Love It/Hate It

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A lot of GEN­ERAL HOSPI- TAL char­ac­ters have a di­vi­sive ef­fect on the au­di­ence. Some view­ers will never see Franco as any­thing but a killer, while oth­ers are allin on his re­demp­tion. With Obrecht, the sit­u­a­tion is a bit more com­plex. There is no be­hav­ior-nul­li­fy­ing tu- mor to jus­tify some of the hor­rific things she has done over the years. There is, how­ever, the per­for­mance of Kath­leen Gati who, with the help of the writ­ers, has re­peat­edly man­aged to hu­man­ize a char­ac­ter who has of­ten come off as a car­toon vil- lain. Obrecht goes from stag­ing a com­i­cally hos­tile takeover of the Nurses Ball to hold­ing a man hostage in a cabin for weeks. Yet we know that there is noth­ing she would not do for her chil­dren, as when she ad­mit­ted (if only to her­self) that given the choice, she would give up her own free­dom in or­der for Britt to stay out of jail. Are we frus­trated when Obrecht man­ages to avoid any real pun­ish­ment for her crimes? Of course. But does a part of us also breathe a sigh of re­lief that she’ll still be around to cause trou­ble for the res­i­dents of Port Charles? You bet. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

“Some­times, I just wanna punch you,”ad­mit­ted Anna. “With both fists!”

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