HomeTVGeneral HospitalPort Charles Bids Robin Goodbye on General Hospital! Luke Kerr March 13, 2012 General Hospital, General Hospital Spoilers, Promos & Previews, Soap Opera Spoilers 20 Comments Robin’s (Kimberly McCullough) death has shocked Port Charles, but this week its residents come together to say goodbye to the respected doctor. Meanwhile, how will Jason (Steve Burton) finally learn the truth about his dear friend? Watch this week’s General Hospital promo after the jump! 20 Responses loungta March 13, 2012 It is more than time! Robin’s name hasn’t popped up in two days!!! GH is losing its sweetheart but only the Sonny/Todd feud seems to matter and Tristan Rogers stay cannot be extended a few days so that he can shoot Robin’s funeral? Unbelievable! Log in to Reply DynamiteKiddo March 13, 2012 Ya, I think Robin’s death has been handled terribly. And I’m a real RC fan, but . . . IDK, there’s just been so much other stuff goin’ down, particularly SONNY/Carly/Todd/Blair. We’ve had Michael/Starr, Ethan, Johnny, and, of course, Kate/Connie receiving a lot of content, too but the real focus and gravity seems to still be on Sonny. Robin’s been an afterthought. GW was a fail for many reasons, but I’ll defend him to the end, too. I think GH is better for hiring FV/RC, but I KNOW GW would’ve had someone call Brenda and Lois about Robin . . . wonder if they’ll be mentioned at all at the funeral and if Kelly/Lainey will make an appearance? Log in to Reply soapjunkie88 March 13, 2012 It’s about freakin’ time! A beloved character dies and we are supposed to care about Todd, Blair and Starr. Robin’s death has been handled awfully. Robert was there for just a few seconds only to almost commit suicide and then chase after a son that isn’t even his. I rather would have liked to see him with the rest of Robin’s loved ones than this start of the Sonny/Todd feud. No wonder GH fans are outraged. Of course it takes time to adjust and some people are crazy that these three people from OLTL are on there … but GH just lost one of it’s most beloved characters … you can’t skip that and show us Starr Manning instead crying and screaming over the loss of her family. This isn’t fair to any GH fan. And I’m really disappointed that RC and FV didn’t seem to know better than that. And I agree … even though GW was bad for the show for many, many reasons and in the end I’m glad that he’s gone … he would have handled Robin’s death better IMO. I do hope that RC and FV can save GH and bring us some really great storyline but that’s not happening with the on-screen presence of Todd, Blair and Starr like they own the show. They don’t!!! There are a dozen characters on GH that are way more important to that show… Log in to Reply edenpark March 13, 2012 I can’t get over the fact that that pig Sonny used Robin’s death to get sex with Kate on her office desk… DIS-GUS-TING!!! And we have to listen to Todd and Blair Round 114. But Tristan Rogers cannot get Robert to attend Robin’s funeral (when the moment that brought the most tears for me was Robert remembering the day he met little Robin…). That speaks volume to me… Log in to Reply js3557 March 13, 2012 “Her best friend”…WTF? Jason and Robin haven’t been best friends in forever. Everyone knows that Carly is Jason’s bestie. As for Robin’s bestie, I would say that would be Brenda. Since Brenda is not there, I would say Liz. Maxie is close to her, but Robin is more like an older sister to her than a bestie. It’s insulting for them to make this even remotely about Jason. Calling Robin Jason’s best friend is just wrong and insulting to the viewers who know better. I can’t wait to see her real friends and family deal with her loss, though. I want more Patrick, Emma, Anna, Mac, Maxie, Liz, etc. I do not want random people coming out of the woodwork and pretending like they were close to her. Log in to Reply OldGHFan March 13, 2012 Well the fact that Robin’s father won’t be at the funeral says how much this new regime respects Scorpio history. Sadly, I expect to be disappointed at this funeral because that’s all I’ve been since Frank and Ron took over this show. Log in to Reply LuluFF March 13, 2012 I bet we only get one day of Robin’s death and the rest will be CRAP with the Mannings. Log in to Reply JasamForever March 13, 2012 I have not even watched GH since last Thursday. My desire to watch each episode has waned. There has been no respect to Robin and shoving Tristan out the door so soon was very disrepectful as well. I am not enjoying seeing OLTL characters every day. Not at all. Log in to Reply soapfan616 March 13, 2012 While I am not as dismayed with this regime’s handling of the Robin death as some (it gave us a few VERY touching moments two weeks ago), I still agree that a story that should have given us an overload of emotional resonance has been shelved for more of Guza’s vision for GH: Sonny, whatever current enemy is after Sonny and Jason and they women who fight over him. More so than the new characters being introduced hastily (guess Marland’s rules for soap are out of fashion these days), it’s the need to prop up Guza’s/Frons’ vision of GH. It’s Sonny-centric more than ever. As usual, at the expense of any character who doesn’t easily fit into the mob’s orbit. I will watch Robin’s funeral. How could I not? At least it might give us a break from having killer’s sizing up each other’s junk. Maybe it will give us a day or two without gunplay. And as much as I’ve criticized this regime, they DO get how to conjure up the soapiest of sad emotions. They can pull my heartstrings all they want. God knows I need to feel something for GH other than disappointment and anger. Everything’s already been said about Robert’s absence. I’ve heard every character driven explanation over why he’s not attending. But soap fans are savvy enough to know why he’s not there. This regime didn’t want him to be. SAD! 7 days in a row of helpless Starr lying in a bed but no Robert? NuKate and Ewen in laughable scenes but no Robert? I do understand if this regime cannot afford TR full-time. But the quick dismissal is a slap in the face of the long-term GH fan who thought this regime might respect history more than their predecessors. Jason’s best friend? Perhaps if Guza has ever wanted to respect Robin’s and Jason’s history. It’s just not true after what Guza did. Soap fans know when they are being manipulated. (Remember those Marland rules that seem to be so out of fashion?) If the funeral MUST be about Jason, I guess it’s better than having it be about Sonny’s grief. Not by much though. It’s a killer heavy show. Everywhere you turn there’s one. And more are moving from Llanview. Will there be any room left for any characters who haven’t committed multiple murders? Log in to Reply DynamiteKiddo March 13, 2012 In RC’s defense, I don’t think he or anyone else at GH was responsible for the “Jason is Robin’s bff” thing. ABC Daytime’s (what’s left of it) promo department made that call due to lack of knowledge or just because it’s easier than somehow quickly and cursorily explaining that they’re exes who, as someone said, ended freakin’ horribly and then became friendly enough with as much of a looming connection as Steve Burton could manage portraying. In the 90’s, she was definitely best friends with Brenda and Lois (the Brenda/Robin connection became even more prominent after Lois left) and had a nice relationship with Nikolas. This run, there was a real girl group with her, Liz, Emily, Kelly, and Lainey. After Emily died, Robin and Liz became defacto best friends. She was friends with Nik and Lucky this go, too (when Guza would bother having them share scenes). And the Jax friendship was always there and in the 90’s and 00’s. It was a shame Guza NEVER had Brenda and Robin interact in ’10/’11. Sucks that ROBERT, Holly, Brenda, Lois, Jax, Nik, Lucky, and Ned won’t be at her funeral. And Jason’s best friend is obvs. Carly with Sonny and Spinelli trailing behind. Though Jason and Sonny have such a weird, albeit intense relationship now. I wouldn’t call him and Liz friends, they’re another case of exes with a complicated, complicated history. I think TPTB showcase their star-crossed, angsty connection way more than they ever did with Jason/Robin from ’05-. I also think Steve Burton actually tries in his scenes with Becky. She, Laura Wright, and Bradford Anderson are some of the only actors left that get him to do anything, IMO. Log in to Reply GHFan777 March 13, 2012 [quote=js3557]“Her best friend”…WTF? Jason and Robin haven’t been best friends in forever. Everyone knows that Carly is Jason’s bestie. As for Robin’s bestie, I would say that would be Brenda. Since Brenda is not there, I would say Liz. Maxie is close to her, but Robin is more like an older sister to her than a bestie. It’s insulting for them to make this even remotely about Jason. Calling Robin Jason’s best friend is just wrong and insulting to the viewers who know better. I can’t wait to see her real friends and family deal with her loss, though. I want more Patrick, Emma, Anna, Mac, Maxie, Liz, etc. I do not want random people coming out of the woodwork and pretending like they were close to her.[/quote] I agree js…Jason and Robin were far from best friends. Lovers and best friends 13 years ago…KMc came back to GH at the end of 2005 for a story line to save Jason…that is when Patrick was introduced as you well know…and mostly all of her screen time has been with him. I think Jason and Robin were lucky to share a handful of scenes every other year since her return…If anything Robin was much closer to Sonny than Jason. The show occasionally revisited the Sonny/Robin connection by giving us catch up scenes between old friends…all the while reminding us of Stone and Robin’s great love…not Jason. It is a bunch of baloney to suggest that Robin and Jason kept up this best friend relationship all these years…since it didn’t play out on our screens and not even in the dialogue. Robin’s closest friends …Best- Brenda….closest Liz, Laney, Kelly and Sonny…Maxie like a sibling….I wouldn’t even put Piph in that list…she was more like a friendly co-worker. She was even more friendly with Nikolas and Jax than Jason. Jason has romantic history with her that ended badly, with them not even speaking for 6 years…and never fully recovering from what he viewed as a betrayal on her part…. until very recently…..which the character of Jason admitted on the show within the past year. Log in to Reply david46208 March 13, 2012 RC is breaking Douglas Marlands rules #4 and #7. 4. Be objective. When I came in to ATWT, the first thing I said was, what is pleasing the audience? You have to put your own personal likes and dislikes aside and develop the characters that the audience wants to see. >>>>Chief complaint #1 I see from GH fans is the characters they know and love are being sacrificed to make way for OLTL characters. 7. Build new characters slowly. Everyone knows that it takes six months to a year for an audience to care about a new character. Tie them in to existing characters. Don’t shove them down the viewers’ throats. >>>> This is the big one. Long term viewers are feeling like these characters are being shoved down their throat. Yes they want GH to be saved. Yes they want the show on air for as long as they can have it. But the way in which RC has brought the Manning’s on seems to have angered more fans then it has made happy. http://daytimeconfidential.zap2it.com/forums/12/01/18/how-not-to-wreck-a-soap-by-douglas-marland Log in to Reply Cyberologist March 13, 2012 Poor Robin & her family can’t even get a death promo without the pets leeching on the promo. Carly hated Robin & just yelled at her in the lab not to long ago & Mac should have been prominently featured. He was always there for Robin instead he’s regulated to the 2nd string (in back of Luke who is sitting next to Anna after ushering Robert out of town from his own kid’s funeral) …this show is so sad it must pimp at all cost. ………………….. GHfan77 well said “If anything Robin was much closer to Sonny than Jason. THANK YOU!!!! The show occasionally revisited the Sonny/Robin connection by giving us catch up scenes between old friends…all the while reminding us of Stone and Robin’s great love…not Jason. It is a bunch of baloney to suggest that Robin and Jason kept up this best friend relationship all these years…since it didn’t play out on our screens and not even in the dialogue.” I wholeheartedly agree Log in to Reply BornSoapStar March 14, 2012 Jason is Robin’s best friend?!? Not during the decade at least. WTH?!? Can any of these writers get the history right?!? I checked out with Tristan’s departure. It was beyond stupid to have Robert leave to chase after Ethan. Log in to Reply koalygirl March 14, 2012 Jasebot a BFF? WTF? Rewrite city! But that is all in line with RC’s rewrite of anything Scorpio. The crapstory of Robert on the bridge and running after Ethan was only to make Luke look like a hero and clear the stage for the onslaught of OLTL. I could have applauded a OLTL char or two, had RC honored GH history and let Robert be a part of mourning Robin. RC has ignored all that and all the fans (there were over 225 tweets calling for Tristan to return), so why should I care one iota about One Life to Give for General Mobspitals? I’d have to grab some Dramamine to watch the Scorpio history ruined further. Log in to Reply soapfan616 March 14, 2012 [quote=david46208]RC is breaking Douglas Marlands rules #4 and #7. 4. Be objective. When I came in to ATWT, the first thing I said was, what is pleasing the audience? You have to put your own personal likes and dislikes aside and develop the characters that the audience wants to see. >>>>Chief complaint #1 I see from GH fans is the characters they know and love are being sacrificed to make way for OLTL characters. 7. Build new characters slowly. Everyone knows that it takes six months to a year for an audience to care about a new character. Tie them in to existing characters. Don’t shove them down the viewers’ throats. >>>> This is the big one. Long term viewers are feeling like these characters are being shoved down their throat. Yes they want GH to be saved. Yes they want the show on air for as long as they can have it. But the way in which RC has brought the Manning’s on seems to have angered more fans then it has made happy. http://daytimeconfidential.zap2it.com/forums/12/01/18/how-not-to-wreck-a-soap-by-douglas-marland/quote **** Well Said! Log in to Reply Ravennite613 March 14, 2012 Oh God I am about to get heat for what I am going to say (puts on thick skin) I for one have no issue with the way Robin’s death is playing out other than it had to do with choosing Jason over her family. KMc decided to vacate the role of Robin so for me while I was sad they had to write her off somehow and its not like she would ever just leave Patrick and Emma. So death it was. I mean at least she is getting a send-off – most funerals on this show in the last few years were played off screen. I get to say good-bye to Robin and I have no problem that Robert isn’t there because for me its just how he operated. While I truly believe he loved Robin, kids weren’t his thing…he is only following after Ethan because he needs someone to save. Superman complex. I have always said I care more about Mac’s reaction. I also say if people are in such a uproar over Robert than why not talk about Brenda because there is NO WAY IN HELL that Brenda would not be at the funeral of her best friend EVAH. Log in to Reply UncJ March 14, 2012 While I am a longtime soap fan, I was born and bred to the CBS duo of ATWT and (far more passionately) Guiding Light. However, I started with OLTL when Jerry Ver Dorn headed over and grew to love that show as well. Once we lost OLTL, I started keeping up with GH (although I had kept on on stories and characters over the years). My point is that I have a lifelong (45+ years) love of this medium and the characters. While I completely understand the desire to maintain the integrity we want in our stories, I am more worried that the art form that has been daytime drama is going away completely, and we will not have the chance to debate the ball dropping on Robin’s memorial (and I would respectfully suggest we see what is presented before saying RC hasn’t done the job). As a soap fan, I think so far the new regime has made a very tasty glass of lemonade from road kill. While some aspects may seem rushed or awkward, it isn’t like they have a long time to fight to save GH. If there is any chance for continued life, it is critical that they bump the ratings and viewer interaction now. Just my little opinion. Also, as much as I adored Douglas Marland, he operated in a different world of daytime in the 1980’s. Networks supported their own shows, fans were encouraged and there were no internet forums and blogs with constant knife sharpening that network executives can use to justify the destruction of the soaps. I don’t think the OLTL characters can really be classified as “new” characters, just new to the GH canvas. Doug Marland certainly would have needed to adapt to the television world of 2012, just as he did by emphasizing young characters at GH, GL, ATWT and Loving in the 1980’s. Log in to Reply david46208 March 14, 2012 @UncJ: Despite the fact that AMC was coming to a close Agnes Nixon and Lorraine B. brought the ratings up by going back to basics. And when Lorraine was a temporary aka transition head writer during the time that Frons was seeking new head writers she also brought the ratings up by getting back to basics. She never changed a thing. So the idea that people have to adjust to a new reality is flawed. If you give the fans what they want they will come! They leave (like Y&R for instance) when you fail to keep the soap in-line what they know and love. Log in to Reply tamshanni March 19, 2012 I agree with so many of these knowledgeable comments. I was at the ABC GH site and everyone over there seems to love oltl more than GH. Some even suggested they go top heavy on oltl characters. The thought of that makes me sick. I have watched GH for over 20 years and for the most part have enjoyed it. If TPTB gut GH and let oltl take over I would rather they just kill GH once and for all. Oltl was cancelled ,why let it take over. TPTB are trying to play it both ways.Which in the end never works. Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.