Summer is almost upon us. Since the hot, steamy months are usually meant for ramped up arcs, I'm going to be doing a little Wishful Storytelling on what I would like to see from all four of our current daytime sudsers come June, July and August. This week, I'm tackling General Hospital.
I get grieving, boy wonder Michael Corinthos (Chad Duell) needing to find out who killed his bio dad in Port Charles, New York. However, I'd much rather watch him inherit a troubled AJ's (Sean Kanan) shares at ELQ and vow to do what his father never could — stake his rightful claim to the family empire. Sure, Michael would be no match for Tracy (Jane Elliott), but it would be fun to see him try to best his manipulative great aunt!
Aussie corporate raider Jasper "Jax" Jacks (Ingo Rademacher) returns to Port Charles with an agenda. He hires favorite stepson Morgan (Bryan Craig) at J & J Jacks.
Jax worked so hard to keep Morgan away from Sonny's (Maurice Benard) criminal lifestyle, when the young man was a child. He's none too pleased, once he learns about Morgan bedding mother and daughter mob molls, not to mention his short-lived stint with the Jerome crime family. Sonny, fresh from almost losing Michael to AJ, doesn't welcome another man trying to take his place.
Morgan at Jax's company and Michael at ELQ effectively pits Port Charles' latest version of Cane and Abel against one another on the corporate battlefield, with Tracy and Jax serving as senior puppet masters. Ned (Wally Kurth) sticks around as a sage, Obi-Wan Kenobi for Michael, warning him not to lose his soul—and his relationship with his brother—in the battle for ELQ and Wall Street supremacy. Ned regrets battling AJ for the company. The two should have been bonding as cousins.
Jax revisits his mid-90's efforts to seize control of ELQ. He's well aware how many family firms fail once the founder passes away. With Edward (the late John Ingle) gone, ELQ is ripe for a takeover.
Jax doesn't contend on Carly (Laura Wright) being a spoiler. She stumbles upon proof of Jax using funds from a trust he and Carly set up jointly for Josslyn, to acquire blocks of stock in ELQ. Carly enlists Diane Miller (Carolyn Hennesy) to have her named co-executor of Joss's trust, and therefore in possession of half of Jax's considerable ELQ stake.
Why, in my lil' Wishful Storytelling jaunt, would Carly be ticked enough at Jax she needs to take corporate-level revenge? Because he runs Franco (Roger Howarth) out of town on a rail!