By all accounts, Kimberly McCullough’s return to General
Hospital has been a ratings boon
Viewership is up – way up – and why? Because people love
Robin and wanted to see her reunite with her family.
So, what’s the problem? This return has been one of the
poorest plotted things I’ve ever seen.
I am not a Ron Carlivati hater. I like him a great deal.
And, when One Life to Live was cancelled, I made the argument that it was much
better written than General Hospital at the time and should have been the one to stay.
That doesn’t mean Carlivati is infallible – and the way he
has fumbled the Robin return is getting on my last nerve.
To be fair, there were great moments hidden amidst the dreck
where Robin’s return is concerned. Her reunions with Robert, Anna, Mac, Maxie
and (especially!) Emma were heartfelt, warm and well-written.
It’s the rest of it I have a problem with it.
Want some examples:
Why hasn’t Patrick asked where Robin was? Does he even know
who had her? We haven’t seen
that play out on screen. I can understand Robin
not wanting to go into the gory details in front of Emma, but come on. They
couldn’t carve out some time to talk about what she’s been through. There’s no:
“Well, I was first taken by Dr. Keenan and he gave me some electroshock
therapy. I was then taken by Faison and Obrecht. Faison wanted to use me to get
to my mother, but Obrecht was about to inject me and kill me when my dad came
in and she injected him instead. I was then taken to Jerry Jacks where I was
kept in a lab for nine months with no sunlight and constant threats of death.
My favorite day was when he showed up and said he had your son with him and
made me watch you moon over someone else at a Nurse’s Ball that was supposedly
in my honor.” Instead, we’ve had nothing. I think a normal husband would be out
searching for Jerry to exact some revenge. Patrick hasn’t even asked where
Why was Patrick getting married on a school night? There are
always plot holes in soaps, but I still can’t figure out why Patrick was
getting married on a school night. The next day, Emma had school and instead of
spending the day with her mother, they had Felicia take her to school. I
understand about child labor laws, but wouldn’t it have made more sense for
Emma to spend the day with the mother she’s been separated from for two years?
We didn’t have to see her. Robin and Anna could have mentioned she was in the
other room sleeping because she had been up so late the night before with
Why did Patrick go to work the day after the wedding? I know
it was to prop Sabrina. The writers had to get him to a place where Felix could
lambast him and send him after Sabrina – I get the contrived propping. Why
would Patrick go into work the day after his wife came back from the dead,
though? Also, how did the people at the hospital – which has been proven to
have a healthy gossip mill in the past – not know that Patrick’s wedding to
Sabrina went kaput and Robin was back?
How has Carly not ran into Robin? Has Sonny heard she is
alive? I don’t think Carly and Sonny
should be big parts of Robin’s story – but
they are huge parts of her past. I would like to see Carly and Robin come to a
sort of understanding – since Robin did ostensibly “die” saving Carly’s bud
Jason. Robin is currently living in Carly's hotel, for crying out loud. They can't run into each other in the lobby? And Sonny and Robin’s relationship was strained towards the end, but he
loved her like a sister. Instead of running around and making guys dig their
own grave, shouldn’t he be trying to see Robin? The writers had a prime
opportunity for him to find out, what with Duke in his office right after Robin’s
return. I don’t want Sonny and Robin hanging out constantly, but they deserve
some sort of reunion.
Patrick can’t “choose” which woman he wants to be with?
Really? An hour before the wedding, Patrick was looking for his dead wife. When
it came time to exchange the vows, Patrick paused a full minute before saying “I
do.” Patrick had to be goaded into taking his wedding ring off. He had to be
pushed to propose to Sabrina – and the proposal was more about Robin than
Sabrina. He sat and watched that DVD constantly. And, yet, we’re supposed to
believe he needs to think about things? I get not wanting to hurt Sabrina, but
he seems perfectly fine to hurt Robin – which is something the Patrick we’ve
known and loved would never do.
I don’t expect everything to be written exactly how I want
it. If I was writing GH, Roger Howarth would never have been cast as Franco,
Olivia would have met a stray mob bullet years ago and Jason would have met a
watery demise at the docks a decade ago. Still, though, when fans love a
character – they expect that character to be written true to nature. That’s why
my final complaint is a doozy:
Why would Robin beg Sabrina to hold on to her husband? Robin
is a legacy character that
doesn’t need to be propped. Sabrina is a Disney
Princess that more fans hate than like, that constantly needs to be propped.
That’s why Robin begging Sabrina to walk away from her husband makes no sense.
I can see Robin wanting to have a sit-down with Sabrina. I liked that they
talked like adults and didn’t snipe at each other. Why, though, should Robin
have to beg for her husband? This all comes back to the Sabrina propping. She’s
a passive-aggressive pain, and I’m sick to death of her being pushed on
Carlivati has his favorites. That’s pretty much a fact. It’s
become obvious, though, that Sabrina is the new Natalie from OLTL.
What am I talking about? Natalie was the character that
Carlivati loved to give everything to – even if it was to the detriment of
other characters. Just ask Marty and Jessica.
Marty was a beloved heroine that survived a gang rape and
was massively important to OLTL’s rich history. Carlivati made her crazy and
had her stalk Natalie to prop Natalie and her "star-crossed love" John – a move that longtime fans were
That was bad enough, but what he did with Jessica was even
Fans watched Jessica – Natalie’s twin – grow up on screen.
We loved her. By the end of OLTL’s network run, Natalie ended up with her
happily ever after. And Jessica? She ended up with two alive children, two dead
children, two dead baby daddies, and no love interest. Her love interest, in
fact, went crazy and chased Natalie. Yeah, that’s balance.
It’s become increasingly obvious that Sabrina is getting the
Natalie treatment – and I can honestly say that’s just going to make fans turn
against Sabrina even more.
The GH writers need to buy a clue. We are not willing to
sacrifice Robin to prop Sabrina. Enough is enough.
What do you think? Has Robin’s return been a hit or a miss