We all know that on soaps, love triangles are inevitable and unfortunately due to sexism, female characters are often reduced to self-degrading and obsessive antics in which they’ll be labeled “pathetic, “slut” or “whore,” while the males come off suave and irresistible. No female character (off the top of my head) has fallen to these lows and left without a single shred of dignity like Liz Webber. Liz impulsively falls in and out of love like a teenager, instantly smitten, blinded and neurotically fixated. Whether they deserve it or not, she treats each man like he’s the love of her life and will move heaven and earth-often to her detriment- to be with them. For example, Lucky Spencer was supposed to be her alpha and omega, but somehow, she needed Nikolas Cassadine (Tyler Christopher) so much, that she’d carry on an affair with her husband’s half-brother (not to mention Nikolas was married to her best friend, Emily Quartermaine, who died just two years before). Oh, and let’s not forget how she always secretly pined (daydream fantasies abundant) for Jason Morgan.
Despite the fact that Jason often treated her like a plan B side-chick, she was always willing drop everything and do anything to be with him. How high-school was the Floating Rib scene where Liz loudly lied to mislead Sam Morgan (Kelly Monaco) in thinking Jason wanted a divorce? I couldn’t believe the writers created that and followed it with a repulsively devious paternity test debacle. Until they thankfully redeemed her with an act of maturity and honesty (she told the truth and called a truce with Sam), she couldn’t have stooped any lower. In explaining her motivations, she painfully quivered that it was because she never got a real chance with Jason, yet, short months after he dies, she’s head-over-heels for his arch-nemesis brother AJ! All of her over-the-mooness makes one yell at the screen: “Do you know who you’re really in love with, girl?! Dang!” Her naiveté and loyalty to AJ (Sean Kanan) is particularly puzzling and despicable, not only because of the Jason connection, but because this man has practically called her a slut at least twice. Insecure about Nikolas re-entering Liz’s triangle, AJ condescendingly threw the former affair in her face when asked if he distrusted Nikolas or her more (the extra salt in the wound was that Liz confided in AJ with that information; AJ didn’t know about the affair). The second time was when Nikolas innocently answered Liz’s phone and when she got on the line, AJ aggressively said “How long did you wait? What, an hour, two hours?...It hasn’t even been a day since you broke things off with me and what now, you’re playing house with Nikolas?!,” hung up in her face and slept with Carly (Laura Wright). Ignoring AJ’s disrepute accusations, Liz heard him out and almost immediately gave him another chance. Even though AJ actually did what he falsely slut-shamed Liz for (getting with someone right after their breakup), she didn’t hold AJ’s tryst against him because they technically had split when it happened. Simply stomach turning.