Here’s the Scoop!
Ok, so Steve Burton (Jason) did it yesterday. He has been bringing the heat all week, but WOW was he AMAZING. Will Luke being the one to have run down his son allow for this unbelievable talent to keep coming our way? We will see Jason go after Luke in true mob man fashion, but come on, it’s not like they’re going to kill off Luke Spencer. They reserve that for little kids. I know I’ve been enjoying this story, so allow me to explain. I’ve LOVED the acting and have been pleasantly surprised by the writing. I still loathe the fact that they killed Jake.
As the world mourns the passing of silver screen icon Elizabeth Taylor, friends and actors who worked with her are sharing their memories, in tribute of the legend. General Hospital’s Tony Geary released a statement about Taylor, who originated the role of his onscreen nemesis Helena Cassadine.
Elizabeth was more than a great star, she was an amazing human being. Her world famous physical beauty paled in comparison to the beauty that radiated from her heart and soul. She had great humor, didn’t take herself too seriously, and had the most wonderful bawdy laugh. She was a fierce and loyal friend and tireless advocate. She dedicated herself to education, treatment and the search for a cure for HIV/AIDS long before it was fashionable to do so. Back in the dark days of ignorance and prejudice against people stricken with the disease, Elizabeth was at the forefront of the battle. Ever ready to give love, comfort, and dignity to those whose lives had been devastated and cut short, her generosity was nothing short of spectacular. It made her furious to hear anyone claim that people who had HIV/AIDS were somehow morally inferior or that the disease was some kind of punishment. I was fortunate enough to call her my friend and every moment I spent in her company was unforgettable. I loved her very much. The world is a little darker, a little colder, a little less beautiful without her.
The SLAP heard around Port Charles! I jumped when Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) smacked Jason (Steve Burton) across the face. My long awaited Jason-Liz scene was a little too short, but boy-oh-boy at least it came with a bang and few long over-due digs.
See, this is where my Liason fan-girl will come out. While many feel it was Elizabeth who pushed Jason out of Jake’s life, I always felt that Jason never fought for his son or Elizabeth. I readily agree that when it comes to Jason’s life, Sam (Kelly Monaco) is more accepting, but the night Michael took a bullet to the brain, both Jason and Elizabeth had decided to marry and be a family. It was Jason who then retreated after what happened to Michael proved that his life was too dangerous for children. So when Jason asked a grieving Elizabeth to donate Jake’s kidney to Josslyn, I had no problem with her throwing his choices back in his face. I would have added a dig about always picking Carly (Laura Wright) too. I do recognize that Liz made choices as well that kept them apart, but I have always felt that if Jason wanted to be a father to his son, he would have fought for it.
I found Elizabeth’s reaction to Jason’s request to be completely authentic. She is a mother who is grieving and not ready to let her son go. She’s also a nurse, but when your heart is trying to process the unthinkable, your knowledge goes right out the window. Elizabeth was reeling from the loss of her son, she wasn’t thinking rationally, she was responding emotionally.
When the news broke that Tyler Christopher was handed his pink slip at General Hospital, my immediate reaction was not one of shock. Once confirmed and the dust settled, I thought about what it all really meant for GH and the canvas surrounding Christopher’s character Nikolas Cassadine. Of course my second thought was that our own Luke Kerr was crying over one of the last Cassadines left leaving Port Charles. Is that the problem? Nikolas being our only real connection to the iconic Cassadines? With no story for the Cassadine family, is there a reason to keep the main connection to them?
I know, I know, he’s Laura Spencer’s (Genie Francis) son and what I’m about to say next may shock some of you. Should GH hold onto a character that is seemingly going nowhere based on a hope that IF Francis and ABC were to strike a deal, the onscreen mother and son could share a handful of scenes? Shocking, coming from me, who values the connections to characters' pasts, but it’s not Nikolas’ familial ties that I am struggling with. It’s the obvious lack of direction for this character and the Cassadines that seems to be plaguing the writer’s table. Yes, we still have Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) and her girls, but the longing that Sam (Kelly Monaco) fans have had for her to explore her Cassadine roots have fallen on deaf ears.
If you caught me on Twitter after I finished up GH, you saw I promised to save my reaction for the blog. So here it is, Jake’s Hit and Run, Day One, what I liked, loved and would have done differently.
I readily admit that my thumb was on the fast forward button during certain scenes. Sorry Brenda (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) and Sonny (Maurice Benard), your honeymoon plans and stupid giggles mean nothing to me. A baby is about to be run down and I wasn’t one of those people who gushed over your nuptials. I also could care less about your baby, Brenda. I did catch the snippet that Suzanne stashed the kid away with a family she met through ASEC; snooze, yawn. Brenda’s child does not interest me if it’s only a means to VMG's probable exit.
Now that I got the crap out of the way, let’s break it down. Steve Burton, Jonathan Jackson, Rebecca Herbst, Laura Wright, Ingo Rademacher, Tony Geary and yes, Chad Duell, great job! Actors do their THING with their eyes and faces. Anyone can spit out some lines. Bow down to Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) and those eyes. Jonathan Jackson (Lucky) is starting to give Mr. Burton a serious run for his money. Becky Herbst (Elizabeth Webber) shows true heartbreak like no other. Laura Wright (Carly Jacks) and Ingo Rademacher ‘s (Jax) scenes with Josslyn were fantastic and natural. Tony Geary (Luke Spencer) was fantastic and I would be remiss if I left out Chad Duell (Michael Corinthos III). Mr. Duell is definitely paying attention when playing with the big boys and learning.
Shocked, dismayed, sad, disappointed, angry, heartbroken — I’m experiencing a full body of emotions, all due to the ridiculous firing of Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber) from General Hospital. I know, some—maybe most—will jump to the conclusion that my dismay is due to my love of all things Liason, the unforgettable romantic pairing featuring Herbst’s Liz and Jason Morgan (Steve Burton), and I won’t lie, that definitely plays a part, but I have been having a love affair with the character of Elizabeth Webber since long before she fell for Jason. In fact, I've loved Liz and Herbst since they first popped up in Port Charles back in 1997.
Elizabeth’s storylines over the past 13 years have made her one of my all-time favorite soap opera characters, while Herbst's performances in those storylines resulted in her becoming one of my favorite daytime actresses. "Bad" Lizzie Webber was a force to be reckoned with when she first showed up at Audrey’s (Rachel Ames). You just couldn’t help but root for the underdog, little sister over the more “perfect” Sarah.
When GH scribe Michele Val Jean made the decision to write a brutal rape storyline for the character of Liz, Herbst’s acting choices —not to mention the elegant writing—transformed her into a fan favorite, which she’s been ever since. Who could ever forget a shattered and broken Elizabeth crawling out of those bushes, only to be found by Lucky (Jonathan Jackson)? READ MORE