As written by GHH member, TVacademic

Just have to jump in on the Michael and Abby discussion...

First, it's disturbing that Abby is so easily villaiinized because of her life choices.  What's interesting to me about Abby (though I must admit that "stripper with heart of gold" is a trope I'd most like left behind) is that she, too, has clearly been raped.  And since that seems to be what happened to Michael, she recognizes certain emotional complexities in him.  It's dangerous to conflate sexual experience with sexual comfort--many people have had many sexual partners (we have no idea whether this is true of Abby, by the way) but are very confused about sex and feel very insecure with their sexuality; sometimes promiscuity is the response to trauma.  There's no one way to experience being a victim, and we have to keep in mind what GH is telling us: that Abby is a victim, too.

The problem with this character (...I may be wrong about this--you know how I like to insider-guess) is that she was never supposed to be a character at all.  She was supposed to be a plot-point on the way to discovering what really happened to Michael.  And then something happened: the actor held her own and had chemistry with Michael... I think the actor willed her own character into being, and I give her props for it.  Meanwhile, the other actor they brought in to play Kristina's friend fell flat in her scenes.  The whole thing felt like a quick story shift to me, and I commend the GH crew for going with chemistry (if this is what occurred) over plot.  I finally like Michael as a character (no other iteration was remotely interesting to me), and what I like most about the way this actor plays him is his thoughtfulness and quiet.  Abby seems to bring that best quality out in him, so my interest is piqued just on an aesthetic level.  I get tired of actors chewing on scenery, and these two decidedly don't.

It's in Carly's nature to butt in, but I do hope this is one of those times (it's pretty 50/50) she is ultimately proven wrong (and then she can just go back to torturing Brenda).  Abby and Michael are best left pure and simple: two people impacted by horrible circumstances struggling to redefine themselves as agents, not victims.  If [some girl Michael's age] showed up at this point in Michael's life, some of the deeper conflicts in Michael's personality would need to be glossed over--his penchant for violence, his sexual confusion--in order to lay the groundwork for "perfect love."

I actually think Sam did a good thing in trying to draw some of Michael's emotions out.  I do have a knee-jerk reaction to the idea of getting a virgin male a prostitute, so don't misunderstand.  It's this age-old idea of: "Hey, if you just objectify a woman, you'll be all good! You'll know how it's done by real men!"  But I think the motives were pure--drawing out feelings he refused to share otherwise.  Ultimately, that initial inclination has paid off in ways far more interesting and realistic than merely once again illustrating that Michael is messed up.

On an end note, I'm actually glad that GH has [apparently] decided to go for it with Michael's rape.  It's hard to handle, of course, but when they made the decision to have him do real time in prison, they really opened a too-obvious can of worms.  Rape is about power, not sex, and that's why it happens so rampantly in prison.  GH has a history of confronting tough stories.  This is one they could not very well sweep under the rug simply because it raises questions with really complex answers.