So Robin died. Let’s start with the death itself: Robin died a hero.
She died to save someone else, both in the role of good friend and doctor. She could have died at the end of an accelerated course of advanced AIDS, but she didn’t. She was spared from AIDS, spared from having to live her life knowing she would slowly grow worse and lose herself with every minute of every day. For that, I’m grateful. Robin died a hero, and I don’t think I could have handled it if she’d died from a long-term illness instead. I’m incredibly glad she was spared that.
Let me be clear, however. I will never stop believing that Faison secreted her away in the end, just like he did Lucky Spencer after the garage fire.
Robin was burned beyond recognition, and that point was made repeatedly. This is a soap opera, and I will cling to that hope until it’s torn away from me. Robin is alive, and she’s the prisoner of a Faison and Helena alliance. It is no coincidence that Helena was in town at the same time. But none of that lessens the pain of losing Robin for her family. Patrick on the day of her death and the morning of her funeral was absolutely wrenching.
These scenes were so painful to watch because they were so true and moving. Watching Patrick go through those initial stages of grief, imagining Robin’s touches and her everyday attitude, was heartbreaking and perfect. Jason Thompson is doing phenomenal work. Daytime Emmys may not mean as much anymore, but he really deserves one. He was awesome in initial grief too, flying snot and drool everywhere.
And who can blame him for not knowing what to do next, not knowing how to keep going having lost his wife, his lover, his everything? There’s been a mess of plotlines tied in with Robin’s death and the most significant one, of course, was Jason’s brain surgery. Seeing Patrick struggle with saving the life of Jason was rough, especially knowing that Robin gave her life for that very reason. It would have been a crime against Robin’s memory if he didn’t get past his anger and grief and do the surgery correctly, but I can’t blame him for not wanting to all the same.
Yes, Robin loved Jason, but Jason’s a bad person who kills other bad people for a living. Patrick’s right; he doesn’t deserve surgery to save his life. However, Patrick’s a doctor — making moral judgments is not part of the job description. Luckily, Patrick came to terms with that with some help from his very, very recently deceased wife in his mind. It’s a shame that Steve and Maggie still don’t understand the immorality of their own choice. I could have overlooked Patrick’s stubbornness if he chose not to help Jason in the end, but I’m glad he wasn’t tainted with that crime. He has enough to deal with already. I hope his father can help him with that.
He needs someone in his corner right now, and who better than his father to fill that role? Anna has been a great support for Patrick except for her evisceration of him upon finding out about his affair with Lisa Niles. The scene was fantastic, but Anna was obviously taking out her disappointment in herself on Patrick.
She was ashamed she didn’t know about it and that she hadn’t pressed Robin for details when she could tell Robin was upset on the phone. Anna doesn’t deserve her own rage either, but blaming oneself and others is so common and very realistic of a response to death. If anything, the speed with which Anna realized she’d been wrong to treat Patrick that way was much faster than these things commonly resolve in real life.
When Anna found out about Robin’s death, Finola Hughes looked old for once.
Call me crazy, but when actors look their ages, I think it’s darn good acting. Her grief was entirely unflattering, and I bought every second of Anna’s initial reaction. Watching Finola Hughes this past month has been a revelation for me. I was too young to remember her acting abilities when she was a regular on the show. She and Robert were blown up by Faison when I was 12, so her earlier work is lost in a mix of Grant Putnam, lacy red lingerie, and divided loyalties for Duke Lavery. But I could pick her out of a crowd any day, and I sincerely hope she’s here to stay. Not only does her granddaughter need her, but I think Patrick would benefit from his wife’s no-nonsense mother staying around, and between the three of them, they could make a reasonable family. Add in Mac and Maxie, and the Scorpio-Drake-Devanes are just as formidable as they’ve always been. Of course, I’d like Robert to be included in that mix as well. So far, his despair and near suicide have been the only false notes for me.
Robert Scorpio can handle losing his daughter, because Robert Scorpio made peace with her when he developed cancer on Night Shift a few years back. If he’s honestly still torn about not being there through her adolescence, then he needs to absolutely be there for Emma to make it up. Almost killing himself was just so out of his character that I couldn’t take it seriously at all. He’s a WSB agent, for crying out loud. Yes, he lost his daughter, but Robert Scorpio of all people knows that death isn’t the end of anyone’s story.
The younger Scorpio brother handled Robin’s death much better. I melted when Mac thanked Anna for the honor of raising Robin.
No one could forget their arguments in Robin’s youth, and who would want to? Mac and a rebellious Robin was great soap, especially because we knew they loved each other — they were all they had left. I’d like to see Mac break down some more over the loss of Robin. He’s a seasoned parent at this point, but Robin was his first, and Robin was in many ways his most trying daughter. It was through raising her that we learned just how awesome of a man Mac is. He had romances, and he always followed the law once he became Commissioner, but it wasn’t until he raised a spunky, rebellious teenager that Mac really became human.
Regardless, I like how everyone found out about Robin’s death over a spread of weeks and not right away. One character learned what happened at a time, and all the while, everyone else important to Robin would go on as normal when we knew Robin is dead and there was nothing normal about that.
Maxie was the last of Robin’s loved ones besides Jason to find out, and watching her blame herself has been crushing.
I wonder if she really did kill Lisa Niles, though at the same time, I just wish Lisa were never mentioned again. But none of this is about Lisa’s death, it’s about how Maxie can’t take losing anyone else close to her, she just can’t. Yes, she’s selfish. Yes, she accidentally caused Robin’s death. Yes, she’s not the best person in the Port Charles — Robin and Georgie were — but I can’t help feeling badly for this woman who has lived her life in constant debt to others’ sacrifices and who has never lost sight of that. Maxie’s selfish, but she’s not an idiot and she doesn’t deserve the hatred she’s piling on herself. Spinelli’s repeated insistence on that point almost made me tear up last Friday.
Robin’s funeral was pretty good overall. I liked how many people spoke about their time with Robin, and of course, the accompanying flashbacks were needed. But the Quartermaines should have been there, and I’m confused as to why Epiphany and the rest of the hospital staff weren’t. And how come no one has mentioned telling Brenda? Robin was one of the first people Jax thought of when Brenda “died.” How come Sonny hasn’t mentioned telling her? Vanessa Marcil doesn’t need to show up; I just need someone — anyone — to say that Brenda’s been told. And Carly in her all concern over Jason learning the truth ought to have mentioned Jax once or twice as well – you know, the man she “accidentally” calls her husband all the time?
Prescription for Better Soap: I may be prejudiced as a lifelong fan, but Anna, Noah, Robert, Holly, and any other old-school character who wants to come to town is very welcome, although I wish Robin’s death weren’t the reason for bringing them. I’m beside myself that Kristina Wagner is coming back again, and that’s keeping in mind her less than amazing return during Georgie’s death. It’s Felicia Jones — if Mac doesn’t get a triangle with Felicia and Alexis, I will cry foul. Also, any other deaths coming up should be treated with the gravity given to Robin’s. For too long, deaths have been run of the mill occurrences on GH, and that’s a pattern that needs to change. All character deaths should be a shock and not a common happening. We should feel the loss they bring to the show’s canvas. Change that, and you’ll change a lot that’s been wrong with GH for years.
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