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March 15, 2004

Port Charles Massacre

I'm not sure if I have ever revealed this here before, but I am a General Hospital addict. I've been watching this ABC soap opera for like 25 years.

I record it every day, but I don't watch daily. I usually let them pile up, and then have personal GH marathons on an evening, or saturday morning.

Anyways, cause I let the eps pile up, I'm always about 2 - 4 weeks behind in watching the show.

For me, in the delayed storyline (3 weeks ago), there's just been a big fire in the PC landmark Port Charles Hotel. They did the whole Towering Inferno thing, with a bunch of socialites trapped at a penthouse party.

The whole 12 hour fire was stretched out over about two weeks of telecasts, but it's over now. The thing that's notable is that it was a bloodbath of killed characters. I'm talking about long-time, established, characters here. It's usually a pretty big deal when a soap kills an established character, and GH has three established characters die either in the fire, or in the aftermath.

They also teased us for a few days about two characters who where missing and presumed dead, but later showed up alive (no big surprise). And another character who is missing, but will eventually resurface.

Big changes. Must be new writers cleaning house.

Posted by jghiii at March 15, 2004 07:20 PM
Posted by: MGA on March 16, 2004 07:23 AM

What was Whoopi Golberg's line in soap.. something about the character being decapitated and we're going to bring him back?

Posted by: Jack Hodgson on March 16, 2004 07:56 AM

I don't remember the Whoopi line, but it's a reference to one of the primary rules of soaps: "that a character is only really dead if you see the body." And even then, there's no telling what they might do to resurrect someone.

One semi regular character on GH right now, was killed in a car crash about 15 years ago. She was a beloved character so we were saddened when they showed us her dead body in the hospital. Her husband was a doctor who examined her and acknowledged that she was dead.

She was dead for 10 years.

Then we were told that one of the uber-villains had actually faked the crash, and given her a drug that made her seem dead. He then grabbed the body after the funeral, and kept her a drugged, prisoner for ten years.

Not quite reattaching a head. But stretching it nevertheless.

Posted by: Jo Ann on March 16, 2004 04:10 PM

Hey, the thing with the crash and giving her a drug to seem dead... GH copied that from Shakespeare!

That's what happened in Romeo & Juliet. Remember how the Friar gave Juliet the temporary poison so everyone would think she was dead. But then the postman didn't get the explanation letter to Romeo in time (DOH!), so when Romeo got to the crypt he really thought Juliet was dead and killed himself. Then Juliet wakes up and finds Romeo dead, and kills herself! AUGH!

If only Shakespeare were a soap writer... they'd both have come back to life 10 years later. Dang.

Posted by: Jack Hodgson on March 16, 2004 04:45 PM

Are you kidding? Shakespeare was TOTALLY a soap writer.

Posted by: sherman on March 16, 2004 04:57 PM

General Hospital is soooooo yesterday.

It's the OC, baby.

Seth -- he's the man.

Posted by: Jo Ann on March 16, 2004 07:27 PM

The OC is all that and a bag of chips, or Seth is anyway. No doubt, dude. (My So-Cal lingo.) I do have to say though... no one says "The OC"!

Yes, Shakespeare was, in a sense, a 16th Century soap writer... but most of his plays weren't episodic. There was only one Romeo & Juliet and they never came back in any of his other plays. Geesh, you techie types are soooooo literal! :-)

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