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'General Hospital' recap: A tale of two Patrick Drakes

Season 51 | Episodes 68-72 | Aired July 7-11, 2014

The Fourth of July may have ended in Port Charles, but the fireworks were just beginning. As we closed last week, we saw Rafe and Molly crash into the police roadblock, and this week we start off immediately with the fallout. Sam and Dante are first on the crash scene and call for help, which begs the question: What good is a police roadblock if there are no actual police there?

Molly and Rafe are both in and out of consciousness and are quickly transported to General Hospital. Molly’s concussion is enough to erase the memory of Rafe’s pre-crash confession that someone put him up to running Patrick and Sabrina off the road. Rafe is able to eke out an admission of guilt and apology to Patrick, but before he can say more, he suffers a seizure.

The diagnosis comes down that Rafe has suffered a TBI (traumatic brain injury) and is need of immediate surgery. Naturally, since GH is a world-class medical facility, word comes down that only Dr. Patrick Drake is available to perform the procedure. Dr. Obrecht reminds him of his medical oath and insists he operate, despite having just learned that Rafe was responsible for the death of Patrick’s premature son. In the OR, Patrick is literally beside himself, as the good doctor confers with his dark side about the possibility of killing Rafe on the table. Luckily for viewers, we can differentiate the two, as his revenge-prone subconscious wears dark scrubs. Patrick pauses in surgery, contemplating his dark side’s suggestion to nick an artery, but ultimately decides that he cannot be Rafe’s judge and jury.

During Rafe’s operation, Silas takes the time to blame himself for his nephew’s perilous situation. Sam is there to lend support, but when she mentions Rafe’s penchant for white powders, Silas is stunned, then upset, to learn that Patrick is already aware of Rafe’s drug problem, wondering if Patrick will be able to put his anger aside to save Rafe. Sadly, as soon as surgery is over, we learn that a blood vessel burst in Rafe’s brain, rendering him brain-dead.

Silas, with Nina’s baiting, decides that Patrick must have compromised Rafe’s care during surgery. Rather than ask any number of the other people who were in the operating room, Silas allows his suspicions to bubble over into outright anger. By his side, Nina insists any logical person would draw the same conclusion because revenge is a powerful monster. Sam takes the more direct approach, flat-out asking Patrick if he botched Rafe’s medical care on purpose. Patrick admits the thought did cross his mind, but insists he gave Rafe proper treatment. Back in Rafe’s room, Nina actually thanks Rafe (his death will help to drive a wedge between Sam and Silas). She promises him a great funeral but is shocked when he grabs her wrist and his eyes fly open. Is it reality or her imagination?

But Rafe isn’t the only patient this week, as Alice (The Dominator) gets grave news following her collapse. Not only did she suffer a massive heart attack, but Monica reveals that Alice will need a heart transplant in order to survive. Conveniently, there does happen to be a recently brain-dead character right down the hall. And whaddya know? He has the same blood type as Alice. Tracy wastes no time in trying to procure Rafe’s heart, sending Kiki to find out if Rafe is a donor. Alice feebly attempts to tell Michael about Tracy’s ELQ schemes, but is interrupted by Tracy revealing that a heart may be available. Will Tracy’s grand gesture be enough to keep Alice’s silence?

And while Molly is off getting a CT, Julian shows up to give Alexis some comfort. She tells him all about Rafe’s drug habit and how grateful she is that Julian got out of that life. So naturally, across town is another meeting between Anna and Jordan about trying to find out who is Julian’s real drug boss. But finally, these two learn that meeting in the park isn’t really that subtle, as Mickey Diamond spots them. Jordan plays it off as police harassment, but to stay on Mickey’s good side, agrees to a date at the Metro Court.

Delia and Ava continue their mission to get Sonny’s evidence on Ava by staging a massive blowout between mother and daughter. Delia storms out, and Sonny gloats that Ava is once again all alone and doomed to die after giving birth. (Remind me, are we supposed to be rooting for Sonny in this?) But all is not as it seems, as Delia is actually sneaking into Sonny’s office, looking for the incriminating flash drive. She’s a little too leisurely in her search because as soon as she has it in hand, she is busted by Olivia. Olivia doesn’t buy her cover story of being Sonny’s new assistant, and a quick phone call sends Ava’s plan right down the drain. Sonny has Shawn take Delia back to New York and returns to taunting Ava. Kudos for the clever inside joke from Delia, looking at a photo, marveling over the resemblance between Sonny’s father and her husband Roger (both were played by retired actor Ron Hale).

Remember the love triangle between Felix and Lucas and Brad? It finally returned to our screens this week. And while the story is ripe with pop culture references, including Golden Girls, there is a lack of rooting factor in any of the pairings. Brad ambush-kisses Lucas and then later Felix, allegedly to represent the passion he has for Lucas. Lucas is drawn to Brad, but can’t get over his deceptive ways. And Felix is steady in the middle, clearly harboring a crush on Lucas, but without the requisite attraction fireworks. What would Blanche do (WWBD)?

Maxie and Nathan are finally uncuffed from one another, but the emotional bonds are still drawing them together. Levi is released from custody, and notes their camaraderie but is distracted by the fact that his visa is expired and he was almost deported. Learning this, Nathan wants to turn him in, but Maxie begs him to keep it a secret so Levi can get the situation resolved. Nathan discusses the entire Maxie situation, including Levi’s visa, with fellow officer Dante; Maxie does the same with Lulu. Both Falconeris think that there is more to Maxie and Nathan’s relationship than friendship. Maxie is just beginning to ponder the idea—when an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer shows up to deport Levi. She tries to feign ignorance to Levi’s whereabouts, but Levi enters the room, randomly identifying himself. The ICE officer tells Levi not to waste money on lawyers, as he’ll be returning shortly to retrieve him for deportation. Anybody want to place wages on when the green-card marriage will take place?

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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