General Hospital celebrated its 51st
Tuesday by slapping all of its fans in the face. With a baseball bat.
Head writer Ron Carlivati kept touting the greatness of the
anniversary episode – while forgetting to mention it was a big middle finger
salute to longtime fans.
He kept talking about flashbacks. Not from the rich history
of GH, though, but from the toxic relationship that toppled GH’s ratings: Carly
So, in the episode where Monica is dealing with the death of
her fourth (and last) child (yes, I know, Jason is actually a thugsicle
somewhere and not really dead) we spent the bulk of the episode watching
Maurice Benard’s Sonny act with three different actresses – all playing the
same character. The flashbacks were all of Sonny and Carly – the couple that
(literally) dragged GH’s ratings to the basement.
GH welcomed back Sarah Brown and Tamara Braun to share Carly
duties (for the day) with Laura Wright
so they could show a bevy of Carly and
Sonny clips. This was all part of the grand story, where Carly informs Sonny
she knows he shot (and killed) A.J.
The flashbacks were meant to be a way for Sonny to convince
Carly not to tell anyone what he’s done. He reminded viewers that AJ “killed”
his unborn child with Carly. That’s not true, by the way, Carly fell from the
stairs. It’s not like AJ pushed her. Then we had to watch Carly find out that
Michael was “dead” – when AJ had really kidnapped him – and that’s what
convinced her it was totally fine that Sonny shot AJ in cold blood.
Where were all the flashbacks of what Carly and Sonny did to
AJ? Why not show the scene of SB’s Carly as she dumped liquor on AJ in an alley
to convince him he’d fallen off the wagon? Why not show scenes of Carly lying
about who Michael’s father was (time and time again)? Why not show Sonny
hanging AJ up on a meat hook to make him sign away his parental rights on
Instead, we got treated to another round of kick A.J.
Sure, it was a nice touch that GH brought Natalia Livingston
back to usher AJ to Heaven – and we got body
doubles that looked like Lila,
Edward and Alan watching, too. Couldn’t they get Stuart Damon back? I know the actor has been having
health issues, but if the issue was money – they could have taken everything
they gave the two visiting Carlys and given it to him – which would have made
fans so much happier.
In the final story of the day, RC dusted off Felicia, Mac,
Scotty, Bobby, Lucy and Kevin for their monthly appearance – even though they
had very little to do.
RC claims he loves GH history – and yet he keeps trashing
it. That doesn’t sound like love to me.
So, thank you RC, you gutted the Quartermaines (again) – and
yet you still wonder why fans are ticked.
What do you think? Was this an unhappy GH anniversary?