Wow, who would have thought that going to the General Hospital Fan Club Weekend would cut into my General Hospital viewing time so much? It’s a month later, and I’ve just caught up with the current episodes. Of course, that means I have plenty to say about them! Read on for a tale of good men doing bad things, starting with the newest additions: Trey and his father, Joe Scully, Jr.
Let me be clear. The good man in this scenario is by no means Joe Scully, Jr. Rather, that jerk has been giving us a master class in manipulation, catered specifically toward his son. I thought, perhaps, that he might be a loving father despite his violent history, but I thought incorrectly. Over the course of a few jail visits, he managed to use the faith and trust he’d built up with Trey to get precisely what he wants—his father’s wealth back. You would think, if Junior wanted this power and money so badly, that he would have gone after it years ago, but I’ll wave that away — I can’t hold bad planning against a character who didn’t exist until a few months ago. But what makes me sad is how out of the blue his behavior is for Trey, and that kid just does not know what to make of it.
Grow up with a supportive parent, and you’re not likely to second guess their motives, even if you’ve never knew they existed before. Trey’s the good guy in this scenario, and he continues to grow on me. I don’t think Trey’s that into Kristina, but I do think he’s fond of her, just not as much as he is of his father. But even then, he’s dragging his feet, and he’s continues expressing doubts about going through with the sham. He doesn’t care about his grandfather’s money, but he does care about pleasing his father, which is admirable. I just hope he realizes sooner rather than later that his father isn’t the best man to try and impress.
Next up in good men doing bad things is Johnny. His guiltiness is intriguing because he’s created a paradox for himself. The closer he lets himself get to Starr and the more he lets her lean on him for strength and friendship, the deeper he digs his grave of guilt over killing her family. Signing her and offering her a job started as a way to make things right in his screwed-up head, but as he gets to know her, he just feels guiltier and guiltier for what he did to her. And yet he endears himself to her with every offered shoulder to cry on.
Thus, he has cemented himself as a person of comfort for her, which will only make things worse for Starr when the truth comes out. This is a soap opera; the truth will come out. It’s only a matter of when, and I think the hell Starr will give Johnny will be glorious to watch.
Dr. Ewan Keenan also fits this mold of conflicted villainy. I believe he wants to be with Elizabeth. I believe he feels horrible for kidnapping Robin and Josslyn and aiding in the inoculation of Alexis. I think he does want to help people and he hates that he’s hurting them instead. But what I really want to know is what Jerry has on him that has forced a good-hearted man to do horrible things.
I suspect it all has something to do with the Cassadines, who brought Ewan to Port Charles in the first place. But it’s possible that it’s related to the Alcazars instead—weren’t they the ones that brought the original Monkey Virus to Port Charles? This storyline reminds me a lot of that one. Wait, I just realized that the Monkey Virus was when we first saw Robert Scorpio after decades apart, and this plot obviously involves the Scorpios or Robin would have never been kidnapped in the first place. Unless she’s only been kidnapped because Jerry doesn’t want his brother’s friend to die along with the rest of the city.
Honestly, though, I can’t blame him for wanting to wipe Port Charles off the map. Haven’t we all felt that way at some point?
Finally, we come to Todd Manning, the opposite of a good man doing bad things. Instead, he appears to be a bad man who wishes he could do good things. Principle among those goals? Marry Blair again and be a good husband to her.
Oh, Todd. I love to watch you fail miserably. He had to know this proposal was doomed before it even began — it’s not as though he can’t remember stealing Sam’s baby from her. No one could with Heather Webber and her interminable voiceovers around. But I think it was necessary for him to hear Blair ask whether she could trust him not to do something to mess things up, with us and him already knowing he’d messed things up royally before the renewed romance could even began. Is Todd Manning capable of making progress toward becoming a real boy, or is he always destined to shoot himself in the foot before he’s even started walking?
Prescription for Better Soap: Keep on adding those layers to the men of the show — they keep us guessing as to what any of them will do at any time. However, I wouldn’t mind a bit more focus on the ones more likely to do good than bad, such as Patrick, Dante, and Mac. None of them are perfect either, but at least I’m not wondering when they’ll be bailing Heather Webber out to suit their purposes. She’s best kept behind closed doors at Ferncliff, though I can’t wait to find out how much more she knows about all the plot bunnies hopping through this soap.