General Hospital: Perkie’s Observations


Helena vows to end Laura’s life. However, before she has a chance, Dante arrives and shoots the gun out of Helena’s hand. An unconcerned Helena orders Dante to drop his gun, or her goons will kill Luke/Laura. Dante puts the gun down, but then causes a diversion. He and Luke kill the two henchmen, and get the upper hand on Helena.  
 


Tracy toasts her victory over AJ, as he arrives and accuses her of stealing the package with the relish results.  Tracy reminds him that her mother invented it, and her father left it to her. Tracy is determined to bring the company back to its former glory.

Michael pays Sonny a visit to ask about Kate/Connie’s integration treatment.  Sonny explains he doesn’t know who will end up being the host, but he loves both women in their own way.  Sonny understands her illness, since he has his own mental health issues.  He’s hoping once the two personalities are integrated, Kate/Connie will be healed and released.  Michael wonders which woman Sonny wants to come home. 
 
Sonny talks about his love for Brenda, but admits he chose Lily because she was pregnant. It didn't matter in the end, because he lost her anyway.  Sonny says he loved two women, but made the wrong choices. Michael has to leave to meet AJ, and Sonny wishes him luck despite his own feelings for AJ.  
 
Bobbie stops by Carly’s for a reunion.  Carly complains about AJ’s return, and her fear of losing Michael.  Carly apologizes again for messing up Bobbie’s life, and hopes her own kids turn out better.  Carly talks about losing Jason, and how Danny is so much like him.  She confesses losing Jason left a hole in her heart, and she wants to fill it. However, she realizes she needs to stop counting on someone else.  Bobbie mentions Jax, and thinks Carly should get back together with him.  
 
Monica worries Liz has spent the night by Nikolas’ bedside, and wants her to get some rest.  Liz tells her talking with AJ has helped, but she wishes she could do more.  After Monica leaves, Liz takes Nikolas’ hand and talks about their betrayal of Lucky and Emily.  Liz admits she was ashamed and is still paying the price for their actions. After it all, she lost Lucky anyway.  Liz tells Nikolas that she loves him.  Liz leaves Nikolas' room, and finds Audrey waiting for her.  
 
Monica goes home to find Tracy celebrating her new relish recipe.  AJ returns and complains to his mother that Tracy stole his recipe, but Tracy chimes in she was just reclaiming her property.  Monica warns AJ to back off, because she’ll handle Tracy.  Monica informs Tracy that she’s kicking her out of the house. Tracy snarks that she’ll have to serve her with eviction papers, and then whines about Allan giving Monica the house.  Ghost Allan appears to Tracy in the mirror. 
 
Dante tells Helena he doesn’t care about her war with the Spencer’s, but demands to know Lulu's whereabouts. Two new goons show up, and Luke warns them to drop their guns or Dante will shoot Helena.  Both men drop their guns.  Dante tells everyone infrared surveillance shows someone below deck. He holds Helena at gunpoint, while Luke and Laura check it out.  
 
Someone appears at Sonny’s door.  Jax appears at Carly’s. 
 
Nikolas wakes up.  Luke and Laura find someone below deck.
 
 

48 Responses

  1. Profile photo of Perkie
    Perkie

    Loved seeing all the opening credits blended into one. Actually made me teary.

    Loved Monica/Tracy and Monica kicking Tracy out, once and for all. Loved seeing Allan appear to Tracy.

    Loved Bobbie/Carly. Loved seeing Jax show up at the end. Wish we would have actually seen Brenda at Sonny’s door. Kinda skeeved out by Sonny’s “eh, which ever woman shows up, works for me” attitude towards Kate/Connie.

    Loved Liz/Nik even though I hated Niz when it was happening.

    Wasn’t in love with how incompetent they seemed to make Dante and why he had no back up. If the WSB had been called in, that boat should have been crawling with agents. Helena is 110 and 65 pounds soaking wet. Someone has to ultimate win over her.

    I’m spoiler free, but is that nuLulu under the head cover or someone else entirely. Like Lucky? How cool would that be.

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    nysam

    I’m guessing that it isn’t Lulu but Rick Webber under the burlap sack. If it is Rick I’m wondering why L&L would think a man tied to a chair would reseble their daughter :)

    Loved the Boobie and Carly scenes.

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    SwanQueen59

    Perkie-Without spoiling anything, in terms of “soap time” L has only been gone max two days. As much as I’d love to see it happen, it’s too soon for D, Luke, and Laura to rescue her. Not to mention much too easy… 0:)

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    Katiebug9624

    Today was kinda boring for me I think its Sonny/Kate that is dragging the show down I don’t care who he picks frankly its not even Kate/Connie its Sonny who is boring me right now.

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    TV Gord

    Speaking of the opening credits, I wonder whether they’ll have a whole new opening when the anniversary shows are over. I know usually, they drag on way too long until they’re outdated, but surely they have to have McBain, Todd and Starr out of the opening before the end of the month. I’m sure Prospect Park will not be happy to see those faces on ABC (even for an instant) once OLTL starts again.

    Welcome back, Perkie! You’ve been missed!

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    J Bernard Jones

    This episode was aces! Co-signing everything that Perkie pointed out, plus…

    • The trip down memory lanes with some of the storylines of GH past felt natural within the context of one-on-one/family conversations.

    • The look on Monica’s face as Nice-Tracy seamlessly reverted to Vindictive-Tracy, as she explained the actual history of what led to the creation of Pickle-Lila in the first place.

    • Monica sending AJ to his room! LOL

    • Luke putting an extra bullet into the red shirt … er, henchman.

    • Dominic Zamprogna and Rebecca Herbst really did an outstanding job in the acting department.

    • The multiple mini-cliffhangers & reveals were awesome! So nice to see Rachel Ames (Audrey) again!

    Overall, I really liked the flow of this particular episode; it felt like a great, organic wind-up for what’s to come in the next few days as the Nurse’s Ball kicks off and the Lulu mystery deepens.

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    Lucy D.

    Missed you Perkie,welcome back.

    I mostly liked today’s show. Thought it was great that Bobbie called Carly on “reinventing history”, but I think the major point was lost on Carly. Thought Elizabeth was very moving with Nicholas–it was emotionally spot on. I didn’t think Dante was clumsy, he kicked the table and got rid of the first round of guards.

    If Helena didn’t know Nicholas was shot, did she indeed kidnap Lulu. Nicholas showed up to save Lulu, and then was shot, presumably on orders of the person who kidnapped Lulu. And Britt’s mama (Olbrecht?) must have something to do with it as well, so is there a rogue Cassadine out there?

    I think I could like a mob-less Sonny, but I don’t enjoy any part of Connie or Kate.

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    liason4real

    I enjoyed the scenes with Liz talking about Niz and why she’s hesitant to get involved with AJ.

    Helena slays me! :)

    Bobbie should have socked Carly in the mouth.

    I had go laugh whenever Michael or Carly looked like they wanted to mention Starr and Todd’s names.

    It’s been a long time since Sonny’s thrown any bar ware.

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    Clifford

    Love the opening credits collage and looking forward to it airing tomorrow as well. Thought today’s episode was quite good considering tomorrow is the scripted 50th anniversary show that was to air on April 1st. When core family characters reflect on history and it’s written and acted well, it gets me. I was hooked on all the scenes today between Bobbie/Carly, Sonny/Michael, Tracy/Monica and Liz/Nicholas. Loved the mother/daughter conversation between Bobbie and Carly about Jason (a character who’s discussion wasn’t a set up for a come-back next show). Meanwhile nice reminder story for Jax, Brenda …and possibly Lucky (who knows who’s under that hood that Luke and Laura pulled off).

    Suspense on the Haunted Star seemed to be much more of the Helena/Dante show versus the Luke & Laura show, but still I kept watching to see what might happen next with Mother Elders and her brittle bones. LOVE HER, not hating…just laughing that ‘No One’ can take Helena down… Ha!

    Looking forward to seeing Miss Barrett tomorrow (can’t believe they didn’t cameo her today like they did Jax, let alone we’ve seen the teaser commercial of her in Sonny’s doorway two weeks ago already). Happy 50th GH! Glad you are here to celebrate it with all of us!

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    tealita

    Happy 50th birthday, GH. Today was a great episode. JBJ already covered most of the highlights. I loved all the mother-daughter bonding time between Carly & Bobbie, and I would add here also, thanks for the Tony Jones mention. He was after all, a staple character on GH for more than twenty years, and involved in some of GH’s heart-breaking s/ls.

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    katehhoward

    It would of been fab to have Sarah Brown be a part of this anniversary in some form. The show was amazing. I can not wait for the reveal of who is under that hood. I am hoping it will be someone who is tied to the Spencer clan but a re-cast of that person.

    I like Bobby but I want Nurse Jones to start acting again. She is too Glenda the good witch to me. I want Bobbie to be Bobbie. The best acting from Jaclyn came when she was paired up with Jerry Jax and the character A.J. Martinez played. Bobbie had some front burner stories up to the mid 90’s. It is to bad that we may not get to see Bobbie and Frisco together.

    Personally I do not care who comes back for Sonny. They should have Connie/cate send him a dear john letter saying she left to go to Paris to get herself together. Being around Sonny is too difficult and she has lost too much because of her love for him. Bye Bye Cate. I have said it many a times, if they brought back Megan Ward as Kate Howard I would be all for it. But this whole Connie/Cate crap has fizzled. Enough is enough. The worst thing though is that I have a feeling it wont be neither of the two that returns!!!!

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    pjc722

    I’m sorry but this just seemed like a recap episode instead of drama. Where does one begin with critiquing a show that the writers have opted just to steal scripts and stories and scenes from the past?!

    For weeks now we have been witness to the return of 3 super couples from the 80s and 90s and only to rekindle their long dormant relationships. The drama is just a repeat of what this show has done numerous times since the characters first left the series. Luke n Laura with Scott (can’t count the number of times), Felicia and Frisco (honestly the more the writers write Felicia as unsure of her love for Frisco n Mac the more I am prone to believe that the sound of the actress’ voice is actually an acting trick to really make Felicia sound stupid because why else after 20 yrs and his abandoning their family would she want him). And then Anna and duke. Clearly the writers loved this romantic pairing more than Scorpio n Anna so they opted to bring back from the dead an actor who was only on the show 2 years.

    The relish story and Tracey living in the q mansion will never make sense to me but only to ask WHY LIVE THERE? Buy your own mansion, Tracey! You must have the dough. Or why use the money to restart ELQ? Take the recipe and start your own food company n battle AJ later to buy up ELQ. It’s just a dull retread to pay homage to 50 years of GH only not to write fresh story.

    The rehashing of Carly and Liz convoluted love lives and the parentage of their kids has been done adnauseum. Get over it already and give these two women better story, fresher dialogue and men that will love them for who they are and not the issues they have. Bring back jax for good or not at all. Dump AJ for Liz and give her Patrick or a totally NEW man to the hospital.

    And now Helena! This old vixen has been trying to kill like and Laura for 3 decades and has yet to complete the deal. For a woman with enough money to own a yacht with cathedral ceilings and more hallways entering into one extremely large stateroom, you would think she could easily hire a hit man to just kill Laura while she lived in Paris or while Luke was walking out of the local liquor store or bar. It’s comical how she yaps on and on and always drops the gun but is ALWAYS able to slink away at 80 yrs old with no one able to catch her in time!!! Honestly what centrum silver vitamin is she taking in the morning?!!

    I’m all for paying homage but there are 100 other ways to do it and do it as dramatic entertainment rather than entertainment that reminds us why this show is always so close to cancelation every year! (Or how it took canceling 2 shows at once just to guarantee this ones existence!)

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    soapjunkie88

    I loved the Bobbie/Carly scenes. I wish that Jax would come back full time for Carly and we would be done with the search for a new guy for her.
    Interesting though that apparently Carly isn’t even allowed to say Todd’s name anymore. Will be interesting to see how they resolve the relationship between Starr and Michael…

    Don’t care about Sonny’s love life as long as it involves Connie or Kate. It would have been nice to see Brenda’s face at the end. But okay.

    Rebecca Herbst did a fantastic job. And for the first time I kind of liked Liz and Nikolas in their flashbacks. It seems it was really how the story was done back then what I didn’t like.

    Monica trying to throw Tracy out of the house is classic Quartermaine behavior. I LOVE it. And I missed it. So nice to have Alan appear at the end.

    Great seeing Luke and Laura back in action with Helena. It felt like classic GH. Can’t wait for who is under that sack.

    Anyway I thought the episode was great. :)

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    MysteryStory

    I have to disagree. I didn’t fully enjoy the episode because, but for Nicholas and Liz, there were no flashbacks! All the talking about Jason Carly and Bobby did there was not one flashback of Jason Quartermaine who was integral to the Quartermaine family and Sonny and Carly for so many years. I know they have to pay the actor if they are featured in a flashback but it really would’ve been worth the money that they spent to do so. I was hoping that when Carly and Bobbie were discussing her breaking up her marriage to Tony Jones they would show a flashback of that. Even though it was Sarah Brown as Carly and not Laura Wright as Carly that would have had so much more impact than them just sitting there talking about it. Spend the money! You don’t get to 50 years every day.

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    tvlover01

    Love the episode and all the surprises that got revealed. Can’t wait til today because its the actual anniversary episode.

    Liz looked so beautiful in here scenes. I really felt her hesitation with getting involved with aj because nothing ever works out for her. Let me not forget to mention how hot those niz love scenes where. Looks to me like a love triangle is in the works.

    Loved everything Helena because she’s the queen. It was classic Spencer cassidine battle. I’m gonna hope and pray the person in the room is Stefan.

    I could do without sonny yapping about connie/ kate but I knew it was all for Brenda so I delt with it. Loved carly and Bobbie scenes.

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    Ravennite613

    The episode was perfect especially since I was watching with hubby and while listening to all the stories he finally got caught up on a few past stories.

    JBJ said everything I could say so no need to re-hash – though my biggest fear was that Lucky was going to pop up somewhere – If he is under that burlap (and not the person I suspect it is) I will be suprised and in a way maybe some true closure can come L&L’s way

    Can’t wait to see my Brenda and dayum Jax looked HELLA HOT

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    ANGELWENDY15

    I loved everything about the show, from the opening to everyone talking about relationships in their lives. That’s what soaps are suppose to be about. Loved Tracy and Monica- I can’t say enough how thrilled I am that they finally are getting scenes like this. And my beloved Alan, so good to see Stuart Damon again and so glad he was brought back for the 50th. I liked Carly talking about Jason and how much he meant to her, and the whole Bobbie and Carly scenes. Looks like Liz will be getting a bigger storyline, it seems she’s realizing she has feelings for Nicolas. I hope Tyler stays on the show. Funniest line was Dante saying “I’ll watch the old lady”, and Helena saying “I beg your pardon?” Constance Towers is one classy attractive older lady. I hope I look half that good when I get to her age. We probably won’t see Lulu for awhile. May-be it is Ric Webber that Luke and Laura find under that sack. I guess today will be Brenda returning.

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    TV Gord

    I was really happy to see Alan back yesterday, and without giving anything away from the spoilers, I think today is going to be even better. I love the surprise twist that’s coming in those scenes!

    It’s shaping up to be a fantastic golden anniversary, and it appears that the entire month of April will be celebrating the legacy of the show.

    I’m not planning to see everything in one day, as some others seem to expect. I think by the time the anniversary celebrations are over, most of us will be pretty happy campers.

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    mfarris70

    I will not engage the haters. I will not engage the haters. I will not engage the haters. I will not engage the haters. I will not engage the haters. I will not engage the haters. I will not engage the haters. I will not engage the haters. I will not engage the haters. I will not engage the haters. I will not engage the haters. I will not engage the haters. I will not engage the haters. I will not engage the haters. I will not engage the haters. I will not engage the haters. I will not engage the haters. I will not engage the haters.

    I’m trying to remember this.

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    mfarris70

    Although Jonathan Jackson said he couldn’t work a GH appearance into his schedule, I’m really thinking it could be Lucky under the sack. Laura did say she wasn’t able to get ahold of him and no one knew where he was. He would be great to have Triple L back together and showcase some great flashbacks.

    Looking forward to an explanation as to why Helena took the Haunted Star in the first place! Seems like a clumsy way to kidnap someone and get away, but maybe that was her plan all along?

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    logan_echolls

    Hearing Carly talk about AJ really makes me hate this Carly even more. I just can’t stand LW’s Carly. She acts all holier than thou. Glad Bobbie reminded her she lied to AJ about Michael to keep Tony, not protect him from AJ. I hate that way she yells everything as if that makes the lies more believable. The only reason she didn’t want AJ to know about Michael because she didn’t want all of her evil plans exposed. Even after Tony realized he wasn’t the father, she lied to AJ because she didn’t want the Quatermaines to have a say in her life. Now don’t get me wrong, SJB’s Carly could do no wrong in my eyes. ALthough she ruined AJ, I loved to hate to love her character. Back then the writing was so good I was Team AJ AND Team Carly! Now it’s team AJ all the way.

    And another thing..THANK YOU RON FOR THE NIZ FLASHBACKS!!!!!!!!!!! Gawd I loved Niz. Niz was so sexy and their love was perfection! I hate that they got trashed for JJ’s Lucky. Please bring Niz back to me, PLEASE. Quiz v Niz. That would make my heart rejoice. Especially since Lucky is not in PC, this will work so much better. I know Cam misses his cousin Spencer. I just loved episode just because of Niz.

    AUDREY!!!! I miss you Gram….. I didn’t not see the purpose of Sonny mumbling today.

    I will say, I can’t stand the fact that everyone thinks AJ get to have that Pickle Lila. Edward left that to Tracy. NO ONE else should get to take that from her.

    I really believe they should have sent LW on vacation and just let SJB come back as Carly just for this week.

    Ron has won. I took GH off my DVR because of Konnie and Sabrina. But those scenes with Liz/Nik made me put it back on my DVR. I would only watch after reading the recaps but Niz….just when I think I’m out YOU PULL ME BACK IN!! Gawd I love Niz.

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    stefanstavros

    I think the person under the sack could be Robert or Ethan! I know Rick Webber is supposed to be coming back, so I guess it could be him as others have stated. I LOVED the opening with all the previous intros. I always thought they would’ve done the same thing on OLTL’s last episode. I loved seeing Audrey at the end! To me, that was the most touching moment of the whole episode. Awwww! RH knocked it out ofthe park with her scenes reminiscing about the painful affair she had with Nicholas. I thought the writing for her was really good, especially when she realized Nicholas prob felt the same self-loathing for sleeping with her as she did for sleeping with him. Re: Bobbie and Carly, I kept thinking to myself how JZ needed to be sharing those scenes with SB instead of LW. LW is a good actress, but I have never bought into her as Carly. I even preferred TB as the character over LW. So anyway, overall a great episode!

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    soapjunkie88

    I have to agree and say that Sarah Brown as Carly always looked more like Bobbie’s daughter. My favorite Carly will always be Tamara Braun – love her!
    But I’m okay with all of the Carlys accept for the one that followed TB.
    But yeah, those scenes between SJB and JZ would have been epic. And maybe then they could have even used the flashbacks. Makes no sense now of course with LW as Carly.

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    ANGELWENDY15

    Perkie- Yes he is supposedly dead but I heard Chris R. is suppose to make an appearance on the show.
    Love this board and love reading everyone’s different opinions about the show. Is it just me, but I have to say I haven’t been this excited about GH in years!!! I can’t wait to see the next episode and I haven’t felt that way in a long time. Thank you Frank V.!! The whole 50th anniversary, the publicity and magazine articles have been fabulous, also the Soapnet 50th marathon which brought back so many memories. I can’t wait for the Nurses Ball and then the 20/20 special on Saturday. The best thing to happen to GH was the firing of Guza/Phelps and then Brian Frons. I am just going to sit back and enjoy this special week of GH.

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    FoxyMegan

    [quote=pjc722]The relish story and Tracey living in the q mansion will never make sense to me but only to ask WHY LIVE THERE? [/quote]

    And your long and extremely negative post makes me ask WHY DO YOU WATCH?

    What a miserable human being you must be in real life.

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    Yoryla

    HAPPY 50TH ANNIVERSARY GH!!! :)

    This episode was amazing. All of these episodes last week have been utterly amazing, with returns and surprises coming from left and right! The mere fact that we are seeing Luke & Laura together, and in an adventure, and against Helena Cassadine is worth Gold. And that is only the icing on the cake. Everything:

    – AUDREY is back! The original leading lady, and one of my three all-time favorites (Laura, Monica & Audrey). THAT was such a great moment!!! :) I’m so glad RA was able to return, she looked amazing for a 84-year old!
    – The Niz scenes and flashbacks were awesome to see! I’m not really into them becoming a couple again, but they were hot and I want them as great friends.
    – Dante getting to be included in what could have been just an L&L story, I liked it.
    – Helena/CT is just flawless. She looks as good as ever, her wardrobe is always on point.
    – The mystery person below – methinks it’s not Lulu…
    – Bobbie & Carly talking. Bobbie’s line: “Hey, let’s not rewrite history!” Loved that one. And then talking about Tony. Also the Jason remembrance was good, because it was in-character to Carly.
    – JZ has slipped back into being Bobbie like nothing has happened. So natural, so great!
    – All the Q action! Monica told ALAN JR. TO GO TO HIS ROOM!!!! :D How hilarious was that!
    – Also loved to see Monica in the hospital for a bit, and throwing Tracy out, again!
    – Jax is back, always liked him. I’m assuming today we’ll see Brenda aswell.

    The opening credits: I loved seeing the old ambulance and FOTH, and I love the effort they made into bringing them back! I will admit I didn’t care for the mash-up style. I wish we would have gotten ONLY the ambulance or ONLY FOTH. They could have shown one yesterday and the other today. But nevertheless. I still LOVED it!

    So happy, so excited! :crown:

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    FoxyMegan

    [quote=MysteryStory]I was hoping that when Carly and Bobbie were discussing her breaking up her marriage to Tony Jones they would show a flashback of that. Even though it was Sarah Brown as Carly and not Laura Wright as Carly that would have had so much more impact than them just sitting there talking about it.[/quote]

    Cartini actually did something like that when Asa Buchanan died on OLTL and all his ex-wives showed up for his funeral and recalled each of their “I Do” moments.

    When it came time for Blair Cramer’s flashback they used the actual clip from years earlier when the Asian-American actress Mia Korf played Blair.

    The camera then cut to Kassie DePaiva sitting in the pew, looking confused at herself in her compact mirror.

    Loved that. Here’s a link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLkstOrRrVU

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    marknsprmo

    I have been watching some GH at work in the break area and actually found myself enjoying much of what is going on. However I am going to start taking a bottle of schnapps with me and taking a chug every time someone says picklelila…. I agree with Jane Elliott. Drop the Pickle-Lila story soon. It makes no sense. At three dollars a bottle, it would have to replace Ketchup as Americas favorite condiment in order for ELQ to become a big company again. This sounds more like what someone puts up in quart jars from their garden. They might sell it to friends family and church members or give it away as gifts for Christmas. But to base a whole company on it?
    Or maybe Pickle-Lila is a new energy source that can run combustion engines!

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    Yoryla

    I have to comment on something. I am flabbergasted by all the hate for the Pickle-Lila storyline. It is a CLASSIC GH Storyline, and the first classic 50th anniversary storyline that started last November when Edward’s will was read. It is exactly the kind of storyline GH should be telling right now, like they are with L&L adventure storyline and Spencers vs. Cassadines storyline. It is one of the most respecatable and heartfelt storylines in GH in a long time. Not only do we get to see the beautiful face of Anna Lee/ Lila Quartermaine through the pickle jar, but Lila & Edward are also constantly mentioned by Tracy and other Q’s because of this storyline. It keeps these legendary characters alive. For that reason alone this storyline deserves some respect.

    Also, people shouldn’t get caught on the fact that it’s a relish. So what?

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    J Bernard Jones

    marknsprmo wrote

    I agree with Jane Elliott. Drop the Pickle-Lila story soon.

    Ms. Elliott didn’t exactly say drop it; she said she was “done” with it, which could just as easily mean that the story has wrapped or she might have been joking (because she, Shriner and geary were joking their asses off in that interview). She also went on to say she saw a clip of it on The Soup and thought it was funny (not embarrassing).

    It makes no sense. At three dollars a bottle, it would have to replace Ketchup as Americas favorite condiment in order for ELQ to become a big company again.

    Let’s assume that the original Pickle-Lila in 1986 was about $1.20 (Heinz Ketchup was about 99 cents in Pennsylvania in 1981, so adjust up for inflation). As a part of the settled history of the show, Pickle-Lila swept the nation and restored ELQ to its former glory then at that presumed price point.. Therefore, in a nod to the history of the show, it could conceivably do so again in the fictional world of a soap opera.

    Yorla wrote

    I have to comment on something. I am flabbergasted by all the hate for the Pickle-Lila storyline. It is a CLASSIC GH Storyline, and the first classic 50th anniversary storyline that started last November when Edward’s will was read. It is exactly the kind of storyline GH should be telling right now, like they are with L&L adventure storyline and Spencers vs. Cassadines storyline. It is one of the most respecatable and heartfelt storylines in GH in a long time. Not only do we get to see the beautiful face of Anna Lee/ Lila Quartermaine through the pickle jar, but Lila & Edward are also constantly mentioned by Tracy and other Q’s because of this storyline. It keeps these legendary characters alive. For that reason alone this storyline deserves some respect.

    Also, people shouldn’t get caught on the fact that it’s a relish. So what?

    I could not agree more.

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    marknsprmo

    I didn’t quote Jane Elliott first of all. I said I agree with her statement. Whether the pickle story is over or not would have little to do with working with Tony Geary. She could just as easily be canning jars of Pickle-Lila with Cook, while rocking Luke’s world at the same time. So the inference of her statement is that she personally is OVER that story, not that that story is over.
    I do enjoy that a soap uses its history and gives us new story. However you must admit that Pickle-Lila is a pretty funny sounding word and it is difficult for me to take it seriously. It somewhat throws me out of the drama. Two grown adults fighting over business is fine drama but I would have a hard time fighting someone and saying Pickle-Lila 45 times a day without just basically busting a gut.
    Plus I was not around the first time for this glorious canned condiment’s role in making the Quartermaine family fabulously wealthy. So I can only really judge it by what I am seeing on screen right now. And as an impartial observer, it feels pretty silly to me.
    Again overall, I have been enjoying GH for the first time in my life.

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    TV Gord

    I agree with J Bernard and Yoryla. A little over a year ago, the Quartermaines were almost extinct. Now, they are a big part of the show again (and hopefully growing). That’s another thing I like about this past year.

    Did anyone see Bones last night? They had a similar story to the Pickle Lila storyline, except with hot sauce. Hodgins eats all of a colleague’s hot sauce and it turns out to be the last bottle that his beloved grandmother ever made. So, Hodgins uses his lab to decipher the ingredients and replicate the hot sauce. It is so perfect, they decide to market it. Sound familiar? :-)

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    FoxyMegan

    [quote=Yoryla]Lila & Edward are also constantly mentioned by Tracy and other Q’s because of this storyline. It keeps these legendary characters alive. For that reason alone this storyline deserves some respect.[/quote]

    I hadn’t thought of it that way. Very perceptive, and very right.

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    MysteryStory

    [quote=FoxyMegan][quote=MysteryStory]I was hoping that when Carly and Bobbie were discussing her breaking up her marriage to Tony Jones they would show a flashback of that. Even though it was Sarah Brown as Carly and not Laura Wright as Carly that would have had so much more impact than them just sitting there talking about it.[/quote]

    Cartini actually did something like that when Asa Buchanan died on OLTL and all his ex-wives showed up for his funeral and recalled each of their “I Do” moments.

    When it came time for Blair Cramer’s flashback they used the actual clip from years earlier when the Asian-American actress Mia Korf played Blair.

    The camera then cut to Kassie DePaiva sitting in the pew, looking confused at herself in her compact mirror.
    Loved that. Here’s a link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLkstOrRrVU/quote

    I loved that they used the old Blair’s shot and didn’t reshoot it with Kassie DePaiva. It was also really funny. If I remember correctly when Lila died, they showed clips of David Lewis’s Edward and not just John Ingle’s Edward.

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    golinogal

    I LOVE how much air time Liz it getting. Its about time!! The show has been really good lately, especially in comparison to before Frank/Ron took over. BUT I have to say after watching the old episodes on soapnet from the 90’s, the show use to be really really good. There were so many super couples, romance, angsty love triangles and more serious stories overall. I wish we could add Wendy Riche to the Frank/Ron team. It would then be perfect! But all in all, the show is good. And I’m thankful that GH has writers that care. The pickle Lila story is dumb and has run its course IMHO.
    Liz please do not go out with AJ. He’s awful. I guess I’ll settle for NIZ. Still pretty gross though.

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    J Bernard Jones

    I do enjoy that a soap uses its history and gives us new story. However you must admit that Pickle-Lila is a pretty funny sounding word and it is difficult for me to take it seriously. It somewhat throws me out of the drama. Two grown adults fighting over business is fine drama but I would have a hard time fighting someone and saying Pickle-Lila 45 times a day without just basically busting a gut.

    I believe it was a pretty funny and relatively lighthearted back in mid 80’s when this story played. After all, all of the Quartermaines were living above Kelly’s! The Q’s have always been a mercurial mixture of drama and high camp, mixed with bits of outrageous comedy. There was drama with AJ’s battle with the bottle or Monica’s breast cancer; there has been unending mirth over Alan giving Monica the house and the parade of wisecracking servants. The Pickle-Lila story is everything Yorla said it is in honoring that history.

    I was not around the first time for this glorious canned condiment’s role in making the Quartermaine family fabulously wealthy. So I can only really judge it by what I am seeing on screen right now. And as an impartial observer, it feels pretty silly to me.

    Yes, it is pretty silly. But that doesn’t mean it’s a bad story. I didn’t watch GH during 1986 when this story played out either (I was a Santa Barbara acolyte), but I try to appreciate every show’s history that I watch, regardless of when I became a regular viewer or fan. I’m not a nostalgia whore, though, pining for 11 second flashbacks without context and reliving the same 11 storylines over and over again. I believe shows should march ever forward with story and characters to stay relevant. But that doesn’t mean because I wasn’t watching certain storylines back during zero dark eighties that they don’t have merit. Lots of current fans have been dedicated, lifelong ones and Pickle-Lila, the Ice Princess, the Nurses Ball, little references to the craziness of Lumina, and even folding in cockeyed stories like the Dead Man’s Hand and the Balkan saga by way of tying together multiple stories and bringing back favorites are a gift to them, my own fandom notwithstanding. And also I get a little kick out of their delight at seeing familiar faces without sacrificing my own enjoyment of the proceedings.

    This Pickle-Lila story, isn’t just about relish. It has not only reinvigorated the Q’s, but briefly roped in Lucy, has indirectly affected the status Spinelli & Ellie, brought AJ & ELizabeth within each other’s orbits more than they would have, reinvolved Michael with the Q’s and united him with AJ (something many fans screamed about for many years) and — not as successfully, in my opinion — exacerbated the friction between Anna & Duke. One of the functions of good storytelling is to affect as many characters as logically possible, and I think the Pickle-Lila story has been very good at doing that.

    So, I’m still on board with it and think it is just fine and dandy.

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    DisillusionedGHfan

    For all of you who are gagging at the pickle-Lila, let me just say this, if it were on the store shelf right now, I’d buy it. Why? It seems to bring the dead back to life and there’s nothing better than a house full of Quatermaines, even if in a psychedelic hallucination! Why people are being literal over a condiment and bunching their buns over it, I’ll never understand!

    GH is 50, …and the facelift the show is getting while we celebrate it, is just fantastic. I can not, will not, not even for a moment, be picky. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some relish to spread on my buns!…wheres the beef?

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    alstonboy4315

    This Pickle-Lila story is a tribute to the late Anna Lee, which is why I have not ONCE criticized it or complained about it. At least Frank and Ron respect the character and actress enough to not fire her in her 90s, like that disgusting cow Phelps did.

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    nysam

    @FoxyMegan….you need to grow up. It is one thing to critique the show or characters but you are way out of line when you make it personal and attack someone who is posting. Just because you don’t agree with PJC722 doesn’t mean you have to personally attack him/her. I for one enjoy PJC722’s comments. They are well thought out and show that he/she can thoroughly analazye the show.

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    logan_echolls

    [quote=nysam]@FoxyMegan….you need to grow up. It is one thing to critique the show or characters but you are way out of line when you make it personal and attack someone who is posting. Just because you don’t agree with PJC722 doesn’t mean you have to personally attack him/her. I for one enjoy PJC722’s comments. They are well thought out and show that he/she can thoroughly analazye the show.[/quote]

    agree! I can’t believe some people take other’s critique of the show so personally.

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    EricasEvilTwin

    Im going to fanwonk this here – the elq cash is frozen, so if the company makes its profits from business involving tankers, how do they pay for the gas to move the ships? I don’t think pickle lila needs to make Heinz level profits, but rather it needs to provide the start up capital to fund the kind of projects that traditionally prove profitable to elq.

    I agree with jbj – Dom and becky did some great work in this epi and im loving the returns

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    ANGELWENDY15

    Agree with all of you about the Pickle-Lila story. It’s keeping the Quartermaine family story alive, and honoring the late and great Anna Lee. Yes, at times it is silly, but seeing the great Jane Elliot front and center and including the Q’s, I’m loving every minute of it. Hail to the vets!!!

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    GHvetfan

    I want to know what else is in Helena’s metamucil to make her so invincible. Perhaps, she has been consuming pickleLila.

    I am very glad to see Liz getting more story. Becky is an awesome crier. She looks beautiful and I love that Audrey is back. I like that the anniversary is focusing on the Hardys, Webbers, Spencers, Cassadines, and especially the Quartermaines.

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