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Pity Party of Five: GH

Baby switches are nothing new in daytime. They provide months, if not years, of story, keeping viewers on pins and needles waiting for the "big reveal." Most are quite memorable and prompt hard-to-forget performances...when they're done correctly, like the As the World Turns baby switch between Gwen and Jennifer. 

This was a beautifully-crafted, heartbreaking storyline where Gwen and Casey's baby died, but Craig switched their baby for his and Jennifer's. Hence, Jennifer thought her baby was dead, when really Gwen was raising him as a single parent. This baby switch worked because people sympathized with both parties. Viewers desperately wanted to see Jennifer reunited with her son, but felt sorry for Gwen and the inevitable loss she would face when that happened. Fortunately Gwen found support and comfort with her newly-discovered sister Carly and loving boyfriend Will.

The ATWT baby switch stands in stark contrast to the one currently airing on GH. It's difficult to feel anything but anger and frustration for Maxie and Spinelli after they gave their only child away to keep from hurting Dante and Lulu's feelings. They sacrificed the care, well being, and security of their daughter to spare a friendship. And even now that the truth is out they would still be more than willing to hand her over to Dante and Lulu to heal that friendship. It's not selfless, it's not heroic (as was implied on twitter by a certain writer who shall remain nameless), it's incredibly selfish and unfeeling to say the least.

So who cares if Spinelli and Maxie are reunited with baby Connie? They don't deserve to be parents. That's not to say I'm sad for Dante and Lulu either. It's difficult to have sympathy for them after they spent months treating Maxie like a human incubator. And everyone knows Britt's baby is actually theirs anyway. 

Speaking of Britt, are we supposed to feel bad that Dr. Obrecht kidnapped baby Ben?  When exactly did Britt bond with this baby and grow to love him as her own? By the time it was revealed she was pregnant it looked like she was about to deliver, and said baby was nothing more than a tool to get to Patrick. Then the baby is born and suddenly he is her whole world. Is that supposed to evoke viewer sympathy for her? I mean really, is it? Who are the injured parties supposed to be in this mess? I mean aside from the viewers.


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