Love It/Hate It

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We love a good bad girl, and GEN­ERAL HOS­PI­TAL’s Nelle cer­tainly fits the bill. We get why so many view­ers seem to flatout hate — as op­posed to love-to-hate — Nelle… and it’s not sim­ply be­cause por­trayer Chloe Lanier is so good at play­ing the schem- er. Nelle is, in many ways, her own worst en­emy. Why fig­ure out a way to make peace when you can in­stead cook up a nasty re­venge plot? What we find so in­ter­est­ing is that de­spite the very ob­vi­ous par­al­lels be­tween Nelle and Carly, the au­di­ence seems to be­lieve that Michael’s baby­mama can not be re­deemed. And us­ing the mem­ory of Sonny and Carly’s de­ceased son to haunt the still-griev­ing mother cer­tainly isn’t scor­ing Nelle any points with those long­ing to see her pun­ished! We sus­pect that be­fore too long, Nelle will see her at­tempts to push Carly over the edge back­fire, and it will likely cost her Michael. Yet we can’t help hop­ing that maybe, like Carly be­fore her, Nelle will some­how man­age to turn things around. Un­for­tu­nately, it may take a lot for some view­ers to see past the outer schemer to the dam­aged young woman lurk­ing be­neath!

“Carly, I sim­ply took a page from your book. Lit­er­ally… you left your di­ary sit­ting on the bar.”

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