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'General Hospital' recap: Trading one mistake for another

Season 51 | Episodes 97-101 | Aired Aug 18-22, 2014

Let’s try a scenario. You think your four-time ex-wife is making a mistake by being involved with an allegedly reformed serial killer. Do you:

a) Stage an intervention with all of her loved ones, hoping she’ll see the error of her ways?
b) Mind your own business?
c) Declare that you want her and sleep with her in the bed she shares with her boyfriend?

It’s a logical assumption that most people would opt for the first two options, but those people aren’t Sonny Cornithos. The last time Carly and Sonny had a dalliance was in the back of a limousine, after dropping a comatose Michael off at an extended care facility. Their history does not speak to well-thought-out decisions, so it comes as no surprise that they have managed to reconnect at a time when nobody was giving it much thought.

Sonny’s reasons that he kissed Carly to wake her up to the truth, that they belong together. He continuously belittles her relationship with Franco. Carly weakly denies feeling anything for Sonny, but the denials ring hollow when she stops him from leaving. The twosome takes it upstairs where shirt buttons are ripped off in the throes of passion.

Meanwhile, in the stuck GH elevator, Franco reels from Nina’s reveal that she saw Carly and Sonny in a lip-lock. Franco’s meltdown is in full swing, and in order to calm him, Nina stands up. She tries to cover, but Franco realizes that Nina has been faking her wheelchair dependency. The distraction breaks his tense mood, but when they are finally out of the elevator, he heads home, full of steam, to confront Carly.

Carly is still in bed with Sonny, post-coital and full of immediate regret. When she hears Franco come in, full-on panic sets in, while Sonny is near gleeful at the idea of being caught. Carly hurries downstairs, where Franco has discovered two wine glasses and seethes with jealousy. Luckily, Bobbie arrives in time for Carly to use her mother as an alibi. Franco still isn’t buying it and heads upstairs, still suspicious that he will find Sonny. He finds a black pen, which Carly apparently hates, but no Sonny. Carly locates Sonny on the front porch, having climbed out the second floor window, and sends him on his way. Which does beg the question, where is Sonny’s car? Did he deliver the pizza to Carly, in the rain, on foot? Did he have no bodyguards present?

Carly talks Franco down and swears her love, but it’s an uneasy calm. Franco does not seem completely swayed, and later meetings with Morgan and Michael do nothing to ease his mind. The Corinthos boys point out their parent’s long history of finding their way back to each other…while at the same time Carly is paying Sonny a visit to tell him the sex will never happen again. Sonny points out that she could have told him that over the phone, so naturally they end up having angry sex in Sonny’s office. Carly thinks Sonny’s only motivation is to lure her away from Franco. Sonny insists that’s a bonus, but he does want her. Carly vows not to leave Franco. And the egg timer is officially set on Carly and Franco’s relationship.

Recovering from heart surgery, Alice blows Tracy’s story wide open by revealing to Michael that Tracy’s annulment from Luke is a sham. Michael fires Tracy on the spot, who video chats with Faux Luke and advises that their plan is kaput. Faux Luke is livid, ignoring Tracy’s plea that he come home to her.

Kiki stops by to wish Ava a happy birthday and to remind viewers that they are indeed mother and daughter. Ava later chats with Faux Luke, who wants her to kill Michael for his ELQ plans. Ava tells Julian that she has no intention of following the order. Julian warns her that not doing what Faux Luke wants can have dire consequences, such as Lucas being shot and Alexis’s house blowing up. Ava wonders why Luke would want to kill his own nephew (Lucas), and Julian reveals that their boss isn’t actually Luke Spencer at all. But, unfortunately for impatient viewers, Julian has no idea who Faux Luke is either.

Sam shows up at Silas’s door to get a peek at Rafe’s cell phone and belongings as part of her investigation. His phone shows a lot of unidentified callers, but doesn’t point them any closer to figuring out who ordered him to run Patrick and Sabrina off the road. It does, however, have a Sam and Silas background, which is just plain odd for any teenage boy’s phone. After Sam leaves, Silas is surprised to find a Crichton-Clark Clinic business card.

Sabrina, with curly hair, returns from Puerto Rico this week and was stunned to learn the details of the car accident. She and Patrick talk, but there is no hint of romantic spark left between them. Needing to unload, Patrick confides in her about the Robin and Jason situation. Patrick wants to come clean to Sam, but Sabrina tells him there is no point in telling Sam that her presumed dead husband is actually dead.

Nina freaks out to Rosalie that Sam and Silas are alone together and that Ava is having a second baby. Somewhere, in the midst of returning from the dead and vowing revenge, Nina’s sole focus in life has become replacing the baby she miscarried. Rosalie gingerly points out that they don’t even know if Nina can have a baby, and that just infuriates Nina more. Nina decides that if Silas can’t be the father of her baby, someone will be. Hmmm…Ava is pregnant. Might Nina decide that Ava’s baby should be hers?

Elsewhere in Port Charles, Ned and Olivia make a “friend” date. Ned also kicks Tracy out of the Q-mansion, which really should require Monica’s permission. And Britt and Nikolas come thisclose to making whoopee before a well-timed call from Elizabeth interrupts the moment. Elizabeth calls to advise that Lulu and Maxie have been taken hostage by Levi.

Considering that two beloved characters are missing, one would think that there would be a lot to tell, but it really just boils down to a few key points. Levi has the woman in a secret hideout, and Maxie’s is getting on his nerves. Amazingly, after abandoning the stolen charter boat, Maxie’s wedding dress is still quite pristine. Mac survives his gunshot. And the PCPD has no idea where the hostages are, but Maxie’s wedding veil is located by the sinking vessel. How long will it be until Maxie’s hero, Nathan, locates her and brings her to safety? Or is it possible Lulu and Maxie will be able to take down Levi on their own?

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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