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'General Hospital' recap: Love and a three-way in the afternoon

Season 51 | Episodes 92-96 | Aired Aug 11-15, 2014

A wedding interrupted! A gunshot! The undead! Recoupling! Potential three-ways! Spilled ice cream! Milo and Epiphany! Oh, wait … what?

For the last one, we have to first discuss the not-quite-love triangle between Brad, Felix and Lucas. After Lucas’ offhand comment about combining their mutual attractions into a group activity, all three find themselves talking about the possible encounter with a third (fourth?) party. Brad confides in Britt, who tells him not to be a third wheel to Brad and Lucas’ attraction and to go for it. Felix talks to a randomly placed (and shirtless) Franco, who offers a high-five to the opportunity. And Lucas talks to Carly, who is humorously aghast at the idea. Because despite all of her history, including seducing Lucas’ adoptive father while keeping Jason on the side, Carly is a two-person woman.

The trio decide to meet up for a night of “hanging out,” which is little more than code for having a group hook-up. While Lucas shows up at Brad’s studio apartment, Felix is waylaid at the hospital by a nervous Milo. We haven’t seen Milo in a while, and we previously learned from his chat with Sonny that his dreams of building a fitness empire and his love life are in the tank. Milo confesses to Sonny that he’s in love with someone his father will not approve of. Sonny urges him to go for it, so Milo runs off to GH and confesses to Felix that he is finally facing his feelings. Felix is floored, believing Milo is about to disclose his undying love for him, as he mentions his love is African-American. But Felix’s hopes are dashed as Milo confesses his crush is Nurse Epiphany Johnson. Of course, Epiphany is telling Liz, at the exact same moment, that she feels the same. So … yay? Felix realizes from all this that he wants true love, not a hook-up, so he cancels on Brad and Lucas. Lucas admits that Brad is the one he really likes, so the three-way becomes a two-way.

Maxie’s wedding day to Levi arrives, as everyone is still trying to tell her that she may have feelings for Nathan. Mac reveals that Nathan has feelings for her, but Maxie is stubborn in her determination to go through with the nuptials. At the PCPD, Nathan quickly realizes that Levi stole the Aztec necklace from the photographer and rushes off to the Haunted Star to arrest Levi. He confronts him in private as he is getting ready, and Levi admits his whole relationship with Maxie is a con, including his Australian accent. His portrayer, Zachary Garred, IS actually Australian, so the new American accent is somewhat dubious as well. Levi pulls a gun on Nathan and the struggle leaves Nathan bloodied, beaten, unconscious and tied up on the stateroom floor.

During the wedding, Dante goes off in search of his partner, finds him and unties him. Luckily, the wedding is slow to progress, as officiant Lucy has to repeat the vow portion of the ceremony to Maxie three times before she says her “I do.” Just as Lucy is about to pronounce them, Nathan puts a stop to the wedding, revealing all of Levi’s crimes and duplicity. Maxie is beyond angry, but things take a turn when Levi and his accomplice (the fake immigration officer) grab all of the Aztec jewelry and then take Lulu and Maxie as hostages to ensure their escape. For good measure, Levi shoots Mac in the shoulder/chest. By my count, that’s the third (after Liz and Lucas) upper-torso gunshot wound in recent months. Considering the survival rate (all so far), you’d think Port Charles gunmen would pick a new location!

Over at Sam’s, Silas tells her about Rafe’s coercion regarding the car accident. Sam, in turn, tells Patrick, who asks her for help in finding the culprit. She agrees, and the two end up discussing Jason. Sam admits she felt guilty for moving on, but has accepted the fact that Jason isn’t coming back. Shockingly, at the Crichton-Clark clinic, Victor is forcing Robin to administer her medical protocol to Jason, against her wishes. Jason initially crashes, but in an inadvertently hysterical moment, his hand reaches out from the chamber. Robin is relieved, wanting to continue her work, but Victor has other plans. It seems he wants to use Jason as a pawn in some nefarious plot. In turn, he sends Robin to parts unknown, relieving her of her doctoral duties at the clinic. Then, in what can only be an ode to Frankenstein’s monster, both of Jason’s arms reach out from the chamber.

Britt uses her talk with Brad to inspire herself to not take a backseat to anything that may be burgeoning between Nikolas and Liz. She interrupts their dinner at Kelly’s, proceeding to talk over Liz (who was getting ready to discuss feeling for Nikolas) during the conversation. After Liz accidentally-on-purpose spills a milkshake on her, Britt has her mother order Liz back to the hospital for another shift. With Nikolas’ sole attention, Britt bemoans her lack of sleeping accommodations for the evening. Ever the prince, Nikolas invites her to spend the night in one of Wyndemere’s many bedrooms. On Spoon Island, Spencer is happy with the visitor, arranging things so that Britt and Nikolas end up cozied by a fire toasting marshmallows. A little marshmallow in the facial hair, and Britt leans in to kiss the object of her desire.

Finally, we come to what is sure to spur the most viewer feedback: Somewhere between Olivia, Ava and Franco, it’s come to be that we are set up for another ride on the Carly and Sonny merry-go-round. While they have always been in each other’s business, there haven’t been a lot of relationship-type sparks flying between the two. But now Sonny seems to have set his mind on reclaiming his four-time ex-wife. And for all of Carly’s declarations of love for Franco, she suddenly seems open to the idea. Sonny insisting that their wrong is right leads Carly to state that they aren’t a good romantic investment, but Sonny says he is there because he knows what he wants.

While Carly and Sonny reconnect over pizza, Franco finds himself stuck in an elevator with Nina. Even though it’s a hospital elevator, storyline contrivances dictate they will be there overnight, so the two get to talking. Nina is angry to be stuck, as she had somehow planned to procreate with Silas that night. Just to make sure the night in the elevator is no Disneyland, Nina drops the bomb that she saw Sonny and Carly kissing. Cue the fireworks!

While few have seemingly been invested in the Carly-and-Franco pairing, it’s more curious to see how many are on board for a #CarSon redux. Are you in?

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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