After seeing Franco commit to Carly, even helping her cover for Sonny, I can’t help but feel some sympathy for the devil. Everyone may have felt that he was not deserving of Carly but she had never done anything to make him feel that way until now.
I suspect as the fallout continues we’ll see parallels between Franco’s story and Nina Clay’s (Michelle Stafford) story. Nobody knows just how much being cheated on drives you crazy as Nina does.
What both Nina and Franco have in common is that they both fell madly in love with someone who they put on a pedestal. The relationships never quite crossed the line into obsession but the hurt from the betrayal sure has. Each shaped their lives around someone only to be made the fool.
Carly and Franco have now completely lost both trust and honesty. What does this mean for their relationship? Is it salvageable? It’s hard to say but their outlook looks bleak.
Franco fell in love with Carly after she had saved his life when a brain tumor went haywire. Everything about him was drastically changed and he was drawn to the feeling of safety that she provided. When he finds out that she not only slept with Sonny but let him think he was crazy to question her loyalty, he’s going to be humiliated.
With Nina’s marriage to Silas Clay (Michael Easton), I think it’s pretty safe to say they are not going to have a happily ever after. Over 20 years ago when Nina learned of Silas’s fling with Ava Jerome (Maura West), she was blindsided. Now Nina has moved from desperation to revenge. I suspect Franco will eventually go there too.
Silas and Ava’s affair was very damaging to Nina. We don’t know all her backstory yet but from what we have been told Nina was a kind and devoted wife. After having her self-esteem crushed and years of her life taken from her, she emerged quite changed. With Franco though she displays glimpses of who she once was.
I suspect Carly and Sonny’s affair will result in moving Nina and Franco closer and I think this is a great idea. Not only do Howarth and Stafford have tons of chemistry but together their character’s have a great story to tell.
Franco and Nina are about as far out as soap characters come. One is a reformed serial killing artist and one is a soapy version of Uma Thurman’s character from the film Kill Bill. It doesn’t get any more sensational than that yet their scenes together seem very grounded. They are both able to empathizes with the other’s situation in a way that others can’t.
I think it’s a safe assumption that having her husband sneak around behind her back with sexpot Ava Jerome and then rejecting her for Sam Morgan’s (Kelly Monaco) 4 1/2 feet of pouting cleavage probably made Nina feel very unattractive. Franco tells her she is not. This kindness from him is something she craves and is perhaps why she has develop a protective nature towards him. There is something both comforting and hopeful in this potential relationship.
I don’t know what direction General Hospital has for this tale. Only time will tell if this is just another series of scandalous soap love affairs or if there is any underlying moral lesson. Either way the tangled web of lies in this umbrella story has got me not only entertained but thinking.