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'General Hospital' fan recap: Sins of the father

Season 51 | Episodes 200-204 | Aired Jan 19-23, 2015

At this point, is it fair to say that General Hospital is just toying with viewers? Luke, Sonny, Julian, Shawn, and now Jordan are all clued in to the Bill Eckert theory as Fluke’s probable identity. But even upon repeated questioning from Luke and Sonny, Fluke refuses to confirm his identity. Which begs the question: Are we being played?

Very little in Port Charles isn’t tied in to the Fluke mystery right now. Although incarcerated, Sonny and Julian continue to work together to protect their interests. After taking down another of Johnny’s prison goons, Sonny is able to procure a cell phone. Sonny’s warning call to Michael is fruitless, as telling his estranged son to stay away from Uncle Luke and the Elm Street house means nothing to Michael. Michael demands that Sonny leave him be or he will tip off the warden to Sonny’s illicit cell phone activity. Apparently telling Michael that Fluke is an impostor would have been too direct.

Unfortunately, Fluke learns of the call, so he places his own directly to Sonny, and by extension Julian. Fluke warns that there are consequences for stupidity, that the sins of the fathers are tenfold on the sons. Sonny thinks it’s a biblical quote, which atheist Luke would never make, but Fluke assures him it’s simply a practical statement. Fluke then queries what Lucas and Michael are up to these days. Sonny wonders if Fluke is Bill Eckert. Fluke proclaims Bill dead and Sonny, perhaps tipping his hand, says they’ll see about that. Worried for the safety of both of their sons, Sonny proposes that a jailbreak may be in order.

After catching Shawn at the Elm Street house, Michael opts to get a restraining order against his father’s lead henchman. Shawn is now legally prohibited from being near Michael and the house, which should be laughable, considering Shawn’s whole existence is based on being outside of the law. Rather than point this out, Sonny has Shawn move on to another project … digging up Bill Eckert’s grave to see if Bill is really dead. Unless the grave is empty, would they really be able to tell if the 20-year-old corpse is really Bill?

Shawn fills Duke in on his mission, but keeps Jordan in the dark. Jordan easily follows Shawn on his mission, finding Shawn at the cemetery. Rather than ask Shawn how he plans to dig up frozen New York ground in January with only a shovel, Jordan pouts about him doubting her loyalty to the organization. Shockingly accurate, Shawn mentions her meetings with Dante and Anna, wondering if she is actually an undercover cop. Jordan, stunned that Shawn is actually that intuitive, covers by pointing out all the illegal activities she has been involved with. After convincing Shawn that she would never lie to T.J. about being a drug dealer, Jordan sits next to Shawn as he does indeed dig up the grave. But what do they find inside?

Sam and Patrick finally do the deed, repeatedly, unaware that Jakeson lurks in Sam’s apartment with a gun. Before Jakeson can follow through with Helena’s orders, he has a vision of Robin Scorpio Drake as his amnesiac conscience. As a figment of Jakeson’s imagination, Robin tells him that killing Sam would be the biggest mistake of his life. But Robin’s plea is interrupted by Helena, who is none too pleased the mission is complete. Learning of Sam’s bedmate, Helena orders Jakeson to kill Sam and Patrick. While the lovebirds head to the shower, Jakeson enters Sam’s (his) bedroom and is overcome by nonspecific memory flashes, mostly of the iconic dragon and phoenix figurines. Shaken, he takes off holding the phoenix. Jakeson makes his way to the docks, where, overcome by memory flashes, he passes out.

The next morning, Jakeson is discovered by a police officer and taken to GH with his black bag, leaving the figurine behind on the docks. Elizabeth and Lucas treat him for hypothermia and exposure. Elizabeth calls Carly, who arrives and wonders why Jakeson was on the docks. He has no memory of the evening. Carly inspects his bag and is stunned to find a gun and mask, just like when Sam was attacked at the police station. Jakeson is floored, realizing either he did grab Sam or he is being expertly framed. Either way, he asks Carly to keep quiet for now.

Sam notices the missing phoenix, wondering where it could have disappeared to. After her busy night of lovemaking, she has breakfast with Alexis. Alexis’ interest in her daughter’s sex life is definitely unusual, but thankfully, Sam declines the high five her mother offers. Meanwhile, Lucas finds the displaced figurine on the docks.

After being largely absent from our screens, Franco, Nina, Ava, Heather, and Madeline each make an appearance this week. Franco has been in solitary confinement, thanks to a toothbrush shiv planted by Sonny. Franco overhears the escape talk and uses it to borrow Sonny’s phone to call Nina at Miscavige. Nina has been busy playing Battleship and making a new friend in the form of fellow patient Heather Webber. Heather takes an instant liking to Nina—even more so when she learns that Nina’s best buddy is Franco. Learning of Madeline’s misdeed, Heather offers to be Nina’s mother on the inside.

At Pentonville, in the woman’s section, Ava has nightmares of losing Avery forever. Madeline is nearby to taunt Ava, scoffing at the notion that all of Ava’s problems are due to her and Nina. Ava surmises that she would have been able to leave town with the baby, escaping prosecution for murdering Connie, if only she hadn’t been forced into early labor. Madeline plans to escape all charges against her by sobbing on the stand. She also has ideas for Ava’s defense. Ava isn’t interested, but a visit from a knife-wielding prison guard may have her changing her mind. Then again, all Ava has to do is use the chain of custody (AJ-Carly-Spinelli-Sonny-Michael) of the incriminating recording to exonerate herself, right?

Back in Fluke’s world, he gives his blessing for the clinic to be at the Elm Street location, suggesting the house be demolished. Calling Michael and Lucas to the Haunted Star, Fluke offers to throw a celebration party for the new waterfront district. After some hemming and hawing, and guaranteeing that new Haunted Star bartender Morgan won’t be in attendance, Michael agrees. Fluke promises it will be a party nobody will soon forget. This being Port Charles, does that mean it will include kidnappings, gunshots, or explosions?

On a happy note, how cute (and meta) were Maxie and Johnny discussing babies? And Johnny’s wish to name a daughter Harper after To Kill a Mockingbird? In case you didn’t know, in real life, Brandon Barash (Johnny) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms) are married and have a little girl named Harper!

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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