10 Best Soap Opera Storylines of 2013
No. 2: Return of the Nurses Ball / 50th Anniversary, General Hospital
For the past decade or so, soap showrunners have claimed it was too expensive to properly pay homage to a sudser's history during anniversary seasons and/or to do the kind of big, splashy events soaps were once known for. General Hospital said to heck with that thinking in 2013 and with the blessing of ABC Daytime pulled out all the stops to bring back the Nurses' Ball and celebrate the soap's 50th Anniversary in style.
For the better part of a year, GH fans were treated to the returns of the serial's most beloved characters. Laura (Genie Francis), Lucy (Lynn Herring), Scotty (Kin Shriner), Noah (Rick Springfield), Bobbie (Jacklyn Zeman), Brenda (Vanessa Marcil), Jax (Ingo Rademacher), Frisco (Jack Wagner), Faison (Anders Hove), Sean (John Reilly), Lesley (Denise Alexander), Audrey (Rachel Ames) and countless more were on screen in 2013 and not just for blink-and-you-missed them appearances.
The majority of returns actually played into the soap's umbrella storyline, featuring sinister supervillains battling it out with the heroes of old. Sure, you couldn't satisfy everyone. Remember Jack Wagner's Twitter meltdown? But we challenge anyone to find another soap that has even attempted something of this magnitude to pay tribute to such a milestone.