I was watching GH yesterday and it struck me; this is the 2nd time Maura West has been laying in a hospital bed doing pretty much all face acting. (Which she can do way better than most people can with full on body acting).
|This photo from 2014 shows just how little we've moved in these stories.|
Poor Ava Jerome. Such great promise--such a great character to introduce. Slinky, devious with the killer instincts of a python. First misstep? Paint her into a corner by killing Connie. She had to go weeks, months and forever with angst that Sonny would find out and threaten her (for weeks, months years). Oh, she also shot Olivia too. The irony is not lost on me that Sonny actually shot AJ in order to supposedly 'save' her from AJ, btw. Something that Sonny sure doesn't pay for in any way, shape or form.
Let's not forget crypt sex. What came of that? She used the pregnancy to save her life. Gave birth to an adorable baby that is wielded over her head like a prize in a box of Cracker Jacks. All dangled by--Sonny.
Ava takes a bullet from Carlos and 'falls to her death' off that damn bridge. She's not dead though because Silas has her in NYC in a room...alone for months. Oh, and she has cancer too. Weeks to live. Of course she's saved only to return to Port Charles as....
Denise. With a BAD BAD WIG... (I still can see that thing). What followed was just nonsense in every sense of the word. Thankfully she comes clean and Denise is put into storage (for good I hope).
Time goes on and she switches Morgan's pills to mess with his depression. We all knew it was a bad story and boy were we right. Only took a YEAR to sort it all out...with Ava getting no story but the preoccupation of guilt. Sonny and Carly taunting her with Avery at every turn. Pleading to Scotty or Lucy whenever the writers decided to put them on the canvas for a few days.
In all of this West has portrayed Ava as multi-faceted and someone to both hate and have compassion for. Let's face it, she's been regulated to being afraid of Sonny's repercussions, fighting for Kiki's love and trying to see her other daughter who's being raised by people just as despicable as she is. Let's also not forget that when her sister Olivia was on, Ava had maybe 2-3 scenes with her. That was it!! What a goldmine did that miss?
I have so many stories to tell with this one. She could have married AJ and they could have done such damage to Corinthos Clan, all in the name of The Q-Jerome Family. She could have really taken over the business when Julian 'got out'(thus avoiding the entire trying to kill Alexis crap). She could be a Diva Leader of PC. Instead she's looking over her shoulder, scared of Sonny, begging for her own kid and now laying in a bed after being burned alive. "Could have" is my go to word for how great this character "could have" been. If only someone had the foresight to map it out. Until then, we'll watch Maura act her heart out from the hospital bed, half covered in bandages.