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'General Hospital' recap: Midnight kisses

Season 51 | Episodes 187–189 | Aired Dec 29, 2014-Jan 2, 2015

With the new year upon us, let’s take one last look at 2014 and thank everyone who voted in the General Hospital best (and worst) of 2014 poll! Viewers came out in force to speak their mind, sometimes with surprising results. Be sure to check out all the winners!

Since New Year’s Eve is (allegedly) all about pairings, let’s break this down by the twosomes who celebrated midnight with a kiss. And while old acquaintance may be forgotten, there were certainly some unusual smooches as the clock struck 12.

Maxie and Nathan: While they may have been largely absent from our screens throughout the fall, Maxie and Nathan definitely made up for lost time in the last two weeks. Maxie spends the week between Christmas and New Year’s bonding with Georgie, but was ready to get home to Nathan to start 2015 with a clean slate. Fog in Portland puts a damper in her travel plans, and rather than be excited about an extra night with the daughter she hasn’t gotten a chance to know, Maxie is despondent that she and Nathan won’t get to be together.

While Lulu and Dante prep the apartment (and eat the ribs they brought for friends), Maxie and Nathan begin a comedy of errors worthy of a Nora Ephron movie. First, they both use connections (Frisco and Madeline) to finagle flights to Portland (Nathan) and home to Port Charles (Maxie). Once they realize their blunder, Maxie stays put as Nathan tries to reconnect with the charter plane. Maxie awaits his arrival at Gate 3, only for Nathan to land at Gate 3 … in Beecher’s Corners. Maxie hops a cab for the 70-mile sojourn to meet Nathan, while he heads to the apartment. When Maxie’s cab breaks down, it seems as though all hope is lost for their romantic evening plans. But Maxie hitches a ride with a tow-truck driver, makes it to the apartment with minutes to spare, and the two are able to start 2015 together. They even get a rare daytime television sight … an actual lovemaking scene!

Shawn and Jordan: Jordan is able to keep Julian from killing her by claiming she’s now switched to the Corinthos side of the brewing mob war. One might question exactly why that would stop Julian from killing her, but it does the trick. Jordan, defeated, tells Anna that she’ll go undercover again. Duke and Shawn accept her into the fold. And Jordan and Shawn celebrate with a midnight kiss.

Sam and Patrick: After their mistletoe smooch on Christmas, Patrick and Sam find themselves ready to take the next step in their budding relationship. Sam ditches her Noodle Buddha, and Danny plans to accompany Patrick to the Metro Court festivities. Luckily, Sam already must have a sequined dress in her closet. The twosome agree to take their relationship to the next level, but fate has other plans, as both of their cell phones ring simultaneously with news of their children needing their presence. Sam and Patrick decide on a rain check, but is this only a stalling tactic by the writers until Jakeson’s true identity is revealed?

Elizabeth and Ric: Jakeson moves out of Elizabeth’s house, citing the possibility of an unknown family and obligations and not wanting to get too deep into something new. Unaware of Ric’s involvement with Jakeson’s decision, Elizabeth spends the evening dancing, kissing, and in bed with Ric. There’s a comical moment when Anna, once again, shows up at the door, but rather than arrest Ric, this time she just congratulates him on getting his life back. Elizabeth returns Ric’s watch, a souvenir of their weddings to him, and Ric wonders if the third time is a charm.

Carly and Jakeson: After seeing Jakeson moon over Elizabeth and learning he has no place to live, Carly intervenes and gives him a bartending job and room at the Metro Court. Carly fills Jakeson in on Ric’s unsavory past, then proceeds to tell him more about her history with Jason. Alone at the stroke of 12, the two share a kiss, which Jakeson deems stellar (while admitting he also has nothing to compare it to). Carly, so well known for her even temperament and logical thinking, advises him not to let Sam and Elizabeth get the best of him.

Anna/Sloane and Lucy/Duke: Anna continues her quest to get Agent Sloane to drop his investigation of the Faison situation, using the new head of the WSB (Frisco!) to shift the focus on Sloane’s conflict of interest. After Sloane’s date dumps him for Nicolas, whom she just met in the elevator, Sloane takes Anna for a spin around the dance floor. Seeing her jealousy at watching Duke and Lucy share a kiss, Sloane plants one on Anna as well. And while Lucy and Duke agree to spend more time together in 2015, Anna seems to be possibly torn about Sloane after getting a shirtless eyeful of him.

Ned/Alexis and Julian/Olivia: The evening begins with Ned and Julian once again taking potshots at each other regarding Alexis. After Julian calls Ned “second place” and Ned boasts that he won “the prize,” Alexis really should head home with a good book. But Alexis is determined to continue with Ned, despite it being obvious that her heart (and passion) is with Julian. Ned, perhaps blinded by the testosterone, celebrates the new year and future with Alexis.

A lovelorn Julian and Olivia go for the obvious jealousy-inducing midnight makeout, with Olivia borderline retching the whole time … or is she? The pair ends up in a hotel suite, with Olivia besting Julian at gin rummy. With no visible chance with their preferred partners on the horizon, the card game ends with Olivia ripping Julian’s buttons open for some sure-to-be-regretted sex.

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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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