ELIZABETH: You want me to drop everything and come to New York with you, are you serious?
A.J.: This will also give me a chance to show you how much I appreciate your patience, your grace, your beauty with a little quality time alone.
You left my pants with AJ…?
I really like that Nikolas is back on General Hospital, even if it’s only for a limited engagement. The show just celebrated its 50th anniversary, and the parade of illustrious returns has included Laura, Scotty and, in very brief stints, Bobbie, Helena, and even Audrey. But for me, General Hospital “history” will always be the 90s; although I’ve been watching the show since the 80s, when I was a kid and I would just hang out at my mom’s side after coming home from school, the show stuck really with me as a teen when the “teen scene” on the show was Lucky, Liz, Emily, Nikolas, and Juan.
As in life, General Hospital times change: Emily was murdered, Lucky is in Ireland, Liz has been romantically involved with both Nikolas and Lucky — although my shipping loyalties then and now are with Lucky and Liz — and Juan, who was written off the canvas ages ago, is in real life married to Rebecca Herbst, the great gal who has played Liz all this time. Like my mom probably considered herself in the 90s when she would see me watching General Hospital, I too am now a “veteran fan” and it’s gratifying that Nikolas and Liz have been around all this time.
A word about the quote that opens this post. When Bob Guza was the head writer, I admit that for a short while I liked how dark the show became. It had an edgy sophistication that was a departure from routine, to such a degree as to be stereotypical, notions of what a daytime soap opera is like. For a short while, I found the mob intrigue, well, intriguing.
And then it just got to be very depressing.
No one ever seemed happy. Under the Guza writing regime, it seemed like you would ever want to set foot in the town of Port Charles only if you wanted to end it all. But the newly revived show, under the oversight of Ron Carlivati and Frank Valentini, retains that sophistication but asserts a glorious balance in which our beloved characters and even the town itself are things you actually want to root for. The line that Nikolas utters about his pants was certainly hilarious partly because of Tyler Christopher’s delivery — the look on his face was priceless — but it is also the kind of dialogue that was seldom heard, if at all, prior to the Carlivati and Valentini revival.