When Mama Bears At­tack!

ABC Soaps In Depth - - We Speak Out! -

Re­mem­ber when GEN­ERAL HOSPI- TAL’s Luke and Laura came back to town in that hot pink Cadil­lac? Well, she may have topped that mem­o­rable re­turn when, fresh from hav­ing dropped Spencer off at board­ing school, she flew back to town, grabbed a boat to Wyn­de­mere and held Valentin at gun­point while she ut­tered a He­lena-wor­thy curse! By pulling the trig­ger on that un­loaded weapon, Laura man­aged to re­duce Valentin to a stut­ter­ing, fear­ful man… and we couldn’t have been hap­pier. As much as we love James Pa­trick Stu­art and the com­pli­cated vil­lain he brings to life, Valentin shot Kevin and killed Niko­las, two char­ac­ters that we care about al­most as much as Laura. The en­mity Laura and Lulu have to­ward Valentin plays beau­ti­fully into the long-run­ning feud be­tween their re­spec­tive clans while also giv­ing us hope that maybe, just maybe, good will win out over evil… or at least have a fight­ing chance for a change!

him. In­tro­duc­ing to his story Ava — the liv­ing em­bod­i­ment of sin — only upped the stakes in the metaphor­i­cal war for Griff’s soul. So it was in­ter­est­ing that, even while play­ing the ob­vi­ous sex­u­al­ity of the con­nec­tion be-

tween Grif­fin and Ava, the soap seems to also be re­mind­ing view­ers what Grif­fin’s God and re­li­gion are re­ally all about. Ava was only res­cued be­cause she showed kind­ness to a stranger — and then that stranger was lit­er­ally shoed and shel­tered by the church! Af­ter­ward, Grif­fin called Ava’s mirac­u­lous es­cape divine in­ter­ven­tion. Whether you be­lieve in that, we ap­pre­ci­ated the way the show had the tenets of the church and ba­sic good­ness help save the day — es­pe­cially amid all the fight scenes and firearms!

“The real mir­a­cle? That our flight took off on time!”

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