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‘General Hospital’ Week In Review: Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

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This last week of General Hospital proved that breaking up is hard to do even when it’s the right thing to do. Sam and Patrick opted to end things while they could still think fondly of one another. Dante has been handling his split with Lulu the easy way by dating the pretty girl who still looks at him with starry eyes rather than working to repair his broken marriage with Lulu. Meanwhile, Lulu’s pain is turning to rage as she plots with her ex-lover Johnny. Liz faced the consequences of her doubt and lies while Jason came to the realization she was not the woman he thought.

Soaps are based in romance (or at least should be) which of course means there is also going to be some heartache. I have to give kudos to the cast and crew for making me feel during these breakups. I feel like the resolutions are going to be a journey and not something instant. For example, any reconciliation between Dante and Lulu will need to be earned. This is how super couples are written. Of course, watching relationships fall apart can be a bit heavy if that’s all viewers are given. Even though the last week of GH took place in Splitsville, I feel like we have enough couples right now in other stages to keep things balanced and hopeful. This week the romantic woes will continue but we’ll also get some needed celebration as the holidays approach.

The year 2015 has also had a few breakups offscreen for GH as well. The latest being the exit of leading man Jason Thompson. His exit interview is in this week’s Soap Opera Digest, on newsstands now. It’s a good read and I suggest you pick up a copy if you haven’t already. Thompson’s choice to hop from General Hospital to The Young and the Restless is a wise decision for him. His talents were underutilized this year on GH and YR’s Billy Abbott is a guaranteed leading role. Thompson will be a wonderful Billy and I wish him the best in his new venture. It is a sad loss for GH though. I’ve enjoyed what Head Writers Jean Passanante and Shelly Altman have written for him these last few months and would have liked to see what more they could have done with Patrick. I am excited to see what’s in store for Patrick’s final story. I anticipate it will be full of adventure and romance, in other words a very GH send off.

As always I wasn’t able to write about everything that happened this week. If you want to discuss something I did or did not mention, feel free to leave a comment below or tweet me and we’ll chat!

General Hospital Week In Review for episodes that aired December 7th-December 11th.

Somebody That I Used To Know

Screenshot 2015-12-10 21.35.21All’s fair in love and war and it looks like a broken-hearted Lulu may be declaring war on her cousin Valerie. Maxie offered her BFF some good advise about making choices that will be best for her family in the long run rather than acting on emotion. Then Johnny came along looking wonderfully mischievous and full of swagger. Of course Lulu is going to choose the later!

Ironically as Lulu is talking to Johnny about getting rid of Val (no, not like that), Olivia is giving Dante a good talking to about putting family first and the importance of not being a CorinTHOT. Olivia’s words seem to have little effect on her grown son at first but later everything starts to sink in. “What the hell am I doing? What happened to my family? What have I done to my life?” Those are some excellent questions that Dante asked himself.

I suspect we’re seeing the start of a strange dance full of a bunch of missteps between Dante and Lulu. While one of them ramps up, the other will come down. When Lulu considered taking others’ advise and trying to work towards forgiveness, Dante decided to call off his efforts and start dating Valerie. Now Dante is looking at the mess he helped create while Lulu is about to make things even messier. I’m hopeful that at some point these two will meet each other halfway. Until then I’m going to enjoy the bumpy ride.

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Jenn Bishop

Jenn Bishop is TVSource Magazine's Soap Editor. She's a thirty-something fan girl of soapy television and anything involving Joss Whedon. She began sharing her views on daytime soaps in 2012 with her blog Save Our Suds. A former philosophy major, she loves discussing different view points with fellow TV addicts and aficionados. When not watching television, she enjoys art, live music, exploring the Midwest food scene, and drinking too many lattes. Follow her on Twitter at @SourceJenn.