Did you catch the General Hospital episode right before Christmas with Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) pinch hitting for Santa and Maxie (Kirsten Storms) helping out as his elf?
I just loved that episode so much.
It was so much fun and so heartwarming – and who doesn’t just love that combination?
And it made me smile.
For that alone – and with the absence of all the violence and mob doings on GH – I am happy.

I couldn’t help but chuckle every times those jingle bells jingled and Spinelli’s eyes rolled around….the look on his face and on Maxi’s face was priceless.
I have to say, I was one who never thought this pairing would work, but I absolutely love them together. Their chemistry is so much fun and they really play off each other so well that I can’t help but smile everytime they’re on the screen.
It even made watching Robin tolerable, because lately I’ve been fast forwarding through most of her scenes.
And that’s sad to me, because I’ve always like Robin, but lately with all the baby nonsense – Fast Forward!
Even the cookie scene with Robin made me smile. Particularly when she ate the cookie and realized that it was her grandmother’s recipe. It was just a nice feelgood scene.

The episode also brought tears to my eyes, particularly when Monica (Leslie Charleson) received the glasses that allowed her to see Alan (Stuart Damon).
How wonderful was that?

And, of course, Max and Diane….Any episode with the two of them is just plain fun!
Carolyn Hennesy and Derk Cheetwood are a joy to watch. Those two never fail to make me smile.

If you haven’t seen the episode, watch the clips above and you’re in for a treat.
And for that one, wonderful episode I have to say, thank you GH for getting me into the Christmas spirit.

It’s Monica!
We finally find out that it’s Dr. Monica Quartermaine (Leslie Charleson) who drove drunk, ran down Sam McCall and left her for dead on General Hospital.
In the beginning, Carly, Nikolas, Elizabeth and Monica were all suspects.
But as the weeks wore on, it came down to the final two – Elizabeth and Monica.
And just as Elizabeth is getting ready to go to the police station and confess, Spinelli gets the goods on Monica and tells Jason it’s his mother.
You see, Elizabeth was so tired on the night in question that she fell asleep at the wheel and hit something, but just didn’t know what and she doesn’t remember hitting Sam.
I know it’s easy for me to say this now…but I always figured it was Monica.
Elizabeth would have been too obvious – because of the animosity between her and Sam.
But with Monica…how else was her drinking problem going to come to the forefront?
Just before Jason got the confirmation, Lucky had figured out that Monica had a problem.
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In fact, Lucky approached Monica outside General Hospital and tells her she needs to get help.
But Monica thinks Lucky is blackmailing her at the behest of Tracy and Luke!
Alice drives Monica home from the hospital and asks her if she wants some tea.
When Alice leaves the room, Monica pours herself a drink.
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Just as she’s taking her first swig, Jason walks through the door and says, “You’re the one who hit Sam.”
According to a letter by Leslie Charleson posted on her official site, there are good things in store acting-wise for Leslie, but not for Monica.
So I ask…
What’s going to happen next?
Will Monica confess to hitting Sam?
Will Monica go into rehab – or to jail?
(Photos courtesy of Clarissa’s General Hospital Screencaps)

Mourning the death of a beloved soap character is like mourning the death of a close friend.
And I have to say, General Hospital’s writers have taken me through the gamut of emotions over the past few days of mourning, followed by the funeral, for Emily Quartermaine (Natalia Livingston).
There was nostalgia.
The return of Ned Ashton (Wally Kurth) and Dillon Quartermaine (Scott Clifton) felt like old home week.
I so enjoy these two actors and their respective characters. Kurth makes reoccuring appearances, which are not often enough for me. Clifton left the show awhile back, so it was a pleasant surprise to see him return.
Heartwarming describes the scenes between Monica Quartermaine (Leslie Charleson) and her grandson Michael (Dylan Cash) and his brother Morgan (George Juarez). Monica, wallowing in grief over her daughter’s death, was briefly brought out of her pain by the children’s visit.
I have to say, Charleson turned in some of her most powerful performances.
She went from one emotion to another seemlessly.
She lashed out with untamed anger at Sonny and Jason.
Then there were the tender moments with Bobbie Spencer (Jackie Zeman). The two share a common bond of both having gone through the heartache of losing a child – in Monica’s case two.
There was a nostalgic nod to history when Leslie Webber (Denise Alexander) and Monica hugged in sadness over Emily’s death, acknowledging the irony of their long ago bitter rivalry over the affections of Rick Webber.
The eulogy given by Elizabeth Webber, (Rebecca Herbst) was honest and moving without being over-the-top emotional in her delivery. She quietly and methodically described how Emily touched everyone’s lives.
“Grace. Dignity. Kindness, Generosity. Unconditional Love.”
That’s how Elizabeth described her best friend, Emily.
And that’s how we’ll remember her.