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'General Hospital' recap: Keeping it in the family

Season 51 | Episodes 44-48 | Aired June 2-6, 2014

In the real world, most couples are able to tell each other that they love each other and then go happily about their day. In Port Charles, such declarations don’t go quite as smoothly. An “I love you” can easily be followed up with an undead spouse, such as one Nina Clay.

Silas decides it is time to move on from the specter of Nina’s memory … so he brings out a box of memories and photos to stare at and share with Sam. Conveniently, it is the first time Sam sees a photo of Nina, so when the never-before-seen Mrs. Clay makes her appearance at Danny’s birthday party, Sam is quick to recognize her.

Nina covers all of the questions about where she has been (physical rehab) and how she tracked Silas down in a new city (some newfangled contraption called the Internet). And while she is wheelchair-bound for the time being, she’s also incredibly dense. She assumes that since Silas never divorced her, he’s ready to reunite immediately and pick up where they left off. Never mind that he was having an affair when she went into the coma. Never mind that maybe he didn’t file for divorce because he thought she was DEAD. Sam and Silas decide that Nina is too fragile, so they opt to keep their relationship quiet for now.

Or is she really that fragile? Did anyone else sense that Nina was playing the “I’m so weak” card a little too much? Her mother and aunt are both master manipulators: Perhaps the apple didn’t fall far? Remember, we only saw her eyes open last month. Silas never saw her for the past 20 years. Is it possible there is more to her story than we know? It will be interesting to see how she reacts to the reveal of Kiki, the product of Silas’s long ago affair with Ava.

Nothing was more gut-wrenching than watching Patrick and Sabrina say goodbye to baby Gabriel Drake Santiago. After weeks of hanging on, Gabriel succumbed to necrotizing entercolitis (NEC), the second-leading cause of death in premature infants. His death came on very suddenly, as he went from kicking his leg to death’s door in a matter of scenes. The emotional sight of his parents listening to his heartbeat as it slows, then stops, was incredibly sad. In real life, Teresa Castillo (Sabrina) just gave birth last week to her own first child, so one can only imagine how difficult these scenes must have been to act for her. Will this grief bond Patrick and Sabrina as Robin remains off screen?

The question of whether Ava or Luke ran them off the road may also be a moot point. While both of them had issued threats prior to the car crash, we’re seeing a new suspect emerge. Who’s that? Why, Rafe, of course. We hadn’t seen him in months and now he emerges, complete with an earring and a drug habit. His addiction (cocaine? heroin?) is already advanced enough for him to be stealing Sam’s money, so it doesn’t seem like much of a stretch to think he would have been driving the night of the accident. There’s no direct evidence, but in daytime world, it seems a forgone conclusion. Or … it’s a completely off-base theory and his drug habit will tie back to Fake Luke’s undoing. What’s your guess?

Elizabeth Webber has learned nothing about the justice system during her time in Port Charles. For all of the wrongful arrests and trials in this town, you’d think she’d wait a hot second before convicting someone based on initial evidence. But all it takes is Nicolas showing her a newspaper and reading the substantiation for her to switch her alliance away from Ric. And with that, the only person left on Team Ric is Molly. And for a teenager, Molly may be the smartest person in town. She instantly realizes that Julian owns the newspaper, Julian provided all of the proof to the police, and Julian gets immunity for turning Ric in. I fully expect her and T.J. to be the ones to solve the case, one-upping the PCPD and the FBI.

Nathan continues his turnaround from annoying to appealing, as he assists Maxie in rescheduling her court hearing to regain Georgie visitation. And while he continues to eschew shirts in favor of towels, he also proves himself to be worth more to Maxie than granola-crunching Levi. How long are we supposed to put up with this insufferable know-it-all trying to run Maxie’s life? It will be curious to see which comes first: Levi’s departure from our screens or Nathan deciding if his name is Nathan, James or Jay (which Nina calls him).

Who would have thought that this whole Ava-Sonny-Morgan-Baby storyline would have turned out to be enjoyable? Sure, there’s the inherent ick factor of sleeping with a father and son on the same day, but the one-liners have been nothing short of hysterical. The only thing better was Carly’s and Morgan’s matching mother-son “duh” faces when they heard the news.

Silas: “For Ava, odd is any day ending in Y.”

Morgan (after Sonny repeats that he never meant for this to happen): “You should get that tattooed on your forehead.”

Olivia (to Sonny): “Baby mama. Baby grandma. Go to hell.”

Kiki: “My mother is having my ex-husband’s baby.”

Morgan: “Unless my dad’s the father.”

And since everyone is furious that Sonny slept with Ava, the logical thing to do is to move her into his home. Granted, only Carly knows why Sonny wants to keep such close tabs on her, but the fallout is sure to be immense. Olivia walks away from Sonny as soon as she learns of the housing arrangement, and Morgan is sure to be a close second. However this plays out, it’s going to be a long nine months.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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