Guest Author - Lynn McMonigal
The Baby John storyline is one of my least favorites on General Hospital in years.
First, how in the world did he even come to be? I thought complications from her miscarriage left Courtney unable to conceive. She and Jax wanted so badly to have a child together that she even went through some testing to see if her condition had changed. Dr. Meadows again told the young bride that conception would be impossible.
This couple wanted a baby so badly that they were willing to do almost anything. Her husband's eagerness to be a father left Courtney feeling inadequate because she could no give him one. The frustrations both felt with the situation are understandable. These are things that perhaps should have been dealt with before the marriage--or at least before looking for a surrogate--but this is Soap Land. A marriage with no issues would be uninteresting to watch.
What I don't get, though, is how Courtney could go from head-over-heels for Jax to madly in love with Nikolas so quickly. And don't get me started on how quickly Nik moved on from Emily! The pairing of Courtney and Nikolas never felt right to me. It was very forced, very uncomfortable to watch. There was no chemistry there. Maybe it is just me. I prefer Jax to Nikolas (and to almost every other man in Port Charles), and never could understand why Courtney would give up on her marriage so easily.
However, that does not excuse Jax. He claims to have lied for John's protection. Perhaps that would be believable if he had not tried so hard to keep Nikolas out of the boy's life. His actions make it appear the motive was revenge--you took my wife, so I am taking your son. Jax was looking out for Jax, not the well-being of the baby.
When Carly became part of the lie, I really was annoyed. After the mess she faced regarding Michael's paternity, Carly of all people should have known how this would end. In addition, that Robin was involved--well, that just made this all too familiar. Seeing Robin and Nikolas together should have given Carly a clue that something was coming.
There is no doubt that both Jax and Carly were wrong to keep Nikolas and John apart. Yet I have to agree with Carly on one thing--Robin was wrong to tell Nikolas the way she did. I am not saying she was wrong to tell him at all. Nikolas deserved to the truth. But announcing it at the Christening, in front of everyone, was not the way to do it. As a friend to both Jax and Nikolas, not to mention an educated, intelligent women, Robin should have been able to find a better way to break the news. She should have approached Jax privately, let him know that she knew the truth, and urge him to do the right thing. Only then should she have gone to Nikolas and filled him in on everything. There still could have been a showdown between the two men. Carly still could plot to ruin Robin for the damage she caused. It still could have been entertaining. But no. Robin had to wait until the worst possible moment to open her mouth. She caused John to be ripped from his home, put a strain on her friendship with Jax, and jeopardized her relationship with Patrick.