Perkie’s Observations: The Judge Hands Down a Shocking Verdict on General Hospital!

The judge denies Lante’s petition of custody for baby Connie.  Lulu argues, and begs the judge not to take the baby away before running out.  Dante heads out after her.  Maxie is thrilled, and asks when she can take the baby home.  The judge informs Maxie she won’t raise baby Connie either.

Robin hides in the tunnels, as Luke barges in at Wyndemere. He tells Nikolas what’s happening on Cassadine Island, and feels they have to go and find the Scorpios.  Nik tells him to stay out of it, and Luke declares he’ll go on his own.  Robin comes out of hiding
Felix accepts Brad’s invitation for a date, but as Brad walks away, Patrick warns Felix that Brad can't be trusted.  Felix promises he’s not giving Brad a pass on anything, but believes Brad is trying to be better. He stresses Brad only had an agreement with Britt about the baby.  They begin talking about the wedding, and Patrick complains about Carlos’ presence.  Felix wonders about Patrick’s feelings for Sabrina, and Patrick promises he’ll make her happy. 
Carlos tells Sabrina that Robin is alive, and he saw her in the lab.  Sabrina doesn’t believe him, and thinks he saw someone else.  Brad arrives, and Sabrina asks who was working in the lab.  Brad wonders where “she” is, and Carlos says Robin was there.  Brad claims Ellie was the one in the lab, and Sabrina decides Ellie must be whom Carlos saw.  Carlos warns if she goes through with the wedding, it will be for nothing.    
Olivia and Tracy sit with the baby, while waiting for word from the courthouse.  Tracy remembers she and Connie were becoming friends, and feels partly responsible for her death.  Olivia knows AJ is the only one at fault.  Lulu arrives, and claims she and Dante won the case. She wants to leave with the baby right away. 
Dante arrives, and tells Olivia and Tracy they didn’t win. He informs them Lulu was going to run off with the baby.  Dante tells Lulu he can’t let her take the baby.  She fires back they will lose the baby, and she can’t do that.  Dante stresses to Lulu they need to accept they’ve lost the baby. 
The judge admonishes Maxie, and states it’s in the best interest of the child that she be nowhere near Maxie.  Maxie wants to know what will happen with the baby.  The judge declares he’s giving custody to Spinelli, who was innocent in all of this.  Spinelli speaks up for Maxie, and asks about visitation.  The judge denies visitation for 6 months, at which point he will revisit the issue. 
Luke is thrilled to see Robin is alive.  Robin explains she was the doctor that saved his life, and Nikolas found her by accident.  Robin tells him Jerry will kill her parents, if they don’t do as they are told.  Luke feels her parents need to know she’s alive, and explains how Robert nearly killed himself when he saw her dead body at the morgue. 
Robin doesn’t believe it, but Luke recounts the moment he had to lie to Robert to get him to calm down. Nik explains Jerry will kill the Scorpios, but Luke knows they need to do something.  Robin tells him about his blood, and how the serum will be ready in 48 hours. She believes they can trade it for her parents.  Luke thinks they should give the cure to Sean Donnelly and let Jerry die instead. However, Nik reminds him Jerry will kill Anna and Robert if he doesn't get the cure.  Robin tells Luke again no one else can know she’s alive. 

20 Responses

  1. Profile photo of Perkie

    I knew I’d hate the resolution of this custody hearing. Spinelli pppffffftttt. Where is he going to raise this child? Is he going to kick Maxie out of her apartment and move in there? Is he going to hire a nanny while he pretends to work? UGH.

    Having said that, kudos to everyone in the hotel room at the end. From Tracy knowing something was off even before Dante got there. To Lulu’s desperation to Dante’s sadness. Well played by all three.

    Loved the Robin/Luke scenes.

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    Great Verdict! Epic showdown in the courtroom. Great Writing for the closing arguments. As Perkie said loved Robin and Luke scenes. Just lacked a hug in the beginning.

  3. Profile photo of js3557

    There is no way in hell that any judge would have given full custody to Spinelli. There are crack heads and sex offenders that get supervised visitation with their kids for crying out loud. This is ridiculous and offensive. I can’t even watch the scenes with Spixie any longer because I find this result absolutely outrageous.

    I thought the hotel scenes were great. I wouldn’t mind Lante breaking up. I’m over them as a couple. I would like to see Dante and Liz together. I think they should make Lulu catatonic and lock her away for a while until they can find someone better to play her and bring back Dillon.

    As a side note, I hope they don’t have the same judge for the murder trial. There is no way in the real world that a probate judge would be able to do a criminal trial. I also don’t think I can take much more of this judge’s enunciating every word like he’s doing Shakespeare.

  4. Profile photo of sweetiepie

    I know that this was written with Kirstens’ maternity leave in mind, but I hate this decision like you just don’t understand. Why Diane didn’t bring up the adoption denial, and Granddaddy Mob Boss I just don’t understand. It was a great show though.

  5. Profile photo of DisillusionedGHfan

    Spinelli being given his daughter was fine, but the judge cant decide that Maxie cant be around the baby if Spinelli wants to allow it, its his kid and she didn’t do anything criminally wrong. That was beyond far fetched and I pretty much rolled my eyes at it’s absurdity –disappointed that outcome was written so badly. Otherwise, excellent episode on everything else.

    I’m still having a hard time liking the new Lulu. I don’t even feel like we have Lulu’s essence on the show anymore. I don;t know if it’s the actress, the writing, or both, but what the hell happened to this character? Someone needs to find some duct tape and fix this!

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    I’m still having a hard time liking the new Lulu. I don’t even feel like we have Lulu’s essence on the show anymore. I don;t know if it’s the actress, the writing, or both, but what the hell happened to this character? Someone needs to find some duct tape and fix this![/quote]

    Yup. Said it before. It’s a combination…… 0:)

  7. Profile photo of tmac

    js3557, he’s not a probate judge. He is a family court judge. You probate wills and estates, not custody of children. And he probably could hear a murder trial if he was needed for it; in most jurisdictions a judge is a judge is a judge, meaning they can be assigned any trial.

    And DisillusionedGHfan, the judge can deny Maxie visitation and there’s nothing Spinelli can do about it. Happens all the time.

    Having said all that I was hoping the judge would rule joint custody for Spinelli and Dante, and deny visitation to Maxie and Lulu. Then Spin and Dante (Spinante?) would have to move in together to raise the kid, and they could spin them off to their own show and call it My Two Dads. Oh wait, I think that show has already been done.

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    Actually, the only time in this whole baby story that I felt any sympathy for Lily was when she asked Dante why it was ok for him to lie for Sonny, why couldn’t do the same for her. I just felt like Diane should have brought Sonny into it via the adoption denial that led them to look for a surrogate.

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    I didn’t see show but I know in my area there are a lot of grandparents raising children. So many parents are unfit. What happened to a whole generation?

    They could have gone that way. I didn’t see show so I am assuming there are stipulated rules.

  10. Profile photo of pjc722

    Its sad how soaps are written today with so many stories being played out there is no way for the entire cast of characters to be involved in one story, especially one as epic as this BABY custody one.

    With the Robin/Patrick/Annoying nurse story, Nicholas and Britt, Luke and whatever else, Sonny and his moods, Derek and his brood, the romance of Sam and Silas, Carly and dumbass, Morgan and Michael, Liz and now AJs trial there is no way for a large story to effect the cast or story in a larger way. Even AJs trial won’t affect too many in the grand scheme of things.

    Don’t get me wrong. I liked the story. I agree with why Diane didn’t bring up more about Lulu or even Dante’s dad. I also hate that Dante has lied LEFT RIGHT AND CENTER for Sonny, overlooked guns so many times in his father’s hands that I just don’t get it, and he even FUDGED the truth when his daddy SHOT HIM IN THE FACE, but he couldn’t lie on the stand THIS ONE TIME?!

    That being said, I hope Kristen goes away and has a great maternity leave herself and the character of Maxie returns with a man on her arms in 6 or more months!

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    I was fine with the Judge’s decision and was glad to see another woman on this show besides Liz being called out for her mistakes, and Maxie’s done a lot of shitty things since KSt took over the role. Spinelli lived rent free for six years at the PH and there is no way that Jason did not pay him for his hacking skills, so why is this idiot living in his office?

    Let’s see how long it takes for Lulu to end up at another brothel.

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    Lucy D.

    Given the fact they have to account for KS’s maternity leave, this was the logical conclusion. I am team Maxie all the way, and hope that when she comes back from maternity leave, they change the ruling.

    DZ rocked his scenes. I felt his anguish. Lulu is so damn annoying–you’d think she’s Olivia’s daughter.

    I hope Spinelli changes Connie’s name STAT. Like Ellie being involved.

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    I’m a logical & rational soap fan, so I completely understand the judge’s ruling. Kirsten Storms should be due next month, so we’ll prolly see Maxie for another couple of weeks, then her maternity leave will begin. By the time Maxie returns to town, it’ll be time for her & Lulu to get their babies back in time for May Sweeps.

    Also, this ruling makes sense because, even though we want Maxie to get her baby, what she did to Lante was pretty fucked up. She had to pay in some way, shape or form, so this was the next best thing.

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    soapy opie

    [quote=NathanHastingsSr.]Emme Rylan plz go home to Y&R. She is not working for me as Shrew-lu…[/quote]

    Think Emme is fine, but LOVE the nickname “Shrew-lu” !! hah!!

  15. Profile photo of js3557

    tmac – probate court includes family court. In MA, where I live and practice law, a probate court judge can not hear criminal cases. Probate judges here can only hear cases involving wills, estates, trusts, custody, visitation, child support and guardianship (any age). I believe NY is the same as MA in this respect. It’s usually only in less populated areas that courts and judges have multi-jurisidiction.

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    I think the judge made the exact right decision. I mean, Maxie and Spinelli are the child’s biological parents and deserve the right to raise her, however, everything Maxie did, and that’s not even withstanding her other transgressions, were, as th judge said, pretty severe. I actually hadn’t even thought about the fact that she was withholding the child’s medical history but not telling them about her true parentage. Good point made there. And even though Spinelli has had his own clouds, nobody is perfect. Being a techman to assist the mob and idolizing Jason are still peanuts in comparison. Plus for the last year or more I’d say Spinelli’s lived a pretty stand-up life. So, yes, I thought the ruling was plausible and the right one. However, I do feel a child needs a mother as well as a father, and has the right to have her present. And I don’t see any need for Ellie to begin mothering the baby. So I do think Maxie should have the right to see her. However, six months is such a small amount of time, it will go by really fast.

    I really don’t care for Felix at all. He is just so bitchy and queen-y. However, I did like his conversation with Patrick, surprise surprise. Their talk was somehow manly, and Patrick brought out the manlier side in him. I liked the hug pun they did there. Also I liked that for once Patrick was propping Felix for a nano-second and not the other way around.

    Brad’s okay as a character but I just cannot see him and Felix together, they just don’t fit, there’s no romantic chemistry between them, and that’s mostly because of Felix. Being with Felix is dragging Brad down, actually.

    Carlos looks horrible. I cannot believe they chose this molestor-looking uncle as Nurse Betty’s first love. Totally unplausible. Also, why is it that Sabrina’s accent with the strong letter R only comes out when mentioning Carlos’ name? And also, him saying SabRina sounds just as bad.

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