Monday’s episode of General Hospital was chock full of moments setting the tone of the new creative team of executive producer, Frank Valentini and head writer, Ron Carlivati. The powerhouse team that made One Life to Live unforgettable is making some changes in Port Charles that you could see the beginnings of today. One such trademark are quicker scenes that keep the show moving forward. Gone, seem to be the plodding scenes that weighed down the show in the past few months. Of course, only time will tell, but it was encouraging. Monday’s episode was also directed by former OLTL award-winning director, Larry Carpenter.
As for the plot today, it was certainly loaded. Starr trying to get help for her beau, Cole and her daughter, Hope after the car accident thanks to Anthony Z. and Sonny C. Michael Corinthos who happens upon the girl in distress, Starr, makes a promise to her to save her boyfriend and little girl, but then the car looks as if it may have tipped over the embankment! And, Starr is now unconscious!
Then, there was the Cassadine showdown where Helena shoots her own daughter, Irina aka The Woman in White. ( We think the collective GH audience shed no tears upon Irina’s death) And in just a brief short scene, Luke (Anthony Geary) with tears welling up in his eyes tells Ethan, that he of all his children is most like him, as the father/son duo prepare to meet their maker thanks to dear Helena. Geary gave some emotional heart to the Cassadine Gun/Knife toting!
We also finally saw Kimberly McCullough’s Robin as a ghost today, as Jason still had no idea Robin died in the lab explosion and is headed for surgery. Will Patrick save him? Why did he say to Ghost Robin, “please forgive me” and play with his wedding ring?
Then, there was Mac and Spinelli trying to figure out how they are going to tell Maxie that Robin is gone, while Matt gave Maxie an ultimatum to kick Spinelli out as her roomie! And then of course, a hungover Matt begins to remember something critical to the night Lisa Niles was killed! One more little snippet had Spinelli looking at old baby footage of who? Jason? Franco?
So soapers, how would you grade today’s episode? Are you encouraged or not-encouraged by what you are seeing on-screen? Let us know!