General Hospital had a solid week. We got a little bit of romance, mystery and mayhem. It feels like the soap is beginning to balance itself out a bit. If GH continues on this sort of path then I think everything will be okay. I hope that Jean Passasnante and Shelly Altman can take what Ron Carlivati has set up and continue to flesh it out while moving story forward.
This General Hospital Week In Review is for the week of August 24-28, 2015. A lot of stuff happened this week and I chose to focus on what got me thinking the most. If there is something you want to discuss that I didn’t mention, please leave a comment below and I’ll chat with you.
Love & Other Crimes
There is set up for Franco and Nina’s obstacles to be their friends and family who want better for them then the trouble they get each other into. Scotty sees Nina as someone who suckered his lovesick son into taking the fall for her crime. Liesl and Kiki don’t like Nina. Nathan sees Franco as someone who is too dangerous for his vulnerable sister while Madeline sees Franco as someone who can get in the way of her attempt to control her daughter.
Nina and Franco are GH’s “love conquers all” couple right now. I know that is probably a little controversial to say but I’m okay with that. Michelle Stafford and Roger Howarth have the kind of chemistry and talent to pull this off. That doesn’t happen often and I think it’s important for GH to utilize it. The only other couple GH has that could possible do a “us against the world” story right now are Nik and Liz and they aren’t romantically involved at the moment.
GH has been relying very heavily on what the actors can do to make story line work in my opinion. Apparently I’m not the only one who feels this way either. This week’s Soap Opera Digest (on newsstands now) gave Howarth performer of the week, stating “In short, GH has relied (arguably too much) on Howarth’s charisma – and uncanny ability to generate sparks with each and every scene partner – to make Franco viable.” The recipe for a supercouple is 2/3 writing and 1/3 chemistry. Right now, Nina and Franco have more weight with chemistry. It would be interesting to see what they would look like with some stronger writing. I think they work best together and not against each other. Todd and Blair’s style of constant push and pull isn’t for them.
While NiCo’s romance is moving full steam ahead again, young lovers Kiki and Morgan look to be heading towards Splitsville. And right after Morgan broke things off with Ava and everything. Talk about timing.
I really enjoyed watching the scenes between Ava and Morgan playing parallel to Franco’s truth pillow session with Kiki. The scenes provided some much needed moments for me. Ava finally called Morgan out on the fact that he sent his father to kill her, something that had bothered a lot of viewers. Morgan’s behavior seemed to become a little erratic as he processed everything and in the end chose Kiki over Ava. The scenes between the popular tortured pairing were heavy in desire, manipulation and heartbreak. Knowing that while they broke things off for Kiki’s sake they were too late because Franco had told Kiki about their affair made for good soap.
I’m not a fan of Kiki and Morgan as a pairing so I’m looking forward to the confrontation next week. I feel like maybe she had some suspicions all along about Morgan and Ava but had actively chosen to ignore it. Ignorance is bliss. It was interesting that the conclusion Kiki jumped to upon learning the truth was that Morgan must have killed Silas. Maybe it’s his recent change in behavior that made her think that.
My sympathies lie with Kiki in this whole mess. She’s been written a little too gullable this year so I’m glade to see her finally getting a clue. I’m hoping that all this tragedy and betrayal leads to a more edgier Kiki. I’ve enjoyed the touch of starkiness that we’ve seen from her this past week. The daughter of Ava Jerome should be a little bitchy after all.