GH: Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes (Turn and face the strain) (spoilers)
It has been easy for years to dump all that we hate at the feet of Bob Guza. After all, he was responsible ultimately for what played out on our screens. His ideas, his interviews, his same biased vision of characters who often had so much more layering possibilities were what structured the story lines and characters . Jason was always right, heroic to the core, the root-for hit man who could save anyone, anytime, any way in Bob’s eyes. Sonny, was always written to be the dark mobster, the guy who was to blame for all the wrong stuff, all the dangers to his kids, all the wrongs in relationships. Carly was written as the GH female centerpiece in everyone’s business, loved and hated at the same time by some but always smack in the middle of everyone’s lives and always landing on her feet while tromping over the lives of those around her.
One can go down the line and see Guza’s vision stamped on each character and unfortunately there was little room for layering, change or surprise. There were good times and bad times. The good times only served to show the audience that this writer was capable of so much more but it was , more and more, the exception instead of the norm. There are no villains on screen on any soap because they appear too often, because some are more popular than others, because one person’s favorite is another persons most hated character, because this is standard scenario for all soaps…the true crime in any soap occurs when the writing betrays the character integrity, the stories become unacceptable or unbelievable and worst of all when the audience can predict the outcome BEFORE it even plays out because it is so redundant and predictable.
The bus doesn’t stop with Guza though. It rolls on leaving viewing victims out there more and more often, because cost cuts, poor choices and changing times are now what dictate network programing. Changes can be tolerated and understood, double talk, half truths and outright misleading viewers cannot . We are being told GH is still not slated to be cancelled. Truth? Probably not. We are being told that Guza was fired and we will have a better, more innovative exciting GH. True? Well we have a writer who has been with the show for l5 years, worked through the writers strike and under Bob Guza. If the show is to remain on the air, we should see strides of moving forward, a network that listens to its viewers, and changes that are constructive but do not necessarily reflect massive cost cuts or fan pressure…just plain good improved writing. If this does not happen, we will be smart enough to recognize that this was just a head writers’ replacement caused by in house restructuring , designed to clear up GH’s own internal problems and we will see the show eventually cancelled.
In the meantime, with massive budget cuts, will the show opt for honesty, quality and improved integrity toward its viewers? Will the actors and actresses finally get some character driven writing instead of nothing but disconnected, rushed plot points that offend every character and viewer far too often?
Time will tell. GH has a chance, whether they are cancelled or stay on the air, to make some constructive, HONEST, changes, bow to pressure from no one, just write a show that entertains and shows some balance and imagination. Or will GH continue to pander to a new audience and ignore the fan base they already have? GH viewers who have stuck with the show THIS far should be given some consideration..
They need to do a lot better than what was done with the Sonny and Brenda pairing, and so many other pairings that are either in limbo or a state of catatonic boredom. Since we know VMG is leaving will tptb give S&B an ending they (and the S&B fans) deserve or another round of “Sonny’s life is too dangerous” crap? Honestly, Brenda has proven that she is perfectly capable of getting herself (Luis, Suzanne, the Balkan) in hot water. And with Jason and Sam pondering having a child of their own, the whole “Sonny’s life is too dangerous” argument is absurd.
Please no more mob wars. The mob doesn’t work that way–they only go to war as a last resort. Another mob war story is not needed to move the story forward. Sonny’s inner conflicts and those he has with his family are much more interesting.
Please don’t slap Sonny and Carly back together for the 666th time. Sonny and Carly work much better as friendly Exs who have each others’ backs. Please don’t throw Sonny into a new relationship the minute VMG is gone. Let the man grieve the end of the relationship with the love of his life. Let him spend some time with his kids. Let him spend time with his friends: Robin, Luke and Alexis (relationships we CARE about). Let him just BE for awhile.
One hopes GH will not take the easy way out and try to just slap Humpty Dumpty couples back together (like Sonny and Carly–Ackkkk) as in days of old and then jump ship. Viewers deserve a lot more for staying with this show.
*Sonny and Brenda fight over how they handled parenting Kristina.
*Brenda & Kristina have a conversation on the docks.
*Johnny offers Michael a job in the Zacchara business.
*Michael and Abby comfort each other.
*Johnny witnesses Anthony killing the hit woman.
*Lulu learns that Luke signed in…and out…of the rehab on the same day.
Wednesday, June 1
*Kristina asks Dante to convince Sonny she can date Ethan.
*Anthony unleashes a ghoulish plan to mess with Sonny, Brenda and her son.
Thursday, June 2
*Brenda and Sonny discover a dead body.
Friday, June 3
*Sonny tries to reassure Brenda he will do everything in his power to keep her safe.
*Shawn slugs Jax.
Monday – June 6th
Ethan finds Maya in bed with another man
Brenda asks Sonny to give the business to Jason, but he explains why he cant and then they make love
Jax will try to use the punch he receives from Shawn in court against Carly
Shawn tells Carly the secret what happened to him in military
Jason worries that Carly will loose custody because of him, and starts wondering if he should quit the mob
Lulu has a fight with Lucky and starts drinking
Siobhan and Lucky track down Luke
Ethan goes to DR to get a divorce
Jason goes to investigate a blown up shipment
Dante and Lulu make love
Lulu starts to get perspective on Luke’s addiction
Luke went to Bordello where he grew up in
Jason and Sam discuss if he should leave the mob, if they will be having a baby, but Sam maintains that leaving the mob wont bring Jake back
Spinelli, Maxie and Robin with Patrick hit the Jake’s
Matt saves maxie when she starts to choke on her drink
Wednesday – June 8th
Anthony tries to get Abby to work for him
Jason convinces Michael is a bad time to join the mob
Liz starts to grief again when she sees Patrick and Robin with Emma
Spinelli dreams of being a gumshoe
Matt helps out Maxie with Crimson
Thursday – June 9th
Ethan’s day gets worse when Kristina gets on the plane and announcing she is going with him to DR as a witness to his divorce
Ethan and Kristina a forced to share a room
Molly tells Alexis and Sonny about Kristina’s trip and they jump to a conclusion that they are getting married
Sonny, Carly and Alxeis make plans to celebrate their kids graduations
Abby tells Michael that she is considering taking Anthony’s offer
Michael fins a letter that he was accepted to PCU, even when he never applied
Steve and Olivia start packing Jake’s stuff
But when Liz gets home she flies into a rage, and later on she sees that she is acting irrationally
Johnny lies to Patrick and Robin
Anthony helps out Lisa
Friday – June 10th
Ethan and Kristin enjoy their spare time at DR
Parents fly to DR to find them
When parents get to DR they try to get in time to object to the wedding
Dante challenges Jason about what example he is showing to Michael
Lulu gets into argument with Jason about Luke, while Maxie hold Jason’s side
Lucky confronts Luke
Maxie tries to talk to Lulu
The following may or may not have come from GHH
Is this the end for Lisa? According to Jason Thompson in SID, Lisa is, “relentless and tenacious”.
Kimberly McCullough says ,”You can’t catch her, you have to outsmart her but that’s difficult. So they try to catch her off-guard.”
Johnny gets a call from Lisa, but he refuses to help.
Just when you think their nightmare is over there are two stunning twists for Robin and Patrick and Johnny.
Anthony plots to use Brenda and her son to weaken Sonny.
In an ugly scene, an inebriated Luke rips into Lulu when she tries to clean up. This will be a turning point for Luke.
Luke tells the Spencer family that he will go to rehab but he fights Lucky’s request to go to rehab that night. Lucky takes drastic action to ensure Luke makes the trip.
Tracy takes Luke to ShadyBrook
In SOD, Julie Marie Berman explains that Lulu, “lacks the passion for [working at Crimson and fashion] that she sees in her co-worker, Maxie. She feels liberated letting that go and having the freedom to pursue something else in life.” Yet, “…what’s driving her is that she believes her father will be proud of her for taking it upon herself to get the casino back in running order and have it be a successful, profitable business by the time he gets back from rehab. And not only will her be insanely proud of her, but he’ll want to work with her and it’ll give them something they can share and something that can hopefully strengthen their relationship. That is really the motivation behind trying to run the casino.”
Lulu also, “feels extremely out of control, and everything she has been doing since Jake’s accident has been geared toward managing people’s behavior and trying to force forgiveness among the family members. Her motivation is really about controlling this situation that’s so out of control for her. And I think taking on The Haunted Star is till about trying to control her father when he gets back – controlling their relationship, strengthening their relationship, keeping an eye on him and being there for him. She’s just completely lost, and these are big attempts to seem like she has everything covered and she knows what she is doing. But it’s really just these crazy attempts to make everything comfortable again.”
Liz counsels a mother whose son was hit by a car and brought into General Hospital.
Liz loses it in front of Siobhan.
lucky, Nikolas and Aiden bond together at Kelly’s, still unaware of the child’s true paternity.
Maxie and Siobhan reveal to each other that each is aware of Aiden’s true paternity.
Ethan and Kristina grow closer as he helps her through withdrawal.
Sonny forbids Kristina from having any contact with Ethan after hearing her discuss Ethan with Brenda.
Sonny and Brenda’s friction increases as Brenda tries to rationalize Kristina’s behavior.
Sonny’s threats don’t achieve the desired response from Ethan.
Lexi Ainsworth shares in SOD that, “People forget that Kristina is 18. She’ll be 19 in November. Ethan is only like 5 or 6 years older than her.” After the debacle [with Sonny], Krissy turns to Maxie and gets a makeover. Lexi just hopes fans are on board with the idea of Kristina and Ethan as a couple.
Watch for Spinelli’s heroics in mid-June as Lisa’s story wraps up .
The following summer previews are from Guza in SOD. Since he has been replaced as GH’s head writer, there is no way of telling whether they are still completely accurate:
“Michael and Abby take an offer from Edward to work at ELQ, while Kristina has her heart set on Ethan, no matter what anyone says or does.”
“Morgan is going to react significantly to what happens between Carly and Jax, and also watch for Shawn to play a major role in this family.”
“Lulu and Dante embark on a ‘Luke and Laura’ adventure to find the last vestige of her father. This is going to be an emotional journey for Lulu, and she will definitely be needing Dante’s support as she tries to unlock how she loves her father and what that means about her future.”
“Meanwhile, we are going to see the truth of Aiden’s paternity finally revealed, but it’s not going to work out the way you think it is, and Siobhan may be in danger for what she knows … i.e., look out for Helena’s return, along with a few more surprises. You are going to like what you see.”
“Big events at the hospital. Everyone is involved and more than one person is going to put on a new hat, both literally and figuratively. You thought Lisa was a challenge for Patrick and Robin? Watch out for Robin, chief of staff!”
Sam is hesitant to accept Jason’s proposal. She will not give him an answer right away.
Maxie quizzes Liz about her feelings regarding the idea of Jason becoming engaged to Sam.
Jason and Liz will share some scenes around this time…they will be supportive of each other;
the subject of Jake will come up again.