Love It/Hate It
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!”