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'General Hospital' recap: Farewell 57 Lake Road

Season 51 | Episodes 82-86 | Aired July 28-Aug 1, 2014

Nina Clay spent 20 years in a coma because her mother gave her an overdose of prescription medication. You’d think, with that history, Nina would be a little leery of drugging Silas for her own personal gain. But since Nina has gone from wanting to destroy Silas to wanting to reclaim him as her own in the blink of an eye, all other logic has gone out the window with her new motivation.

Nina’s plan works to almost perfection, as she manages to get entangled on the couch with Silas, luring him into a drug-induced kiss at the exact moment Sam shows up at his door. Sam, ready to tell Silas that someone did overhear them on the roof, turns and flees without voicing her suspicions to Silas. Nina is unable to get Silas to impregnate her (the ultimate icky goal), but she does manage to convince him that he was stinking drunk, as opposed to drugged.

During his “hangover,” Nina is able to work the nostalgia angle on Silas. They even go for a little old-school strip poker, although Silas only loses his shirt. Nina ups the ante, showing Silas that she can now stand for a few seconds, much to his surprise. Nina may find her reveal to be ill-timed, though, as Sam is simultaneously telling Patrick she is convinced that Nina is not as wheelchair bound as she claims to be. Patrick has nothing but time on his hands since he was fired, so the two decide to go check out the clinic where Nina rehabbed post-coma. The camera makes sure to zoom in on a Morgan family photo—could it be the same clinic where Robin is trying to save Jason?

After Julian’s refusal to divulge his Sonny-related information, Mickey is out to teach Julian a lesson about loyalty to the boss. Mickey has a bomb placed in Alexis’ mailbox. Initially, Alexis, Molly, T.J. and Danny are home, but a well-timed baby meltdown over a forgotten toy keeps them out of harm’s way when the bomb explodes. Julian arrives at 57 Lake Rd. to find it fully engulfed. Thinking the family is inside, he tries to enter, but a second explosion sends him flying. Alexis shows up and clues him in to everyone’s safety, and Julian takes off in a huff of vengeance.

Back at the Metro Court, Jordan plays it cool when Mickey busts her and Shawn in his hotel room. Claiming Shawn is basically stalking her, Jordan sends Shawn on his way and gets down to business with Mickey. But despite never having a clue about her law enforcement in the park rendezvous, Mickey quickly zeroes in on the recording device she has affixed to his bed frame. The recording begins with her identifying herself as DEA, and Mickey isn’t buying that it is a cover story. Jordan switches modes, trying to offer him a plea deal, but Mickey is out for her blood. He pulls a gun and they scuffle. Jordan gets the upper hand and is trying to negotiate when Julian storms in and shoots Mickey point-blank. Jordan sends Julian away, offering to take the blame and say it was self-defense. When Anna and the police arrive, they continue with the cover story, with Anna clued in to the truth by Jordan.

Julian, after stopping by Sam’s to get berated by Molly for his possible involvement in the bombing, returns home and places a video call to his stored contact, “13-107.” Finally, someone involved in nefarious activities not listing the person by their real name! The secret contact turns out to be Faux Luke, still sunning himself on an island somewhere. While Faux Luke is none too pleased about Mickey’s condition (brain dead), Julian takes the time to read his boss the riot act over the bombing and the introduction of heroin to the town. Julian demands an equal partnership and no more heroin, but Faux Luke tells him he’s making a grave mistake. Julian ends the call with a hilarious “Peace out, bitch,” but he doesn’t realize Ava has spied him on the video chat. When Julian exits the penthouse, Ava does a redial and is stunned to hear Faux Luke, whom she believes to be the real deal. She offers up her services on the home front, despite the fact that she is basically imprisoned in her penthouse. Faux Luke wants her Sonny information, but she plays it close to the vest for now.

When Sonny ambushes Julian at the art gallery, Julian keeps nothing back. He informs his nemesis that he knows the truth about A.J.’s shooting. Sonny is more concerned with Ava’s baby, challenging Julian to keep Ava safe, but reminding him that no fortre ss is impenetrable. He reminds Julian that while he won’t kill him, for Danny’s future medical sake, a few shots to the kneecaps wouldn’t interfere with a possible marrow donation.

While Julian is smart to not use his contact’s name, over at Spoon Island, the same can’t be said for Britt, who is calling and texting Spencer right under Nikolas’ nose. She claims to be chatting with Nathan, but she best hope the good prince never actually looks at her phone. Nikolas is still panicked over his son’s disappearance, with Britt right there to offer comfort and support. She contemplates telling him the truth, but instead thinks it will work out for the best if she just brings Spencer home herself, playing the role of heroine.

Spencer is busy making himself at home in Josslyn’s room, unbeknownst to Carly. When he comes across Franco trying to hack Carly’s computer to obtain the Sonny-confession recording, Spencer makes his presence known to protect his Uncle Sonny. It takes a moment, but Franco recognizes him as missing and starts to call the police. Spencer makes him a deal: Don’t turn him into the police, and Spencer won’t tell anyone that Franco is trying to bring Sonny down.

Back at the hospital, Alice’s health is deteriorating, so Morgan brings David Otunga (wrestler/lawyer/fiancé of Jennifer Hudson) by for a visit to cheer up the Dominator. It lifts Alice’s spirits, but at the same time, Tracy is telling Ned that Alice isn’t long for the world without a new heart. Ned thinks Alice has a right to know, but Tracy is afraid it will sap any remaining will to live. Mickey Diamond’s brain-dead body shows up, and Tracy finds out that he is a matching blood type, but Elizabeth advises he’s not an organ donor. Will Tracy find a workaround before it’s too late?

Last, as Ned and Olivia are starting to bond and make out, we are left with a very important lesson: “Never drunk-dial an animal shelter!”

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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