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'General Hospital' fan recap: Sonny Corinthos the hero?

Season 51 | Episodes 210-214 | Aired Feb 2-6, 2015

A very important question was answered this week on General Hospital: How will Sonny Corinthos find himself redeemed for murdering A.J. Quartermaine? If you though the answer would be “save a bunch of people from a bomb,” then you win … maybe. Because while there were no Haunted Star fatalities, can we really call Sonny a hero?

Let’s recount the week for Sonny. During his prison break, he beat up several guards to make his escape. Then, thanks to Johnny and Carlos, the prison van crashed, which surely adds destruction of government property to his list of escape crimes. Sonny, Julian, Carlos, and Johnny engage in a shootout, and with all the flying bullets, the only person initially hit was Julian, in the leg. An injured Julian saves Sonny with a shot to Johnny’s chest. After Franco ditches her, Ava makes her way to the bridge, where Carlos shoots her and she falls over the side. Sonny actually tries to help her, but Ava plummets to her alleged death.

Sonny makes his way to the pier in time to see Fluke gloating over the impending explosion of the Haunted Star. Sonny runs aboard to see Michael making his way to the deck with the soon-to-detonate bomb. Instead of hurling the bomb into the waters and ducking with Michael, Sonny grabs the bomb and dives into the water with it. After it explodes, causing no peripheral damage, Sonny is deemed the hero of the day, but also possibly dead. The police eventually drag him from the water and declare him dead, but Carly and Michael attempt CPR. Just as they give up, Sonny spits out some water and lives. He’s kept in the hospital overnight, and just as he’s released and about to have a moment with Michael (there at a rescued Dante’s urging), a surprise visitor arrives …

Does anyone remember Ivy? She was Sloan’s New Year’s Eve date who ditched him for Nikolas. Nikolas was her date for the Haunted Star party, but he was detained/knocked unconscious by Helena and accidentally stood her up. Luckily for the hero Sonny, Ivy is also the governor of New York’s daughter. So Sonny “saving” everyone has earned him a pardon for murder and a prison break. Never mind the organized crime, never mind A.J.’s death; it now looks like Sonny is going to be a free man. And while Michael feels indebted to Sonny for swimming with explosives, how will he feel about Sonny serving only a few months for shooting his biological father?

Despite being sought after by half the town, Fluke’s first order of business after the non-mass casualty is to pay Julian a visit in the hospital. With Julian handcuffed to the hospital bed, and all guards unaccounted for, Fluke opts to smother Julian with a pillow. Alexis, fresh from a date with Ned, arrives in time to stop the almost-murder, and Fluke departs. Alexis learns about the escape, threats, and Bill Eckert theory, but all Julian focuses on is that Alexis must be there because she still cares for him. Way to focus on the urgent and important things!

Back on Spoon Island, Nikolas is ranting at Helena for daring to put his loved ones in harm’s way. Despite his political infractions, it seems as though kindhearted Nikolas is still present. At his wit’s end with his grandmother’s murderous ways, Nikolas grabs a knife (letter opener?) and holds it to her throat, prepared to end the insanity once and for all. He’s interrupted by Fluke, who orders Nikolas to his knees, prepared to shoot him over Helena’s objections. Wait … if Fluke has a gun, why didn’t he shoot Julian in the hospital instead of trying to smother him? Regardless, Nathan and the PCPD burst in and haul Helena and Fluke off to jail.

In jail, Helena assumes that Sloan will be able to release them. But Sloan rationalizes if he moves to quickly, beyond slowing test results on the charred Elm Street corpse, his cover will be compromised. Fluke agrees and tells Sloan to go ahead and have his fingerprints analyzed, giving people the answers they want. Just as the charred remains are deemed to be decades old, meaning they’re most likely Bill Eckert’s, the fingerprint results come back. And, just as predicted in the last recap, they reveal that Fluke is … Luke Spencer.

If the results are indeed valid and untempered, the next set of questions begins. Was Luke brainwashed in Miscavige? Does he have a split personality? If he did visit Julian in witness protection, how does the history tie into the present storyline? And what does Luke’s never-before-seen sister have to do with all of this?

In the rest of Port Charles …

  • Jakeson seems to have broken free of much of Helena’s control, as he not only tells Sam about the bomb, but also about breaking into Sam’s apartment. While Patrick is furious, Sam’s anger and suspicions seem to have dissipated, and finding answers is her new focus. How close to realizing the truth is she?
  • Against her better judgment, Sabrina acquiesces to Carlos’ request and saves Johnny from his bullet wound. But has learning that Carlos is still up to his neck in the mob burst the reunited relationship bubble?
  • Franco, fresh from the prison van crash, makes his way to Nina and Heather at Ferncliff. After a foot stomping and a struggle, Heather loses her needle of homemade LSD and opts to go rat out Franco’s presence to the guards. Franco doesn’t want to leave Nina behind, so after kissing Nina, he injects himself in the neck with the drug and begins having some very intense, colorful, and melting-Nina hallucinations. Nina vows to be there for him, assuming he survives the strange LSD trip he is now on.
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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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