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'General Hospital' recap: Don't eat the Space Cake!

Season 51 | Episodes 131–135 | Aired Oct 6-10, 2014

Let’s make sure we all understand: It’s okay to date someone who is in the mob. That same someone who was inadvertently responsible for having your family home blown to smithereens. But finding out that he lied about meeting with someone six months ago is the deal breaker? According to Alexis Davis, yes.

After deciding that she couldn’t resist the smoldering chemistry she shares with Julian, all it takes is a phone call from Sam confirming that Julian and Fluke met in the stables last spring at Wyndemere for her to walk away. But Alexis does not walk away quietly. First, she slaps Julian. Then she bemoans her weakness for arrogant, deceitful, and destructive men, including her laundry list of daddy issues, brother issues, Sonny, Ric, Jerry, and, yes, Julian. Alexis opts to keep her date with Ned, who is unique to her, while Julian is a type. She chooses “the good one,” but poor Ned, as he is clearly the default choice based solely on his lack of criminal connections. Ironically, the only other option for Ned right now is Olivia, who has her own criminal base of ex-boyfriends (Sonny, Steve, and Johnny).

GH_MichelleStaffordAnother lengthy lie comes to light when Nina chases after an irate Franco. She rounds a corner to come face to face with her husband, who (to his credit) immediately knows this isn’t a miracle of strength that has let her rise from her wheelchair. Confronted, Nina covers and explains she was afraid he would leave her to go back to Sam. Silas seemingly accepts her reasoning, but his mind begins to piece events together and his suspicions of Nina are now full steam ahead. Silas even calls Sam in Amsterdam to admit he may have been played a fool, wondering if there’s a chance for reconciliation. Sam enlightens him that someone did over hear them on the hospital roof, but doesn’t jump at the concept of getting back together.

Silas takes great delight in the next step, firing Rosalie from her job as Nina’s caregiver. Nina wants to keep Rosalie on board for taking down her list, especially keeping up with her task of seducing Michael. Rosalie balks and goes to see Morgan, wanting to confess her duplicitous ways. But Morgan is otherwise distracted, as Ava is having baby pains. Rosalie doesn’t have the medical skills to assist, and Ava is refusing to go to the hospital. Morgan gets the Sabrina-tainted pills from Jordan and Ava pops several, hoping to alleviate her pain.

Sabrina visits Carlos, asking how sure he is of Ava’s involvement in the car crash. Carlos is initially insistent, but Sabrina points out the possibility of Ava having used the convenient accident to get Carlos to do her bidding. Carlos is aghast at the possibility and even more horrified when Sabrina tells him of her pill-switching ways. He reminds her that Ava’s baby is an innocent in all of this. Sabrina calls Jordan, trying to fix her wrong, but Jordan ignores the calls. Despite her efforts, without knowing Ava has taken the medication, it may be too late for Sabrina to correct her actions.

Sam and Patrick arrive in Amsterdam to meet up with Tracy and Fluke. Of course, the hotel only has one room available, so the two have to fight their attraction and sleep in the same room. Despite Sam’s steamy sex dream, Patrick and Sam are able to resist giving in to their desires. The two meet with Tracy in a café, explain to her why not to eat a Space Cake, and await Fluke’s arrival. The door opens, and based on the look of surprise on the threesome’s faces, someone unexpected has arrived.

Maxie and Nathan deal with their share of unexpected this week as well. During their date, learning more about each other, they are interrupted by Monica’s internet match… none other than Judge David Walters, who has been handling Maxie’s custody case. Based on Nathan’s act of almost lying under oath, Judge Daniels insists that Maxie and Nathan not date, or her custody case will be adversely affected. Nathan doesn’t want to cost Maxie her chance to see Georgie, and both end up with the favorite confidants, Dante and Lulu. Lulu suggests to Maxie that, before making another rash decision, she check with Diane Miller. At the precinct, Nathan finds Obrecht being released from custody and he learns that she shot Victor, whom he still believes to be his father. Obrecht claims to have done it for him, but Nathan isn’t interested in what she has to say. Obrecht goes to Nathan’s apartment, expecting to find her son, and is instead stunned to find her sister Madeline Reeves (played again by Donna Mills).

Elizabeth spends all of her time at John Doe’s (aka Jason) bedside. He’s still swaddled in bandages, but she feels an indescribable connection to the patient. Jason has flashes of fuzzy memories, eventually recalling the name Jake. With no reason to believe otherwise, Elizabeth assumes it to be his name. Jason also has unfavorable feelings toward police, but with no family coming forward, agrees to let Dante take his fingerprints. Unless Victor Cassadine has tampered with the police database (highly possible), Jason’s identity should be revealed sooner than later.

Despite his confirmed knowledge of Carly’s cheating ways, Franco goes full speed ahead with the wedding plans, almost taunting his betrothed with declarations of love and trust. Franco asks Sonny to apologize for kissing Carly, but Sonny only offers regret that Carly is marrying a degenerate. Franco taunts his rival with a fake phone call to Michael about A.J.’s shooting. Franco may be planning something big for the Halloween nuptials; Sonny has something up his sleeve as well. Sonny tells Shawn that Franco needs to be taken out once and for all. Again, Sonny wants Franco dead not for his previous serial killing ways, but to keep him quiet about A.J. and to get Carly all to himself. What a catch!

The question remains, as told to Nina via a surprising Google search, is just how much of the serial killing ways was the brain tumor versus Franco himself?

In the “other” relationship corner of the show, Epiphany and Milo went on a date to the gym. Milo needs a little help with the concept of romance, as Epiphany took his gesture as a weight loss hint. Lucy continued to be chagrined over Bobby and Scott, nearing another cat fight, and perhaps leaning on Duke for a little too much comfort. But Lucy’s dig about Carly and Tony, plus Bobby’s hair color? She totally won over Bobby’s baseless comment about Lucy wearing sleeveless dresses. Have you seen Lynn Herring’s arms? Unaware of Britt and Spencer’s duplicitous actions, Nicolas invites Britt to move back in with him. Hey Nicolas… ever considering trying a little bit of dating before reattempting cohabitation?

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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