Hits and Misses 2007:
Hits - The Metro Court - Everyone patronizes
Metro Court, so Mr. Craig's explosive takeover
affected the entire town. The shock waves are still
being felt, as relationships were built on blood or
shattered like a bomb blast. And fans had a blast
watching it. Misses - Black and White Ball -
The Black and White Ball gave GH a black eye because
it was such a pale imitation of the Metro Court
disaster. The dance replayed the hotel crisis note for
note, including the hostages, taunting madman, Jason's
heroism, meatball surgery and the gratuitous death of
a dear fan fave. Wyndemere didn't explode, but GH
still blew it. Snoozzzzzy - Patrick and Leyla -
He's a handsome doctor and she's a hot nurse. They
mooned over each other on the night shift, but the
relationship could not stand the bright light of
daytime. Plus, it broke up the show's only working
couple, Robin and Patrick. Talk about Robin Peter to
pay Paul. (SOW 1/1/08)
Prime Time 2007 Hits
and Misses: Misses - Robin's Lunacy -
Level-headed, lovable Robin turned into a
baby-obessed, shrewish maniac in a 13-week regression
that was even more egregious than Patrick eyeing all
the ladies again. (SOW 1/8/08)
Scenes- Robin Says Good-Bye to Alan! Robin's quiet but
intensely jarring recollection of her near-death experience
after being shot was proof of why GH's Kimberly McCullough is a
two-time Emmy winner. The pathos was kicked up an addition notch
when tears streamed down her face as her friend and mentor, the
man who fave her comfort when Stone died and courage when she
was diagnosed as HIV-positive: Alan. The pictures of that
fateful night appeared before her tired eyes. She remembered the
flash from the gun and then her stomach burning where she was
shot. "When the pain got really bad, I left my body. I was
kind of over myself, watching everything," she said in
disbelief. "Everyone was panicking. I was completely calm,
because I knew that you were there, and I just tried so badly to
say that no matter what happened, if I didn't make it, that I
loved you so much." At first, the tears flowed slowly, and
then fell faster as she remembered hearing Alan's voice.
"He sounded really scared. And then I heared the words
'heart attack.' Then I heard them use the paddles. I just kept
telling myself, 'If I can just get up, I can help him.' But my
body was not responding to what my mind was trying to tell it to
do." Every minute that passed, she knew he was lying there
getting worse, and she couldn't help him. "Alan didn't have
to die. I didn't have to live!" she said, overcome with
sadness and guilt. "I'm going to miss him a lot... I'm
going to miss my friend." Whethere Robin is speaking from
her heart or her head, McCullough's performance is always
genuine. We believe what she says. We believe what she feels.
She speaks Robin's words so naturally that sometimes it's hard
to believe they actually were written by someone else and not
thought up by her on the spot. Now that's talent. (SID
Scenes- Robin and Patrick Speak Out! GH's Robin and Patrick
are cursed with the same problems of your average couple out
there in the real world - they don't say what they mean or mean
what they say. Or they didn't until recently in a series of
memorable scenes. "It's totally fine that you sent the
couch back. Honestly, I don't take it personally," Robin
told Patrick. But what she was really thinking - and we
head in her head - was, "Of course I take it personally,
you self-centered jerk!" Although he was committed to
making their relationship work, he could feel the walls clsoing
in around him. She was turning domestic on him, which was a
gigantic no-no, and she knew it. "It was a great
couch..." he verbalized, adding in his own mind,
"...with a neon sign saying, 'I'm moving in!'" The
last thing Patrick wanted to do was start a fight. Robin either
always seemed to win those, or, if not, storm out in a huff. As
Patrick saw it, tip-toeing around the truth was the way to go.
"It was a great couch. Perfect size, classic lines - a real
beauty," he told her carefully. But Robin read between the
lines and thought, "Please don't tell me you're comparing
me to a couch." News that he wanted to move out of the
apartment and back into the Metro Court Hotel went over like a
lead balloon. Patrick thought, "If I don't get out now,
you're going to be picking out china patterns." Robin
caught what he was hinting at. "In other words," she
began, "if you live in a hotel, then no one can move in
with you." The look on his face was enough of an answer for
her. Bravo to the writers and to the winning team of Kimberly
McCullough (Robin) and Jason Thompson (Patrick) for so
skillfully communicating both the yin and yang while keeping the
dialogue snappy, smart, funny and oh-so-realistic.
Relationship Issues: It can't all be hearts
and flowers. On the other hand, it can't be all evil
twins and back-from-the-dead spouses, either.
Refreshingly, a number of current storylines portray
romantic upheaval in a believable, but no less
so OLTL's John really is back from the dead, but since
his resurrection, Natalie's been smothering him, so
the biggest threat to their romance is his realistic
need for space. Over on GH, Robin and Patrick's
burgeoning love affair has brought up commitment
issues for the former playboy. Adding fuel to the fire
is Patrick's old "friend," Pete, with whom
he and Robin are in a triangle of sorts as Pete tries
to undermine the romance by making Patrick feel like a
wuss. In Genoa City, it's subtle trouble for Daniel
and Lily. The young marrieds are adorable, but young
is the operative word and he's starting to seem...
to all three shows for showing that not all romantic
travails have to be out of this world- sometimes, they
are much closer to home. (SOD 3/6/07)
Scenes- Patrick Confesses His Love! Patrick's admission of
love threw GH's Robin for a loop. To safeguard her heart, she
threw his words back in his face, then stormed off. But he
wasn't ready to give up on her just yet. Later, in her loft,
Robin lamented to Lainey and Kelly that she had made a big
mistake. Suddenly, they heard music playing outside. When they
peeked out the window, they saw Patrick below, holding a bouquet
of flowers for his lady love. Touched, Robin joined him
downstairs in the courtyard. She couldn't hold back her happy
grin. "I love you - not 'maybe,' not 'possibly,' not
'someday' - right now, tonight," he said softly, trying to
convince her he wasn't lying. "I've loved you for a long
time. I don't even know when it started. Maybe it was during the
epidemic when I realized that I could lose you or when you saw
me through my father's transplant. The days are a blur after I
got stuck with the needle, but I remember your voice. You were
calm. You held my hand the whole time. And I realized that I
need you, I trust you, I admire you. And you can be wrong a lot
of the time, and you can drive me crazy a lot of the time, but I
love you, completely." She confessed her fear of loving and
losing again, the way she did with Stone and Jason. But her
feelings for Patrick were gusing out of her every pore, and she
could no longer hold them in. "Here it goes," she
said, choking back her anxiety. "I think that you are
amazing and brillant, and you're also really funny and charming.
You're my best friend. And I love you." Could that possibly
have been more romantic? Patrick didn't really have to say a
word. He had Robin - and all of us - with the music and flowers.
What woman on Earth doesn't want it to happen just like that?
Precious Moments: While it's true that grand, sweeping
tales often nab the coveted Editor's Choice, that's not always
the case. General Hospital recently strung together a cornucopia
of heartfelt moments in various storylines, artfully
demonstrating that it's the little moments in life that
sometimes matter most.
...Across town, the
not-quite-over-the-hill-but-nearing-the-top-of-the-peak duo of
Luke and Robert fought over which one of them would rescue
damsel-in-distress Skye. The creaky crime-busters nearly
busted a gut when Robin suggested that they actually call the
police to solve the case. They did save the world once,
whippersnapper! Things took a poignant turn when Luke
not-so-subtly reminded Robert that it was his daughter's
birthday. When Scorpio gave his little girl a gift, it happened
to be identical to the one she received from cocky beau Patrick,
confirming her mother's contention that Robin had found a man
just like dear old Dad. How sweet it is. (excerpt from SOD
When the Lights Go Down in the City: When the lights
wend out in Port Charles, the electricity didn't stop flowing,
it surged- two unexpected couplings literally sizzled.
lust wasn't the only "L" word in evidence during the
brown-out. The burgeoning love story of bickering medicos Robin
and Patrick took a romantic turn as the womanizing Dr. Drake
wrested with the fact that he might have contracted HIV. Robin
kept her man calm with stories from the past, describing how she
has lived with the disease for over a decade, and the
compassionate words of an end-stage AIDS patient made Patrick
see the beauty that exisits in his world, and how life holds no
guarantees. Viewers saw a new man show up at Robin's door to
stammer, "[April] told me to tell you..."
"Tell me what?" Robin asked.
"She told me to tell you that you matter. You have from the
start. What I feel for you I've never felt for another woman in
my entire life. And... I think... maybe... in time... there's a
chance that... I might love you."
"Oh," replied a stunned Robin.
gotta go," said Patrick. (excerpt from SOD 9/12/06)
Hit- GH's Blackout
Opens Eyes: Port Charles' Great Blackout of
2006 may have been blink-and-you-miss-it brief, but
the darkness shed light on problems in many core GH
relationships...Toss in Robin and Patrick grappling
with his HIV exposure, and the nights the light wen
out in PC was the most illuminating. (excerpt
from SOW 9/12/06)
Editor's Choice- Occupational
Hazard: Dr. Patrick Drake is a brillant surgeon, but
his arrogance has overshadowed his unswerving commitment to
medicine. Recently, that commitment got him smacked with a
frightening lesson in humility.
when an injured patient with advanced symptomsof AIDS - but no
insurance - was rushed to GH in need of surgery only to be
denied care, thanks to penny-pinching hospital administrator Ms.
Sneed (scene stealer Mary Stein, who proved that there's no such
thing as a small part). Sneed's toeing of the corporate line set
off dedicated docs Robin and Patrick, and Chief of Staff Alan
had to step in to make the final decision. "This is a
hospital," Dr. Quartermaine declared. "Our job is to
save lives, including this woman. Your job is to find out how to
pay for it without hassling my doctors. You've got the OR,
Patrick. You need to pick a team. If you need someone to assist
you, I'll do it."
Sneed pointed out that anyone involved was putting their own
health at risk, Patrick was infuriated when nurse Epiphany
announed that there was a hitch in assembling a team. "I
knew we'd run into this problem in this backwater town,"
Dr. Drake huffed. Quite the contrary: There were so many
volunteers that the docs had to choose. GH: 1. Drake: 0.
took an alarming turn when, during surgery, Patrick pricked his
finger. Faced with finishing the procedure or tending to his own
wound - thus endangering his patient's life - Patrick lived up
to his Hipporcratic Oath and finished the operation, but in
doing so, exposed himself to AIDS.
gravity of his situation slowly sank in as he silently stood,
endlessly rinsing his hands. "No matter how hard you scrub,
it won't go away," Robin sighed. For weeks, Patrick had
accused Robin of neglecting life and hiding behind her
HIV-positive status, and those words haunted him as he faced the
predicament that Robin has lived with for a decade. Dr. Scorpio
offered heartfelt reassurances, touchingly conveying her own
experience with contracting and living with the virus. Taking
Patrick to the docks to get some air, she told him, "I
don't believe that people get AIDS as punishment. Sometimes
horrible things happen to the best of us... But I promise,
you're not alone."
to a well-crafted story is not only the careful construction of
a powerful, dramatic event, but how its aftermath affects both
the characters and the future story. This emotional bump in the
road brought the bickering lovers Robin and Patrick closer than
they've ever been. (Patrick tried to keep a sense of humor,
joking, "No woman is going to come near me... Looks like
you got your committed relationship by default, Dr.
Scorpio.") No only did this affect our participants, but
their loved ones, as well. Once the kids' parents found out,
beloved vets stepped up to the plate. Anna and Robert bemoaned
how choosing their careers over their child kept them away when
Robin went through this herself 10 years ago, and the delinquent
duo vowed not to let history repeat itself. And, Patrick grew
closer to his estranged dad, Noah, as the elder Dr. Drake
prescribed his own remedies for Patrick's condition,
transparently masking his paternal concern with medical advice.
nothing like a crisis to bring people together, and as the
Scorpio/Drake families showed, their true colors are brillant.
The Scorpios Call a Truce
"You might want to explain to your daughter that there is
simply no return in trying to win the affections of a
self-centered, emotionally unavailable, oversexed bum!"
GH's Anna shouted at Robert, who she believed was everything she
charged him with. Before Robert could say much in return, Robin
showed up. "Excuse me!" she interrupted. "Haven't
you had this fight already?" Stepping in closer, Robin
calmed down. "I haven't had a tantrum since I was 9 years
old. But since you two showed up, I've had several." Now
that she had their attention, she ahd something important to
say- she forgave them for their parental imperfections and
thought it was time they forgave each other. Robert and Anna's
constant clashing over which one of them was responsible for
Robin's disastrous love life was no longer up for conversation.
"If I'm messed up, it's not because you two were spies,
it's because I'm human." Anna's voice raised as she blamed
Robert for making their daughter feel abandoned and unloved.
Again, Robin put her foot down. "You were, in fact,"
Robin said sweetly, "really good parents." Both were
touched but rather stunned by the revelation. She went on.
"You taught me two very valuable lessons. One, to be
self-sufficient. And two, by shining example, that when happily
every after falls apart, you pick yourself up and you keep on
going, even if it hurts like hell." Robin's words of love
and gratitude brought a smile to her parents' faces, prompting
them to move in for a group hug. "You both need to stop
trying so hard," Robin suggested. "I love you. I want
you to be happy. So stop obesessing over me and go back to what
you're good at- spying!" This was a scene Gh fans have been
waiting for since the trio returned to Port Charles. Sure, their
bickering banter is a blast. But it's their sappy exchanges of
endless love that put smiles on all of our faces. (SID 8/15/06)
Performer of the Week- Finola
Hughes and Tristan Rogers They had us at hello again.
From the moment the gaze of GH superspies- and fiery exes- Anna
and Robert met on Port Charles ground, the glint in his eyes
matched the twinkle in hers, the snap, crackle and pop produced
by the reteaming of Finola Hughes and Tristan Rogers was
they always this much fun? It feels like GH is rewarding
Hughes and Rogers for their deft dramatic work of yesteryear by
just letting them play this time around- and the
powerhouse duo is clearly having a blast. Rogers tosses off his
dialogue with unabashed glee, relishing Robert's every
opportunity to make Anna (who doesn't want him to know she's on
assignment to get Alcazar) squirm, while Hughes finds comic gold
in Anna's frustration over being caught up in the spy biz (and
caught off-guard by Robert's flirting), as when a smug Robert
suggested that he was the reason of her homecoming.
"You thought, 'Hey, he's a little older, I'm a little
older, maybe I'll check out the lay of the land.'" he
shrugged. "Well, this is your lucky day. If you're very
nice to me, I might let you win me back." "Ooh, I
can't wait," shot back a bemused Anna, adding, "You've
lost what's left of your mind, you realize."
if their own combustible chemistry isn't enough of a treat, the
actors are also serving up sparks with the other players they
cross paths with. Both are utterly charming opposite on-screen
daughter Kimberly McCullough (Robin), but it doesn't end htere:
Hughes brings out a rarely seen levity in Ted King's Alcazar in
their every encounter, while Rogers makes going toe-to-toe with
Jane Elliot's formidable Tracy seem like a cakewalk. (It isn't.)
conclusion of their first Port Chuck chat, Robert let Anna go
with a warning. "There's more to this visit than meets the
eye," he declared, "and I intent to find out what it
is." Robert's mission doesn't sound impossible- but with
Hughes and Rogers at its core, it'll be impossible to miss. (SID
Scorpios Rising on GH: The return of the Scorpio
family to GH has been a delight for longtime fans and new
Kimberly McCullough's (Robin) reappearance last year was a
resounding success, her character has really blossomed with the
reappearance of on-screen parents Robert and Anna. By
resurrecting their iconic characters, Tristan Rogers and Finola
Hughes have not only reconstituted the Scorpios as a core
family, they resuscitated other aspects of the show. Robert has
shaken up the Quartermaines and Luke, while Anna is embroiled in
an intriguing subplot with Alcazar that is dragging the woefully
underused Ted King into the action.
the Scorpios' time is divided is win-win, too. Acting among
themselves, McCullough, Rogers and Hughes never hit a false
note; their chemistry is effortless. It's fascinating for
longtime fans who recall Robin as a child to watch her contend
with her folks as an adult. She's a chip off the old block who
can more than hold her own.
and Hughes radiate an infectious energy that buoys their
co-stars and lend an air of unexpectability that harkens back to
the way the entire show used to feel. Fans won't find two more
in-the-moment or entertaining players anywhere.
Luke and Laura grabbing most of the headlines back in the day,
it was easy to forget that for a long stretch- indeed, almost a
decade- it was the Scorpios who carried GH across the finish
line week after week as the No. 1 soap, post-Luke and Laura.
the Scorpios rising once again, don't be suprised if GH's
ratings come out of retrograde, as well. (SOW 8/1/06)
Choice: Together Again, GH The triumphant returns of
several fan favorites during May sweeps made for a nostalgic and
unexpectedly hilarious walk down memory lane on GH.
groundwork was laid in January, when Robert Scorpio (Tristan
Rogers) returned from the dead to help old pal Luke combat a
deadly virus sweeping through Port Charles. As it turned out,
the woman they both once loved, Holly (Emma Samms), had her
hands on the antidote and she, too, was thrust into the fray.
After the crisis was averted , Holly went off to jail and Robert
headed for parts unknown. Fast-forward three months, and the
tumultuous trio of yore found themselves together again when
Luke flew to an escaped Holly's aid and Robert tracked them down
in hot pursuit of the bounty on their heads.
irony is, there really wasn't much story here. The paper-thin
plot about who'd escape with a fortune in stolen jewels was
merely an excuse to gather a quintet of GH's most beloved
characters (Luke, Robin, Robert, Holly and Anna) for a raucous
week of fun. Sprinkle in some gifted newbies (Dillon, Lulu and
Patrick), add a heaping dose of classic lines and - voila -
offspring of the Spencers and Scorpios arrived on the scene to
confront their globetrotting "aging" parents about
having daffy delusions of grandeur, and the zingers flew fast
and furious. (Lulu: "I don't care if I cramp your style. I
love you, so get over it." Luke: "Beware of my
daughter. She has a wicked tongue, which swells me with pride -
unless it's forked in my direction.")
spy Anna Devane dropped in on the hapless crew, and when
confronted with the husband she believed was dead, did what any
other deserted wife and mother would do (or at least want to)-
beat the stuffing out of him. "Orphaned" Robin finally
got the closure she (and we) needed, as her mom and pop
confessed that while they were off saving the world, they'd
neglected the very best thing that either had done in their
lives. Robin and Anna got in some mother/daughter bonding when
Anna learned that her daughter was infatuated with arrogant
surgeon Patrick, then was horrified when she realized that her
little girl had fallen for the same type of alpha male as she
did. "You made our daughter fall in love with you,"
Anna accused as she elbowed her ex-husband in the solar plexus.
"It's textbook psychology... which becomes unfortunate when
the father in question is a self-absorbed, emotionallyl void
libertine who lies for a living." "You're right!"
Robin screamed at her pop. "I found a stand-in for
craziness was topped off by Tracy's arrival (in the arms of four
shirtless island hunks) to rescue her errant husband and hapless
son. It was all more sitcom than soap, but a welcome change of
pace that, because of familiar faces and characterizations that
rang true, didn't distract from ongoing drama. Everything old
was new again... and then some. (SOD 6/20/06)
Scene- Anna Returns! A helicopter, a jungle, assault weapons
and a karate kick- talk about an entrance! Being dropped out the
sky by a helicopter and greeting the husband she thought was
dead with a swift kick to the head was all in a day's work for
Anna. "It's been too long, you miserable son of a
bitch!" she said, her leg flying in the air, hitting
Robert's jaw and knocking him to the ground. There were some
mighty bitter feelings built up in her and she wasn't about to
hold them in. She was at her karate-choppin' best. "Mom,
you have every right to be angry with Dad," Robin said.
"He's a jerk, okay? But kicking his butt right now is not
going to change anything." Anna stepped back and took a
breath. It was the first time she had met Luke, so she made sure
to take a nasty jab at his ego. But it was the sight of Holly
that set her off, as it naturally should have, considering her
dalliance with Robert. Holly, however, threw it back as good as
she got it. "I see that you're still the same ice-cold
heartless, abrasive bitch that you always were," she told
Anna, whose arrival was choreographed so she could collect big
bucks for their heads. She told Robin, Dillon and Lulu,
"You are more than welcome to join me when I collect the
half-millon-dollar bounty, because I am handing my
good-for-nothing ex-husband and his past-their-prime friends
over to the authorities." It wasn't just the sarcastic
humor or the rock'em sock'em energy of the Scorpio family
reunion that made Anna's return so notable, although we did love
all the above. It was also the tenderness, love and real emotion
in Anna's eyes when she looked at Robin. We got that there was a
connection that neither a dead-beat dad nor a bad guy with a gun
could ever break. One word: encore! (SID 6/20/06)
Standout Scenes: Robert
is Held Prisoner!: Although Robert has
dodged assorted supervillains intent on destroying the
world, when confronted by two teenagers, a snippy
socialite and a frying pan-waving maid, it almost
seemed more than he could handle. To prevent him from
hunting down and turning Luke in for a sizable bond,
Dillon, Lulu and Alice joined forces with Tracy by
holding Robert captive in the Quartermaine freezer.
Sensing that Tracy's fondness for Luke had turned to
love, Robert realized that she was his best chance of
breaking free. He pushed her jealousy button and, in
the process, played her like a fiddle. "The
longer you keep me here, the more time Holly has to
work her number on Luke," he said, looking for a
reaction. Seeing the fire in Tracy's eyes, he kicked
it up a notch. "Let me rephrase that. The more
time that beautiful, voluptuous Holly has to work her
desirable, amourous clutches into your all-too
available husband... You never saw sparks fly the way
they did between Luke and Holly. I mean sparks that
could start the great fire of London. But never
fights. I mean, even after she fell in love with me
and we got married, those two would walk into the room
together and just spontaneously self-combust, all the
time." Tracy was clearly livid. "When Luke
risks his life for Holly, how do you think she's going
to express her gratitude? Robert continued. "I
mean, Holly takes the reward system very
seriously." The naughty grin on his face sent
Tracy into panic mode. "Okay, that's it. You're
out of here!" she said, reaching to untie him.
However, the kids couldn't allow that to happen.
Getting the upper hand, they tied Tracy up, too! This
trapezoid of multi-generational talent kept up
grinning from the scene's top to its bottom, brining
out the comedic best in Tristan Rogers (Robert), Jane
Elliot (Tracy), Scott Clifton (Dillon) and Julie
Bertman (Lulu). (SID 6/6/06)
Hit! GH Kicks It Old School:
GH returned to the Maarkam Islands and traded February's monkey
business for heavy-hitting vets and sidesplitting laughs.
Robert got the band back together for another round of
derring-do, but Lulu was forced to recruit the next generation-
Robin, Patrick and Dillon- to rescue the aging adventurers from
the clutches of "femme fatale" Holly. "All that
stuff that you guys used to do- jumping out of planes, the
daring rescues- it happened a really long time ago," Lulu
there was nothing dated about the repartee as the old gang hid
out in Holly's villa and got tangled up with stolen jewels,
snakes and the sensual lure of bathtubs. When a couple of bounty
hunters forced the kids to cover for their dads with impromptu
make-out sessions, it was classic GH. "You really enjoyed
that, didn't you young Polanski?" a grumpy Luke groused to
Dillon before admonishing Lulu: "Button up your blouse, Hot
enough to give fans a case of hysterical island fever. But
amidst the snappy one-liners, history was honored.
Scotch-swilling Robert asked fellow deadbeat Luke, "How did
we get into this mess and still have two children who actually
expect soemthing from us?"
viewers expect is a fantastic ride, and that's what they got.
This caper proved the future of GH lies in its past. When
another fan favorite, Anna, helicoptered to the rescue, whipped
off her helmet and greeted Robert with a swift kick to the jaw,
she packed 15 years of storyline punch. Take that!" (SOW
It's Only My Opinon:
Over on GH, they signed Finola Hughes and the next day had a
terrific story in place for Anna involving her family, some
jewels and her new best friend, Luke.
she's leaving): "Call me?" Anna: You're in the
book?" Luke: "Yes. All of them."
come in and out of PC, like real life. The stories work partly
because they are rooted in history and partly because the actors
are so good. ("Anna Devane still takes my breath
away," sighed Robert very believably 15 years after Tristan
Rogers and Hughes shared scenes.) And partly because GH's
writers can turn on a dime when something is working- or not.
(excerpt by Carolyn Hinsey, SOD 6/13/06)
Hit! GH's Young Doctors
in Love: Her cover is her HIV status, and
his is being a playa, but you don't have to be a brain
surgeon to realize that GH's hot docs Robin and
Patrick belong under the covers together.
While cocky Patrick and coolly confident Robin were at
each other's throats from the moment they met, there
was an odd spark. Any soap couple that bickers that
intense is destined to fall into bed together, so we
all just set our watches and waited.
Delightfully, GH has not rushed them to the next level
or overmilked the suspense. A throwback to
old-fashioned romance, these lovebirds are getting to
know each other through bantering, an evenly matched
battle of wits.
Patrick started out as a sterotypical cipher: a
handsome, womanizing hotshot surgeon (yawn) with the
wrong kind of beside manner. But Robin has gradually
peeled away his layers, and filled in his backstory
with a dead mother and distant, alcoholic dad (Noah).
As for Mrs. Scorpio, she grew armor to keep others at
bay so she wouldn't suffer the heartbreak she did when
Stone died. But Patrick has been piercing that hard
candy shell; no doubt she'll soon melt in his hands.
Robin is more emotionally fragile than physically
frail. She was devastated when she thought she
overheard Patrick make a $100 wager to bed the woman
with HIV. When she lashed out at him, he was the one
who got hurt.
Her health makes her cautious, which counterbalances
his impetuousness. They both were abandoned by their
fathers. They don't trust people, but are tempted to
trust each other.
Neither Robin nor Patrick is a cardiac specialist, so
they are carefully navigating their way around the
human heart. So far, the operation is a great success.
Hit! GH's Virus Cures
the Common Soap! GH's epidemic storyline was
a month-long tour de force, a throwback to its golden
years that showcased the talents of a strong ensemble
cast and celebrated its rich history.
In its heyday, under the stewardship of legendary
executive producer Gloria Monty, GH went the extra
mile with stylish direction and high production values
that revved up the dramatic tension of its stories. GH
managed to pull that off once again in 2006, with
modern budget-consciousness. Incorporating extensive
location footage (including the rarely used hospital
exterior set on the studio lot), employing truckloads
of extras, tinkering with clever camera angles and
scoring it all with very cinematic music, GH gave this
story arc a classy look that reminded longtime viewers
how things were done in the good ol' days.
Such an ambitious production was justified by a
compelling, larger-than-life story, replete with
oodles of romantic underpinnings and subplots, one
that integrated nearly every character's fate into the
tapestry- another hallmark of Monty's GH. Characters
lived, died, loved and even married, all against the
backdrop of a life-or-death race against time. Classic
In turn, the compelling and multifacted story (read:
It was about more than just Sonny!) elicted
multidimensional and nuanced performances from the
entire cast, from newcomers like Jason Thompson and
Laura Wright (Patrick and Carly) to veterans Anthony
Geary and Brad Maule (LUke and Tony) and returning
faves Tristan Rogers, Kimberly McCullough and Rick
Springfield (Robert, Robin and Noah).
The only notable misstep was Holly's contrived and
out-of-character appearance. Having her to be
conveniently connected to Crylium was one coincidence
too many when piled atop Luke randomly choosing the
one location on the entire planet where Robert just
happened to still be faking his death...yet on
assignment. And Holly is a nasty woman scorned all of
a sudden? No way. But that was just one false note in
a Gloria-ous sympthony.
This story proved it is possible to recapture the
signature formula that made GH must-see tv - and the
highest-rated soap - for pver a decade. It was just
what the doctor ordered. (SOW 3/28/06)
Scene: Robert and Robin Reunite! When GH's Robin
stumbled upon her supposedly dead dad in a file room, it lead to
a reunion that had been 14 years in the making. Attempting to
downplay the shocking moment, Robert's response was a gruff
attempt at humor. "I guess there's a bit of explaining to
do," he said nervously. "If I don't, you're never
going to understand what I'm doing..." But Robin cut her
dad off, unwilling to let her slick father charm his way out of
her line of ire. "Oh, my God! It was all a lie, wasn't
it?" she asked, shock quickly turning to rage. There was
nothing he could say that would erase the pain she felt having
"lost" him and her mother as a teenager. There could
be no excuse for such a huge betrayal. "Was there ever a
boat explosion, or did you two just go off on some mission, and
then when [mom] missed me, she decided to get in touch with
me?" Robin demanded. "You let me believe you were
dead! Or worse, you let me believe that you were brutally
murdered! Why should I ever listen to anything you ever have to
say again?" Shaken, Robert did his best to explain the
unexplainable, but his daughter wasn't willing to listen. All
she could see was that he had a choice between saving the world
and being with his daughter... and the world won. "I
decided to leave you with your childhood intact, memories of a
father that do do anything," he said softly. "That
Robert Scorpio, he was a better man than I am. That's the father
you deserved." This was not a joyful, "Oh, thank
goodness you're alive" reunion viewers may have expected.
But the powerhouse performances of Tristan Rogers (Robert) and
Kimberly McCullough (Robin) realistically conveyed the notion
that there's a fine line between buffering and abandoning. It
was a moment filled with pain and resentment, beautifully acted
by two actors reconnecting on every level. (SID 3/14/06)
"And So It Begins..." Those four ominous
words scrawled on the screen as the town of Port Charles was
about to enter one of its darkest hours. Despite the doom and
gloom that soon descended upon its citizens, we were, and still
are, giddy with delight.
GH has a
habit of kicking off sweeps periods with event stories, where
something cataclysmic, like a train wreck or hotel fire, pits
characters against seeming insurmountable odds and either pulls
them together or tears them apart. The encephalitis virus that
hit certainly fits the bill, but this story not only has action
and adventure, it is full of humor, heart and surprisingly,
nostalgia, ushering in returning super spy Robert Scorpio.
innocently enough, with world-traveler Luke bringing home a
banana daiquiri-swilling chimp as a present for his estranged
daughter, Lulu. What the man who saved the world more than two
decades ago didn't realize is that he had another traveling
companion as well- a man-made illness capable of wiping
out entire populations. As P.C. folk went about their daily
lives- bickering, making love, scarfing down pie at Kelly's-
members of the populace began dropping like flies. The
under-equipped hospital soon resembled a wartime-like triage
center. Fear and panic sunk in, as no one knew what was going
on. With one exception....
"Hello, sweetheart," uttered long-presumed-dead
Scorpio to his stunned daughter, Robin. This was no happy, sappy
hugfest. Orphaned by her crime-fighting parents after they were
"killed" in a boat explosion, Robin could barely keep
up with Scorpio's explanation. Meanwhile, we couldn't take our
eyes off fan favorite Tristan Rogers in the flesh; he's as
sharp-tongued as ever and looks none the worse for wear.
"My father would've come back for me," Robin shouted,
unwilling to accept her dad's explanation that his presence
would've endangered her life. "That Robert Scorpio, he was
a better man tha I am," he sighed, acknowledging the lost
years. "That's the father you deserved."
containment specialist for the Medical Rescue Agency, a.k.a.
"a disease cop," Scorpio's back in business and his
next reunion was a happier one. "I'm dead and gone to
hell," warbled a wide-eyed, feverish Luke to the ghost
hovering at his hospital bed. "No," smiled his
one-time best friend. "But they're looking for you."
Any GH viewer from 1981 sported a smile a mile wide at that
severity of the situation escalated, so, too, did the drama.
Luke, who barely acknowledged his daughter, Lulu, six months
ago, risked his life to save hers. Tracy's wicked persona
crumbled when her son, Dillon, contracted the illness. Emily
found her confidence as a doctor, but lost her impartiality
caring for the two infected men she loves, Sonny and Nikolas.
Lucas came out to his dad. Elizabeth feared for her missing
husband, Lucky. Alcazar guiltily schemed to ensure the health of
his ailing lover, Skye. Paroled killer Manny menaced Sam and
Alexis. Carly and Jason escaped the quarantine just in time to
search for a cause, and possibly a cure, for the raging
epidemic. The list of dynamic doings goes on and on, and this is
just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. And so it
begins.... (SOD 3/7/06)
Hit! Robert and Robin's
Reunion on GH: Robert and Robin's much-anticipated
reunion on GH successfully bridged the gap in Robert's past
while showcasing the talents of their gifted portrayers.
Roberts (Robert) himself warned in a WEEKLY interview that fans
would either love or hate the story that explains Robert's
14-year absences. And while Scorpio purists may object, the
senario is undeniably consistent with the show's
turned out the WSB blew up the boat with Robert, Anna and Faison
aboard when the agency feared Anna had gone back to the DVX.
When Robert survived, the WSB blackmailed him into working for
them as an assassin. While his murderous tenure may be
disheartening to Scorpio diehards (no pun intended), it is a
shrewd updating of the character. Today's Port Charles is a much
darker place than it was 14 years ago, so graying Robert's white
hat makes sense.
and Kimberly McCullough (Robin) delivered the emotional goods in
these sense, taking what could have been boring expository
speeches and making them work. The father/daughter dynamic that
always made them so endearing was there. They reminded longtime
viewers why the Scorpios were the core of the show for a decade,
and gave new viewers intriguing insights into these individuals.
Rogers reprised his iconic character as easily as donning some
old, comfortable slippers.
Robert's only slip-up was mentioning Anna's past as a double
agent. Anna always lived in fear that Robin would learn her
shameful secret, but the big reveal was simply glossed over.
Surely Robin would have been scandalized.
Nevertheless, Robert and Robin's reunion made a welcome and
compelling sequence. Here's hoping that you stick around, Mate.
It's Only My Opinion:
You know I hate how GH churns through plot with no emotional
setup or fallout. And you know I hated that sitcommy chimp. But
WOW, was Robert Scorpio's return excellent!
premise of Luke bringing home the virus from the fake island
worked because Luke is always doing stuff like that. GH even
poked fun at themselves when Georgie and Dillon asked Robin to
X-ray the shrunken head Luke sent as a clue. "Oh, Luke,"
said Robin, knowingly, no more information necessary.
infection spread, here came Robert to spy on them and then save
the day. Tristan Rogers and Tony Geary picked up on the old
chemistry instantly, like no time had passed since their last
sarcastic exchange. When Robert considered that Luke might have
the antibodies that could squash the virus, Luke nodded:
"No germ could live in this petri dish I call a
liver." Robert also had heated exchanges with Robin and
Mac, who were right to be angry, but still couldn't help being a
little happy that the old dog was alive. I especially enjoyed
Mac punching Robert just like he did when he first met him on
the pier in 1991- but wouldn't it have been fun if Robert had
typed in the password ICE PRINCESS when he was hacking into the
had told me I'd be watching scenes between Robert Scorpio and
Noah Drake this year, I would have said, "Excellent- is
SoapNet doing a marathon?" February Sweeps was a big payoff
for 30 years of watching GH. Thank you.
I have a
few quibbles, of course. There's a giant hole where Felicia
Jones (and Kristina Wagner) should be, especially when Mac
brings up Frisco Jones's name to Robert. (excerpt from Carolyn
Hinsey's article, SOD 2/28/06)
Thumbs Up! Medical History:
Hats off to the GH writers for rejuvenating the show with a dose
of history. The shift began with the returns of Robin Scorpio
and Noah Drake. Now, fan faves Robert and Holly have checked
back in, too.
hasn't just brought back familiar faces, they've smartly woven
them into story. Reviving Robin and Carly's feud has helped
Robin ease back into the fold and is much fresher than the
obvious choice of launching into a triangle with Jason and Sam.
It's so bolstering Laura Wright's transition as recast Carly.
dreamboat Noah's return is poignant because the years have not
been kind to him: He's battling alcoholism, struggling to
connect with son Patrick and has a healthy amount of backstory
potential. Now, GH is spinning a tale of "epidemic"
proportions, which longtime fans are sure to find reminiscent of
the life-threatening Lassa Fever outbreak of '79. This
therapeutic blend of old and new is just what the doctor
ordered. (SOD 2/21/06)
Hit! Making Every Day
Veterans' Day: GH diehards who have been clamoring for
a Scorpio family reunion have gotten their wish: Kimberly
McCullough (Robin) returned from Paris to help save former love
Jason- with the help of golden oldie Dr. Noah Drake (Rick
Springfield). That was followed by the shocking return of
Tristan Rogers (Robert) and the impending arrival of Emma Samms'
Holly (albeit for limited runs).
Children is also cashing in on nostalgia... they snagged Ian
Buchanan of GH and B&B fame (Duke and James, respectively)
to play the menacing Dr. Greg Madden.
Reilly (ex-Sean, GH) assumed the pivotal role of Passions'
Alistair following the sudden death of David Bailey, and it's
like he's been there the whole time. The added bonus is that
he's been paired with former GH flame Sharon Wyatt (ex-Tiffany)
as Rachel, the object of Alistair's obsession. The dynamics
between Alistair and Rachel are completely different from the
romantic Sean and Tiffany, but the actors still have the same
combustible chemistry. (excerpts from SOW 2/21/06)
Miss- Why was Alexis directing questions about Jason's post-head-trauma
transformation to Carly, who didn't know him back then? Heck, she wasn't even in
town! Why not direct those questions toward Alan or Robin? Maybe Alexis was
afraid of Robin, seeing as she's apparently developed a disease which runs
rampant among Port Charles' ladies: slaphappyitis. It's one thing for a
character like Sam, Skye or Tracy to haul off and slap a rival. But when Robin
smacked both Patrick and Carly within a few days of one another, it struck us as
completely out of character. (SID 2/14/06)
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