Regan Reax: Jake's Hit And Run, Day Three



The SLAP heard around Port Charles! I jumped when Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) smacked Jason (Steve Burton) across the face. My long awaited Jason-Liz scene was a little too short, but boy-oh-boy at least it came with a bang and few long over-due digs.

See, this is where my Liason fan-girl will come out. While many feel it was Elizabeth who pushed Jason out of Jake’s life, I always felt that Jason never fought for his son or Elizabeth. I readily agree that when it comes to Jason’s life, Sam (Kelly Monaco) is more accepting, but the night Michael took a bullet to the brain, both Jason and Elizabeth had decided to marry and be a family. It was Jason who then retreated after what happened to Michael proved that his life was too dangerous for children. So when Jason asked a grieving Elizabeth to donate Jake’s kidney to Josslyn, I had no problem with her throwing his choices back in his face. I would have added a dig about always picking Carly (Laura Wright) too. I do recognize that Liz made choices as well that kept them apart, but  I have always felt that if Jason wanted to be a father to his son, he would have fought for it.

I found Elizabeth’s reaction to Jason’s request to be completely authentic. She is a mother who is grieving and not ready to let her son go. She’s also a nurse, but when your heart is trying to process the unthinkable, your knowledge goes right out the window. Elizabeth was reeling from the loss of her son, she wasn’t thinking rationally, she was responding emotionally.
 


Jonathan Jackson’s portrayal of Lucky has really been the standout of the three parents throughout this entire storyline. Every time he takes the screen, he breaks me. Lucky's scenes with Jason have been breathtaking and the ones opposite Elizabeth are reminiscent to those that made Lucky and Liz a young supercouple. I also loved his scenes with Luke (Tony Geary) at the Haunted Star, however I did find it odd that he left the hospital while the transplant was happening.

I suppose I should back up a bit, back to the beginning of this episode where Carly continues her request of Jason. I saw this exchange as a desperate mother who wanted nothing more than to just be the friend Jason needed. She just couldn’t. I did feel that the scene could have gone another way though. Jason could have told Carly that it was too soon to ask this of Elizabeth, that he needed to put her and his son first for a change. Yes, I know, Josslyn is sick and needs that kidney, NOW!

Here is where I knew I would have a problem with this part of the story. While I haven’t had an issue so far with the diagnosis, I don’t understand why the transplant has to happen that very night. Can’t Elizabeth, Lucky and Jason have that one evening to process all that’s happened? Trust me, I understand that Josslyn is sick, but she’s not knocking on heaven’s door. I understand not wanting to put your child through chemotherapy, but if you have a donor, can’t you do the surgery in the morning? There are certain things that just don’t have to happen at super soap speed.

There is no denying that these past three days have given some of the best performances we’ve seen in a long time on GH. It has been raw, emotional and not overcrowded by typical soap opera cliches. Besides the breaking up of Jake’s parents and the initial decision to use this story as a means to write his mother off the show, I haven’t been this upset over an upcoming storyline in awhile. For the most part, I stand corrected. It has been well-written, amazingly acted and heartbreaking; everything a story of this nature should be. 

 


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I'm not a Liason fan, but I did think the timing of JAson asking for the organs was ridiculous, even though it got the best smack I've seen since Robin punched Lisa.

Jason and LIz should have shared a scene sooner, like while everyone was waiting for the surgery to be done. Then when he comes back a second time to ask, it makes it even harder on her that he would "give up" on Jake so quickly. Having the first (and likely only) scene be this one, just is silly.

Re; JJ. I love JJ. Always have. But I'm finding it difficult to feel for him through this, and it's all because of his ability to cry. Dude cries at the drop of a hat, literally! So when he cries now, I just don't feel it. Like when kids cry wolf, once the wolf shows up, I've stopped caring.

Same reason SBu's tears are not doing it for me. Don't like JAson. Feels he's way too heavily focused on here. Heck, Carly thanks him and tells Michael that all of this is thanks to Jason. Which makes me mad and not sympathetic or whatever I'm supposed to be feeling for Jason.

Liz' child is killed and once the transplant started, we saw Carly waiting with Micheal, Lucky talking to Luke and Jason with JAke's toy. No sign of the mother who carried that child for 9 months and raised and loved him for 4 years. Pffft.

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I appreciate Good Acting, so I was interested in reading this article.

Note I said READ. I did not watch any of this unravel, no would I ever want too. Can't get behind the ABC Honcho's.

They're awful at their jobs.

They wouldn't know a Fan if one punched them in the face (God willing). This storyline would be one of the LAST I'd ever want to see.

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I must admit, I didn't get Carly's pimping of Jason. It's his kid sure, but it wasn't his decision to give the organs to Joss. Was he willing? Sure. But the final say was on Liz and Lucky.

All I can say if Carly even looks at Becky the wrong way from this point forward, she'll have a bone to pick with me, and you all know I'm not the biggest Liz fan.

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Perkie - I'm just going to say ditto to everything you wrote. Well said.

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I'm hearing there will be weeks spent on the whodunnit, and I really have a hard time wrapping my head around that. Writers sitting around a room, think that rushing the killing of a young boy and the horrible disease of a baby is less important, intriguing, interesting to viewers than who the hit and run driver is? I don't get that. unless they're so incompetent that they can't craft together a decent organ donation story, but whodunnits are easy to whip up. You don't actually need talent for it. UGH.

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It was a definite slap heard round Port Charles. I had mentioned that on twitter when I first saw it late last night. And I think she was justified in doing so.

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I always felt that Jason never fought for his son or Elizabeth.

You said it. They both made mistakes, but the fact of the matter is, Jason in fact chose mob life over his son and any family life with Liz.

And I would have understood Carly’s Terms of Endearment moment a hell of a lot more if the story had been slowed down (I said I wouldn’t mention pace again, but that was over in the Orbs thread, so, I give myself a pass here). But over the course of four days??? Too much too quickly. It should have been properly balanced out. And I also didn’t understand why the transplant had to happen that very night either. It was all just too much too soon.

And I mentioned on the other thread too, Perkie that we got no scene with Liz at the end. That made no sense whatsoever. And I also hated that Jason was so praised for helping Carly when we should have been hearing her forever being grateful to Liz and Lucky as Jake’s parents. The “Jason is always there for me” line, IMHO, wasn’t needed at that time especially. We already know that she worships Jason. That he is her BFFL, her rock, etc. What we needed to hear from Carly was that Liz gave the permission to give her son’s organs so that her daughter could live, and that despite all the bad between them, she blessed her with the greatest gift, which was her daughter‘s life. I don’t understand why it was made all about Jason in that moment. He asked, she said no. LUCKY convinced her to help save Joss.

For me, the actors are what have brought this storyline home ONE THOUSAND PERCENT. I have bitched about the writing for it, and I can’t back it 100% due to various inconsistencies, but the actors are all on point with this storyline. They deserve all the praise and accolades received, because I don’t think I have cried this much in a good few months, and that was over some real life drama. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, GH has the best cast in daytime. Period.

That said, we get just DAYS of an organ donation story and WEEKS of a whodunit story??? How the hell is that anywhere near balancing??? So less about letting people grieve and cope and come to terms with loss and more about playing Clue onscreen??? The Jake hit/Joss organ donation storyline should have played for much longer than the 'whodunit'.

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I know I'm not going to get it, but I would love a scene where LIz is in the chapel and Carly shows up, to pray for Joss, and we get a good motherly scene between them. Otherwise, the writing is doing a disservice to the character of Carly.

And not to split hairs, but I don't think Liz said no, so much as she said, not now/yet. Jake was still technically alive when Jason asked and she'd just told Lucky she wasn't ready to pull the plug just yet. I get the feeling a year from now, that will be added to Liz' page of sins, that she said no to saving Josslyn when that's not how it played out.

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GH problem is not the cast!!! they have the best cast in soaps!!!!
its the writing!!

This story is rushed!!! the fact is that Jake hurt,operation, death, Joss sick,kidney question,transplant is just 3 days!!!!!!!! UGHHHHHHHH the S&B wedding was longer than that..
I hate it!!! because the actors are doing their best no one IMO is above, Steve Becky and John are killing it w/every scene.. But its rushed up,it should be longer...

and now it will be who did it?? Like I care?? I don't want to see it.
I want to see grieve, sadness,regret and re think of life ,not who did it???

ABout Jason and Liz they both were wrong,and both made mistakes that they will regret for.... and no one can really attack Carly Liz Jason or Lucky they all are in a bad place so no one is thinking clearly..

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From what I understand, we should know who hit Jake by the end of the week. Now, it may be a situation where the viewers know and the investigation plays out longer.

I did have a problem with Elizabeth's absence from the end of the episode. I had typed 'where did elizabeth go,' but deleted it for my own reasons. I also noticed how it switched to Carly and Josslyn's cancer story and how Jason did this for her. I was painfully aware of all this. Nothing can be 100% perfect, it's what makes us human, even in an imaginary world.

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Liz did say that there was no way in hell that Jason was using her son for spare parts, and she told Lucky that her son was going to stay in one piece. So, I do think she said no...but I don't think she meant no. I think she meant not right now but was too emotional when she was asked. She hadn't even seen Jake yet to say goodbye and she was being asked to cut him open and dole out his organs. There was no reason for the rush. Joss could have waited for morning for the surgery. Bad timing by Carly and Jason. It was inconsiderate and rude. I can understand doing anything to help your child, but Joss was not on death's door. Carly could have waited until Liz and Lucky had a chance to say goodbye to their son.

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The story is not rushed. The actors have already stated on their twitter, that they are going to work and still working on this very exact story.

What did you want? Jake to be in surgery for a week? He was in surgery about half an episode, then he died *tears* Sad, and then Carly is desperate to save her daughter. The surgery had to happen right away (although, I agree with Regan, it could have waited for the morning)the quicker they get the cancer out of that little girl, the better.

Now for my own opinions.

I did not like the Liason scene, IMO Liz re wrote history and then had the nerve to utter the words "You chose not to be with me", what does that have to do with anything? But...she is grieving so I'm not going to hard on her, I understand that she is BEYOND upset and I must say Rebecca Herbst was fantastic in that scene.

I loved how Kristina kicked Abby out of the hospital, I think Kristina is our future schemer of GH and I LOVE it!

I really enjoyed the Dante/Sam scenes, I hope that they can become friends, because DZ and KeMo have some chemistry. And I really loved how Sam didn't hide the fact that it could have been her, she was ready to take responsibility.

The Lucky/Luke scene was just beautiful, Tony Geary and Jonathan Jackson just SHINE together. "It's your fault I took those boys in, because you made being a dad look so much fun, I just couldn't resist".

Steve Burton was brilliant in that last scene, he broke me down, it almost felt like real to me.

These past three days have proved to me that GH has the best cast in daytime.

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jlafferty23 IDK I just feel it was rushed....
we didn't see Joss sick for long time just this past 2 weeks and now she has cancer...
about Jake no I don't want to see long surgery scenes But it was moving for me too fast...

I did see the actors tweet and I think the story is not ending yesterday w/Joss I think it will be about the replications at least I hope... but the 3 days were really moving fast and we didn't see Edward Monica Bobbie...

again I think the actors were outstanding...

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Ok, maybe I should rephrase that. She physically said no, but I think it had more to do with the thought that if she doesn't pull the plug right away, a miracle will happen and he'll come back to her. Once rational thought prevails over grief, the no becomes a yes.

jlafferty, I have to disagree. The actors have said they're still workning on it, but I bet they're working on the whodunit part, since the JAke part is already over. I for one, think Joss's part of the story should have played out over several days to a week, to make us feel Carly's angst and need to have her daughter fixed ASAP.

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I get the feeling a year from now, that will be added to Liz' page of sins, that she said no to saving Josslyn when that's not how it played out.

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Liz said: “There is no way in hell you are using my son for spare parts.” If they EVER try to add this to her page of sins, Perkie, that she hesitated due to circumstances, we can call foul. Because even Bobbie didn’t want to give BJ’s heart to Maxie right then and there in that very moment when Tony offered to help save his niece.

Tony to Bobbie: I want Maxie to have BJ’s heart.
Bobbie (shocked, dismayed): Oh no. No, NO! IT’S. TOO. SOON.

Here’s a quick clip of that very scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osT3P4YToD0

That scene still gives me chills.

And like Bobbie, Liz, eventually relented, and anyone should understand that Liz’s initial reaction to Jason was natural. She was barely holding on as is, and then is asked to donate an organ from her child who was only surviving by machines….

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I did some research (I heard Regan did as well), and GH actually did the Cancer storyline correctly.

Perkie, That's not what I'm getting from their tweets, they have said, its still ready sad around the set right now. Laura Wright has said she has alot of scenes with Becky coming up. I think the aftermath of this will last awhile.

You do have a point about Joss's story, but LW is soo good that I felt her desperation.

So far, I have been impressed with this story, we'll see how it plays out. I'm excited to see who the driver was, I don't read spoilers (So Regan, if you do post a spoiler piece, can you keep the spoiler out of the title please?) LOL, because I love to be spoiler free.

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@jlafferty23 I'll keep the spoiler titles a little less revealing.

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Regan.

Thank you! I appreciate that. Smile

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Actually, they messed up a very important part of the cancer story. They will not do a kidney transplant until the patient has been cancer free for 2 years. During the 2 years the child undergoes dialysis. They won't put a donated organ into someone who might die right away from cancer anyway. There are too many people without cancer waiting for organs.

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They are taking some slight liberties with the donation part. In most cases it is delayed after chemo is done and other surgeries performed to remove what cancer they can. Terrell did mention that a donor would be unlikely when it was first proposed. For the sake of the story, this liberty is being taken. It is a leap, IMO not a huge one considering I do not see TPTB devoting that amount of time to Josslyn's story when our past two adult cancer stories combined didn't last a year.

Like I said, not everything can be 100%. I wish it could. My fandom of Liason had 10+ yrs and however many steps invested in Jake. I wish everything from start to finish could be perfect, but this is soap world and if we've learned anything as soap fans it's that we need to just roll with it sometimes.

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I'm rolling with it....but it's making me very nauseous!

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I am uncertain as to what to think of GH right now. I believe that they are amazing when it comes to these arc type storylines and wish that they would have made this a 3 month arc instead of a 3 day arc. We got more time for the Metro Court storyline and more time for the Port Chuck Hotel fire than we did for this amazing story.

The actors have proved why it was so good. They were all amazing. I am sad to not see Bobbi, Monica, Edward or Laura involved. GH missed it on that one. Where were Lesley and Audrey?

I also agree with the many that Carly thanking Jason was dumb and her not clinging to Jax in these desperate times was stupid! I wish she would have thanked Elizabeth and fallen to her knees in gratitude. I know that is stretching it for Carly but they have been fighting for years and they need to become friends on some level. Vicki and Dorian do it every once in a while why can't Carly and Liz?

I wish Guza that hack would write brilliantly like this all the time. I guess it is easy when you have to accompany a zero Sonny screen! I am starting to wonder if Sonny is the toxic poison in GH's water and not Guza. How I wonder what GH would be if MB never came back after he left Brenda at the alter in 98. Guess we will never know. Here is hoping he never returns from the honeymoon!

I am waiting anxiously on pins and needles to find out who did this horrible thing. I know who is not one of the 7 or 8 drivers. I won't say for those who may have not seen the episode as the article leaves that out.

I believe they could go a thousand ways but hope that they shock us once we find out.

I can see it being Luke and the social topic being brought up which would be awesome story telling for Luke.

The balkin really makes no lasting investment and is a direct reflection back to Sonny.

Sonny...how will I not be surprised if the car Sonny and Brenda is in is the one that hit Jake? I wouldn't be but if they go that route then I am forever done with GH! Well probably not but done with GUZA!

Robin is just stupid!

Lisa hmm I am thinking there is a good possibility but highly unlikely!

Carly it must be! What a great twist and the one name I didn't find possible to be on that list! What a twist it would be and what a great scene it would be when Elizabeth finds out! I have chills! Can you imagine the one person who can save your child's life is the one person you accidentally killed?

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I do not agree at all with you Perkie! Jason allowed Liz to control what his role in Jake's life would be and Liz made damn sure that it was miniscule. Yeah he could've fought harder, but I believe that he loved her so much that he just wanted her to be happy! I'm not mad at her for slapping him because I took it as she wished that he would've fought for them and was upset about it! Wouldn't it be great if this story actually made them close again!

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Let me start by saying i LOVED the acting and JJ & RH were GREAT.
My only real problem with this s/l (like all of GH's other s/ls) are the details that the writers don't pay attention to because either they don't have time or are too lazy to. Things like Lulu & Luke not STAYING at the hospital. They should have both been there the whole time.Now i get they did a scene with Luke & Nick at the bar but in the past Luke would have put everything aside to STAY with Lucky.AND WTH was Lulu? Did she go back to work or did she go home? She should have at least gone to the police station to see if Dante had any info on who hit Jake.
Also i think it would have been better if they had Joss sick & in the hospital for at least a month before Jake got hit.That way we could be more focused on her cancer s/l and we could see Jax & Carly go through all of the options and get to the point where they have to do the organ donation as a last resort.

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I don't care who Jason is with. I like both Sam & Liz. But that Jake is pretty darn cute and I would have liked to seen Jason be a dad.Especially since he is pretty much a nanny for Carly and Sonny's kids. When Liz slapped Jason I was soooo Shock !!! His face was priceless, I actually really enjoyed that.JJ&RH are still great together and it was great RH was able to prove to TPTB that she really can act when given more script then sayen she has to work a double shift.I'm a Carly fan don't always like what she does but since she pretty much has no female friends it would actually be nice if her and Liz did come to mutual place of healing and peace. Maybe Carly could get Liz to reconnect to sassy side agsin Evil I always loved that side of Liz.Seeing Jason cry like that (made me cry so hard) I haven't ever seen him like that I hope that he does grow from this, his chracrter has been in the same stage in his life for WAY TOO LONG.I do hope that they dont give Jasam a baby too soon if that is thier plan. Jake's death needs more detail and attention.its actually really nice not to see Sonny/Brenda/Dante/Lulu on right now. One more thing
WHERE THE HECK IS MORGAN?????? Puzzled Puzzled They never show this kid anymore is he doing another show or what?? I keep asking people but nonone answers lol.He's the Wheres Waldo of Daytime, it seriously is driveing my crazy.

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The actor that portrays Morgan, Aaron Sanders, is currently taking acting classes to be an inkling on par with the former potrayer, Aaron Refvem. No offense.

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oh really...I thanks I just wanted to know where he was lol but in his defense I've seen worse on daytime.AR def is a talented young actor though gotta be tough for Asanders to have to deal with that but at least he'll become a better actor..

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I saw shocked to see Liz slap Jason and I think her reaction was part of the original plot to write RH off screen...her going crazy. Yes, too short.
And it made no sense that she said no to Jason and then talks to Lucky briefly and the next thing you know, she's agreed to donate Jake's kidney.
Seems like they edited some scenes out. She would not change her mind that quickly.
Interesting that Jason had the key to the house. Didn't he see those paternity papers on the ground and step on them? Maybe he'll find out about the paternity first.
Why page Monica and not show her on screen? Even if not for Jason/ Jake, what about for Liz & Lucky? They were Emily's BFFs and she'd want to be there to support them, like Emily would.
I liked that Nik went to tell Luke to go be with Lucky.
TC didn't look bored in those scenes.
Who's taking care of Morgan? Shawn? We know it's not Bobbie, since she's not even mentioned. Is Mercedes still around?
Kristina seems incestuously jealous of Michael's relationship with Abby. Granted they are not related by blood. And Abby seems very one note when they write her. She's not a bad actress, but how about some other range of emotion other than being Michael's cheerleader.
We knew that there was no way Sam would be the person who hit Jake; that would destroy the JaSam love that Frons and Guza are pushing.
Let's hope we get some real Liason scenes and have some characters come out of the closet for this (Audrey, Bobbie, Monica, Leslie).

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Morgan was said to be in camp....

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sunchild79 - Both Carly and Jax mentioned that Morgan was out of town for 3 weeks at camp before all this stuff started.

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I have to say, this story hasn't sucked like I thought it would. It's a pale BJ's heart imitation, but for all of that it is tragic and affecting. The acting is stellar, though that shouldn't be a shock because GH's cast has always been better than the material they're given.

However, I DO feel like I can't catch my breath it's all hurtling by so fast. I know we have to allow liberties with the medical stuff, Regan, but from cancer diagnosis to transplant in one night is a bit much. Liz got about ten minutes to resist the organ donation, when you could have had at least a day or two of good drama from it. And we went from "OMG, Sam could have hit Jake!" to "Oh, don't worry, Sam didn't hit Jake" in about fifteen minutes. I know exactly why it's going so fast, though: so we can get to the important stuff, which is Jason waving a gun around to get revenge on who killed "his" son.

And I know it doesn't directly have to do with Jake, but Robin taking back Patrick made me see red. I thought the sentiment and the performance were sweet, but the lines? "Oh, Patrick, I'm so sorry for being such an unreasonable shrew as to not immediately forgive you for sleeping with a psycho who has terrorized us ever since, even though you said pretty please. I'm such a stupid bitch!" GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!