The Best Of Fren­e­mies

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On some level, soap fans are masochists. How else to ex­plain the sheer joy we get at see­ing two char­ac­ters who don’t much care for one another forced to work to­gether? GEN­ERAL HOS­PI­TAL gave us twice as much to love when they had long­time ri­vals Liz and Sam re­luc­tantly join forces to search for more re­cent foes Franco and Drew, who’d been trapped to­gether thanks to the de­spi­ca­ble Jim Har­vey. Over the years, the women have come to re­al­ize that their fates will for­ever be linked by the fact that they both care for — and have chil­dren by — Ja­son. They will never be friends, but ev­ery now and then, they fig­ure out ways to co-ex­ist. Drew and Franco, on the other hand, were fas­ci­nat­ing to watch as, over the course of sev­eral episodes, they went from ex­chang­ing barbs to — dare we say — bond­ing. As it be­came ap­par­ent to Drew that the se­cret buried in his and Franco’s murky, shared past was far darker than ei­ther of them had orig­i­nally be­lieved, Sam’s hus­band be­came al­most pro­tec­tive of Liz’s beau. We doubt any of the four will emerge from this lat­est story as besties, but their re­la­tion­ships def­i­nitely will have shifted at least a bit.

had no love life to speak of. De­spite be­ing a priest­turned-doc­tor, he had very lit­tle story. Even the rev­e­la­tion that he was Duke’s son and the man who’d slept with Nathan’s wife, Claudette, did lit­tle to

ce­ment Grif­fin’s place on the can­vas. But thank­fully, that’s fi­nally changed over the past few months. Pair­ing the fallen saint with try­ing-to-re­form sin­ner Ava has pro­vided both Co­hen and scene part­ner Maura West with fan­tas­tic, lay­ered ma­te­rial. Plus, Grif­fin is now knee-deep in the Hen­rik mess, given that he knows Pe­ter’s true iden­tity and is keep­ing it from not only Maxie but Anna, the per­son in town

“Stay back, Grif­fin! I’m too busy to deal with your sex­i­ness right now!”

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