If you caught me on Twitter after I finished up GH, you saw I promised to save my reaction for the blog. So here it is, Jake’s Hit and Run, Day One, what I liked, loved and would have done differently.
I readily admit that my thumb was on the fast forward button during certain scenes. Sorry Brenda (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) and Sonny (Maurice Benard), your honeymoon plans and stupid giggles mean nothing to me. A baby is about to be run down and I wasn’t one of those people who gushed over your nuptials. I also could care less about your baby, Brenda. I did catch the snippet that Suzanne stashed the kid away with a family she met through ASEC; snooze, yawn. Brenda’s child does not interest me if it’s only a means to VMG's probable exit.
Now that I got the crap out of the way, let’s break it down. Steve Burton, Jonathan Jackson, Rebecca Herbst, Laura Wright, Ingo Rademacher, Tony Geary and yes, Chad Duell, great job! Actors do their THING with their eyes and faces. Anyone can spit out some lines. Bow down to Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) and those eyes. Jonathan Jackson (Lucky) is starting to give Mr. Burton a serious run for his money. Becky Herbst (Elizabeth Webber) shows true heartbreak like no other. Laura Wright (Carly Jacks) and Ingo Rademacher ‘s (Jax) scenes with Josslyn were fantastic and natural. Tony Geary (Luke Spencer) was fantastic and I would be remiss if I left out Chad Duell (Michael Corinthos III). Mr. Duell is definitely paying attention when playing with the big boys and learning.
I absolutely relish these stories that give us organic scenes between fan favorites Jason and Robin (Kimberly McCullough). I LOVED that Luke blurted out the truth about Jake’s paternity to Tracy (Jane Elliot) and she immediately jumped to the Quartermaine connection. I thought it was smart of the writers to not have Michael tell Carly he was already at GH and why. As annoyed as I expected to be with Josslyn’s cancer diagnosis, I found it to be well done and I wasn’t mad at Terrel’s explanation of things.
I wouldn’t be me if there weren’t a few things I would have done differently. First and most importantly to me, I would have had AT LEAST one Jason and Elizabeth scene. This is their son. The parents of this child should have had a scene together about their son who is in critical condition and heading into emergency surgery. Does Elizabeth even know Jason is there? While I loved Tracy immediately making the Quartermaine connection, I was thouroughly annoyed that we didn’t see / get some indication that she immediately called Edward to tell him he has another heir. How awesome would it have been if Edward (John Ingle) walked up and silently sat down with Jason when he was alone after Michael left to be with Josslyn?
It’s a long weekend ahead of us to wait for inevitable. So far, I’ve been impressed with the guts, I’m still upset over the outcome. I had high hopes for Jake. There was story potential there for year's to come and because of this impulsive, if brilliantly-acted arc, we lose all of that.