General Hospital: Perkie's Observations

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Todd tries to explain to Anna and Sam things aren’t what they seem, but Anna decides Todd was trying to steal Danny.  Carly wanders on to the docks, and Todd swears he was saving the baby from John. He would never let anything bad happen to Danny again.  Anna informs him John has been in police custody, and promptly arrests Todd. 
 


Alexis is shocked to see Rafe, and accuses Molly of harboring an accused murderer in her room.  Rafe vows he wouldn’t hurt Danny, and admits Heather took him. Molly begs her mother not to call the police, and help Rafe.  Before Alexis can answer, she receives a call from Sam giving her the good news about Danny.
 
Molly thinks her mother should represent Rafe, since she has no problem being Sonny's attorney.  Alexis points out she’s already representing John, so she has a conflict of interest. She does agree to take Rafe down to the station.  TJ arrives, as they are leaving. 
 
Sonny wants Shawn to look into the Zacchara organization, now that Johnny is in jail for a while. Shawn thinks Johnny’s assets may be in Connie’s name, but Sonny believes otherwise. 
 
John tells Dante he's isn't the one who is killing people, because Caleb Morley is real. Dante doesn’t know what to believe.  John feels Rafe is the key to the mystery.  John reminds Dante he helped him during the Ronnie situation. John wants to be let go.   
 
Kristina runs into Johnny at Pentonville, and explains Connie recanted on the stand, thus allowing Kris to get community service instead of jail time.  Johnny doesn’t understand why Connie would lie to help someone else.  Kris thinks it was for Sonny, but Johnny feels Connie hates Sonny since he wants Kate.    Johnny tells her about giving Starr the club. 
 
Diane meets with Connie and informs her that she may be able to get the court to dismiss the manslaughter charges, but wants to pin the accident on Kate.  Connie isn’t interested, since she would end up in Shadybrook again. Diane asks about paying her legal bills, and Connie promises to check Johnny’s accounts. 
 
Sonny thanks Connie again for helping Kristina.  Connie tells him about Diane wanting to blame Kate for the accident.  Sonny remembers last year’s Valentine’s day, and is sure Connie was around back then.  She admits she was, and hated what Kate was doing with her life.  She’s surprised at the difference a year makes.  She reminisces about cookies in high school, and Sonny comments that was a long time ago.  
 
Carly doesn’t understand why Todd would go near Danny again, or blame John.  Sam explains there is someone who looks like John committing all these crimes, which makes Todd’s story believable.  Carly would like to believe Todd. 
 
Anna brings Todd into the station, and he accuses John of killing Heather and trying to take the baby.  John points out he was at the station the entire time, and there is someone out there who looks like him.  Anna asks what happened to the man, and Todd says he just sort of vanished.  John’s worried about Caleb going after Sam and the baby.  
 
TJ is angry Molly was hiding Rafe in her bedroom.  Molly says Rafe was in trouble, but TJ accuses her of lying to him. He feels he can’t trust her. TJ can't believe she broke the law, and storms off. 
 
Alexis brings Rafe to the station, and tells Diane she has a client for her.  Diane informs Alexis her plate is full, but changes her turn when Alexis mentions Rafe is from the Barrington family. She believes there’s likely a trust fund somewhere.  Diane takes on the case, and warns the officer to treat Rafe properly.  
 
Carly visits Todd at the police station, and tells him she believes him. He asks her to spend her night there with him, but Carly leaves.  
 
Caleb appears to Sam and the baby.  He pretends he’s John, and wants to look at the baby.  Sam doesn't fall for his trick, and calls him Caleb. Caleb says they’ve known each other for centuries, and always circle back to each other.  
 
 


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TV Gord wrote:
Todd haters are likely not going to be happy anytime soon, if my hunch is correct. I believe they are going to use Danny being rescued from Caleb by Todd as a way to get leniency for him when he gets back to court.

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I'm not a Todd hater. I'm a hater of the sexualization of a rapist. I'm a hater of a genre supposedly written for women that continues in 2013 to promote rape as foreplay to romance. And some of the soap historians here correct me if I'm wrong. But didn't the actor who portrays this character at one time have written into his contract that Todd would not be sexualized? It seems at one time that someone involved had some sense and knew the slippery slope that soaps go down when they attempt to redeem a rapist because of the popularity of the actor who portrays the rapist.

There's a way to write an anti-hero without making a mockery of women. It hasn't been done often in daytime or anywhere else for that matter. But it is possible. Just not sure anyone currently being hired to write daytime drama can walk that fine of a line.

So, I'm not a Todd-hater. That kind of semantics seems to be dismissive of a much bigger problem that has plagued daytime for far too long.

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I didn't mean to be dismissive (someone seems a little overly sensitive, to me), but there ARE Todd haters out there, as these boards clearly show. And I didn't single anyone out. There are Todd haters, and I was referring to them. There's no need for a roll call of everyone who doesn't consider themselves a Todd hater.

As unreal as soaps can be, they also aim to reflect real life. Rapists go to jail. They get out of jail. He's now trying to get on with his life, and we have seen many scenes of him beating himself up over what he did to Marty. He has not become a serial rapist, he has done the time for his crime, and he may or may not be worthy of forgiveness, but to bring up he's a rapist every time his name is mentioned does a disservice to the character, in my opinion (and this is coming from someone who is very sensitive to the subject of rape). We don't see Luke referred to as a rapist constantly, even though he is one, too.

As I mentioned earlier, Roger Howarth did not say he didn't want Todd to be a romantic lead or to be "sexualized". He said he never wants his character to find happiness, so he will always be a tortured soul.

Just because characters are attracted to Todd doesn't mean the writers are suggesting ALL women are a mockery. The women he attracts are clearly flawed. Carly is a mess (a delightful one, to me), as is Blair (almost an identical character). Marty was nuts, too. I wouldn't be surprised to see him with Connie or even Maxie at some point, because they are certifiable, too.

Again, yes, Todd is a rapist, but he has done his time, which is more than you can say for a lot of soap characters. None of us will ever forget that he's a rapist, but for heaven's sake, move on. It's a soap.

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An actor can change the direction of the character not just the writers. An actor can play the character so it is apparent that the character has feelings for one character over another. An actor can also take the character emotionally in a different direction than the director or writer intent. Case in point the actor Brad Maule who played Tony Jones. His character was originally suppose to be paired with a certain character on GH, but he saw more potential if his character became paired with Jackie Zeman's Bobby Spencer. He chose to play his character in love with Bobbie and eventually that is the direction the character took.

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They need to cool it with the green paint. Connie's offices, Quartermaine mansion and now Kelly's??? Too much. Kelly's was perfectly the find the ways it was.

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I didn't watch this episode but wanted to weigh in on the characterization of Todd Manning.

Todd has committed heinous acts but writers and the actor have worked hard to add dimensions to the character over his years at OLTL and now at GH. In order to remain a viable character, Todd Manning has had to become more than the sum of his crimes and I think he has. I became invested in Todd's romances with Blair and with Tea because he was being pushed to face who he was and what he wanted and it was never easy or sudden. Todd was never allowed to forget he raped Marty and that act defines a large part of the character but not his entirety. Todd's imprisonment and mental abuse for 8 years before returning to Llanview was regarded as the reason why he wanted to continue a life with Blair and his family. He returned a romantic character who desperately loved Blair. Todd is played these days as a desperate character who stands in the way of his happiness and tortured by his past. Also, Todd always registers remorse for his crimes. The scenes where Tea confronts him in the police interrogation room after the baby-switch were spectacular and exemplified who Todd is. I am not justifying rape and kidnapping at all but I am viewing Todd as a fictionalized character who has been given layers in the storytelling and acting.

I give a lot of the credit for Todd's depth to Roger Howarth, who has been fantastic the last few months of OLTL and the past year on GH. By comparison, I have a much harder time forgiving Luke Spencer's drunken murder of Jake Spencer because the way the story was written as Emmy-bait for Tony Geary and Jonathan Jackson, nothing more. Luke Spencer was never intended to do any soul-searching as result of this act. Tony Geary's self-indulgent, soulless performances and the anemic writing are to blame.

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Again, misogyny (as indicated by the rapist hero and many other things I shall not go into at this time) is a problem for daytime. But it's like racism or homophobia in that either you see it or you don't. I can't make anyone see it any more than I can hold air in my hands. What I will add though is that in a world where 1 out of every 3 women will be beaten or raped, surely soaps (and many other genres as well) can do a better job of handling issues related to woman and the issues that are important to women. Soaps used to blaze trails for women. Not all of them for sure but we always had someone out there trying to tell women's stories even as others sought to reinforce the negative stereotype of women as lovers of rape and the men who commit it.

I certainly don't get the argument that as long as the female character is crazy it's ok if she falls in love with a rapist. I think that argument drips in the very misogyny I am discussing. The fact that GH has so many "crazy" women is an indication that this show is not written from a perspective of equality. If that makes me "sensitive" then I cherish my sensitivity. I'm super happy and proud that I can't turn off my thinking brain when there are insulting portrayals of women and other minorities on my soap screens.

Happy soap viewing.

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Don't accuse me of being a misogynist. You have no idea. All that kind of labeling does is shut down discussion, so try to have a mature conversation without name-calling, please.

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Please quote where I called you a misogynist and I will certainly apologize. I don't know you. I can only reference what you write here. I cannot speak about the content of your character.

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soapfan616 wrote:
I certainly don't get the argument that as long as the female character is crazy it's ok if she falls in love with a rapist. I think that argument drips in the very misogyny I am discussing.

Ring a bell?

Also, I didn't say as long as a female character is crazy, it's okay if she falls in love with a rapist. Never said that.

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TV Gord, I said the argument drips in misogyny. I never said anything about you or anyone else nor did I attribute that argument to you. In fact, my response didn't even follow your response. To be fair, I should have clarified but in my defense, I did not feel the need since my argument was not directed at you or anyone else specifically. For a person who has suggested that "seems someone is a little overly sensitive", I'm confused.

Then again, I'm wondering how this discussion of a fictional rapist became personal. If I wrote anything that took it to the personal level, I apologize. Certainly in my world, calling an argument misogynistic is not calling you or anyone else who reads this page a misogynist.

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I was the one who wrote about Todd and the women in his life so it sure seemed to be directed at me.

soapfan616 wrote:
Certainly in my world, calling an argument misogynistic is not calling you or anyone else who reads this page a misogynist.

In my world, that's an utterly moronic distinction. However, in your world, I didn't just call you a moron, so I guess we're good.

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TV Gord, once again, the argument was not directed at you. Clearly, I have hit a nerve but I am only responsible for my words. I cannot take responsibility for how you decide to react to my words. Again, for someone who brought up "sensitivity"...uh.. Pot. Kettle. Happy soap viewing.

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I hear that Sam vanishes this week on GH, I'm hoping that She comes back as Livie, Sam Morgan is dead to me! Just hoping the the the Q's get Danny and her and McUgly can live happily ever after.

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So...was Gloria Monty a misogynist?

Wasn't she (emphasis on that pronoun for a reason) the one who got this whole rapist-as-romantic-lead (the biggest!) train moving down the soap opera tracks? What about the millions of women who fell in love with Luke (as in Luke-&-Laura)...and the ones who fell in love with Jake McKinnon (Another World)...and the ones who fell in love with Todd Manning on OLTL, despite his horrific crime?

I'm just trying to get an understanding....

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Soapbaby we rarely agree, but on this I am totally with you.

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@J Bernard Jones: To add to that list is Roger and Holly on GL. Also Jennifer fell in love with Jack on Days and he raped Kayla. Heck Sami on Days has been the rapist and the victim. These fans need to know that if they wrote story correctly most rolled with the punches. And most of these daytime rapists were some of the most popular characters with female fans and in daytime. There is no way Jack, Luke, Todd etc. would have survived if the actors had not brought a depth of life to the characters that fans loved. So if some fans were to argue about misogyny then they'd have to blame the majority of female soap fans who could not live a day without these characters.

And i'm no fan of Gloria Steinem or feminism. I'm just saying.

The thing about daytime is that it often went where no man or woman had gone before. So big ups!

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Today's (Monday's) episode was NEAR-PERFECT! Oh my sheesh, it had it all!

Can't wait for Perkie's recap to come up Smile

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@ EET: Elizabeth Webber was in today's episode, so I am sure you'll go back to disagreeing with me. Wink

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LOL maybe not. she wasnt nearly that annoying today - although i see zero chemistry with aj who has total fire with carly. I did see though that they hired a new cam. thats sad especially since they didnt age him at all. If they were going to go with a new kid, why didnt they make him old enough to be in the middle of the molly storyline instead of adding rafe. I would buy the actor thats playing rafe as the son of EW and Zander and he actually kind of looks like you might expect original cam to look like at 16. But thats just me.

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To me, Rafe looks too old to play Liz's son, but I agree that I don't understand why they switched Cams if they weren't going to age him, at least to 12 or so.

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Roger Thorpe, Luke, Todd, Jack, et. al. I have never understood why soap viewers (mostly women) have allowed these men to elevated to the level of romantic leading man. It plays into some scarey misconceptions about rape and the female psyche. At least in the case of Luke & Jack the characters were portrayed as learning from their mistakes and evolved through love stories and in some ways became "better" men. Roger & Todd never seemed to have learned and continued to be bad guys with no values. Can't speak for Jake since I didn't watch AW.

I also wonder what women say in the writer's room. As for Gloria Monty not sure if she was a misoginyst, but wasn't she the one who got a teen aged Genie Francis hooked on drugs? Just sayiing.

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Yep, EET, your Liz-bashing is predictably right on time...and tiresome.

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I think someone mentioned late last week that the actor playing Rafe is eighteen years old.

If Cam had been SORAS to Molly's age, he would look the same age as his mother! Any way, I am going to miss Cam's ability to do bitch faces. Sad(

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If they aged Cam to 12, there is no one on the show his age. I always envisioned Cam, Spencer, Jake, Lila Rae, Emma and Josselyn as the next round of pre-teens in the next few years, but Guza effed up and killed off little Jakie.

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Cameron was probably replaced because the actor booked another gig. Most child actors aren't under contract since they are rarely used. We haven't seen Cameron since I don't know when....last summer? The actor might have gotten other work and is no longer available to work on GH.

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Cam was actually born before molly so he should be older if you think that typically they age kids in groups. If tb could play mom to a 13 year old michael i think liz could play mom to a 16 year old kid. They should also probably bump joss up a little now so that it would be less jarring - maybe make her 8ish - which is maybe why they should have put cam at 12 so that by summer hes ready to be involved with that age group. Im hoping emma is allowed to age with the actress because she is a rare find. That girl is incredible.

Soapbaby I didnt bring up Liz and in response to you I said she didnt annoy me today - hardly a condemnation. I liked her with laura. The scenes with aj were pleasant they just didnt have the same heat he has with carly. thats not bashin any more than it was bashing when i said that aj has zero chemistry with sam. I see him with someone like connie or carly not someone like sam or liz or even maxie. I think part of it is that even though sam and liz have done some pretty messed up things, their natural character is more even keeled and maxies selfish but not cunning enough to be in a pairing with aj. I think aj needs someone more erratic - so that you are never sure if they will kill each other or have hot monkey sex at any given time like an alan/monica pairing - someone he might one day drop a roof on or buy a mansion to impress. I see that more being a carly or a connie. Some pairings just dont have that sizzle, a unique spark even if on paper it should work ie: I didnt like anna and luke, but i love anna and i love anna with both duke and robert (my favorite anna pairing). I could also see anna with john. I like luke but with tracy or laura. luke anna did absolutely nothing for me. And saying that is NOT bashing.

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@ J. Bernard, women are perfectly capable of being misogynistic (for example victim blaming in cases of rape or abuse, happens all the time). Just because Monty was a woman doesn't exclude her from being misogynistic. Ironically, in the case of Luke and Laura, it was Bob Guza, who's often accused of being misogynistic, who finally addressed the Luke and Laura rape and wrote Laura confronting Luke. I thought that was not only gutsy but made for some seriously powerful drama.

But on the general subject, I think soaps run into the issue of redeeming/glorifying rapists because they hire an actor initially to use them as a villain, and the actor turns out to be so good and/or the ratings spike that they can't let him go. Happened with Luke, Geary was only supposed to do a 13 wk stint, but probably also with Roger Howarth and Maurice Bernard, just to name a few. I kind of wish they would stay away from the subject for just that reason, or limit a rape story line to on like Elizabeth's, where the focus is on the victim and the perpetrator is not even identified.

Regarding Roger Howarth in particular I think his acting is phenomenal and I find "damaged" characters more interesting to watch in general rather than straight up hearoes (or villains in some cases), so I don't see the need for him to be a romantic lead. It's not where his strength lies and honestly, it does make me uncomfortable.

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...women are perfectly capable of being misogynistic (for example victim blaming in cases of rape or abuse, happens all the time). Just because Monty was a woman doesn't exclude her from being misogynistic.

Yep, yep.

I didn't want that to get lost in the conversation....

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Now, EET...you know you're not allowed to say the name Liz over here without following up with the words, "beautiful, perfect, best actress on the planet (screw you, Meryl Streep!!),pure, angelic...."

ANYTHING else is bashing.

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EET is a closet Liz lover and has been one for years! Wink