demise didn't rate the same feelings. I think for a
millisecond I actually wondered if that was some clue meant to point me in
the direction of seeing that she has a hidden agenda then I realized that
was way too much for the writers at large to keep track of. Even if
that is what they meant to do they will forget about the whole thing by
tomorrow anyway, so I might as well do the same.
I have decided to stop expecting anything that makes
much sense to come out of most characters mouths and try to enjoy the
scattered moments of humor and the even harder to find moments of good
acting. That (the good acting being hard to find, I mean) would mostly
be due to the fact that it seems like about 80% of time there is someone on
screen that anyone who stopped watching 6 months ago wouldn't recognize.
A great indicator of that is the new opening which, while well done and
overdue given the changes lately, still makes me a little depressed.
It feels like there are way too many characters that I just plain don't like
or that are so new I can't possibly have a clue what they are really doing
on my screen. And conversely it makes me sad to see the ones I do
like who have a rich history and know that my chances of seeing much of them
on any given day are right up there with the chances that Melissa will turn
out to be a psycho. My gosh, I am actually missing Bobbie a little and
trust me that's a sign of severe problems!
But back to the trying to enjoy isolated moments thing
(as you can tell it takes some effort on my part!), I have found that if I
just take certain scenes completely out of context, which, by the way isn't
all that hard since most of them seem to be intended to be taken out of
context, I can enjoy them as stand alones. Now let me preface these
ramblings by saying that I am not in any way implying that I should have to
do this in order to enjoy GH - in fact it really ticks me off that I have to
work so hard to find a positive thing to say. But, lets face it, if
you love the show and have a history of enjoyment from it then sometimes you
might be willing (for a time anyway) to get a little creative with things in
order to not have to give up completely. Like I tell my kids, you have
to love the dog even when it's peeing on your slippers (yes, my dog actually
peed on my slippers when I brought my second baby home, apparently one was
her unspoken limit) or......wait, maybe I was telling the dog that you have
to love the kids even when they are peeing through every diaper man has
made........whichever it was, you get the point. And to be honest, for
me it is partly just the fact that I am afraid I will miss something good if
I quit watching. Once you read about or hear from someone else what
already happened it's just too late - the moment is gone and you can't get
it back, that's the beauty and frustration of soaps for me. So for
now, I will be wading around in the muck almost everyday anyway, and I will
try to filter out those few moments that have some entertainment value.
Here goes a few of the recent moments I was able to enjoy on one level or
another, keep in mind that I don't necessarily mean I would have enjoyed
them under normal GH conditions but times are anything but
Lucky telling Liz repeatedly that he couldn't give a rip about her and
her subsequent shock (hello? She saw it happen) everytime he said it.
Sorry all you Liz likers, but I couldn't help but enjoy what for me was a
well deserved comeuppance - heck everyone else in town has suffered for her
and Lucky - it's finally her turn. As a side note, the poor girl
has "baby on board" written all over her and a bust three sizes
bigger than she used to and no one is even trying to disguise it, they
should have just had brainswoggled Lucky tell her he would love her more if
she looked more like Auntie Boobie and had her disappear for awhile to get a
little "addition" on top. Look out below cause here comes a
catty comment, but can she get makeup that is just a little whiter and
lipstick that is just a little redder - please? Liz fans: don't
get all mad at me, I'm not blaming her. Believe me, I threw up for 7
1/2 of the 9 months with both of my kids so I know what pale looks like but
I can't believe that they can't do something to help her out instead of
accenting the problem!
Gia "serving" Helena dessert.
Nobody should get away with doing something like that to Helena but I had to
admire the effort of both actresses, the shock on both of their faces was
priceless really. I am enjoying MR's efforts more all the time.
Carly and Sonny. Yep, I've found a way to enjoy it. If I
just watch MB's face and try to pick out the moments when I can really tell
he just wants to stop and shake his head and then crack up laughing like I
already am, then I find it gets me through the scenes. Watching
him keep a straight face while TB is flailing and while they are both
subjected to saying the same damn things over and over and over and over
again, it's almost like watching a cartoon. Overly dramatic talk about
something that is just not all that dramatic anymore. Sometimes I make
bets with myself for a side entertainment - will they actually say something
new today? Darn if I don't lose everytime! Some of the lines
they are saying would be funny except that they are coming so late, like all
the "white" jokes Carly is spewing about Angel- I believe they
have been stolen straight off the message boards.
Alexis - As usual just watch her and you're entertained, enough said.
Sorel's Murder - I honestly couldn't give a crap who killed Sorel, I
have a mild interest in how they are actually going to go about telling us
who did it... but that's about it. I don't really understand how we
are supposed to care about someone getting killed that we were supposed to
dislike so much anyway - plus half the suspects adapted their sudden intense
motives to kill him basically overnight in my opinion. I'm gonna be
really mad when it's "none of the above" revealed as the killer
and I fear it's gonna happen..........
Guessing which newbie will have which connections to which people -
Monte Carlo and it's surrounding area must really be hurting the way Port
Charles is stealing all it's best "players", such a young, fast
crowd they are! Baccarat (got no clue how to spell that, sorry!) one
day, Kelly's chili the next, who knew? Thus far the trend seems to be
at least two connections to current or returning PC citizens per newbie
though Kristina must be very special because she hasn't left Jax's room and
she already has three established connections - it truly is a small world.
Counting how many days Carly was wearing that outfit! - You know the
one I mean. I don't have the exact count but I know for a fact that
several people changed their outfits several times while she was still
wearing it - I was pretty sure that more than 24 hrs passed between Sorel's
murder and Carly and Sonny and Angel being at the police station, I
distinctly remember Angel saying something to the effect of her father
"died last night" to Jax so that would verify at least one night
passed. What the heck was Carly doing, running around in the same
clothes for days on end? I almost didn't recognize her when she showed
up in something new all of the sudden, those crazy writers (or would that be
wardrobe??) are just messing with my mind .
Waiting for Carly to say the word: Leticia
- it really cracks me up. Oh and I also like waiting for her to do
that look -that I swear she stole from my dog - when she gets interrupted or
is just ticked (I guess that's what it's supposed to be) and she stops cold
and stares at people with her head cocked to the side. My dog does it
when she thinks you're teasing her.
Wondering how long it's going to take before someone gets really
concerned about Luke. Unless I missed it, which is possible
because I have been a little liberal with the FF button lately, no one seems
to notice he's gone. Roy and Melissa haven't even put on their capes
and taken a spin over the city for a quick perusal and we all know if they
aren't concerned about you then you're in big trouble since they are the
EMS/Firemen/Detectives/Peacekeepers/King and Queen of
Threats/Musicians/Outdoor Survivalists etc. etc. etc............. What about
Tony, now that he knows look was injected with something why isn't he
worried about what Luke's up to?
Guess who is going to hook up with who! As far as I can tell
it's all up for grabs. No one is happy, secure or satisfied with what
they have so it looks like a free for all in the love department. Is
the new nurse the intended love interest for Zander? Are they feeling
out the response to her before they go ahead with it or is she really just
an extra? Does everyone but me already know that she has been signed
to an 18 year contract? Is Angel gonna stick with Sonny or keep
flashing Jax?? And, I mean come on, she hasn't even seen half of PC
yet - AJ, Ned, Nikolas, Lucky, Stefan ...... the possibilities are endless.
Same goes for Kristina though we can all pretty much see the direction
that's going and if that results in trouble for Alexis well, look out cause
I won't sit still for it! Carly - keep following Sonny around or move
on to oh, I don't know....Taggert maybe? It's just riveting when you
really think about it. (Yes, I am kidding - please don't actually
think about it at all or your head will probably explode, you've been
So there it is, the tactic I am taking as of late. I am watching the
show with an entirely different eye than I used to. I find myself
laughing during dramatic scenes and feel my eyes get teary during the
intended comical interludes. You just know when that cutesy, peppy
tune comes on that Roy and Melissa are just around the corner giggling away.
Like I said though, I think it can be done. I think you can keep
watching even though it is a bit painful at times. Take this chance to
admire the great actors that are still turning in good performances despite
what is coming from their mouths and use it to hone up on quickly being able
to weed out the bad actors so as not to waste a minute of your time on the
next one to show up. Replace the batteries in the remote and mark the
FF button with a dot of red paint so you can find it at a moments notice and
then sit back and um.........enjoy?