Nurses Ball 2014

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I believe that TPTB need a little history lesson and they should honor one of the most important storylines that ever emerged from this show.

Long, long ago, 20+ years ago, a boy met a girl. Boy and girl did not care for each other very much at first but then realized they were attracted to each other. They snuck around, they fell in love and girl lost her virginity to boy. They were careful, they spoke about protecting themselves. One time they did not protect themselves and soon after, boy caught a cold he couldn’t get rid of. Girl taught boy how to read and they fell deeper in love. Weeks went by and boy was still sick, he went to the doctor. Tests were preformed……. Boy was not only HIV+, he had full-blown AIDS! Not very long later, boy died and girl found out she had gotten HIV from her first love. She began a protocol that has saved her life for 20 years. She went on to have a healthy marriage and even have a baby.

That couple was Stone Cates and Robin Scorpio. Their love story was not only epic, but very, very important. HIV/AIDS was still quite a taboo and daunting subject to discuss. This story arc brought it to the forefront of not only the teenagers who fell in love with them but their mothers and grandmothers. It opened up a dialogue and took away some of the taboo… A very attractive couple, such a handsome boy, contracted HIV from an old girlfriend who used dirty needles. He never got sick and didn’t think about it again. He thought he was safe. He thought wrong. Robin led a sheltered life with Uncle Mac, she knew however that safe sex was very important. Felicia took her to the dr to start the pill. The mistake was the fact Stone never thought to check his status.

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The whole town came together to celebrate Stone’s life and make his soon-to-happen death easier. They celebrated Christmas early. He went to Robin’s senior prom. Robin and Stone exchanged vows while Robin wore her mother’s mantilla. They were bonded, they understood the end result but they lived in each moment they had left together.

The audience was moved to tears. Tears flowed for a fictional character who told an amazing story of unconditional love, courage, friendships and even at times, prejudice. Those feelings stayed with all those viewers who watched this unfold in real-time…

Flash forward 20 years from that  Nurses Ball when Robin broke down onstage, wrapped in that part of Stone’s quilt, and Jason came in and picked her up off stage and carried her away, to now, today, May 13, 2014…

I had my moment(s) where I enjoyed this years’ ball… My favorite being Dr. O’s rendition of “Willkommen” from Cabaret… After that, it was downhill… There was no mention of HIV or AIDS. No mention about Robin or why the Nurses Ball began. There was NO INFORMATION given to anyone about any new findings in the fight against HIV/AIDS! No education, no numbers flashing onscreen for donations, or more information about HIV/AIDS, no websites in the crawl at the bottom of the screen… Look, I understand this is a soap opera, a show… But, once a year, General Hospital has a very unique, amazing opportunity to do something fantastic! They could gather donations and/or raise true awareness for a nasty illness that has taken many, many people away from their families and friends.

The sexual innuendo during this Nurses Ball in particular I have a hard time with. While you can get HIV through needles or blood, mostly this is a virus contracted through sexual contact. I think some of the acts were inappropriate and a slap in the face to those who remember the origin of the ball itself.

If GH wishes to continue down this road, then the Nurses Ball needs a new name… Perhaps the General Hospital Variety Ball… They can raise money for the hospital or whatever..

I like original recipe. I like when editing and continuity go hand in hand. I like respect to history, especially one as important as this. I know I learned SO MUCH from the HIV storyline. It educated me and what I learned has stayed with me. I’m not perfect, perhaps I don’t remember the facts quite as exactly as they happened or I learned them BUT the jist is still there. The feelings I had that moment when Stone said “Robin, I can see you!” and then he passed on, has stayed with me and each time I hear about the Nurses Ball, those feelings are evoked and my hopes are raised.. I’m sorry to say that my hopes fell flat on its face and I am disappointed in the lack of respect or a tradition that was carried on for many years….

If you can’t do it the right way, don’t do it and create your own thing. Let us have our memories and as you create something new, we’ll have new memories.

Life is short and I do enjoy GH.. I nitpick certain things I feel are important.. The Nurses Ball is one of those things… It was about everything else other than what it was supposed to be about! You can have an entertaining, yet educational few days of a show, while watching the fantastic and  talented cast do showcase their talents outside the box.

TTFN~xoxo Ro

Scrubs Post

Hey S&Bers!

How’s it hanging? Yeah, here, too. Disappointed in the writing for our guy, Sonny and wishing things were different for him and us. I won’t get too wordy about him because it makes me angry to see this destructive road he’s going on. All I can see for an ending for him is prison or the funny farm… or possibly death but, I can’t bring myself to really think about that. Our Brenda can’t even save him right now, he is his own worst enemy and he is in very desperate need of help.

Okay, so Scrubs…

Ugh.. I hate the way TPTB wrote out Kimberly! It was quite uncreative and left a lot of us scratching our heads. None of it makes sense! While yes, Robin WOULD go help a frozen Jason during a normal time, she was separated for almost 2 years from her beloved little girl and her husband! She missed them and missed out on so much during that time! I honestly don’t see her packing she stuff up 2 months after her reunion and high tailing her butt back out of Port Charles, even to save Jason.  She could have been shipped off in an entirely different, in character way… Like work at the CDC in Atlanta. We could hear about phone calls and weekend visits, at least the HER CHARACTER NEED NOT BE DESTROYED!! As a writer, you could eventually still have Patrick move on if need be. He came on canvas as a horndog and eventually he could grow weary of a long distance relationship but still love Robin, thus creating a triangle if and when Robin were to come back full-time. That type of story would allow Kimberly to do her few days stints, longer or shorter depending on how her schedule is. It would have created drama, rather than sick, twisted plot points.

Yesterday, we saw a one-sided phone conversation between Patrick and Robin. It went from a sweet catch-up on events to a sickening, tummy churning, heartbreaking moment where Patrick hung up on Robin. That phone call made Robin seem a bit heartless not to dump her work and come running to help Patrick, Sabrina and their preemie. But, Sabrina and the baby aren’t her responsibility. There were NO SCENES for any of them to have a bond where Robin would even remotely feel connected enough to even TRY to come home! Honestly, this is just an impossible position for Robin to be in. She’s in deadbeat hell! She can’t leave to see Emma or Patrick, she’s not allowed contact of any kind (which I don’t get, it’s completely stupid!) and she comes across as a bitch, when we know she is not. She is kind, compassionate and filled as the heart of the show for many years!

Robin Soltini Scorpio Drake is a legacy character. We watched her grow up onscreen. Robin had many trials and tribulations…. Loss of her beloved grandmother, loss of her parents, loss of her beloved boyfriend to AIDS, discovery of her HIV status and so on and so forth. She grew and we loved her with all of her challenges, triumphs and finally joy. She is not a perfect character, she has flaws. Her parents were/are spys, it’s in her blood to thirst for adventure and risk her “normal” life, so that part I get if the writers really PLAYED UP that portion of her life but the fact they had her come back to PC but stalled her reunion, only to have her leave again 2 months later for a really outlandish reason… Why can’t she visit or at least email or make a phone call here or there?

Look, I know this is a soap opera, I understand the comings and goings of characters BUT, my problem is the complete disregard to legacy, veteran characters! I wish the writers would take care with characters like Robin, Frisco, Brenda, Ned, Sonny, Anna and all the others who come and go through the years. You can write them true to character all the while telling your story. Keep it soapy, keep the spark about WHY the fans fell for the character in the first place. As you ruin a character’s existence, either on canvas or off, you kill the feelings the viewer has for the once beloved character and for the show as a whole.

It’s a sad day/week when two of your favorite characters become destroyed by a simple swipe on a keyboard. Perhaps they should have deleted and started over again…. in many stories currently playing out on canvas right now. The past cannot be changed, just as this past week/month cannot change. Wish some writers had the foresight to understand the feelings of the viewers and the emotional attachment they have of their characters they have watched and loved for years.

TTFN~ xoxo Ro