Now that ABC has given viewers a taste of THE CHEW on General Hospital, let’s try to imagine which relish most closely resembles the original Pickle-Lila recipe.
Is it AJ Quartermaine’s newly reconstructed Pickle-Lila, or is it his Aunt Tracy Quartermaine’s Pickle-Eddie relish? And aside the taste-testing results on the reality food show, which one actually tastes better? Since the option of taste is literally off the table due to the vicarious nature of this brand’s existence, it depends on whether you support “Camp AJ,” with AJ Quartermaine, his biological son, Michael Corrinthos, and the gangster turned business entrepreneur, Duke Lavory on one side, or “Camp Tracy,” with Tracy Quartermaine, her ex-husband and friend, Luke Spencer, and the spitefully “jealous-over-AJ-with-Liz,” Prince Nicholas Cassadine on the other.
Who should win the seat of CEO at ELQ – AJ or Tracy? Who should win Elizabeth Webber’s heart – AJ or Nicholas? Will the elusive Quartermaine heir, Lauren Frank, agree to cast her deciding vote to keep her Uncle AJ seated as CEO of ELQ, or reinstate her Great Aunt Tracy’s rightful position as CEO in Edward Louis Quartermaine’s company?
If AJ stays at ELQ as CEO, should he keep Liz, or lose her to Nicholas? If the philosophy of winner takes all applies, AJ will keep Liz, leaving Tracy out of her rightful place in her father’s company, and Nicholas will have to wait for a new princess to grace his sexy body-builder’s physique. Or, AJ could follow in his own “screw up” reputation and lose both Liz and ELQ. In that case, Nicholas gets Liz and Tracy is the CEO. That would leave AJ out of a job with more time for dogging Carly Corrithos-Jax, with whom he shares a far from loving, lust-hate relationship based on sex, yet bonded by their biological son, Michael Corrinthos. Perhaps Michael will still have the chance to work for ELQ, if he wishes to do so with his Great Aunt Tracy. While that may not sit well with AJ or even his mother, Carly, it is far better than working for his mob boss adoptive father, Sonny Corrinthos.
But beyond the squabbles of family and business, matters of the heart are always what add suds to the soap. And seriously, should Liz get serious with AJ, or rekindle her lusty love for Nicholas, who is actually the uncle of one of her children, Aiden Spencer? Maybe Liz should date both hunks and just not tell the other one until the love triangle implodes. Dating two guys at once may be difficult to do without getting caught in Port Charles, given that everyone knows everyone else and their business, as they keep a running tab on who’s with whom. Liz has cheated on Lucky with his brother, Nicholas. Now she can cheat on Nicholas and AJ, both, in the name of being torn between the two. It would be sizzling daytime drama to watch Liz try to get away with dating two studs at once while juggling the emotional baggage that will torment her conscience once again. All the soapy lies will fizzle out of control as we viewers will get a load of eye-candy watching her play mattress-tag with AJ one day and Nicholas the next.
AJ is clearly at the top of this pickle-love triangle. Tracy will either win back her position as CEO or she won’t. Nicholas will either win Liz back, or he won’t. AJ has the most to gain and the most to lose. Or perhaps AJ will be left with either just Liz without a job, or the job of CEO at ELQ without Liz by his side. Who else but Elizabeth can calm him down during his panic attacks? But if Liz chooses both men, the entire triangle will implode in time, and they will all get their hearts pickled in a jar of relish.