Say what you want about the writing regime at ‘General
Hospital,’ but they’re sparking a lot of chatter lately
Sure, everything on the show isn’t great.
We’re still mired in the world’s worst multiple personality
storyline – and we’re being inundated with three newbies that don’t belong on
our screen (Ellie, Sabrina, Dr. Britt) – but we’re also basking in some big
name returns and a reduction in mob stories.
On the heels of news last week that Genie Francis would be
returning, this week we got confirmation that Jon Lindstrom (Kevin), Kin Shrine
(Scotty) and Jack Wagner (Frisco) would also be returning to pay homage to GH’s
Granted, Frisco’s return probably won’t be anything
extended, but I can’t wait to see Maxie tear into her absentee father. That’s a
conversation that should have been held a long time ago – and I still can’t
fathom how Frisco can justify missing the entire lives of both his daughters.
Kin Shriner’s return is bound to play into the Luke and Laura
reunion – whatever that might be. I have no idea if they’ll go forward with an
actual romance for daytime’s most famous couple – or if they have something
else planned. Frankly, I’m excited by the fact that I can just dream multiple
scenarios at this point.
Lindstrom’s return, though, actually holds a lot of
potential. Not only is he coming to town to see why Lucy is cracking up (more
on the vampire debacle in a second), but I’m guessing there’s going to be some
sort of interaction between him and Sam.
For those that don’t remember, Lindstrom played Livvie’s
father on ‘Port Charles.’ Livvie was played by Kelly Monaco – who currently plays
Sam. Since GH is doing all these nods to the vampires on ‘Port Charles,’ don’t
be surprised if we find out Kevin is Sam’s long missing father.
On a side note, I would have been perfectly happy if they had ignored the fact that Lucy used to hunt vampires. The story feels forced -- and no fun what-so-ever.
The Sam father mystery is one of those stories that people
thought would be addressed years ago. I’m sure the “facts” about Sam’s
conception might have to be altered, slightly, to fit around Kevin’s past – but
I can see GH going there. I could also see Alexis mistaking Kevin for his
brother, Ryan, and perhaps Ryan is Sam’s father – but that’s pure conjecture on
I’ve always thought Stavros was Sam’s father – and that he
raped Alexis. I figured Sam being a product of incest explained all the boneheaded
moves she made over the years, but I digress.
I could actually get behind Kevin being Sam’s father –
especially if it keeps Lindstrom on the canvas for awhile. Since Kevin is a
psychiatrist, maybe he can cure Kate while he is in town, as well (hey, a girl can
Even though I’m thrilled with all these returns, I have to
wonder how GH is going to fit everyone on the canvas. Yes, I know that Wagner
is only doing a few episodes, and we have no idea how long Shriner will be
around, but Anna and Duke have spent the last few weeks being ignored in favor
of a grown woman crying about her crush being with someone else, the human prop
Ellie being firmly placed in between Maxie and Spinelli and multiple
personality Kate wandering around getting into accidents and losing a son she
was always mean to. There is dead weight that can be cut.
Either way, I can’t tell you how excited I am to see some of
my former faves return to the canvas. Now, if only they could entice Kimberly
McCullough back full time.
What do you think? Are you excited about the returns?
Note: I'm sorry for originally spelling it Lidstrom. As a Detroit sports reporter, I think my brain is hardwired for the hockey player we just lost.