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.

I never thought I would say this…
But I’m really liking Maxie and Spinelli as a pair.
As in a romantic pair.
I really never thought it would work for me.
Mainly for two reasons.
a. because Maxie has been sleazy and slutty and has done some pretty despicable things.
and b. because I absolutely LOVED and anticipated the pairing of Spinelli with Georgie, Maxie’s sister.
Of course they never really got the chance to be together because “Wise Georgie” was killed off the show before that happened.
Don’t get me started on that subject…..grrrrr.
Because all of the above reasons – coupled with the fact that I absolutely adore Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) and think he deserves the most loyal, wonderful love interest in the whole world – I held out little hope for my acceptance of Spixie.
However, when Maxie (Kirsten Storms) began working for Fashionista Kate Howard (Megan Ward) a metamorphosis slowly occurred.
Maxie turned from a scheming, slutty vamp into a confident, reliable, serious, hard-working young woman.
She has done a 180 right down to her clothes, which are now very classy as opposed to very slutty.
In Spinelli speak, Maxie went from being “The Bad Blonde One” to “Maxinista.”
It’s taken this long for me to actually think that I can accept this pairing – and now I love them together.
Who woulda thought?
And I know where the turning point came for me.
It was during these scenes.

Don’t you agree?
Aren’t they cute?

All I can do is shake my head.
What happened?
What happened to Bradford Anderson?
How about Carolyn Hennesy?
Nancy Lee Grahn? Kirsten Storms? Erika Slezak? Robert S. Woods? Laura Wright? Catherine Hickland? Michael E. Knight? The list goes on and on and on….
Most of my favorites – in fact the majority of talented ABC soapsters – have been snubbed by the 2008 Daytime Emmy Nominations.
Blatantly so.
The only ABC actors to receive nominations are: Lead Actor – David Canary (Adam/Stuart Chandler) from All My Children and Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer) from General Hospital; Supporting Actor – Brian Kerwin (Charlie Banks) from One Life To Live.
All fabulous actors.
Yes. Definitely.
Are they deserving?
Yes. Definitely.
But, my goodness, how can they overlook two of the brightest spots on my soap screen over the past year – Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) and Carolyn Hennesy (Diane Miller)?
Those two keep me fixated on GH when most of the other stuff is FF material.
Those two give 110 percent and more each and every time they are on the screen.
Then there’s Erika Slezak (Viki) on OLTL. She IS OLTL.
She’s had a wonderful storyline and has given spectacular performances.
She always does.
But particularly this year, paired opposite of aforementioned Kerwin as her new love interest, Charlie.
And how about Catherine Hickland (Lindsay) who was revealed to be Spencer Truman’s killer and the subsequent courtroom scenes where she lapses into mental illness (though we now know she faked it to avoid prosecution.) Hickland did an amazing job with that entire storyline.
I could keep going, but you get the picture.
You can check out the list of 2008 Daytime Emmy Nominations for yourself.
I wish David Canary, Tony Geary and Brian Kerwin the best of luck.
All good choices.
And the hopes of ABC soap fans will be with them.
But there should have been more nominations from ABC.
The Daytime Emmys will be broadcast June 20 at 8 p.m.
The irony?