Soaps were made famous for being havens of “love in the
Over the years, fans got used to nonstop action stories and –
in the case of ‘General Hospital’ – nonstop mob follies.
Still, you’re supposed to have some sort of romance in your
Through the Guza years, romance wasn’t exactly something you
could bank on when it came to GH. Sure, he gave us some glimpses of romance with
Nikolas and Emily and Dante and Lulu – but for the most part, romance was dead in Port Charles.
The true problem was that Guza didn’t know how to write
strong women. He gave us female characters – but most of them were just props
for the males that ran the show.
When a female was strong – which was a rarity – more often
than not she was written like a shrill harpie, like Carly.
Over the past year, the writing on GH has been much more
balanced, but when I was thinking about the couple son the show the other day,
I realized that there is still a lack of romance on the show.
The only two actual couples that have rooting value are
Dante and Lulu and Michael and Starr.
There is some potential brewing – but there are only a
handful of actual couples on the show. I don’t know anyone, for example, that
is invested in Steve and Olivia. The reasons for that are numerous, but the big
ones are a lack of chemistry, a lack of writing and, oh yeah, (spoiler alert)
Steve is dying very soon.
Right now, fans of romance, really only have the option to
dwell on the potential. So, where is the potential?
Anna/Luke/Duke: This triangle kind of stalled in the water
after their jaunt to Switzerland wrapped up. The truth is, I don’t see this
triangle truly being interesting until Laura returns. I would also like to see
a Robert return – making it a fun pentagram – with multiple flirtations, fights
and couple possibilities. I will always believe that Anna and Robert belong
together, just like Luke and Laura belong together. I’m willing to watch some
exciting mature dating, though.
Maxie/Spinelli/Ellie: I know Ellie has her fans, but I don’t
get why. I like the actress, don’t get me wrong, but the character is being
used strictly as a prop device to keep Maxie and Spinelli apart. My problem
with that scenario is that I hate Maxie and Spinelli as a couple. I love Maxie,
but I hate Spinelli. Can we just end this pregnancy debacle and pair Maxie with
Sam/John: This pairing is in limbo due to the contract
dispute with Prospect Park. I have no doubt that once things settle, things
will be full steam ahead. Of all the potential couples on GH right now, this is
the one that has the steamiest chemistry. I can’t want to see what they can do
when they actually get a chance to move ahead with the story.
Todd/Carly: This couple is going to be struggling with the
Prospect Park problem for awhile, too. That’s not my main problem with them,
though. My main problem with them is that Carly and Blair are kind of the same
character – and Blair will always be the greatest love of Todd’s life. I’m not
quite sure who I see Todd with on the canvas – I think he and Alexis could be
snarky fun, though. Or even Diane. They should bring back Jax for Carly.
Connie/Sonny: I’m never going to get behind Connie and I’m
always going to believe Sonny belongs with Brenda. This couple is never going
to have rooting value for me.
Rafe/Molly/TJ: The writing is already on the wall for this
one. Rafe and Molly are being set up as star-crossed and TJ is going to be the
fall guy. I think Rafe and Molly are cute – but I’m still leery of the vampire
Liz/AJ/Carly: I want to see something steamy happen between
Liz and AJ. I think they have loads of potential. The problem is that Carly and
AJ have some hot chemistry. I can’t see AJ and Carly getting over their past,
though, so I would like to see a full-fledged romance with AJ and Liz. I think
Liz could be AJ’s salvation – if the writing is solid.
Sabrina/Patrick: People are complaining that the writers shouldn’t
keep bringing Robin back because it doesn’t allow viewers to embrace Patrick
with another woman. That is not the problem for me. I could embrace Patrick
with another woman – if they gave him a worthwhile match. Sabrina has the
emotional maturity of a 12-year-old – and Patrick looks like a dirty old man
with her. I want Robin to make her presence known at the Nurse’s Ball – and I
want Sabrina to grow up.
Alexis/Shawn: Technically, these two are a couple but we
never get to see them together. I like the chemistry – and Shawn is smoking hot
– but they just don’t seem to fit. How about a fulltime Ned return? He and
Alexis always sparkled – in my opinion. If that doesn’t work, how about a Ric
return? He was Alexis’ second best pairing. I’m all for color on GH, but all
Shawn does is act as Sonny’s new thug and occasionally TJ’s chaperone.
What do you think? Do you want to see more love in the
afternoon on GH?