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'General Hospital' recap: Bye, Felicia

Season 51 | Episodes 195–199 | Aired Jan 12-16, 2015

Way back in the Spring of 2014, General Hospital‘s Felicia Scorpio decided to run for mayor. The election was held on Halloween (?), it was too close to call, and a runoff election was scheduled. Between Halloween and the present, a bunch of offscreen hijinks took place, and viewers were clued in to them and their fallout this week.

Through nonsequential flashbacks, we learn that Elm Street ballots had Felicia listed as Jones rather than Scorpio. Felicia took Lomax to court, but the judge ordered the ballots counted. Lucy intercepted the ballot box, in the courthouse, from a police officer and hid it away in the trunk of her car. Duke came to Lucy’s aid and, on New Year’s Eve, ordered Shawn and Jordan to dispose of the box. Spencer saw them drop it off the pier, commenting that they don’t take orders from Sonny any longer. Spencer had his driver dive into the icy waters to retrieve the box and return it to Wyndemere. There, Nikolas took charge of the box, burning votes for Felicia. The police retrieve the box and Lomax is declared the winner. In court, Felicia tries to graciously concede, but Lomax offers a snide “Bye, Felicia” and leaves.

Lomax’s first post-election decision is to fire Anna and replace her with FBI agent Kyle Sloane. This sets off a mini-ripple effect, as it leaves Jordan working undercover without a boss, since Sloane is unaware of Jordan’s double dealings in Port Charles. Anna implores Jordan to continue her work, confident that Sloane and Lomax are involved in shady dealings. Nathan and Dante promise Sloane their loyalty, but remain steadfast in their dedication to continuing to work with Anna.

Now, one may wonder why Nikolas burned those ballots. Nikolas has seemingly pledged his loyalty to the dark side of the Cassadine family tree, proclaiming that Emily was his own shot at happiness and he’s sick of trying to be good. Helena is gleeful at her grandson’s new demeanor, trusting him enough to reveal that she is working with Luke Spencer, but not admitting that it’s actually Fluke. The question beckons of whether or not Nikolas has really has switched alliances, or if he is somehow part of a bigger plan to take Helena down? As it stands, Nikolas has ill-gotten shares of ELQ, plans to milk Brooklynn for her shares, and has committed election fraud…but hasn’t proved himself to be in the league of pure evil yet.

Johnny continues to make himself at home back in Port Charles since his exoneration. His first order of business is to buy back his half of the Haunted Star, putting him back as co-owner with Lulu. Of course, no mention is made of Starr Manning, whom he sold the shares to in the first place. Lulu, blinders firmly in place, defends Johnny’s presence to an irate Dante. Dante, however, doesn’t help his case by putting on a caveman act with Johnny, to protect his family. While Lulu may require assistance when she’s kidnapped, she doesn’t want anyone speaking for her on a daily basis, including her husband. Dante, logically considering Johnny’s mob ties, suggests that Lulu sell Johnny her shares of the Haunted Star.

Back on Elm Street, Michael once again pays a visit, still curious about seeing the basement. His new assistant, Rosalie, is with him. Having not seen Rosalie in a while, we quickly discover that her whole nurse-for-Nina role was an elaborate bought ruse, and she found herself unemployed. Michael hired her on very quickly, but it turns out that Rosalie is just another pawn in Helena’s schemes. Helena is the new holder of Rosalie’s blackmailed allegiance, for whatever reason that may be. Back at the house, Rosalie distracts Michael from opening the locked basement door with a crowbar, feigning an ankle injury.

Michael, gallant as ever, takes Rosalie to the hospital to be checked out, where they come across Lucas, now a medical intern. As Lucas examines Rosalie, Michael offers his uncle the job of running the new clinic, despite the fact that Lucas isn’t technically a doctor yet, based on his intern status. Rosalie is cleared and fake-hobbles out of the hospital in some very high heels.

Sonny is quick to share Julian’s information about Fluke with Shawn, declaring that a mob war has now begun. But isn’t Duke supposedly calling the shots now? Why is Shawn taking orders from Sonny? Julian worries that Sonny has put their respective children, Michael and Lucas, in danger from retaliatory strikes, because apparently nobody would want to go after Sam, Morgan, or Christina? Sonny has the utmost of faith in Shawn handling the situation, which is, of course, laughable, seeing that Shawn may be the most incompetent mob enforcer of all time.

To prove that point, Shawn follows Fluke to the Elm Street house and picks the lock to enter, but doesn’t lock the door behind him. So when Helena shows up to plot with Fluke, the unlocked door becomes a curious point of contention. Fluke and Helena eventually write it off as just being an old house, but Shawn’s sloppy mob work is still ever-present. Shawn grabs Michael’s abandoned crowbar and prepares to seek out the basement truths himself.

Sam, despite a tongue lashing from Carly, continued her Jakeson investigation, this time breaking into Kevin Collin’s office to look at Jakeson’s therapy records. Patrick easily catches the seasoned P.I. and gently asks her why she is so obsessed with this, suggesting she let the police handle things. Sam is reluctant, but comes around in time to cook Patrick dinner and arrange for some alone (sexy) time for the two of them. They head upstairs to consummate their burgeoning relationship, but at the same time, Jakeson enters the apartment to complete Helena’s orders to kill Sam.

Elsewhere in town: Carly continued to be upset about Michael’s anger toward her, while Michael continued to be annoyed with people suggesting he forget his anger. Maxie and Nathan continue to have lots of sex, stopping to discuss things going on about town and their living arrangements. Maxie rightly suggests that they take things a little slowly and continue dating (and having lots of sex) for now.

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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