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Thoughts & observations of Port Charles happenings.
*Timbaland voice* It’s been a long time, shouldn’t have left you, without a dope beat to step to, step to, step to, step to…
To make this edition of LIPC just a tinge longer than usual, but cover 5 months storyline, I had to condense. If there is an unmentioned plot point or scene that you’d like to get my opinion on, feel free to contact me here. Thanks for still ridin’ with me and I hope your holidays were pleasant.--J
Patrick & Sam
Patrick (Jason Thompson) was anything but elated when he saw Robin on 8/5 (Kimberly McCullough) at Crichton-Clark clinic in Scarsdale (former home of everyone comatose or kidnapped) while helping Sam (Kelly Monaco) dig up information on Silas’ wife, Nina (Sam’s impersonation and disguise as Sabrina was cute and hilarious). The fact that Robin was so close all along instead of in a remote, Cassadine jungle dungeon added insult to injury that she wasn’t around to comfort Patrick following the car accident that resulted in Gabriel’s death (Patrick’s son with Sabrina). Unnecessarily, Robin lies and says her protocol didn’t work on Jason (whom she was there to revive from death) and that she was remaining at the lab of her own free will. Patrick stupidly, so stupidly, buys this and tells Robin he’s filing for divorce. Why was Robin’s lie written in? Why not say she was still working on Jason? If it was to add to the ever-growing “Reasons Patrick Resents Robin” list (as if it needs to grow; he has enough valid frustration), that was weak because it was completely illogical that Robin would want to stay there. She was taken by a Cassadine for crying out-loud! That screams “prisoner!” *Ren & Stimpey voice* Idiot! The idiocy didn’t stop there. When Patrick hears that Rafe was put up to causing the accident, he was bright enough to figure that Victor might be the mastermind (which he is), but for the wrong reason! He thinks it was to keep him quiet about Jason being on ice, versus to keep Robin in check! Your wife came back from the ‘dead’ after 2 years and strangely insists on remaining with a psychotic Cassadine instead of her family. You’re a surgeon; how are you missing this??! Then, he easily drops his hunch just because Sabrina said he was off-base! After Crichton-Clark explodes, Patrick and Anna (Robin’s mother) are relieved to hear she’s still alive, but believe her tale that she left the clinic weeks ago to reflect in Paris and won’t return anytime soon (9/24). Patrick’s disgusted and Anna’s shocked and worried that Robin has Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). What the hell?! Victor died, but Anna (Finola Hughes) knew that Queen Helena Cassadine was possibly walking around. Patrick missing the obvious is one thing, but Anna? The former spy and current police commissioner? Not to mention mother’s intuition?! Why was everyone being so stupid?!
I was also annoyed with how eager Patrick was to get into Sam’s pants, kissing her and unbuttoning her shirt on 9/16. Sam was into it, but reminded him that between their friendship, the crash investigation, their very fresh splits from Robin and Silas and her still healing from Jason, they probably shouldn’t visit romance. Patrick is making me sick with how quick and dry he’s being with leaving Robin, when she stood by him in the wake of his fatal attraction affair with Lisa Niles. His brother Matthew is sitting in prison now because his actions unleashed that nut on everyone, but Robin is so disposable for trying to save a life?! The husband of your close friend?! Get out of here, Patrick. I love his friendship with Sam and wanted the writers to toy with the idea of them romantically, but nothing too in depth. It was fun at 1st, but I’ve gotten mighty tired of seeing Patrick swarming around Sam. He has a sexy edge to him, but watching him stumble through Sam’s world of sneaks, risk and bad-buttness made it evident how much edge he doesn’t have. Even Jerry Jax didn’t think Patty could rise to the occasion of “Sweet Sam,” saying to her: “Jason is the only opponent who presented a challenge…Is your new amor lacking?...He doesn’t look very lively; what’s he going to do? Stare me to death?,” as Patrick stood in a cozy grandpa sweater (10/13 & 10/14).
On 12/5, Patrick fessed up to knowing Jason was alive after being outed by Cesar Faison. I tweeted “Hold me!” as I watched Sam’s disbelief. The anguish and mental torture of knowing her instincts about Jason were right all along, she was just feet away from him on 2 occasions and there was a chance to tell him that Danny was his son and properly say goodbye. The fury over Patrick enlisting her to get justice for his own lost loved one and attempting to start a relationship, all while the husband she was grieving was out there. Whew, lawd! It was simply unforgivable, but Sam was over it just 2 weeks later, and a week after that was kissing Patrick underneath mistletoe (12/24). How?! A frequent frustration I have with the writing is that things either move at a snail’s pace or with speeding light. With the latter, important details are glazed over and/or continuity is broken. Before learning about Jason, Sam was on the fence about dating Patrick and now after, she’s ready to jump his bones on New Year’s?! That doesn’t make sense! What’s the point of a devastating secret if it isn’t going to be devastating and affect things significantly?! It’s almost as if the reveal didn’t happen! I know I’m probably the only viewer who isn’t living for SamTrick, but the writing nuts and bolts of this story are bothering me. It doesn’t add up that Patrick would leave Sabrina at the altar for Robin, but so easily divorce her and be ready to smash someone else. It doesn’t seem emotionally logical that Sam could forgive AND smash Patrick in less than a month. Robin initiating divorce under the guise of PTSD seems more feasible. That would go along with her “I must stay at the lab, in Paris, etc.” cover. Sam being upset for longer than 2 weeks is more realistic.
I thought Patrick was going to get cussed out back to back when he told Carly the truth about Jason on 12/8, but instead, she somehow was so understanding and encouraged him to pursue Sam, saying Jason would want it. What the hell?! Yeah, because Jason would want Patrick to leave his best friend and former lover (Robin) for his wife. Additionally, Patrick discussed the matter so casually (“it sounds like it came out of a bad sci-fi movie”) and made it apparent that he still resents Jason (“I didn’t do it [keep quiet] for Jason”) and preferred he die, mentioning how he’s punishing Robin with divorce for her valiant effort. Carly would’ve been just as furious as Sam, if not more, because heaven knows she was the most possessive when it came to Jason, but the writers have had her out of character for a while, which brings me to...
Thoughts & observations of Port Charles happenings.
Patrick, Rafe, Sam, Silas & Nina
This paragraph is mostly plot summary, so you can skip to the 2nd one to read my thoughts on this crew. Sam’s (Kelly Monaco) nifty detective work lead her and Patrick (Jason Thompson) to the person who ran his family off the road and caused the premature birth and subsequent death of his son, Gabriel. It was Rafe (Jimmy Deshler). As the clues pieced together, everyone close to Rafe learned that he was responsible for the accident and was using cocaine (laced with heroin as later learned). When he went to Silas’ apartment to get his things and go on the run, he heard a standing Nina (Michelle Stafford) plotting against Silas. To keep Rafe from exposing her plans to make her husband suffer (he had an affair with Ava Jerome before she went into a coma 20 years ago), she reminded him of his dyer situation and gave him money and a car to get away (7/2). Molly (Haley Pullos) came across him and got in the car, insisting on a drug intervention. Rafe revealed that he wasn’t on drugs the night of the accident and that someone put him up to it. Before he could say who that someone was, he collided with a police blockade (7/7). Both he and Molly had head injuries. Molly recovered, but Rafe’s condition was life-threatening and required immediate surgery. Given it was the 4th of July (and it’s soap-opera land), Patrick was the only surgeon available. Silas (Michael Easton) feared Patrick would seek revenge and not properly work on Rafe, but chief-of-staff Dr. Obrecht persisted and the procedure happened. Patrick’s darker conscious appeared to him (Thompson’s characterization of “Bad Drake” was fantastic), arguing that he could cut a vein and no one would know, but Rafe bled out anyhow and was declared brain-dead. Silas instantly accused Patrick of intentionally trying to murder Rafe. Patrick later confided to Sam that he thought about hurting Rafe, but didn’t follow through (7/11). Hoping it might deter Silas from taking his claims to the press, Sam shared Patrick’s secret while Nina was eavesdropping around the corner (7/17). To protect the hospital and beat Silas to the punch, Dr. Obrecht (Kathleen Gati) launched a press conference. Nina told a journalist about Patrick’s private thoughts and he was cornered on camera. Obrecht closed the conference and fired Patrick as a precaution (7/22). Sam didn’t give Silas the benefit of the doubt, charged him with breaking confidences and telling Nina what Patrick said, and blamed him for firing. This further angered Silas about Sam’s unwavering trust of and loyalty to Patrick. Overwhelmed by all the gradual discord and hurdles, Sam broke up with Silas.
Ok, now that I’ve told you the story, time for thoughts. I was disappointed that Rafe was killed. The kid was finally getting interesting and he was axed. Rafe needed to stay on canvas if for no other than 2 reasons: 1) There aren’t enough teenagers as is, and 2) he was the last major link to the Port Charles soap spinoff. All of Silas, Sam and Kiki’s “shoulda, coulda, wouldas” about paying more attention to Rafe were like scripted representations of how the writers neglected him themselves. I hate when characters like Rafe are brought on, used to propel others and then done away with. Clearly his death was a tool for this insanely fascinating Patrick vs. Silas vs. Sam storyline, so I can’t say that it was unnecessary, but I can’t help but wonder if there was another way to make the 3-way tension happen. Could there have been the same amount of conflict if Rafe was comatose or on-trial? I think so and longer term too. Rafe didn’t have to die for the Luke secret to stay buried either; car-crashes are great at erasing memories in soap-land. After all, Molly herself couldn’t remember that Rafe was put up to the accident. Speaking of Molly, Pullos stole the scene where Silas had to pull the plug on Rafe. Rafe’s uncle, cousin and adoptive mother were in the room and his crush had me most in tears. One of the longer-term conflict points could’ve been Molly throwing her all into helping Rafe recover and beat criminal charges, while her boyfriend TJ continues to fester with resentment.
You have to admit, Nina emphasizing Sam’s lack of suspicion in Patrick to Silas and creating distrust by giving the journalist that tip was well-played and pretty smart. I’m eager to see what she’ll do to Ava (Maura West). Nina is kooky, eccentric and calculating; I’m enjoying her so far, really. Although Sam’s hunch that Nina is up to no good is accurate, it’s largely unfounded and just comes off childishly jealous. If the writers wanted to show Sam’s keenness, they should’ve given her something more concrete to go on. On the other side, the dialogue between Patrick, Sam and Silas has been great. When an appalled Silas defended himself against Sam’s assumption that he squealed on Patrick, every other line I was like “Checkmate!” “Checkpoint!” Sam quickly believed Patrick when he said he only thought about killing Rafe, but refused to consider the plausible possibility that someone overheard her conversation with Silas on the hospital roof. Then, she believes the wheel-chair bound Nina (as far as Sam knows, Nina can’t walk) listened in when there’s no elevator to the roof (making Sam look even more jealous, foolish and desperate)! I cackled when Silas said “When I said that to you the other day [that someone could’ve eavesdropped], you said that was impossible…Now, all of the sudden, of all things, someone confined to a wheelchair overheard us?” Silas asked Sam when she stopped trusting him and she gave some B.S. answer that they’ve spent so much time apart lately. Being involuntarily away because of unusual and pressing circumstances makes you untrustworthy? When you met him, he was the twin brother of a serial killer and a viable attempted murder suspect himself in incapacitating a wife you didn’t know about right away (that he also cheated on), but your trust is shook now? Laughable! If you’re familiar with my writing, you know I that I’m not the biggest fan of the SiAm pairing, so prepared to be shocked: I thought the breakup was kind of whack. I understood Sam’s decision from the angle that they’re currently on divergent wavelengths and their lives are over-complicated, but to hinge so much of her reasoning on Nina was ridiculous. Silas is so obviously not interested in being with Nina and he’s assured Sam of that multiple times, but she’s convinced somehow that Silas is secretly pining. Ok, girl. It’s more like your insecurity is getting the better of you. Before I move on, how funny was it that they had the press conference in the middle of the hospital? Guess they didn’t want to build a separate set. Oh, and Patrick and Sam’s conversation about her being a “bad ass” (8/1)? So cute (that is, if you can put “cute” and “bad ass” in the same vicinity)!
Thoughts & observations of Port Charles happenings.
Patrick, Sabrina & Baby Gabriel
On 5/27, I was really confused as to why Sabrina (Teresa Castillo) would give her son, Gabriel, her last name instead of Patrick’s and how Patrick didn’t flinch at this, but baby names would be the least of my ‘Patrina’ concerns as their story developed over the month. For 6 WEEKS, Gabriel was in NICU, being prematurely born after a hit-and-run car accident on 4/24 (current suspects are Luke and Rafe). We saw all of these gentle moments; everyone connected to Sabrina and Patrick had their hearts invested and just when it seemed like we’d finally see the child recover, he died. Ay, yi. In the DEC 2013/JAN 2014 edition of “LIPC” , I argued that Sabrina shouldn’t have been pregnant in the first place, but since she was and Castillo soon had to go on maternity leave, I suggested that, at a speedy pace, Sabrina miscarry and maybe go into a depression and want to leave town for a while. I made this suggestion with the assumption that Sabrina’s child would be used as a tool to keep the impossible love triangle with Robin going. Once it seemed that wasn’t the case thankfully, I was more open to the idea of a Patrina baby as the writers put some cards on the table to improve the situation and make it convenient. Sabrina gradually toughened up, detached from Patrick and became Carlos’ savior, setting the stage for a Patrick-independent storyline and at last, some sort of joy. Maybe this baby would actually be more about her than him (especially when the writers played with Carlos being the father; I’d love for Jeffery Vincent Parise to get more camera time). Castillo’s exit was set as Carlos worried Ava made good on her threat to harm Sabrina: she could’ve been forced into police protective custody, which would’ve driven Patrick (Jason Thompson) insane.
Oddly, the writers blew all their cards away; why I’m surprised, I don’t know. Sabrina gave birth, briefly lost touch with reality after watching Gabriel die and went back to Puerto Rico with Juan to regroup. I’m sure the rationale for this was the tragic drama and Patrick having another reason to resent Robin because she wasn’t there to support him (actress Kimberly McCullough isn’t currently on the series). Was there no other way to keep the emotions high? Killing Gabriel felt like a cheap stunt. The 6 weeks had no payoff, coming off like filler until Castillo’s exit date and a possible longer-term storyline (and a new character for the next generation) was relinquished for temporary commotion. You might ask: well, what about Patrick and the vehicular homicide charge? That’s not temporary? Patrick has enough cause to be angry with Robin; that fire isn’t in desperate need of gas at all. As for the “Who done it?” part of the story, that would still be there and the culprit would still face serious charges worthy of a soap courtroom. Yes, the grieving and funeral scenes were powerful (I was in tears multiple times; Castillo and Thompson did great work), but I still question the necessity of the death and debate which outcome would be more lastingly useful. Last month, I expressed my surprise that this new (circa 2012) writing team would kill A.J. Quartermaine, knowing that Quartermaine deaths were the most complained about story facet of the 2000’s. Child deaths are also on the list, most notably Jake Spencer (the son of Elizabeth Webber and Jason Morgan, adopted by Lucky Spencer) in 2011. I’m not sure what they’re thinking about, especially after being on a baby-boom roll.
Sam, Silas & Nina
On 6/3, Silas (Michael Easton) went to Danny Morgan’s birthday party and was surprised to find his wife, Nina (Michelle Stafford), who he thought died after being in a 20-year coma. At first, his current girlfriend Sam (Kelly Monaco) was gracious, seemed to understand the gravity of the situation and tried to conceal their relationship so Silas could have a moment to get Nina settled and wrap his head around the revelation. Prior to Nina being hospitalized, Silas had an affair with Ava Jerome. Nina resolved to work on their marriage and was soon pregnant. Around the same time, she was supposed to inherit assets from her father’s will. Her mother, Madeline, didn’t want Silas around and tried to drug Nina to induce a miscarriage. The baby died, but Nina unexpectedly went into a coma. Silas didn’t know Nina was pregnant until recently. Nina woke up decades later, learning what her mother did and that Silas had a child with Ava, who now lives with him and his nephew Rafe. She has no money (so she says), requires around-the-clock rehabilitation care (not true, but we’ll get to that) and has next to nowhere to go. Kind of a big deal, right? Not really, says Samantha!
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Thoughts & observations of Port Charles happenings.
Sonny, Ava & Morgan
So…I thought Michael (Chad Duell) was going to find out that Sonny (Maurice Bernard) shot AJ, hate his guts and then Morgan (Bryan Craig) would have a shot at really being part of the family, but instead, Sonny’s relationships with all of his sons were shot to hell. I’m not totally mad about it either, in a twist. In a well-scripted, intense and beautifully performed scene, Sonny and Ava discussed their shared, mob-head burden of guilt, lies, loss and blood-shed and it emotionally peaked into sex. Tomb sex. After AJ’s funeral. “Well, that’s it; Sonny has officially screwed the Quartermaines,” a fan hilariously tweeted. Sonny had sex with Ava (Maura West) in front of Emily (whom he used to date) and Jason’s buried bodies. That’s not creepy at all, haha. Anyway, that scene got a standing ovation from me: Ava calling herself pathetic for being jealous of Kiki, smacking her head at the haunting thoughts stirring in her mind, her stone-wall defense mechanisms coming down- West is queen!! Although they were dressed when Morgan found them, he still realized what happened; he was angry, betrayed and heartbroken once again. 1st his brother Michael steals his girlfriend, and then his father sleeps with his new one. Sonny tried to keep his indiscretion from his current love, Olivia (Lisa LoCicero), but she got wind anyhow and was shattered; their son Dante (Dominic Zampronga) was naturally furious with his papa. I found it so annoying that Olivia wasn’t mature enough to just leave Dante out of it, knowing that he already has fickle relationship with Sonny. This leaves Michael, who again, will undoubtedly be enraged when he learns how his biological father, AJ, died. A son-less Sonny (which is an interesting concept) presents another great opportunity to bring back his only daughter, Kristina, but hey, I guess I’m asleep.
Morgan once again underestimated the nerve of mobsters and told Julian (William Devry) that Ava was working as an informant for Sonny. Sonny whisked Ava away to his private island to escape threat and told her she could come home once Julian was arrested and his organization was taken down by collaborating with the PCPD for a drug bust (more on this in a moment). Little does Ava know it will be far from safe to come home, as Julian’s boss, presumably Luke Spencer (he may be being impersonated), is still at large and Carly and Franco have evidence that she killed Connie, Sonny’s former fiancé`. For the last few editions of LIPC, I have wondered what’s going to become of Ava with all of her resources rapidly running out. I love the character and definitely adore the actress, so I hope Ava Jerome isn’t leaving Port Charles anytime soon. As for Morgan, the other character I’ve been rooting for, there is still no justice. Sure, he’s had plenty of camera time and been a part of major storylines, but none of them were really centralized on him and established him as an eminent figure. Since his aged return (AKA SORAS) last year, Morgan has been used chiefly as a plot device and propelling stool for other characters. Additionally, there’s been no legitimate recompense for the wrongs done against him, unlike for other characters. Without earning it, Michael received Morgan’s forgiveness and Kiki, his confidence and physical protection. Despite this, Kiki (Kristen Alderson) denied Morgan somewhere to stay when he moved out of Ava’s home (5/6), and when he was reluctant to keep the tomb-sex news from Michael, she still had the nerve to say “He [Michael] takes care of you all the time…for once…take care of your brother.” What?! As if Morgan owes Michael anything! Also, last time I checked, stealing your brother’s girlfriend is not taking care of him. Outside the motive of turning the holy son against his father, I don’t see why Morgan sought to move in with Michael and Kiki in the 1st place. The lesser evil would the large and frequently abandoned home of his mother Carly (Laura Wright), or at best, his 1st-cousin Molly’s house, but I guess I’m in a deep sleep. Like Sam was a few months ago, Carly’s too busy running around with her ill-matched beau, Franco (Roger Howarth), to be written into her family affairs (more on that in a moment too).
Nurses Ball 2014
The glitz! The glamour! The fun! The guaranteed storyline punch! I love the Nurses Ball! I’m convinced the guy that does the red carpet interviews is the one impersonating Luke: he’s seems to have an uncanny knowledge of everything that intimately happens in Port Charles and is always throwing shade at Sonny. I’m kidding; I don’t really think it’s him. The opening (5/8) was one of the best ever! Dr. Obrecht (Kathleen Gati) slayed! She gave me sex, she gave me Broadway and she gave me “Cabaret!” It was delightful! I felt sorry for her during “You Were Always on My Mind” (5/13) when she was pleading to her kids, Britta and Nathan, who recently discovered they were siblings after nearly sleeping together. How cute and endearing was the scene where Nathan tells Britt she was his sister? The way Britt walked away was priceless. I know this is for the sake of the story, but Nathan (Ryan Paevey) having so much hated for Obrecht doesn’t all the way connect. Should he be horrified and apprehensive to be near her? Yes, that would make sense, but he hates her as if she did something personally awful to him. I was stunned to see Britt (Kelly Theibaud) give her mother such a sudden cold shoulder, given all the bonding they were doing a short time ago. Bi-polar writing there. I love the new BFF-ness between Britt and Brad (Parry Shen). The scenes where they, along with Nikolas and Spencer, took turns consoling each other when seeing their respective loved ones partying at the ball were really sweet and funny. I also enjoyed Britt telling Felix and Lucas what for about forgiving Brad (5/9). Oh, and Victor Cassadine might be Nathan’s dad (5/1). Yeah, mm-hmm. The plot thickens. Back to Obrecht’s 2nd performance, I cackled when Obrecht was introduced as “Adele Dazeem,” the Oscar-flubbed John Travolta translation of actress Idina Menzel’s name.
Thoughts & observations of Port Charles happenings.
Guys, I’ve been doing a lot of traveling as of late, so this edition of LIPC includes about 2 weeks more of storyline than normal. I’m going to try to keep things concise and make sure to comment on the major plots. Thanks for reading.
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Sonny, Ava, AJ & The Anniversary Episode
In case you missed it, AJ (Sean Kanan) eventually put it together that Ava did in fact shoot and kill Connie Falconeri and it wasn’t him. Feeling cornered and in a pickle (like she did when Connie threatened to out her and Julian’s plan to take Sonny down), Ava (Maura West) turned a gun on AJ and told him she couldn’t afford for the truth to come out. When she pulled the trigger, it wouldn’t fire, leaving AJ an opportunity to wrestle with her. He had her by the throat when Sonny (Maurice Bernard) walked in, which gave him instant flashbacks of AJ’s 1st attempt on Connie’s life. Sonny lost it, picked up Julian’s gun and shot AJ in the chest. To cover her tracks, Ava told Sonny that AJ became irate and tried to kill her after being denied a job with the Jerome’s. Instead of selling this same tale to the cops (for whatever reason), Ava encouraged Sonny to come up with an alibi (she already had one) and set up Julian (William Devry). Julian was cleared as a suspect and tensions built as Ava and a guilt-ridden Sonny (he vowed to Michael he would never harm AJ) hoped the comatose AJ would die and never identify them as involved. AJ did die (3/31), but not before telling Carly (Laura Wright) that Sonny shot him “because of Ava.” ‘CarSon’ channeled, Carly reluctantly promised Sonny she’d keep quiet.
I have a few thoughts. We know that when Michael (Chad Duell) finds out AJ (his biological father) died at the hands of Sonny (his adopted father), he’s going to hate Sonny and Carly with a fiery, burning passion. As a fan who was always annoyed with CarSon’s Michael worship/favoritism, I can’t wait for this to happen; maybe their true son, Morgan (Bryan Craig), will have an opportunity to get closer to them. As a CarSon fan, however, I feel bad for them; this is going to suck. I also really like Ava, so I’m dreading the fallout with her character. Hopefully, she isn’t being written into the hole she seems to be, with no allies or reprieve. Now, let’s talk about AJ’s death. The character of Alan James Quartermaine Jr. had been off canvas for almost a decade, and in less than 2 years after his return, he’s dead again?! I never liked AJ, but I loved to hate him. Killing him again was such a poor and unnecessary decision on the writers’ part. One of the biggest complaints and sore spots for fans before the new writing team arrived in 2012 was that the Quartermaine family had gradually dissipated, death after death. There was so much optimism that the Q’s would get a second wind with the contentious son back from the dead, ready to reclaim his child and ELQ stake by finding a lost heir. Except, the battle for ELQ became arduous and silly, the mystery heir plot had disappointing results and Connie’s murder trial was stunningly brief. This outcome was reportedly the catalyst for Kanan’s decision to go back to the “Bold & The Beautiful” on CBS, as he told TV Guide magazine. GH head-writer Ron Carlivati tweeted that Kanan’s comments had “no class,” but in my opinion, Kanan didn’t say anything harsh; he just expressed disappointment over his storylines. Was that really that wrong to do? Anyway, Kanan leaving shouldn’t have affected the plot to where AJ had to die because everything was ridiculously convenient: AJ was in a coma, the usual soap exit-strategy. Escorted by a ghost Emily, Alan, Lila and Edward, AJ walked up the hospital stairs into a heavenly light on 4/1, GH’s 51st anniversary. Fans on Twitter were overwhelmingly dismayed: “Happy anniversary! We killed another Quartermaine! Is this really how we’re going to commemorate it?,” one fan posted. @Aislyn3 said “That last shot was a travesty. It shined a HUGE light, literally and figuratively, on GH’s worst mistake in 51 years.”
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