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'General Hospital' recap: Life support, accusations and water balloons

Season 51 | Episodes 73-76 | Aired July 14-18, 2014

Let’s take a moment and think about a series of avoidable events: Ava killed Connie. A.J. Quartermaine was tried and acquitted for the murder. A.J. eventually realized Ava had killed Connie. Before he could tell anyone (besides Ava) what he had learned, Sonny killed A.J., thereby breaking the promise to Michael that he would never kill A.J. Currently Ava, Sonny, Carly and Franco know the truth.

We didn’t see Ava being threatened this week, so instead it was Franco’s turn to face Sonny’s wrath. In her infinite wisdom, Carly tells Sonny that Franco almost told Michael. Sonny’s immediate reaction is to start pontificating on how Franco needs to die in order to ensure that Michael never learn the truth. Franco comes home in the middle of this conversation and swears up and down that he will not tell Michael. Sonny begrudgingly agrees to spare Franco’s life for now. After he leaves, Carly insists that Sonny has a right to kill Franco because he threatened to expose the secret.

Between Sonny, Ava, Carly and Franco, who are viewers rooting for to emerge victorious when this story reaches its climax? One would think it would be Franco, but considering his only motivation for telling Michael was jealousy, he’s not exactly earning brownie points. Are we being set up for a fifth go-round on the Carly-Sonny marriage train? Franco suddenly talking to women (Nina, Dr. Obrecht) besides Carly doesn’t bode well for the current coupling.

The other person in town whom nobody has much use for is Levi Dunkleman. First he ratted out Nathan’s lie to the judge; now he has turned himself in to immigration and set Nathan up as the culprit. Maxie is incomprehensibly snowed by Levi and it is frustrating to watch. Every time she appears to have a logical thought or question, Levi is right there to plant seeds of doubt over her loved ones’ intentions. Clearly Nathan is one of those loved ones, but how much longer to we have to put up the insufferable Aussie before we can get there?

We bid a fond (?) farewell to Rafe this week, and the character who took up so much screen time during the vampire saga left the screen with the smallest of bangs. After disappearing from our televisions for months on end, Rafe returned as a druggie who inadvertently—yet on purpose—caused the death of a newborn baby. We learn that his drug habit was not only cocaine, but heroine, which renders his heart unsuitable for donation to Alice. So with Molly, Sam, Kiki and Silas at his bedside, Rafe is removed from life support.

Nina was a nearby witness, suddenly having a crisis of conscience, as she was the one who suggested Rafe take her money and run. After having had a screaming match with the brain-dead Rafe and her imagination, Nina begins to rethink her entire course of action. Rafe wasn’t on her “list,” so she wonders if the overall price is too great. She goes to Silas to confess, but he’s a little distracted after having just pulled the plug on Rafe. Silas’ inability to give her immediate attention, and Rosalie’s encouragement, is all Nina needs to shift back to her original plans. First up is breaking up Sam and Silas.

Sam and Silas go up to the hospital roof to talk, so Nina leaves Rosalie and her wheelchair in a hallway and follows them to eavesdrop. Luckily for her, Sam and Silas are discussing their differing opinions on if Patrick intentionally killed Rafe on the operating table. Sam insists that Patrick wouldn’t have admitted that the thought crossed his mind if he had actually gone through with it. Silas isn’t ready to clear the doctor’s name and tells Obrecht that she and Patrick will pay for his nephew’s death. Obrecht wants to call a press conference to nip Silas’ accusations in the bud, but little does she know that Nina is plotting to plant seeds of doubt with reporters ahead of time.

With all the doom and gloom, a little fun in the sun may be what the doctor ordered. Because Alice is still waiting for a new heart, Britt steps up to run Lila’s Kids day camp. Of course, it’s little more than a ploy to earn points with Nikolas, with an assist from Spencer. A well-timed water balloon has the adults swapping shirts in the middle of the park, but then Elizabeth and Felix show up, and Britt’s hopes are dashed as Nikolas spends time doting on his ex. Spencer kicks it into high gear, disappearing from camp and sending Britt a text that “Operation Runaway” has now begun. This is totally going to end well, right?

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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