Elizabeth and Lucky: teenage soul mates, adult serial cheaters, good co-parents, bad communicators, but still potential soul mates in the future? I know Jonathan Jackson is now gone from General Hospital, and whether or not we will ever have Lucky back to continue the saga of Lucky and Elizabeth is up in the air, but I can’t help but wonder if I would want them to reconnect after all this, and if so, when. What do you think?
I think Elizabeth really messed up by trying to manipulate Lucky’s emotions through committing herself to Shadybrook. At first, I thought she actually was going there to deal with her issues with men again, like she did after Lucky found out about her affair with Nikolas. That came across as a horrible writing choice to me—Elizabeth needs to stop being a character bound so closely to the men in her life that she can’t function without them. But it wasn’t Elizabeth falling apart again. This was a deliberate choice on her part to pretend emotional instability with the intent of making Lucky realize that he can’t leave her and that staying with their family as a family is what he wants. It was a horribly misjudged choice, but at least Elizabeth maintained her sanity over the guy this time. But while I’m glad Elizabeth isn’t crazy, I’m as heartbroken as Lucky that she’d try to pull something like that on him.
Elizabeth is no saint. She’s the queen of manipulation, and she has used that skill on a number of occasions to get men or to keep them, but I want her to realize she doesn’t need to. That if she’s just herself, she will get the love she longs for in return again. Lucky didn’t fall in love with a manipulative Elizabeth when they were teenagers, and I don’t believe he fell in love with her because she was broken then, either. After her rape, Elizabeth gave up all pretense of scheming to get the man—she just was. And that’s who Lucky loved, the real Elizabeth. If she can find that girl again and connect her with the woman she’s become, I think Lucky would fall in love again, and this longing to get away and find himself wouldn’t matter, because the real Lucky has been tied up in the real Elizabeth since their teenage years, and together, they could be great again.
When did Lucky become Luke anyway? When I heard Ethan say, “Sounds like you’re getting ready to leave again,” I was struck by how many times we’ve heard just that from one of Luke’s children about him leaving before.
I hate so much that running away from problems is a Spencer family trait now. I hated it when it was just Luke, because Luke was a man who loved his family and watching him develop into what he is today—a man who can’t even meet their eyes most of the time—has been one of the saddest character regressions of the past decade. Extending his faults to his children makes narrative sense, but it doesn’t make for positive storytelling or even emotional resonance when the emotions of happiness and hope are left out entirely. I want Luke’s children to be like Lucky once was, determined to do better than his father, to take the positive examples Luke set and mimic them while using the negative examples and turning them around to challenge themselves to rise above them. It seems like Lucky, Lulu, and to a point, Ethan, are resigned to wallowing in Luke’s worst personality traits rather than taking them as motivators to make more of their lives than he has.
Which brings me to an event that I wish I could take more joy in: the wedding of Lulu and Dante. I believed in this couple from Dante’s first failed pick-up line back when he was still pretending to be Dominic Pirelli, working undercover to bring Sonny down. I loved the wedding itself—
—a small wedding is Lulu’s style, and Olivia makes such a great doting mother. I believe that all Dante needs to be happy is Lulu by his side, and his cousin, the priest, was pretty entertaining. The Falconeri clan rushing the bride and groom afterward was adorable, and from the mother and son dynamic Dante and Olivia have, I can believe their relatives are all great people to spend time with.
But after months of Lulu’s doubts and wistful gazes at wine glasses, I just don’t believe she’s committed. I think she wants to be, but I think the Spencer self-loathing has been painted as stronger than her love for Dante. It’s like I’m watching a gothic romance, and I’m certain the looming monster on the horizon—those Spencer passions—is just about to snatch Lulu away forever. I’d rather I was watching a soap opera.
Prescription for Better Soap: Take the rich history that the Spencer family has and use it to build up the characters rather than keep tearing them down. Make me root for Elizabeth and Lucky to get back together rather than hope they both get counseling. Let Lulu find joy again, so I can believe that her happiness with Dante will last. That way, when he someday cheats on her with his mother’s best friend’s daughter who’s in town to pick up a coffee shipment, I’ll be shocked and angered rather than expecting it along with Lulu. Throw some happiness and light into the Spencers’ lives so that their lows are more salient in comparison.
My romance novella, Maya’s Vacation, is on sale for only $0.99 at Amazon until New Year’s! If you haven’t checked it out yet, now’s the perfect chance. It’s a tale of old flames reconnecting over delicious food and wine and deciding if past bad decisions can ever be righted again. There’s hope and light in this short novella, so if you need a break from the bleakness of the Spencers, then by all means, go on a retreat in the Hanover Woods along with Maya and the other characters in my tale.
Hope your Christmases were merry and your New Years will be amazing!