General Hospital: Perkie's Observations

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Performer of the day:  the writer who wrote Judge Carroll’s speech. In close second, Laura Wright, who made me cry with her crying, despite my being on the opposite side of the fence than she is. But I’ll get to them in a minute.

First off, Jax complains to Claire that he’s losing his family, but forgets about his involvement in that.

Maxie complains to Lulu that she sided with her boyfriend, yet practically in the same breath, explains how she’s on Spinelli and Jason’s side. So in Maxie’s world, only she can be loyal to a guy.

Helena and Tracy spar, and Helena is worried that Tracy will figure things out. Tracy talks to Epiphany and when she finds out that the lab tech died, she starts putting together the pieces of the puzzle.

Liz waxes poetic about her feelings for Lucky to Shirley.

Lucky and Maxie make cute and I wonder, Spinelli Who? Lucky emphatically assures Maxie that he and Liz are done, which in soap language, means that they aren’t.

The Corinthos/Davis children head over to the courthouse to see Michael released, and nuMorgan acts far more childish and naïve then a 12 year old boy should.

Johnny stands up in court and explains that Claudia was not evil, but beaten down by Sonny. Johnny begs the judge to be lenient towards Michael.

The Judge hands out his sentence of 5 years, with parole in 2 and the courtroom goes crazy. And the judge explains himself in words that were music to my ears.

“”Michael, you have grown up surrounded by people who flout the laws the rest of us have to obey. They have given you no guidance. They have systematically exposed you to violence and mayhem of the worst order. There's no question that you have suffered mightily through no fault of your own, and your medical records indicate that you awoke, against all odds, after being in a coma for a year. But I have deep reservations about how you have lived this life that was so miraculously given back to you.””

“”Though you all seem determined to treat Michael as a child, in the eyes of the court, he is an adult. Michael, I hope your time spent in Pentonville will teach you respect for the law. I hope it will prove that actions have consequences. I know it will remove you from the terrible influence of the adults in your life. I would keep them from visiting you if I could. 5 years in prison with an opportunity for parole in 2 is an extremely light sentence for taking a human life. I hope you will use your time in prison to plan a better life for yourself. I hope you will leave Pentonville with an aversion to being locked up, so you will never break the law again.””

“”Mr. Corinthos, I would like nothing more than to send you to prison, and I agree that you are indirectly responsible for your wife's death, but Michael is of legal age. You didn't control him with physical violence. You preyed upon his desperate need to make you proud. Now, that's emotional violence of the highest order, but it isn't against the law, and I can't send you to prison for being a selfish, irresponsible father. The most I can do is get Michael out from under your influence for 2 to 5 years. Michael will sleep in a jail cell tonight and for many nights to come, and every one of you in one way or another helped to put him there. You think about that tonight and every night until Michael is released, and I will personally pray that when he is released, he never comes home.””

And with that, Micheal is led away to prison in handcuffs.