Wednesday, March 18, 2009

10 Ways You Know You Have GPPD (Guza-style Post Partum Depression) instead of PPD

  1. When taking a sick baby out in a blizzard sounds like a great idea, instead of trying to bring down the fever yourself because you're a highly trained doctor.
  2. When leaving your baby in a tree sounds like the best idea ever, instead of keeping the baby close to you to give body warmth
  3. When you'd rather ask a hit man and a nurse who put her own kids in danger about the symptoms of PPD, rather than asking a friend who's a shrink or a PPD specialist
  4. When wanting to resume your professional life is a sign of PPD and that you're being a bad mother, and that you can make that decision on your own and not as a family.
  5. When your appearance is more stylish and put together the farther you fall into depression, instead of the typical symptoms of being unfocused or unmotivated about appearance
  6. When the only conversations you seem to have for months with your husband are 'I think you have PPD" and "No I don't", or 'I want to get a nanny' but neither of you interview anyone.
  7. When you won't let your newly married husband touch you because of a distorted body image after the baby, but you suddenly feel flirty and say "hey, show me your tool belt" to another man.
  8. When the voice of reason you listen to is a sycophantic, put-her-own-babies-in-danger nurse and not the doctor/brother-in-law who has done a little research and has you and your family's best interest at heart.
  9. When telling the truth has been your character flaw, yet you easily lie like a politician about your whereabouts, not having a husband or child, leaving said child alone at a diner, or that you have a problem
  10. When you know that you don't have PPD because you're not going through what Robin went through, instead of realizing that Bob Guza has made a mockery of what women are going through or have suffered with post-partum depression


The post-partum depression storyline had an enormous amount of potential because of the emotional angst it could generate and the talented actors involved in this storyline. Many of their fans had been disappointed with last year's string of inane storylines - suing over fetus visitation rights, the blog wars, Anna being a hot mama, the pointless reason for multiple proposals, etc - and were looking forward to a dramatic storyline with emotional touchpoints.

However, all that anticipation turned to dread when it was clear that the writers wouldn't afford this newly married couple any level of happiness - via a honeymoon, love scene, or any real intimacy. And the dread only increased when the viewers were taken out of the moment to question what they were seeing was truly a symptom of PPD or whether an already well-sketched character would be behave in that manner. Since the start of this arc, the writers have slowly devolved the characters to shadows of their former selves, seemingly to make any future sleazy plot points feasible.

Both Kimberly McCullough and Jason Thompson deserve many kudos for trying to make their characters' pain and conflict as realistic as possible, despite the over-the-top writing. The actors deserved an emotional and well-written storyline this year to show their dramatic talents, as their last opportunity to showcase was in July 2006. And the viewers deserved a compelling dramatic storyline to tune into, as it was a chore at times last year to tune into the circular arguments and largely silly pointlessness of the Scrubs storyline for much of the year. There is huge disappointment now with how the show is handling the execution of this whole storyline arc and the treatment of a legacy character.

To me...Bob Guza, Brian Frons and the studio have lost sight of what's important, which is especially galling because of the dire straits of daytime, it only takes one press of a button to turn the channel when the show ceases to provide escapism nor entertain.

17 comments:

Anonymous,  March 18, 2009 at 1:41 PM  

I agree the program is a disgrace. Our robin and patrick didnot get the love and respect they diserve. They were given stupid writing and disguesting words to say. The PPD story line stinks.Bring our favorite couple together as they belong

Anonymous,  March 18, 2009 at 2:50 PM  

If only the people in charge could understand what you have said....

Anonymous,  March 18, 2009 at 3:36 PM  

You hit the nail on the head. The sad part is that after today - if Robin doesn't have a brain tumor - pressing on the part of the brain that controls behavior - she cannot be saved. The writers have no right to call this PPD....if she really had that - it would show in signs of depression - not the creation of an alter "Nancy".

I've hit the channel button - Dr. Phil has become more interesting that GH.

Another viewer is GONE....

Anonymous,  March 18, 2009 at 4:01 PM  

Robin is trashed - her character is gone. Even if she has GPPD - she is no longer redeemable.

Also, anyone notice how Guza can't think up an original story line for Robin and Patrick....isn't Robin reliving Stacy (NS1) delivery and Carley's PPD (she ran away too).

And, would you want to be treated by the professionals around her - everyone afraid to step on her toes and tell her to get help.

Matt (unlikely choice) rocks for telling it like it is...too bad Patrick didn't listen - OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

Anonymous,  March 18, 2009 at 4:13 PM  

At the beginning I understood the storyline of PPD, but it became so Stupid. I had a small case of it and read alot about it. GUZA blew this storyline all out proportion. IT just was not written well. Jason and Kimberly has done an excellent job on what they were given. But we have learn and expect more from the SCRUBs. I LOVE the SCRUBs. Just don't get rid of them. Give them better lines to bring the show rating back up.... Have them as a couple with problems, like all the other soaps have their couples.

KEEP THE SCRUBS TOGETHER. LEAVE LIZ AND ALL THE OTHER WOMEN OUT OF THIS. REVIEW WHAT THE OTHER SOAPS ARE DOING AND YOU GOT ME BACK AS A FAN.

I have been watching Day of Our lives and others one and their are some good storyline in them.

Anonymous,  March 18, 2009 at 4:19 PM  

Has anyone heard that the Scrubs will be together after all this mess is over? If you have, please let me know. I don't want to waste my time watching it if the Scrubs are not a happy, fighting, family.

The PPD became unrealistic after awhile, only unto GUZA. It became so far fetched. What has Guza got in store for the SCRUBs, beside Lying and Cheating on one another. Which I will not watch any of that.

Guza, what are you and Frons going to do to bring good rating back to the top.

This Fan has one foot already out the door on leaving the soap for good. Remember has you were on top as one of the favorite soap to watch

Anonymous,  March 18, 2009 at 4:21 PM  

Well said !I think the show will not be able to recover and it is very sad for all the dedicated viewers who invested their time and loyalty for the past 45 years.It is a disgrace to the legacy of Robin's character and everyone who has in one way or the other was touched by this dreadful illness.

Anonymous,  March 18, 2009 at 4:51 PM  

I agree. I have been a faithful watchers since I was a little girl. How are GUZa/Frons going to fix Robin image?

PPD normally is a family problem. Now she is changing her name and has no family. Stupid.

One other thing get rid of all the people in between them, like Liz (give her something else or someone else to help). Get the Carpenter out of Robin life. Give him to Liz. Let Patrick be the one to save his Wife and bring her back. No death or something Crazy like that. All couples have fight, I use to like to see
Patrick and Robin go at it, then make up.

MAKE it right. That's all we needs to be say.

Anonymous,  March 18, 2009 at 6:05 PM  

Amen. The only reason I started watching General Hospital again was because of Scrubs, and I didn't think ANYTHING could be worse that the ridiculous stuff they did after they drove the two fo them apart. I'm one of those former daytime watchers who stopped watching becasue the writers made characters do things that were totally inconsistent with their histories. I wish GH would pay attention to the audience exodous (and the many talented writers who aren't working) and step up.

Anonymous,  March 18, 2009 at 7:32 PM  

Bravo !!! Well put, couldn't have said it better myself. It will surely be funny when GUZA and FRONS realize what a big mess they've gotten themselves in.

Ratings are now not only down, but I'd consider GH a writen-off show... if they don't change things now, particularily this storyline with scrubs they should be prepared for a huge mess.

Anonymous,  March 18, 2009 at 8:29 PM  

We should start a campaign - everyone send into GH letters that says

Bring Happiness to Robin and Patrick - Bring Back Love In the Afternoon....

OR

Fire Guza before GH ratings tank and there is no return

Maybe this will open the network's eyee!! The fans want to watch and stay loyal - but, you are destroying Robin's character....she has been on the show since she was a child....how can they do this to her??

Court,  March 18, 2009 at 10:21 PM  

TEN MILLION times WORD!!!

Anonymous,  March 19, 2009 at 9:39 AM  

Brooke Shields suffered PPD with her first child and she was vocal about it and wrote a book titled Down Came The Rain.What helped her the most in her struggle was the support of her husband and close family.With doctor's care ,therapy and drug treatment she was able to recover and become a loving parent that she is today.This is what I expected from this storyline ,a compelling and heartbreaking story where Jason and Kimberly can use their great acting abilities.The beginning of the PPD story the writer was able to portray all of Robin's symptoms in a realistic way but after the toxic crisis everything else was trashed.I think GH and the writer is just looking for sensationalism and did not think of the reprecussion of the way they continue to write the story.The writer did not care at the sensitivity of this illness and what they want is drama of cheating couples that cannot stay faithful .I quess dedicated viewers are not their main priority and rating that will go down the toilet is not a major concern.Iam deeply sad especially for the fanbase of these couple who invested their precious time and might have been the reason for the show to succeed if the story was completely honest.sincere and there is a moral lesson to learn for viewers.I stop watching the show after baby Emma was taken out in the blizzard and cannot condone the way the child was being put in danger even if this is just soap opera.A child's life is very precious and the way is being written in this show cannot be tolerated.

Carolyn March 19, 2009 at 5:24 PM  

I unfortunately have first hand experience with ppd and can say with total confidence that it was NOTHING like what Guza & co have written. They're doing a real disservice to viewers by pretending this is what postpartum depression looks like.

All they needed to do was Google it and visit a few forums, for god's sake. Instead they choose to make it up in their own heads, inventing symptoms.

PPD is guilt, sadness, emptiness, confusion and desperation. It's not sticking your baby in a tree, inventing an alternate personality and hitting on strange men.

Kim Mc could've done a wonderful job if they'd put an ounce of thought into it and given her decent material.

Anonymous,  March 20, 2009 at 11:26 AM  

I thought this was a Scrubs board/post not a bash-Elizabeth-free-for-all. Good to know this place is hidden-agenda-free. Insert eye-roll here >

The Scrubs Hub March 20, 2009 at 12:08 PM  

In response to the above comment...

1. Considering that this is a soap couple site and not a general GH show site, having an agenda (promoting a couple) is a bit inherent...don't you think?

2. I think Liz deserves a bit of a bash - the writing for Liz hasn't been very kind lately. On top of her recent poor decisions about Jason, I think she's enabled Patrick and Robin to make excuses for their behavior and denial. But, overall I like Liz (and make no other criticisms here)...I just wouldn't go to her for advice. Sorry. lol

3. I think giving people a place to vent about the writing is a good thing, regardless of whether or not I agree with them.

Thanks for the feedback, and hope you'll stop by again.

Anonymous,  March 22, 2009 at 8:24 AM  

One question....
WHAT IS GUZA HOLDING OVER THE NETWORK...OR TPTB THAT THEY WON'T OR CAN'T GET RID OF HIM???...
HE'S DOING A TERRIBLE JOB...EVERYONE AGREES....HE'S COSTING THE NETWORK RATINGS...HE'S RUINING ROBIN AND PATRICK...IF YOU REMEMBER HE COST THEM THE "COUPLE OF THE YEAR" AWARD....HE IS NOT TELLING THE STORY ACCURATELY....JUST LIKE HE SCREWED UP THE HIV PREGNANCY STORY....
YET HE LAUGHS AT US AND DOES AS HE PLEASES...
WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE BEFORE ANYONE IN POWER LISTENS TO US...
AND GETS RID OF HIM??

I'D REALLY LIKE TO KNOW...BECAUSE...IF ROBIN, PATRICK AND EMMA AS A FAMILY...ARE GONE...SO AM I....ROBIN AND PATRICK BROUGHT ME BACK TO GH AFTER MANY YEARS OF NOT WATCHING (I left the last time Robin left and will again)....AND IF THEY ARE GONE SO AM I.....ROBIN AND PATRICK HAD INSTANT CHEMISTRY AND INSTEAD OF REALIZING "THEY ARE THE GOOSE THAT LAID THE GOLDEN EGG" AND HE HAS A WINNER IN THEM....HE MESSES AROUND AND RUINS THEM AND SEES HOW BAD HE CAN MESS UP...

HE SEEMS TO THINK ALL THIS CRAP HE IS PULLING IS CUTE...BUT I'D LIKE TO TELL HIM TO HIS FACE WHAT WE/I THINK OF IT...

AS WELL AS I WOULD LIKE TO TELL ROBIN AND PATRICK HOW MUCH WE/I ENJOY AND APPRECIATE THEM...

ALL THIS CARLY CRAP DAY AFTER DAY IS PAINFULLY BORING AND DISGUSTING....AND YET SHE GETS SO MUCH MORE AIR TIME THAN ANYONE...

AS IT IS NOW,I DON'T WATCH I TAPE SO I CAN FAST FORWARD AND ONLY WATCH WHAT I WANT...NO CARLY, NO MOB STUFF...SO HE DOESN'T RAM HIS GARBAGE DOWN MY THROAT...AND I CAN WATCH ROBIN, PATRICK AND EMMA WHEN HE GIVES US 30 SECONDS OR SO OF THEM...

SO BACK TO THE ORIGINAL QUESTION:
WHY IS IT THAT GUZA KEEPS HIS JOB NO MATTER HOW BAD HE IS AND EVERYONE ELSE'S IS IN JEOPARDY???

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