|September 4, 2007
Warning: We'll get the spoiler portion out of the way, right off the bat. So those of you who wish to remain spoiler free, please step away from the saloon right now, so as to remain unsullied!
Keep those VCR's, DVR's or TiVo's programmed so as not to miss a minute of GH in the upcoming month or so. Apparently, the conflict between Sam and Elizabeth is coming to a head - and according to Soap Dish sources, Sam goes completely nuts! Her last over-the-top act is a verbal outburst, which likely escalates into physical violence against Lizzeh. This episode is probably what finally prompts Alexis and Nikolas to cart Sam off to the funny farm (Shadybrook? Rose Lawn?). As a result of her crimes against Lizzeh, Alexis is sure to plead insanity for Sam thereby enabling her portrayer, Kelly Monaco, to either go on a lengthy vacation, or exit altogether; paving the way for a Sam McCall recast. Whatever the case may be, Monaco could see her final GH airdate on or about September 21.
Now, let's get to discussing... Is Sam truly ill, or is she going
to cry wolf? Personally? I believe it's somewhere in the middle.
If we go with the notion that Sam was conning everyone from minute
one, then her initial intent to abort her baby would have been a case
of her thinking that a baby would prevent her from pulling future
scams. Then, when it came right down to it? She couldn't go through
with it because, for all her scamming ways, there is a part of Sam
that really wants a family. (Which is why I find it hard to lump her
into the sociopath category.) Sam genuinely seemed to love Danny, her
brother, and I do believe that she could have loved her daughter - so
much so that it could have changed her life drastically. The
situation with Jason? That was kismet for her. Sonny wanted her
close by, because he wanted his child close by - what better way to
accomplish that, than by having her live with his friend and
enforcer. Sam-the-con went along with it, because it kept her close
to the money and living in style. Sam soon morphed another
personality, one taylor-made to appeal to Jason - who turned out to be
VERY good at taking care of her and making her feel safe. He didn't
ask questions, which suited Sam just fine, as she really didn't want
to have to answer questions about her past. She'd stumbled onto the
perfect arrangement! Here's this great guy, who happens to be a
killer with his own skeletons in the closet, he's good looking, loyal,
trustworthy, and probably not too shabby in the sack. She conforms
herself into the perfect little mob-moll, but... then finds herself
suddenly deeply in love with him! Whoops! So much for conning him,
and maybe she doesn't have to. I mean, she has a baby on the way and
this great guy is offering to help her raise that child and take care
of them so she never has to want for anything in life ever
again! Then, the unthinkable happens - she loses her baby. The child
she had all her hopes and dreams wrapped up in - gone! Naturally, in
the midst of all this very real grieving, there is bound to be some
insecurity mixed in there as well. Not only did she lose the child
she had come to genuinely love and want, but it looks like she might
be losing everything else because of that. Sonny certainly has no use
for her anymore - so in her mind, it would stand to reason that Jason
wouldn't either. Yet, he surprised her. He assures her that he's
going to stand by her and look out for her - with or without a baby.
BONUS! Still...her world has been rocked on its axis, so it's not
impossible that the veneer on her mental health is cracking some -
maybe even a lot.
But, forgive her he did - much to her joy and rapture. Thusly, she moved back into his penthouse, even if she didn't quite occupy the roomy space in his heart that she enjoyed before. She knew this and, rather than placing the blame squarely upon her own shoulders, she focused the blame on Lizzeh. She'd never seen Lizzeh as a threat before, but she sure did after that night. And because of that, we caught another glimpse into the true character of Sam. Jason was supposed to forgive her "indiscretion" with his mortal enemy, but she couldn't possibly be expected to forgive his one night with Lizzeh. I mean, Lizzeh slept with him on prupose just to mess up Sam's plans! Her fangs and her claws came out each and every time she saw Lizzeh after that, and the hate began to fester. Jason had forgiven her, but he definitely hadn't forgotten - she knew he was distant in a way he never had been before. But, again, rather than to take the blame for putting that distance there in the first place, she blamed Lizzeh. Sam didn't really need Carly whispering in her ear about how Lizzeh would stop at nothing to have Jason - Sam was already there. She knew that she herself would stop at nothing, so why wouldn't Lizzeh? Even with the baby apparently belonging to Lucky, she could see Jason moving inexorably closer to Lizzeh. Sam could see all her carefully laid plans beginning to unravel. As they did, so did she - and she became more and more unspooled by the day. Jason could see this and, I'm convinced, it's the only reason he didn't up and end things between them. Learning the Jake-truth; and I mean the WHOLE Jake-truth still wasn't enough for Sam to see reason. Since Jason had no intention of sharing his son with her, (as in allowing her to raise him with Jason and Lizzeh out of the picture) Jake became an obstacle to everything she herself wanted. So much so that she allowed him to be Jakenapped, then used their pain and suffering to intentionally inflict more pain and suffering on them by torturing them with the insinuations that Jake was, in fact, dead. Yet another glimpse into the true nature of Sam McCall - to add to the collection of tidbits we learned about Sam via Amelia Joffe.
So, when it all came out - what Sam had done - and Jason saw who
Sam really was, she breaks things off with him (before he has a chance
to do it himself). Then, it takes her all of five minutes to realize
that she's lost what once was the love of her life, and she means to
make Lizzeh pay for it - and Jason, too. How dare they cause her
pain? How dare they wreck the plans she had for her life? How dare
they not give her what she wants, when she wants it? (Which would be
Jason, Jake and Lizzeh gone for good!) But... is this ill-Sam? Or is
it mean, sadistic, vengeful Sam? Maybe it's both? Tough to tell,
right now, things can still turn on a dime. If KeMo re-signs, they
will have to do some major repair work on her character, or simply
turn her into the new incarnation of Helena Cassadine. It can go
either way at this point. Some say, once a con woman always a con
woman. Maybe that's true, maybe it's not. We'll have to see how it
plays out over the next couple of months. Personally, I think that
her being mentally ill is the only thing that can save Sam's life. If
she's not mentally ill, then she should con everyone into believing
she is - or she's a dead woman! She is certainly clever enough to
hide the more poisonous aspect of her personality when she needs to.
Alexis hasn't been privy to many of Sam's latest
deeds, so I wonder how long it'll take her to catch on that something
isn't quite right with her eldest child. When Lizzeh went to Alexis
and warned her about what Sam was up to, and Alexis basically blew her
off, but turned around and actually warned Sam to stay away from Lucky
- and avoid any repeats of what happened last summer with Ric; Sam
turned it around and used it to endear Lucky to her. Unhinged?
Perhaps, but very, very clever. That's what scares me about her and
keeps me guessing - she is capable of anything, and she may indeed be
ill/unstable, but she's still sane enough to hide it.
March 15, 2007