OH! SO much to talk about, eh?? Last week had one of the most controversial scenes I think I've ever witnessed on a soap. (and this time it wasn't a rape!) Known sociopath, Lisa Niles, decides to bond Robin and Patrick together in her HIV hell. Twitter went nuts. Blogosphere went double nuts. I didn't say too much at the time other than GH uses Robin's disease for cheap stunts. I guess I'm so angry at the rest of the "stories" on the show, that really didn't sink in at first.
I lost a very close childhood friend to AIDS complications in the early '80's. Back then the stigma was so bad he didn't even tell anyone he was ill until he was in the hospital dying. He was 26 years old. Another friend was a hemophiliac who got it through a blood transfusion. He lived longer, into his 40s but the disease finally took him. He had a 2 year old son. I know AIDS sorrow. I realize people can live with it every day and seem 'fine'. I still don't think they talk enough about Robin's struggle however. Whenever your immune system is compromised you have to be cautious. GH only talks about Robin's HIV when it's a plot point. That bothers me. Having Lisa use it as a weapon? It's vile and stupid but not as ignorant as the other ways they ignore her disease, imo.
GH this week was a study in how NOT to tell stories. It was bad last week and this week continued to be even more of a mess. You've seen my 'WUB BOAT timeline'-- it's not only comical it's sad. When Nancy Lee Grahn tweeted she and Tony were called on a Saturday to shoot their "Filler" Haunted Star and Kelly's scenes, I about died. Can you imagine the producer calling 2 actors to say "Uh, the show is "short" on time, can you pinch-hit"?? ahahhahaaa. At least give JFP credit for having 2 stellar vets step in and give us the best scenes of the week. Oh, hell..the MONTH. They just riffed on real life stuff!! College, family-- drinking, not drinking-- the works. Awesome.
I can't even believe the Franco sheeze that's not happening. It's just mind-boggling. Where's the build up? Do they really think watching Carly and her ever-pop up travel crib is 'must see TV'?? I mean, really. Even I, huge Francophile is fed up with the whole thing. I thought Guza bungled Brenda's return. This makes that look like Oscar winning moments. *sigh* Now, the 'story' is going to start and we aren't going to know if Sam is raped or not-- it will be a mind game. She'll have to struggle with the knowledge the baby she's carrying might be a psychopaths. Fun times.
Well, folks, I didn't watch the show in real-time for 2 days and I can't say I missed it. I missed the banter on Twitter but as you know, I'm such a bitch I decided to give those poor people a break. There are rumors around that the announcement for GH's cancellation is coming sooner rather than later. My biggest sorrow is that the show that should be saved (OLTL) is already gone. Their great ratings and rise up even with NO PR can't save it. Nothing's going to save GH. I am excited however, to see OLTL online, they will do it up. Can't say the same for GH.
That's the problem--GH needs to be great NOW. NOW! Or wherever it lands it won't matter. THE AUDIENCE will be gone!!!
From Daytime Confidential: (on ratings)
ABC Daytime's General Hospital proved to be the week's biggest loser. GH was in last place in total viewers and in households (tied with Days of Our Lives in the latter). The ABC sudser tied its all-time low among women 18-49 and hit a new record low among women 18-34.
Ok, on to the details:
SCENE OF THE WEEK: Luke and Alexis--hands down. Just brilliant. The Pie scene at Kelly's was just fun and spontaneous and felt right. They were both talking about serious stuff but like "real people" not soap characters. Kudos. MORE PLEASE.
NOT THE SCENE OF THE WEEK: Oh geesh.. what to choose, what to choose. There are so many. Olivia "Fixing" the giant motor on the boat while fainting? The endless Firework talk with Shawn and Carly? Spin/Max following a glowing light in Wyndemere? Monica finally being on, only to bitch at Liz when she's brought into the ER? Sorry..can't pick. Let's just say 90% of the show.
See who won "Most Scary GH Character" on the WUBS NET !!
It's HALLOWEENIE tomorrow!! eeeeeeeee!! I'm dressing up as Jessie Brewer! Get the cardigans out! Let's all dance around the moon that GH will be the show it deserves to be.