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It happened on 'General Hospital' this week: Gunshots and kidnapping

Season 51 | Episodes 151–155 | Aired Nov 3-7, 2014

While it has been said that revenge is a dish best served cold, things were certainly heating up in Port Charles this week! For months, people have tiptoed around Michael, afraid his delicate flower would wilt if he learned that his adoptive father murdered his birth father. Considering Michael has survived a gunshot, coma, prison, assault, and running Edward Louis Quartermaine International, it was always a laughable reason.

Truths came raining down at Franco and Carly’s non-wedding. Faster than you can say “CarlyandSonnydidwhat?” Franco reveals the ongoing affair of the exes, Sonny and Ava’s dalliance on A.J.’s grave, and finally, that Sonny shot A.J. and Carly helped cover it up.

Carly alternates between calling Franco a psychopath and trying to convince Michael it’s a trick. But Michael demands the truth, the full story, starting with when Carly learned the truth. Once Carly admits that A.J.’s deathbed words were not a declaration of love for Michael, but instead fingering Sonny as his shooter, it is GAME ON! Michael verbally eviscerates his mother, blasting her for only caring about herself and always putting Sonny above all else.

Michael: My whole life, you served Sonny when you weren’t serving yourself.

Carly begs Michael to understand that they were only trying to spare him pain. She tells Michael he has already lost one father, so she couldn’t let him lose another. But Michael is having none of it, telling his mother that his only parent (A.J.) is dead because Carly and Sonny are dead to him. He storms off, heading straight to Sonny’s while Kiki runs after him.

Carly bitterly turns to Franco, accusing him of acting out of jealousy and causing Michael to pay for Carly’s mistakes. Franco revels in having made Michael hate her as much as he does. He asserts that he may be punishing Michael, but he’s punishing Carly and Franco a whole lot more. Carly hopes he’s satisfied, and Franco gleefully tells her that his plans are far from over. Carly leaves the Haunted Star, and Franco hands over a memory stick of the footage to Scott. Somehow Bobbie finds the nerve to be offended that her district attorney boyfriend actually plans to prosecute her daughter for covering up a murder.

If the action at the Haunted Star wasn’t enough, Heather took advantage of her freedom to show up at Sonny’s house and shoot Max simply for answering the door. Since the name Heather apparently has too many syllables, Max only identifies his shooter as “her” to Morgan and Sonny. Thinking that Shawn has Heather contained (and that Franco is dead), Sonny deduces that Ava must be the shooter. After Max is out of danger at the hospital, Sonny decides it’s a good time to confront Ava.

GH_MichelleStafford_babyAva, however, is a bit preoccupied. The paralytics that Nina gave her wear off in time for the labor-inducing medication to kick in. With only horse-birthing to her resume, Nina successfully delivers Ava’s baby girl. Leaving all the medical realities aside, that is still one very large premature baby! To Ava’s horror, Nina declares the baby her own. Madeline arrives to whisk Nina and the baby away, and Ava opts to derail the plan by dropping the bomb that Madeline paid Ava, back in the day, to seduce Silas away from Nina. Madeline distracts from the accusation, and the two depart the Brownstone, baby in tow. Since they don’t seem concerned with proper medical care for a newborn, hopefully they at least procured a car seat! Ava makes her way to the door, trying to get to her baby, but is stunned to find Sonny at the door.

Meanwhile, Michael has shown up at his father’s house, the scene of a crime, and strolls into the foyer. He’s confused by the blood on the floor, but stops to pick up Max’s dropped gun. Michael yells for his father, but Dante enters instead. Apparently the police are there to investigate the shooting, but somehow the actual scene of the crime wasn’t roped off? Dante asks Michael if he’s seen the missing weapon, but Michael hides it from sight. Dante gently tries to brace Michael for the news that Sonny is a suspect in A.J.’s murder, but Michael stuns him by “guessing” the revelation first.

Back at the Brownstone, Ava begs Sonny for help in finding his newborn daughter/granddaughter. But in Sonny’s eyes, now that the baby is born, it’s time for Ava to pay for her crimes. Ava sobs that she can’t die knowing her daughter is in danger. But Sonny, charming as ever, tells Ava took Connie from him, so now he needs to take her life. Sonny aims his weapon and Ava braces herself as a gunshot rings out. Ava opens her eyes, expecting to be hit, but instead see Michael in the doorway, having just fired a warning shot into the ceiling.

Michael lets Sonny know that Franco has enlightened him, which surprises Sonny who thought that Shawn had finally completed a job and killed Franco. Ava implores Michael to kill Sonny for what he did to A.J., but Michael has no interest in taking advice from the woman who screwed Sonny on his father’s grave. He orders a very ambulatory post-childbirth Ava to leave, and proceeds to tear into Sonny. Sonny informs Michael that Ava killed Connie and let A.J. take the fall. Michael sees right through the excuses, pointing out that Sonny killed an unarmed and innocent man. Sonny tries to deflect that he didn’t know A.J. was innocent until months later, but Michael is over the excuses. He orders Sonny to put his gun down, asking if Sonny plans to shoot Michael like he did Dante. Sonny puts his gun on the ground and Michael says he’s finally going to keep his promise to make A.J.’s killer pay.

But so many other things happened this week, and for the sake of brevity, let’s just go to the bullet (pun intended) points:

  • Danny’s second tests came back showing that his leukemia has not returned. The scare allows Silas and Sam just enough time for Silas to acknowledge that he messed up in taking Nina’s side over hers.
  • Heather spares Jordan and Shawn’s lives in the warehouse and takes off to enact the rest of Franco’s plan. Heather corners Carly on the docks, and with Franco’s blessing, the three head back to the warehouse. Once there, Franco relieves Heather of the gun and indicates he plans to kill everyone present.
  • Scott turns Franco’s recordings over to Anna, and we learn that nanny-cam laws mean that the Michael has to give permission to allow the evidence to be used in a court of law, since the recording came from his residence.gh_ianbuchanan
  • Anna arrests Duke, at Felicia’s election night rally, for obstruction of justice and perjury for sticking by his Sonny alibi. Lucy, who stuck up for the ghost of A.J. by telling Bobbie that “murder is murder,” is now focused on getting Duke a lawyer and exonerated.
  • Kiki, using her super powers obtained during her five-minute marriage, realizes that Morgan has sent Sonny to Ava’s. Kiki brushes off the whole Connie-murder scenario and takes off, bumping into Silas. They realize that nobody is with Ava and fear Nina has gotten to her. Silas and Kiki find Ava on the docks and bring her to the hospital.
  • Obrecht sticks to her guns about releasing Jake/Jason from the hospital, so Elizabeth sees no other choice than to invite the amnesiac stranger to live with her and her children.

Did this week leave you breathless and whiplashed from all of the crazy events? What do you think is coming down the pipe? Did Carly and Sonny deserve Franco’s wrath, even if it meant hurting Michael? Or is it all fair in love and (especially) war?

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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