By Michele

Once again, General Hospital Deee-Livered in a big way with the eppy’s last week leading up to the Sonny/Dante confrontation.

Not to mention the oh-so-great Cliffhanger Friday: the actual showdown with Sonny shooting Dante and Olivia running in at the end and telling Sonny that he just shot his own son!

The Sonny/Dante Showdown!

Truely the very definition of cliffhanger.

When I come home from work each day and immediately tune to GH first instead of OLTL first…..let’s just say GH has to be pretty darn good for that to happen.

And it’s happened every day for the past two weeks and still counting!

I’m having my issues with OLTL right now. But let’s save that for another day, shall we?

On GH, first we had the Lucky/Liz/Nik reveal followed immediately by the Dante reveal!

And all of it was – and is – so worth it!

Let me say up front that Dominic Zamprogna as Dominic Pirelli aka Dante Falconeri captured my attention from Hello!

And he has just gotten stronger and stronger with his range of emotions, his genuiness and his onscreen chemistry with every character he interacts with.

I can’t say enough about how much I enjoy his portrayal of Dominic/Dante – two characters on opposite sides of the law and making you believe in both.

His confrontation with Sonny was the pièce de résistance!

Even his relationship with the tangential characters in the storyline are amazing!

I just love the close friendship he’s developed with Morgan (Aaron Refvem), who Dante will find out today is really his brother!

I’ve also liked the Brooklyn undercover cop thing between Dante and Ronnie (Ronnie Marmo) and the interactions those two have together…as well as the scenes (earlier on) with Olivia trying to get Ronnie to take Dante off the case.

Which brings me to Lisa LoCicero as Olivia Falconeri.

I have absolutely loved LoCicero’s portrayal of Olivia from day one!

Lisa LoCicero (Olivia Falconeri/GH)

She is another one who is very genuine in exuding her emotions….I am always able to feel exactly what she’s feeling as Olivia. She’s a very natural actress.

Agree or disagree with the decisions that Olivia’s made, LoCicero makes you believe and understand those decisions.

Watch these scenes between Olivia and Johnny followed by Olivia and Lulu in church – pre-reveal.

And LoCicero’s scenes on Friday and Monday were knock-it-out-of-the-ballpark Emmy material. That’s all I can say.

Maurice Benard as Sonny….well Emmy winner says it all!

Benard was spectacular in confronting Dominic, the person he thought a traitor.

I do love the layers that Benard shows us as Sonny and the juxtipostion of his life as the take-no-prisoners mob kingpin and the loving father/family man.

Having said that, I do have big issues with Sonny as a character.

I can’t excuse the fact that he orders hits on people at the drop of a hat….and the way he just threw away Claudia like yesterday’s trash among other terrible things that he’s done over the years.

Claudia (Sarah Brown) did a lot of horrendous things, but, in all fairness, Sonny was really the one who got Michael shot because of his lifestyle. And Claudia had no idea that Michael would be there that night.

I also find it reprehensible that Sonny – the minute he finds out Dominic is an undercover cop – shoots him in cold blood.

Hello! Dominic saved Sonny as well as Morgan and Lulu! Doesn’t that count for something?

Another thing about Sonny that I could never reconcile – how is it that all these good and decent women fall for him?

I mean this is the Godfather….the head of the mob for goodness sake! Not to mention Attorney/District Attorney Alexis Davis has a child with him.

See, I’m the kind of soap watcher that roots for the truely-through-and-through good characters – like Dante. He’s my kind of guy.

Now here’s what I’m wondering…..

How is all this going to affect Morgan and Michael, not to mention Carly and Jax, since Jax was the one behind keeping Dante on the case.

The funny thing about Carly and Jax is that I really dislike them as characters separately.

But together as a couple, I love watching them. Weird, eh? I can’t explain it.

I guess in some odd way, those two keep each other grounded.

But, on their own, they tend to spin out of control – especially Carly.

And Lulu….what will the fallout be on her?

Lulu and Dante

The only thing I know is that I want to see more and more of her and Dante together. Lulu (Julie Marie Berman) FINALLY has someone worthy of her, someone who makes her good qualities come out and shine.

And, as I’ve said before, I love the fact that they didn’t just jump into bed. That they were friends first and their relationship grew into love without having sex yet.

So what’s next? Will Sonny FINALLY answer for this crime?

One thing’s for sure: I’m watching GH before OLTL again today.

That says it all!

2 Responses to “Dante’s Shooting and the Fallout Therein”

  1. I think more and more people are falling under the spell of Dominic Zamprogna and loving every minute of it! 🙂

    Paula

  2. Paula i could not agree more. Dom Z has been amazing from day one. Bravo to the GH casting department on this one. Michele I too have always found it to be strange that Sonny expects everyone else to live by his moral code when he himself doesn’t choose too. And take Jason for instance; how are we supposed to believe that the whole Franco fiasco really changed him when he too leapt to the conclusion that killing Dante was their only choice when they found out he was a cop? If Jason wanted to know if he is just a killer he got his answer right there. Although I was pleased to see that when Lulu was going off on him he did have the decency to llok troubled by the fact that his and Sonny’s desicion may have caused Lulu alot of grief and pain. So atleast he has a heart and isn’t as selfish as Sonny.