What if you threw a party and no one came? I guess I was hoping this would be more like Purple Rain : Dearly Beloved We are Gathered Together--and a huge guitar riff comes out. Instead I got a banal, dull generic service usually reserved for secondary players. The Haunted Star looked like a nursing home.
Yes, I'm THAT crabby. Save yourself while you can.
Disclaimer: I do love this show. Remember that.
Where to begin? I don't even know how to frame the last 5 days. Tracy came to town 2 weeks ago. Luke's death was barely mentioned during that time. Everything should have been condensed. Make it an "event". Maybe Luke wasn't the best character ever written but he sure made a huge impact on GH. This dragged out way too long and was honestly disappointing on so many levels. So many missing from this photo. SO MANY Key players just not there. Yes, we have COVID. Yes, we limit people on set but you could have done 2 rooms; a wake, a reception with private memorial or something.
I don't understand why Lynn Herring was on the show the day everyone (including Maxie) found out about Luke and she was never told. Luke and Lucy's shenanigans were something I remember fondly. Kevin was working; Lucas was working; Lulu is in a coma, Lucky is in Africa, Ethan is going to the Amsterdam funeral, Liz didn't show, The Qs couldn't be bothered; Maxie, Mac...and none of the grandkids. I could go on and on. Tracy's short eulogy with nothing from Robert or Anna or Laura was just flat. Seriously? Nathan had more people speak for him. Don't tell me GH can't write memorials. Sean Donnelly's proved to be a great send off and fun.
|Luke's Club (Not BLAND)|
Luke's memorial needed Jazz and The Blues. Booze flowing, hell maybe even dancing girls. LOL. He was larger than life. This was not that. Flashbacks? Nah.. who wants to pay Geary for anything, right? They actually could have had an entire show dedicated to flashbacks--the good, the bad and the rape. Such a study in soap history through the years. Missed opportunity for sure. Some people are saying it points to him still being alive. Whichever--it still should have been a grand affair. Since Epiphany and Marshall were going to do a jazz band, maybe it would have been a great time to have them play some Billie Holiday for the crowd.
THANK GOD FOR SCOTTY OF THE WEEK: Without Baldwin, I probably would have turned off the show Friday. Scotty came full circle...said "Son of a Bitch" again just like at the wedding. Fought off a Cassadine. He got a face full of Luke for his troubles but it was fitting.
BIG SCREEN OF THE WEEK: Yes, Helena "came back" for his memorial. It was via video that she taped in the event that she died before Luke did. She railed against him. Called him a "rhinestone". The whole thing had no real bite for me. Laura turned off the show. Tracy holding what is left of the Ice Princess would have been cool if it was done better. Or if Helena had shipped Laura a chunk. NOTE: Connie looked resplendent in her outfit that was the same one she had her portrait done with right before her death. Nice touch.
"WIDOW" OF THE WEEK: What to say about this without sounding like a total *itch. She wasn't a character I ever took seriously (see Barr and Struthers) and certainly didn't care when she showed her face. I don't even remember her being on in 2015. Is this the threat Brick was talking about? That Victor said is the "surprise"? Um. I was sort of hoping Wu was double-crossing Sonny. Speaking of, why would we need ANOTHER mob player at this juncture with the Great Wu in the wings?? Maybe Jen on for just one or two shows. I can only hope.
ICE ICE BABY OF THE WEEK: I think Tracy must have had a chunk of the Ice Princess in that box. The only part of this that intrigued me was that Spencer was all over it. HEH. GIVE ME THE JEWEL!!
ALSO RANS OF THE WEEK:
Yes, there was a fight in Charlie's where Sonny and Scotty teamed up against Victor. Bobbie was on for 2 minutes but ended up talking more about Carly's marriage than her history with her brother. Ava went into the room where Kiki's body was found to referee Nikolas and Spencer. Would have been way better for Nikolas to have a convo with Laura about his sad 'relationship' with Luke.
Peter was on. Hated it. They make me watch his scenes because MEK is in them. That's it.
Fire at Franco's studio. Who set it? Why did Liz get weird when she found her ring in the box? This is about the only thing I'm even remotely interested in. A mystery. But.. then again, GH.
Luke's memorial happened. Helena showed up in a video. Jen Smith showed up in black.
Peter wanted Finn charged because he threw him down the stairs.
Victor got in a fight with Sonny and Scotty.
Scotty got a literal eyeful of Luke
Someone burned down Franco's studio
Joss and Cam wanted sex in Jax's old house--Brook Lynn hit him in the head with a vase
Sonny is sad, mad...crazed over not being with Carly
Carly and Sam drink beers and talk about NINA. NINA NINA.
Ice Princess may be back
Oh yeah, Marshall had an episode at dinner. High Blood pressure.
Epiphany challenged a doctor's diagnosis
Men went in and out of the gym.
NEWS: I want to mention Rebecca Buding and her PPD story. If you don't follow her on IG, you should because she chronicles the difficulty she had following her daughter's birth. This could be the biggest reason she's not returned to the show. Michael Easton directed her in a short film "About A Girl" in 2020. I must have missed this in the midst of COVID because I don't remember hearing about it at all. That link is to Michael Fairman's site where he did a nice piece about the film. Follow Becky on IG @rbjobud .
SPOILERS: Kristina is on screen again in scenes with Sonny, Laura and Tracy think Luke was murdered, the cabin story finally gets going and Liz is baffled by recent events.
So, I said on Twitter I needed a break from the show. I'm too pissy about the CarSon thing, not happy Sonny's off his meds instead of dealing with his life post Nixon Falls. Jane will be leaving again soon, don't care about Peter and the baby anymore. I'm hoping the cabin/Esme story goes well...but? Other than that, the Liz/Ring/FrancoFire story MIGHT be a goodie. MIGHT. My biggest suspects are Drew or Liz having a DID episode. Drew is still controlled by Peter? Liz would have a good story if it was split-personality. Those are my ideas.
Sometimes I need to step away for a bit and reset.
With that said, I may see you tomorrow and I may not! Perhaps I'll tune in Monday and gage my reaction.