A disappointment, a feast for the eyes and a triumph

When it comes to General Hospital, every fan has their own opinion – and Soap Hub is no different. For five days we sat and watched the good, the bad, and everything in between, and now we bring you a hands-on review and cheeky critique of the GH week that was.

General Hospital: Critics’ Week in Review

Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital, or at least the scenes relating to Britt Westbourne’s (Kelly Thiebaud) “intervention” was a complete triumph! Brave performances, lively and painfully sincere dialogue, and not a false note to be found.

The bar was high that day. Did the rest of the week pick up and rise to the challenge? Well, there were definitely other highlights.

Ryan Chamberlin’s (Jon Lindstrom) violent, blood-tinged reverie was a shock and a half, and the sight of Mac Scorpio (John J. York) and Felicia Scorpio (Kristina Wagner) FINALLY in the proceedings was welcome.

Rumors abound that the pair were actually supposed to have a much larger role in the latest Ryan-starring storyline, but real issues ultimately prevented their participation. I’m tempted to believe that, especially since I remember when Felicia suddenly sported a hairstyle that would have her double-cross Ava Jerome Cassadine (Maura West) from behind. Ah, what could have been.

I was too lightly, cautiously, secretly intrigued by the possibility that there is something more to the story of Elizabeth Webber (Rebecca Herbst) than meets the eye… but don’t tell anyone! I’m afraid if this comes out, General Hospital will barely come back to introduce Liz and her plight. Remember when we were all debating what was going on with her and suddenly everything was relegated to a few scenes one day a week?

I’m still disappointed by the writing of Marshall Ashford (Robert Gossett) and Michael Corinthos (Chad Duell). It’s impossible that a man diagnosed with schizophrenia in the 1970s never had another significant mental health problem. No way. The has be more to this story I don’t care about.

Also, the writers at General Hospital will never tie me to Michael if they keep giving him lines like, “Ned is throwing a tantrum because he’s not getting what he wants.” Does the pot meet the kettle a lot? Michael inherited this obvious lack of self-awareness from his mom. You can be sure!

That said, it was a nice twist that Dex (Evan Hofer) was on Michael’s payroll. I considered Dex a bad guy on day one, but figured he was working on behalf of the West Coast mobster trying to infiltrate the less-than-reputable business of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard).

Other thoughts on GH

*Correct me if I’m wrong – and I know many of you will be only too happy to do so – but didn’t Britt find out she simply had the genetic marker for Huntington’s disease, not the disease itself?

If so, doesn’t Chris and Dan/Dan and Chris know the difference, as Liesl was adamant on Tuesday’s show that Britt has Huntington’s disease.

* Congratulations to the scenography team of the General Hospital. Their latest creation, the Quartermaine stables/dormitories, is a feast for the eyes.

* Guess no more people! Damian Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) is indeed the man behind Society Setups – what a poor excuse for a story – and Trina Robinson (Tabyana Ali) is indeed the daughter of Curtis Ashford (Donnell Turner).

*While I still greatly appreciate Josh Kelly in his new role, I have to go back to what I wrote last week. After watching him in a number of scenes opposite Kelly Thiebaud’s Britt, I have to say that I just don’t see the chemistry I was so hoping to see. Personally, I think Thiebaud has a lot more sparks with Cameron Mathison’s Drew.

* Who, I say, who was the Wu who betrayed Selena (Lydia Look)?

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