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'General Hospital' recap: Death by chocolate and Peter who?

Season 51 | Episodes 102-106 | Aired Aug 25-29, 2014

For many people, 1984 is the year that we learned not to get Gremlins wet, watched Mary Lou Retton score perfect tens in the Summer Olympics and Van Halen told the world to “Jump!” But in the town of Port Charles, it was when Frisco Jones and Felicia Cummings first met and eventually fell in love. Viewers today embrace Felicia with her current spouse, Mac Scorpio, but a lot of events led us to where we are today.

Felicia’s beloved Aztec jewelry has a long history of being sought-after and stolen. One of the people who was after them, way back in 1984, was Felicia’s ex-fiancé Peter Harrell. Luckily for viewers that are scratching their heads and saying “Who?,” there is a Wiki page that has a handy-dandy refresher for us.

Why are we talking about a character that last graced our screens nearly 30 years ago? Because as it turns out the annoying, fake hippy-dippy, hostage-taking, non-Australian we know as Levi Dunkleman is actually Peter Harrell Jr.! The specific details of the whole operation have yet to be revealed, but it turns out that Levi/Peter is out to avenge his father’s name and taking down the daughters of the people who led to his exile may just be his icing on the revenge cake.

While the PCPD, led by Dante, Nathan and Anna are putting the pieces together, Maxie and Lulu are not the most amiable of hostages. The twosome actually seem to take delight in tormenting newly shorn Levi/Peter, taunting him on everything from his lack of sexual prowess to Maxie’s burgeoning crush on Nathan. They manage to get under Levi/Peter’s skin enough for him to toss his phone across the room, before storming out. Maxie uses her latent soccer skills to kick the phone to Lulu, who calls her husband, allowing the police to pinpoint their location before Levi/Peter interrupts the call. Levi/Peter is ready to abandon his current safe house, but before he and his hostages can take leave, the PCPD announces they have the place surrounded.

At the precinct, Nikolas is fretting about his sister, while Britt and Elizabeth take a few standard pot shots at one another. To Elizabeth’s horror, Britt makes sure to mention that she and Nikolas were about to do the deed the night before. Later, Nikolas shows up while Elizabeth is babysitting Rocco and declares his feelings for her. But Elizabeth is tired of the ping-ponging declarations between them, and wants no part of Nikolas while he still has feelings for Britt, regardless of which emotional pull is stronger. Has Elizabeth put the final nail in the Niz coffin?

Nina decides to make a strong move for Silas, bemoaning the fact that his breakup with Sam has paved the way for Nina to be with her husband, but there’s still been no sex. Silas, despite having shown no romantic intentions towards his undead wife, hears her pleas. In a move out of nowhere, he swoops her up and takes her to bed. In the morning, Nina is torn between fantasies of stabbing Silas and wanting another romp in the sack. She opts for the latter and then immediately heads to GH, where she makes the acquaintance of her niece, Britt. Having had sex twice in the past 12 hours, Nina is now certain she must be pregnant and asks Britt to examine her. Britt tries to explain the medical impossibility, but Nina isn’t having it. Nina is stunned when Britt reveals that Nina is actually in early onset menopause, probably as a result of her prolonged coma. Nina declares she will have Silas’s baby, one way or the other. As she exits the exam room, she bumps into none other than the very pregnant Ava. Hmmm….

Ava has quite the busy week as well (or day, in Port Charles time frames). Despite his misgivings about dining in the penthouse where his father was killed, Michael proves to be a very gracious dinner guest, eating everything Ava places in front of him. Just before the oleander-laced chocolate mousse course, Kiki and Michael advise Ava about Faux Luke’s loathsome come-ons to Kiki. Ava is repulsed, and in a fit of rage and defiance, flings Michael’s poisoned dessert across the room before he takes a bite. A returning Julian is surprised to see Michael still alive and reminds Ava what happens when people don’t follow Faux Luke’s orders. Ava is adamant that she will not kill Michael just to make Kiki available to Faux Luke, she returns to her plan to help bring Sonny down by obtaining the A.J. recording. All Ava has to do is get Franco to switch his allegiance from Carly.

Which may not be as hard as Ava thinks, as Carly’s cover story for her night with Sonny quickly unravels. At the PCPD, Scott is looking for a way out of Lucy’s demands that he choose between her and Bobby. Franco conveniently is there and mentions the nightcap Bobby had with Scott after her pizza and wine with Carly. When Scott is confused, Franco demands to see his phone to try and figure out the timeline of the evening. Scott refuses, but Franco’s suspicions about Carly remain in high gear. He tells Sonny to stay away from his girlfriend, forgetting that Carly is a grown woman who makes her own rules.

Sabrina and her bouncy curls pay a visit to the long-forgotten Carlos at Pentonville Penitentiary looking for answers about the car accident that killed her son. Carlos is saddened to learn of Gabriel’s passing, but stunned to hear of Rafe’s involvement. With some prodding, he admits to Sabrina that she should be wary of digging further because he fears Ava will kill her.

Finally, The Floating Rib was a hot bed of activity this week, as it saw Ned and Olivia’s first date (interrupted by news of the hostage situation), the return of Coleman (and his arrest for being Levi/Peter’s jewel fence), and a cutesy pool game between Patrick and Sam. Sam, naturally, hustles Patrick, requesting he shave as her reward. Until Jason’s inevitable return, has the “cute” groundwork for Patrick and Sam’s coupling finally been set in motion?

General Hospital on ABC

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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