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'General Hospital' recap: No willy-nilly in the hospital

Season 51 | Episodes 49-53 | Aired June 9-13, 2014

Do you think Nurse Elizabeth Webber can treat herself for whiplash? First Nikolas shows her a newspaper outlining the charges against Ric, so Ric must be guilty! Then Diane easily points out that all of the evidence came from Julian, so Ric must be innocent. But after the jailhouse events that end the week, will Elizabeth change her mind again? Or will she be too busy looking for a new job, since Dr. Olbrecht has fired her for leaving the hospital to go to the police station mid-shift?

It’s hard to reconcile the scoundrel Ric Lansing of years past with the one who is on our screen this week. A far cry from locking a woman in a panic room, the Ric currently before us is all about proving his merit to the women he loves. But unfortunately, Ric is going to face a very uphill battle in clearing his name.

A honeymooning Fake-Luke calls Julian to advise him that with Ric on the hook, it’s still drug business as usual for their business. Julian protests, weakly, that the police will be suspect if the trade starts up again, seeing as the supposedly guilty Ric is locked up for running the show. Fake-Luke doesn’t care and tells Julian to put more responsibility on Jordan’s shoulders. Julian advises Jordan that Ric is just a dupe for the real boss, but refuses to identify who is really running the show.

Jordan meets with Anna in the least clandestine park-bench meeting outside of Olivia-Rowan Pope on Scandal. Sitting back-to-back, with Anna reading a paper and Jordan pretending to be on the phone, Jordan fills in Anna on Ric’s innocence. Meanwhile, Ric is sad in his jail cell, trying to convince Sonny that he didn’t renew their brotherly warfare. Despite Sonny’s recent realizations that he killed a blameless man (A.J.) himself, he has no interest in his brother’s declarations of a frame-up. Fortunately, Ric gets a visit from Molly, his loudest cheerleader.

And with Elizabeth’s change of heart, Molly’s support and Diane as his counsel, it looks as though Ric may actually catch a break. But Anna has to rain on his parade, telling him that she is now aware that he has been set up, but she can’t release him. Not only can she not set him free, but Anna tells Ric that exonerating him could conceivably put his daughter and girlfriend in danger. So what are Ric and the PCPD to do? How does this sound: Pretend Nathan shot Ric dead as he was trying to escape? Yep, Ric’s now off to the witness protection program, despite the fact that he didn’t witness anything! Molly and Elizabeth are grief-stricken. Props to Molly, though, because those tears had me wanting to tell her that her dad isn’t really dead!

Molly’s tears aren’t the only ones being shed this week, as the emotional response from Gabriel’s death resonates throughout Port Charles. Everyone with a heart is devastated, whilst we all received further confirmation that Levi is just horrible. Not wanting to let Maxie grieve is just another reason that we are all waiting for Maxie to realize Nathan is her new soul mate. The sooner she realizes barbecue ribs trump yoga in the park, the happier viewers will be.

Of course, nobody’s emotions over the baby’s death come close to his mother, Sabrina’s. After finding her scribbling thank-you notes, a worried Felix calls Patrick over to check on her. Patrick is stunned to find her donning her wedding dress from their interrupted nuptials last fall. Sabrina has broken from reality, refusing to acknowledge that Gabriel was ever conceived, much less died. Patrick forces her back to reality, and she is overcome with tears. Patrick is so busy trying to be Sabrina’s rock that his own feelings are back-burnered. Sam’s attempts to offer support only serve to remind him of the Jason-is-alive-and-Robin-is trying-to-save-him secret he is harboring for his nonexistent wife.

Without knowing about the Jason scenario, Sam already has quite a bit on her plate with the whole “my boyfriend’s wife isn’t dead” thing going on. Fresh out of her 2o-year slumber, Nina has a lot to adjust to beyond touch-screen technology. She quickly learns her husband has a daughter from his prior affair, her brother is her cousin, her mother accidentally put her in the coma, AND her husband has a girlfriend. Nina plays the martyr card, immediately offering to move out of Silas’s home, but being that the only other person she knows in town (Jay, a.k.a Nathan) has two roommates, Silas tells her she can continue to stay with him.

Silas is so busy tending to the undead that he doesn’t notice that his nephew is having some rather serious issues of his own. T.J. catches Rafe snorting “Yay” in the park. I thought it was one of those made-up television drugs, but it’s actually a real street drug. T.J. opts not to be a narc, like when Rafe told Alexis about him and Molly planning to do the deed. I’m not sure I follow T.J.’s logic on that one, but after some verbal jabs and a thrown punch, T.J. walks away from Rafe. Sam later runs into a skittish Rafe in the park and is surprised by his emotional response to Gabriel’s passing and news of her investigating the car accident. Raise your hand if you can guess where this is heading!

Over at Sonny’s house, Morgan is appalled to learn that Ava has moved in, allegedly to keep her safe from Julian. He offers to live with her in her apartment instead, but Sonny quashes that idea, saying he can keep her safer. Morgan is livid, and Sonny’s moral center continues to amaze when he later tells Duke the whole thing is to protect his children. Apparently Morgan would be crushed to learn his possible baby mama is a murderer. And if he learned about A.J.’s murder, Morgan would tell Michael. And, gosh dang, Sonny loves his kids. It must be so difficult to be him!

It looks like the “Britch” may be back! At Brad’s urging, Britt tries to make amends with Nicolas. And while Nikolas doesn’t hate her, he isn’t jumping at the idea of rekindling their love. But Nikolas IS willing to run off to Elizabeth’s side at a moment’s notice, causing the wheels of deception to resume turning in Britt’s head. With Ric presumed dead, does Britt really stand a chance against “Niz”?

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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