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Dispensary by Kimberly
Tale of Two Maxies
Almost a year ago, we received news that Jen Lilley would be
filling in for Kirsten Storms as Maxie. Although I am not a big fan of the
character of Maxie, it was difficult for me to conceive of anyone else in this
role. The rambling, self-centered, often ditzy fashion plate was a difficult
character to emulate, and sure enough the replacement Maxie seemed awkward, like
a little girl walking in her mother’s shoes. You could tell that Ms. Lilley had
watched many "Maxie scenes" and was doing her best to copy Ms. Storms' movements,
facial expressions, and even her tone. But I could live through it, since it was
only for a short while, or so we thought.
Weeks later, we received more news that Kirsten Storms' return
was unknown. This news should have made me upset, but the truth is I wasn’t. Now
it is not to say that anyone could replace Kirsten Storms as Maxie, but by now
it was clear that Jen Lilley was giving us a different version of Maxie. It
wasn't a complete switch and you could clearly see that Jen Lilley was keeping
true to the character’s spirit. This was evident during her scenes in October
2011 where they paid tribute to BJ (BJ’s birthday). Jen Lilley had her work cut
out for her and work she did.
For me, Jen Lilley put her stamp on Maxie when she played
opposite the great Bruce Weitz. The Maxie and Anthony Z. scenes were just
golden. From the time she pulled him from the waters at the docks (where she
offered to call him a cab), I couldn’t stop chuckling. When Anthony called her
"Cookie" the name just stuck, and Jen Lilley became my "Cookie Maxie." I looked
forward to watching Maxie and Anthony, and when he summoned her to plan his
wedding I was grateful to see more of them together. The comedic timing between
these two takes one thing…….talent!
Jen Lilley also did a great job in her scenes opposite Rebecca
Herbst. Elizabeth and Maxie are far from friends, and it is not easy to convey
that type of dislike in a two-minute scene. With Matt caught in the middle
(although I do believe he liked it), Maxie and Elizabeth’s strained relationship
was once again in the forefront. In the end Matt had made his choice and the
scenes where Maxie had to tell Matt that he killed Lisa, coupled with the fact
that Jason Cook had decided to leave GH just as the writing was getting good for
the character, made it even more poignant.
During the emotional times of Robin’s death and the subsequent storylines that
followed, Jen Lilley did a great job. For some GH fans, Robin’s death was
painful to watch and the loss of her character left us saddened. For me, having Jen Lilley around to portray Maxie was just
what I needed.
Jen Lilley went from looking like a child walking in her
mother’s shoes to finding her own shoe size and leaving her own path. And even
though I am still no fan of Maxie (the character), Jen Lilley made the scenes
between Maxie and Spinelli, Sam, Lulu, Patrick, Mac, Felicia and many others
As news that Kirsten Storms was headed back to work surfaced,
there was little left to say except……
"Welcome back, Kirsten" and "Thank you so much, Jen! We will miss you, Cookie."
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