Nina’s entrance into Port Charles provides a good opportunity for that struggle. Sam could just as easily be the bitchy other woman to Nina as she could the desired younger woman to Silas. I don’t want her to fall into those roles though. Rather, why not shift the storyline with Nina, Silas and Sam to be more on the woman involved than make the man the center of it?
When Nina arrives on June 3, it’ll be interested to see what choices Sam makes about her relationship with Silas. Will she dutifully step aside and let Silas and Nina try to work things out? Will she fight to keep Silas for herself instead? Will it cause Sam to consider what she’d want if Jason walked back into her life? Whatever choice she makes, I want to see her make that choice. I want to see her go on whatever journey leads to that decision. I want to know exactly why she decides what she does, and not have to make up my own reasons while speculating with colleagues or other fans. Her actions need to be relatable, but most importantly, make sense for her and her child. I want to see her ask herself “Is he worth it,” seek counsel in her friends (Patrick and Maxie), family (Alexis, Julian, Molly, Lucas) and then decide on her own. This is a 3-6 month story that writes itself if all beats were played to perfection.
What doesn’t need to happen is Sam being trapped in islanded hell, interacting with solely Nina and Silas. She should have interactions outside of that bubble. She works very well in scenes with the other Davis girls. Her teen sister Molly (Haley Pullos) is thinking about having sex for the first time. Sam should give her counsel about making her first time special, and making sure it’s with the right guy. Giving Molly relationship advice would be a good way for the sisters to share some much needed interaction, and it could lead to Sam taking a good hard look at some of her past mistakes as well. Sam could decide she wants to lead by example, as encouraging Molly to not get lost in her relationships would mean more if she didn’t get lost in her own.
Keep Sam loyal, but open her eyes. Make sure the trust her partners may want is earned before it’s given away. Put herself first for a change and do it more often than not. She has a child now, so that should also impact her romantic decisions. Would she want someone who is high maintenance and possibly dangerous or someone who is more grounded and could relate to her?
The idea of pairing Sam with Patrick (Jason Thompson) isn’t lost on me, TVSource Magazine or the actors. I can understand “Samtrick’s” popularity despite not being a legitimate couple. The two characters have a lot in common – both are young, attractive single parents who have lost their spouses. In many ways, Sam and Patrick are on the same journey. Whether it’s romantic or platonic, continuing to showcase their relationship would be a good way to tie together how the loss of their marriages have affected their life choices. For Sam, Patrick would provide someone who could relate to her own lot in life.
I don’t believe Patrick is the answer to solving the problems with Sam’s current pairing. Some lay blame with the man she’s paired with at the time, I’d disagree. Although a good screen partner can go a long way, for Sam, it isn’t a matter of who she is with so much as the choices she makes or more often, isn’t allowed to make. This isn’t a Sonny, or Jax, or Jason, or Lucky, or John or Silas issue, it’s a Sam issue, but more glaringly, it’s a writing issue. In January, I wrote a column about GH’s Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) needing a “reset”. Maybe it’s not so much the characters that need a reset, but the attitudes that goes into writing these women that should be reset.
Sam needs to be more independent as Sam, the woman, not Sam of Sam and Silas. When was the last time Sam went to work? Does her private investigation firm still exist after Spinelli’s departure? The last time Sam put on her detective boots, it was to clear her boyfriend’s name. A lot of weird things are happening in Port Charles right now. Why isn’t she on any cases? Michael (Chad Duell), Monica (Leslie Charleson) and Sabrina (Teresa Castillo) could hire Sam to investigate AJ’s murder and determine if Carlos’ (Jeffrey Vincent Parise) confession is legitimate. Tracy (Jane Elliot) could hire her to investigate “Luke’s” (Anthony Geary) strange behavior.
Maybe Liz and Molly could ask her to look into Ric’s (Rick Hearst) framing, putting her into conflict with Alexis and Julian. All of these examples would also be a good way to have Sam interact with others on the canvas more, and give her something to do besides her lover. There are many ways to utilize Sam in ways she currently isn’t.
Why does Sam have no female friends other than her sister and mother? Sam could also use a female friend to confide in or just have fun with. Maxie (Kirsten Storms) and Sam’s friendship began as a result of mutual hatred for Elizabeth and lust for Lucky’s, but they’ve barely said hello to each other in recent years. Most people turn to their friends when they’re going through tough times, the same applies here.
For a character that’s been on General Hospital for 11 years this fall, there’s still a lot of development and work that needs to go into establishing her as her own character. Who is Sam when she’s not someone’s girlfriend, lover or wife? GH should use the coming months to work on showing the audience who Sam is outside of her pairings. I think Sam deserves something more than the “and” of a couple.