General Hospital: Perkie’s Observations


It's New Year’s Eve in Port Charles, and the townspeople are busy preparing for midnight. Sabrina arrives at Patrick's to babysit Emma for the night. Milo is helping Spinelli prepare for his date with Ellie on the hospital rooftop.  Lulu checks in on Maxie, who reassures her everything is fine. Olivia has another vision of the puppy, this time sitting on the bar at The Haunted Star.   Michael takes Starr to the hospital, and Britt agrees to run some tests to check for head trauma.
 


Michael calls Dante to inform him Connie attacked Starr, and took off with Johnny in her trunk.  Dante puts out an APB on Connie, and updates Olivia and Lulu on the situation.
 
Trey tells Connie he’s leaving town, and she admits to doing the same. Before Connie can leave, Kristina hears mysterious noises coming from the trunk of her car. Connie claims it’s just mice, but Trey asks her to open the trunk anyway.
 
Maxie’s surprised to see Ellie hanging around the apartment.  Ellie declares she and Spin are through, because she doesn’t come first with him.  Maxie apologizes for taking Spin away on Christmas Eve, but admits Spin is the happiest she’s seen him in years. She doesn’t want Ellie to leave Spin hanging.  Ellie decides she’ll meet Spin for the date.
 
Spin worries Ellie won't show for their date, but Milo tries to convince him otherwise.  Milo agrees to help show Spin some moves, while Spin gets drunk on Peppermint Schnapps. 
 
Todd wonders why Carly invited him to celebrate at The Haunted Star, since it’s Johnny’s place.   Carly wants Johnny to see that she’s moved on with a new man.  Todd is perfectly fine with her using him to get to Johnny.   
 
Emma’s thrilled to be hanging out with Sabrina, but worries about Britt becoming her new mommy. She confesses to not liking the doctor, and would prefer Sabrina take on the mother role.   Sabrina says Robin was a wonderful person, but she can’t take her place. 
 
Carly congratulates Lulu on the baby news.  Dante inform Todd of Connie's attack on Starr, and kidnapping of Johnny.   Todd checks in with Starr, who assures her father she's fine. She also makes him promise not to go after Connie. Carly’s upset she didn’t realize Connie was lying about Johnny not being home. Todd mentions being over Blair, and asks Carly to look forward to the future with him. 
 
Connie pretends she can’t open the trunk and jumps into the car, as Michael and Starr arrive.  Connie takes off, and Starr realizes Johnny is in the trunk. The four quickly follow Connie, in an effort to rescue Johnny. As they try to catch up to Connie, Starr mentions they’re traveling on the same road where she lost her family. 
 
Patrick congratulates Lulu on the pregnancy.  Dante asks Olivia about the vision, and she becomes upset over seeing the dog again. 
 
Ellie has car trouble, and difficulty getting her cell phone to work. 
 
Maxie hears noises at her door, and opens it to find the puppy. Maxie tries to find the owner, but the dog runs in and sits on the couch. Maxie trips on her carpet, and falls. She attempts to get up, but experiences some pain. She worries, and heads to the hospital. Britt examines her and determines she's had a miscarriage.
 
Ellie is walking in the middle of the street, when Connie's car comes flying around the curve.  Ellie panics when Connie's car heads straight for her. Suddenly, Connie crashes her car, as does Michael and the rest of the group behind her.

38 Responses

  1. Profile photo of Perkie
    Perkie

    Was the dog supposed to be the cause of the miscarriage or the reason Maxie went to the hospital? I don’t want that adorable dog to be considered evil. And please tell me that falling down wasn’t what caused it.

    Why was Ellie wandering around in the middle of the road?

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    For Whom the Bells Toll

    Loved the scenes with Milo and Spinelli and the Carly/Todd scenes,but that fall seriously could not have caused the miscarriage! I seriously hope there’s another reason behind Maxie miscarrying the baby.

    Here’s hoping this car crash brings Connie back to her senses/Kate.

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    soapbaby

    Happy New Year Perkie and all.

    I could hardly pay attention I was that bored by today’s episode. Too focused on chararcters I don’t care about. Starr insisting that she and Michael find Connie/Johnny rather than inform the police of possible kidnapping after her assault. Dumb. Ellie walking in the middle of the road? Beyond dumb. I like the character but stupid and I hated her dress. In fact, I hated all of the NYE fashions short of Dr. Westbrook’s pre-puked-on dress. Patrick sharing a meaningful kiss with Sabrina_ no. Emma only likes Sabrina so much because they both behave like 5-year-olds. Even Todd couldn’t keep me engaged with today’s episode. I hate that Maxie had a miscarriage. I predict that Maxie and Spinelli will impulsively have “grief” sex (her grieving the miscarriage and him grieving being stood up by Ellie) and she’ll become impregnated with “The Jackal, Part Deux.”

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    Grimm

    Btw pre-emptions and holiday repeats etc, I’ve lost track: What day would this episode have aired had there been no unplanned disruption of programming?
    I wonder how much that has thrown off the rhythm of the story with regard to “Friday cliffhangers” etc…

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    bishbay

    Perkie, I agree that the dog should not be to blame! I work in reproductive medicine, and miscarriages after an embryo transfer–especially when a surrogate is used–are exceedingly common. They should explain that the miscarriage was a natural process, not the result of a fall. Also, someone Lulu’s age would have most likely had at least three-to-four embryos frozen that could be used in a later transfer.

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    GHFan777

    I would think Maxie would know that she had a miscarriage. Wouldn’t there have been blood and cramping involved? She did have a pain or a cramp, which sent her to the hospital, but then she thought she was all right. She apologized to Britt for bothering her. I don’t know…maybe it is different with a implantation pregnancy, but normally a miscarriage seems to have more physical impact on the woman.

    All my least favorite characters in the same scene, Konnie, nuKristina, Trey and Starr…who knows maybe I can hit the jack pot and they all end up over the cliff.

    LOVE LOVE LOVE Emma…She is the most adorable child, and steals every scene she is in. I just wish she was over Liz’s house with her and the boys…and Sabrina was at the hospital.

    Carly, Lulu and Olivia looked gorgeous, as did all the men dressed up for the party. It would have been nice to see more people at the party…but I guess the budget didn’t allow it.

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    GHFan777

    Thank you bishbay. I was hoping you would answer me as you said you work in this area. That would explain her not knowing. Thankfully I never had one, so I could not speak from experience.

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    Perkie

    Grimm, this episode would have aired last Friday, as there was no episode Monday and Tuesday. Until they get caught up with the current taping, we’re always going to be a day behind and Friday cliffhangers will air on Mondays.

    As for the miscarriage, it’s possible she may have had some spottind and not realized that it was as severe as an actual miscarriage.

    I’m spoiler free but I get the feeling this will turn into Maxie not telling Lante what happened, sleeping with Spinelli for comfort and gettting pregnant with his baby. Which would seriously piss me off as a Lante fan. Plus, if that’s where they’re going, someone will have to explain to me how a woman who suffered a miscarriage can ovulate and be capalbe of getting re-pregnant hours later. please tell me that’s not where they’re going with that.

    Where the heck are Robert and Anna?

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    js3557

    Is it even physically possible to get pregnant the same night you miscarry? No:
    “Ovulation can take place as early as two weeks following a miscarriage. This is the time when pregnancy can occur.”

    Read more: Is it Easy to Get Pregnant the Same Month As a Miscarriage? | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/facts_5744468_easy-pregnant-same-month-miscarriage_.html#ixzz2GvAG1vbQ

    So this is another stupid story that lies to women about their bodies. No wonder some jackass politician in middle America thinks that women’s vaginas can repel rape sperm. I know that soaps are fantasy and we are supposed to suspend our common sense at times, but there should be a different approach to medical stories. There should be a sense of social responsibility that would prevent writers from misinforming the public.

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    GHFan777

    If this is where this storyline is leading…Maxie getting pregnant by Spinelli on the same night she miscarries they are going to get a ton of mail berating them for the physical impossibility of this happening. I can see it now…they will say this was possible because of all the hormonal shots that Maxie was taking for the surrogacy…. But I agree that as much as we are supposed to take soap stories with a grain of salt.. they should also be cognizant of the fact that impressionable young girls watch this show, and could believe this as actually being possible.

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    TV Gord

    About 25% of the current cast is back from the dead. I think getting pregnant the same day you miscarry is not the worst thing a soap has tried to slip past us. ;-)

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    soapbaby

    As implausible as getting pregnant within hours of a miscarriage, it is a soap opera and soaps haven’t been interested in telling socially-responsible stories since the 90’s. Carvialti tells plot-driven story over character-driven story. Maxie’s miscarriage is a plot-point and Lante’s family-planning s/l was never meant to educate the audience. That being said, I just don’t like the story because of the implications (Maxie & Spinelli possibly having grief-sex, Lante possibly being lied to, etc.) I’ll have to wait and see but I was really enjoying Maxie & Lulu’s bond during this period.

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    bishbay

    If we’re being really picky here, they wouldn’t even know if the fetus had implanted in the endometrium (which is nearly the definition of a pregnancy) until 2 weeks after the transfer. So, yeah, this is all sorts of factually wrong. Also, her own ovulatory cycle would be suppressed at this point either by medication and/or by her being pregnant, and it wouldn’t occur again after the miscarriage for at least the two weeks cited above. This is a pretty bad story on the facts and seriously has grief-sex-leading-to-pregnancy ever resulted in a good story?

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    mufasa

    Does everyone hear me SCREAM? Don’t blame the dog!!
    PLUS it’s been 2 full weeks – No Robert/Anna/Duke/where the hell is Luke?/Robin/Jerry/Helena….
    we don’t care about the characters yesterday – Star is on my last nerve….
    I think Connie becomes Kate or fakes it….Trey dies – get rid of Kristina cause she is boring……WHY would Maxie have sex with Spinelli when she KNEW Ellie was going to him? Will Ellie be paralyzed like An Affair to Remember? Please no…
    It’s like the writers began writing and then took a break and forgot what they were doing….

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    SwanQueen59

    Curious. What, if any, production allowance is given over to professional medical advisory personel/reseach when a story such as this surrogacy/miscarriage comes up? I remember GL always had a medical advisor listed in the rolling credits at the end of the show. Yes, it’s a soap, and yes, I’m loving the performances of my favorites, JMB and DZ (despite reservations about how it’s unfolding), but in the interest of “correct” information, I’d have thought RC would be more thorough in regards to these types of easily misunderstood, at times confusing, pregnancy issues. I really don’t like the thought of his deliberately using misleading/factually incorrect material as “plot point” to move the story along. The only reason I can see for him to do such a thing is to barrel along as if he’s constantly facing “sweeps weeks” so as to keep the suits at ABC/D away from the door. Knowing that you’re writing to save the show from being axed doesn’t mean one won’t get sloppy or fudge the truth. Still, the whole surrogacy/miscarriage/family planning saga is something that a lot of people are dealing with on a day to day basis. And I know a lot of people who are extemely sensitive to this subject given their own difficulties carrying their own children, or sadly, not being able to… 0:)

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    Fashionista

    of course she miscarried .. and of course she’ll have grief/make up sex with Spin and get pregnant … this is a variation on the AMC Kendall/Greenlee/Ryan baby debacle .. it didnt work then, and it wont work now …

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    SwanQueen59

    [quote=SavePortChuck]Ratings for week of Dec 17 – 21

    GH UP 472,000!!! Woo-hoo!

    Y&R DOWN 586,000. Ah yes, Phelps is doing her thing just as expected.[/quote]

    Well, bless JFP’s heart. She’s working her magic already. :~
    SavePortChuck-Thanks for listing those numbers…. 0:)

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    robertscorpio

    [quote=TV Gord]About 25% of the current cast is back from the dead. I think getting pregnant the same day you miscarry is not the worst thing a soap has tried to slip past us. ;-)[/quote]

    Thank you!! Besides I hope no one is using a soap as their source of medical information.

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    Ravennite613

    I have taken so much in my years of soaps in regards to suspending belief but I would not be happy if Spin & Madison have sexton the same day she miscarries.

    The lying if that is where this is going. Would it even be possible as wouldn’t Dr. Bitchy have an obligation to tell Lante

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    SavePortChuck

    Ratings for week of Dec 17 – 21

    GH UP 472,000!!! Woo-hoo!

    Y&R DOWN 586,000. Ah yes, Phelps is doing her thing just as expected.

    *Numbers are changes compared to same week last year.

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    js3557

    Ratings Week of Dec 17th – 21st

    http://www.soapoperanetwork.com/2013/01/ratings-great-week-for-gh-5#more-18645

    (Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

    Total Viewers
    1. Y&R 4,341,000 (-31,000/-586,000)
    2. B&B 3,204,000 (-54,000/-148,000)
    3. GH 2,800,000 (+143,000/+472,000)
    4. DAYS 2,295,000 (-74,000/-86,000)

    Households
    1. Y&R 3.2/10 (-.1/-.3)
    2. B&B 2.4/7 (same/same)
    3. GH 2.0/6 (same/+.3)
    4. DAYS 1.8/5 (same/same)

    Portchuck – Gh is up 472,00 since last year, not since the last week. They are up 143,000 since the week before…which is still great!

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    sanka9

    The Walking Dead is the correct name for this show.

    I can’t stand Spin. I don’t understand why two women are fighting over a creature that needs no special effect to be featured in the Lord of the Rings.

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    soapfan616

    Apparently, soap fans have an insatiable appetite for GH’s plot driven, unbelievable stories. The ratings are trending upward if not spectacular. It appears that as long as this regime keeps a rotation of favorites from the past coming and going, GH fans are happy with faux-faces, MORE car crashes, returns from the dead, mixed up paternity results and now an impossible pregnancy?

    As long as this type of story brings ratings, we’ll get more and more of it. Wonder how stupid soaps can get? I don’t think we’ve seen anything yet.

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    pumpkin

    With Ellie walking down street, I just surmised she had car trouble and was walking for cell service when she was hit. They decided filming one car accident was enough. They would have to create another scenario with her having car trouble but instead just implied it.

    I do hope they stress the miscarriage just happened. I am so glad and hope they drop the IVF story. These things do not always turn out well in real life. I am also sick of Maxie blaming herself for everything. This character annoys me. Go away. This actress seems more childish to me than hopeless. I don’t get her take on things. I would rather see Dante/LuLu adopt.

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    TV Gord

    For me, soaps are for escapism and pure entertainment. Sure, we nitpick, but that’s part of the fun. However, if I quit watching soaps whenever something implausible happened, I would have tuned out a week or so into watching The Edge of Night back in the late 60s.

    As someone who grew up reading Marvel Comics, I always found they were exactly the same as soaps. Continuing storylines, over-the-top plots, people coming back from the dead, changing their appearance, etc. Let’s face it, we’re not watching Shakespeare (although it could be argued some of his stuff was pretty looney tunes, too)! :-)

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    Secrets and Lies

    With all the “reality” on TV these days I much prefer a well-spun yarn like GH has become under this regime! Go back and read Dickens or Dumas – it’s all plot driven and implausible but TOTALLY entertaining. The plots on GH are no different. It’s not lowbrow when it’s done this well.

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    liason4real

    How many women that just suffered a miscarriage is looking to bang her ex-boyfriend less than two hours later? :~

    There was a time that Maxie was all about fashion and working for Kate Howard, now she’s whining about Spinelli (blech) and volunteering to be a surrogate for Lante.

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    JASAMMABBY

    I don’t mind suspending belief for a soap story. I watch them for the silly out there stories involving characters I care about. I can take silly soapy things especially when it is to fix a mistake- like bringing some one back from the dead.. However thinking of Maxi and Spin having sex after she has a miscarriage is just icky. To boot having poor Ellie (the only new character I like) being ran over while it happens is just double yuck. I love KS and the character of Maxie but this story does not make me root for them one bit.. I hope they send Ellie over to Johnny!!

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    Daniel St. John

    This Sabrina/Patrick/Britt triangle is not working for me at all.they should throw AJ and Liz into the mix.Ithink Liz and Patrick could make a good couple and I really think AJ needs to be romantically linked with women who have not had Jason climb their back.
    Britt and AJ could start a secret sex buddies relationship while Patrick continues to take it slow with her; Patrick can let Sabrina know, with all certainty that he doesn’t see her in a romantic way while at the Ashe time growing closer with Liz over their both losing the person they loved; AJ would then have a little meet cute with Sabrina that leads to him looking at her innocence and virtue as a way for him to be a better man all the while he is humping Britt like a rabid bunny.

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    Islandof1

    DUMB! The best they can come up with for the accident: is Elle walking in the middle of a dark street looking for a cell phone connection? Maxie and Spin having sex at the sametime is just gross.

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    TV Gord

    I think there’s great potential for high drama with Connie turning back into Kate just in time to say goodbye to Trey. Starr’s going to go on a rampage with Johnny AND Todd! Is Carly going to be Todd’s latest enabler, or will she let him have it, too? How severe are Ellie’s injuries? Will Spinelli feel obligated to care for her during her convalescence, as well as feeling guilty for implanting a mini-Jackal in Max-maintenance? There’s a lot that I’m looking forward to happening out of this crash!

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    soapbaby

    Considering there was a automobile-crash involving several featured players, I found the whole thing dreadfully dull. The only person I was concerned about was poor Ellie and found her scenes compelling. I really, really care about the character and reacted to my television set as she laid injured. Everyone else could have died and I would not have batted an eyelash, probably would have cheered.

    I think Todd/Carly are hot as hell. Laura Wright has never looked more beautiful in her time on GH. I wish they styled Carly better and she’d get a cute haircut.

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