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'General Hospital' recap: Nightmare on Elm Street

Season 51 | Episodes 190–194 | Aired Jan 5-9, 2015

There are many unanswered questions on General Hospital. Will Felicia’s mayoral race ever be decided? Who is Nathan’s actual father? What is Rosalie’s big secret? And, of course, the secret of the past year: Who is Fluke?

It seems as though the latter has finally (possibly? probably?) been answered. After nary a mention in the past two decades, the name Bill Eckert is being thrown around Port Charles by half the town. That’s Luke’s long-presumed-dead identical cousin, who died onscreen in 1993 … in Luke’s arms. But death has never stopped anyone (Jason, Helena, Robin, Luke, Anna, Duke, etc.) in this town. So is the truth finally revealed, or is it an elaborate red herring?

Bobbie casually brings up Bill and the never-seen Spencer sibling, Patricia, in conversation with Fluke. Fluke responds angrily to Bobbie’s disparaging remarks, surprising Bobbie as well as Ned. Ned recounts the incident to Tracy, who is just as surprised to learn of Patricia’s existence, in addition to Fluke’s reaction. Then Michael summons Bobbie, and after listening to another Carly defense, inquires about her childhood home on Elm Street, the new proposed location for the A.J. Quartermaine Memorial Clinic.

The abandoned residence is also revealed as Fluke’s super-secret basement hiding location for the real Luke. Luke, after learning where he is, finally pieces some of the puzzle together and wonders if Fluke is indeed an undead Bill Eckert. Fluke neither confirms nor denies, but with his extensive knowledge of Luke Spencer’s past, including Patricia (although Fluke did stumble over Patricia during his brunch with Bobbie), it seems a foregone conclusion at this point. But as Fluke taunts Luke with a baseball bat, including revolting commentary about bashing Bobbie’s head in, the two are unaware of company upstairs. Michael and Bobbie inspect the house for the clinic site, but are unnerved by a crashing noise in the basement. Will they check it out, or are we in for weeks/months of near-discoveries?

Pentonville’s prison yard continues to be the new setting, despite frigid January temperatures in upstate New York. And within a day’s time, the cast of characters takes a dramatic shift. First, Johnny Zacharra takes to boasting of his imminent release, to Sonny’s amusement. But Johnny has Fluke and Helena on his side, his boast becomes reality. Incarcerated Officer Pedilla, long forgotten to most viewers and still off-screen, confesses to having coerced Johnny’s confession regarding Anthony’s murder. Johnny recants his confession, and before Anna can protest or investigate, Johnny’s conviction is overturned and he is freed. Johnny makes a beeline for the Metro Court, running into all of his past loves in quick succession. Olivia, Carly, and Lulu are all quick to accept his version of events, with Lulu even joining her ex-beau for shots.

Dante and Nathan head to Johnny’s to warn him away from Lulu and Maxie, which seems to amuse Johnny more than threaten him. Meanwhile, Lulu is filling Maxie in on the details with a romantically nostalgic slant to her storytelling. After the detectives take leave, Johnny’s next visitor is Fluke, who vents about all the missteps in the local mob chain of command.

The oddest time line of the week must go to Julian, who packed in more storylines in one week than some characters do in a year. First, he and Olivia wake up post-New Year’s coitus together. Olivia is aghast at her actions, while Julian is decidedly more amused by the whole scenario. Olivia tries to slip out of the room in a robe, but they twosome immediately run into Ned and Alexis. Ned and Alexis can barely hide their disgust and jealousy. But as soon as Julian is done with the romantic hijinks, he heads home, where he is visited by Carlos. Carlos is there to kill him, at Fluke’s request, for Julian’s failure to kill Jordan. But Carlos can’t bring himself to kill his former boss, and offers up an alternative safety scenario. So Julian marches himself into Anna’s office and promptly confesses to Anthony Zacharra’s murder. Never mind that Julian was still living elsewhere as Derek Wells; he is quickly sent to Pentonville to join Sonny in the prison yard.

And we all know that prison is the safest place to be, right? Sonny and Julian take verbal potshots at first, but Sonny points out that allies are a necessity in the big house. No sooner does Julian scoff at the idea of teaming up with Sonny than a few of Johnny’s goons come out to murder him. But before Julian can be murdered, Sonny intervenes with a shiv. Two more goons come out, and despite the laughable size difference, Julian and Sonny send two goons to the morgue and a third to the infirmary. And with that, an unstable prison alliance is born.

Elsewhere, Sam continues her one-woman investigation of Jakeson. Obrecht laughs off her theories, wondering if Jakeson could be Batman or Spider-Man as well. But Jakeson is still flummoxed by his memory flashes, which he shares with Carly. Carly backs Patrick’s suggestion of visiting Dr. Collins, and Jakeson heads to General Hospital. But instead of finding Kevin in his office, Jakeson is surprised to find Helena waiting for him. How exactly did Helena make it all the way through the hospital unseen?

Finally, we had little snippets of other stories. Helena’s plans involve Nikolas becoming involved in ELQ. Ava sees her baby, names her Avery, and is taken away to Pentonville. Sonny learns that Avery is his child, not Morgan’s. Elizabeth wakes up with Ric, but is still thinking of Jakeson.

But everything this week felt secondary to all the discussion of the forgotten Eckert family. Do we finally have the answers that have been sought and demanded? Are we SURE that Fluke is Bill Eckert?

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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