‘General Hospital’ Week In Review: We Are Gathered Here Today

Jason and Sam had fun with their wedding cake.
Jason and Sam had fun with their wedding cake.

Isn’t It Bromantic

Finn and Curtis partnered up to prove Hayden’s innocence.
Finn and Curtis partnered up to prove Hayden’s innocence.

GH has been kicking up the female friendships a notch but we hadn’t really seen a lot of buddy drama for the guys. However last week, the Port Charles men were banning together to help loved ones and each other. It was a welcome change of pace for GH to show some harmony as well as a little grown-up rivalry that didn’t involve fighting over territory (I can’t imagine any territory in Port Charles being that valuable) or any other exaggerated dudebro activity.

I don’t mind a bit of alpha-male but I don’t need as much of it as GH tends to dish out. The main rivalry on GH for the last few years has been Julian vs. Sonny and I’m not clamoring to see more of it. Meanwhile, Jason and Franco have better chemistry and real reasons to not get along (as well as some reasons to get along). Jason ended up leaving right after his wedding when Franco called him to speak to Jake about Liz. I thought Jason and Franco’s scenes at the hospital and with Jake were really good. There was tension seething below the surface as they did their best to remain civil for Jake and Liz’s sakes. I hope this is the way these guys continue to be played.

I also really liked the interaction between Franco and Griffin as they dealt with the possibility of losing Liz. The reformed serial killing artist and Dr. Handsome Man of God are complete opposites, like little shoulder devils and angels, and that creates an interesting dynamic. Griffin seems to play well off of the bad boy types because he’s great opposite Sonny too. Sonny and Robert sharing a few beers was completely out of character but Dante and Robert worked well together as one hero mentoring another.

Viewers really took to Finn and Curtis teaming up to help Hayden. Hayden’s quirky doctor boyfriend and cool best friend were a blast to watch as they investigated Liz’s attempted murder and saved the day. Their team up lead to interaction with Franco and later the the real killer, Paul. I wonder what’s going to happen when they all realize the killer was in their reach this whole time.

Killer Instincts

There is a mix of emotions regarding the reveal that Paul is the hospital killer, ranging from relief to WTF. I like the story a lot better now that I know the killer’s identity and characters I care about are in danger. But it doesn’t make a lot of sense at the moment. Why would Paul murder all those people? Why did he specifically target the patients, Bobbie and Monica? The reason is clear as mud.

Paul’s strong reactions when his kids Paul Jr. and, in particular, Susan are mentioned seem connected somehow. Fan theories are that Cassadines or the mob are holding Susan for ransom and making Paul kill. Maybe after killing Sloane, Paul got a taste for murder and this is his way of quenching it. Perhaps, it has to do with General Hospital. Epiphany is rightfully worried about the hospital’s reputation. Her fears could have been a clue and maybe Paul’s goal is to get the hospital closed for business by killing off patients and the chief of staff.

Ava turns the tables on Paul.
Ava turns the tables on Paul.

I love that this reveal has given some great material to many of the cast and connected a few story lines. Ava is the only one to have put two and two together so far and she’s using the information to blackmail her former lover into getting her brother out of jail. It’s so nice to see Ava Jerome vamping it up once again. This is a dangerous game that she’s playing with Paul. Threatening a cold-blooded killer is not a good idea. But in this case, the female of the species is deadlier than the male.

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