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'General Hospital' recap: The return of Luke and Fluke

Season 51 | Episodes 161–165 | Aired Nov 17-21, 2014

Who exactly is Fluke? General Hospital viewers have wondered for months and many names have been bantered about. Trevor Lansing, Anthony Zacchara, Damian Smith, Bill Eckert, and Cesar Faison seem to be the leading contenders. With nothing definitive to go on, speculation ran rampant. Is it possible that this week we finally got an answer?

Luke Spencer (the real one) is finally seen after months of languishing in the Miscavige Institute for the Criminally Insane. Apparently Heather Webber is the only one capable of breaking out of there in a timely fashion. When we last saw Luke, he was a drugged, incoherent mess being taunted by Fluke. Somewhere between now and then, Luke started spitting out his medications, waiting until he had a decent amount before crushing them into powder on the floor of his padded cell. Spurred on by memories of his captor, Luke uses Hulk-like strength and busts out of his straight jacket. Using a buckle to pick the lock, Luke is moments away from freedom. Naturally, Fluke suddenly appears, gun in hand.

On Spoon Island, another key component appears to be unfolding. Blackmailed by Obrecht, Britt agrees to help Agent Sloan with his plan to investigate Anna for Faison’s death. Confronted by Obrecht and Sloan, Anna reluctantly reveals that she and Robert didn’t kill Faison last December. Instead, they imprisoned him in the tunnels under the Wyndemere stables. Anna leads them to the hiding place, only to discover Faison has disappeared. Is it possible that Faison has used his impressive mask-making skills to impersonate Luke Spencer? Disregarding the five-inch height difference between the actors, have we finally solved the “who is Fluke” mystery?

Elsewhere, other pieces of the Fluke saga begin to unravel. Patrick and Sam investigate Larry and his Jerry Jacks involvement, with Sam snagging a copy of Larry’s safe deposit box bank key. At the bank, where the employee must live in a cave, they use fake IDs to gain entry to the vault. Inside Larry’s box, they find another box, which they are unable to open before Larry arrives. Sam and Patrick make their way back inside and open the secondary box, finding a flash drive and a photo of Faison.

The downfall of Sonny Corinthos continues, as Michael shows up at the jail where his disowned parents are incarcerated. Michael has no interest in hearing Sonny and Carly’s apologies; he just wants the recording A.J. made that has Ava confessing to Connie’s murder. Michael plans to use it to clear A.J.’s name. Even though it will further implicate Sonny in A.J.’s murder, Sonny arranges to have Shawn deliver it to Michael. Diane is at a loss for how to defend Sonny, but she needn’t worry. After the judge denies Carly bail, Sonny opts to plead guilty in exchange for charges being dropped against Carly. Sonny is taken to Pentonville to await sentencing.

Michael heads to the Quartermaine mansion and announces that he no longer wants to be known as Sonny’s son and namesake. Henceforth, and soon to be legally, he is now Michael Quartermaine. Monica is thrilled.

After Shawn drops off the recording, Michael wastes no time in his quest to exonerate A.J. He shares the audio with Monica, who is horrified to hear A.J.’s final moments. He then makes a beeline to GH to find Anna. In front on Kiki, he lets Anna listen. Anna goes to arrest Ava in her hospital bed, but Ava is nowhere to be found. Kiki realizes that confronting her mother about Connie’s death turned out to be the heads up Ava needed to make a hasty retreat from her sick bed. Michael tears into Kiki, intermittently accusing her of being complicit in Ava’s disappearance or just being plain stupid. A suddenly present Morgan tries to defend Kiki, but Michael is still done with the both of them. Morgan implores Kiki to fight for Michael, but she tells him about Michael and Rosalie’s bedroom activities.

Ava didn’t go far from the hospital, showing up on Silas’ doorstep. Of course, she doesn’t tell him that she is on the run from murder charges, covering with a flimsy story about Sonny still having men after her. Silas doesn’t understand, especially since he thinks that the A.J. murder was the reason Sonny wanted her dead. Ava insists it’s a “mob thing” and Silas’ track record of being duped by dishonest women continues. The next morning, Ava hides the newspaper announcing her imminent arrest, instead convincing Silas to help her search for Nina, Franco, and her baby. Silas wants Sam’s help, but allows Ava to convince him that they can find the missing baby on their own.

Franco and Nina are still hiding out in Canada, with Nina’s delusions growing stronger. Franco checks out Port Charles news on his tablet, while Nina wonders what the plan is to reunite her with Silas. Franco pushes Nina to remember what really happened with Silas, Ava, and the baby, and finally Nina seems to latch back onto reality. Nina accepts that Silas doesn’t love her and bemoans she has nothing. Franco offers that she has him, and the two wonder what the next chapter of their lives will be. Nina wonders what they should do about the baby.

Anna (prior to the Faison business) hauls Julian in for questioning regarding Ava’s disappearance and Connie’s murder. Julian swears he doesn’t have any information regarding either offense, but Anna opts to hold him as a person of interest. In his jail cell, in between sit-ups, has his share of visitors. Olivia grills him for Ava information and he tells her that while he didn’t know about Connie’s murder, he did know that Ava shot Olivia. Lucas arrives and advises his father to come clean with Alexis and repair the relationship. When Alexis comes to see Julian, at Lucas’ behest, Julian says he’s ready to come clean about everything. In between Alexis’ interruptions, Julian confesses that his business associate is not the *real* Luke Spencer!

Meanwhile, in the rest of Port Charles:

  • Patrick is reinstated as a surgeon at General Hospital. Does this mean less time for him and Sam to play private investigator?
  • Jason/Jake makes himself comfortable at Elizabeth’s house. Elizabeth brushes off his ability to identify Jason based on a supposed resemblance to Allan, who’s photo they had just seen.
  • While Britt worries about her mother’s threats to tell Nikolas of her role in Spencer’s summer adventures, she really should worry about young Cassadine instead. Spencer appears to be growing quite the guilty conscience.
  • Jordan and Shawn come clean with T.J. about his father’s death. It seems Thomas found out that Jordan and Shawn had an affair. Thomas was going to shoot Shawn, so Shawn shot him first. When their unit came under fire, Shawn let the Army believe it was a friendly fire incident. T.J. wonders if Shawn could be his actual birth father, but Jordan says that Thomas’ rage was fueled by finding a DNA test result. While it showed Thomas as the father, it also confirmed that she had cheated. Raise your hand if you think Jordan is lying about the DNA results. Raise both hands if you don’t care.

 

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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