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'General Hospital' recap: Guess who's my hostage?

Season 51 | Episodes 146–150 | Aired Oct 27-31, 2014

It’s been said that the course of true love never runs smoothly. However, when love is but a smoke screen for covering up murders and scandals, it’s bound to have even more bumps in the road. Such is the saga over Carly and Franco.

The path to their wedding was certainly rampant with roadblocks. First and foremost is the fact that the cheating bride is only marrying the groom out of stubbornness and to keep a murder secret. And the groom’s motive is only looking to exact revenge for the bride’s cheating ways. If that doesn’t sound like the foundation for a happy marriage, don’t worry, it isn’t.

Shawn makes his move to kill Franco on his wedding day, but finds himself waylaid when, while holding the groom at gunpoint, Heather sends a text of a photo of a shrink-wrapped and subdued Jordan. Apparently Jordan is the only person in Port Charles who has never heard of Heather, and despite Heather’s patient-labeled outfit. Jordan reveals to Heather that Shawn is working for Sonny, not Franco, and Heather manages to get the FBI agent into a perilous situation. Franco calmly continues to dress for his wedding, knowing that Shawn will choose Jordan’s wellbeing over completing his assignment. Shawn makes his way to the warehouse to rescue Jordan, and they both find themselves locked in by an on-the-loose Heather.

At the Haunted Star, Carly learns from Spencer that Franco knew the youth was hiding in her home during his summer adventure. When the groom arrives, Carly confronts Franco for trying to hack into her email to get the A.J. murder recording. Franco vows that he has made peace with Carly and Sonny, and he’ll have no issues after the wedding. Carly doesn’t notice the semantic wordplay and the wedding proceeds, with Lucy as the officiant and Felix reading Shakespeare. Carly says “I do,” but Franco responds with a “Hell no, why would I marry a lying, cheating whore?”

Sonny is quickly learning that Franco and Ava aren’t the only ones who hold the keys to his fate. Morgan appeals to his father to spare Ava’s life, admitting that he and Kiki also know the truth about A.J.’s murder. Morgan promises to keep the secret, but only if Sonny’s lets go of his plan to kill Ava. Sonny reveals that Ava killed Connie and shot Olivia to his disbelieving son. Sonny plays him the recording from A.J.’s phone, and Morgan switches alliances, revealing Ava’s whereabouts to his father. So great to see another Corinthos man who feels that retribution is the best course of justice.

Sonny, however, is the least of Ava’s current problems. Nina’s descent into all-out madness continues, as she works with her mother to get Silas to leave Ava’s side. Madeline pulls a truly deplorable move—altering Danny’s test results to show his leukemia has returned so Sam will call Silas to the hospital. Presuming that test results indicate more than a positive/negative statement, one has to wonder how Madeline had the skills to so convincingly alter the medical files. Nonetheless, the plan works and Silas comes rushing to Sam’s side, as do Alexis and Julian.

GH_MauraWest_MichelleStaffordNina takes advantage of Ava’s solitude to surprise her nemesis at the Brownstone. Nina quickly obtains the upper hand over the very pregnant Ava and injects her with a strong paralytic, rendering Ava helpless. As Ava lies near motionless, Nina reveals that she plans to medically induce labor and abscond with Ava’s baby. The timeline of Ava’s pregnancy is a little fishy, though, with a due date being mentioned at two to a few weeks. Viewers know that Ava had her dalliances with Sonny and Morgan in April 2014, and Sabrina was determined to induce early labor only a few weeks ago. Being that Port Charles time tends to drag days into weeks, how is Ava suddenly so far along? And how does Nina expect Ava to push when paralyzed?

Elsewhere in Port Charles, Tracy, Ned, and Lulu are reminded never to trust Jerry Jacks. While he promised Tracy’s husband in exchange for ELQ shares, he never promised which of Tracy’s husbands it would be. Unsurprisingly, Jerry does not make Luke suddenly appear, and instead we are treated to the drunken ramblings of “Lord” Larry Ashton, Ned’s father. He offers no insights into Jerry’s plans, and the “Fluke” storyline is left to drag on.

Jake/Jason’s recovery continues at rapid speed, as he goes from critical to walking stairs in record time. However, his cheerleading of Elizabeth and mocking of Dr. Obrecht’s accent do not go unnoticed by the chief of staff. While Jason/Jake is gifting Elizabeth with art supplies pilfered from Franco’s studio, Obrecht determines the derelict patient well enough to be released. Hmmm… wonder where the amnesiac may end up spending the rest of his recovery time? Perhaps a certain nurse who hasn’t left his side may offer him shelter?

GH_MichaelLeone_BrooklynRaeSilzerAs Halloween is left to the wedding hijinks, Beggar’s Night becomes the costumed event for several characters. While Patrick and Sam are perfectly serviceable in their lumberjack and tree attire, and Josslyn recycles her Corn outfit, props most certainly go to Cameron and Emma for their Underdog and Polly Purebred costumes.

As viewers head into next week, many plots are poised to come to a head. Will anyone rescue Ava from Nina’s clutches? With Anna and Dante suspecting Sonny may be culpable in A.J.’s murder, half the town knowing the truth, how long will it be before Sonny finds himself in handcuffs? Will Michael ever forgive his adoptive father when he learns the truth about his biological father’s murder? Finally, will Heather follow Franco’s plan or will someone unexpected find themselves in peril?

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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