When Sabrina hasn't been pining faraway for Patrick Drake, she's become kind of obsessed with the old Port Charles tradition of the Nurses Ball. While it's been over a decade since the show was last performed, its ideals of performance, spectacle, partnership, and charity have really appealed to Sabrina. So much so that she's been looking for a way to revive it. This week, she's setting her sights on the Ball's old mastermind, Lucy Coe.
But if you haven't been watching General Hospital since the 1990s, you might not know what all the fuss is about. If that's the case, here's a quick primer on the history of the grand event:
The first Nurses Ball was in 1994. The brainchild of flighty but well-intentioned Lucy Coe, the ball was a gala celebration where Port Charles's best and brightest came out to raise money for AIDS charities. The event was a collection of musical performances starring doctors, nurses, and other PC luminaries. Lucy would always emcee the event, often joined (however reluctantly) by her archrival Katherine Bell.
In the early years of the Ball, the AIDS charity was a huge component, since these years coincided with Stone Cates revealing he had AIDS, and later, Robin Scorpio's HIV-positive status. So many memorable moments in the Robin/Stone storyline took place at the Nurses' Ball, including Mac presenting Robin with Stone's patch on the AIDS memorial quilt.
Some of the best moments over the years involved performances from the most unlikely of Port Charlesians. Who would have expected grumpy old Edward Quartermaine to be such a song-and-dance man? Ditto the decidedly not warm-and-fuzzy Luke Spencer. But there they would be, putting on a great show. Even more of a tradition was an accidental one: every year, some snafu would happen, resulting in Lucy embarrassing herself onstage, often in her underwear.
After eight Nurses Balls, the show didn't return after 2001. But maybe Sabrina's well-placed nostalgia could get Lucy on board. And if the history of this show has taught us anything, it's that Lucy will make sure the show goes on.