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‘General Hospital’ Week In Review: Complicated Boredom, New Beginnings and Cheesy Puffs

Maxie (Kirsten Storms) and Dillon (Robert Palmer Watkins) rehearse in a scene airing October 1, 2015. Photo Credit: © Howard Wise/jpistudios.com

General Hospital has been missing its heart lately. It’s safe to say that September was not the kindest month for GH. We didn’t get a lot of love in the afternoon and were instead “treated” to a rinse and repeat mob war. This week was more of the same until the very last day. Thank God for Friday!

The new head writers’ material will finally surface this coming week. You can check out previews of what’s to come in our General Hospital Spoilers. Readers, I’m ready for something new. If Friday’s love in the afternoon was an amuse-bouche to what we’ll be feasting on then I couldn’t be happier. It proved that GH can exist without guns, threats of harm, violence and demeaning women. Many people have the misconception that GH is Sonny and the mob but it just doesn’t have to be. A soap opera should be a soap opera.

I’m not going to critique the mob stories that happened this past week. I already focused on that in my previous Week In Review and there isn’t anything new to say. Instead I’m going to focus on some of the romance that GH gave us.

General Hospital Week In Review is for the week of September 29th-October 2nd.

The Future Dr. and Mrs. Drake

It’s important for characters to go on journeys in soaps. If they stay the same and always do the same thing over and over again, it just isn’t any fun to watch. This week Sam Morgan decided to move forward with her life. It wasn’t just about letting go of Jason. It was about Sam embracing the woman she has become and what she now needs in her life. Sam’s goals have evolved. She is no longer a con-artist swindling rich men out of their money, she is no longer the bitchy other woman and she is no longer the mobster groupie; She’s not the same woman she was when she married Jason. Her past is a part of her but she has grown as a person. My point is that when the reveal that Jake Doe is really Jason finally happens, it’s not only Jason who will have gone through a bit of transformation. Will their love survive the test of time? Or will they both need to go their separate ways?

The absolutely adorable way in which Sam accepted Patrick’s proposal was evidence that Jason and Sam may not instantly reconnect when the truth comes out. Sam and Patrick are madly in love and can make a happy, safe home together. They’ve reach domestic bliss with handmade signs, roses, wine, last pieces of bacon, bubblegum rings and cheesy puffs. Isn’t that what we all really want to have? Would it be easy for Sam to give that up? Jason is the love of Sam’s life but with the highs of their relationship came a lot of lows and uncertainty. It took longer for Jason to know that he wanted to be married to Sam and have a family with her than it did Patrick.

The week ended with Laura at Patrick and Sam’s doorstep. She is obviously there because she wants to tell Sam the truth about Jason. But it’s not sweeps yet so I suspect that she won’t go through with her confession. Perhaps seeing her bad timing – Sam and Patrick just having got engaged – will make her lose her nerve. While that means more waiting for the Jakson story to be resolved, the good news is we can get more romantic moments for Sam and Patrick in the meantime.

A Place of Our Own

After a long absence, Franco and Nina were back and so was Kiki. It appears these characters are going to be moving in a new direction now. The last we saw them their previous stories lines were being wrapped up with nice little bows. They all get fresh start with the new writing team instead of having to endure rewrites in the middle of huge story arcs. We got caught up with what they’d all been up to on General Offscreen not though lengthy exposition but with conversation and interaction. Franco is still living with Scotty and Nina is at the Metro Court but they decide to find a new place to move into together. Kiki is still living at Silas’ apartment where he was murdered because she can’t sell it. She hasn’t been responding to Franco’s calls prompting him, with Nina in tow, to check up on her. She’s full of snark but swears she’s okay, she even has a job! Franco can sense there is something wrong with Kiki and later we find out that she’s been trying to drink her sorrows away instead of going to work.

I suspect all this is leading up to a makeshift family unit of Franco, Nina and Kiki. Nina’s looking for a new house, Franco is going to move in with her and he’s worried about Kiki living by herself in a crime scene. Doesn’t take a genius to do the math. I can see a lot of potential story in them all co-habitating. Franco wanting to be a father to Kiki will probably not sit will with her estranged mother, Ava. Kiki and Nina have clashed a bit in the past. They did a decent job being civil to each other for Franco’s sake but living together could pose to be a challenge. Of course, Nina really wants to be a mother so maybe she’ll try really hard to take Ava’s place in Kiki’s life. Either way, I’m sure a certain amount of wackiness will ensue, hopefully with Nina and Franco working through things together and Kiki never dating a Corinthos again.

Home Movies

Valerie (Brytni Sarpy) likes to kiss and tell with Dillon (Robert Palmer Watkins) in a scene airing October 1, 2015. Photo Credit: © Howard Wise/jpistudios.com
Valerie (Brytni Sarpy) likes to kiss and tell with Dillon (Robert Palmer Watkins) in a scene airing October 1, 2015. Photo Credit: © Howard Wise/jpistudios.com

I’m not feeling this movie story line at all. The love shenanghans between Nathan/Maxie/Dillon/Lulu/Dante/Valerie have been a bit of a snooze. The strongest part of this story is Dante and Lulu. I really like the chemistry between Dominic Zamprogna and Emme Rylan. Seeing them argue over misunderstandings and fret over the possibility of losing each other is the best material they have gotten in a long time. Unfortunately, everything else connected to it isn’t popping as much as their scenes. Dillon and Valerie aren’t feisty enough for me to see them as a real threat to Lante’s relationship. Nathan and Maxie’s involvement comes off nosey since they don’t have their own story outside of worrying about their respective BFFs.

We don’t know when Dante and Valerie’s affair will come out but we now know how. Valerie confessed all to Dillon while unbeknownst to them they were being filmed. Dillon also confesses that he has feelings for Lulu. Now if these two were a bit more spunky, we would get months of them working together to split up Lante and then once they succeeded someone would play the tape. I don’t see that happening though. Valerie and nuDillon have thus far been shown as sensitive and well-meaning individuals. It’s okay that there aren’t any clear villains in this hexagon but so far we have everyone just feeling bad about the situation. Things need to get spiced up a bit.

Another complaint is that seems like too many people know about the affair right now which means the reveal loses its impact. Valerie has told her boss and now her boyfriend. Dante told Nathan. At this rate, it won’t be long before everyone knows but Lulu. I’m picturing a cluster of finger pointing at all those who kept the secret when that recording is played. It would have been better if Valerie had just told Carly. Then we could have gotten Spencer cousin bonding and Carly being a bad influence. But alas that’s not what happened.

Despite my disappointment in what is lacking, I think it’s a good idea for the new writing team to put some needed energy into this umbrella story. This is the next generation of General Hospital and the actors involved are all appealing individuals for various reasons. They also fall into the same age range as the coveted ratings demos. Valerie and Dillon need to be more defined and a good way to do that is to expand their interaction with others on the show. Nathan and Maxie need another side story to occupy them so that they aren’t just stuck in the “friends zone” story line wise. Dante and Lulu can keep doing what they’re doing.

What do you think of Sam and Patrick’s engagement? Are you looking forward to Jason’s identity being revealed? Does Kiki’s destructive behavior have you intrigued? Are you enjoying the 20-something hexagon and Dillon’s movie story line? As always, I wasn’t able to touch on everything that happened on GH during the week that was. If you want to share you thoughts on anything I did or did not mention, feel free to comment below or tweet me and I’l chat with you!

Photo Credit: © Howard Wise/jpistudios.com

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Jenn Bishop

Jenn Bishop was 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.