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Whoever said chivalry is dead never met Damian Spinelli. Leave it to GH's lovable computer nerd to inject a little romance back into the soap genre with his offers to woo his fair Maximista with courtly love and turn dive bar Jake's into a place where romance reigns. In a time where many soap characters like Y&R's Sharon are turning bed-hopping into an art form, the need for romance in soaps has never been greater. What a breath of fresh air it is to see one of soaps most beloved characters laying a jacket over a puddle for his lady, wooing her with poems, and serenading her with songs. And while this may be not be considered trendy or on the cutting edge it is nice to see soaps incorporate romantic love into their storylines, something viewers rarely ever see on soaps these days.

Yesterday's episode of GH was full of romance. Spinelli even managed to inspire Maxie to copy a poem from a book for him as she awaited his much anticipated performance at Jake's, another act of courtly love. And even though viewers did not get to see Spinelli sing yesterday, Robin and Patrick provided more than enough entertainment and romance as they recreated a legendary scene from Dirty Dancing and sung "I've Had the Time of My Life." They even managed to work in some of those famous dance moves.

After watching Y&R the past few months I have to say that yesterday's episode of GH was refreshing. They managed to somehow blend their darker storylines with their significantly more light-hearted ones in a cohesive manner. The dialogue was intelligent and flowed easily between the actors. I was also impressed with their ability to provide humor in almost every scene without it seeming over the top or forced. The scene where Diane insulted the Assistant District Attorney's clothes was priceless. I thought it was especially funny when she started complaining to Alexis about how hideous the ADA's shoes were. Then there was the moment when Carly was sitting on the bed eating a carrot and spit it out as soon as Jax left the room then started eating out of a bag of chips she had stashed. This is quality writing. There may not be a lot going on in Port Charles at the moment, but at least GH is taking the time to build up their storylines without creating pointless drama that seems to go nowhere. Soap operas have to have lulls. These lulls support the drama that follows, and as long as the writing stays intelligent and creative during these lulls viewers will stick around for the drama. Y&R should take their cue from that.




Robin and Patrick-Karaoke Night at Jake's
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