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Although overall, the Soap
Journal has evolved into the spoiler commentary or the Totally Irreverent Weekly
Recaps, every now and then Iíll have something to say that doesnít fit in
with either one. Thatís when the
Soap Journal will stick its head out, look for its shadow and head back inside
again straight away. This is one of
those times when I have something to say.
This particular column is
about Elizabeth and Jason (sorry, those dumbass combo names make my teeth
vibrate and I refuse to use them...unless, of course, it sounds kinda dirty,
like calling these two ďJizĒ or Sarah and Lucky ďSucky.Ē
OK, Iím a bit juvenile from time to time, so sue me).
I was talking to Sage a
couple of nights ago and he was on the verge of writing a column about the two
of them in response to the pages of messages on his message board begging to
know how long the triangle was going to go on and why they are being tortured
thusly and whose idea it was. You
can feel the pain of the Liason fans (that really hurt to say that word, so
donít expect it again) because their favorite pre-couple isnít in the sheets
yet. As we were discussing it, Sage
suggested that I take over and step up on The Soap Box once again about it.
I wasnít sure that I had enough to say on the subject, but I decided to
give it a whirl. I will be
referring to some of Sageís rumor info in the course of the column, so if you
are unspoiled, better scat now.
I have to confess that I do
enjoy Elizabeth and Jason together very much, despite a few chuckholes in the
road. One big one is that
deplorable ďpaint the windĒ crap that poor Rebecca Herbst was force to say
without gagging and Steve Burton was force to listen to with a straight face. Admittedly, that must be one of the most poorly written
tidbits in GH history, but the actors managed to pull it off by distracting us
from the heinous dialogue (well, itís Jason, so almost a monologue by Liz)
with their electric chemistry.
Another obstacle my
appreciation for the couple had to surmount was a few years of my basic
indifference to Jason. There is no
denying that he is a deliciously handsome man and looking at him even as a piece
of furniture would in no way hurt my eyes.
I didnít really notice he was good looking until he got Keisha off of
him (proving that heís had a Madonna Minus The Whore complex since Brenda
dumped him for Jagger) and left his hair short off after the unfortunate Head
versus Rock WWF Smackdown. Once
he got that nappy hair out of his eyes, that boy grew up right before my lustful
eyes. I thought the whole emergence of Jason Morgan from the Jason Quartermaine
cocoon was fairly verbose and uninteresting, overall, but my, my, that haircut
did him a wondrous world of good. The
only other thing that really caught my attention was when he drove the
motorcycle into the Quartermaine living room.
As Jason The Mobster was drawn on the canvas, it left me yawning. His no-name fling with Carly was sexy and who can contest the magnificence of teeth meeting condom package,
but I thought the whole
battle between Carly and Robin was tiresome and Jason being written as heavy on
staring and light on words had trouble holding my interest.
As he continued on with Robin, I found myself detesting him by
association. The desire to smack that prim, condescending look off of
Robinís face and superglue her sanctimonious arms to one another as they
crossed for the umpteenth time over her chest bled over onto Jason and I began
to FF his scenes. Other than
isolated moments and a pretty face, Jason blended into the GH woodwork for
me...except for his scenes with Michael. My
heart melted as he read to Michael about Africa and talked to him respectfully,
almost reverently about everything in the world.
The custody battle between AJ and Jason had me riveted, as did his
testimony and I cheered when the judge awarded shared custody.
Then in one episode, when
Carly was trying to make it work with AJ, there was a scene where she was
dancing with him at Lukeís with Jason looking on.
The light caught Carlyís oversized diamond wedding ring set and she
looked over her husbandís shoulder at Jason, who was staring longingly.
His face said it all. It has
always been my impression that people who insist that Jason never really loved
Carly just didnít see that scene. No
doubt was left.
When Jason brought Michael
to the Quartermaine mansion and handed him to Carly, it was one of the very,
very few moments in soap history (and weíre talking about three decades worth
for me) that caused me to break down and sob.
Again, it was all over his face and by the grace of the acting gods,
Dylan and/or Blake Hopkins was ON that day and played it to the hilt, even as a
little toddler. Guza must have been
in heaven with his Jason fetish stroked and sated for the month.
In contrast, I didnít have
very many moments where I particularly liked Elizabeth at all.
Part of the reason is because I am a grown woman...a mom of six children
spread over nearly 25 years. I took
care of my little brothers for six years before I left home, so that means that
Iíve spent about 30 years taking care of children and my youngest is 2, so
Iíve got a ways yet to go. The
last thing I want on my one escape from kids is to see more kids and to hear
teens whine about their horrible lot in life.
Seeing Elizabeth acting out by setting up Sarah to look like she was
cheating on a test just caused my eyes to glaze over. She didnít really get my attention until the obvious:
the rape. RH played a
painful storyline to the hilt and did a magnificent job that could not be
ignored and brilliantly showcased her talent.
When coupled with the indomitable Jonathan Jackson, it was magic.
When Lucky died, her grief
for him in the chapel was beyond palpable.
It caused my heart to ache and when Lucky (that would be the real one, JJ)
was watching the same scene I was seeing on his little closed circuit
faisonavision, my heart tore out again.
After she left the chapel, Elizabeth lost me again...until she began to
connect with Jason. It didnít
take long before I was screaming at the TV, ďJUST KISS HER!!!Ē
RH is a wonderful actress, but she especially lights up when she has the
opportunity to play off of a leading man who is equally as electric, which is
why Iím not even discussing the regrettable Jacob Young, Megan McTavish,
Dancing-on-the-Bar months of being force-fed sand.
Just suffice it to say that I am partially responsible for Steve
Burtonís return. I must be.
I burned enough candles and got calluses on my knees, praying to hear the
roar of a motorcycle in the distance and see PodElizabeth (the one who was stuck
begging crumbs from FauxLucky - yeah, I can save keystrokes by eliminating the
ďauxLĒ from that one and be perfectly content with my new little blend
name), perk up her ears, moisten her panties and leave roadrunner zing marks in
her wake. Eat those for a while, (F)Lucky.
When I heard from Sage that
it was a go and Burton was not only returning, but was hot for Elizabeth and
Jason to connect, I was thrilled. Although
I did not have a burning dedication for Liz or Jason individually beyond
recognizing that both actors are brilliant when given good material, my
appreciation for the two of them together and my anticipation for what is to
come was and is immense.
Thatís the something old part.
Being a fan of the couple, I
can honestly say that I have been quite happy with how things have proceeded
since Burtonís return. I know
there are many who are screaming for a microwaved meal of the coupling, which
has been virtually guaranteed by both Burton at his fan events and the studio,
but Iím willing to wait to savor the intense flavor of a story that has
simmered a while (can you tell Iím dieting again?).
Despite my initial pleading for Jason to return and Liz to hike up her
skirt, hop the back of the bike and snuggle right into leather and muscles,
leaving nothing to Port Charles and Lucky but the sight of her retreating middle
finger in the distance, I had to consider where the characters themselves are
versus what I want. Sure, I want to
see them together, but as much as the fan base might be screaming for it, it
just isnít time yet. Jason told
Elizabeth that while he was away he didnít think much about them and he
explained why. It made sense if you think like Jason and I feel that it was
written keenly on character for him. Guza
created Jason Morgan and he adores him, so he writes well and often for
him. Jason, because of his
injuries, is very pragmatic and simple...not a simpleton, but simple.
When he left, Elizabeth told
him that she wanted to be with Lucky and could not be with him.
Jason accepted this and subsequently, left town.
When he returned to Port Charles when the Great Carly Crisis was
resolving, his impression would still be that things were as he had left them
with Elizabeth. Although his
feelings are certainly there for her and not concealed in any way, he would have
them restrained out of respect for her. When
she saw the eyeball-melting, stomach-churning, puke-inducing sight of Lucky with
his tongue all over Sarah, she did what any red-blooded girl would do, she
slapped the shit out of him (BraVO, girlfriend!) and flew out the door, having
the tremendously great fortune to run right smack into my favorite combo,
leather and muscles. ďLetís
go!Ē and away they went. Hot,
heavy, a taste of whatís to come, the sample of what the perfected recipe
tastes like and bam! Elizabeth
pulls up short and tells him she doesnít want to do this, not this way,
anyway. When she goes to him, she
wants it to be for the right reasons. She
wants it to be an action and not a reaction.
Ever our Jason, he respects her wishes, gives her a big leather and
muscles hug and pole vaults home. It
gives them both (and us!) something to think and fantasize about.
(Good, Guza! Nice sample!)
As far as Jason knows, Elizabeth cares about him and will give him cues
about how to proceed. He will not make a move without her encouragement.
But man, that Jason pull!!! Rrrrowlll!
Now, there is a new element
that surely was on his mind before, but has been thrust (I love saying
ďthrustĒ when talking about Jason) onto the front burner by recent events,
that being that there is no denying that being with or around Jason is a
life-threatening danger to anyone, even Elizabeth.
Since that point has been recently driven home, it will be on the minds
of everyone concerned. The
conversation between the two of them in the hospital will assuage some of the
concerns because Jason now knows that Elizabeth has made an informed (well
informed!) choice to be with him despite all that has happened.
Far from putting a wedge between them, the fact that she is stalwartly
dedicated to him after facing death because of him can only serve
to solidify their union even more so. Jason
will allow her to know her own mind and make her own choice, so that bridge is
traversed with a zero body count and a coup on the charts.
Another vote in favor of the
union moving slowly is to seriously consider Elizabethís headspace.
We have to remember that she is not a Bobbie or Carly type who is able to
easily move from one man to the next. It
took a great deal for her to be able to give herself over physically to Lucky,
not only because of the rape (although as too many women unfortunately know, a
rape carries with it severe and long-reaching psychological ramifications under
any circumstances and is even more tragic when it is the first sexual experience
of someone) but also because she was emotionally still a virgin.
Aside from the rape, she has only ever been with Lucky and for years, it
was thought the ďpermanent lockĒ would keep them together forever. She never even considered that she would ever be with anyone
else and when he died, she still couldnít really think of loving anyone the
way she loved Lucky.
She was connecting with
Jason in a different way when Lucky came back, which threw her into a situation
so confusing and psychologically destructive that thereís no way the girl
could sort anything out. The return
of her One True Love from the dead would be a mind-blowing experience of such a
degree that everything would go on hold to process the situation.
Her natural reaction would be to of course let go of the new relationship
to return to the love of her life, with whom sheíd been given a second chance.
Between Helenaís programming and Luckyís betrayal with Sarah,
permanent lock became permanent crock and while sheís coming to terms with all
of that, here comes Jason back again. Tres
confusing, Oui? Elizabeth is still
reeling from Luckyís betrayal, the loss of the close relationship she thought
she had finally kindled with Sarah, not to mention still shaking off the
clutches of Endgame, Helenaís programming and dealing with Luckyís loss of
his feelings for her. Just a few
months ago, she was in the middle of a wedding to him and had to make the
devastating decision to walk out of it. Afterwards,
she was given new hope when they decided to date and work on re-igniting the
spark for him (her spark still doing fine) and they were rolling on that when
Sarah came into the mix. This is a
huge amount to process in a short amount of time.
Many of us would initially
say that the best way for her to work this out is to have a great romp with
Jason to clear her head and as we saw, it was her first thought as well.
But we have to slow the roll (as she did) and remember that Elizabeth is
not a woman who acts out with her crotch. She
does not use sex to put a band-aid on a painful situation or to validate
herself. Honestly, in my opinion,
she is too sexually inexperienced to do that.
She has only really been with Lucky and that was in the confines of that
permanent lock, so we have to give her some time to sort out her head, put (F)Lucky
to rest once and for all and figure out how she feels about Jason so she can go
into a spectacular romance unencumbered by baggage from the recent past.
Elizabeth does not rush into a physical relationship with a man for many
reasons and definitely is not going to do so until she is clear on how she feels
about him and knows her heart. Having
felt that perfect love with (Jonathan Jackson) Lucky, a man will have a tough
act to follow. She knows that she
got back a cheap imitation Lucky from Helena and the memory of how things were
before the fire is, Iím sure, still etched on her heart.
That will be the template she uses for future love and although her love
with Jason will be more mature and definitely different from the young love she
had with (JJ)Lucky, I have no doubt it will endure and be just as strong, if not
more so. As with everything she
does, Elizabeth is going to have to work through it her own way and in her own
time. When she has clarified her
feelings, sheíll be ready for more from Jason.
Itís already begun with her acceptance of his life and the cuddling of
the postcard he gave her. Weíve
seen the love in his eyes, so we know itís ON.
Regardless of what the fans
want and how we would react, we very much need to keep the motivations and
personalities in mind as this story plays out and let them do it there way.
The thing to remember also is that Bob Guza is telling this story.
For him, Jason just left because he was not here through the McTavish
year from hell. Guza knows and
adores both the characters of Jason and Elizabeth, so we can relax and trust him
to play this out just right, in perfect keeping with their truest selves.
We cannot let what WE want corrupt the story as it unfolds.
This stupid storyline with
Zander. What irritates me most about this...well crap, there is so
much that irritates me about this that I donít know where to start.
Zander AND Chad Brannon have been so sorely abused in the past 2 years
that itís a travesty to drop him right in the middle of a burgeoning romance
between Jason and Liz, not to mention having it follow months of making puppy
dog eyes at Carly, only to have her scrape him off her well-heeled shoe the
second Sonny took an interest. Letís go back even further and rake out that obscene break
up between Zander and Emily. A
beautiful love story like theirs, mirroring the Masters, Luke and Laura, by
building it out of the unlikely material of a violent act inflicted upon the
leading lady, deserved to go out with more than a whimper on the phone.
Granted, CB worked better with that phone than 90% of the actors on
screen at that time did with humans to play against, but still, we needed more
closure than we got. We STILL need
more closure than what weíve got. Sadly,
Amber Tamblyn just recently commented on her message board when asked if Emily
would be returning that GH had not contacted her about a return.
ďThey have my number.Ē Since
the accident paralyzed Emily, Zander has had little to do but stand around and
glare. A fine job, he has done and
when given the opportunity to let loose, such as the dynamic scene in which he
blasts Carly, Jason and THEN SONNY, he really shows what he can do. The sad, sad thing is that they are borrowing the story of
Jason injured and recovering in Lizís studio, of Jason insinuated into Lucky
and Elizabethís rekindling of feelings, of Jason being the smoldering, sexy
presence that cannot, will not be denied and forcing Zander to eat it.
I do understand Zanderís
presence in the story. Itís a
soap, fer crying out loud, and there is no way in hell a couple who is meant to
be together are going to be together without some kind of conflict and some kind
of choosing going on. Itís just
the way itís done. The course of
true love never runs smoothly, especially between noon and three in the
afternoon. I donít like him being in the middle, mucking things
up, but I understand it. The
problem is that the whole thing was just handled wrong.
Itís going against the Elizabeth that I know (detailed above).
She and Zander had almost no association beyond his relationship with
Emily prior to Jason coming to town. Since
Bob Guza has stepped back into the head writerís boots, heís been all over
the place, trying out Sonny and Alexis, trying out Sarah and Lucky, trying out
Zander and Kristina and basically throwing things up in the air to see what
sticks to the ceiling and what falls and crashes.
Itís painfully obvious to
everyone concerned that Liz and Zander were thrown together as an afterthought
to provide antagonism to the Jason and Liz reunion.
Itís nothing more than a vehicle to propel the story and because we
know and can see that, it instead causes the story to sputter and threaten to
stall. Itís like trying to pour
STP into your engine and finding out someone replaced it with water.
It doesnít work and instead of conceding defeat and slowly (or quickly)
backing away from a bad idea, instead (in true Guza fashion) he has decided to
jump right into it, having Liz and Zander actually do the deed on July 22nd,
not only just do the deed, but having JASON witness a great deal of the
passionate goinís on!! Sure, this
definitely makes Jason keenly aware of how he feels about Elizabeth, but itís
messy and itís clumsy and itís unnecessary and itís only going to end up
right where we knew we were going, which is with Jason and Elizabeth together,
in love and beaming broadly. The
added bonus is that we (again) have poor Zander on the outs, having been (again)
let down for another guy (thatíd be three times in a row).
Itís totally unnecessary when Liz and Jason are already working through
the conflict of her recent break up with Lucky and the dangers of being in
They could have just as
easily gotten a good old May-December thing going on between Zander and Bobbie
(hey, the almost forbidden can be done VERY well on soaps!
Submitted for your approval: Joey
Buchanan and Dorian Lord Ė rrroowlll!) or go all out and recast Emily if you
canít afford Amber (itís really, really getting ludicrous that Emily is at
rehab for THIS long and is seriously glitching the flow of things) or bring back
Robin, recast if necessary, and team her up with Zander.
Hell, recast Sarah with Gina Tognoni and give them a whirl!!
There are so many different directions where this can go and NOT screw up
another story that is developing beautifully and itís amazing to me that the
powers that be are insisting on pushing this on us.
Yeah. The same old rehashed
crap for Zander.
Thatíd be me.
Thatíd be the rest of the fans of Jason and Elizabeth.
(Thatíd be Zanderís ďboys,Ē so the one good thing is that heís
FINALLY going to get some!) Iím
pretty doggoned pissed off that a good story is being screwed up due to one or
some of all of the following factors: ABC
politics, Writerís ego and refusal to accept when something isnít working,
the desire to stir up fans (as they did by dragging out the Sonny-Alexis stuff
just to keep fans in an uproar on the net) or just plain bad judgment.
One thing that we, as
fans, tend to forget is that as much as weíd love to believe it to be so and
delude ourselves into thinking, it is not about us. What we see on the screen
has so little to do with what the fans want that we might as well not even be
here sometimes. Itís about who is scratching whose back at ABC, about story
wars between different powers in charge, itís about how many hours one actor
or another will or can work, itís about what sponsors and network fat cats and
(sometimes) actors want. We are a
piece of the pie, but itís not enough to live on and certainly not enough to
start swinging threats around about boycotts and such. We donít have nearly the power weíd like to believe and
my impression is that ABC treats us like they are the drug dealer and we are the
junkies. No matter what kind of
low-quality blow they send our way, weíll still snort it up, bitching and
complaining about it through every sniff. They
know that we know that they show is pretty safe.
If we complain, they know we are watching. If we stop watching, the show goes away (say ďAnother
WorldĒ with me, folks) and they move on to other ABC jobs or to living off of
their Swiss bank accounts and we pretend like we donít miss the crap they were
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