My dearest readers, this was one of those weeks on GH that will be remembered for years to come. It was a "Tony listens to B.J.'s heart" week. It was a "Robin watches Stone die of AIDS" week. Willow finding out that Wiley is not her son will go down in Soap Opera history. And the magnitude of the moment was amplified because of the breathtakingly beautiful performance of Katelyn MacMullen.
I always thought she was a really cute girl. I thought she was fun in the romantic love scenes with Josh Swickard. I bought her as an elementary teacher for Charlotte and Aiden. But I never imagined she had *that* performance inside of her. I didn't know she had the capacity to move me to tears. I shall never underestimate her again. She should be picking a ball gown and writing an Emmy speech because those scenes from Friday were award-winning material.
Kudos to the GH writers for this compelling week of drama and for the actors that made the most of every line. It was magically soapalicious.
I just rewatched the scenes of Willow and Chase because I wanted to make sure I got some of the most heartwrenching lines right. Willow goes through several waves of realizations, and each one breaks her heart more. She realizes Wiley is not her son. She realizes that her own son died. She realizes that one of the people she chose to adopt her son (Brad) was less honorable of a man than she had hoped. She realizes her baby died unloved and unknown. When she spits out the line, "He traded him in like a faulty appliance," it pierced my heart. That's exactly what happened. Brad swapped out one baby for another baby without looking back.
Willow recounts the day Michael shared about losing Jonah in their grief group and says Michael said it was the worst day of his life. My husband, who pretends not to watch GH, said in very quick manner, as if he had a file of Michael's life committed to memory... "Worse than being shot in the head? Worse than killing his stepmom with a shovel? Worse than being raped in prison?" I cracked up. He's funny.
When Willow cried that there was "no one there that even knew him" when he died, she wasn't wrong. Then she realized Brad could have told the truth about Wiley's parentage and saved them all the hell they went through with Shiloh, and Chase whispered, "He's weak."
I think we know that Chase wants to punch Brad in his stupid face. I wanted to punch him, too. (Although I have never punched anyone ever. I did break a kid's arm once, but that's a story for another day.)
But here's the thing -- Parry Shen has also done a fantastic job with this storyline. For months, Brad is the guy I loved to hate. Watching Brad tearfully explain his actions, even though we know what he did was so wrong, his love for Lucas and his desire for a family showed through, and I almost found myself feeling sorry for him, though I swore I wouldn't.
I thought that Brad was irredeemable, but I have changed my mind. Watching Nelle spin her web in the jail cell, trying to frame Brad for the thing that was her scheme, made my blood boil. I find myself firmly rooting for Brad again. Not to get away from the consequences of his actions, but to not have to take the rap for Nelle while she skates free to terrorize Port Charles.
As villains go, Chloe Lanier is the best kind. I have a deep love/hate relationship with her. She's evil and conniving -- and yet, hilarious. After she beat the crap out of Willow, as she was being handcuffed and Willow was being taken to the hospital, Nelle yelled, "Bye, Willow!" like the two of them had just had a girl's night out, I laughed so hard, I spit my drink on myself.
Nelle has only begun to do damage in Port Charles. She can still take down Julian and Valentin. Imagine when Nina finds out that Valentin gave Nelle a fake ID for her and the baby to flee Port Charles? I know we won't get to keep Nelle forever, but I hope she's like a Heather Webber villain or a Ryan Chamberlain villain -- every now and then, they come back to play with us. Whatever Chloe is in, I will watch. I think she's fantastic.
Michael has his baby. Now what? Where does this leave him and Sasha? What happens to Willow? Will she still be in Wiley's life? Is his name going to stay Wiley? (Please no. Please no. Please no.)
I bet Lucas (Ryan Carnes) wishes he had stayed in a coma. What's next for him? I have heard that our beloved Felix Dubois will be back on the canvas soon. I hope he will give Lucas a shoulder to cry on, if nothing else, but back in the day, I wanted Lucas to be with someone as genuinely good as Felix. Ultimately, Lucas may forgive Brad and take him back, "for better or for worse" and all, but I wouldn't mind if he had a fling with Felix in the meantime.
The reveal rubbed many of you the wrong way because Carly made it all about her. Carly, the woman who stole Michael from A.J., was being very indignant about someone keeping Michael's baby from him. Sure, she recognized her own hypocrisy briefly, but still, there were a lot of people raging online that the reveal was botched because it was Carly instead of Michael who got the focus in the storyline. Chad Duell did a wonderful job in his scenes. The trouble is that there just weren't that many of them.
I suppose the thought was "Michael is in shock and can't speak, so Carly jumps in like mama bear." I understand that logic, and Laura Wright's power in any scene she is in is unmatched -- but I do agree that I wish Michael had had more time to rage at Brad. Maybe those scenes are still coming. Maybe Michael will even stand up for Brad in court, knowing what a psycho Nelle is. We shall see how it all unfolds.
The next big surprise of the week? Taggert is Trina's dad! Oh, how I love this twist! I thought Gia and Nikolas were going to be her parents, but no, Gia is just her auntie. I love having Réal Andrews back on the canvas and loved his mini reunion with Mac. But I'm worried. Two of the four-member team he and Jordan were on are dead. The drug lord Renault is out for revenge and has Jordan and Marcus in his sights. Jordan is a central character. Marcus Taggert has been gone for years and just showed up. Is he the expendable character who is going to die next and leave poor Trina fatherless? If one of those two characters is going to die, it's probably going to be Taggert.
I am also worried for T.J. Why? Because for months, T.J. has been talking about proposing to Molly. Every time he starts to, the timing is wrong, up to and including this week, when Molly was ranting about wedding planning. But since Renault has apparently been watching T.J. and knows his whereabouts, will T.J. be killed before he gets a chance to propose? Or probably the day after he proposes. I hope I am wrong, but it's a bad omen that they have made this much of a deal over him proposing when we rarely see either character.
I hope I am wrong, as I sometimes am, but I don't think this mob war will end without someone dying. T.J. and Taggert seem like the likely targets. In a medium (soaps) that underutilizes actors of color, I hope I'm wrong.
What will happen tomorrow, dear readers? Will Jax and Nina become the power couple of the publishing world? Will Dev really get sent to boarding school, breaking Trina's heart? Will Cam ask Joss to dance or chicken out? Will Renault's goons go back to report to him about the warehouse blowing up or be smart and flee to another country? Will Brando and Lulu realize how cute they look together and become an item? Will Valentin take over ELQ, or will the courts say Nelle can't sell stocks that aren't really hers yet? Will Finn and Anna reunite after Peter gets busted, or will Finn say, "I told you so," and go back to Hayden?
Only tomorrow knows, dear readers, and I will tune in tomorrow as long as there are tomorrows.
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