September 14, 2006
There are times GH does a good
job of telling a true to life story (Robin and HIV) and times when they do
a really crappy job of telling a true to life story (Emilyís breast
cancer). Luluís story hits both ends of the spectrum.
The story involved people from all areas of Luluís life. Her brothers, her father, the family of the boy. I imagine most real life situations are much more private, unless it simply canít be helped. Even though a lot of people felt they had a say in the matter, it was handled with grace and valor. Luke really pulled the fatherly thing off. I was surprised. Heís never been much of a parent to Lulu Ė he used it all up on Lucky. Lulu was a product of Lauraís desires and her similarities to her mother hit a part of Lukeís heart heís tried to bury. Seeing him push his immature feelings aside and step up to the plate was wonderful. He moved mountains in that relationship by simply saying the right things and putting no pressure on her. Who in her situation wouldnít want that kind of unconditional support?
Nikolas supported Lulu even though his emotions said he wanted her to make a different choice. Luckyís just a mess and handled it exactly how Iíd expect an addict to. Excellent acting on GVís part, by the way. Actually, everyone involved in the story should receive five stars for their efforts and talents in this storyline. The emotions brought out some acting skills seeming long forgotten.
What gets me is the ending. It left me flat and didnít go the way I expected. Yes, Iíd like to be surprised every so often by my soaps. Yes, I usually predict outcomes correctly, but not this time. Luluís reaction is perfect. Frustration, pain and the inability to deal are common with such tough decisions. Whether she wanted the child or not, it was a child and it does have an impact and sheís showing that impact. Luke is doing a typical LukeÖtrying to help and having to leave to do it. This however was one of the first times he actually explained his actions beforehand. I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks. Dillonís feeling angst and loss and itís what Iíd expect from Dillon. His anger is apparent and it comes out periodically, which adds realism. We even got to see more of the kinder side of Carly, something very new to the character.
Whatís not right? Whatís surprised me? Tracy and Edward. When have we known either of them to actually lose a fight with grace? When have we actually heard Tracy support someone she really doesnít like, whether it had an impact on her life or not? When have we heard Eddie support something he was so dead against? Iím thinking next to never on all accounts so to have them suddenly drop the Ďbastardly Quartermaineí attitude for the loving and supportive types went completely against character. I didnít like it. I like Edward nasty and conniving and selfish. I like Tracy bitching and nasty and untrustworthy. I donít like them sticky sweet and full of love. Maybe itís me, but I want them to be who they are and nothing else.
Itís not as though I expected Tracy and Edward to tie Lulu down for nine months, surgically remove the baby and then send her on her way. Iím not exactly sure what I expected. Maybe a continuance of their legal threats. Maybe an injunction of some sort to at least postpone the procedure until it could be legally handled. Maybe locking her up in the basement storage room for a few days (with food and water, or course) until they could figure out some sort of plan. But to basically sit back and twiddle their thumbs and say, ďOh, gee. Good for you.Ē Afterwards was just wrong. It was so un-Quartermaine like. Thereís no other way to say it than like I did before. It left me flat.
The storyís not over yet. Luluís going to go through a string of emotions, as is Dillon. Hopefully Georgie will have an immature, negative feeling or two (she needs to start following her sisters example for that kind of stuff). Maybe Tracy will lash out or Edward will say something nasty. Who knows. I just hope something of substance comes from the Qís because if itís left like this, Iím not a happy camper.
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