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  1. Linny

    Episode Discussion: TFGH

    The fake brotherhood between Jason and Drew was made all the worse by their discussion of that damned flashdrive. It's been what, like almost two years, since we first learned of that thing, and the show persists in occasionally bringing it up with zero payoff, as if its mere existence is somehow tantalizing enough on its own. And now we actually get a glimpse of Drew's missing years but it's through Shiloh instead. Maybe I should just quit complaining and enjoy the laugh of Steve Burton, looking very much the late-forties man he is, having to play Drew from sixteen years ago. Good for Ryan that he got a chance to tell Curtis he knows exactly how Curtis conspired to steal Ryan's kidney. Jordan doesn't deserve his psychological manipulation but I don't have a problem with Ryan calling Curtis out on the crime he helped commit. I'm actually a little sad that this is how Dante and Lulu are ending: him off-screen, broken and unstable, leaving her heartbroken. Dante and Lulu were falling in love at the beginning of my GH viewership, and despite the recast and the cheating and their backburner status, I still wanted them together. If the show wasn't willing to write the characters off together, then I wish they had planned a more complete, sound resolution instead of this perfunctory effort.
  2. Linny

    Episode Discussion: TFGH

    Carly's really gonna stand there and correct Joss' use of "hell" to "heck" before jumping into a discussion about the kid they're illegally harboring. I'm sure the show includes such small details to prove Carly's a caring mom, but I think if Joss is mature enough to participate in the Dev scam, she ought to be able use a mild expletive without getting chastised. And I saw Joss make that soft face the moment Dev spoke up to defend Sonny. God, I miss that brief moment in time Joss hated Sonny and believed him to be toxic. Now she bristles at the slightest insult against him and is willing to put up with the Dev situation, which obviously isn't easy for her, because of Sonny and his damn quid pro quo policy. My new coping mechanism for Sonny threatening Ava is to fantasize that when the day comes that GH's heart monitor finally flatlines, Ava guns down Sonny in a blaze of glory. He's such a relentless dick, how dare he lecture Ava on how she speaks to her daughter about her sister?
  3. Linny

    Episode Discussion: TFGH

    Sorry, show, just having Peter, Finn, and Robert repeatedly insist that Anna will flip if no one tells her about the shooting isn't enough to make me believe it. She'd surely be concerned for Peter, but since at no point was Peter's life seriously in danger, "going ballistic" would be an extreme response. Plus, Anna's whole thing where she questioned if it was Robin or Peter who was her kid made it clear that Anna's most significant emotional responses occur in regard to Robin, not Peter. Sibley must be legit because not even the most magnificent fraud could have produced that textbook-perfect, snotty, cruel Kiki Jerome act. I'm mostly glad that Ava didn't seem to want to dwell in Kiki's insults and instead pivoted to contacting Nikolas (and thank fuck it was Nikolas she chose instead of Morgan). So Hayden and Jax have partnered up to take down Valentin. I get it from Hayden's end, since the show so helpfully reminded us of her relationship with Nikolas and Spencer, but please god let there be something in this for Jax other than "winning" Nina. And damn, y'all, stop treating Valentin like he's so mighty when he's nothing more than an unrepentant lying snake.
  4. Linny

    S08.E07: Mother of a Mother’s Day

    Amber hearing concerning information about Leah's health and immediately making it about her hurt feelings and saying "fuck my life" right in front of Leah, as if Leah's panic attacks are some burden she can't bear to handle, is one of the shittiest examples of parenting we've seen from her. Her kid's suffering from something scary and confusing and this is her response, yet she has the gall to wonder why no one told her sooner. Gee, Amber, maybe it's because you're a half-assed, part-time mom to Leah and you focus on petty grievances and how everything affects YOU instead of truly caring about your daughter's well-being. You don't want to be out of the loop? Then fucking SHOW UP. Be there for your kid for something more meaningful than mani-pedis. Don't prioritize men or vacations or your own problems at the expense of your daughter. This is a woman who should never have been a mother. Despite all of Amber's big talk, the needs of her children will never, ever take top ranking or supersede her own selfish tendencies.
  5. Linny

    Jenelle: Birther Of 3, Mother To None

    This new information about Nugget's case infuriates me and cements my absolute loathing for Jenelle and David. He gets away with murdering a dog, she gets away with lying to protect the piece of shit, and the Sheriff's department gets to unburden itself from the headache of a high-profile case. Seriously, those quotes from The Ashley sure sets the tone that the police were pissed they were being bothered by the public and couldn't wait to dump the case. The rational side of me can see where they're coming from; I'm sure the extra resources expended could have been put to better use in other investigations that were just as deserving of priority. But the bigger, emotional part of me can't stand knowing Jenelle and David are once again bulletproof, that once again the system has failed in serving justice. From the bottom of my heart, to the tips of my toes, I loathe. these. people.
  6. Linny

    Episode Discussion: TFGH

    So the whole rigmarole with Jason being the executor of Oscar's will and being family with Oscar and Drew meant nothing, since he was ultimately too swamped by his commitment to breaking the law to show up for such a meaningful event. Why even go through the effort of giving Jason such a significant role when his real priorities will always, always, lie elsewhere? Overall, the will reading was appropriately emotional (I especially liked Monica's thoughtful gift) but it would have been better received by me if the show had demonstrated some restraint and left out that unsubtle picture of Michael and Wiley. We fucking got the memo the first seven hundred times, so maybe just CHILL with the reminders until they're actually going to MEAN something? They're so relentless, damn. Shiloh, a person Oscar spent time with for only a few months, getting the ELQ shares is exactly what happens when you leave big decisions in the hands of a teenager. He probably didn't give much consideration to the value of those shares and how the Quartermaines would feel about him gifting them to a stranger to the family (and yeah, Alexis' shocked face was for the benefit of the audience only). Those shares should have gone to Scout, who no one even mentioned today, sadly.
  7. Linny

    Amber: A Rill Woman Goes to Gel

    Despite Bubby's claims of there being more to the story, I see no reason to disbelieve Andrew, nor do I see any way for Amber or MTV to spin this in her favor. Her actions are absolutely indefensible and made even more troubling given that this is a pattern of behavior for her. She smacked around Gary, she tried to beat down Farrah, she had to be restrained from hurting Matt -- she's been a violent person, point blank, for as long as we've known her. Attacking Andrew while he held baby James is so heinous it should warrant her a seat beside Jenelle and David on the expressway to unemployment, though I won't hold my breath. And can I just say how bad I feel for Gary and Kristina right now? Their relationship with Amber is separate from her relationship with Andrew, but they can't ignore what happened or condone it. And given that Leah's old enough to use the Internet and read every gory detail for herself, there's really no sheltering her from the storm. Once again, Amber's created a mess that will have ramifications impacting the very people she'd have us believe mean the most to her.
  8. Linny

    S08.E06: Momcation

    Jesus, I'm tired of Amber crying about all her issues while also revealing that her derelict mental health is at least in part due to her CHOOSING to not take her meds properly. She constantly leans on her trauma and her diagnoses as justification for her miserable attitude and behavior, like it's something she has no choice but to endure. Her mental health problems are not her fault, but the way she handles them sure as hell is. It kills me to see someone so young, wealthier and more well-connected than most in her condition, wallowing in her troubles because it's easier than putting in the real work to fix things. Amber is entirely comfortable in her self-pity and victimhood and wouldn't know how to exist otherwise. It's Amber herself, not the MTV attention or anxiety or medications, that is the biggest impediment to her happiness.
  9. Linny

    Episode Discussion: TFGH

    Hot damn, this was without question the most entertaining GH has been all summer. A psychic freely handing out intel like it's the daily weather report? Yes, please. A lurker in the shadows sending Liesl ass-overboard the Haunted Star? Give me it. Hayden returning to stir the pot and disturb Finn's domestic bliss? Here for it, if for no other reason than it's a change from all the stale material taking up GH lately. Hayden is also another friend for Curtis and could serve as a confidant for her nephew Cam (who needs someone in his life who won't make him assimilate for Franco), so I'm not mad about her return. Can't be worse than Shiloh or DoD, so bring it. Kim's deranged attack on Drew is a beat I wish they'd scrapped instead of moving forward with. It's a disservice to the characters and the actors to make them play out such a crude farce on the heels of Oscar's death. TB in particular turned out great work over the course of that storyline, she sure as hell can do better than "generic crazy woman in need of a baby."
  10. Linny

    Jenelle: Birther Of 3, Mother To None

    I've only been loosely keeping up with Jenelle's drama lately, so I was astonished when I read the children were being returned to her care. Reading through this thread, I can only echo the fury and heartache and bone-deep certainty that things will be worse for these kids from now on. Not once have I ever seen Jenelle exhibit true love for her children as individuals; they are possessions, pawns, status symbols she can clutch for a photo-op to prove her own worth as a mother. She's "ecstatic" to have her kids back only because it gives validity to her delusion that she and David are decent people. This is a victory she can throw in the face of her detractors as evidence she's proved us all wrong. It's maddening to be a spectator to this entire saga, to become emotionally attached to it, to see the genuine outpouring of concern, and to know it hasn't done a single bit of good. Jenelle will not change. The situation will not change. The children have been failed on multiple fronts, and we're powerless to help.
  11. Linny

    Episode Discussion: TFGH

    Did we REALLY just get a whole-ass scene involving Cam and Laura sidestepping the Lucky-sized crater in the room? Say his name, ffs. Better yet, recast the character and let him make amends for his lack of parenting. How sad to hear Laura say that Aiden can't remember any father but Franco. It's also sad that Cam keeps getting strong-armed into giving Franco a chance. Cam's very real concerns have never been taken seriously by Liz; he's basically been dismissed and told he's wrong and not given any option but to get on board. It's dangerous to give the implication that Liz, the parent, is unquestionably correct, and Cam, the child, just needs to deal. It's so shitty that the Cam and Franco conflict has been skewed in Franco's favor from the onset and that to Liz, Cam's feelings have never, ever taken priority over Franco's.
  12. Linny

    Episode Discussion: TFGH

    I enjoy seeing the dynamics of the Ashford family now that Stella and Jordan are on the same team. It actually makes them seem more authentic as a family unit that we know how they struggled to get to this level of closeness. T.J., despite his good intentions, absolutely needed to be told to keep his butt in school. I'm also intrigued by Stella's ancestry DNA results, mainly because I'm drawing a blank as to where they're heading with this. Watching Jax and Ava go back and forth with each other makes me wish they could hook up, as improbable as that scenario probably is. I'd gladly prefer Jax with Ava instead of Nina or fucking Cassandra, who pops up every year uninvited like a cold sore, forcing us to endure her presence. As if this summer wasn't thrilling enough with spina bifida baby, parents mourning their dead kid, and convoluted Wiley drama, now we've got Scott's relationship woes to really spice things up. I don't mind Scott, but c'mon. (And yo, Franco, keep your cracks about Cameron to yourself. That kid's already twice the man you'll ever be.)
  13. Linny

    Episode Discussion: TFGH

    "I'm going to protect you as if you were my very own little boy." It's been a full fucking YEAR of Michael saying stuff like this to Wiley. Please GOD let that bib or whatever it was Shiloh pocketed lead to a DNA test so that all of these anvils can finally cease bludgeoning me. New Scout! She's a cutie, and it's so nice to see Drew with her (and outside of the Q mansion, at that). Really sweet how Drew described taking Scout to visit Oscar on top of the world. Sam and Jason, who cares? They're so low energy and dull. Although I do snicker every time they use the term "Dawnies." That just sounds like it should be a breakfast cereal you'd enjoy alongside your Corinthos coffee, not a brainwashed cult member. Authoritative Commissioner Mac is ten kinds of hot. He could spend the entirety of his tenure chewing out everyone and I'd be happy.
  14. Linny

    Episode Discussion: TFGH

    How fucking typical the show brought up McCall & Ashford only in the context of dissolving their partnership. That business and any potential Sam/Curtis friendship evaporated the moment Sam got back with Jason and prioritized him as her sole confidant. Now Sam's stuck aimlessly waiting around on Jason to be released from jail for the umpteenth time (and no, show, that jerk Beechers Corners cop doesn't negate that Jason was indeed engaging in illegal activity and is right where he belongs). Bobbie's diabetes diagnosis might be more meaningful if it hadn't abruptly transpired over the span of two episodes, but the overall handling was informative. I liked seeing Lucas in the simultaneous roles of doctor and son. Plus, Bobbie's awesome slam of anti-vaxxers was much appreciated. Kim behavior (and Drew's palpable distress) kickstarted my secondhand embarrassment so hard today. The thing is, I think it would be interesting to explore how Oscar's death and the loss of active motherhood has warped Kim's perception of herself. But this manic, desperate need to create a baby -- and forcing that need on unwilling participants -- is really uncomfortable to watch, and it leans into the "women are crazy and can't handle their emotions" trope more than I care for. I'd rather Kim grieve and redefine her life without grasping at the idea of a new baby as a cure-all.
  15. Linny

    S08.E04: One Big Happy Family

    I was taken aback by Nova's meltdown and Cate's cavalier attitude towards it. Of course Nova freaked out when her mom said "I'm leaving." This is a child who is used to mommy disappearing for long stretches of time and doesn't have the security to trust that she'll return. Cate getting amused by Nova's distress (which she caused by saying "I'm leaving" instead of "I'll be gone a few hours but I'll be back to have supper with you" or whatever) and dismissing it as clingyness is a total disregard of Nova's emotional needs. Nova's not clingy, she's not spoiled, she is TERRIFIED that her mom will walk away for good, and the adults in her life are doing a piss-poor job understanding that mindset and doing anything to help foster faith they will stick around. Tyler listening to Cate's plan to buy a pony and landing on the reaction that he will "trust" her decision sure felt like a defeated man accepting his fate. I'm sure Tyler "trusts" that if Cate loses interest in the pony, he'll be the one to take care of it, just like he does everything else (do we ever see Cate cooking or cleaning like we do Tyler?). I can't believe how proud Cate was of herself for waiting a couple days to purchase the pony when it's clear her mind was made up from the initial conversation. Cate seems unable to think beyond her immediate desires and Tyler no longer seems to have the energy to keep her in check. A happy marriage this is not.
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