The curious case of the disappearing Peter popsicle

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An empty freezer, a workday by the pool, and a serial killer hanging out in the social room. It's an odd week on GH. We need to dish in this week's Two Scoops!

Dear Readers, I had a lot of fun catching up on GH after a week in fabulous Las Vegas. Yeah, I know... but we booked our trip pre-Delta variant. Our entire group of 15 travelers was vaccinated. We stuck together and tried our best to stay safe. We didn't stay on the strip; we prefer the homey feel of the Downtown Grand near Fremont Street, where we have stayed for several years. I had good intentions of watching GH every day, but my friends were in the pool with cocktails, and it would have been rude not to join them.

They excel at frozen cocktails, and I noticed when they opened their freezer, it just had ice. Meanwhile, the creepy GH freezer finally opened, and it didn't contain a frozen Peter popsicle! Instead, it was filled with some sort of mattress (why?) but no dead body and, oddly enough, no blood. They found a few drops of blood on the floor and stairs, but that snowy white mattress in the bottom had zero blood spots. We saw that puddle of blood coming from his head at the bottom of the stairs. One would assume that dried blood matted to his hair would have left a few bloody strands on the bottom of the freezer...

A lady on Twitter posted this week that she knew her neighbor was watching GH this week because she heard her yell, "Open the %*%$ freezer already!" It was that sort of week.

We all wondered for months now if Peter would be in that freezer when it opened. I mean, we saw him go in. We saw his body lying in the freezer. I wiped my hands and said, "That's it. Peter's dead." Because the rule on soaps is that if there isn't a body, there isn't a death. The missing body can come back at any time. Carly didn't find Sonny's body, and as we know, he's happily tending bar at the Tan-O while everyone thinks he is dead. But with Peter, we saw him at the bottom of the stairs with a bloody head. Two medical professionals took his pulse and declared him dead. We saw his limp body stuffed in a freezer. Dead, right?

Yeah, wrong. I now assume that Peter is alive. He somehow came to, climbed out of the freezer, took the elevator to the GH roof, and hired a new chopper pilot to whisk him away. (If Peter's cell phone battery lasted that long, I really must know what phone he has because mine would not have survived even a day without charging.) If he's not alive, who would have dragged his body out of the freezer and moved it -- and why? Indeed, we know it wasn't Jason because he found an empty freezer, too. Seeing as how it's August, and Halloween is just a couple of months away now, I bet they can drag this out until October.

Readers, I'm going to put the freezer up there with the moss. GH needs to have an Emmy category for the best prop. We saw that freezer so many times, and probably half of America was yelling, "Open the %*%$ freezer already!"

Kirsten Storms is out on medical leave, possibly for an extended time. I wonder how long "Bailey" will be left in the loving arms of Valentin and Brook Lynn? Brook Lynn is falling for "Bailey" even though she knows the truth that "Bailey" is Louise. On the other hand, Valentin does not know and is just as much a devoted dad to "Bailey" as he is to Charlotte. By the way, where is Charlotte? I am assuming they are keeping the kids off the set due to COVID concerns. Still, I was somewhat anticipating scenes of the evil side of Charlotte being jealous of her new baby sister.

It's getting to be quite the packed house at the Q mansion, Valentin, Brook Lynn, and kids; Chase recuperating from his poisoning; and now, possibly new cousin Austin. I mean, after all, they did invite him to Wiley's birthday party. The next step is a bedroom in the East Wing, right?

Readers, I'm a little torn about this storyline. I really loved Liz and Franco. When they killed off Franco and turned Roger Howarth into Austin Holt, I had to ask myself why? Franco was a compelling character, an artist who was a serial killer due to a brain tumor. He had the tumor removed and became an upstanding member of society and a good husband and dad. He was an art therapist who helped others overcome trauma. And Austin? He seems like a happy-go-lucky kind of guy, an excellent doctor caring for his patients. He maybe wants to cash in on his connection to the Q family. But is there more? I'm interested in finding out, but right now, I am still shaking my head that TPTB on GH decided to kill Franco, one half of a beloved soap couple.

But, in truth, there have been many decisions they have made recently that leave me shaking my head.

"Like what?" you ask? Like breaking up Ava and Nik just as they were becoming a supercouple. Like pairing Jason and Britt, only to break them up. Like keeping Sonny in Hog Swaller Falls or whatever the hell it is for so many months. Like breaking up Curtis and Jordan. Like losing Julian. Like losing Lulu. I know you can and probably will add many more items to this list. The idea of "Let's shake things up!" can be a good one, but not all at once. Perhaps when Sweeps time comes, and they reunite all the broken couples, I will feel different. But I'm not sure how easy that's going to be.

For instance, everyone in town says, "Sonny would be so happy that Jason and Carly are getting married." I am not so sure about that. I can see Sonny yelling, "Son of a bitch!" and throwing a decanter of booze across the room. He hates betrayal, and I think Sonny might feel betrayed that his wife and BFF just stopped looking for him and started a new life together.

That having been said, I like the chemistry between "Mike" and Nina. There is a sweetness to their relationship that touches me, even though I think Nina is a piece of trash for not telling Sonny's kids he is alive and well. But in Nina's defense, when "Mike" says things like "I don't want the old guy to come back; he scares me," I can almost cut Nina some slack. At first, her motive was to stick it to Carly, but I think that she genuinely cares for "Mike" now and thinks she is helping him to have a better life.

When GH recast Michelle Stafford with Cynthia Watros, it was a hard transition for me. I wasn't crazy about Nina and Valentin anymore. I didn't have a lot of interest in Nina and Jax, but I do like Nina with "Mike," even though I know it's all going to blow up in some horrible mess. When they took a selfie, I wondered if "Mike" would make himself an Insta and post the selfie for the world to see? After Sonny becomes Sonny again, I hope that he remains friends with Nina after the anger fades. She can explain that she thought she was saving him from a life he told her that he didn't want. But I don't think that will be possible due to the whole betrayal thing. The only potential for that is if "Mike" sleeps with Nina, and she miraculously gets pregnant and becomes one of his many baby mamas. Then perhaps he won't kill her.

Spencer misses his Uncle Sonny, and I suspect he will be delighted when it turns out Sonny is alive. Poor Spencer, this happens to him a lot. Family members die, and then they come back. You can kind of see why he's such a mess. Readers, I really like Nicholas Alexander Chavez. I loved Nicholas J Bechtel (age 16) as much as anyone. But I think it's okay to like NuSpencer without it meaning any disrespect to old Spencer.

The fact is that GH aged all the kids in this group. Cam, Joss, and now Spencer have all been replaced with older actors. If Emma came back, they'd have to recast her, too. Brooklyn Rae Silzer is 15, and they'd have to cast a young college-aged lady to keep up with her peers.

I think Nicholas Chavez is doing a great job and holding his own with Cam, Joss, Trina, and all the adults in Spencer's life. I know he was probably brought in as a troublemaker, but I think there is some genuine tenderness in there, too. I don't buy his truce with Ava. We are reasonably sure Spencer is the stalker, but hey, maybe we are wrong.

Now that we find out that Ryan Chamberlain is not at a maximum-security prison, but rolling around in a coed minimum-security prison, it's entirely possible that he could be sneaking out, making creepy Build-a-Bears and whatnot.

Nikolas went to visit Alexis, and they had a big discussion about Ava's stalker within earshot of the supposedly zoned-out Ryan. Still, I think I saw one corner of a creepy Grinch-like smile creep onto his face. What a leisurely day of work for Jon Lindstrom! Just sit in a chair and stare off into space. Again, Halloween is only two months away. But maybe Ryan will show up at Spencer's teen blowout bash instead. I am confident that the party will not go well.

Maybe Hayden will show up and tell everyone that Nikolas tried to have her killed. Maybe Uncle Sonny will show up as "Mike" to see Nina. Maybe Granny Helena will come out of the tunnels under Wyndemere to see her great-grandson. You just never know.

Okay. Let's try to explain the questions I saw on Twitter yesterday. The big question being "Who is Jonah?" Michael and Nelle had a baby and named him Jonah. Willow had a baby and gave him up for adoption, and Brad and Lucas adopted him and called him Wiley. The baby Brad and Lucas adopted died, and Nelle switched baby Jonah for baby Wiley. Nelle told Michael their baby died. Jonah is the baby we know as Wiley. When Michael got custody of his son, he didn't change his name back. The baby buried in the cemetery with the nameplate of "Jonah" is Willow's dead baby. Still, no one knew that at the time of the funeral. So, to recap, Wiley is really Jonah, and Jonah's grave holds the baby Brad and Lucas named Wiley.

Who was the mystery woman at Jonah's grave? Bets are that it is Willow's mom, Harmony. Some guessed Nelle, but I don't know why Nelle would visit Willow's dead son. The last time we saw Harmony, she worked for Cyrus Renault, so it's hard to say what sort of shenanigans she is up to these days. Did Harmony take over Cyrus' drug ring? Is she a friend or foe? We don't know.

Dear readers, I have two more pages of notes and very little time left on my deadline clock to write, so I must stop here, even though I have so much more I want to say.

What will happen tomorrow, dear readers? Will Stella throw the signed divorce papers into the Port Charles harbor? Will Chase (please) record an album of lullabies? Will Carly and Jason get married at Queen of Angels? Will Shawn laugh out loud the next time Carly offers him a job, since the last time he worked for them, he landed in prison for a crime he didn't commit? Will Lulu wake up from her coma that day after Sam and Dante make love? Will the GH writers stop rewriting history and realize avid viewers have long memories about GH storylines past?

Will Spinelli start a YouTube channel teaching people how to hack supposedly un-hackable hospital cameras? Will Britt and Terry get to be BFFs when they become co-chiefs of staff? Will Brook Lynn fall for Chase as he sings to her pretend daughter? Will Gladys working for Deception turn her into GH's version of Gloria from The Young and the Restless, and will she become a mogul? Will Ava be hiring any more help at the gallery? (Because she seems like a great boss. I'd love to get paid to go to the pool.)

Will Scotty tell Liz she's going to Sing Sing? Will Joss and Cam's budding romance make it through the summer, or will Spencer stand in their way? Will Carly stop daydreaming about all her fabulous rings and start whining about not having any good coffee again? Will Spinelli being single mean he and Maxie will try at love again once she comes back? Will Liz and Finn learn not to talk about Peter popsicle in open parks where people can hide behind trees and overhear?

Only tomorrow knows, dear readers, and I will tune in tomorrow as long as there are tomorrows.
Tamilu

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