I throughly enjoyed General Hospital last week. I loved that the focus was on the characters’ point of views and the choices they made based on their circumstances. It had my undivided attention more than a cliche sweeps catastrophe plot would have. Kudos to the writers for making me care about story the old-fashioned way, by letting the characters tell the story rather than twisting them to fit a story.
The week felt very balanced. There was a little something for everyone and nothing overwhelmed the show. We got the delicious return of an intriguing villain, mobsters, light-hearted hospital scenes, dysfunctional family politics, friendships and a little romance. The beginning of November sweeps has been a very pleasant surprise after the low-key weeks that proceeded it. Hopefully everyone is enjoying it as much as I am.
I wasn’t able to write about everything that happened last week. If you would like to share your thoughts on anything I did or did not mention, please leave a comment below or tweet me and we’ll chat.
General Hospital Week In Review for the episodes that aired October 31-November 4.
International Man Of Mystery
For my review, I seriously thought about just writing a sonnet entitled “Ode to Valentin Cassadine”. I was never that great at iambic pentameter though. Valentin is an unapologetic bad guy and GH needed a proper villain to root against. James Patrick Stuart plays the role with such devilish charm and oozes chemistry with everyone.
Valentin’s first real story line, the Cassadine Island Adventure, had a lot of faults. The big summer adventure I had been looking forward to sort of ended with a whimper due to poor pacing and disheveled plotting. I feel like the writers took criticism for the story constructively and created a new thriller written specifically for the audience. This time, focus is on the Cassadines and the Spencers and our hero is Anna DeVane. Anna is back to being the badass we all know and love. I get that the character needed to grieve after losing the love of her life as well as wrestle with her own mistakes but her story needed to move on.
To protect Griffin and Charlotte, Anna has begun investigating Valentin and what better way to do reconnaissance than to visit the man. It was fun watching Anna and Valentin try to push each other’s buttons, a verbal battle that the super spy ultimately won. The trigger was Valentin’s abandonment by Mikkos. This evil bastard has a nasty case of daddy issues.
A lot of intriguing stuff came about from this interaction leading to the set up of the latest Cassadine mystery. Who is Valentin Cassadine? Anna took note that up until five years ago there had been no record that Valentin even existed. She also had a bit of deja vu upon their formal introduction. Then there was the curious reveal that Valentin had an old photo of Anna he keeps in his own box of pain. Do Anna and Valentin know each other? I think we’ll have fun finding out.
Battle of the Bastards
I was very happy to see Valentin’s attention focused on his family and in particular his sister Alexis. Not having Alexis as part of this summer’s Cassadine story line in favor of her husband trying to slit her throat was…not a good idea. I saw a lot of fans calling foul on that one and it appears that the writers heard them loud and clear. The tête-à-tête between the rejected Cassadine siblings did not disappoint.
Alexis continues to be a drunken hot mess. Valentin seems not only very aware of his sister’s state but ready to use it to his advantage. He proposes that they defy their father’s wishes and claim the Cassadine Empire as their own. With Nik dead and Spencer still a child, the royal inheritance is vulnerable for a takeover. Alexis declined his proposed partnership but Valentin seemed confident he’ll eventually win her over. Will the siblings team up to take control of the family business? I sure hope so.
My Two Dads
The Friday cliffhanger was the reveal that Charlotte’s paternity has switched yet again. This poor child! I doubt there was a viewer that didn’t see this coming but it has me intrigued none the less.
Hints had been dropping like anvils. For starters, Charlotte’s temperament seems a bit high-strung, sweet as she may be. She snuck off to the Crimson offices to try to find her mother and ran into Nina. Nina had an instant adoration of Charlotte and was crushed when she found out she’s not her aunt after all. Later, Valentin paid Nina a visit and noticed her book of baby names. Could Valentin woo Nina with the promise of motherhood? Most definitely. As DNA test results are being read by Anna, Valentin revealed to Griffin that he is in fact Charlotte’s real dad.
Griffin spent the better part of the week bonding with Charlotte. It would have been nice if Claudette had lied about him being the father to begin with and we had gotten more time with Griffin and Charlotte. But I think the actors pulled off the material enough for me to buy into Griffin’s devotion for his would-be daughter. I have no doubt that Griffin and Anna will still do their part as heroes and continue to protect Charlotte as much as they can.