Grate­ful GH fans have plenty of rea­sons to give thanks!

Soaps In Depth shares the things for which day­time tele­vi­sion has made us grate­ful lately

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An Old-Fash­ioned Love Tri­an­gle

Some things are clas­sics just be­cause, frankly, they work. Take GEN­ERAL HOSPI­TAL’s Ava/Grif­fin/Kiki love tri­an­gle. It’s not break­ing any new ground — see also: the mother/daugh­ter af­fairs in which ALL MY CHIL­DREN’s Tad Martin and RYAN’S HOPE’s Michael Pavel got them­selves en­tan­gled — but good God, does it ever work. The emo­tions are raw, the stakes are high, and Maura West, Matt Co­hen and Hay­ley Erin have played the hell out of the meaty ma­te­rial.

The Gen­uine Ar­ti­cle

Given Franco’s homi­ci­dal past, he and Liz don’t seem on the sur­face like the typ­i­cal soap cou­ple. But dig a lit­tle deeper, and hey, wait a minute — maybe they are! The GH love­birds stand by one an­other through thick and thin, sup­port each other when the go­ing gets rough, and share a com­mit­ment to do­ing right by the sin­gle mom’s boys. And all the while, they ex­change glances so swoon-wor­thy, we have to watch their scenes with smelling salts nearby. So we’re not just thank­ful for their slow-burn sto­ry­line, we’re hun­gry for more plots like it!

Sonny’s Los­ing Bat­tle

Ev­ery­body knows — and GH’s Mar­gaux is sure to soon learn — that Sonny is un­touch­able. So it’s been awe­some, in a heart­break­ing kind of way, to see the all-pow­er­ful god­fa­ther of Port Charles faced with a prob­lem at which he can’t flash his dim­ples or point his pis­tol: dad Mike’s Alzheimer’s di­ag­no­sis. What’s more, the poignant per­for­mances that Mau­rice Be­nard and Max Gail have turned in day af­ter day have made ev­ery beat of this sto­ry­line must-see TV.

Robin’s Re­turns

Ad­mit­tedly, we don’t get as much of Anna’s daugh­ter as we’d like. But we’re greedy that way. The fact is, it’s still a treat any­time Kim­berly McCul­lough reprises the role she’s played since she was 7. It lets us imag­ine a lit­tle more vividly the hap­pily ever af­ter that the char­ac­ter is liv­ing with hubby Patrick, and gives us long­time view­ers a sense of, “Ah, this is still my show.”

No, kids, it wasn’t just a good dream.

In one an­other’s eyes, Liz and Franco see the fu­ture.

One of them looks like they know the prog­no­sis.

If only keep­ing Robin around were as sim­pleas hug­ging her and not let­ting her go.

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