In soap operas, there are no happy endings. Sure, there are feel good moments and even those times when revelations turn into revealing a revealing climax. Quite frankly, there wouldn’t be the constant drama that has made “General Hospital” a show that has lasted 50 years. There are characters we love, characters we hate and in between there are characters that keep the drama going. And that’s where Heather Webber (Robin Mattson) comes in.
Heather is a character that has committed every crime imaginable, but still viewers enjoy her because deep down in her twisted mind, there is a motive or a reason she feels she is doing the right thing. On Tuesday, her scene with Todd (Roger Howarth), who is more similar to Heather than he would admit, sat in the Port Charles police station awaiting their fates. It was a comedic, revealing moment between the two as they shared dialogue about their crimes and even shared human moments about their faults. Both characters showed a little heart and even a few seconds of compassion as they shared how their actions hurt those who matter most to them.
The vulnerability of Heather Webber is her son Steven Lars (Scott Reeves). After almost killing him by accidentally stabbing him in her quest for revenge against his fiancée Olivia (Lisa LoCicero), Heather came to a revelation that her son mattered most to her and the consequences that result from her motives. She realized and shared with Todd that just because there is no happy ending in her life, it doesn’t mean that she has to play a role in preventing happy endings in the lives of those around her. But with Heather, and this being a soap opera, we know that moment of tenderness won’t last long.
Speaking of Steven Lars, the brief romance between him and Olivia seems too short for the intensity in love that viewers are suddenly seeing. Olivia prayed for Steve’s survival and when her prayers were answered she arranged for an impromptu wedding in Steve’s hospital room to show her gratitude and how much she wants to be his wife. A happy ending? Think not, because as soon as vows were being exchanged, the Memphis police barged in to arrest Steve of murder. Steve’s guilt pushed Olivia away and through a conversation with her son Dante, Steve realized that there was no happy ending possible with him facing time in prison.
Meanwhile, at the hospital, Dr. Britt Westbourne (Kelly Thiebaud) has been out to destroy any possible happy ending for Sabrina (Teresa Castillo) by sabotaging her professionally. Sabrina has been accused of cheating on her nursing exam and therefore kicked out of the nursing program. With the little we know about Sabrina, she seems to find this little spark of fight inside of her that enabled her to stand up to Todd Manning and gave her the determination to stand up to Epiphany (Sonia Eddy) and demand a retake of the test with Epiphany watching. This burst of strength is perhaps reminding Patrick (Jason Thompson) a little bit of Robin. There is no way anyone will replace Robin, as Epiphany reminded him, but he does deserve a person with a heart who will stand up for what she believes in and protect those she loves. These traits seem to be qualities Patrick is starting to see within Sabrina. But the fact that viewers know Robin is alive and with Britt driven to destroy Sabrina, any possibility of a happy ending between these two will be a huge obstacle.
Elsewhere in Port Charles, Sonny (Maurice Bernard) and Carly (Laura Wright) talked about their screwed up relationships ironically to each other and Kate (Kelly Sullivan), who is still coming to grips with the loss of her son Trey, got some relationship advice from Olivia that led Kate to Sonny’s door to perhaps find some kind of a path to a happy ending, as if that was even possible on a soap opera!