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'General Hospital' recap: What's Victor's grand plan?

Season 51 | Episodes 107-110 | Aired Sept 2-5, 2014

There’s a long history of supervillains on daytime television. These villain are often omnipresent and seem to have his/her hands in every crime, especially the more elaborate plots that are reminiscent of 1960s Batman episodes. Some well-known examples would be Stefano Dimera (Days of Our Lives), James Stenbeck (As the World Turns), Mitch Laurence (One Life to Live) and Jerry Jacks (General Hospital).

Of course, no discussion of soap criminals would be complete without mention of the Cassadine clan in our beloved Port Charles. Between plans to freeze the world and revive the dead, nothing ever seems out of the realm of possibility for their involvement. And now, as Victor Cassadine is revealed as the mastermind of the Aztec jewel heist, we scratch our collective heads and say, “Huh?”

As the Port Charles Police Department surrounds Peter’s (formerly known as Levi’s) hideout, he decides to makes his demands known. With a gun to Lulu, Peter demands $100,000, a helicopter, handcuffs and duct tape to keep his hostages quiet. Lulu stuns Peter with an elbow to his side, allowing Dante the chance to shoot Peter in the upper chest/shoulder (continuing the Liz/Lucas/Mac trend). With Peter down and simpering, the PCPD enter the cabin, Dante and Lulu embrace, and then a gas canister rolls into the room, rendering all of the occupants unconscious.

Next into the room, fashioned in the latest gas-mask apparatus, saunters Victor Cassadine and his armed cronies. This enhances Peter’s statements about there being more to the plans for Lulu beyond the jewels, as we all know the probably undead/defrosted Stavros has a thing for Lesley Lu Spencer Falconeri. It’s not unfathomable that Victor would want to procure Lulu for his nephew, but the larger question is how the Aztec jewels factor into the whole equation. Remember, Peter was stealing the jewels and seemingly took hostages as a last resort. But are we now to believe that taking Maxie and Lulu was the plan all along?

Victor surveys the unconscious and calls out for a conspicuously absent Detective Nathan West. Simultaneously, at the PCPD, a conversation about Nathan unfolds between Obrecht and Britt as they discuss him being in harm’s way. Obrecht thinks Anna has sent her son into danger out of spite, while Britt has to remind their mother that Nathan chose a career in law enforcement. This leads to Obrecht bemoaning Faison’s probable fate (death), as opposed to Anna’s claim of his imprisonment at Steinmaur. Obrecht reveals to Britt that Victor obtained the files that show Faison’s absence at the facility, leading Britt to question her mother’s romantic history with Victor. Victor, learning that Obrecht is Nathan’s mother, demands to know the identity of Nathan’s father. Knowing that Obrecht never would have hidden away Faison’s son, Britt wonders aloud if Victor could be Nathan’s father.

Ava and Nina have a meeting at the hospital, 20 years in the making. Ava has apparently never seen a photo of Nina, so it takes her a few seconds to identify the strange lady in the wheelchair making snarky remarks. Ava gets in a few digs as well, especially advising Nina to stop using the 20-year lapse as a crutch, advising her forgotten nemesis to catch up. Nina double-hands Ava’s pregnant belly and remarks on Ava having two children to her name, while Nina has none. Ava’s discomfort is palpable, and she admonishes Nina to stay away from Kiki.

Sabrina tries her hardest to shed her mousy exterior by insisting that Carlos tell her everything he knows about the car accident. Carlos, for all of his months of silence in the name of protecting Sabrina, quickly exposits that he did not kill A.J., that he is helping Ava cover up a crime, and that he believes Ava is responsible for the car crash. Sabrina refuses to promise to steer clear of Ava, and shortly thereafter bumps into her at the hospital. Sabrina gives Ava her best stink-eye and mentions her vow to make whoever is responsible for her son’s death pay. Ava, truly innocent for once, wishes Sabrina luck with her endeavor.

Unknowingly, Patrick finds himself on the right track for the investigation when Silas shows him the Crichton Clark Clinic business card from Rafe’s belongings. Only Sabrina knows about the Robin connection to the clinic, but she dismisses the significance now that she is focused on Ava. Using the “Finder Spyder” search engine to research Ava, Sabrina vows to make Ava pay for killing her baby. Could something unfortunate be coming Ava’s way? Could Sabrina find herself a suspect?

Also possessing laser focus on Ava’s pregnancy is Nina. Nina, still fixated on having a baby, denies her menopausal state. Nina asks Rosalie for help “goggling” baby supplies, as Nina has yet to discover “Finder Spyder.” Rosalie begins to wonder if Nina plans to steal Ava’s baby. Nina switches gears in the conversation, shifting the topic to her next revenge-list target, Kiki. And since Kiki doesn’t have a real job or money, Nina decides the best thing to do is break up Kiki and Michael. After Rosalie points out that Nina might be a little old for Michael, despite his brother’s proclivity for older women, Nina opts to have Rosalie seduce Michael for the breakup. In addition to fraud, Rosalie’s job description now includes forced prostitution?

Kiki already finds herself in the midst of relationship drama central, as she accidentally (and clumsily) overhears Carly and Sonny discussing their recent tryst. Kiki won’t promise Carly not to tell Franco all, but when she is face-to-face with her former father figure, Kiki keeps the information private. Morgan can tell Kiki is stressed, and after mere seconds of inquiry, Kiki reveals his parents’ indiscretion to Morgan. Way to keep a secret, Kiki! In all fairness, it wasn’t really Kiki’s secret to keep, but if one finds her only confidant to be her ex-husband/boyfriend’s brother, it may be time to make more friends.

Sam and Alexis have a mother-daughter chat about the men in their lives. Sam admits she misses Silas but brushes off Patrick as just a friend. Alexis texts with Julian but is insistent there is no future for #Julexis. A newly shorn Patrick shows up on Sam’s doorstep, and it’s obvious to all that Sam’s denials may have been a moment too soon.

Patrick has his hands full with Emma, who is despondent that he mother is missing yet another first day of school. After being comforted by Patrick, Emma is shattered when she overhears Elizabeth and Patrick discussing who could have been behind Rafe’s crime. At Kelly’s, Spencer is abhorred to find that Josslyn is smitten with his nemesis, Cameron. But with wheels turning, Spencer thinks he and Josslyn may be able to tear Cameron and Emma apart in their favor. Emma arrives and admits to Spencer that she is terrified because someone is after her family. Spencer’s eyes light up, as he realizes he might know who it is!

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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