Guest Author - Gina Vetrone Wilson
When Damian Millhouse Spinelli came to Port Charles in 2006, his main role was to act as Jason Morgan’s sidekick. Spinelli was brought in to help in the Metro Court hostage crisis; however, he soon made his way into the hearts of the citizens of Port Charles and the hearts of General Hospital fans everywhere.
We were first allowed into “The Jackal’s” psyche through his vivid fantasies early on in the game when Spinelli fell in love with Lulu Spencer. We were able to see that Spin wears his heart on his sleeve. Lulu had some relationship issues of her own and Spin became resolved to being just friends with “The Original Blonde One” Lulu.
While Spin was still licking his wounds over Lulu, another Port Charles vixen had her eyes set on the handsome hacker; Georgie Jones. Jason told Spinelli that Georgie was in love with him; but when he went looking for her to discuss the revelation he got more than he bargained for. Spinelli found Georgie’s body in the park, a victim of the Text Message Killer.
The death of Georgie not only affected Spinelli, but it affected the life of Georgie’s sister Maxie as well. Maxie was devastated at the death of her sister and even more traumatized when her boyfriend Coop died, of an apparent suicide. Maxie was not convinced that Coop would take his own life so she enlisted the help of Spinelli to get to the bottom of the deaths of both Coop and Georgie.
That was the beginning of “Spixie”, the super couple that took soap fans by storm. It seemed like an impossible pairing. Maxie was loud, boisterous, and promiscuous. Spinelli was shy, sweet, and naïve. Somehow, they managed to make us fall in love with the idea of them while keeping us on pins and needles waiting for the next kiss or cute Spixie love scene.
After waiting for what seemed like forever, we were finally treated to Spinelli and Maxie’s “first time” together. It was a beautiful moment in soap history; a moment that was almost ruined by Maxie’s insecurities. Shortly after making love for the first time, Spinelli saved Maxie’s life by pushing her out of the way of a speeding car. As a result, Spinelli himself was hit by the car and seriously injured. Maxie stayed by his side while she slowly realized that she was, in fact, truly in love with Spinelli.
While Spin and Maxie were slowly building their relationship, Lulu became embroiled in a relationship with the Dark Knight, Johnny Zaccara. Johnny was just your average mobster gone good. Eventually, Johnny and Maxie were forced to spend time together for work related reasons and even for some illegal non-work related schemes. As much as they tried to fight it, Maxie and Johnny could not fight their attraction for one another.
After a few stolen kisses and a few love making near misses, Maxie and Johnny were finally busted in a lip lock by Spinelli himself! Spinelli began to look at the big picture and it dawned on him that maybe he and Maxie weren’t meant to be after all. The confused couple went their separate ways, but they didn’t stray far from each other’s orbits, where they remain in limbo today.
Spinelli and Maxie are now working on rebuilding their broken relationship although there’s no way to know if Maxie’s scheming or Spinelli’s ability to let her walk all over him will be the cause of the final demise of the phenomenon known as “Spixie”.