If ever there was a moment in soap opera history that we, the viewers, were just agonizing along with the character to get out the words that hold the key to further a story, it was on Friday’s fantastic episode of General Hospital ... and talk about your “Cliffhanger Fridays”?
On Friday’s episode, Tristan Rogers finally returned on-screen as Robert Scorpio, who came out of his coma that he has been in for so, so long! When he wakes up, Robert is disoriented and struggling to remember what happened the night he got the syringe, thanks to Dr. Obrecht, that landed him comatose in this hospital room in Switzerland. With Anna (Finola Hughes) by his side, he starts to remember the key missing bit of information from that fateful day, in an unbelievable performance by Rogers! He tells Anna, “Obrecht was there alright. But she wasn’t alone.” Anna asks, “Alright, who was she with?” Robert in near tears and hysterics bursts out with, “She was with our daughter! She was with Robin, Anna!” And then we fade to black till Monday!
But what made this all the more delicious was that in scenes prior, Dr Obrecht (Kathleen Gati), who is basically tormenting her captor, Robin Scorpio Drake (Kimberly McCullough), all but said to her that Robert will never remember that he saw Robin, even if he wakes up! But he did, Dr O!
What has made this story so sensational to watch unfold is that instead of making the audience suffer along with the character of Robin of her finding out bit by bit what went on in Port Charles with Patrick, while she has been held against her will for over a year, Robin has been filled in by Jerry Jacks, Dr O, and the DVD of the Nurses Ball! So, Robin knows about Sabrina, and knows about Britt! Even, though Dr O has skewered the facts for her own malicious intent, such as kidnapping baby Ben bringing him to Robin and telling the long-suffering heroine that this is Patrick and her daughter, “Britta’s” baby!
And there was more drama filled moments on Friday’s episode! How about when Patrick (Jason Thompson), alone after his talk with Sam (Kelly Monaco), recalled scenes from his wedding to Robin? The footage itself was such a wonderful moment for long time fans of the series who have rooted and wanted Patrick and Robin back together! But that was actually slightly topped in emotional impact, when on Thursday’s episode, after Britt (Kelly Thiebaud) is out of her mind with worry about where her evil mother took her son, Anna remember saving a kidnapped Robin as a child in the historic and heartbreaking scenes of little Robin running into the arms of her mother ! And that was shown as Robin was lamenting in the present day that she wishes that Anna would rescue her as she has always done.
There is still one big fact that has not been revealed to key people in the storyline: “Britta” is the daughter of Cesar Faison (Anders Hove) and Dr. Obrecht! Robin does not know, and Anna does not know, but Britt knew and did not tell Anna, which could have been the key to where Dr. O was going to eventually take her baby.
In addition, Carlos (Jeffrey Vincent Parise) is turning up the pressure and the heat on Sabrina (Teresa Castillo) constantly undermining her relationship with Patrick and re-emphasizing that the good doc is not over his “dead” wife! Luke (Anthony Geary) is held up on Cassadine Island with Jerry Jacks (Sebastian Roche), where Jerry wants to give a dying Luke a sample of the anti-toxin that Robin made to test it, and to make sure Robin is not trying to kill Jerry! Meanwhile, a very clever Robin gets Dr. O to come look at her finding in her microscope pretending she has found the cure that could save Jerry’s life Robin next smashes a vase over Dr. O’s head and she knocks her out! Next Robin says, “Now who’s the ‘stupid girl’? Sweet dreams Frau Doctor! Now it’s time for my dreams to come true! I am going home to my husband and my daughter. I’m going home to my family!” We wanted to yell, “Run, Robin, run!”
Friday’s GH moved along as such a crisp pace, as it had all week long, that it reminded us of how very successful primetime shows make every scene count in telling story within an hour time block to move the story forward. Kudos to GH executive producer, Frank Valentini and head writer, Ron Carlivati for an amazing string of episodes with Friday’s at the top of the list for excitement! This is what masterful soap opera storytelling is all about.
So the questions remain: Will Anna finally be able to put all the pieces together of the puzzle and figure out where Robin is? Will Patrick move forward with his relationship with Sabrina even faster in trying to move on from Robin? Or, will he put on the brakes? Is Cesar Faison going to pop up anytime soon? Where you blown away by the performances of Tristan Rogers, Finola Hughes, Kimberly McCullough and Jason Thompson? What were your favorite parts of Friday’s episode? What do you think will happen next? Comment below!