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Be true to your Goom-ba

Posted in Fabulous Jones, General Hospital, Maurice Benard, Polls, Soap Operas, Sonny Corinthos with tags , , , , on January 13, 2012 by ghblowhard


There’s all kinds of Sonny fans out there, the ones we will concentrate on in this blog are the hardcore, long time, loyal Sonny/Maurice fans.  They watch regularly when they love a story line, watch regularly when a pairing is not to their liking, and most of all, they STICK it out when , like this fall,  and during the Dante shooting and car bombing, the Sonny character heads south for months of constant on show bashing.  Still these fans do not stop watching even if during exceptionally hard to watch segments, they watch clips only.  They have earned the right to CARE.  They have earned the right to praise WHATEVER it is they like and to complain about WHATEVER it is they hate.  They have been in the trenches for years never giving less than l00% support to Maurice.  This blog is not being written to bash, criticize or put down any other fan base, so we won’t.  We want to remain as positive as we can in our support for Maurice.

We would like to discuss what we are seeing and hearing from SFF/MFF’s whose only concern is Maurice not pairings,  story lines, personal wants. Whether this show is cancelled or not, these fans want the very best writing for Maurice/Sonny.  Their first priority is NOT which woman ends up with Sonny, how well SHE will be written, and how it must be THEIR favorite couple.  Many S&B fans experienced first hand this summer that even a very popular couple cannot save horrid writing.  What the SFF/MFF’s want is some enhanced growth in the Sonny character, not one small step forward and ten giant steps backwards.  There well may be no  time for such nonsense if Sonny is to be written as a layered character treated with the same respect Jason gets as a mobster, and allowed to enjoy his family, some friends and  utilize the many assets Maurice personally has that are constantly squelched because of the one dimensional writing for Sonny.

I am getting the feeling that Sonny fans will fight hard for the integrity of their character over any pairing or story line.  They want  a strong

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Sonny in command, with family  ties that mean something, and something other than just being a mob boss.  Get that restaurant up.  Show that home for children going up and representing  some growth for Sonny.  If there is a woman, let it be on even ground…no saves, no constant lectures and put downs and a give and take relationship that WORKS.  It is far too late to continue to sing the tired old song about Sonny being a mobster and thereby deserving nothing in this life.  Before the show goes off, bring this mobster into the modern world of mobsters…the ones with homes, family, friends, strong ties to modern society and get rid of this archaic view that we have lived with for far too many years.

Right now there is very little buzz supporting any current spoilers because everything is subject to change pending a cancellation announcement…or not…and what the new regime wants for the show in general.  One thing is apparent.  Maurice has saved the Sonny character time and again with his sensitive portrayals and now it is time to give this character some upbeat decent writing.  We are NOT seeing it right now as we digress back to the same old  repetitious recital of Sonny wrong doings.  There are break through scenes off and on with Nancy and Kelly but not near enough.  The rest is the same old  gloom and doom.  Wash. Rinse. Repeat.  Sonny needs more than fighting the Z’s over and over and listening to Carly lectures and Michael rantings.  The scenes with Kate have been well done, but will they last?  A lot depends on these writers.

This week we got some interesting news as four members of the now defunct soap OLTL are crossing over to GH for a story line all centered around Sonny. That’s a start in the right direction IF Sonny is written well and layered and is not used as one big punching bag for everyone on the canvass to crap on.

Also this week we were given a hint that GH may be cancelled.  If that is true then GH better give the character of Sonny Corinthos and Maurice Benard their due.  Maurice has been on the show 19 years and let’s face facts he carried the show for a good many of those years and STILL is popular and considered one of the stars of the show.  He was part of TWO super couples who defined the show in the 90s and the first decade of the 2000s: Sonny and Brenda and Sonny and Carly.  The fact that Sonny is a character still standing is due largely to Maurice because the writing since about 2007 on sure has done him NO FAVORS. Sonny’s staying power is due to Maurice who managed to evoke sympathy from the viewers during some of the most horrendous and stilted writing for his character.  If GH is to end then tptb better give Maurice and the character of Sonny the respect and honor they deserve.  That means give the man what he wants!  Give us the old Sonny back, not the Sonny used as a foil  and not the Sonny where unsavory story lines are piggy backed off him to prop other characters. In the 90s Sonny as a character stood quite well on his own. He didn’t need to be propped. He didn’t need Jax, Jason, AJ, Ric, Johnny,  Alcazar, or Trevor–they needed HIM. So GIVE him his due and acknowledge his loyalty and staying power on this show. Give him him respect and dignity.  If that means Maurice wants to end the show with Sonny and Brenda (we don’t know that for sure but both Maurice and VMG have said in interviews that’s what they would like) then make that happen.  If he wants Sonny to end up with SKate so be it.  If he wants Michael Sutton back for a scene give him that! Bring back Mike Corbin!

Give Sonny’s long suffering and loyal fans something too.  Give us OUR due for supporting Maurice and the show all these years even if we didn’t like what we saw happening to the character. Fix things between Sonny and Robin! Make Sonny a root for character again! Give him an adventure and a story line where we can see all aspects of Sonny’s character.  Make his friends treat him with some loyalty and respect. Give him some light stuff! And most of all: Get him a freaking LOCK for his door!

Stay Fabulous!

SPOILERS

1/13 Sam hopes and prays for a miracle.
Robin calls Patrick but Patrick suspects that she’s not where she says she is.
Elizabeth and Patrick have a heart-to-heart.
Michael becomes more like his father.
Sam shares her pregnancy test results with Jason!

Week of January 16th1/16 Patrick has some straight up questions for Robin.
After an intense verbal sparring match with Johnny, Sonny is found by Shawn.
Lulu and Ethan clash; she has no idea what’s going through Ethan’s head.
Maxie has a proposition for Matt.1/17 Robin and Patrick discuss her health and the new drug protocol.
Ewen focuses his attention upon Liz, much to Matt’s displeasure.
Carly and Johnny make plans.
Tracy grows more upset by recent events.
Kate second-guesses her relationship with Sonny.
Shawn meets a new face in Port Charles.1/18 A jealous and displeased Maxie confronts Liz.1/19 Johnny comes across something truly shocking;
Johnny sees Michael with a gun.
Tracy is faced with a critical decision.1/20 While Sonny is paying Johnny a visit,
someone steps into his shoes by taking on a father-figure role with Michael.
Luke delivers Sonny some startling information.
Robin returns home.1/23 Jax has an offer for Kate; Jax departs town (Ingo’s last day).
Jason and Sam look to Dr. Lee for answers.1/16/2012
General Hospital
(The Crush)
Lulu questions Ethan about the object of his affections; Maxie has a proposition for Matt.
1/17/2012
General Hospital
(The Plans)
Kate second-guesses her relationship with Sonny; Shawn meets a new face in Port Charles.
1/19/2012
General Hospital
(The Gun)
Johnny sees Michael with a gun; Tracy is faced with a critical decision.1/20/2012
General Hospital
(News)Luke delivers Sonny some startling information; Robin returns home.

Sonny has big news.Johnny and Anthony have a major argument.Alexis accidentally makes Sam upset.Michael challenges Dante and Delores.Jason pulls Sam into his arms.

Anthony makes an ultimatum.

Edward has a moment with Luke.

Maxie calls out Lulu.

Carly finds herself in a passionate moment.

Spinelli gets unsettling news about a fire.

Someone is following the women of Port Charles.

Alexis suspects that Helena had something to do with Molly’s disappearance.

Ethan seeks out Spinelli for help in uncovering Cassandra’s past.

Jason and Alexis warn Helena to stay away from Sam.

**Alexis is afraid Helena took Molly**Spinelli works on the mystery of Cassandra’s past.**Jax and Kate have a talk and he makes an offer.**Meet TJ, son of the man Shawn killed by mistake in Iraq**Jax gives Michael advice

**Luke’s back in Port Charles

**Ewan does a psychological profile for the PCPD on the Stripper Killer.

**Michael buys a gun and wants to find the Stripper Killer himself

**Carly and Johnny work together–and MORE!?

**Franco and Jason: bang, bang

**Kate has a visitor she knows TJ

**Tracy is trapped

**Molly and TJ connect

**Ewan warns Cassandra to stay away from Ethan

**Robin comes clean with Patrick

**The wedding starts but has a major interruption.

**Helena is waiting in the wings

**Maxie and Spinelli do the “woman behind the man” photo shoot

**Molly starts wondering about her Cassadine side of the family

**Matt loses a patient.

**Lulu drinks and gets depressed about her lack of career aims

Revenge and runaways.

Shawn finds Sonny struggling to survive while Jax flees the scene with a gun. Michael is also running around with a gun that he wants to get rid of. While his mother continues looking for leverage on the Zaccharas, she also makes plans to spend the night with Johnny.

The turmoil continues for Jason and Sam over their latest run-in with Franco. Spinelli finds more information about the artist while Sam has nightmares about him. Jason is off dealing with Sonny and his plan to get revenge on the Zaccharas. Things could go in a different direction after Luke tips his old friend off with some shocking news. Sonny runs off to see Johnny, who is in the middle of slapping skin with Carly.

Shawn runs into TJ, the son of the man he accidentally killed. He takes him under his wing and TJ instantly finds a friend in Molly but he’s less friendly to Shawn after learning that he works for Sonny. Over at the hospital, Patrick goes into shock when Robin is gone. He refuses to believe what Liz tells him. When Robin returns to town, her husband demands the truth. And Jax manages to corner Michael and attempts to give him some advice before it’s too late.

Ewen attempts to get Cassandra to open up about her past. Ethan shows up to try and romance her, which doesn’t sit well with her doctor. Across town, Maxie asks Matt to move in with her but he seems far more concerned about Liz and Ewen getting close. Meanwhile, Tracy gets trapped on a boat with Anthony and has to finally decide if she will actually marry him. As they head down the aisle, the wedding hits a snag.

NE week of Jan 23
Sonny has big news.
Johnny and Anthony have a major argument.
Alexis accidentally makes Sam upset.
Michael challenges Dante and Delores.
Jason pulls Sam into his arms.
Anthony makes an ultimatum.
Edward has a moment with Luke.
Maxie calls out Lulu.
Carly finds herself in a passionate moment.

SPUMORS
RC’s dream goal is for one last adventure umbrella story impacting the Spencers, Scorpios, Cassadines, and Corinthos clans.

ABC Press Release on OLTL/GH crossover

ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Howarth, DePaiva, Easton & Alderson To Cross Over To GENERAL HOSPITAL
Frank Valentini, executive producer of GENERAL HOSPITAL, announced today that Emmy Award-nominated Kassie DePaiva and Emmy winner Roger Howarth, along with fan favorites Michael Easton and Kristen Alderson, will reprise their “One Life to Live” characters and head to “General Hospital” as part of a new storyline for the multi-Emmy Award-winning daytime drama. Production begins late January 2012 in Los Angeles.

“We have a very exciting story planned for the citizens of Port Charles, with Sonny Corinthos at the center of it! I am confident viewers and fans alike will be excited for the arrival of John (Easton), Starr (Alderson), Blair (DePaiva) and Todd (Howarth),” said Valentini. “Incorporating characters from ‘One Life to Live’ continue the legacy of the show as we weave them into ‘General Hospital.'”

With many television, film and stage credits to her name, DePaiva played the role of beautiful Blair Cramer on “One Life to Live” since December 1993. In addition, she played good-girl Chelsea Reardon on the daytime drama “Guiding Light.” Horwath returned to portray Todd Manning on “One Life to Live” in 2011, a role he originated from a day-player to a compelling long-term character. Performing at many prestigious regional theater centers, he has many theater credits to his name, and in addition appeared in the television series “Prey” and in the primetime teen drama “Dawson’s Creek,” as well as the daytime drama “As the World Turns.”

Easton joined the cast of ABC’s long-running “One Life to Live” in 2003 as John McBain.
A published poet, he also played vampire Caleb Morley on the ABC daytime drama “Port Charles,” among many other television and film credits. As for Alderson, she continuously played the role of Starr Manning on multi award-winning “One Life to Live” since March 1998, the precocious young daughter of Blair Cramer and Todd Manning.

Garnering eight Daytime Emmys in 2011, “General Hospital” airs at 3:00 p.m., ET, 2:00 p.m., PT on the ABC Television Network, and on SOAPnet at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Winner of a record-setting 10 Emmys for Outstanding Daytime Drama, the program celebrates 49 years of broadcasting on April 1, 2012, and is the longest-running dramatic serial on ABC, having aired close to 12,500 episodes. The show is produced by Time Square Studios for ABC Daytime.

“General Hospital” was created by Frank and Doris Hursley. Frank Valentini is the executive producer. Mary O’Leary, Mercer Barrows and Michelle Henry are producers. Ron Carlivati is the head writer. Full episodes of “General Hospital” are available on ABC.com immediately following its air on the network for users to watch online.

GH: Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes (Turn and face the strain) (spoilers)

Posted in Fabulous Jones, General Hospital, Soap Operas, Sonny Corinthos with tags , , , , , on May 31, 2011 by ghblowhard

Guza is out, Garin Wolf is in.  Did GH take the easy way out or will we actually get a fresh approach?

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?

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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.

Stay Fabulous!

Spoilers

Tuesday,May 31
*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

Tuesday – June 7th
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.

You say you want a revo-lucien (warning SPOILERS)

Posted in Fabulous Jones, General Hospital, Honest to blog, Soap Operas, Sonny Corinthos with tags , , , , , , , on April 10, 2011 by ghblowhard

General Hospital is more like general confusion these days.

Sonny and Brenda fans should have known better than to drink the Guza Koolaid and think their couple would continue to get good writing for more than two weeks or so. S&B play hide and seek….Guza hides Sonny and Brenda and their fans seek them….for days, and days. Fans go with them breathlessly anticipating a warm and rewarding honeymoon and POOF, they get an imaginary invisible honeymoon, an invisible trip back to Greystone and a short, short birthday celebration for Brenda  .  S&B get almost two full DAYS of happiness before Suzanne enters with cute little Lucien, supposedly Brenda’s son.  Brenda, desperately wanting a child, accepts Lucien as hers.  Sonny doesn’t trust Suzanne (and rightly so) and wants Brenda to have a DNA test to make sure. Carly suddenly remembers that Morgan is Sonny’s child (after several attempts at having Jax adopt him, an adoption which apparently hasn’t gone through) and makes daily trips to Greystone to taunt Brenda and mark her territory.  Brenda wants Sonny to ban Carly from Greystone (who can blame her?) but Sonny knows the hell Carly would put him and more importantly, Michael and Morgan, through if he does that.  He wants his children not to be put in the middle and to feel welcome in his home.

There are rumblings that Brenda will start to worry about keeping Lucien safe in Sonny’s world (like her’s is any safer! hello! BALKAN!) and run to Jax about this.  We are even hearing that VMG  may leave GH this summer and may exit Port Charles with IR in tow (so far this is just a rumor).  If that’s true Guza will have pissed on Sonny fans and S&B fans for the THIRD time.  Many Sonny fans will be DONE with S&B.   DONE!

Guza says the child’s name is Lucien for a reason which has some speculating that Lucien may be some kind of demon seed.

While Brenda is wondering if Sonny’s world is too dangerous for her “son”, everyone else  is busy telling Mighty Jase, Guza’s King of the Universe, that he would make father of the year (in spite of the fact that both he and Sonny are in the mob) and should have a child with Sam.   He is also the all knowing protector.  Only  HE can protect Jossy, Lucien, Michael and everyone else except for Jake.  The expressions never change from wounded mode to heroic mode and that confuses us but they are in Guza’s mind both part of the Mighty One’s eternal magnetism at least in Guza’s eyes.

Along with that, fans have discovered that there is a powerful magnetic draw also between Luke and Lucky, both having been called upon to give powerful and very worthwhile performances….over …and over…..and yet again….over. So, toss suffering Lulu between these two and you have Spencers in overkill drive, with Luke putting down alcohol faster than lighting can strike, Lucky weeping buckets of tears and Lulu whining because that seems to be her part in this mess. Even Dante’s air time has been cut momentarily while the Spencer’s duke it out daily.  TG and JJ did have some great scenes with Maurice this past week which was a a nice and unexpected nod to the friendships of Luke and Lucky to Sonny.

Here’s a question! We’ve had ample scenes of Jason, Lucky and Luke mourning the loss of little Jake.  When do we get to see Liz mourn–you know Liz, JAKES MOTHER!

Enter next, Johnny who matches Psycho Doctor gamely in the “nut” department by constantly comparing her to Psycho Sister, Claudia, who he continues to worship and pity as though she was a demonic version of The Flying Nun. Johnny mentions Claudia so much  one might get the impression that he wanted to “do” his sister and Lisa is the next best thing. YUCK!!.   This couple makes one WANT to get away and the only other place to run, unfortunately on this show right now, is right into the midst of mini-Jason, Michael, who except for being a big bland teddy bear type of fellow, is portrayed as badly in need of guidance that only Mighty Jase can provide while saving him from himself and any bad guy he feels like messing with.   Jason’s dialog these days is dotted with “I’s”:

  • I have to save Michael.
  • I have to protect Joss.
  • I have to find and fight Franco.
  • I have to protect Lucien.
  • I have to wonder why I didn’t do better with Jake.

I have to wonder if I need more Milk of Magnesia!

That kind of self obsession can be a real drag for viewers after five minutes or so. A slight help to some is the insertion of better material for Scrubs….for the moment. It is sad when the most upbeat moments, other than the ones for the invisible S&B couple, are those of a couple toying with seeking counseling for a marriage broken up due to indiscretion with crazy Psycho Doctor Lisa, who still sniffs this couple out like a blood hound in heat, even when she can bed down the sneering Johnny and reminisce about sicko Claudia any time she wants. So, with the three days kidney swap in place, miracle baby, Joss , big mouthed momma Carly and new bodyguard, Shawn will head home knowing that Jason will keep all of them safe. Jax must be out trying to find the dungeon camp that invisible Morgan is attending.

What will be the future for all…..ask Jason. He is in charge of everything and everybody.

Stay Fabulous!

Spoilers

Monday, April 11
*Dante finds a surprising connection between *Brandon & Johnny.
*Michael asks Jason to help him when Abby is called in for questioning about Brandon’s murder.

Tuesday, April 12
*Michael refuses to heed Abby’s advice.
*Brenda worries about keeping Lucian safe.
*Brenda voices her concern to Jax about not knowing how to raise a child among mob danger.
*Dante finds a surprising connection between Brandon and Johnny.
*Michael tells Jason he’s his own man & will make his own choices.

Wednesday, April 13
*Dante reluctantly tells Sonny he thinks Johnny is setting Michael up for MURDER!

Thursday, April 14
*Sonny confronts Johnny!
*Michael confides his desires for power!
*Sonny, Dante & Jason fears that Johnny maybe trying to recruit Michael for the (Z) mob!
*Sonny , Dante & Jason stratize for how how to keep Johnny from turning to Johnny!

Friday, April 15
*Sonny worries Brenda is becoming too close to Lucian.
*Sonny worries Suzanne will hurt Brenda!
*Sonny, Dante and Jason fear that Johnny may be trying to recruit Michael for the mob.
Sonny confronts Johnny.
*Brenda asks Michael about Sonny’s role in his life.
*Brenda asks Michael IF he regrets living in Sonny’s world & growing up as his son!

Monday, April 18
*Michael sings Carly’s praises as a mother

Tuesday, April 19
*We will see Anthony when Johnny goes to visit him in prison, saying that he didn’t kill Brandon

Wednesday, April 20
*Sonny’s children surprise him on his birthday!
*During Sonny’s birthday surprise Molly brings up Brenda and sets Carly off.
*Anthony encourages Johnny to get Michael under his wings before his parents can interfere.
*Carly and Sonny try to prevent Michael from joining the Mob.

Thursday, April 21
*Carly & Brenda have a showdown!
*Carly warns Brenda to NEVER come between Sonny & his kids.
*LuLu pays Johnny a visit & asks him to leave Michael alone.
*Dante learns there is a video that implicates Michael in Brandon’s murder.

Friday, April 22
*Sonny confronts Anthony Z in jail.
*Sonny Presses Dante to break whatever laws he has to to protect his brother.
*Johnny arrives home to find Anthony Z there.

The following may or may not have come from GHH

UPCOMING…….Sonny grows suspicious of Lucian & Brenda worries how to raise him in Sonny’s world.
Since, Sonny doesn’t believe Suzanne’s story it will cause trouble for S&B.

Diane wonders what kind of long-term commitment is Sonny willing to make in terms of Lucian? He has to consider all of this carefully!

With Lucian appearance S& B will be in uncharted territory.Brenda nor Sonny was expecting a 3 year old.

Brenda seeks help from Michael & her he would never want his siblings raise in the mob!!!

Michael continues to put pressure on his father to become part of the family business. On the bright side, keeping Michael out of the mob is pretty much the only thing Jason and Dante can agree on, so they team up to talk Michael down. But it’s not as simple as it seems — not when the Zacchara organization gets involved. Suddenly, there’s a connection between Johnny and Brendan’s murder. Dante comes up with a theory: Johnny is setting Michael up to take the fall.Brenda continues bonding with the son she never knew she had. But what’s weighing on her mind is how she can manage to raise a child within Sonny’s mob world. Look for her to turn to Jax for answers. Sonny, meanwhile, is still incredibly concerned about this turn of events — he doesn’t trust Suzanne AT ALL. But is this just Sonny being wary of a possible wedge between him and Brenda? Or is he on to something? 

Plus Lisa continues to work Kristina, and the Spencers are working overtime trying to get Luke to shape up. What’s going to get through to him?

Luke starts to go through withdrawal when he tries to prove he is not an alocoholic
Kristina refuses to do lisa’s dirty work; Kristina realizes something is wrong when she starts to have some withdrawals

Lisa blackmails Kristina with drugs

Siobhan tells luckt that she will understand is lucky wants to end their marriage,now that he knows Aiden is his son

Luke visits jake’s grave

Johnny sets up a scenario where michael plays the hero

Johnny recruits ethan for help

Patrick and Robin have their first official marriage counseling session, leaving them both feeling gut-punched and daunted.

Kristina will ask Ethan to the prom, but he turns her down

Lisa masks a narcotic as an herbal supplement, giving it to Kristina

Although Sam turns down Carly’s offer, she secretly reconsiders having the procedure that would allow her to have a baby.
Meanwhile, Jason comes to the conclusion that all his reasons for not wanting a child are no longer credible.Sam tells Jason about Carly approaching her regarding the baby subject.
The couple grows closer over the idea of having a family. 

Sam offers Liz her condolences.

Liz gives Jake’s toy motorcycle to Jason.

Will Johnny help Luke find the road to redemption?

Lucky asks Lulu for help to save their father.

Tracy proves to Luke that he is not as sharp as he thinks he is on alcohol.

Abby is taken in by the PCPD for Brandon’s murder.
Michael seeks out Jason’s help; both Carly and Jason warn Michael to keep her distance from Abby during the investigation. Even Abby tries to convince Michael that perhaps they should take a break, but Michael refuses.

Ronnie sets a trap for Corinthos family.
Ronnie tells Michael to confess or Dante will loose his badge.

Diane is concerned that Michael is covering for Abby.

Johnny offers Michael his support.

Dante reluctantly tells Sonny he believes that Johnny is setting Michael up for Brandon’s murder.

An emotional Michael admits that he wants to be in a position of power like his father and Jason.

Jason reels from Michael’s words that he has modeled his life after Jason.

Michael will tell Jason that he would be a wonderful father.

Lulu helps Dante realize that perhaps Johnny’s motive is more protective.

Both Liz and Lucky separately tell Steve that they blame themselves for Jake’s death.
Each thinks the other holds them responsible.

An encounter with Liz has Maxie wondering about Aiden’s paternity.
Maxie seeks Matt’s advice regarding Liz.

Maxie discovers the truth.
Maxie steals the DNA results from Liz’s house, preventing Lucky and Nik from finding the test.

Maxie prompts Liz to tell the truth.

Liz arrives to tell Lucky about the paternity results and finds Lucky and Nikolas closer than ever.
Will she change her mind?

Liz can’t bring herself to reveal the paternity truth after seeing the bonding between Nikolas and Lucky.
Nikolas comes close to stumbling upon the truth on his own but Liz snatches the results from his hands before he realizes what he has.
Suzanne reveals her true agenda, proving Sonny’s concerns to be legit.Carly warns Brenda to never to come between her kids and Sonny.

Kristina wants Ethan to escort her to the prom.
He turns her down.

Could Anthony be behind Brandon’s murder?

Shawn refuses to work for Anthony.

Jax warns Brenda about Sonny’s dangerous influence on children.

Sonny overhears, an angry confrontation ensues, leaving Brenda shaken.

Luke may be forced into rehab BUT, “That’s not Luke’s style, so he’s probably not going to stay there. He doesn’t do G-d or 12-step programs. I went to Bob Guza and said, ‘If you’re going to send him to a clinic, don’t make it Betty Ford. Let’s not besmirch their good reputation!'”
–Tony Geary, TVGuide

Shawn turns down Jax’s offer of 10 million dollars to leave Port Charles and never look back.

Shawn refuses to take the money, insisting he will protect Josslyn from Franco.

Tomorrow never knows (spoilers)

Posted in Fabulous Jones, General Hospital, Honest to blog, Maurice Benard, Soap Operas, Sonny Corinthos with tags , , , , on March 20, 2011 by ghblowhard

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What’s next for Sonny?

Speculation is running high that Vanessa will be leaving in the not too distant future.  Will it be June?  July? August?  Nobody is sure at this point probably not even Vanessa.  Or was it something everyone knew all along?  Is that a red herring Vanessa lays out there in interviews not only to keep folks guessing but to use as a bargaining point to obtain desired off time and obtain desired story line or exit story?  There are far more questions than answers right now.

Scenarios vary and what is important to Sonny fans in all this is the fact that the negotiations, the direction of story line and the exit timing all affect the Sonny story line.  The fact that the characters drew a lot of attention by actually getting married factors heavily.  Also factored in prominently is the deep love Sonny has expressed for Brenda.

For the first time in years, this writing has not tossed Sonny in the dumpster stripping him of all ability to have friends, a point of view , family ties..  Instead it has allowed him to reconnect with his children,  renew friendships with Luke and Robin, and last but not least,  be written to have a  true love connection with a woman who returns his unconditional love with one of her own,.  Considering the horrendous writing for one solid year that Sonny got the the moment he pulled that trigger and shot his son, and  for the remainder of the year following that disaster, the writing for the last few months has been a Godsend to the character and his fans.

We have real Sonny back, a combination of mob boss, father, friend and husband.  But Guza has proven in the past as he totally destroyed original Sonny, stripping him of true love, friends and family, that his idea of Sonny is NOT what fans want to see, it is what Guza wants to see.  Can he resist that temptation this time and continue to allow a more mature Sonny to evolve, layered,  and allowed to combine family,  romance, humor and love with his continued mob boss demands?  Maurice can pull that off easily, but can Guza?  That’s the problem.

And that brings us to problem #2.…what if Vanessa leaves?  If it is on short Geary like periods, how will that be written?  Will Guza be tempted to box Sonny back into one dimensional hell during these absences reverting to a Sonny that gets blamed for everything, makes all the mistakes and gets all the lectures from all in PC again?  That would be a total step backward for the character and his fans.  OR will Vanessa leave completely leaving a heart broken Sonny totally at Guza’s mercy where  the writer could embrace to the max that tiresome dark dark dark side of Sonny and toss Carly back in there with her “I told you so’s?”  One can only shudder and run if that ever happens.  OR will Sonny be so angry, hurt, frustrated that we get a quick fix woman, maybe Claire, shot back at him too quickly making Sonny look ridiculous and needy.

Here’s a thought, Mr. Guza.  Don’t hang this mess on Sonny if Vanessa leaves.  Let him shock himself and his viewers and emerge stronger and in control, leave him single for a while or throw him some uncommitted goodies to keep him amused, but do NOT regress this character who has been a delight to his fans by reappearing as the Sonny we love and enjoy.

Scenario #3 which could still very much be in play, is that this is all a ploy and Vanessa wants to stay, and she, Maurice and GH are working to obtain a story line that allows her ample time off and allows the type of relationship that both Maurice and Vanessa would like to see….Sonny and Brenda loving each other and working through problems together.  THAT would be a nice change on this show but this is Guza so good luck with that one.

In summary, Sonny fans, S&B fans, and Brenda fans are all watching carefully to see what unfolds and since this is GH and Guza is doing the writing,   the whole scenario strikes fear in to all fan bases as they wait and wonder.

Stay Fabulous!

SPOILERS

Monday, March 21
*Kristina makes trouble for Abby.
*Dante and Sam work together to find who perpetrated Jake’s hit and run.
*JAKE DIES!
*Carly asks Jason to save her Daughter.

Tuesday, MARCH 22
*On his honeymoon, Sonny cannot stop trying to track Theo!
*Sam realizes that both she and Carly could have been the ones to hit Jake.

Wednesday, March 23
*Suzanne unwillingly reveals the location of Brenda’s child to Theo!

Thursday, March 24
*Both Carly and Sam think they may have hit Jake.
Carly confesses to Jason she might have hit Jake.
*Sam tells the PCPD that she fears she might have hit Jake.
*Michael decides to protect his mother, even if it means destroying evidence.
*Patrick threatens Johnny.

Friday, March 25
*Sonny & Brenda return home from their honeymoon to comfort Jason. (DVR ALERTS)
*Michael and Abby console each other.
*Carly receives a message from Franco threatening Josslyn.

Monday, March 28
*Michael & Abby make love.
*Sam “makes a confession” to Josslyn.
*Sam recalls her heartbreak over her lost daughter, as well as her daughters’ gift of life to Kristina years ago.

Tuesday, March 29
*Brenda & Sonny return home. (CGS)
*Brenda attempts to visit Carly & Joss in the hospital.
*Lulu tries to rationalize Luke’s drinking habits.
*Michael and Abby will run into Brandon(Abby’s ex boyfriend).

Wednesday, March 30
*Sonny shares a “heartbreaking” conversation with Luke!
*Dante & LuLu agree to put family first while simultaneously upholding the law.

Thursday, March 31
*Michael vows to protect Abby.
*Abby decides to drop the charges against Brandon.
*Theo gets closer to finding his grandchild.

Friday, April 1
*Sonny surprises Brenda by remembering her birthday!
*Brenda confides in Sonny that she longs to be a mother.

Monday, April 4
*Jason stops Michael from pulling the trigger (on Brandon, Abby’s ex).

Tuesday, April 5
*Suzanne arrives with a surprise!
*Who killed Brandon?

Wednesday, April 6
*Lisa tries to get friendly with Kristina after learning she will be babysitting Emma.

Thursday, April 7
*Luke looses control.

The following may have come from GHH

Terrell prescribes chemotherapy for Josslyn’s cancer, but Jax balks in hopes they can find an organ donor.Dante and Sam learn the identities of all the drivers who were on that road around the time Jake was hit, seven in total.

Michael decides to protect his mother even if it means destroying evidence.
With Kristina’s help, Michael distracts Ronnie at the PCPD to get access to the list of suspects in Jake’s hit and run.

Kristina manages to keep Abby away from Michael as he watches over Josslyn.

Maxie finds solace in Matt.

Jason watches the efforts to save Jake. Robin tellls Jason he did not make it.
Jason informs Lucky that Jake has died.
Ultimately, Liz learns the heartbreaking news from Lucky, who finds her in the chapel.
Lucky and Liz share a powerful moment in the chapel.

Patrick loses it, but Robin is by his side with loving support.

Liz accuses Carly and Sam of wanting Jake to die.Heartbroken and in denial about Jake’s hopeless condition, Liz calls out Jason.

Jason and Carly emotionally discuss the terrible circumstances involving Jake and Josslyn.

Jason agrees to speak with Lucky and Liz on Carly’s behalf to save Josslyn who needs a kidney.
Liz is enraged, but ultimately she agrees to the kidney donation.

Lucky and Liz say good bye to Jake.Lucky wishes he had Aiden to help fill the void of losing Jake.

Lucky and Liz break the news to Cameron.

Steve mourns for the loss of Jake as he comforts his sister.
He worries she is on the verge of another breakdown.

Carly thanks Liz for donating Jake’s kidney and is sorry for her loss.

Jason breaks down over the loss of Jake; only Sam can comfort him.

Sam shares her feelings of guilt as she recalls a time she wished that Jake never existed.

Alexis is there for Jax.

Jason and Edward share a close moment.

The Spencer family gather at the hospital to support Liz and Lucky.
Lulu shares her worries over how Jake’s death will affect her family, with Dante.

Niklas admits he doesn’t know what he would do if he lost Spencer or Aiden.

Shawn guards Carly and Josslyn at the hospital.

Robin gets the syringe and throws down with Lisa. Lisa gets violent with a scalpel.
Lisa manages to steal back the incriminating syringe and destroys it.

Sonny and Brenda return to Port Charles after learning of Jake’s death.

Dante tells Jason he found out “who is responsible” for Jake’s hit and run.

“Evidence” points to Robin; she goes to the police to turn herself in.

Abby’s ex-boyfriend is back in town and causes trouble.
Brandon beats Abby.Michael and Abby fight over Michael having a gun.

Patrick and Robin flirt in front of Lisa.

Nikolas says good-bye to Brook Lynn.

Luke loses control.

Spinelli tells Maxie she was the inspiration behind his memoirs.

Sonny visits Josslyn.

Carly asks Jason not to go after Franco.

Sonny and Luke have a heartbreaking conversation.

Suzanne disposes of Theo just as he is about to meet his grandson!

Abby will drop the charges against Brandon in order to protect Michael.Michael is determined to protect Abby no matter the cost.

Jason discusses with Sam whether he should have given up Jake;
they come to the realization that all a parent can really do is to love their child.

Dear Bob: Let. It. Be. (spoilers)

Posted in Fabulous Jones, General Hospital, Honest to blog, Maurice Benard, Soap Operas, Sonny Corinthos with tags , , , , , , on March 2, 2011 by ghblowhard

This past week we watched the re-emergence of a Sonny many Sonny fans loved watching because he encompassed every side of Sonny over the period of one week. The writing for Sonny was a total opposite of what Sonny fans have hated for months. During the weeks leading up to the wedding, we began to recognize layered Sonny again, the mobster with a heart who was able to show a Sonny who actually possesses humor, hope and tenderness. Sonny, as played correctly by Maurice, is not going to suddenly transform his character from ruthless mob boss to angelic St. Sonny. That would never fly and it shouldn’t.

But with a delicate balance, Maurice managed to deliver a Sonny who bared his soul and poured his heart out, admitting how much he hurt Brenda while reminding her that it is time to take chances and try to be happy. His poignant profession of love demonstrated the softness, dedication and deep love Sonny is capable of showing. We watched two people reunite in happiness and hope, showering each other with a tender display of love and affection. Sonny gave us more smiles in three days than we saw in a year. Maurice, during the past two months, showed us a Sonny that his fans remembered and loved all over again….whole Sonny, someone we have been looking for and missed for a LONG time. But Maurice wasn’t finished demonstrating the complexities of this character. After all, he is still mob boss, Sonny Corinthos, and until he no longer runs the mob, he must remain in character and react as a mob boss would. Devastated by Brenda’s “near death” experience and her kidnapping, within moments we watched a transformation from happy tender new husband, to ruthless, angry, frightened mob boss willing to do anything to find his missing bride. That is as it should be and we see a Sonny, almost out of control, determined to rescue Brenda.

What we fans would like to point out to Mr. Guza, is that the character of Sonny becomes far more interesting and acceptable when Maurice is allowed to play Sonny realistically, the way mobsters live and react NOW not in the Capone days.   Sonny, after he finds Brenda, should be written to have a life, a family if desired, a wife who loves him and can deal with his profession, the capability like most mobsters to help others even though he is a mobster. This is how it is in real life.  A mob BOSS is not banished to a small dark office where processions of angry townspeople take turns bad mouthing him constantly to his face and behind his back. Nobody is saying he must be praised for wrong doing, but the one-sided preaching by Jax, finger-pointing and lecturing by Diane and Edward, the whispered “Sonny is evil” stuff needs to be cut down. You can’t have a saintly hit man excused constantly by the very same people who hate his boss.

If Sonny and Brenda are to stay married, and please Mr. Guza don’t mess this up and bring out that nasty couple breaking hatchet you love to use, write them as a married couple who are capable of finding a way to work through problems, cope with his profession. Give them angst and problems of their own without inflicting second and third parties again to recycle old worn out complications. Many have waited years for this couple and they have the chemistry, professional ability and charisma to provide good solid entertainment if written with the right combination of passion, fire, humor and tenderness.

Give us all a break and restore Sonny’s layering so we can see Maurice peeking through laughing and flashing those dimples periodically along with Vanessa’s giggling, Brenda’s close touches, and devastating eye contact. This can be a fun couple to watch if you don’t send dark, always brooding and guilt ridden Sonny back to us. The chemistry between Maurice and Vanessa is awesome. Please, Let. It.  Be . Surprise us and entertain us…don’t send Sonny back down to the depths of hell again for a long time. He just clawed his way out of there. Please let this couple grow and evolve together.

And Furthermore

Guza’s preoccupation with organized crime limits GH to mob morality tales and prevents GH from exploring other kinds of crime (white-collar) and business ethics in general.   Edward is a robber baron.   Sure GLQ has factories in places like Jacarta.  That way they can hire children to work 10 hour days for low pay in horrible working conditions while at the same time pollute the air and water.   Gotta keep those profits up!  What? It’s legal!

Jax is a corporate raider.  He doesn’t create, he destroys. Through hostile takeovers he just buys companies and then dismantles them.  People like Jax prey on the weak and vulnerable and leave their lives in tatters.  Victims of corporate raiders are robbed of their livelihood and left without the businesses they spent their lives building.  But what goes up must come down, right Jax?  What? It’s legal!

I’m not saying white-collar crime excuses organized crime. I’m just questioning the moral authority of Sonny’s chief finger pointers.  What Edward and Jax do may be legal (they skate on thin ice) but is it ethical?  At least with Sonny we know what we get.  He doesn’t dress himself up in platitudes and fake morality.  I get that  Michael or Morgan should not look to Sonny as a role model but should they be looking at robber baron Edward or corporate raider Jax  as role models? Seriously? Really?

Wouldn’t a story juxtaposing Sonny’s criminal activities with ELQ being cited for toxic waste dumping resulting in something along the likes of the Love Canal or oil spills be interesting?  Bring on a sexy environmentalist or hot states attorney to look into insider trading, subprime loans or another type of business fraud (hello, recession of 2009).  Such a story line would be timely and more interesting than another mob related bombing or putting a child in harm’s way.

Stay Fabulous!

SPOILERS

Wednesday, March 2
*Sam takes a turn for the worse, which Kristina witnesses.

Thursday, March 3
*Dante gives Sonny some serious advice about abstaining from mobster tactics in his search for Brenda.
*Brenda realizes her baby might be alive!!!
*Robin tries to reassure Kristina and Molly.
*Michael confides in Abby that it’s a difficult choice between upholding the law or following in the footsteps of his father.
*Michael struggles with his desire to be just Sonny!
*Molly recognizes Shawn’s hospital attacker.

Friday, March 4
*Dante finds a clever way to cooperate with Sonny after taking the Balkan into custody.
*Dante & Jason warn Michael not get involved in the criminal world.
*Brenda runs into the woods!
*Carly affirms to Jax that he is the preferred role model for her sons.

Thursday, March 10
*Sonny finds Brenda in a deadly state!!!

Thursday, March 10th
Patrick & Robin break into Johnny’s, determined to bring down Lisa. Matt & Maxie grow closer as they troubleshoot Patrick & Robin’s marriage troubles. 

Friday, March 11th
Sonny rushes Brenda to General Hospital under Patrick and Robin’s care. It is not clear they will be able to save her. Johnny & Lisa catch Patrick & Robin in the act of trespassing. Lisa wonders why Johnny did not give her up.

Monday, March 14th
Even as the antidote starts to work, Brenda’s survival is not clear. Family members and friends converge upon the hospital to support Sonny and Brenda.

Tuesday, March 15th
Johnny urges Lisa to let Patrick go, but she is resolved with her obsession. Johnny sets a plan in motion, inviting both Lisa and Robin to his penthouse.

Wednesday, March 16th
Robin and Lisa find themselves in a face-off treasure hunt race to find the syringe with only clues Johnny has left in the most inopportune places. Steve discovers Lisa rifling through his office as Robin confronts Carly for access to the Jax home to find a syringe clue.

Thursday, March 17th
Robin and Lisa continue to search for the syringe via Johnny’s clues. Robin has the proof in her hands and takes off on the road with Lisa in hot pursuit.

Friday, March 18th
Jake has been severely injured in a hit and run. Elizabeth, Lucky, Siobhan, Luke and Jason rush to the hospital as Patrick and Robin work together to save the child’s life. Patrick and Robin put aside proving Lisa’s guilt when an injured Jake arrives at the hospital from a hit and run car accident.

Tuesday, March 22nd
Robin asks Patrick to come home as her husband and father to Emma.Thursday, March 24
Patrick threatens Johnny.

The following may have come from GHH

Sonny and Dante team up to get information from the Balkan’s assassin on Brenda’s whereabouts.
Maxie is on a mission to nail Lisa.
Spinelli uncovers valuable information about Brenda.Patrick and Robin take action against Lisa.

Should Sonny and Brenda have a baby together? Surprisingly, Maurice Benard’s response was:
“I didn’t think I’d say this again, with anybody, but I’d like to see that. I think it’d be beautiful to see that.” (from 2/24 online chat) 

Steve Burton (Jason) hints: he has some good scenes coming up with Kimberly McCullough (Robin) in March…”It’ll be extra good for Jason and Sam once Brenda gets out of the penthouse…The story that’s coming up in the next few weeks is a big, big one. So I’m curious to see how this will affect Jason going forward”. (from 2/23 online chat)

Ingo Rademacher (Jax) tweeted, “Don’t expect to see me much on GH. Once a week seems to be the norm for me, if that…I’ll be on the air for the next week or two a bit. But after that a lot less. Sorry guys. I don’t know what to tell you. Its not my call.”Jason is unhappy with some aspects of Spinelli’s book.

Jason and Sam make very good use of the hospital facilities. 😉
Later, Jason brings Sam home.

Sam confides in Abby her desire for a baby.

Theo questions Brenda about his grandson. Brenda tells Theo the baby was stillborn and Suzanne was a witness…Theo mourns for the loss of his grandchild, while Brenda then wonders if the baby might be alive. Brenda flees from the Balkan, only to be caught again.

Sonny finds Brenda after Theo injects Brenda with a deadly concoction.

Dante and Jason attempt to corner Theo.

Robin and Patrick attempt to save Brenda’s life after she is rushed to the hospital.

Sonny realizes one of Theo’s goals is to take him down.

Dante has questions for Suzanne regarding Brenda’s baby.

Dante arrives as Michael encounters Shawn’s assailant.

Jason and Dante warn Michael to stay out of it.

Carly nurses Shawn.

A furious Jax wants sole custody of Josslyn after discovering Carly covered for Shawn.

Uncle Luke wants to give his niece a helping hand.

Siobhan gets a phone call from immigration. Liz learns of Lucky and Siobhan’s plans to wed.

Lucky confides in Luke, who offers him an alternative, but the couple decides to marry.

Lisa and Johnny catch Robin and Patrick at Johnny’s searching for the syringe.Kristina attempts to meddle in another relationship… Michael and Abby’s.

Michael freezes with the first hint of intimacy with Abby.

A child is being aged.

March madness from SOS

IT’S MARCH MADNESS ON GENERAL HOSPITAL

On the heels of a fantastic February, General Hospital will continue to deliver in the month of March. From what we’re hearing, the usual lull between February and May sweeps may be a thing of the past as things are about to heat up in Port Charles. This month, look for the residents to be rocked with anger, betrayal, danger, reveals and regrets.

As stated our GH Previews for this week, it’s revealed that Brenda’s baby may be alive after all! Turns out Brenda may not be the only deceptive dame in Port Charles. It’s a race against time to find Brenda, as Theo seeks the truth and Sonny seeks to rescue his wife. The task won’t be easy, as uneasy alliances are forged in an effort to rescue the new Mrs. Corinthos from the clutches of a madman hellbent on revenge. When Brenda’s life hangs in the balance, it’s Doctors Scorpio & Drake who rush to the rescue. Will Sonny and Robin’s love be enough to save Brenda, or will it be too late?

Once again Dante is torn between loyalty to the badge and loyalty to his family. Will he be able to walk the fine line between loyal brother and honest officer? Or will Dante’s beliefs yet again cause someone he loves to be hurt?

Last year she was torn between two men, this year she has none. When faced with the harsh reality of the decisions she’s made, Elizabeth begins to voyage down a reckless road. With the news that Rebecca Herbst will stay at General Hospital, it seems like Elizabeth’s storyline is about to get interesting after months of being on the back-burner. Lucky’s new found happiness is short-lived when he gets news that will change his life forever, and it’s not what you’re thinking!

Sam finds herself on the other side of a familiar situation.

Cliches abound, here’s what to expect in March: Love will persevere for one couple; love will blossom for another. A couple on the verge of war find themselves sidetracked by a more pressing issue. Shocking news could lead to devastation. A family divided becomes a family united. Long-time enemies will find common ground. Through all of this, the hospital is at the center of attention this month. But will GH discharge as many patients as they admit?

You know the players. You know the scenarios. It’s March Madness. Time to place your bets
Family members converge upon the hospital to support Sonny and Brenda.
Carly enlists Luke and Ethan to blackmail Jax.
Liz walks in on Nik and Brook Lynn about to do the deed.
Sonny is hell bent on revenge.
GENERAL HOSPITAL: MARCH PREVIEW 

The battle between Patrick & Robin and Lisa comes to a head.

Suzanne holds the answers to Theo & Brenda’s burning questions. Who will she reveal the truth to?Elizabeth learns the results of Aiden’s latest paternity test. Will the truth be revealed or has Helena struck again?

The lives of two children hang in the balance. Is a devastating event in Port Charles history set to repeat itself?

Everybody is suspect as a new mystery unravels in Port Charles in 2011.

A beleaguered couple finds their way back to each other.

Moxie and Kumar: Best and Worst list 2010 Part I

Posted in General Hospital, Honest to blog, Maurice Benard, Moxie and Kumar, Soap Media, Soap Operas, Sonny Corinthos with tags , , , , , , , on December 5, 2010 by ghblowhard


Winners were chosen using a top secret, scientific tabulation and then given to us in sealed envelopes by Deloitte & Touche. See below vid for spoilers.

Best character without a penis

  • Tie! Johnny and Jax

Best Actor who puts up with the most ish storylines and still puts in a brilliant performance

Port Charles’ biggest punching bag

Port Charles’  biggest lurker

Port Charles’  biggest stalker

Port Charles’ biggest whiner

  • Jasper Jacks
  • close runner-up Johnny (we know, his sister died but not before she terrorized Sonny’s kids, slept with Sonny’s brother, used faulty contraception to get pregnant, put Michael in a coma, and kidnapped a pregnant woman and tried to steal her baby)

Port Charles’ biggest slut

Best unrequited love:

  • Jax for Sonny

Best facial mole placement of all time

Most overused comedic technique

  • Spinelli’s nicknames

Biggest soap magazine whiner

  • Soaps in Depth: stop using Maurice Benard to sell your magazine then continually bash his character  in your opinion pieces that you masquerade as news articles. Unethical Much?

Biggest Soap Blogger turn-off

  • Begin with: “You know how much I hate Sonny”.  We know where this is going  so we’ll skip your blog. Thanks!

Nastiest blogger

  • Nelson Branco

Best Actor

  • Maurice Benard: whether it’s good writing or bad Maurice brings it 365 days a year

Best Actress

  • Tie: Lexie Ainsworth (she was brilliant in the abuse s/l with Keifer), Kimberly McCullough

Best Style

  • Maurice Benard–no one can wear a suit like him

Worst Style

  • Suzanne Stanwyck: cover your cleavage lady it’s no longer your best asset

Best Storyline

  • Three way tie! Sonny shoots Dante, Kristina abused by Keifer, Sonny and Brenda’s rekindled romance

Best Looks

Best Line

  • Brenda Barrett (to Sonny): I only want to be seen with you
  • Brenda Barrett (to Sonny): I realize now that it wasn’t the absence of someone who made me feel lonely, it was the absence of you

Sonny Corinthos (to Brenda):

  • You were breathtaking

Best Couple

  • Sonny and Brenda

Most Beautiful Couple

  • Sonny and Brenda

Worst Couple

  • Three way tie: Lante, Mac & Alexis, Jolivia

Best self pimped couple:

  • Jolivia

Characters we’d like to see less of:

  • Spinelli, Suzanne, Johnny, Jax

Blogger themes we’re most sick of

  • Three way tie! Soaps are dead, mob violence is bad, Sonny is an evil man whore (Alexis and Liz have kids by three different fathers and nobody gripes about them. In her three years on GH Courtney was married THREE times and had a love child with Nik, yet nobody continually harps about the action she got)

Best Moment

  • Sonny and Brenda see each other in Rome

Best scene watched through tears

  • Sonny and Brenda declare their feelings for one another in Sonny’s old apartment

Best Newcomer

  • Erin Chambers (Siobhan)

Best Martin Scorsese inspired storyline (a la Gangs of New York)

  • Lucky masquerading as Ronan O’Reilly

Best Francis Ford Coppola inspired moment

  • Sonny shoots Dante juxtaposed with Josslyn’s Christening scene

Best John Waters inspired moment

  • Nik’s “Dante’s flashback” hair

Worst place for private conversations

  • Nurses Station

Biggest Mouth

  • Carly

Most idiotic mobster confidante

  • Spinelli

Best renewed friendship

  • Sonny and Alexis

Dumbest character

  • Lulu

Worst Sonny enemy

Worst Sneer

  • Tie: Johnny and Carly

Worst character transition

  • Michael from lion to pussy cat

Worst over-used electronic device

  • Jax’s telephone (he never does his own dirty work because he’s got people)

Worst segue

  • Carly going to bat for Sonny when he went to trial for killing Claudia then turning on him after Dante spilled the beans about Michael

Things we’d like to see in the coming year

  • Sonny/Dante bonding
  • a REAL Sonny and Brenda romance with no interlopers
  • Brenda/Kristina bonding

Things that makes absolutely no sense

  • Sonny is an evil, killer, sociopath mobster who kills people and bad to be in a relationship with  but his hit man who actually kills more people than anyone on the show and is also a mobster is a perfect dreamboat
  • Diane lambasts any woman who is with Sonny but she dates Max who works for him
  • Suzanne hates evil, killer, sociopath mobster who kills people Sonny but LOVES Jason his hit man
  • Helena is a ruthless woman who actually enjoys maiming and killing people but she’s campy and fun! We guess being good at accessorizing trumps all.
  • Tracy hates Sonny for being a criminal mobster but not too long ago SHE was a criminal mobster

Are we biased? Hells yeah! But so is everyone else. Don’t let them fool you.

Have a day!
Moxie and Kumar


Spoilers

Monday, December 6
*Sonny & Brenda are about to make love when they’re interrupted by Carly & Spinelli.
*Olivia & Johnny end their relationship.
*We meet Theo Hoffman.

Tuesday, December 7
*Dante goes above & beyond as Brenda’s bodyguard.

Wednesday, December 8
*Diane tries to convince Brenda NOT to reunite with Sonny.
*Michael is called to Jake’s to pick up an inebriated Dante.
*Dante bares his soul to Michael.
Michael sticks his foot in his mouth with Abby.

Thursday, December 9
*When Lulu discovers Dante hung-over she questions his recent behavior.
*Dante goes to see Sonny, intent on telling him his the full truth.

Friday, December 10
*Sonny Surprises Brenda with a gift!
*Sonny & Brenda begin to make love!
*Olivia and Steve hit the sheets.

Monday, December 13
**IT’S A BIG DAY FOR SONNY & BRENDA FANS!!!!!!!
***SONNY & BRENDA MAKE LOVE!!!!!!!!!!
*JERRY JAXS RETURNS!!!
Carly begs Jason to keep Sonny & Brenda apart.
*Michel confides in Sam about his feelings for Abby.

Wednesday, December 15
*Jason realizes Jerry is involved somehow.
*Jerry shows up at the Jax’s house & proclaims his hatred for Brenda.

Friday, December 17
*LuLu worries that Dante is still in-love with Brenda.
*LuLu might just join forces with Carly.

Tuesday, December 21
12/21 Luke and Tracy’s big day arrives.

Thursday, December 23
GH airs an encore episode.

Friday, December 24
~*~*~ CHRISTMAS EVE~*~*~
GH airs an encore episode.

The following may have come from GHH

Jason and Lucky and Dante add it all up and realize that only one person would be fixated on Sam to such a creepy degree…Jerry Jax. They wonder if he is the Balkan (he isn’t).

Siobhan is determined to be of help to Lucky.

Maya asks Nikolas to ease up on Robin.

Lisa tries to manipulate both Nikolas and Johnny.

Maya tries to avoid Ethan.

Maya fights her growing feelings for Ethan…she wants to keep things strictly business.

Sonny and Brenda go on their date; Carly is not pleased.
After Sonny and Brenda’s date, they consider themselves officially “together”.

Guza explains in SOD that, “We will get to see her happy and we’ll get to see Sonny happy too”.
BUT… “there is also danger, the Balkan, and challenges that neither of them could have ever imagined.”

Spinelli is torn between his loyalties to Carly and Brenda.

Luke questiions Lucky about Siobhan.

Claire seeks out Ronnie’s assistance in her investigation of the Balkan.

Jason comes to Sam’s rescue.

Dante and Jason devise a plan to lure the Balkan out.

Although Michael is slowly opening up to Abby, he is still not ready to reveal his experiences in prison.

Maya threatens Ethan with divorce.

Maya blasts Ethan after learning he “went on a date” with Lisa. Would Maya be jealous over Ethan’s bond with Kristina? Annie Ilonza shared in SOW, “I’m curious to see how this pans out; if Maya notices any bond. I do think Maya has feelings for Ethan so any girl that pops up in the mix would make her a little jealous.”

Johnny blackmails Lisa.
Johnny and Lisa grow closer as his relationship with Olivia falls apart.

Lucky is surprised when Siobhan infiltrates his secret mission.
Siobhan offers Lucky her services.
Siobhan and Lucky uncover some surprising evidence.

Dante goes above and beyond as Brenda’s bodyguard.

After a few drinks, and a memory filled chat with Brenda, Dante bares his soul to someone…
Michael takes Dante’s keys after being called to Jake’s, and drives a chatty Dante home. Dante wakes up hungover, regretful of what he said the night before. The brothers bond as Michael attempts to make him a homemade hangover remedy.

A man approaches Abby in the street, treating her as if they were in a strip club. Michael doesn’t like seeing someone be touched when they do not want to be. Michael loses it when the guy denigrates Abby, saying things like she is paid to be touched–Michael beats him up and knocks him out.

Now that Abby has seen his rage, Michael fears she will never want to be with him again, but she assures him that is not the case. Also, since he is on probation, this could land him in hot water. He calls upon Jason for help.

Kristina angers Michael when she suggests that Abby is only after him for his money.

Michael comes close to screwing things up with Abby when he says the wrong thing.
He makes the mistake of offering to pay for her time! She walks out claiming he is treating her like a prostitute. Later in the week, he asks her out properly.

Michael likes Abby, but he is not sure how she feels about him. Chad explains in SOW, “He is still pretty new to all this, so he doesn’t want to rush things…Abby is someone he can relate to, because she has some things in her closet, and he can be more open with her [than he can be with his sister, for example]. Michael knows that he is not going to get along well with any of the girls in his high school. At 17 or 18, “They wouldn’t be able to handle someone with so much baggage… There are things he can say to Abby that he can’t say to anyone else.”

Passion rises after Sonny gives Brenda a special gift.

Laura (off screen) calls Luke and reveals that Edward contacted her.

Luke faces off with Edward about trying to meddle in his and Tracy’s plans.

Luke begins to get cold feet.

Robin busts Lisa stealing antibiotics for Johnny.

Dante makes a move to bring the Balkan out of hiding.
He sets a trap for him at the hospital. (This may involve Alexander’s body.)

Carly begs Jason for help in breaking up Sonny and Brenda.

Liz is jealous of Nikolas and Brook Lynn.

Carly becomes aware of Abby.

Next week: Part II: a more in depth look at what worked on GH this year and what didn’t.