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'General Hospital' recap: Thanksgiving with the Quartermaines

Season 51 | Episodes 166–168 | Aired Nov 24-26, 2014

For most people, Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family, give thanks, eat turkey, and maybe watch some football. On General Hospital, at the Quartermaine mansion, there are other long-held traditions. The turkey will be ruined, surprise guests may appear, pizza will be ordered, and “We Gather Together” will be sung. And, lo and behold, all things Q came to pass.

But before we got to the Quartermaine feast and their surprise attendee, let us back up. Julian Jerome, reputed mobster, finally came clean to Alexis. Alexis is floored to learn that there are two Luke Spencers. Julian explains how the whole thing came together, from meeting Fluke in witness protection to the common goal of bringing down Sonny Corinthos and, finally, Ric’s innocence in the whole ordeal. Alexis agrees to get Julian sprung from jail, but only if he immediately takes her to Luke.

In his padded cell at Miscavige, Luke’s escape attempt is foiled by Fluke. Fluke brags about his plan to reclaim Luke’s life, while Luke is incredulous that his family would really believe the impostor is him. Fluke taunts Luke about Larry Ashton’s presence, and Luke wonders if the faux version of himself is Larry. Fluke leaves Luke wondering and pledging to regain his freedom. But Fluke isn’t the only visitor to grace Luke’s cell. Next up is a surprise visit from Helena, whom Luke assumes must be a hallucination, because he still believes he shot and killed her.

Helena’s brief visit includes her disappointment that Luke hasn’t figured out who Fluke is. Aren’t we all?!?! She also remarks that having two Luke Spencers in Port Charles won’t work. Helena makes her exit, running smack into Julian and Alexis. Alexis is less than shocked to learn that Helena isn’t dead, while Julian just wonders who Helena is. Alexis enters the cell and finds a groggy Luke. She promises to return him to his family, and Luke alternates between being surly and snapping at Julian for his involvement. Now … who thinks that the rescued Luke is actually still Fluke? What are the odds that Helena just paid a visit without a little switcheroo?

Carly starts her Thanksgiving by trying to make peace with Michael, but Michael has no use for his mother. Carly wins no points by saying she’d cover for Sonny again, if she had to, to protect Michael. Proving that she’s not the best at reading an audience, she mentions that A.J. was no saint, having kidnapped Michael before. But Michael has all of his ammunition lined up, blasting Carly for the meat-hook incident and revealing his plans to legally change his name from Corinthos to Quartermaine. Carly plays the only card she has remaining, reminding Michael that Jason gave him that name. But Michael says that Sonny isn’t his dad and that Corinthos isn’t his name. Laughably, Carly claims that Michael had a wonderful childhood, conveniently forgetting the whole “shot in the head” thing. But Michael is done, signing the name-change documents in front of Carly. Reminding Carly how she begged Michael not to investigate A.J.’s murder to spare Monica’s feelings, he definitively asks her to leave.

Over at Pentonville, Sonny sits down with Duke, who got the same freedom deal as Carly. Sonny thanks Duke for his loyalty, asking him to handle the mob business during his incarceration. Maybe someday we’ll learn exactly what Sonny traffics in, since we know it isn’t drugs and his strip clubs are long forgotten. Later, Carly comes to visit Sonny, not wanting him to be alone on Thanksgiving. She tells him that Michael has moved into the Quartermaine mansion, and sadly reveals the name change. Sonny is saddened, feeling that Michael and Morgan represent the only good parts of him.

Released from jail, Duke goes to see Anna to inquire about the Faison mess. She tells him that it is true; she and Robert imprisoned Faison, but now have no idea where he is. Duke thinks that he and Anna are now on level ground, because they both kept secrets for each other. Anna, however, sees a great deal of difference between protecting her loved one from an obsessed and deranged psychopath and Duke lying to cover a murder. With no mutual middle ground, the Anna and Duke relationship comes to an end. As a parting shot, Duke lets her know he’ll be taking over Sonny’s business. Because it’s always smart to let the police commissioner know you’re running an illegal empire?

Sam and Patrick bring their safe-deposit findings to Tracy and Lulu. They wonder about the meaning of a Faison photo, but are far more interested in the flash drive contents. The computer files reveal a blueprint of a mask. Tracy, contrary to her recent missteps in logical conclusions, immediately wonders if it could be of Luke.

Jason/Jake continues to be comfy at Elizabeth’s. Since they don’t know his actual birthday, Elizabeth decides to make it Thanksgiving so he’ll accept her gift of a blue shirt and khakis. After all, she explains, he can’t wear the same outfit every day. Which, given Stone Cold’s wardrobe of black T-shirts, is pretty funny. While Elizabeth is conveniently in the kitchen, Helena drops by to check on Jason/Jake’s status. Satisfied with his memory loss, she takes off when he goes to get Elizabeth. Seeing no sign of the visitor, Elizabeth wonders if Jason/Jake imagined her. Shortly thereafter, Sam, Patrick, Emma, and Danny arrive to join them for Thanksgiving.

At Wyndemere, Obrecht arrives with spaetzle for the festivities. She wonders if Faison is out there, hungry, cold, and alone, not realizing he is just outside the window watching the family gathering (which now includes Nathan). Helena, magically everywhere, reminds Faison that he has a job to do, as she also does with Jason Morgan. Faison makes himself known to a stunned Obrecht, and viewers are left to wonder what his mission is.

At the Quartermaine mansion, Monica informs everyone that the Thanksgiving feast is wonderful, but … Cook-2 has come down with food poisoning and there is no way to know which dish was the culprit. So, as in years past, the Quartermaine family spends the holiday with pizza and singing “We Gather Together.” As for the surprise guest … Alexis arrives with (the probably not the real) Luke Spencer in tow.

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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